If you browse on over to the PASS Summit Sponsors page and scroll to the Exhibitors section, you’ll find us listed:
Honored and excited – that’s me!
I see – and have lived – this virtuous cycle in the SQL Server and PASS communities:
- A person discovers the Community and is overwhelmed at our openness and genuine willingness to help others. They realize they are not alone.
- They learn more and become better at their jobs which, in turn, positively impacts their quality of life.
- Some desire to give back to the community, so they develop a presentation and submit it to a User Group or SQL Saturday.
- Some are selected to deliver their presentation.
- Some presentations are well-received and increase the visibility of the presenter in the community.
- As presentations are honed over time, some are used as a springboard to develop and deliver other presentations, further increasing the visibility of the presenter.
- Some presenters achieve enough visibility to become a brand.
- Some presenters are selected to present at larger events, like the PASS Summit.
- Some presenters use their newfound greater visibility and brand awareness to join a consultancy practice or to become independent consultants.
- The continued care and feeding of the brand of some consultants drives business growth.
- The businesses of some consultants grows to the point where they can become sponsors and exhibitors at events such as User Groups, SQL Saturdays, and – eventually – the PASS Summit.
This cycle can be broken (or quashed) at any point by any number of actions, inactions, missteps, mistakes, and/or competitive overreach. In fact, I promise you will make mistakes and take missteps along the way (ask me how I know), but those mistakes and failures can tear you down or build you into more than you were – and the outcome is 100% your choice.
I advocate for the next generation of presenters. I want to see you engage, learn, share, grow, build their brands, and give back – just like I did.
Go get ’em!