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Enhancing First-Timers' Summit Experience

I attended my first PASS Summit in 2004. Why did I go? Because of two words: professional association. I wanted to grow my professional skills as a DBA, and I knew that meant more than just technical knowledge. I knew I needed to join a network of like-minded individuals where we could learn and grow together.

The first morning there I met Pat Wright (blog | @SQLAsylum). Well, more like he met me, as he lumbered over and sat down at my table during breakfast. We ended up attending Kimberly Tripp’s (blog | @KimberlyLTripp) pre-conference seminar together and met Allen Kinsel (blog | @sqlinsaneo) there. The three of us hung out together all week, sharing meals and talking about our shops. We came to the Summit knowing nobody but were fortunate to have met each other. We left the Summit and stayed in touch, returning the next year, and every year since.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that many of our first-time attendees arrive at the Summit knowing nobody. They meet no one, they eat alone, they leave, and we don't see them again. How do I know this? Because every year, we have roughly 800 people at our Summit for the first time. If those 800 came back every year, we would be over 7,000 attendees by now. Read more.

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Big thanks to everyone who voted for the final five community sessions at PASS Summit 2011! Here are your Community Choice winners out of the nearly 1000 votes cast:

Microsoft CSS Seminar Added to Pre-Con Lineup

Microsoft’s Adam Saxton with the Customer Service and Support team will be presenting the PASS Summit 2011 deep-dive pre-conference seminar Winning with Kerberos Monday, Oct. 10. Check out the full 2-day pre-con lineup, and register today to make sure you get a seat in your favorites!

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Last Chance to Vote for Keynote Topic

Our top-rated keynote speaker, Dr. David Dewitt, will be sharing his knowledge (and wowing us in the process) again at PASS Summit 2011. We need your help deciding which of two suggested topics he will present. Vote by July 29.

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Pick up some extra SQL Server training this summer: check out several top-rated sessions from PASS Summit 2010, based on attendee evaluations, and discover why you simply must attend this year’s premier SQL Server conference. While you’re at it, why don’t you register for PASS Summit 2011 (and attend any of 170+ technical sessions) today…

2011 PASS Summit Pre-Con Interviews

Get a preview of PASS Summit Pre-Con sessions with speaker Q&As posted to the PASS Blog. Check out what Gail Shaw and Grant Fritchey have to say about their upcoming PASS Summit pre-conference sessions!

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