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What I Did as a PASS Regional Mentor


A couple people commented on my Stepping Aside post, asking what a PASS Regional Mentor does exactly. I think that's a fair question, although me answering it now may be a little too late!

What I Did

I helped a few groups get started, mainly by answering questions. The questions ranged from "Where do I begin?" to "How do I contact speakers?" and "How do I get swag?" and "Where and when should we meet?"

I mediated some disputes in the community - not a lot, as we have very few disputes in the community.

I spent time at the PASS Summit and SQL Saturdays talking with "pre-leaders" - encouraging them to start user groups, assist existing user group leadership, and becoming involved in SQL Server community events.

I assumed the role of a SQL Server User Group Leader Advocate in communications and meetings with PASS leadership.


This isn't everything I did as a PASS Regional Mentor. This is the stuff, sufficiently vague and generalized, I feel comfortable sharing publicly. I am honored to still have the ear of Douglas McDowell, who is the PASS Board Director who manages the Chapters portfolio. And, as I said when I stepped aside, I remain available to anyone seeking advice in the developer community. I don't know everything about communities, but I will freely share the little I know.


Published Saturday, July 24, 2010 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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