PASS 2013 Summit Evals are out!

And I didn’t do too bad; wish I had done better.  I said that when I was done, I felt like it was a “B” level presentation, and it was; I got a 4 out of 5 on my evals.  If I had been a less experienced speaker, I would be thrilled with that; as it stands, I’m a little bummed.  I know that it’s tough to get accepted to speak at Summit, and I feel bad that I didn’t hit this one out of the park.

However, it was a great experience; 73 people attended my session, which is a big audience for me.  I struggled with my demos throughout (I don’t even want to listen to the audio because I’m worried about how bad it was), and I should have worked on finding ways to better connect with my audience.  The feedback I got was really constructive:

Was a good intro, just would have liked to have seen some broader examples. For example converting XML into relational tables, not in detail but just at a high level.

Lots of demos geared towards people who have already written a lot of XQuery. This should have been a 201 session. A discussion on why you’d even use the XML datatype would have been useful. What problem does the XML datatype even solve for people?

I think I would have benefitted from a hard copy (gasp) of the XML data.  I would have been able to see the data and compared it to your on screen results

Way too fast, too ambitious for a 101 session

Well put together and paced. Very clear and coherent

Scale back expectations if it really is a 101 level session

So it sounds like I didn’t do the best job of making my abstract clear; people had different expectations than what I had for what a 100 level course was supposed to be.  I do agree that it was too much content, and if I present on the topic again, I’ll be sure to go back to splitting this up to focus on the basics of XPath, and save a discussion of FLWOR for later.  Also, I really should have used demos much more judiciously; I kept running code and trying to work the magnifier, when I should have just used slides for the basics, and then done a much more thorough demo.

So what did I learn?  Connect with the audience first and foremost.  If I could have kept them engaged and entertained, I may have covered less material, but may have inspired them to do more research on their own (which in the end, is the point of this whole exercise).

November 7, 2013 · stuart · No Comments
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