Have you ever read a how-to article in a genealogical society publication that was stripped down, economical of language and so clear you wanted to do that search? I recently read an article like that in the National Genealogical Society Newsmagazine that got me thinking. I like lectures that are illustrated with a case study showing how one problem was solved, but doing so with suffiicient information that the listener could use the same process with his or her problem. Here's what I'm talking about.
Many years ago I read a great step by step article on tracing a civil war ancestor that included how to obtain service records, pension records, regimental histories and unit accounts of battles. I decided to trace a certain English immigrant, Richard Theodore Hambrook following the steps. I had great success, even finding Richard's own account of his part in the Battle of Chaplin hHills, as well as the official one. So I prepared a lecture telling of my research, and illustrated with my findings, and comments on my less succesful searches. For these latter I used examples from other soldiers so my listeners could see examples. However, the presentation worked because it was real: a real search with real successes and failures. Of course my handout reference list included a reference to that original step-by-step article.
There is a lesson here :a good speaker can take a list of step-by-step instructions and turn them into an original illustrated lecture or lesson. Give it a try. Your comments are welcome