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I recently had the pleasure of presenting at Microsoft Tech-Days 2010 here in Edmonton Canada.

My session was titled SQL Server Management: Troubleshoot Like a Pro with the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Tools

I was very happy with how things went with the presentation overall.  Out of about 12 or 13 demos only one blew up and it happened to be one that I had a resultset for anyways so other then the big red error message it wasn’t anything I couldn’t just talk myself out of.  It’s like I could hear @BuckWoody in my head laughing at me as it was the one demo that I decided to do some manual typing hahaha.

I opened up my e-mail and saw my Session Evaluation Scores were processed:

  • 7.67 / 9 – Technical Content
  • 7.84 / 9 – Session Length
  • 7.62 / 9 – Presentation Skills
  • 7.57 / 9 – Effective Demos

Overall I was very happy with these results but there is obviously room for improvement.  I think my demos score would of been a bit higher if I didn’t have my one example blow up a bit. 🙂 

This was a very interesting experience for me as I thought I had done alot of presentations before but this one was different because:

  • I was on a big stage with HUGE screens behind me
  • I was presenting to over 150 people at once
  • I was mic’ed up

Now it sounds like these factors shouldn’t REALLY make that much of a difference but they did (for me anyways).  Which means I need to get in front of this many people a few more times before I decide to throw my hat (and session abstracts) into the PASS Summit Abstract Selection committee.

Many thanks to Microsoft Canada for reaching out to me to do a presentation for Tech-Days and I hope to do more in the future.

Enjoy!! (Follow me on Twitter: @ColinStasiuk and @Tier1OnSQL)

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4 Comments

  1. Shaun says:

    Those are awesome scores for your first big time presentation. You gotta start somewhere right? It can only get better with more practice. I hated speaking in front of people at work and also in our side business. But with practice you get better and more comfortable at it.

    Do you have any pictures of you up there under the big lights? 🙂

  2. Rafal says:

    Great job buddy! Was the presentation recorded?

  3. Sorry no video or pictures… I’ll ask some of the people I know whether or not they happened to snap a picture or two 🙂

    It was stressful but in a fun way so I’m looking forward to doing more “large” sessions like that.

  4. Chris Wood says:

    Colin,

    I look forward to you speaking at PASS Summit or maybe SQL Connections.

    Chris

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