Thanks to Jon Shaulis (b|t) for hosting this month’s topic. (If you’re interested in knowing more about T-SQL Tuesday, go to tsqltuesday.com and read up.) Our topic is to talk about our experiences with Imposter Syndrome. The goal in sharing is to help others who are also experiencing it.
I’ve been thinking lately about all the great opportunities that I’ve had through 2019. I’d have to say that this past year was a pretty good one for me in the SQL Community.
* I’ve spoken at 6 SQL Saturdays and 2 user groups, including my first remote presentation.
* I was on the planning committee for SQL Saturday Boston 2019 and am on the board for the New England SQL User Group (serving the Greater Boston area).
* I was selected as an IDERA ACE Class of 2020.
* Have I mentioned that I competed and won Speaker Idol at PASS Summit yet? (I know – I’m truly taking advantage of those “bragging rights.”)
* In addition to speaking, I’ve also written 14 blog posts, including 3 for T-SQL Tuesday, and had close to 1000 views as recorded by WordPress metrics over the past year. While this may not seem like a huge impact in some ways, I’m still pretty proud that I reached as many of you as I have. Thanks to everyone who has been reading!
I’m already planning all of the SQL Saturdays that I want to attend over the next year, including some that require traveling further than what I may be used to. I have a backlog of blog posts I want to write as well as a couple new presentations to develop. I have at least one User Group presentation on the calendar and will hopefully do some more, including at least one virtual group. Needless to say, I’m hoping 2020 will be an even better year than 2019.
This brings me back to the idea of opportunities.
We are so fortunate to have a community where we can participate in so many different ways – whether it’s just as an in person or virtual participant or as a speaker or an organizer. And even with all of these opportunities, there are people who don’t take advantage of any of these things. By being involved, I have made connections to people who help me be better at my job. While I may not get a chance to work directly with the technology, knowing it exists can make a difference in the decisions made day-to-day. Discovering that I’m part of a supportive network, both professionally and personally, has given me confidence to push myself to learn more, improve my existing skills, and a desire to give back to the community. Most importantly, I love being a part of all of this because it’s really what turns my job into my career.
I encourage all of you to take advantage of all of the opportunities our community has to offer in some new way over the next year – your career is worth it. And I hope to meet more of you over the next year.
This should be my final post about Speaker Idol 2019. I’ve said Thank You’s, I’ve told you how I put the presentation together, and now it’s time to give back. Here’s my advice for anyone who wants to do this in the future. Some of these apply regardless of whether you’re competing so I’m breaking these out in general.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to pull together a T-SQL Tuesday post. But Mala (b|t) has given us a topic that is easy enough that even someone like me, who overthinks and over-edits her posts, can pull something together.
For this month’s topic, Mala asked us what our gifts over the past year have been. The no-brainer answer for me is a supportive #sqlfamily.
I had two pretty big “gifts” recently (you can read about them here and here) – neither of which would have happened if it hadn’t been for the support of this community.
But even more than that, I’ve been able to get to know more people in the SQL community over the past year – too many to mention by name. The fact I can call many of you “my friend” and not just “some random person I stalk follow on Twitter” is a true gift.
I’m look forward to sharing this gift of #sqlfamily with more of you this coming year!
I thought I’d share some more about my Speaker Idol experience. This post feels a little weird for me because I am writing about pulling together my presentation. I say this is weird because I’m not used to talking about myself like this. But my real goal in sharing this is every speaker has a different way they pull presentations together and as this was a very different presentation, I thought I’d share my process. That or I feel the need to milk the Speaker Idol win a little more. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.