More than one person has asked me, “Why are you running your own pre-conference event instead of doing a PASS Summit pre-con? Isn’t that a bad thing, like you’re taking away attendees from PASS?” I really, really want to do PASS pre-cons again, but for now, it all comes down to a few gotchas in the PASS speaker contract. At PASS, we’re not allowed to use our scripts. The speaker contract says: You recognize and agree that the purpose of your session(s) is to provide educational content and is not to be used as a sales or marketing platform. Personal contact information…Read
If you’re a community SQL Server presenter who wants to travel around to regional events, SQLSaturday pre-conference classes can help pay your expenses. I’ve settled into a sales routine that seems to work for me, so time for me to share it with you and keep moving the community forward. Teaching a pre-con in Pittsburgh Understand what you can teach in one day. Hone in on your target attendee, define the pain they’re facing, and come up with a list of actions they’ll take as soon as they get back to work. Figure out the fastest way you can teach them how to perform those actions.…Read
Conference season is about to start, and it’s time to think critically. (No, that doesn’t mean yelling “BOO!” from the back row.) Critical thinking (Wikipedia) means listening to what someone is saying, then analyzing the contents and coming to your own decision about the concepts involved. “The Wonder Widgetizer will make you 50% better looking.” When you’re listening to a conference session or keynote, ask yourself: Who does the speaker work for? On whose behalf is the speaker talking? Are they stating facts or opinions? If you wanted to prove their facts, how would you go about doing it? If you…Read
The PASS Board of Directors election campaign season has started, and candidate Ryan Adams asked if I had any questions I’d like to ask him. Sure! Here goes: Brent: First, thanks for everything you’ve done over the years as a volunteer. I know you work your butt off, and I’m impressed with what you’ve accomplished. How many hours a week are you putting into the community, and what does that week look like? Ryan Adams Ryan: I would say I put in about 15 hours a week on average. That time varies wildly and it is all very sporadic. There might…Read
I wasn’t gonna write about this, but I keep getting emails that say, “ZOMG, you weren’t accepted to speak at the PASS Summit? What’s the deal?” It’s totally okay – I didn’t submit, and I’m not attending either. tl;dr – I just wanted to try something different this year for a bunch of totally okay, not-political-at-all reasons. I want to help as many people as I can. When I do free community work, my goal is to help as many people as I can at a time. If I spend an hour working on community stuff, how can I help the maximum number…Read
One of the things I love about conferences is that I’m suddenly surrounded by hundreds or thousands of people who do exactly the same thing I do for a living. We work in kind of a loner field – data professionals often have to work alone in an organization, with nobody else to understand what we do. It’s incredibly therapeutic to suddenly be able to talk to someone else who gets it. We can vent together about how tough our work is (and how rewarding it is when we get it right.) Before you know it, you’ve made lifelong friends…Read
Want to learn more about what it takes to run a PASS Virtual Chapter? Want to volunteer to get one up and running? Or maybe you want to up the game for your local user group and start doing webcasts of local speakers? @JenStirrup Jen Stirrup is running a free Wednesday webcast series to get you started. She’s the Director of PASS Virtual Chapters, and she’s on the PASS Board of Directors. Click on the titles you’d like to register for: Oct 8 (Weds) – Virtual Chapter Padawan, covering: What is the difference between an organizer, panellist and a presenter?…Read
Great news this morning – PASS turned the ship around in 24 hours. Late last night, PASS President Tom LaRock announced: Voting deadlines have been extended until October 14th If you didn’t get a ballot email, you can still vote, but you have to update your PASS profile by Oct 5th The password vulnerabilities are fixed, and in the process of being tested Go change your SQLPASS.org password right now. This kills two birds with one stone: you’ll become eligible to vote, and less eligible for hacking. If you use that same password, go change it in every other place you use…Read
I wasn’t originally going to share this, but given how PASS is handling the things that you do know about, it’s time for you to know the even worse story. In this June’s NomCom election, when you signed in to vote, your PASS login credentials were shared with a third party. I tweeted it at first because I was so shell-shocked – this just couldn’t possibly be happening, and it had to be a misinterpretation on my part. After that initial discovery, we took the vulnerability reporting privately to PASS. Volunteer Andy Warren (@SQLAndy – SQLAndy.com) led the charge, working with…Read
Yesterday, as PASS ballots went out via email, people started asking why they weren’t getting ballots: @sqlpass There's something broken here – I never got any emails about updating my profile. I'm a PASS member, I should get to vote. — Paul Randal (@PaulRandal) September 24, 2014 https://twitter.com/GavinPayneUK/status/515035419936038912 @wendy_dance I'm not elligible? I've been volunteering, helping run the Denver group, and pulling of SQL Sats… #sqlpass #passvotes — Mike Fal (@Mike_Fal) September 24, 2014 @sqlpass this is not cool – @KimberlyLTripp doesn't have a vote either. Can you fix this please? — Paul Randal (@PaulRandal) September 24, 2014 So how…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.