Going to a conference where hardly anybody knows my name

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On Friday and Saturday August 11 and 12, I am going to do something I haven’t done in a long time. I am going to a conference where I may not know anyone (I did learn about the conference from one of the people that run it who was also at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge.) I am going to Powershell On The River in Chattanooga, TN and I am pretty excited to go and learn some more about PowerShell.

They have a first day of 1/2 day sessions, starting with the one I am excited about “Develop Your First Module.” I am not a newbie at PowerShell (though I haven’t used it seriously in a few years), but I am not even going to pretend I am 100% sure what defines a module! The day will hopefully progress to a session called “1up PowerShell for Extra Life” which looks like a nice coverage of all the basic topics I need. 

The only time I will not be happy about this is that the first session starts at 9:00 AM, and I will need to leave at 7;30 or so to be guaranteed to get there on time. I am not a morning person.

Saturday is a more typical conference set up with hour long sessions that are largely about PowerShell and a few other computing topics.

Of course, my reason for going to this conference is only partially so I can write better PowerShell. I want to meet some of this community and maybe hand out a business card or two.

If you know me (and especially if you have ever been exhorted by me to write), you will know two things are true. First, I am really introverted. Two, while I am less introverted once I have met people, I am not pushy. 

So going to a conference where I don’t know anyone is going to be an adventure. The last time I remember doing this was in the early 2000’s when I first started going to PASS. It took me a while to make the contacts and friends I have today. So who knows what will come of this weekend. In any case I hope to find new people’s blogs to read and some Powershell skills.

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Louis is the editor of this Simple-Talk website. Prior to that, has was a corporate database developer and data architect for a non-profit organization for 25 years! Louis has been a Microsoft MVP since 2004, and is the author of a series of SQL Server Database Design books, most recently Pro SQL Server Relational Database Design and Implementation.