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Locating PASS Summit 2011 and 2012

The PASS Summit location survey results came in a few weeks ago, and since then we've been analyzing the data, getting in costs from venues across the US, and reviewing with the PASS Board of Directors. You can find the results here.

At first glance, the results seem fairly clear: 81% of the 1,573 respondents want a PASS Summit on the East Coast at least every four years. When we look at responses from only 2008 and 2009 Summit attendees (our most successful ones by far), the number who want a future Summit outside of Seattle drops to 69%.

When we dig deeper though, other findings emerge. Read more.

PASS Chapters Vision for 2010: While continuing to grow the number of PASS Chapters, we also want to make sure that all our Chapters are healthy, active, and growing in value to meet the needs of their members. In that spirit, explains PASS Director of Chapters Douglas McDowell, we have three over-arching goals this year: Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Increased Value Proposition. Read more.

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Anxiety Manifested as Micromanaging

In the last 'Plays Well With Others' column, we looked at micromanaging bosses who put so many additional requirements on you for reporting, meetings, and other "nit-pickiness" that they actually become an impediment to successfully completing a project.

We saw how to handle such micromanaging if it's related to your work behavior or if you have a power-hungry boss. But what are the tips and tricks needed to get past the boss who micromanages due to a subconscious but exaggerated sense of anxiety?

The good news is that by properly understanding what keeps these bosses up at night, you can answer those needs through your own initiative, thereby giving them good cause to loosen their grip on your every move and show some trust in your talents. Here's how.

Don Gabor's Networking Tip: How to Remember Names
When you meet colleagues at networking events, do the names go in one ear and out the other? The people I asked about this issue at my pre-con workshop "Networking to Build Business Contacts" at PASS Summit 2009 said the same thing. However, most were surprised to learn they could improve their ability to remember names by following these five simple steps. Read more.


In the News

Test Yourself with the SQL Server Sequence: In anticipation of SQL Server 2008 R2 launch, Microsoft is holding a contest to test your knowledge of SQL Server and give away some great prizes in the process. For the next 12 weeks, it will issue a new question each week on one of the following three social networks: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Learn more about the SQL Server Sequence here.

Upcoming SQL Server Events:

SQL Saturday #37
March 13, 7:00am-5:15pm ET Philadelphia, PA

Live Meeting - PASS Virtualization Chapter Presents "Microsoft Hyper-V" with Sylvia Vargas
March 16, 12-1pm ET

Live Meeting - PASS AppDev Chapter Presents "Introduction to SQL Server Profiler".
March 23, 12-1pm ET

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Last Chance to Win a Spectacular Alaska Cruise!

Hurry! You only have until Monday to enter to win a spectacular 7-day Alaska cruise for two. Just register for PASS Summit 2010 by March 15 to enter the giveaway, plus save 40% off the regular Full Summit rate until March 31. Learn more and register today!

The Great PASS European Conference Twitter T-shirt Giveaway: You could win a cool conference t-shirt just by following @sqlpass on Twitter and retweeting our messages this week about the upcoming PASS European Conference, April 21-23. Help boost the buzz!

Speak at SQLSaturday: Be an active part of the SQLSaturday community and share your SQL Server knowledge by submitting a session. The following SQLSaturday events are looking for speakers:

SQLSaturday #33 in Pictures: Check out this slideshow from last weekends packed event in Charlotte.

What do you think of PASS's speaker resources? As the Program Committee gears up for the PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers, it's asking for your feedback on the Speaker Resources pages.


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