Monthly Archives: June 2006

Choices and Titles: Continued.

Last time on Choices and Titles I listed five titles and asked you to pick you preferred option based solely on the title. I believe titles should be attractive and informative. How do these ones on the program at FGS in Boston measure up on those two factors?

“See Ya in the Funnies”

“Where do I go from Here?”

“Searching Tips and Tricks”

“Adding Muscle and Sinew to the Frame of Memory”

If the title carries little information, then burden of being meaningful falls on the 30 or 40 word description. Now thats a test of wordcraft. Construct a 30 word description of one of your lectures or lessons and see what I mean.

What do you think?

Topics to Teach Genealogy Society Executives

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There is a special group of people in every genealogy society that need help. they are hungry for practical ideas, and motivational learning. Its the executive; public minded volunteers that hold a society together. I think every genealogy speaker should have one or two presentations in their list of lectures and workshops that can be aimed at the executive group.. This year i am working on delevoping a lecture on effective newsletters. I've noticed some others offer such lectures. Here are a few examples
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Choices and Titles: How do Lecture Titles Influence Our Choices?

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It's 2:00 in the afternoon, three quarters of the way through the second day of a regional genealogy conference. You are getting a bit tired. You look at the choices for the next hour. Here's what you find

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Discovering Creative Training Strategies


Recently people have been suggesting books for me to read this summer to glean ideas and inspirations on creative training ideas. I've been thinking of developing some of my lectures into all day seminars and my associates have suggestions. So read on at the list of titles. Continue reading


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Do you get nervous just before you begin to teach or lecture? Happens to all of us. Its not necessarily a bad thing. But how do we controll it?

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Vibrant Language in my Marketing Material?

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Does your promotional material pop with vibrancy like these flowers? Or like an old pair of gray socks? Never thought about it until Jane Atkinson e-mailed me today asking, "How vibrant is your marketing language?"

Supposing your state or regional genealogy society invited me and four other talented speakers to submit proposals for a one-day seminar event. The committee sits down, views my website, then my brochure, my media kit and the proposal I submitted and compares them with those other fabulous four speakers. Only one of us gets the job, One has a frsh, exciting website, a great media kit, fascinating seminar descriptions. jane wants to know if that one will be mine. And she offers some questions to help me improve my chances and make my marketing material more vibarant.

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Poet and Genealogist Pack Books

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 I have joined the Hermit Poet in Riverside California to pack up his library in preparation for his move to Canada. He has more books than the old man! Incredible!