Bob Pusateri hosts this months T-SQL Tuesday. The topic is Presenting and Loving it! You’ll notice that the topic of this blog post takes the exclamation mark and turns it into a question mark. The thing is that I’m not much of a presenter. I’ve presented twice in my life to groups who were not coworkers. Three times if you count my best-man speech for my brother.
In Bob’s TSQL Tuesday invitation, he asks us “How did you come to love presenting?” and “When was the first time you presented and really loved it?” I’ll let you know when and if that ever happens.
But guess what? It turns out that I’m giving a talk to the Toronto SQL Server User Group tonight which will let me grow my presentation CV from two SQL talks to three. I bet no other blogger can brag that they’ve given 33% of their SQL Server Presentations on the same day as Bob’s T-SQL Tuesday about presentations.
So I’ve got a very short list of advice to give you today. I can only describe some of the things that I’ve done to prepare:
- I follow Paul Randal’s advice at Configuring SSMS for presenting. I follow it to the letter. It’s easy to set up and makes SSMS readable.
- I install Zoomit. Just in case. I don’t think I have any content that requires it, but you never know.
- I installed SSMS Toolspack by Mladen Prajdić. The SQL Snippets feature (which are still way better than SSMS’s native snippets feature). Are great for keeping demo scripts at your fingertips. I have snippets for “d1”, “d2”, “d3” and “d4”. Which correspond to the demos I plan to show.
So are you in Toronto today? Got plans? Come on out to the user group tonight. I expect it will be pretty fun. I’m really comfortable with the topic and so I think it will be a blast. So when was the first time I presented and really loved it? Ask me again tomorrow.