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Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and SQL Server MVP with over a decade of data management experience. He is a partner with Linchpin People and is the principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

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Networking, Newbies, and SQLPASS

This year, PASS is taking an extra step to help identify first time summit attendees.  Most attendees are given ribbons for various recognitions, including Speaker, MVP, Chapter Leader, and other accolades.  This year, attendees who are attending the PASS summit for the first time are recognized with a yellow “First Timer" ribbon on their badge to allow those of us who are veterans of the summit to quickly identify those folks.  At the end of last year’s summit, I blogged about the need to identify first time attendees so that the rest of us could make a special effort to help them avoid becoming this guy (or gal).

I can see this already working great.  I’ve spoken to a number of first timers after seeing them sitting alone at sessions and after hours events, and I see other alumni doing the same.  I observed a couple of first timers introducing themselves to one another this morning, sort of a kindred “newbie” spirit union.  Hopefully this will help first time attendees to feel more welcome and engaged, and will turn them into serial attendees.


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