This has been a busy year for me as a speaker.  With my last public talk in the books, I get to take a few weeks of rest and preparation for next year.  Now, let’s see how close I got to my 2016 goals.  For reference, here’s how things looked on May 30th.

Here are my four goals:

  1. Present four new talks.
  2. Present to two brand new audiences.
  3. Speak at 12 SQL Saturdays and eight user groups.
  4. Get paid to speak at a conference.

Present Four New Talks

I had already succeeded by May 30th.  Since then, I added the following repeatable talks:

  1. Securing SQL Server
  2. R For the SQL Server Developer
  3. Getting Started with Custom Visuals in Power BI
  4. Kafka for .NET Developers

I have plans for three more talks next year.  I’ve actually gotten to the point that I’m archiving some older talks so that my active presentations page isn’t quite as large.

Present to Two Brand New Audiences

By brand new audience, I meant getting into places which almost never see relational database professionals.  I did speak at the Raleigh Future of Data group in August.  Aside from that, I spoke at the Carolina IT Pro Group in November; they’re typically sysadmins rather than developers or database administrators, and it was nice to be able to walk into a room full of people who could school me on most infrastructure items and talk to them about infrastructure (specifically, securing a SQL Server instance).  I helped them learn some, they taught me some things, and that’s how it should be.

Speak at 12 SQL Saturdays and 8 User Groups

Yep, done that.  Here’s the final breakdown for SQL Saturdays:

  1. Cleveland (2016-02-06)
  2. Tampa (2016-02-27)
  3. Chicago (2016-03-05)
  4. Richmond (2016-03-19)
  5. Madison (2016-04-09)
  6. Baltimore (2016-04-30)
  7. Jacksonville (2016-05-07)
  8. Rochester (2016-05-14)
  9. Atlanta (2016-05-21)
  10. Portland, ME (2016-06-04)
  11. Chattanooga (2016-06-25)
  12. Columbus, OH (2016-07-16)
  13. Louisville (2016-08-06)
  14. Indianapolis (2016-08-13)
  15. Spartanburg (2016-08-20)
  16. Columbus, GA (2016-08-27)
  17. Charlotte (2016-09-17)
  18. Kansas City (2016-09-24)
  19. Pittsburgh (2016-10-01)
  20. Orlando (2016-11-12)
  21. Washington, DC (2016-12-03)
  22. Providence (2016-12-10)

That was a lot of Saturdays away from home.  I have passed my user group goal as well.

All in all, I gave 53 public presentations at 45 separate events.

Get Paid to Speak at a Conference

Okay, really, that goal should be “speak at a paid conference.”  I did speak at DevTeach 2016; it was a great experience and I plan to submit again.  I also want to apply to a few more paid conferences as well, now that I have two years as a speaker under my belt.


I was able to succeed at all four goals, and I’m excited about next year.

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