By Melissa Coates
(cross-posted from the SQL Chick blog)
I'm seriously super excited for the PASS BA Conference coming up the first week of May. Last year I wasn't able to go, and I was a very sad girl. So instead of living vicariously through tweets and blog posts, this time I'll be there. Here's my quick list of what to bring with ya...
Enthusiasm and energy. If you're traveling far, the time change is harder on some of us weaklings. I know I'm not flying halfway across the world like some people, but since I'm an early-to-bed person anyway, that means I'll want to go to bed at dinnertime while in California. So for me, this means consciously focusing on eating well and sleeping just enough to keep the energy level up throughout.
Guts. Don't be shy to walk up to someone you recognize and say "Hi." It doesn't come naturally for most of us, but the effort is worth it. I know SQL people from all around the world now because I've met them at conferences like this - that is just truly incredible when I think about it.
Learning objective(s). I like to give a bit of thought as to which sessions I'll attend ahead of time - it helps me think through what I want to learn more about.
Tablet. Electronic or paper, if you're the type who likes to take notes. I do like to jot down notes. I've read some notes of mine that I just don't remember taking - and learned something all over again! Since we can't actually retain everything we hear over the course of 2+ days, it just makes sense for me. I like OneNote for this purpose - usually I'll type, but sometimes I'll also draw with a stylus. Don't forget the plug-in for it, too, if you're going electronic.