Zero to Speaker pt 2


June 29, 2015 by Kenneth Fisher

A few months ago I wrote a post about the fact that I had actually submitted a session to PASS Summit. Well as I’m sure you are aware the selected sessions have been announced. They were officially announced Friday but I actually received my result email on Thursday evening. Now we have a big 4th of July party we do every year the week before the 4th so I was busy. I was busy and exhausted. But I was also excited to get the email. I fully expected to be rejected so I skimmed the email just to get it out of the way. Then I skimmed it again. And 3 more times. The only thing I could think was

holey carp

My session SQL Server Security Basics has been accepted as an alternate. This is my first time even getting an alternate spot let alone at Summit so I’m really excited. In fact I need to apologize for tweeting this a bit early Thursday night (we were supposed to wait till the official announcement Friday). I was over excited (as you may have noticed) and tired/busy so I didn’t read my email as carefully as I should have. Regardless, I have my spot. Now all I have to do is finish writing my session and practice practice practice.

Before I start that though I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved. Thank you to those who read and reviewed the over 900 submitted sessions. Thank you to everyone who submitted a session regardless of if you got accepted or not. One of the most amazing things about this community is the level of competition to share what you know with others. Think about how many people around the country and the world who, at their own expense travel all over the place just so they can teach you and I. There are speakers dinners and speakers gifts, and those are fun I’m sure. But they certainly don’t meet the expense of traveling across the state (even a small one) let alone cross-country or to another country entirely. I won’t say things are perfect, because, well, people. But even with a few issues here and there I’m hugely proud to be a part of this community, and you can’t imagine (well maybe some of you can) how excited I am to be on the alternate list.

Thanks again to everyone

6 thoughts on “Zero to Speaker pt 2

  1. davidbainbridge83 says:

    Best of luck!

    I hope it goes well for you.

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