Completing a Speaking Trifecta
I'm back doing some public speaking. I'm not sure I like blogging, but I do like giving presentations. So, I'm gonna present around the State of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois and for that matter, anywhere else close by that will have me.
I've just completed three speaking engagements in the last eight days.
I've had the pleasure to speak in Chicago at the Chicago Suburban SQLConnections group on March 2nd, 2010. (http://sqlconnections.eventbrite.com/) (twitter: http://twitter.com/search?q=%23ChiSQL)
I presented at the Fox Valley .Net User Group's Day of .NET on March 6th, 2010. (http://dayofdotnet.fvnug.org/)
To complete the Trifecta, I just completed a presentation for the Wisconsin .NET User Group on March 9th, 2010. (http://www.wi-ineta.org/)
All three organizations are first rate. The audience participation for all three presentations was lively. While I normally wouldn't pick a favorite, the Suburban Chicago group really caught my attention. I was proud to give their second meeting's presentation (on March 2nd) and already this group is well organized. There is nothing better than getting a group of DBAs in a room and discussing Business Intelligence. Kudos to Wendy Pastrick and Kim Young on an outstanding start to a group that is well on their way. I look forward for an opportunity to present to this group in the future.
The Fox Valley .Net User Group is also a fun group. They do take care of their speakers. I also will say that while Northeastern Wisconsin may not seem like a hotbed for Microsoft technologies, this User Group would just outright prove you wrong. There is some great talent in that crowd and the entire Day of .NET was a fun way to spend a Saturday. I also have to give a link to Damon Payne (http://www.damonpayne.com/2010/03/02/SpeakingAtFVNUGDayOfNet.aspx). Damon and I carpooled up to the Appleton, WI area from the Greater Milwaukee area and a ride in his Audi S4 with DotNetRocks podcasts in the background and discussions about Silverlight and .Net 4 and other technologies rounded out the day. Damon's Silverlight presentation was in track one in the same time slot opposite mine in track two. He attracted an only slightly larger audience than I had in my presentation. Guess people blindly follow those MVPs :)
I cannot say enough about my home User Group, the Wisconsin .Net User Group. I've been affiliated off and on with this group over the last four years and find that group to be fun and enthusiastic about .NET and Microsoft products.
All three groups were generous with their kind comments about my presentation and each audience pointed out at least one flaw that helped me to improve the presentation.
You can find my presentation on Business Intelligence here (http://cs.jjbresearch.org/files/3/default.aspx)