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SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Owning Stuff

One of the choices you make as an organizer is whether to buy anything that you want use or give away at the end of the event. Owning nothing means nothing to store or hand over to the next organizer, no guessing whether it’s worth spending money this year to save money or make things easier next year. In Orlando we’ve slowly accrued stuff. Signs. A banner. 3 coffee containers. 2 laser printers. Assorted storage bins. Misc office...

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SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Coffee

I like to say that the goal for any event is to meet the expectations of attendees. The trick is to set the expectations because if you don’t, they will set their own! That’s the case with coffee. It’s not required to have coffee, but if you’re not providing that best to message it loud and long before the event. If you are providing coffee don’t run out before lunch. Sadly, we did run out of coffee before lunch. Our coffee...

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SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – SpeedPASS

This year for the first time in a long time we pre-printed the SpeedPASS for all attendees and we did it on perforated paper. This was really all about logistics, it’s a pain to have to provide a printer, paper, scisssors, and someone to staff the table for what feels like the penalty line of people that forgot to print (or bring) their SpeedPASS. It is, of course, a trade off. For me moving the work way from Saturday was a win, even...

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SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Post Event Speaker Survey

One of the follow up items I have from the event was to poll speakers on what hotel they used (see my previous post). In jotting down some notes about other possible questions it occurred to me that this is such a missed opportunity for PASS. You’ve got speakers who go to a lot of events and will notice things that are different (good or bad) and just see it from a different perspective than the organizer that fills out the post...

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SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – 45 Minute Sessions

Earlier this Brent ran a poll about the preferred session length and more than 50% liked the idea of 45 minute sessions. Interesting, the idea of trying to fit more into a single day without making it longer, so I put it on the list. For SQLSaturday Orlando this year (2019) we set the morning sessions at 45 minutes with a 15 minute break in between. The afternoon sessions were 60 minutes with a 15 minute break in between. My hope was...