Eric Berg

Location: Germany (UTC +2)
Expertise: Azure, Cloud and Datacenter Management, Client Management, Automation, IT Strategy, Podcast, Webcast
Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

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.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn and visit my Blog 

Mohammad Darab

Presenting at SQL Saturday Dallas 2018
  • 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.

You can reach me either on Twitter,  LinkedIn, or Email.

Richard Munn

Richard Munn - Cassandra - Bristol Feb 18
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK (UTC)
  • Expertise: SQL Server, Windows, some Linux, some BigData, some fun…
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Hi.

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 ?

 

Bjoern Peters

Mentoring - Bjoern Peters - SQLPASS_DE - Speaker - SQL Server and Azure
  • Location: Germany | DE (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Relational databases (primarily SQL Server), Azure SQL Database, Azure Data platform
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedInBlog

 

My name is Bjoern Peters and I love SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases and to speak about it 😉

I’m in MSSQL databases since version 6.5 (which was in 2000), since 2011 I’m a member of SQL PASS and held my first talk about SQL Server in 2015. Here in Germany, I’m active as volunteer and speaker at several data platform events like SQL Saturday or SQLGrillen.

Since October 2016 I’m also the organizer of the Azure Meetup Hamburg, where we talk about all topics of Azure on a monthly base.

Before my first public session, I was really afraid but right after it… I’ll never stop it anymore it is so much fun to share knowledge with the audience! And now I want to help others to step ahead and make their own experience.

Looking forward to helping you prepare your presentation and speak for a session at any event you would like to.

Paul Andrew

  • Location: UK (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: Azure Data Platform, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Lambda Architectures
  • Contact: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog

OMrPaulAndrewnce upon a time there was a junior developer. This developer was passionate about what he did and wanted to share all his knowledge with anyone willing to listen. Ambition was a key motivator, combined with a small amount of competitiveness and a burning desire to know everything he had big plans to become a subject matter expert in his field.

Through our incredible data platform community these goals can be achieved. The community can facilitate your growth and open doors to every corner of this vast IT industry. But be warned, this takes commitment, bucket loads of effort and (let’s be realistic) a reasonable amount of personal time sacrificed. However, you will get out what you put in.

If these things ring true with you and you wish to grow yourself through our community please reach out, I’d be happy to help.

I was that junior developer about 20 years ago and what was true then is still true now. But maybe slightly more refined. The community has supported my career growth in ways I never expected, through blogging, helping, speaking and organising events.

I’m now a Senior Data Analytics Consultant at Adatis (a London based business intelligence consultancy) and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I currently specialise in architecting big data solutions with Microsoft Azure services and delivering intelligent insights for my customers business.

I look forward to hearing from you and starting your data journey in our community.

 

 

 

 

Martina Grom

  • Location: AUT (UTC +1)
  • Expertise: Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture & Strategy, Change Management, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Social.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me

My passion is online and social media, cloud computing, and Office 365.

I have a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.

I am an introvert who loves to speak at conferences. It challenges me and as English is not my first language it is also always a challenge to give english talks. In the beginning I used to speak at smaller events but soon I tried to speak at larger events. I love to share knowledge as I know you learn something new every time when you attend a session. Hopefully I can give something back to others.

I am recognized as an expert in Microsoft Online Services solutions and was one of the first eight MVPs worldwide to receive an award in 2011 for my expertise in Office 365. Since 2015, I am also a Regional Director for Microsoft.

You can reach me on Twitter | LinkedIn | About.me and I am excited to support you.

 

 

Sarah Withee

Sarah Withee at AlterConf Portland 2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US (Eastern, UTC-5)
Areas of expertise: More little bits of many things and less expertise in one thing! PHP,  JavaScript, C#, Java, C++, Python, SQL, software engineer, hardware building and programming, robotics, team building, mental health in tech, women in tech, community building, starting in open source, programming language comparisons, tech resume building, and a whole host of other things I haven’t remembered to list.
Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Website | Blog

Hi! I’m Sarah, a friendly polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. I have a passion for technology and have ever since I wrote my first computer programs in elementary school.

My first conference talk was in 2015. Several friends had told me about a conference in a city a few hours away that really wanted women speakers, and saince I had been teaching a college programming class, I would do fine at this. Having no idea on what to make up a talk about, I was browsing Twitter one day and noticed a lot of tweets about the Raspberry Pi. I had several years of robotics experience at that point, and so I made up an abstract about how to build hardware projects with it. I proposed it there. A friend suggested a local conference, so I proposed it there. I was on an organizing committee, and someone in that group said “you’re giving it at ours too, right?” Then an on-campus organization wanted me to give it there. So I had a talk to give at four places and I haven’t even written it yet! The talk, “Intro to Hacking with the Raspberry Pi,” has been my most popular talk ever, including my second presentation getting an encore because the room had so many people inside and outside trying to see it that it was causing problems for the organizers. (If you want to read the full story of my first zany year of speaking, I wrote a blog post on it.)

I’ve been speaking and teaching since 2011, and have given dozens of talks and presentations at a wide variety of conferences and events. They have ranged from incredibly popular technical talks to powerful talks capable of making people laugh and cry at the same time. I’ve taught workshops on programming and hardware building to women in tech as well as students of all ages. I’ve helped organize 6 conferences and have volunteered with several others.

If you’re interested in starting to conference speak and just not sure how, or you have an idea and not sure how to form it into a great talk, I’d love to help out! I love talking to people and inspiring and encouraging them to get started speaking, but also coaching them through the brainstorming, proposal, writing, designing slides, and presentation processes. I’ve worked with many people over the years to help get their talks into shape, and would be glad to help you out too!

Feel free to contact me on my website’s contact page, find me on Twitter, or send me a message on LinkedIn. Let me know you found me on SpeakingMentors.com!

Greg Moore

  • Location: Troy NY (UTC -5)
  • SQL Server, Disasters, Cave Rescue
  • @stridergdm

I’m just getting started here so bear with me as I figure out the lay of the land.

I’m a SQL DBA with over 20 years of experience with SQL Server.

I’ve been speaking at SQL Saturday Events for over 3 years now and love to see new speakers breaking into the field.

In addition to SQL, I also am a caver and teach cave rescue. I also enjoy studying disasters such as plane crashes.

I’ve combined my interests in these three fields into a book, currently on Amazon (small plug) IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field.

I’d love to say my first SQL Saturday speaking engagement was a downright success with a standing ovation at the end.  But alas, honesty and modesty prevails and I have to say far from that. The title was “Tips that Saved my Bacon.” Before I even started the presentation, a woman in the back raised her hand and asked, “What is bacon?”  Fortunately it got better from there.

If I can survive that, you can survive your first speaking experience.

I’m looking forward to working with folks who like to combine slightly offbeat topics into something educational and entertaining.

Chris O’Dell

  • Location: London, UK (UTC)
  • Expertise: CI/CD, AWS, DevOps, .Net
  • Contact: Twitter | Email

I knew I wanted to be a programmer since I was a child – computers were magical and I could make them do things simply by typing instructions into it.  I remember the first time we got the internet at home and I discovered HTML.  I decided I’d take computer classes at school despite being the only girl.  I then got a degree in Computer Science before embarking out into the world.

It was in my third job and first job in London that I gave my first presentation. I had great encouragement from colleagues and I told a familiar story – our CI/CD development practices.  It was 20 mins long and at a small meetup.

To my surprise, I was asked to give the talk again at other meetups and even a full 60 minute version at a big London conference.  Suddenly I’m a speaker!

I’ve continued to speak at events and, despite mistakes, I’m enjoying sharing knowledge and I’d like to share these skills with others.

Chris Yates

 

Location: Kentucky (UTC -5)
Expertise: SQL Server
Contact: Twitter|LinkedIn

I’m an 18-year vet of SQL Server currently living in Kentucky. I started off as a developer who turned into an accidental DBA as most of us do. I started working with SQL Server full time back in 2000. Most of my speaking originally centered around Juvenile Diabetes which I’m an advocate for. Over time I felt as though I could start helping others in my own industry. After becoming an Assistant Vice President|Database Administration Manager I found myself with speaking opportunities that I never thought I would have. If you’ve been around me long enough then you will know I’m big on if we just reach one person than it is all worth it.

The art of public speaking can be both daunting and rewarding. I’m living proof that if you put hard work into it you will be able to succeed. Everyone has some sort of story to share; don’t wait another minute.

The people found on this site are here to help and some of the best data professionals around.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn