My career started as an IT Trainer late 1993’s and for about 10 years I delivered several classes ranging from Office end-users to programming languages but after my first certification as MCSE, I started delivering courses for the Microsoft Official Curriculum as an MCT.
I always loved public speaking and to share knowledge. There’s much you can share inside of a class room between teacher and students.
After a few years out of this area and by a lucky chance, I was offered the possibility of applying for some local event – i.e. local usergroup meetups and SQL Saturday – and then it begun the new journey of public speaking at events. For the past 7 years I’ve spoken at several events and love to do it!
Since then I’ve also joined TEDxPorto (www.tedxporto.com), our local TEDx chapter, to help organize an event with +1300 attendees each year and I love it!
What I can do for you:
- Help you getting started at your local events;
- Help reviewing your materials and give you some pointers how to start building them;
- Help you avoid some common mistakes like trying to crack some jokes…
What I cannot do for you:
- Make all your demos work! But do you really need them?!?!? 😉
I’m a SQL guy based in Australia, and have found over the years that it’s good to be different. Maybe that’s because I’m a twin, although we’re not even alike (fraternal, not identical).
One of the things I’ve discovered is that there are a lot of people in the IT industry. Many of them sit at a desk from 9-5 each business day and then go home. Others invest in their careers by taking the time to attend community meetings such as PASS groups, SQLSaturdays, DDD events, and various others. Those people already benefit massively by simply mixing with other people who do similar to what they do. Iron sharpens iron.
But there are those who invest even more heavily in their careers by not simply attending meetings, but getting up the front and presenting. They demonstrate their expertise, their ability to simply complex technology, and their ability to communicate. They become regarded as being special, and top of their field. Experts. And the secret is…
…they’re still just regular people.
Just regular people who took a step of courage to start presenting.
I love seeing people take that step. Even though it’s scary, the courage gets turned into strength. It opens doors. It serves others. It even helps make friends. I’m not the average presenter – I try to find creative ways to explain things. But even that has helped me massively, and today I have friends all around the world through technical communities. Let me help you in your journey towards speaking. I suspect you really just need encouragement to take the first step, but I also help people develop a narrative in their speaking, giving their presentations a path and framework that allows them create a style which is entirely their own.
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA (UTC – 5) (EST)
- Expertise: Power BI, SSRS, Basic DBA
- Contact: Twitter | Email | Linkedin
About 7 years ago I got a job as .Net / SQL developer. And I thought, great I’ll be a Software Engineer. And it turned out most of the work was SQL and database administration, and I remember Googling what a stored procedure was and what a view was. A few months later, I found out that user groups were a thing and attended my first SQL user group.
A few months after that I found out that SQL Saturdays were a thing and attended my first SQL Saturday. And then I made the fortunate mistake of attending the afterparty. There I was cornered by the user group leader and another community member They said, “You should present.”
I told them “No I’ve only been doing this for a year now.” And they told me to present anyway. My first presentation was at our local user group, and while I didn’t get every detail perfect, I didn’t catch on fire either. Ever since then, speaking has been a tremendous boon for my career.
These days I work as an interdependent BI consultant and make courses on Pluralsight. Feel free to reach out to me!
- Location: Midwest US (UTC -6)
- Expertise: Software Development, Community Building, Public Speaking, Strategy & Innovation, Career Development, Entrepreneurship
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn
Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP in Windows Development and Principal Software Engineer Consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, Code PaLOUsa, TechBash, VSLive, KCDC and DevLink.
He is also a Volunteer Teacher for CS through TEALS, Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User Group / Northeast WI Code Camp / Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member and a PhD student.
Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.
- Location: Linköping, Sweden (UTC+1)
- Expertise: Windows, EMS, System Center, Powershell, User Adoption and presentation skills
- Contact: Twitter | E-Mail | LinkedIn | Personal Blog
I work as a Principal Solution Architect in Sweden focusing on Digital Workplace solutions. I’m sharing my time between evenly between design & strategy work around Workplace, pre-sale as well as evangelism – where the last part has take me all around Europe (so far) speaking at conferences and user groups.
My first “real” talk (having held a number of talks at internal conferences prior to it) were at Techdays Sweden in 2016. It included song, dance, a penguin – and one of the most awarded speakers in the Tech-world at the front row. But it went well, I learned a lot and I learnt that the only way to be better at speaking – is to speak, and getting feedback and listen to feedback.
I have had a lot of help from colleagues, friends, coaches, attendees and my family over the years – and now its time to give back. I’m passionate about speaking. I’m passionate about helping other be better speakers – while keeping your personal touch and feel. I’m passionate about seeing people succeed.
I work mostly with Microsoft technologies, but happy to help out with any topic. In that way, I learn a bit myself. I love to listen, and what I hope to get from every talk I attend is: Getting 100 % focus on the speaker and the topic, feel the passion and joy from the speaker, and leave the room exhausted – but also filled with new knowledge and inspiration. That’s also what I try to give in all my talks – and I hope to be able to help you achieve in yours.
- Location: North Augusta, SC (UTC – 5) (EST)
- Expertise: T-SQL Development
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Email | Blog
Aaron N. Cutshall is a Sr. Data Architect with 20 years of experience in analysis, design and development for applications and databases in manufacturing and warehousing plus over 12 years in the Healthcare Informatics field. His primary focus has been in designing and developing solutions for extremely large data sets that perform quite well in SQL Server.
He is active in the SQL Server community and speaks at SQL Saturday sessions across the country since 2012. His focus is in T-SQL development, set theory, and processing massive amounts of data as efficiently as possible.
My name is Eric Berg and I work as Lead IT-Architect in the Azure Team of COMPAREX in Germany. Also I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management.
Right now I am focussing on Azure and Datacenter Infrastructure and Management. In the past I have done a lot in Client Management area too.
Since 2016 I am the organizer of the Azure Thüringen Meetup, where we talk about Azure related stuff from infrastructure to development.
I am active speaker on national and international conferences and user groups like, Azure Meetups, System Center User Groups, Cloud and Datacenter User Group, Technical Summit, IT-Camps, Microsoft Ignite, ExpertsLive, Cloud and Datacenter Conference, …
Also I am running a podcast and a webcast series together with one of my fellow MVPs called GeekSprech and GeekSchau.
As a Consultant it was my day to day business to present solutions to the customer. With my growing engagement in the community there were more opportunities to be chosen as a speaker. Over time I was invited to participate in several Call for Speakers and this was my starting point for international speaking engagements.
My first speaking opportunity at Microsoft Ignite was insane. There was a room fitting for 600 people and me standing on stage…prepared but nervous… speaking in front of such an audience….in englisch as a non-native speaker – The result was overwhelming… great feedback, questions and evaluations.
Now I am here to help others to reach the same point and feel this overwhelming feeling after a speech. I would like to share my experiences, help to prepare good stories for your presentations and see you make your own experiences.
- Location: EST (UTC -5)
- Expertise: SQL Server database engine, high availability and disaster recovery, security
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog
My name is Mohammad Darab. I’m a SQL Server Consultant, speaker and blogger with over 18 years of IT professional experience, 10+ years of that working with SQL Server. Some areas of focus: database engine, high availability / disaster recovery, and security. I’m an MCITP and MCP 2016 (working towards my MCSE), as well as Security+ certified.
I am fairly new to speaking and absolutely enjoy it. That is why I reached out to become a mentor to anyone thinking about it! Feel free to reach out if you want to talk about how I overcame my fear of public speaking.
- Location: Wiltshire, UK (UTC)
- Expertise: SQL Server, Windows, some Linux, some BigData, some fun…
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn
Thanks for picking me. Or, if you haven’t picked me and I just turned up randomly, “hi” as well. How has your day been ?
I guess you want to know a little bit about me, and why I’m more than happy to give up my time for you. See, I’ve always thought that people don’t talk enough. Sure, we communicate, but that’s too easy and not really helping anyone to grow. So, that’s why I’m talking to you now…
I started being a geek a long time ago (it was a Dragon32, if you must know). After a brief failure to study for a Batchelor’s Degree, I worked as a Legal Executive, a production-line operative, and a burglar alarm salesman. Getting tired of that, I fibbed a bit and said I could work Excel (hey, I’d used Lotus 123 at home – how hard could it be ? That ‘Windows 3.1’ wouldn’t take off, though).
After a while, I moved into data, and that’s pretty much where I’ve been since 1998.
I’ve always enjoyed showing-off… errm… sorry, ‘Presenting’ but as a confirmed geek, it took a while for me to be able to put that social awks aside, find my voice, and get out into the world. I took sandwiches, you know, I case I got lost…
My first real ‘public’ session was at a Lightning Talk at SQLBits Nottingham in 2013, about how SQL 6.5 was the future.
I’ve done several user groups since then, a SQLSaturday, and several SQL Relay days. My latest one (at time of writing) was at SQLBits 2018 (Mostly Microsoft Data Platform stuff), and was about a NoSQL datastore running on Linux. I was *really* surprised they even let me in the building !
Anyway, enough about me. We’re here for you, and that’s why you’re here. How can I help you be your future ?
Thanks for reading. Talk soon, yes ?