Eugene Meidinger

Eugene Meidinger Speaking
  • 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!

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.

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 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

 

Randolph West

Randolph says stuff
  • Location: Canada (UTC -0700)
  • Expertise: SQL Server performance tuning. Windows network administration. C# development. Linux administration. Acting. Directing. Writing.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

While I’ve been interested in technology most of my life, I only took it seriously in 1997. I did a diploma in software support and networking, and then had a choice between SAP certification and a Windows NT 4.0 MCSE. The Microsoft certification was cheaper, and it has been downhill from there.

Towards the end of 2004, I became a junior lecturer in Java at a community college in South Africa. The teaching bug bit me hard, and I went full time into teaching high school computer classes in 2005. There was an adjacent three-year period of Saturday School, where I volunteered to teach underprivileged children aged 11 to 14 every weekend in exchange for five bucks (to cover gas) and a hot dog.

Although I live in Canada now, I have been sharing my knowledge through various means since then, most recently as a speaker at conferences (the Calgary PASS user group, roadshows, SQLSaturdays, the first Compañero Conference, and the upcoming SQLBits 2018). Microsoft awarded me a Data Platform MVP in 2016. I co-authored Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out, and I will be mentoring a speaker for the 2018 TEDx event in Calgary.

Having passion about your interest is a good starting point in becoming a speaker, but that alone doesn’t magically make you good. In 2012 I attended SQLskills training for three weeks, and had the opportunity to present in front of Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp, two of the best public speakers in our industry. I learned a lot from that experience! In just one evening I learned to slow my pace, build a story, and not use filler words.

My speaking experience also extends to the stage and screen. I have acted in, produced and directed many plays, and performed in and produced several independent films and TV / web series. I am a member of ACTRA, the professional acting union here in Canada. There are many parallels between public speaking and acting.

My first official talk as a data professional was at the Vancouver SQLSaturday two years ago. I spent many hours preparing, and although the room had only a few attendees, two of them were Mike Fal and Argenis Fernandez. I ended on time, my demos worked, and there were good questions. Since then I have spoken at many events.

Something I’ve learned from performing on stage is that every audience member matters. The size of the room is not important, and neither is the size of the audience. Your performance (or session) at a small venue with three people at a SQLSaturday should be to the same level you would perform in a room of 5,000 paid attendees.

Mark Wilkinson

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Expertise: SQL Server performance tuning/monitoring, using Git without breaking things, Linux, and drinking coffee
  • Contact: Twitter | Email

I am a father of 4, and live in Raleigh North Carolina (read more about my family life @ Two Plus Four Makes Us). I love fixing problems, teaching others how to fix problems, and learning new things. In my spare time I like to play with my kids, watch movies with my wife, and nerd out on whatever technology I am currently interested in (I am nerding out pretty hard studying for a Red Hat certification at the moment).

I fell into database work when I became the accidental DBA after our only DBA left the company. I fell in love with performance monitoring and tuning out of necessity and haven’t looked back since. I have been working with SQL Server for a little over 10 years, and it was the SQL community that got me interested in speaking.

After going to a few SQL Server user group meetings on 2014 I learned about something called SQL Saturday.  The user group leader was also the organizer of the local SQL Saturday and he convinced me to submit a session. I did and it was accepted. Speaking at that first SQL Saturday changed my life. I met a lot of great people and found out that I really enjoy teaching people about things I am passionate about. Since then I have spoken at several SQL Saturday events and user group meetings on the east coast, and I try to convince others to speak anytime I can.

You can reach me via Twitter or Email.

Angela Henry

  • Location:  High Point, NC (UTC +5)
  • Expertise:  SQL Server BI Stack (SSIS, SSRS, SSAS), DBA topics
  • Contact:  Twitter | LinkedIn

I am a DBA/BI Developer, living in High Point, NC and love what I do. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 20+ years.  During that time I’ve worn all the hats that come with dealing with SQL Server: developer, administrator, data architect and BI developer.  I have my MSCE: Business Intelligence and was awarded Microsoft’s MVP – Data Platform in 2018 for my community contributions.   I have been a PASS Local Group leader since 2012.

When I first went to college, I wanted to be a teacher, until I realized I had a horrible fear of public speaking.  I quickly switched careers paths, but never lost my desire to teach.  Back in 2013, I was asked to give a talk at a local user group on SSIS by a very good friend because her speaker had cancelled at the last minute.  I couldn’t leave her hanging, so I threw something together really quickly and presented for the very first time.  Because I didn’t hyperventilate, I considered it to be a success.

Since then I have spoken at several Local Group meetings, a local tech conference, and numerous SQL Saturdays.  I have even given a virtual presentation.

I know how hard it is to speak in public.  I still get nervous, but I have developed ways to deal with that nervousness and would love to help others achieve their goal of public speaking.  If I can do it, so can you!

Andy Yun

Andy Yun presenting Everybody Has a Story To Tell

I have been working with SQL Server since about 2000/2001, but I did not discover the SQL Server Community for another 10 years.  I started attending events like SQL Saturday, and was in awe of the speakers who presented awesome sessions.  The thing is, I never thought I could ever be one of those people.  I’m not a walking encyclopedia, SQL Server guru… I’m just a regular guy… a DB developer.

But as time went on, I became friends with many regular speakers, and I discovered something important.  These experts, who I thought were far superior to me, were not that much different from me.  They just had the passion, energy, and courage to share their story.

And I learned that I have my own story to tell too.

I gave my first full presentation at SQL Saturday Madison 2014 (#287) and I have not looked back.  Since, I’ve presented all over at User Groups, SQL Saturdays, SQLBits, and PASS Summit.  And I’ve had an unbelievable amount of fun along the way, befriending many awesome people in the SQL Server community.

It’s been a fantastic journey and I want to help you start your own.