Monthly Archives: June 2006

What a Journalist might want in Your media kit.

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Journalist and public speaker Lori Allen wrote some of her ideas on things she likes to find in a media kit. Among her ideas were these:

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A Media Kit for the Genealogy Speaker

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I suspect the key to making a living as a professional genealogist may require diversification for some of us. Speaking on genealogy topics is one way to diversify. But it takes more than being a skilled genealogist to market yourself as a speaker. Speakers need to promote themselves as experts in something. one such promotion tool is the media kit.

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Dressed for the Occasion:Tips for Teachers & Speakers

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Back in 1970 when I interrupted my wandering of the South Pacific to enroll in my first year of college, I had a sociology professor who entered the class every morning in ratty looking shoes and a tattered sweatshirt. Essentially an academic slob style. To demonstrate that I was a mature student, I refrained from that appearance.  But I never forgot the man–not for what he taught but for looking like a slob. When we are in front of a group how should we dress?

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Return to Pro Genealogists: Qualities, Skills …

A colleague contacted me about this earlier posting, uncertain that Accredited Genealogists from ICapGen had the same tested skill set as those Certified Genealogists from the Board for Certificaton of Genealogists. So I contacted ICapGen and asked about a couple of things. Karen Clifford replied and has allowed me to share our exchange:

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A Room of One’s Own


Looking for a new home in the west, but no palm trees yet. however, we found two suitable places in the Okanagan Valley, both coincidentally have nice dens where we can set up our computers, shelve our books and put up old family photographs– a home for Family History Education Services, and Genealogy Education. It is important, according to Virginia Woolf to have a room of one’s own to write in. If you don’t believe me, check Ronald Gross, The Indepenent Scholar’s Handbook

New On-line Class in Canadian Immigration Records

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Patricia McGregor recently created a new online course on Canadian Immigration Records that is being offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

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Genealogy Educators Should Not Move!

Ken profile.jpg is going to move. Ether-wise you will not notice any difference, still the same old address. But physically, we are moving west to Beautiful British Columbia. A moving estimator was in today to look us over and figured we had over 1,000 lbs of books in my office. I suspect that means over 1,000 lbs in the downstairs library, too.  That's a lot of books. So we will be trimming of the fat, again. It's a hard thing for me to weed out my personal library, but it must be done again.

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7. Learning and Practicing the Genealogical Proof Standard

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Its time to wrap up the series on the GPS. Today we look at the seventh concept to teach: We arrive at a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion. To get to this point the learner must have an understanding of the previous four steps in the  process: Continue reading

Adventures in Hiring a Speaker

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This morning as I reviewed my email I saw one from a colleague in the Genealogical Speaker's Guild telling about her adventures and disappointments. She had responded to a "call for lectures"  with some proposals. A member of the program committee called shortly thereafter to tell her that she had been selected. While waiting for written confirmation that never came, she declined two other speaking opportunities. When she contacted the host society next, you can guess what she learned– she was not on the program. The other opportunities are gone too. I felt her disappointment as I read the message. Is her experience unique? 

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