All three of us made the move to consulting in the last year and we had a great time comparing notes on how our daily work has changed. There are some topics that surprised us all and some that we are seeing from the other side of the table.
SQLHangout 21 with Boris Hristov – SQL Community: Why Bother?
I met up with Boris Hristov ( b | t ) online again last night to talk with him on his regular webcast SQLHangouts. We talked for about half an hour about the topic “SQL Community: Why Bother?”
This was the second time that I have spoken with Boris in the SQLHangout format after our first talk back in January and I really enjoyed it again. We chatted a bit about how getting involved in the community is really easy and also really important. You can get personal gratification from helping people out (it really feels good to help solve problems), but you are also investing in your career at the same time.
One point that I tried to squeeze in at the end of the talk was involvement in the community at a non-technical level. This is an area that is full of “unsung heroes” and I always try and make a point of at least saying thanks to the group of people who do all the work behind the scenes. Booking locations, arranging schedules, liaising with speakers, cleaning/setting up rooms etc. These people do a lot of work that just doesn’t get seen. Having helped out as a non-speaking volunteer with a couple of events, I know that there is a *lot* of leg-work involved in making an event run smoothly. So even though I only give them a small shout out, I really appreciate their commitment and support and if you don’t know how to get involved in your part of the SQL (or any) community, start out with volunteering. There is always something you can do, and it is a very nice starting point.
Thanks to everyone that takes part in the SQL Community, it is a really strong group of people and gets stronger each day.
My call to action here is: Get involved, go and speak with your local UG and see how you can help. Register for your nearest SQL Saturday and tick the box as a volunteer and offer to do anything you can think of to help them out. Submit sessions to your UG or a SQL Saturday, then present – it is a really fun and exciting experience and can lead to greater things. Whatever you decide on doing, just get involved!
Thanks again to Boris for inviting me to his webcast, I’m more than happy to join you again in the future.
So, enough of my waffling on! Here is the recording of SQLHangout 21: