T-SQL Tuesday #84: Growing New Speakers

TSQL2sDay150x150Welcome to another edition of T-SQL Tuesday! This is the monthly blog party started by Adam Machanic (b|t). I have the honor and pleasure of returning again as this month’s host.

This month’s topic is going to be about Speaking & Presenting with a focus on Helping New Speakers! 4 short years ago, I attended my very first PASS Summit and never did I think I’d ever dare to become a Speaker and present. But a year later, I got coerced into a lightning talk. Since then, I’ve presented at several dozen User Groups & SQL Saturdays. Tomorrow, I have the honor of presenting at PASS Summit 2016! And what an adventure it’s been!

For T-SQL Tuesday, I am giving differing topics if you are currently a Speaker or have never have spoken. And if you’ve never spoken, this T-SQL Tuesday comes with a challenge and a twist.

IF YOU ARE A PRESENTER: HELP NEW SPEAKERS

If you’re a Speaker, that’s great! Your T-SQL Tuesday topic will be to write about something to Help New Speakers. Write something about Speaking to aid new Speakers.

To give you all some ideas:
• Share insight about developing a presentation
• Share some advice about Speaking
• Write about your first Speaking experience
• Share beginner tips & lessons learned

IF YOU HAVE NEVER PRESENTED: WILL YOU TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE?

If you’re not a Speaker, then this month’s T-SQL Tuesday is a challenge to start that journey. Start thinking about your first presentation. Think about technical topics that either you’re very comfortable with, really love, or are eager to explore, and pick one.  Presentations aren’t always about sharing knowledge from an expert perspective. Many effective presentations are told from the point of a learning journey!  Keep in mind that your first presentation doesn’t have to be an hour long public presentation.  A 10-15 minute presentation to your coworkers is also a great way to start off!

For your T-SQL Tuesday blog post, take that topic and write about it. It can be the basis for your future presentation. Write up an outline about something you learned about recently. Or explore a problem you recently resolved at your workplace and write a starter post about it. Perhaps try your hand at writing your first demo script and blog that.

Remember, this blog post doesn’t have to encompass your entire prospective presentation. Think of it as a first draft, an exploration your idea. No need to be fancy, in-depth, or comprehensive.

If you are having difficulty deciding on a first presentation topic, no problem! Why not write about the topic(s) you are considering? Explore each one at a high level, and why they interest you.

Still on the fence about Speaking? Feel free to write a non-technical blog post about that too! You could explore and share your thoughts about presenting and even explore any concerns you may find yourself having.

This T-SQL Tuesday is all about helping you to start your journey to giving your first presentation.

THE TWIST: I WANT TO HELP

Here’s this month’s T-SQL Tuesday twist. If you’ve never presented before and take me up on this challenge, I or another experienced speaker volunteer, will take the time to privately provide feedback to each and every one of you.

• If you want help developing your first presentation out, I will help you.
• If you are wary of putting your first PowerPoint together, I will help you.
• If you need ideas on how to write demo scripts, I will help you.

I will do whatever I can to help you begin this journey. Feel free to reach out to me prior to T-SQL Tuesday, if you want feedback on where to start. Otherwise, I will reach out after your blog post goes live, to keep the fire alive and help you take the next steps!

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

  1. Want to Participate?
  2. Write a blog post about the topic. Don’t have a blog? Start one!
  3. Include the T-SQL Tuesday Logo and link it back to this post.TSQL2sDay150x150
  4. Publish your blog post Tuesday, November 8th, between 00:00 GMT & 23:59 GMT.
  5. Leave a reply below with a link to your blog post (for the round-up).
  6. Share you post with the community! Tweet it out using the #tsql2sday hashtag!
  7. If you want personalized feedback, e-mail me at SQLBek at gmail-dot-com.

EVERYONE

Please help promote this on Twitter, using #sqlnewspeakers hashtag, in addition to the #tsql2sday hashtag!

P.S. Existing Speakers – if any of you also want to get in on the Feedback party, you’re more than welcome to join me!

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63 thoughts on “T-SQL Tuesday #84: Growing New Speakers

  1. Jo Douglass says:

    I’m going to be having a crack at getting my blog up and running and writing an initial post in time for this – thanks for the motivation! I’ve had a think and the topic I’d feel most comfortable speaking about would be data mart and data warehouse design/development pitfalls.

    I’d actually like a write a whole series of posts on the topic – and could see eventually refining this series and turning it into one or more talks – but I’d love some feedback on the overall idea. Some of the pitfalls I’d like to write about are interconnected. I’m thinking I might be best starting small and focusing on an individual and easy-to-explain issue that I can get into in detail. Later in my series I could then bring these points together and show how a bigger picture issue can cause these smaller problems to arise. Does that sound like a reasonable way of tackling a series of connected blog posts?

    • That sounds like an absolutely excellent approach. Nothing wrong with starting small, and using those as your future building blocks. 1 blog post could be short and tight – the equivalent of 3-5 minutes and 1-2 slides. Let me know how I can help!

      • Jo Douglass says:

        Great, I think I know just where to start, then! The advice on post length is really helpful, as I tend towards being too wordy and have to work to cut things down enough – good to know roughly what I should aim for.

        If I get it done early enough, would you have any interest in giving my post a quick read through before I publish it? I’m hoping I’ll have a draft ready sometime on Sunday.

        Many thanks for the quick response and offer of help.

  2. Am happy to review it. In fact, myself & others generally recommend that bloggers have a peer or two review all blog posts. It will help make you a better writer and help you present yourself better.

    Oftentimes short & sweet posts, are the best, vs long walls of text. Think to yourself of how you consume blogs. Do you always want to hunker down and read a massive, dense 5 page blog post? Short bits, or posts broken up into parts/chapters, is perfectly fine!

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