Save the Internet

CallThe Internet we know is going away, unless we save it.

No, I’m not kidding. I’m not exaggerating. Net Neutrality says that internet providers have to treat everything on the internet equally, instead of blocking or charging more or whatever the hell else big, for-profit companies are absolutely dying to do.

Make three calls

The website Five Calls does an outstanding job of walking you through the process of, in this case, calling to save Net Neutrality, with a script and phone numbers and all. Do it today, do it now.

Call your reps about Net Neutrality.

Steal this blog, please

Feel free to copy and paste this blog post, and you don’t have to worry about attribution. This stuff is important. Get the word out.

A good summary

I’m going to make you love backups

Seriously.

This event is past, but you can watch the recording here!

On April 12 (11am Central time), I’m going to show you about two dozen ways to make your backups better, easier, faster, and more complete…using Minion Backup, of course.

Go ahead and register now.

minion backupBetter

You want to order your backups? Exclude one database? Just back up your read only databases at the end of the quarter? I’ll show you how to do all that, and of course more.

Easier

Of course we made Minion Backup plug-and-play…after all, this is the tool we use, at home and at client sites.

But even better, everything, including schedules, is table based. No more sorting through 9 different backup jobs to make sure that the new DB34 database has full backups on second Saturdays!

Faster

Did you know you can tune backups? If you did, pat yourself on the back…you’re in a slowly growing minority.

If you didn’t, today’s your lucky day! You can determine how many and what resources to throw at your backups to make them faster – and I’ll give you a big spoiler right here – that also makes your restores run faster.  You can learn all about that here in Sean’s Backup Tuning class (here’s the demo code), or you can get the highlights during my MB class…

…and hear about how to make your backup tuning dynamic!

Complete

Soooo…does your backup solution do everything?

  • Does it cover certificates?
  • Does it have tons of data logged to tables? Live insight, so you can see how far along any given backup is?
  • Does your backup solution automatically move and copy backup files?
  • How about retention, can you set backup file retention easily, and per database, and per backup type?

I’m telling you…you’re going to love this. Come by the session and see.

So did you register yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

See you there!

Happy days,
Jen

 

The Public Speaking Roadmap

So you look around, and all the cool kids are speaking at SQL Saturdays and PASS Summit and the like. You want to be the cool kids too, so how do you start public speaking?

Step 1: Know things

While you absolutely don’t have to be a 30 year veteran and world-renowned expert, it does help if you’ve got some experience with something. In other words, teach what you know.

Maybe what you know is TSQL, or Powershell, or R. Maybe it’s performance, maybe reporting. If you know a topic, talk on that topic. I hear you saying, “But plenty of people are already talking about my topic!” Well sure, just like plenty of people are already writing rock music…it doesn’t mean we’re all done making it!

So, develop your session. Say what you want to say. It’s your unique experiences and expression that will make your teaching valuable. Speaking of which, it’s time to develop your material and your personal style.

Step 2: Practice

Oh my dear word, you need to practice. Once you’ve developed your session, practice it out loud.

Practice your session to your dog.

Practice your session on video, and watch it back. (Yes, you have to listen to yourself speak.)

Practice to your significant other, or a friend, or some co workers.

Set up a webinar, and practice to a live audience online, even if only 2 people show up.

You absolutely must practice your session, out loud, many times. It’s going to suck at first. Practice is how you make it not suck, how you work out the kinks and figure out how it should sound.

Step 3: Try the local circuit

Quite a few people skip this step, and they really do pay for it. Before you go submitting your session to conferences, speak at your local user group. Speak for a PASS virtual chapter. Present for your team at work. Get some live performances under your belt! The responses and feedback – you’re going to ask for feedback, right? – will further refine your session.

Step 4: Level up your public speaking

Okay, you’ve done steps 1 through 3, yeah? Good job, you. Go ahead and submit to a larger event, like a SQL Saturday, or a Code Camp.

If you’re feeling really froggy, then sure…submit to one of the big conferences. I do recommend that you get a couple of smaller events done first…it’ll up the odds of being accepted, and of presenting a good session, in the big leagues.

Bonus: Ask questions!

Throughout this process, make sure you’re asking advice from at least one other experienced speaker. The input from someone who has already been there and done that will make things a great deal easier. Experienced speakers can point you to speaking resources, help you with abstracts, recommend events, and so on and on.

That’s the very high level path, my friend. Now, what do you want to talk about?

Happy days,
Jen

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