First, my demos (the whole presentation is demos) are posted on the SQL Saturday site for anyone to play with. The feedback was positive, my only non 4/5 scores made comments to the fact they didn't know Powershell, which is totally fine, given the session is labeled intermediate.
I had a few fascinating comments (ignoring someone taking a shot at my beard - Bob).
- Need more slides
- You are a natural speaker, its like you are having a conversation with me
Need more slides
1. I need to think about how I can put more "pictures" into my sessions I guess. Currently, every picture is of beer bottles. I don't like sessions where they just Powerpoint pictures the entire time when the session is about using a technology, like mine. So I don't use Powerpoint at all, and just have lots of dialogue around scripts I have created or borrowed and their practicality.
2. This is what I am going for all the time - something useful, different and not too boring.
You are a natural speaker, its like you are having a conversation with me
3. Funny how I always feel nervous and think it is interesting that I seem to be watching myself speak while I am up there. I get a little better each time, but comments like that throw you for a loop when you don't see yourself that way. Very flattering, even when it comes from someone that has to work with you :)
I was able to learn some good information on Powerview, Index Stats and Dimensional Modeling and visit with several friends and some familiar faces, including coworkers past and future. I helped with the Powershell lunch on a stick and we had some nice discussions. I need to do a better job of facilitating discussions and talking to more people. I only got a chance to say hi to some of the real luminaries in our industry and that is a bummer.
All in all, Mr @MNDBA, my opposite state counterpart in Twitter names, did a great job organizing and asked me specifically not to correlate the seedy motel I stayed at with SQL Saturday 149. It was a Super 8 in Roseville that has a very colorful review - all I can say is I was happy no one stole my new tires :) Note to self, if you need a hotel, don't wait till the day before to book it, you may end up in a place that actively advertises the fact your vehicle is not safe and there might be solicitation inside for services.