Hope that post gets shared and make people think.
To all of you who register for a free SQL events like SQLSaturday and then don’t show up. Here are my questions to you:
- Are you completely aware that those events are indeed free for you?
- Do you recognize that the speakers are not only willing to share their knowledge for free, but they are actually coming completely on their time and expenses?
- Do you know that the event is so free that will most of the times provide even food and drinks?
- Did you know that the sponsors are also giving away great presents and you have to do nothing to be able to win them?
- Are you sure that you realize how much networking you can make and what an impact that can have on your career?
- Don’t you want to just have fun and be surrounded with great people?
- If the answer to all of those questions is “Yes”, then please remember that in order for you to “get” all of the above, the only thing you are requested to do is to just show up.
I am really sorry to say that, but it cannot get easier for you than that. It just can’t and because I know that the drop-out rate of almost every SQLSaturday or other free event is quite high, I am now asking all of you – organizers, speakers, regular attendees, everyone – please share and talk with as many people as possible and let them realize all of the above. I am sure that will help raise the rate of the people that show up(in the same way it helps when you – organizers – are asking the registered to unregister if they now know they won’t be able to come at the event) and I am sure because I have already seen a successful example – Dejan Sarka(t|b) did exactly that(and this blog post is “inspired” because of a recent conversation with him on that same topic) and the results were that he(together with Matija Lah and Mladen Prajdic) had more than 90% of the registered people show up at their SQLSaturday in Slovenia last year!
I just felt I needed to finally write this one as I have been talking about it with so many people about it in the last few years. Now I am hoping. I am hoping something will change…