December 2011 - Posts

We have the RESULTS – So just how did I fair @ my 1st SQLPASS conference as a speaker

 

So having just received our session surveys responses from PASS team and after the initial scramble to look to see where I was scored in the overall league rankings….

<sad face> I was not in the TOP 5 of my Category <insert your astonished look here> but then with some of the biggest and most accomplished speakers around to compete

with in the “league” then I can hardly be that surprised

 

However I’m proud to hold a TOP 10 ranking from the conference, my session was indeed a popular one with 310 attendees (SQLPASS stats) and this made it the 9th highest attended session

of the conference

So now onto scrutinizing those 147 surveys (~ 50% of the audience) to understand the finer points of my overall rating I received 4.03

this was not as high as I would have liked and I wanted to understand the key reasons why

 

So I have performed a breakdown of the 5 Questions, each of the 5 questions recieving a score from 1 – 5 for each of the survey questions.

From a quick breakdown of the ratings I received the following (Avg. Scores), a few top scores J and then a ranging array of scores mainly failing between 3.4 and 4.6 along

with some low scoring ones that were of a concern as to why they had low ratings

Some surveys also had comments and these will be helpful to aid me to improve my presentation for the future

 

  

# Surveys

0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 3 7 6 13 11 13 14 11 15 12 8 25
Rating 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.8 3.0 3.2 3.4 3.6 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.8 5.0
% Surveys 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 3% 2% 5% 4% 9% 8% 9% 10% 8% 10% 8% 5% 17%

 

 

 

 

  

Survey Question

1 2 3 4 5
How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills? 0 8 46 55 38         3.84
How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject? 1 1 12 48 85         4.46
How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session? 1 5 20 54 67         4.23
How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials? 2 11 39 55 40         3.82
Did you learn what you expected to learn? 3 11 38 57 38         3.79
  7 36 155 269 268
  1.0% 4.9% 21.1% 36.6% 36.5% 4 & 5’s
How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills? 0% 5% 31% 37% 26% 63%
How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject? 1% 1% 8% 33% 58% 90%
How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session? 1% 3% 14% 37% 46% 82%
How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials? 1% 7% 27% 37% 27% 65%

 

Did you learn what you expected to learn?
2% 7% 26% 39% 26% 65%

 

So now I have visualized the results, I looked deeper @ the surveys that got either a 4’s & 5’s, it is fairly evident they found my knowledge (90%) & abstract (82%) as mainly OK

maybe even verging on respectable scores for my 1st time as a PASS speaker, however when I look @ the other 3 questions

The presentation ones scored less well L with my skills (63%) and materials (65%) and finally the question “expect to learn” with a less than impressive (65%)

This all points to a less then brilliant scoring, but maybe still perhaps a respectable showing for my 1st time around, especially when I take into account that

some comments & scores highlighted difficulties they had @ the back of the packed room in seeing the slides & demos clearly and thus getting the most

from my session, so it is not something I had much control over, but I will be “more concerned about minimizing“ for future events

 I clearly do need to continue to improve my presentation skills, and will endeavour to take on board the constructive comments like ‘too much content’, ‘focused & slower demos”

Although some comments like ‘answering questions in session” I will continue to do this as I believe that is the forum to do those and I do allow time for those in my sessions

 So finally how do I rate my own performance, well I would give myself a decent B (4.3/5) and the comments along the lines of “needs to slow down, and focus on his delivery”

 

I hope I get another chance oneday to do SQL PASS sessions (perhaps even in 2012) and will see if we can get into that competitive TOP 5 category

or @ least closer to it that I got this time around

 

FINALLY a heart-felt thanks to all of the SQL PASS team for giving me the opportunity to speak and I just hope that they consider it to have been a good decision

I LOVED every minute of it !!!!

 

I also was part of a lightening talk session, but due to the nature of those it is difficult to determine what my score was as part of that..

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