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  • Some Thoughts on Event Speaker Selection

    I write this from the perspective of experience. I’ve helped organize dozens of events over the past ten years. Feel free to take the parts of this advice that help and discard the parts that don’t. Enjoy! Planning an event is hard work. If you’ve never volunteered to help your local User Group or SQL Saturday, I encourage you to get involved. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 26, 2014
  • The Mentoring Experiment

    Introduction I saw a recent post on Thomas LaRock’s blog (Blog | @SQLRockStar | SQLPeople) about The Mentoring Experiment. The Experiment The Mentoring Experiment is a(nother) brain-child of Steve Jones (Blog | @way0utwest) and Andy Warren (Blog | @sqlAndy | SQLPeople). As with their previous endeavors, this new venture is profound ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 21, 2011
  • Elegant Events

    This post is cross-posted at the new SQLPeople Wordpress blog (in beta as I type this). Introduction I debated including this post on elegant events in my series about managing technical teams and the software business. I find a lot of what I've learned in the community maps into both that series and good management practices (the opposite of ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 28, 2011
  • Unsung Heroes

    Introduction I was honored earlier this week to present at Steel City SQL - the SQL Server Users Group in Birmingham Alabama. I've also had the opportunity to work alongside Tracy Hamlin (blog | @tracyhhamlin) this week. It's given me a fresh perspective on the amount of work it takes to build and sustain a user group, and reminded me of the ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 21, 2011
  • Down Time

    Introduction Every now and then, everyone needs a break. How do we respond when community leaders need a break? How should we respond? It's Normal People are cyclic animals - humans are diurnal by nature. We eat at regular intervals and are most comfortable when things go according to schedule. This is the lizard brain in action. So it's ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 17, 2010
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