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Women Talk Tech: A PASS WIT Panel

Women Talk Tech: PASS WIT Panel

The PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group (@PASS_WIT) is celebrating Women’s History Month. On March 12th, they are hosting a Women Talk Tech panel.

I’m very honored to be a part of this panel alongside some amazing role models that I look up to: Kendra Little (@Kendra_Little), Lori Edwards (@loriedwards), Malathi Mahadevan (@sqlmal), Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman (@DBAKevlar), and Monica Rathbun (@SQLEspresso). The leaders of PASS WIT, Rie Irish (@IrishSQL) and Kathi Kellenberger (@auntkathi), will be leading the discussion.

Women Talk Tech

Join the Women Talk Tech panel on March 12th at 17:00 UTC by registering on the PASS WIT website.

Can’t make it to this webinar? Take a look at the upcoming webinars and register for one of those instead. You can also find recordings of previous webinars on the PASS WIT YouTube channel :)

As a member of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group, you can choose to subscribe to their wonderful monthly newsletter. Each newsletter includes news, an editorial, a featured blogger of the month, as well as upcoming presentations by women in our community. You can find all previous newsletters in their newsletter archive.

I hope you’ll join us! :)

Update: Watch the Recording!

Update on March 14th: The recording has been published, so you can now watch it on YouTube :)

3 Mistakes I Made While Presenting Remotely

3 Mistakes I Made While Presenting RemotelyTwo years ago I wrote about my experiences presenting a webinar for the first time. I learned a lot that day, and it helped me prepare for presenting remotely. But, a webinar is not the same as a remote presentation. And as much as you prepare and rehearse, you just won’t be prepared for every little thing that might happen until you’ve experienced them. So in addition to the advice I shared in my other blog post, here are 3 of my mistakes you don’t want to make if you’re planning to start presenting remotely :)

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Presenting a Webinar for the Women in Technology Virtual Chapter

PASS Women in Technology Virtual ChapterYay! On Tuesday, April 12th, I will present my Tools and Tips: From Accidental to Efficient Data Warehouse Developer session for the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Chapter. The webinar starts at 12:00 EDT / 18:00 CEST and you can register for it here :)

Tools and Tips: From Accidental to Efficient Data Warehouse Developer

This session is a journey through some of my “Oh wow! Why did I not know this yesterday!?” moments. (Some of them are also known as my “Ooops!” moments.) I will talk about a variety of topics, including SSMS features, tools for query analysis and tuning, free tools and scripts, Biml for SSIS and even a couple of things I used to think were only useful for those scary DBAs. There was a time when these things were completely unknown to me, and I hope that I can help other accidental Data Warehouse developers so they won’t have to spend years discovering these things one by one.

This is the first time I’m presenting this session as a webinar, so I’m currently tweaking my slide deck while re-reading my own lessons learned about presenting webinars. I usually have a rather fast-paced presentation style, but that just doesn’t work as well in a webinar with lag. I also want to make sure that everything is easy to understand without me having to explain it with gestures.

(I will still be sitting alone in a room, gesturing wildly to my computer, but I promise to make my slide deck as informative as possible as well ;) )

My session is definitely not only for women, so why am I presenting for the Women in Technology Virtual Chapter?

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Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community

I'm speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community24 Hours of PASS (@pass24hop) is back! From June 24th 12:00 GMT to June 25th 12:00 GMT you can watch 24 free webinars back-to-back. Check out the great schedule and register today!

I’m super happy and excited to have been selected as a speaker at this edition of 24 Hours of PASS. The theme for this event is Growing Our Community. They only accepted abstracts from speakers who have not yet spoken at PASS Summit to give us the opportunity to gain experience and share our knowledge outside our local communities. I love this idea, and I’m so happy to see good friends and talented up-and-coming speakers selected :D

My session is called Don’t Repeat Yourself – An Introduction to Agile SSIS Development. It is based on my introduction to Biml session and I will reuse a lot of that content, but I have tweaked and expanded and changed a few things so it’s no longer just about the Biml language. Hopefully it can inspire those who are still developing SSIS in the traditional way to try a new approach to automating their development and work more efficiently :)

Presenting a webinar for the first time

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Presenting a Webinar for the First TimePresenting online is a completely different experience than presenting in-person. When you present online you lose the interaction with the audience, you are unable to read body language or facial expressions to see if they are interested or bored out of their minds, and you get absolutely no feedback on whether or not they understand what you are trying to explain. You have to trust yourself, talk to a screen for an hour, and hope that the technology does not suddenly decide to throw a tantrum and stop working for no reason.

I recently presented a webinar for the first time. It went quite well, but there are many things I want to do better next time. Writing down what I learned will help me improve my own presentation skills and slide decks, but I also hope it can help other new speakers prepare for their first webinar. Please feel free to share your own tips and tricks, I would love to learn from you! :)

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