5 Days of PASS – Day 3

Well just when you thought things could not get any busier, along comes Day 3 of the PASS Summit. I started the day on the PASS Blogger Table for the opening Keynote speech of the Summit introduced by Thomas LaRock (the current PASS president). There was a distinct shortage of Australian representatives on the table, which was soon rectified by the arrival of the one an only Rob Farley (twitter|blog), who is always amusing to listen to. To my left was one of my favourite German SQL Server experts, the ever happy Oliver Engels who was furiously typing away and in front of me Brent Ozar appeared to be switching backwards and forwards across different media platforms and applications and was no doubt constructing some interesting posts for our consumption.

I sadly had to cut things short for myself since I had a pre-arranged meeting to attend and quickly scuttled off as proceedings continued around me.

After several hours of work I then needed to attend the PASS Virtual Chapter meeting which was really useful and interesting to see the broad range of characters who run these VCs. Even more interesting was that it seemed nearly every VC had similar problems and challenges but hopefully between us these are problems we can fix. For myself as the Oracle Virtual Chapter lead I feel that I have a particularly uphill battle on many fronts but firmly believe with the right people in place we can solve these problems and kick-start the chapter.

Before the VC was fully ended I had to rush off to the (what now is becoming annual) MCM photo. A big thank you to Andreas Wolter for arranging this and I hope you like the finished result!

Argenis loves me really!

Argenis loves me really!

After this I had to quickly rush to PASSTV to have a short interview. The whole process was interesting and we decided to concentrate the interview around the topic of developing yourself through the SQL Community (and particularly speaking). When asked to provide a overview of myself, I possibly left out the most significant part of my Community input in that I forgot to mention my beloved SQLSaturday Cambridge! I’m still kicking myself, but these things happen! Gah! Anyhow when the interview was over, the PASSTV said that it was a good interview and flowed quite well, so I hope to see for myself how it came across. It is funny but I am my own worst critic, so I always presume the worst :)

Next I needed to resume my work and initially started this for several hours, but then ran right into the evening and finally went to bed. Thankfully I am starting to feel much better than earlier in the week and looking forward to a busy day today where I will be doing my best to deliver a Community session alongside Buck Woody. Fingers crossed and please wish me luck!

See also in this series:
5 Days of PASS – Day 5
5 Days of PASS – Day 4
5 Days of PASS – Day 2
5 Days of PASS – Day 1

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Blogger Table – Day 1 – Thomas LaRock

The key note has just begun and the number of first timers standing up is quite incredible and large. Thomas LaRock has begun the keynote speech and runs through the board of Directors and then makes a plea for people to stop by the Community Zone and connect.

Some of the numbers quoted regarding the number of Chapters, SQLSaturdays and Virtual Chapters is quite staggering and demonstrates the growth of PASS today. The discussion moves to looking back at how our personal careers have grown in the last 5 years, which is interesting  because 5 years ago just pre-dates my first ever Summit, how things have changed for me back then in that time frame.

He highlights that by taking advantage of what PASS has to offer will grow and advance your career. PASS are even now offering a Programme workshop that will encourage future speakers to understand what it takes to have your sessions accepted for the PASS Summit. There is even the speaker idol competition to win a place.

Finishes with a big shout out to the Sponsors who (lets face it) make this event possible.

{Applause}

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5 Days of PASS – Day 2

Welcome folks to the second enthralling instalment of 5 days of PASS! As I am sure is about to become very clear, I type with the knowledge that I have a very busy day ahead with various pieces of preparation to complete. The biggest thing that bothers me is that by the time my PASS related workload ends, so will most of the conference. This is perhaps the biggest downside to being involved in events as something more than just an attendee, since you don’t quite get to relax and do as much with your time that you would normally do and your time doesn’t really feel like your own, however if I didn’t enjoy contributing I wouldn’t do it right?!

The highlights of Day 2 can be summarized as follows…

I spent the very first part of the morning working on some of my backlog and eventually had a late breakfast. Bizarrely my waiter didn’t bother pouring me a Coffee and I really didn’t have the energy to ask him for one :). I am still suffering from not feeling 100%, but I think I am starting to improve and do seem to pick up in the evenings. For the rest of the day I worked more presentation materials and then finally quit for the evening to make various engagements.

My first engagement was the SQLSaturday round table in which I found it fascinating listening to all my fellow SQLSaturday leads and how they all expertly run their events. Equally of value was listening to the sponsor perspective and what they expect of you and the event. A huge thank you to SIOS, ApexSQL and Microsoft for contributing to this session, and a big well done to PASS for arranging their involvment.

Right after this round table was the Chapter Leaders meeting in which I attended not just as a Chapter Lead, but as an outgoing RM. Again, listening to fellow Chapter Leaders ideas and passion, and understanding how truly amazing the SQL Community is was quite humbling and there were lots of personal take-aways from this session for me. I’m really happy I attended these sessions.

Tuesday was actually a very busy evening with a selection of out of hours events available. There was the Welcome reception followed by the Volunteer party and finally SQL Karaoke. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t manage to attend any of these (for the first time ever!) and got caught up with a few of my friends chatting whilst having an excellent couple of drinks followed by a most superb meal. There was no Burger and Fries this time for anyone, and each meal was absolutely fantastic -and if I might say, so was their company. I love listening to my peers and what they have to say about their lives, work and future aspirations and their insights into these areas, so thanks to those guys for joining me, it was a great evening and worth the travel to the Summit in itself.

Well, a VERY busy day is about to start, so I wish you all have a happy conference, and if you are nearby the Blogger table (in which I should be on today), please feel free to stop by and say hello. It would be brilliant to meet new and old faces alike!

Bye for now,

Mark.

See also in this series:
5 Days of PASS – Day 5
5 Days of PASS – Day 4
5 Days of PASS – Day 3
5 Days of PASS – Day 1

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