SQLSaturday #29 Give-Aways

BigEarBunnyAward_2010_03_27.jpg Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld once quipped “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

I used to be in that majority. I used to fear public speaking but then I realized that I’m really just getting together with some other people and chatting about something that we all enjoy.

Thats why I really love a very interactive crowd; it’s more like a conversation than a monologue. I’d much rather speak to a group of folks who actively listen, who ask questions, and who bring up new ideas.

So when I talk, I look for opportunities to solicit audience participation. For example, at SQLSaturday #29 in Birmingham, Alabama, this past weekend I awarded prizes. The prize? A “Bunny Big Ears” to represent their active listening and then asking a good question. Congratulations to the two people who received them!

The other prize, though admittedly not quite as nutritious as Bunny Big Ears, that I promised to give-away was a free copy of Windows 7 Professional. Just as I did with the sessions, I wanted to reach out and engage the Twitterverse for the prize. So rather than selecting the winner from a hat at the end of the sessions, I randomly selected a winner from the comments left on my blog post.

And the winner is: Michael Cherry!

Congratulations Michael! I hope you enjoy the software.

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