The Best Thing I learned at PASS Summit

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The Best Thing I Learned at PASS Summit

I vividly remember my first Summit experience. I was sitting with a couple of hundred other people in a session. The speaker was an established industry expert and author. I had a couple of his books on my shelf at home and I was eager to hear him in person. He was doing a great job when someone asked a question. It was obvious he didn’t know the answer – that’s okay no one knows everything. He handled it well. Just then another SQL legend in the audience stood up and gave the answer. As that person finished, a Product Manager for SQL Server stood up and provided even more insight for the future direction of SQL Server.

I remember sliding down in my seat thinking “There’s no way I’ll ever speak at a conference like this. So, I’ve got to find another way to volunteer for PASS.”

I did. I became a chapter manager, then ran for and was elected to the Board of Directors, and eventually became the Executive Vice President of Finance for PASS. During my 9 years of volunteerism (6 years on the Board), PASS afforded me many opportunities to do things that I would not have had a chance to do otherwise as a self employed database consultant, far too many to list! And for that, I’m very thankful.

So what did I learn?  Some call it the Law of the Harvest. The more you put in, the more you tend to get back. The more you give, the more you receive.

And oddly enough since that first experience, I’ve given more than 50 sessions at conferences throughout North America and Europe.

PASS Board of Directors at the PASS European Conference 2005 in Munich

It’s Your Turn!

Got a PASS Summit story? I’d love to hear it. And so could PASS. Jot it down in a blog or email and you would win a trip to this year’s Summit in Seattle or some other prizes. For more details visit the contest site.



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