Want To Speak At TriPASS?

Hello, speakers and speakers-to-be.  The Triangle Area SQL Server User Group (hosted in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina) is looking for speakers for 2019.  Our preference is for in-person speakers, but we are also open to remote talks.  There are three meetings each month, so opportunities abound for speakers.

Main Meeting

Our main meeting is the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM Eastern and is intended to cover the broad spread of the data platform spectrum.  Talks of all levels are welcome.

Available dates:

  1. 2019-01-15
  2. 2019-02-19
  3. 2019-03-19
  4. 2019-04-16
  5. 2019-05-21
  6. 2019-06-18
  7. 2019-07-16
  8. 2019-08-20
  9. 2019-09-17
  10. 2019-10-15
  11. 2019-11-19
  12. 2019-12-17

Advanced DBA Group

Our advanced DBA group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM Eastern.  This group focuses on 300+ level content; here’s where we really want deep dives and unraveling difficult problems.

Available dates:

  1. 2019-01-08
  2. 2019-02-12
  3. 2019-03-12
  4. 2019-04-09
  5. 2019-05-14
  6. 2019-06-11
  7. 2019-07-09
  8. 2019-08-13
  9. 2019-09-10
  10. 2019-10-08
  11. 2019-11-12
  12. 2019-12-10

Practical Data Science Group

Our practical data science group meets on the 4th Tuesday from January through October at 6 PM Eastern and is all about data science.  The audience is mostly DBAs and developers interested in the field, so talks tend to assume more development skill and less statistical knowledge.

Available dates:

  1. 2019-01-22
  2. 2019-02-26
  3. 2019-03-26
  4. 2019-04-23
  5. 2019-05-28
  6. 2019-06-25
  7. 2019-07-23
  8. 2019-08-27
  9. 2019-09-24
  10. 2019-10-22

Call Me Maybe?

If you are interested in presenting, there are a few ways to get in touch with me:

  1. E-mail me at kevin (dot) feasel (at) tripass (dot) org.
  2. Contact me on Twitter — you can even DM me without following
  3. Contact me on LinkedIn
  4. Throw a brick with a note attached through my window.  If you go that route, please make sure you have a really good talk in mind.
  5. If you’re interested in the advanced DBA group but really don’t want to contact me for personal reasons or because I accidentally lit you on fire that one time (sorry!), you can also contact Tracy Boggiano at tracy (at) tracyboggiano (dot) com.  Or reach out to her on Twitter.

Presentation Goals For 2019

I learned my lesson last year (I think) and will not have quite as ambitious of goals for 2019.  I also plan to stack the deck a bit.

Speak at 20 SQL Saturdays and 10 User Groups

This one’s still the same as the last couple of years.  The good news is that if I hit my SQL Saturdays goal, I’ll end up with more than 100 SQL Saturdays as a speaker.  Not too shabby.

Speak in 4 Countries

I’m cutting back a little bit this year.  I’d still like to hit several countries and would love to break this goal handily.  So far, I’m confirmed for events in the US and Datagrillen in Germany, so I’m halfway there.

Create 4 New Talks

I have about a dozen talks on my “I should put something together” list.  I normally put together 4-6 talks over the course of the year, so I should beat this one comfortably.

By the way, this does not include rebuilding talks:  I know I want to rebuild my forensic accounting talk and it’s about time to rebrand & update my talk on the state of data platform technologies as well as securing a SQL Server instance.

Update 4 Older Talks To Use GitPitch

I’ve become a big fan of GitPitch.  I like the experience and appreciate the ability to walk through code even though I haven’t taken full advantage of it just yet.

My plan is to take a few of the talks I like and put together GitPitch decks.  Likely candidates include:

In practice, I’ll probably do them as they get selected for events.

Retire 4 Talks

I have a lot of talks, some of which have become outdated or I just don’t want to give them anymore.  I need to decide on four talks which don’t make the cut any longer for whatever reason.  I also need to fix my archived talks page—the “go to the presentation” links point to /oldpresentations/ but the presentations are all listed under /presentations/ so anybody who really wants to view an archived talk gets a 404.

Stretch Goal:  Talks For The C-Suite

To date, my talks have been entirely for technical audiences.  I want to create a form of my Launching a Data Science Project talk specifically for C-levels with most of the same information, but with more emphasis on analysis and much, much less emphasis on code.

I have a couple more ideas for C-Suite friendly talks that I want to flesh out and then submit to relevant conferences.

Stretch Goal:  Get Into Video

2019 will be the year I actually upload more than two full-length talks to YouTube.  I’ll need to strategize (which translates to “abduct Bert Wagner and force him to answer a slew of questions of increasing difficulty until the police arrive”) more, though.

Presentation Year-In-Review, 2018

For comparison, my year-in-review for 2017.

After giving my last talk of the year last night, I ended up with a total of 70 talks across 47 events.

Here’s a quick summary of my presentation goals for 2018:

  1. Speak at 20 SQL Saturdays and 10 user groups
  2. Speak in 5 countries across 3 continents
  3. Give 8 webinars
  4. Create 4 full-length talk videos

Spoilers:  it starts okay but falls apart by the end.

Speak at 20 SQL Saturdays and 10 User Groups

I nailed the first one, having spoken at 26 SQL Saturdays this year.  As far as user group meetings go, I barely scratched out 10 unique user groups.  This is consistent with what I did last year as well.

Speak in 5 countries across 3 continents

Countries?  Got that one:  I spoke in the US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, and Norway this year.  Unfortunately, I missed on continents, having only spoken in North America and Europe.

Give 8 Webinars

Yeah, about that:  I had one webinar this year.  I could do better.

Create 4 videos from talks

Even worse on this one.  I completely blanked on videos this year.  Much as next year is always the year of the Linux desktop, next year will be the year of me on video.

Overall Thoughts

Ambition got the best of me.  On the plus side, I built out a slew of new talks including ones on Naive Bayes classifiers, data visualization, the grammar of graphics, launching a data science project, and Spark, so that kept me pretty busy at least.  I also ended up speaking at major conferences including NDC, IT/Dev Connections, and PASS Summit, and I was glad to have the opportunity to present at each of them.