Conference Friends

Event Buddies – Connecting With Like Minded People In A big Data Community

Hey friends! 🙂

Something a little different for this blog post, inspired by an initiative from the organisers of SQLBits.

I think the best thing about our industry is the community. It’s a friendly community of like-minded professionals all wanting to network and socialise. Born out of a great willingness to share knowledge in a very collaborative way.

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That said, the community being so huge could be viewed as a negative factor for those just starting out and new to attending events. A conference hall of thousands can seem a little overwhelming when you don’t know anybody and starting conversations with random people in a time isolation could be difficult.

With this in mind, if you are feeling like this at any future event where I’m speaking, please PLEASE reach out to me. Connect/follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter, then message me privately so we can have a chat.

I would be more than happy to tell you about my experiences of the events and the great community spirit I’ve come to know and love. Referred by many as the #SQLFamily 🙂

If you don’t want to message me. That’s ok too. I’m very approachable. Honest! Find me at an event and talk to me, suggested conversation starters (in no particular order):

  • Peated, smokey Whiskey – my favourite is the Laphroaig Port Wood.
  • Young children, love them, but they are such hard work!
  • Star Wars, Lego and Lego Star Wars.
  • Electric cars, solar panels, and battery storage (espically Tesla things).
  • Strong Belgium beer.
  • Home office setups and number of monitors.
  • Home networking, making Cat6 cables and punching out patch panels.
  • General DIY and home improvements.
  • As a last resort, anything relating to the Azure Data Platform!

Once again, please reach out to me. We have a great community I’d I want it to continue to grow.

I hope to see you at a future event.

All the best.

2 thoughts on “Conference Friends

  1. From your suggested conversation starters it looks like we have much in common. My children (twins – now yourtalking hard work!), are grown and are at University. I’d like an EV but can’t afford one and have just had my first training on setting up an Azure SQL server so am no expert. Enjoyed whatI saw and interested to do more with it.
    I bought a adjustable desk so can stand up to work but am stuck in a bedroom rather than a “home office”
    Enjoy DIY particularly enjoy wallpapering. Love to try all sorts of beer. I am no expert on whisky but love the stuff. Unfortunately it’s band at home as it makes me snore – sleep alone at SQLBits so I’ll be tempted to a few tipples. Especially peaty brews which are my favourite.


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