A BIG THANK YOU from DB2's Got Talent contest winner
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For me, this Friday, April 8th, is really a day to remember...
It was the end of January when I saw an advertisement about the contest. Initially I didn’t think I should present. You know, it’s not easy to speak to lots of people, on the air, and in a language I’m not totally fluent. But as on many other times in my life, I decided to take that risk.
First phase came and I presented – and liked that! I saw others presenting, and noticed it would be tough to continue, as there were really good presenters, with very very nice topics. I realized I would have to be very creative to stay in the game…
I then started to put together the lessons I have learned during my DBA life, as well as the tips I had, which I always use. I transformed some of them into presentations, and for my happiness, people liked it and I got most part of the votes – as announced in the DB2Night Show episode 48 (same day as I write this).
As I wrote few days ago, it wasn’t easy to create each presentation. Finding the right images, the correct words, and most suitable info can take a long time. Time which I didn’t have – so I had to go to sleep late some nights. Well, you can see now it was worth it
Surprisingly, I got 576 votes! That’s much more than I expected! Of course I approached a lot of people (my LinkedIn contacts, people from my team at work, people from past companies I worked with, friends, ex-colleagues from university, teachers, ex-students, family, …). They all helped, and there were also those who don’t even know me, but watched the replays and voted.
I want to THANK EVERYONE who voted, and also those who cheered for me. Each vote was very important, and I wouldn’t be here writing this without everyone’s help.
Apart from the prize I won (every time I think of it I get more happy, as I always wanted to go to IDUG), I’m happy I had the opportunity of getting to know brilliant people like Scott Hayes, Susan Visser, Klaas Brant, Martin Hubel, Cristian Molaro and the other contestants, who did such excellent work. I will be watching the replays again to pay more attention to each presentation.
As I told Scott, I don’t think I will be able to go to Anaheim, as my visa won’t be ready till the end of this month. So as Susan wrote in her nice blog entry today, it will be a hard decision between Melbourne and Prague… (I love hard decisions like that).
All this helped me open my eyes to some skills I have to improve, and also, showed me I should write more about things I do and I know. Well, I think my blog is a nice start. I’ll do my best to have it always updated.