Slowing Down Your Motor Mouth – Presentation Tips for Fast Talkers

Are you worried that you talk too fast when you give a speech, talk, or presentation? Is fear being a fast-talker one of the concerns that keeps you from getting started with public speaking? In this episode, I give you simple, practical tips that I’ve used to successfully improve the way I give presentations. Four […]


#TSQL2SDAY 96 – Kalen Delaney’s Inspiration for Adventure

This post is part of TSQL Tuesday, a monthly blog party. You’re welcome to join in this party: if you’d like email notifications of future topics, here’s how to set them up. This month’s topic is “Folks Who Have Made a Difference”, by Ewald Cress. This month’s topic is awesome: this is a prompt “to […]


Things I Learned from Speaker Idol 2017 at the SQL PASS Summit

I was lucky enough to serve as a judge for the Speaker Idol competition at the SQL PASS Summit conference this year. One of the great thing about watching presentations and giving feedback on them is that you learn a lot about speaking by watching sessions and crafting your feedback. I’d like to thank everyone who […]

I thought I was an introvert

Dear SQL DBA: I Thought I Was An Introvert. Turns Out I Was Anxious as #@*(

In this week’s episode, I’m not answering a reader’s question. Instead, I’m talking about my personal experience with anxiety. This episode touches on on healthcare, religion, and squishy emotions — and there’s at least one curse word. I don’t talk tech in this episode. (Don’t worry, there’s more of that coming in future weeks.) Oh, […]


SQL PASS Summit 2017 Day 2 – Keynote Notes and Ideas

This morning, Dr Rimma Nehme tells us the story of the birth of Azure Cosmos DB, a global, scale-out database system. At the beginning of the talk, I can already tell that I’m going to recommend you watch the recording– and here it is! Summarizing this and paying attention simultaneously is going to be tough. So […]


SQL PASS Summit 2017: Day 1 Keynote Thoughts and Memories

Whee! It’s the first day of the main SQL PASS Summit conference and I made it to the keynote early for the first time ever. The hype says we’re going to see some great presenters this morning. Memories: my first Summit, that time I was too shy to say “Hi” to Mr. Denny The very first […]