So this week was another first for me, I finally bit the bullet and gave a talk at the Leeds SQL Server User Group and it was great, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Public speaking is something that I have wanted to do for a while now but have put off because of nerves to be honest. I have given plenty talks to colleagues at a number of previous employers but never publicly, I had the mindset that I would be more comfortable speaking to my peers, rather than as I had previously envisaged a "rowdy bunch of data professionals". My talk was about indexes and in particular demonstrating practices that I employ in my position as a production DBA. You can find the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying scripts here. The scripts were developed and used on SQL Server 2008 R2.
I can honestly say that it was an enjoyable experience, I wanted to involve the audience so rather than just listening there could be some interaction between us, which I thought worked very well. I have taken a lot away from the evening and learned a few things about myself as well as how I can improve the next time I give a talk. Yes I want to continue to do public speaking, why? Well, I want to continue to give back to the fantastic SQL Server Community we have, to teach and also to learn. I believe this will make me not only a better DBA, but a better person.
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