Yesterday was the first time I gave a presentation to a group of professional who knows SQL Server. I was quite nervous about giving my first presentation. I went to the conference room to set up my lap top and my projector. I ran into my first trouble for the night. The conference room did not have extension code to connect my lap top and projector. One of my colleague started going around trying to get one.
Two minutes before the presentation was to start, he was able to get one. I gave a sigh of relief and connected my lap top and projector. My second problem of the night came up. The SQL Server would not start up on my lap top. I forgot the fact that I changed my password on my lap top. So I had to wing it without my SQL Server.
Since I am the president of the User group, I started of the meeting with a new game. "What is New" was the name of the game. I just asked people what they learnt in the recent past when working with SQL Server. I got the meeting moving in the right direction. Everyone got involved in the meeting. My nervousness was gone. I was all pumped up.
I started the presentation at 7:45 PM. It was supposed to be a 45 Minute presentation. I was almost through the slides and I looked at the watch, it was just 8 PM. I thought I messed up. Then the audience got involved. They started asking question. The presentation became an interactive one. The next time I looked it was 5 minutes 9. I was like WOW. Where did the time go. Over all it was a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone had great feedback regarding the presentation.
I am looking forward to my next one. But I will have to wait for at least 4 months since the next 3 months I have others making presentation.
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