During my first year in the university, I started realising that being really good at what you are studying for is a necessity. Actually, it is a must! However, I started realising that it is quite not enough. It just isn’t if you want to succeed and it isn’t enough, because one should have a broader spectrum of knowledge and skills. One of the areas, I thought back then is important, were presentation skills and so, I started searching for ways to develop them, but boy that turned out to be a challenge!
Some months later and because I was so passionate and motivated to learn how to speak in front of an audience, I personally organised a course – found the trainer, a group of people, paid the entry fee(for the course that I was organising!) and we started our journey towards how to be amazing presenters! This was probably one of the best months I have ever had and yeap… I learned some stuff!
Today, I am not only a SQL Server DBA, but a trainer also, who teaches people on both SQL Server and Presentation skills. And yes, I AM LOVING IT! I just love to be out there entertaining, teaching, helping and that way – enjoying myself! I really believe that this is one of the things I just have to do in order to be… me.
Going back, though, I can easily distinguish one presentation, that I think was so much fun! This was my session for building a private cloud with SQL Server on SQLSaturday 152 in Sofia. Now, what was so special, you will say? I will not leave this question unanswered:
1. I almost overslept for the conference. When I got there, though, I heard my manager saying to the audience(he was giving a short keynote) something like: “Bobi will also present today, but he is still not here. I hope he will get here faster, though!” and yes, the audience was laughing! It is always nice to hear that your manager wants you to be somewhere. FAST! 😀
2. I presented with my MacBook Pro – I was dreaming of this moment – I have always wanted to present with my Mac in a conference related to Microsoft technologies! It’s just the way people react when they see a Mac on such an event that continues to “motivate” me doing it! 😀
3. My Mac, though, decided to not work – some problems arouse with the cabling and I did not manage to start my presentation. However, I was about to do 3 demos and everything was on my Mac.
4. We have started to “migrate” all of my materials on my manager’s PC (while having so much fun with the audience, because they were asking questions like “do you need a working computer?” :D) and the cabling was still causing us headaches! At that moment though, I pointed to the audience and said – you see? it’s not my Mac! (which led to even more fun and interesting questions :D).
5. When we finally managed to fix the problems (with the help of the local IT support team), the presentation started and it was one of the best I have ever done! Since then, I cannot wait for the next SQLSaturday event that I will be presenting – SQLSaturday 199.
So that’s it! I promised to keep it short, so thanks for reading my first(but not last) post for T-SQL Tuesday!