SQLSaturday Game Plan

I’ve been working on some new ideas for presentations, because the Polyglot Persistence session I’ve been doing recently highlights one of my weaknesses (lecture style sessions). My favorite idea so far is a SQLSaturday presentation about SQLSaturday. It would be very informative and fun for the audience, which is much more my style. Here is a draft of the title and abstract:

SQLSaturday: Design Your  Game Plan to Maximize ROI

You may not realize this, but you need a solid plan to take advantage of the many amazing opportunities that SQLSaturday provides. SQLSatuday is structured to enable you achieve a variety of your goals; from building your professional network to attending technical sessions that solve problems you are facing right now, and more. My goal is to point out how to capitalize on those opportunities, by creating a plan to maximize your time investment.

The abstract above gives you an idea where I’m going with this, but here is a draft outline of the presentation:

Introduction

Sessions

  • Selecting the right sessions
  • Participate and provide useful feedback
  • Why speakers are doing it
  • How did these speakers get in and how much are they making?

Social Media

  • Using Twitter during a SQLSaturday to expand your network
  • LinkedIn
    • Personalize connection requests for people you meet here
    • Show/explain the value of using tags on connections
    • Show LinkedIn Labs InMaps
    • Show exchanges I’ve had with the SQL Community that wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t put an effort into networking at SQLSaturdays
  • Flickr
  • Blogging

Networking

  • Talk about key points from Don Gabor’s How To Start a Conversation book
  • SQLSaturday networking page
  • Natural conversation starters at a SQLSaturday

Events with the Event

  • Registering (get on that networking page)
  • Speaker Dinner
  • Registration
  • Lunch
  • Visiting Sponsors
  • Prize Drawings
  • After Party

I’ve been to enough SQLSaturdays that I have good stories for all of these, but I don’t want to give it all away, or you won’t attend. The important questions I have are:

  • Do you think I’m onto something here (ie, will organizers choose this session)?
  • Will attendees understand the value of a session like this?
  • Do you have any suggestions for the title, abstract, or content?

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