I recently had the honor and privilege of delivering ExpertSSIS training in cooperation with Brent Ozar Unlimited.
Brent believes people want to learn technology from folks who:
- Are willing to share their knowledge on their personal or professional blog;
- Work in the field with the technology – perhaps even own a company that provides consulting services in the field; and
- Know the technology well enough to build tools – and maybe charge money for some of those tools – to support the technology.
I emailed Brent and asked, “How do you feel about me mentioning my blog? company? products?” Brent’s reply:
“You damn well better mention your blog, company, and products. The students are hiring you for your expertise and they need to know about the work you’re doing. 😀 You can also mention competitors to us, and you’re not encouraged to mention our stuff or anything like that.”
Brent’s response makes sense to me. I concur because I find it practical and Professional. I wish other organizations respected experience by recognizing achievement (and success) in the same manner.
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