After 3.5 years as an attendee of SQLSaturday events, I made my debut as a speaker at SQLSaturday Orange County this past weekend. I knew after my first SQLSaturday I attended I would eventually present myself and It just made sense that going back home to the 714 would be the place to kick this off properly. I was curious how it would go and I was in the last time slot, but I could not have asked for a better crowd. It was a full room and questions were being thrown at me throughout the entire session.
My session was titled, Fundamentals that will improve your query performance, and was aimed at the more beginner developer/query writer. It goes over some bad practices I continue to see at work so I thought this would be a great topic. Based off the responses and participation by the crowd, I would say the session went over well. I also got some positive feedback via email regarding the session.
Every SQLSaturday event I go to is a good time. I get to meet new people, see some familiar faces and just learn more about technology. This was a different trip as I was going to speak for the first time and I met up with a few others that were speaking for the first time. I had some great conversations with other speakers as well as some of the attendees. I met another first-time speaker, Mohammad Darab | @mwdarab, and we are both moving on to Dallas and Pensacola SQLSaturday events to speak again.
Just to finish by saying how much I appreciate everyone in the #sqlserverfamily for all of the support. I am lucky to have the Baton Rouge User Group and the encouragement I have received to speak since coming here last year. I also want to throw a shout out to, Any Yun | @SQLbek, for the encouragement and mentorship in prepping me for my first SQLSaturday session!