During my years at the university I was a top student! I even won an academic scholarship that freed me up from the not that small university fees. However, when I was in my second year of studies and because I was spending quite some time in seminars, conferences and various events, I noticed that I am missing a core skill set – how to present in front of an audience.
It took me quite some time (and I am always improving…), but I gained serious presentation skills. I even presented at Microsoft on how to deliver technical presentations in the proper way. Meanwhile, I was already making my first steps in the SQL Server world, inspired by Magi Naumova, who is a SQL Server Certified Master, with whom I just recently presented in the local user group. So, I think you can feel where this is going:
SQL Server and Presentation skills – The Technology and The Skill.
Whenever I am asked how can someone really progress in his(/her) career (be that DBA path or not), I always answer the same way:
Know the technology and teach it to people!
In my opinion if you are actually DOING both of these, you are already in the right path to success and I(and I am sure you too) can always spot the difference between someone that is good at something and someone that is good at something, but is also teaching that to others. It’s just that the one that also teaches is at a different level! The reasons for that are many and I don’t want to discuss them here in detail, but they can easily be summarised this way – better soft skills and deeper knowledge on the subject.
So that are the technology and the skill that helped me get to where I am and to do what I do at the moment(and I am loving it!). What’s more fascinating to me though is that both of these – SQL Server and presenting – are no ending areas of study and paths for improvement, which means that all of us will always have more to learn. And one more thing – to all of you who are still not getting their hands dirty with delivering presentations or trainings – start doing it…NOW! You will be amazed what a benefit this is for both you and your company or clients!
Wendi, thanks for the great topic and for hosting number 42! I can’t wait to see all other blog posts! And… I am sorry I did not mention anything about bacon, but I’m a vegetarian… 🙂