Some thoughts of your typical data shepherd / data plumber / data dance teacher sort of person.
My latest adventure was speaking at DataRelay in Leeds and Nottingham. As is the way with my submissions the session selected was not the one, that I expected to be chosen. It was titled “How to be awesome at finding your next job”.
Speaking is very much outside of my comfort zone and something that I really enjoy. Why do it then? Well when I see someone in a session, that their body language says they understand what you are trying to say. That feeling is just an absolute joy. As I have learned from others in the community, so I want to pass my knowledge to others. That is one of my primary reasons for speaking. Somehow, somewhere, someone, will be helped to do something. From the few brief conversations that I had during DataRelay I might have achieved that goal. If you came to my session, thank you for coming along, hopefully you got something from it. As I said if you want to chat about the session or ask questions then please do. When I do a session it’s because I am passionate about the topic and have so much to say. I can also listen if you need someone just to talk things over.
What did I get from DataRelay? More than I expected, not in ways I thought that I might. It was possible for me to get to a few sessions. There was time to see how DataRelay do things as an event (very slick BTW). Get to know more about people in the community, make some new friends, meet some old friends. At least one session I attended used Slack / Microsoft Teams in a way I never dreamed of. Yet the possibilities are amazing and mind blowing. Speaking to the sponsors was one of the goals I had. Thank you to the two gentlemen from Microsoft who took time to answer my questions. The time, effort and genuine enthusiasm is much appreciated. It’s nice to speak to a real person who is knowledgeable and passionate about their area of expertise. Over the two days I took quite a few notes which I am excited to share with my team back in Glasgow.
It will take me a little time to recover, there is a long train journey back from DataRelay which will help. Like some of us in the community, it takes energy to be around lots of people. It's worth every single moment of the effort. Especially when I see a room full of people who I can try and show just the one little nugget of information that makes the difference to something in their lives.
This post is being written as the train travels back to Sunny Glasgow. Tomorrow morning, I will be back in the office with my new company Eyecademy. They have supported and encouraged me to go and speak at DataRelay. Which I really appreciate more than anyone in Eyecademy might realise. Thank you for the encouragement and support.
What’s next? Next year I will be speaking at Scottish Summit on the 29th of February 2020 about Soft Skills for Success. Speaking in your home city is both exciting and challenging. So, I will need to put some more work into the session to tailored it to the event and audience. There are a few other submissions to other conferences which I am waiting to hear about. Some other conferences have caught my eye, so I need to consider where and when I would like to speak. Hopefully once I know more, I’ll update the blog.