Speaker Tips: Talking Genealogy

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I just discovered that BusinessWeek magazine’s Web site has an interesting but brief slide show on the “10 Worst Presentation Habits” (http://tinyurl.com/knwlg). Take a look. Perhaps you can yearn from someone’s errors, to be a better genealogy teacher or speaker.

More important, however is what you find on the bottom of the first page of the site – a link to the Best Business Communicators slide show. Go take a look at tell me if you think it has relevance for the genealogy teacher,speaker.


One response to “Speaker Tips: Talking Genealogy

  1. Hi Ken,

    I do yearn to be better at it. I’ve improved a lot…but I am an engineer and old habits are hard to break.

    My biggest fault of the 10 mistakes is putting too much on my slides – too many words, not enough graphics. This comes, of course, from engineering, where the slides had to be “complete” so the manager who was to busy to come to the meeting could read the slides at his/her leisure.

    My second biggest fault is using a script and reading most of the lines on my slides. I do not do well in an extemporaneous speaking mode – I need the crutch of the script. I find, however, that having the script handy increases my confidence level and I don’t refer to it continuously.

    I have two new presentations in work, and I’m going to try to work in more graphics and limit the words, and thereby limit the script-reading.

    Thanks for the link to the Business Week presentation. It pretty much follows what the presentation consultant said to my management class 25 years ago.

    Cheers — Randy

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