Well after months of thinking about it, I was given a chance to present at my first user group meeting here in Oklahoma City. The OKC SQL User Group allowed me to present on the topic of Dynamic Data Masking in a live application which was Dynamics GP 2016. I should note that I’m not really an introvert, but I”m not exactly the speaking type of person. I was not sure what to expect, but none the less I made it. If I had to rate myself on how I did I’d say 5/10 which is why I say that it was meh in my book. The people in attendance were amazingly supportive, and very helpful with feed back. I am taking my talk and going back to the drawing board using my new found knowledge to make the presentation far better. Below are just some of the things I learned from my experience.
- Relax – I was far too worked up going into the talk. I learned that if I calm down I will be in a much better position to deal with any obstacles that may come up. Like making sure I have the appropriate adapters for my laptop.
- Plan – Create a written plan and stick to it. I was all over the place in my talk so the content delivery was not the best it could have been. Next time I’ll have a written abstract to act as my path to travel down.
- Leave It – The day of the talk I reworked all of my demo code, and that led to some really embarrassing mistakes when executing my demos. Had I stuck with my original code which was vetted and tested 100% several times, then my execution would have been flawless.
So in closing I learned a lot and if given the opportunity to present again, that I’d do it in a heart beat and this time be far more organized with my talk.