If your New Year’s Resolution in 2011 is to get more active in the SQL Server community, you have to get started now. SQLSaturdays are an easy way to dip your toe in the water because they’re free multi-track events held pretty frequently all over the US. You can submit sessions online right now for several upcoming SQLSaturdays including:
- SQLSaturday Houston January 29
- SQLSaturday Cleveland February 5
- SQLSaturday Colorado Springs February 12 – to be held in Mr. Biggs Fun Center, a game facility. Looks to be a blast!
- SQLSaturday Phoenix February 19
- SQLSaturday Vancouver February 26 – the weekend before the MVP Summit in Seattle, so it promises to be chock full of friendly folks from around the world
- SQLSaturday Chicago March 26
- SQLSaturday Dallas April 2
- SQLSaturday Olympia April 9
You can submit abstracts right now from the comfort of your cubicle. There’s no background check, no fees, no scary interview process, just a one-page form to fill out under the “Speakers” link for each SQLSaturday, and that’s it.
Quit putting it off. Presenting is the fastest way to upgrade your career and your skills. Yes, writing an abstract is terrifying, and things only get worse when your abstract is actually accepted, because then you have to write the presentation! Stop surfing and start submitting.