After I switched jobs 2,5 years ago I have been doing a lot less commuting, which is good
actually, but that left me also with less time to listen to podcasts. Therefore
I chose to not listen to some episodes that are not that interesting to me.
Here's the list I
was already following since my last post:
And one more pro tip before I finish: I use a podcast app
that can set the speed of the podcast. I listen everything at 2 times the speed
now :-) You can start at 1.5 and work your way up to what feels comfortable for
you. Are you also listening to podcasts, on your way to work, during work or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments which ones you like and if you have others not in my list!
Before talking about my
upcoming speaking engagements I would like to tell you a little story. And it
goes like this.
How it all started
Back in 2018 I
started my journey of getting more involved in the SQL and Power BI community.
It actually all started with a Power BI User Group (the Dutch Data Dude Farewell Tour with Jeroen ter Heerdt (B | @jeroenterheerdt)) organized by PBIG (and me) at the Van Lanschot Kempen office in Den Bosch, on which I wrote about earlier last year. Jeroen
Schalken (B | @JeroenSchalken) and me did a little
introduction talk (around 15 minutes) about our implementation of Power BI at
Van Lanschot Kempen. It was frightening and exciting at the same time. During
the break of the evening Edgar Walther (B | @edgarwalther)
of PBIG came to say it was a very interesting presentation and if we would like
to extend that and come talk at the Power BI User Day in March 2019. It was
right there that I (and Jeroen) made the decision to say YES. We still had to
make a one hour presentation, but also had plenty of time left.
It brought me so
much more than I could have imagined.
first thing is that I get the chance to share my knowledge with like-minded
people. Next, it was not only amazing to travel to
these venues with great speakers and people I look up to. There were also
awesome social events during every trip. And that's where the real magic
happens. You make contacts, chat a bit, have a beer (or drink of your choice)
and make new friends. And at another event you meet even more people to connect
with, but sometimes also catch up with the newly made friends from the previous
conference. It's been an amazing experience so far.
Next to those two
SQL Saturday events there's also a UG meeting planned, but not officially released
yet. So more info on that one later.
And last but not
least: I will have some very exciting news to share in the coming weeks
hopefully. I'm currently finalizing everything, so I'll let you know when
everything is signed, sealed and delivered :-)