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PASS Call for Speakers

It's that time again - the PASS Summit 2010 (Seattle Nov 8-11) Call for Speakers is now open and accepting abstracts until June 5th.

personally, I'm on a pattern that on odd years I present what I'm excited about, and on even years I try try to proesent what I expect other are jazzed about, which takes a bit more work.

Last year I offered to Coach any Pass Speakers for free and some success. I’m offering that service again startign with your abstracts. If you’d like me to review your abstracts and offer suggestions please email me at Here's hoping you get your favorite session picked and you're not the last session on the last day.

And, I encourage others who are so inclined to offer their particular expertise to help other speakers (add your offer as a comment). Together we can make every PASS Summit better and every speaker more relaxed. (I know – another Kumbaya moment blog post. I’ll try harder to be more critical in the future.)

Published Wednesday, May 5, 2010 4:10 PM by Paul Nielsen
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Lori Edwards said:


  What a great offer!  I hope other experienced speakers join you in this and that new speakers take advantage.


May 6, 2010 10:38 AM

James Luetkehoelter said:

I didn't speak last year, but I've been speaking at PASS for a *long* time. I too would be willing to give my feedback on abstract proposal (I'll be working on my own for this year...). I'm available at

One thing about picking a subject. If it is your first time speaking (especially at any such event), pick a topic that is near and dear to your heart. Trying to pick something just so it will be chosen can often result in a difficult presentation. The reason why the really good speakers have packed rooms isn't just because they really know what they're talking about, they're *passionate* about what their talking about.

May 6, 2010 11:01 AM
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About Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.
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