What is the best way to start a new career? Simple, jump in with both feet and start running as soon as you hit the pavement! Well, that is how I have kicked off my new DBA career! I was fortunate enough to attend Microsoft PASS Summit in Seattle, Washington in October, 2016. I met a lot of fantastic #SQLFamily members who had a wealth of information to share. The advice I received most was to network, blog, and GIVE PRESENTATIONS.
Give a presentation? ME? What can I talk about? What do I have to offer? Well, I am not sure; however, perhaps through a series of blog posts and continued education, I can find my way. My awesome boss, John Sterrett (b/t) (not contractually obligated to make that statement) has a blog post on his thoughts when he first started speaking that I have found helps me allay those fears. I have to remember that I don’t have to be an expert to speak!
So here I am, taking the first step through the T- SQL Tuesday #84 Blog Challenge. This month is all about growing new speakers.
Ten things I learned while watching PASS Summit speakers that I plan to implement during my first presentation are:
I graduated college with a degree in Fine Arts. Admittedly I have a leg up on the performance skills. Am I still terrified to do my first session? INDEED, I will be speaking my words, not the brilliance of Shakespeare! I am afraid, since I am new, that I won’t be interesting and that I will have nothing to offer.
However, I must not be afraid, I must be brave! As Malvolio prosed in Shakespeare’s Twelfth-Night; or, What You Will, Act II, Scene V.:
“…be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Thanks for reading! -Angela