I want to extend a HUGE “thank you” to everyone who attended my presentation at this weekend’s SQLSaturday #30 in Richmond. I think I was lucky to be the only one talking about SSIS as the room was packed. I really appreciated everyone’s attention and participation. I only noticed one guy in the front fall asleep and I saw the same guy fall asleep in another session later in the day so not bad at all!
To those who stopped on the way out or came up to me later in the day to mention that they enjoyed the presentation, I really cannot say how much that meant to me. This was my first time stepping out of my comfort zone and giving a presentation. If one person had said something nice about my presentation, that would have meant the world to me. The fact that maybe 10 or 15 did was absolutely incredible. Even the guy who fell asleep gave me a “thumbs up” on the way out. Maybe he was just looking for someone with a soothing voice and mine sufficed.
I would also like to thank Tim Mitchell (blog | twitter). At one point, Tim and I were both presenting SSIS topics. I felt a bit nervous to share the SSIS bill with Tim as he is quite an experienced and polished presenter. I reached out to Tim both as an opportunity to pick his brain for advice and as an opportunity to network with someone before the conference since I did not expect to know too many folks ahead of time. Tim was gracious enough to schedule a call with me and spend the better part of an hour answering my questions, giving me pointers, and reassuring me that I was on the right track. I was disappointed that he was not able to come to the rescheduled event, but look forward to meeting him sometime in the future when our paths cross. Thanks Tim!
Finally, I would also like to thank Jessica Moss (blog | twitter), one of the conference organizers. Jessica spent some time talking with me when I ran into her at SharePoint Saturday here in Virginia Beach back in January. At the time, I was a bit nervous regarding my approach for my presentation. Jessica was very encouraging. She reassured me that my plans for the session fit what they were looking for at the conference and that my abstract did a decent job of conveying those plans. Knowing that a conference organizer and experienced speaker knew exactly what I was planning and was happy with it really boosted my confidence. Thanks Jessica!
My slide deck is attached to this post. During the presentation, a request was made for me to make one of my projects available for download. Not considering this ahead of time was probably the biggest rookie mistake that I made. I am still considering whether I am going to be able to do this. I am torn at the moment because the project in question was not strictly a demo in the sense that it did nothing but explain a concept or illustrate a method. It was a finished product. It was something my employer paid for me to develop and deliver. I am going to give this some more thought and will follow-up in another post.
Update: Here is the link to the deck: Integration Services in the Real World