Feedback of #PASSSummit 2018 for My Performance Tuning Sessions

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to present on SQL Server Performance Tuning at the largest gathering of the SQL Server Professionals in Seattle. I was fortunate to present a day-long pre-conference training and 75 conference sessions. I was truly thankful to you when I received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

In the feedback, I have not included the logistics related to comment as well as two or lesser words feedback (like thanks, great, super, amazing etc).

If you have read all the comments, you can notice that there are three things which are repetitive in all the feedback which I have received so far.

  • Funny
  • Informative
  • Engaging

21 Essential Scripts: Jump-Start Performance Tuning for Accidental DBAs – A Day Long Training

Attendance: 83
Total Responses: 32

This was a day long training and the content was very much deep and engaging.

Eval Question Avg Rating
Rate the value of the session content. 4.88
How useful and relevant is the session content to your job/career? 4.88
How well did the session’s track, audience, title, abstract, and level align with what was presented? 4.69
Rate the speaker’s knowledge of the subject matter. 4.97
Rate the overall presentation and delivery of the session content. 4.78
Rate the balance of educational content versus that of sales, marketing, and promotional subject matter. 4.91

Session of Speaker Comments:

  • By far the best session of the conference
  • Excellent session. Very informative.
  • Pinal has a fantastic sense of humor. I learned a lot from Pinal’s session.
  • Pinal was entertaining and engaging as well as informative.
  • Very informative. Pinal got off track a couple times but even that was useful and entertaining.
  • Would recommend this to anyone trying to enhance query performance.
  • Very good at the subject matter and passionate at audience’s professional well-being.
  • absolutely outstanding…I learned so much
  • Don’t ever change
  • Very engaged speaker
  • Excellent speaker and provides really useful technology to my workplace. I learned new skills from this session. Thank you!
  • This session was worth the price of the conference alone. Came out with some great new information and information that will change the way I work going forward.
  • I already used the session material!!!!
  • Pinal was the best. I came an hour late to this session after getting transferred from another session that I was disappointed in. The moment I came into the room, I knew I was going to be learning valuable and useful stuff. Pinal does not waste time talking and lecturing about theory. He gives you the information you need and the code or scripts for it. Please have him do the all-day indexing session next year.
  • Pinal Dave delivery was excellent. I really enjoyed this
  • Speaker was engaging and very knowledgeable about the subject. He enthusiastically encouraged the audience to ask questions and provided thorough and complete answers.
  • This was the best session I had attended all week. I would recommend this session.
    Best speaker at PASS!
  • What an Excellent session this was. Beyond my expectation. Pinal is a great speaker who can deliver some heavy content while keeping the audience engaged. I was not bored, tired or sleepy even though it was a day-long session. The content was so practical and related to the real world, and this was not a 100 level class at all. I would say it is It was geared towards beginners, but tremendous info that we all can utilize. I wish there was another session on INDEXES. I hope PASS SUMMIT lets Pinal Dave present a session on Index next year. This was a very beneficial session.

When you read the above comments, please keep in the mind that it is for the session which was over 8 hours long and the content covered was a lot more and very much engaging.

Kick Start! SQL Server 2017 Performance Tips and Tricks – 75 minutes

Attendance: 545
Total Responses: 119

It was quite a lot of pressure to deliver this session as there were over 545 attendees at any point of time and many known SQL Server Experts in the audience. However, I did my best and delivered the session as engaging as I can. I had decided that I will be not the only one going to talk during the session and will for sure get some volunteers on stage and also contribute some audience members in such a way that the entire experience sets apart this session from any other sessions.

Let us go over some of the feedback of this session. As I mentioned earlier, I am truly honored to read such brilliant positive comments on my content and humor.

Eval Question Avg Rating
Rate the value of the session content. 4.70
How useful and relevant is the session content to your job/career? 4.61
How well did the session’s track, audience, title, abstract, and level align with what was presented? 4.69
Rate the speaker’s knowledge of the subject matter. 4.84
Rate the overall presentation and delivery of the session content. 4.75
Rate the balance of educational content versus that of sales, marketing, and promotional subject matter. 4.71
    • Pinal did an amazing job. He is very sharp and an excellent presenter.
    • Great presentation style. Plenty of demos.
    • Very responsive. Great speaker. Made it very interesting
    • Dave is an excellent source of knowledge.  His session did not disappoint!
    • Excellent presentation. A lot of information in a short period of time. Time flew by. Very engaging speaker. Would definitely attend a session by him again.
    • Entertaining session but would have liked to see more details behind the demonstrations
    • Very interactive session
    • Excellent speaker. Great knowledge
    • Love the energy of the presenter.  Makes the it fun to listen to.
    • Great bnb presentation and very engaging.
    • Pinal was very engaging.
    • Great session and I loved the energy!
    • Extremely engaging. Loved the sense of humor.
    • I enjoy Pinal Dave’s presentation methods. His addition of humor makes the content easier to understand and remember.
    • This session well exceeded my expectations.  I now have a better understanding of the functions I’ve used in the past and learned more.  He is right – what is not to like about window functions!  I understand cross apply much better.  All of this material I can take back with me and use immediately.  His presentation skills are great, from font to moving from screen to screen.  I’m very impressed.
    • Pinal Dave’s presentation was funny, valuable and interesting! Just great!
    • A lot of examples on how to test preforming issues. Learned how to comparing tuning preform sql server on different versions.  Loved this session.  Thank you!
    • This was a fun presentation that chewed through some beefy material in a stream lined format that left me both informed and entertained.
    • Pros – Very lively.  Great information.  Glad that he showed a lot of demos.  Liked how he got the audience involved with back and forth. Cons – None really!
    • Quality session where it moved fast and covered some great tips. Learned new stuff on the auto tuning feature.
    • Very funny, kept attention, delivered content in an easy to understand method.
    • Very engaging! Very good and made it fun.
    • One of the best session of the Pass Summit. Pinal is a treat to watch. I enjoyed his session, very informative  and also got my 2min of fame when Pinal invited me to the stage. Good Job Pinal. You are a rockstar.
    • I thought pinal was very entertaining and that made the content easier to take in
    • Great! Informative and entertaining.
    • Pinal is an amazing speaker and delivers content expertly.
    • Fun and entertaining. Delightful and informative.
    • Fantastic Sessions with Pinal are always awesome. The energy and comedy in his delivery is very engaging.
    • Engaging. Speaker was energetic, interactive and very funny. I did not originally plan on attending this session, but I was so impressed by Pinal on the previous day, that I had to come to this one too. Great session and I can’t wait to see more from Pinal. He has the best ability to translate his experience and expertise into stuff that I can actually learn and use. He was hands-down the best presenter at PASS.
    • Mr. Dave is good at his subject. Very passionate at what he does.
    • very entertaining to listen to and lots of great examples and source code
      It was funny and so informative
    • Awesome presentation. Great job Pinal.
    • Pinal is GREAT! Even within a small timeframe, the content is rich! No dull moment!
    • Best speaker hands down.
    • The session was very informative as well as entertaining. Keep doing what you’re doing
      Pinal’s another one that really needs no evaluation because we all know he’s one of the best. I learned a lot and laughed while doing it–Pinal’s a fantastic speaker.
    • One of the best sessions from sthe peaker perspective. Kept all participants engaged. Loads of positive feedback after the session. Great job.
    • Very entertaining. He explained how the performance differs for the previous versions and SQL 2017. I have really impressed in the auto turning.
    • Brilliant, witty, gifted!
    • Pinal has a level of energy that is unrivaled. Incredibly engaging!
    • Excellent humorous & energetic performance. Good intro with having the audience guess the output of several simple queries.
    • Extremely energetic speaker – very passionate about the subject matter. Appreciated his “let’s not waste time” approach to focus on content.

If you have read all the comments, you can notice that there are three things which are repetitive in all the feedback which I have received so far.

  • Funny
  • Informative
  • Engaging

I guess my hard work paid off. The audience loved the hard work, I put in the content and delivery. Only one thing I have to say – Thank you thank you so much.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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