Tips For Presenting Remotely

Presenting a conference session to a large number of IT professions is probably one of the most nerve-wracking things that an IT professional can do. Generally speaking, we aren’t trained in public speaking, and a lot of the time we are introverts.

Giving the current Covid-19 pandemic that’s affecting the entire world, all the conferences that haven’t been canceled have gone to a virtual model where the conference is being held online. This introduces some additional challenges to the presenters as suddenly you are presenting to your computer screen for anywhere from 5-10 minutes for a lightning talk (or Speaker Idol session) to 6 hours (or more) for a pre-con.

As we prepare for the PASS Virtual Summit that’s coming up in a couple of short months, Joey (b|t) and I wanted to take a little time to talk through what the presenters who are presenting remotely are going to have, what they are going to want near them, and what they can expect when giving a remote presentation.

We obviously aren’t clairvoyant, but between the two of us we do have hundreds if not thousands of hours of remote presenting experience. So we’ve seen the good and the bad. And we’ve experienced tons of problems as well as successes that we want to share in our upcoming webcast. The webcast is September 17, 2020 at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm UTC and we hope to see you there.

Denny

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Azure Infrastructure pre-con ahead of #SQLSatCleveland

Microsoft Azure logoSQL Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio is next week, on February 3rd. If you’re in the area or can easily make it there, I hope that you can come out for a great day of free SQL Server training. I enjoy presenting at SQL Saturdays; they’re fun and educational days for speakers and attendees, alike. Last time we were in Cleveland it had snowed overnight when it was time to leave town on Sunday morning. I’ve lived even longer in the south now, so if that happens again, it’ll be even more fun this time.

In addition to my session on Saturday, where I will talk about using database projects in SSDT/Visual Studio, I’ll also be presenting an all-day session Friday on Azure Infrastructure. Planning and designing your infrastructure is just as important in the cloud as it is when building new systems on-premises. As Azure continues to grow and expand around the world, more companies will be choosing to migrate (or deploy new) services to the public cloud. Understanding the underlying components is imperative to maximum-performance and highly-successful Azure deployments and hybrid migrations. In this session, we’ll cover infrastructure fundamentals with a bit of a focus on deploying and running SQL Server in Azure; however, there will be plenty of general background discussion that can be used for any workload.

Registration for this precon is available here, on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/azure-infrastructure-presented-by-kerry-tyler-tickets-41688096218, with information about the overall SQL Saturday event available here: www.sqlsaturday.com/708

Saturday is free, but tickets for the full-day precon are $150.

I hope to see you next weekend!

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PASS Summit Speaker Idol 2016 Is a Go!

If you have attended the PASS Summit for the last couple of years you probably heard about the PASS Summit Speaker Idol competition that has happened for the last couple of years. If you haven’t, you are now.

speakeridolFor those that haven’t been to the PASS Summit before its a great conference to learn a ton about Microsoft SQL Server from other people who use SQL Server on a daily basis as well as the people from Microsoft who make and support Microsoft SQL Server.

Becoming a speaker at the PASS Summit is always tough.  There are hundreds of people who submit almost one thousand sessions for the conference, and there are only a little over one hundred session slots available.  Needless to say the competition is tough, especially for someone who hasn’t every spoken at the PASS Summit so the speaker selection committee doesn’t know anything about your speaking style.

So a couple of years ago I had a crazy idea to steal the format and the idea for speaker idol from the TechEd conference and bring it to the PASS summit.   And PASS took a chance and let me run with it.

So now in our third year, the PASS Summit Speaker Idol competition is back.  We’ll be using the same basic rules as last year with some slight tweaks.

Eligibility

You must have spoken at one of the following events (in a format other than a lighting talk, where your session had at least 30 minutes of content delivered by you):

  • SQL Saturday
  • SQL Bits
  • SQL Server Days
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Dev Connections
  • Other large event with a national or international reach

You have not spoken at the PASS Summit of PASS Business Conference for a breakout, spotlight or pre-con session. (If you gave a lightning talk and no other session you are eligible.)

You are not scheduled to speak at the 2016 PASS Summit.

You will be in Seattle during the PASS Summit (attending PASS isn’t needed, and if you aren’t attending PASS we will get you to the session room for Speaker Idol).

You are available to attend which ever speaker idol session(s) you are assigned to (including the final session on Friday afternoon).

You have a 5 minute technical presentation which you can give. (Time management is your responsibility.)

You sign up on the registration form before August 31th, 2016 at 11:59:59pm (23:59:59) Pacific time according to Denny Cherry’s Verizon Cell Phone.

You are not a member of the PASS Board of Directors or an employee of PASS.

You are not employed by a sponsor of Speaker Idol

Contingences

If a contestant drops out of the contest before the PASS Summit starts the organizer (Denny Cherry) will reach out to the next person on his list that wasn’t accepted and offer them an position in the contest.  People will be offered spots in the competition until someone accepts.  The organizer will NOT announce how many people if any turned down a spot in the competition.

If a contestant drops out of the contest during the PASS Summit (for purposes of this clause “during the PASS Summit” is defined as from the time that Denny gets to Seattle, which will probably be Saturday or Sunday before the conference, until Friday afternoon) no changes to the lineup will be made.

If a contestant wins their round and can not continue to the finals for any reason, the runner up from their round will be declared the winner of their round and will be moved to the finals.

If a judge is not able to complete the competition they will not be replaced.

Other Rules

The wild card winner will be selected by the judges at the end of the Friday morning round from the runners up from each round.  If a winner is not able to compete in the finals, and the runner up is already speaking in the finals, the judges may consider all contestants from that round as eligible for the wildcard slot.

Judges do not have to recuse themselves because a friend is in the competition.  Judges are expected to be fair.

You are responsible for your own travel to the PASS Summit to compete in this competition.

Presentation Format

You may present your session in any format that you’d like.  You can view last years recordings via PASS TV.PASSLogoBW

While you can use any format that you’d like, it is recommended that you use a format which will show the judges how your presentation skills will translate from a 5 minute session to a 60 or 75 minute session.

Contestants are allowed to watch the other sessions during speaker idol and make changes to their presentation as they see fit.

Signing Up

In case you missed it above, the Sign Up Form is <- there.

Stay tuned for announcements on the judges and the contestants.  (Judges won’t be announced until after the PASS schedule is finalized as I need to see who’s available for the sessions.)

Thanks,

Denny

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Normalization — It’s not Your Friend…or Your Enemy: Dataversity Webinar

As she does on a regular basis, my friend Karen Lopez ( blog | @datachick) is hosting a new webinar this week hosted by Dataversity. The topic, as the title of this post suggests, is about the good, bad, and craziness of normalization. The event is this Thursday at 2:00p Eastern Daylight (GMT -4).

Why am I sharing this? Well, I’m going to be there, too, playing the role of sidekick, because Karen’s the one that actually knows what she’s talking about 😉 . These webinars are always a good time, and you usually learn something, to boot.

It is free to everyone, but registration is required. More information and a link to register is available on this page.

If you join, stop in early while we do some audio checks, hang out and chat a bit beforehand. It’s a fun, informal time before the webinar proper starts. Stay tuned in via Twitter, as well. Monitor the #heartdata hashtag to participate in the conversation.

Hope to see you there!

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