The Multifunctioning DBA

Feb 22 2011   3:23PM GMT

First Time Speaking



Posted by: Colin Smith
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SQL Saturday

So Saturday was our local SQL Saturday event and my first time doing a presentation of any sort really. I was a bit nervous as people started to stroll into the room and sit down. At first I did not think that many people would be attending but as start time approached the room filled up. I had a room with 28 seats and 30 people in the room. Standing room only… that was a bit intimidating as I looked up at the room.

Well the time came to get started so I did. For the first 5 or maybe 10 minutes I felt nervous and I thought that everything I was doing was wrong. I did not really feel like I was in control of the room even though everyone was paying attention. I started in on my slide deck and just got going. Soon I really forgot that I was doing a big presentation and I was just talking about some cool tech with some other cool tech people.

After I got into it a little bit I got my first question. I actually just took it in stride, after so much worry about how and when to take questions. Then it really was interactive and became more so. I really enjoyed that the crowed was interacting with me and each other when appropriate. Now that I had the interaction it was even more like a conversation with a group of people that loved tech.

Before I knew it people were “OOHING and AAHING” at my demos and really seemed to be liking it. I looked at the clock and man I was out of time before I knew it.  Then I am trying to hurry up and finish up and finish my giveaways, Denny Cherry(Blog | Twitter) walks in and is presenting after me. Now I had to hurry and get all my stuff together to get out of there. I was amazed as I was trying to clean up and get out of the way, people kept coming up and asking me more questions and letting me know I did a great job.

All I can say is that is was AWESOME and I can not wait to do it again. I would really like to come up with some more sessions so that I am not a one trick pony. All and All I just want to say that if you have never done this and you have thought about it, YOU SHOULD DO IT. People are coming to get the content and not to see you, unless you have a name and brand already. I certainly do not and never thought I would have a session that was standing room only.

Now I would like to thank Brent Ozar(Blog | Twitter) for lighting the fire for me and getting me going. After reading his blog, seeing him speak, and then getting into a mini twitter argument with him about powershell, he really did inspire me to do this session and he, as well as others, inspire me to be the best DBA I can be. So thanks for that and also to all the other presenters, organizers, volunteers, and attendees for making my session a success as well as our entire event in Phoenix. It was our first and will not be the last.

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  • BrentOzar
    That's great to hear! Speaking really is addictive. Everything that's scary about it melts away once you start getting that feedback. Welcome to the club!
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