#NewStarNovember – A Look Back at the Impact of Speaking

New Stars of Data has had a tremendous impact on our technical community, helping to grow new speakers. But the task of finding, encouraging, and mentoring new speakers is always ongoing. To that end, wanted to share some thoughts for #NewStarNovember.

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

Because I got my start speaking through the encouragement of others, growing new speakers became a passion of mine as well. In late 2016, I put my money where my mouth is, with this T-SQL Tuesday: Growing New Speakers blog. I challenged prospective new speakers to blog about their ideas and existing speakers to share their experiences and wisdom. And to really drive home how serious I was, I openly offered mentorship to any new speaker who wanted it.

Then and Now

The round-up to that call was tremendous. If nothing else, I would encourage you to revisit that roundup and look over the names of the people who were categorized as New or Novice speakers. And consider where many of them are today!

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s absolutely amazing. We speakers often say things like “speaking opens doors” and other sayings like that. I’d strongly argue that this list of people, looking at them then and now, is solid proof that speaking and presenting pays off exponentially.

Call to Action

Are you thinking about getting into speaking? Or are you relatively new to speaking but want to keep growing that skill? I would like to repeat my offer from 2016 and offer mentorship once again.

If you’ve never presented before and take me up on this challenge I will take the time to work with 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. But it’s up to you to take that first step. Trust me (and others) when we all say that it’s absolutely worth it!


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