Monthly Archives: May 2006

Another Free TeleClass for Busy the Genealogy Entrepreneur

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Just spotted another interesting teleclass for those juggling a variety of activities to create a genealogy business. "Prioritizing Your Target Market Niches" hosted by Cheryl Downing. Tuition: $0.00 ( just the kind I can afford) It's scheduled for 16 May 2006 at 5:00 PM and repeated at 6:00 PM. According to the blurb in the first years of our

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3. Learning and Practicing the Genealogical Proof Standard

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Now your students have memorized the Genealogical proof Standard we need to help them understand just what it means. The first principle is. "We conduct a reasonably exhaustive search in reliable sources" for all pertinant information.

How are you going to teach your students that a"reasonably exhaustive search" does not mean the research until they are tired?

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Prime the Pump: A Message from the late Walter Brennan

 Walter Brennan cannot sing. It's doubtful he ever could. Of this you can be sure. He's passed on to the great beyond where cowboys and actors go. But he did try to sing in his own gravelly voice way, "You've got to prime the pump. you must have faith and believe. you've got to give of yourself, before you are ready to receive. There is a lesson here for those of us who are genealogy educators.

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2. Learning and Practicing the Genealogical Proof Standard

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Years ago and far away on the green isles of New Zealand I was mentoring people who were making some serious life changes. The program included several sessions where it was critical that precise information was given in a precise sequence. So I memorized the presentation word perfect. That was in 1969. Parts of that come back to me even today. How the does this relate to the GPS? Read on and I'll explain.

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Creating a “Get Hired!” One-Sheet

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Back in my yondering days in the South Pacific there were one-sheet and two-sheet nights. We needed at top sheet on cool nights! But that's not what a one-sheet is about in the world of seminar speakers and teachers. A one-sheet is a single page promotional flier. I need to develop one, so I am looking for help. This morning I found a reference

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1. Learning & Practicing the Genealogical Proof Standard

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Its easy to learn what the Genealogical Proof Standard says. In fact you could memorize it, because its not that long. Here's what it says in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Washington, DC: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2000) pages 1-2,

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TeleClasses for Busy Genealogy Entrepreneurs

Ken looks right.jpgI receive a weekly newsletter from Seminar Announcer, a free service that promotes seminars all over the continent. There are an amazing number of free and reasonably priced programs available that are aimed at business and marketing that would be useful to anyone hoping to get ahead on the business side of professional genealogy. I was particularly interested in the TeleClasses or Audio Conferences as they are sometimes called. I suspect they are a practical solution, though imperfect, to convey information to others and could be a model for the delivery of several aspects of genealogy education. Here are some upcoming events listed:

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Web Sites for Genealogy Educators

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My son The Hermit Poet has just launched a new venture you might be interested in. Check out http://www.lone-crow.com/Design/. Think about a custom designed web page for your business designed by a creative young genealogist.

Updating My Program Evaluation Form

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A recent comment on an earlier posting prompts me to share thoughts on my program evaluation form. Let's make this like a workshop and you can participate with me. First I'll discuss my objectives in using a form, then some insights into the the reasoning behind the structure. Finally comes your part. Look at the form, then make suggestions for changes and improvements, or comment on how it looks from your perspective. Interested? Read on.

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Professional Genealogists: Qualities, Skills and Knowledge

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Dr. Phil on TV tells us that spousal abuse is one of those drop dead deal breakers in a marriage. He tells the abused spouse to get out of the situation immediately.

Are there drop dead deal breakers in preparing professional genealogists? Or preparing genealogists to behave like professionals?

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