As I write this, it’s fewer than forty-eight hours until the new year, which, I figure, is just a good a time as any to review the past year, and look forward to the next.
Because I focus my ‘blog about professional development and technical communication, let’s start there. How about a run-down of my speaking engagements this year?
- February 13: New England SQL User Group
- March 8: PASS Professional Development Virtual Group
- March 30: SQL Saturday (BI Edition), Boston, MA
- May 4: SQL Saturday, Philadelphia, PA
- June 8: SQL Saturday, Virginia Beach, VA
- July 20: SQL Saturday, Albany, NY
- August 24: SQL Saturday, Providence, RI
- October 5: SQL Saturday, New York, NY
- November 8: PASS Summit, Seattle, WA
It looks like I’ve had a busy speaking year. While compiling this list, it also made me think about other events around my calendar.
- My wife and I made a vacation out of the Virginia Beach trip. It made for a fun time, and it was the farthest I’d traveled for a SQL Saturday.
- It was not, however, the farthest I’d traveled for a PASS event; that would be PASS Summit. This year, I was selected to speak at PASS Summit. Being selected to speak at this event was quite the feather in my cap, and an enormous honor!
- Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a big baseball fan. I’ve attended countless baseball games since I was thirteen. For NYC SQL Saturday in October, I attended my first-ever postseason ballgame — something that had been on my bucket list for quite some time.
- Speaking of bucket lists, I fulfilled one of mine that involves one of my extracurriculars. I’ve been a musician since I was seven. What is the goal of just about every aspiring musician? To play at Carnegie Hall, of course! Guess who got a chance to do that this year!
- Sadly, not all events this year were happy. I lost someone close to me this year.
So, those are some of what I did in 2019. What do I have coming up in 2020?
As of today, I have two confirmed speaking dates.
- January 13: CASSUG monthly meeting, Albany, NY — I will do a lightning talk at my local user group about my experience at PASS Summit.
- January 21: I will be doing a virtual presentation at noon (Eastern US time). Click here for more information and to register!
Also, as of today, I’ve submitted presentations to the following events.
- February 29: SQL Saturday #953, Rochester, NY
- March 21: SQL Saturday #945, Chicago, IL (if I’m picked to speak, this will be the farthest I’ve traveled for a SQL Saturday)
- May 2: SQL Saturday #936, Philadelphia, PA (if I’m picked here, this will be five consecutive years that I’m picked for Philadelphia)
- July 25: SQL Saturday #961, Albany, NY (my hometown SQL Saturday)
I also intend to apply to speak at Boston on October 3. As of today, this event page is not yet live. I am also contemplating applying to speak at PASS Summit in Houston and SQL Saturday in Virginia Beach.
2019 was a busy year, and it appears that I will not be slowing down in 2020.
Happy New Year, all! I’ll catch you on the other side!