Why we speak…

OMG…A blog post from SQLLocks…

I know, I know.

But as I am sitting on a plane on my way home from the first Companero conference, I’m reflecting on the experience.

Recently, I like so many, submitted to Summit in hopes of getting one of those few golden tickets coveted speaker slots. I didn’t get selected and was admittedly bummed. But this week at the Companero conference put things into perspective about why I started speaking in the first place.

To put things into perspective, let me tell you really quickly about the Companero conference. Carlos Chacon decided to take a chance and put on a different type of conference. This was not your normal SQL conference with multiple tracks, multiple days, a bunch of speakers, etc. This was a single track conference designed to get the attendees maximum time with the speakers and vice versa.

It worked beautifully.

Usually after a SQL Saturday session, we may have a bunch of people who would like to talk with us, but we are trying to answer their questions, get out of the way of the next speaker and then possibly get to another session to see/support that speaker. It provides limited time the audience.

Carlos figured out a way to get maximum time with the speakers and audience. It worked wonderfully.

But before I digress too much farther, back to what I was originally writing this post about.

The people.

I started speaking for the people. We speak, for the people. No matter who we become, how popular we may get, at the end of the day, we are still there…for the people.

I got my start in database administration at the age of 22 because someone was willing to take their free time and allow me to sit and shadow them at their desk before my second shift start time on the help desk. He was my mentor, he was my guide.

He changed my life. He helped elevate my financial aspects among many others.

I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had he not offered to train me and I stayed working as a help desk technician.

I fully believe that you must give back as you have received and this brings me back to the point of this post. The people.

We can change the “stars” of our audience. The things that they learn not only can, but will change their lives. They can significantly increase their salary by applying the knowledge that we give.

That is why I do what I do. That is why we do what we do.

The people.

And the Companero conference was a great reminder of that.

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