Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Genealogical Speakers Guild at the Conference

Diana Crisman Smith, a Director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild shared the following information for blog readers.

The stated missions of the Genealogical Speakers Guild are:

  • To provide a unified, effective voice to promote speakers' interests by providing a forum for the discussion of topics of concern to genealogical speakers.
  • To broaden the speaker base by identifying, educating and assisting promising speakers.
  • To raise professional lecture standards.
  • To aid speakers in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to program planners and to audiences.

    The FGS/NEHGS Conference in Boston will offer an excellent opportunity for all of these goals through the activities of GSG at the conference.
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    First, look for the GSG booth in the Exhibit Hall (booth #313). There you will find a friendly face to answer questions, a display of numerous member brochures showcasing their speaking topics, and other information on GSG.

    On Friday there will be a FULL DAY of presentations in the Speakers’ Track. That’s right – five sessions geared toward subjects of interest to current and prospective speakers. You do not need to be a member of GSG to attend these sessions. These five lectures are included in your conference registration fee.


  • At 9 AM, Sheila Benedict, CG, a charter member of GSG, will get the ball rolling with the first step – preparing a proposal that will let the program committee know that you are qualified to speak. [Session F195 “You Are Invited to Speak… Preparing Effective Proposals”]
  • Next, Diana Crisman Smith (GSG Director in charge of conference activities) and Debby T. Horton (GSG Webmaster), share their experience in making yourself known – a speaker needs audiences, after all. [Session F214 “HERE I AM – Marketing Yourself Using Print & Digital Media”]
  • After lunch, George G. Morgan, well-known speaker, author, President of AHA Seminars and immediate past Director of GSG, will charge us up with tips on planning and preparing interesting and informative presentatives. [Session F238 “Planning and Producing a Great Presentation”]
  • Next Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, another GSG member and past officer of APG, nationally-known for speaking and writing, will get to the realities of the business of speaking ….. show me the money! Since many speakers don’t think about what it really costs to prepare their speeches, Paula will outline how to calculate your true costs and not feel guilty setting fees accordingly. [Session F257 “Setting Realistic Fees for Presenting Genealogical Lectures”]
  • And to wrap up the day with a look to the future, Drew Smith, GSG member and FGS Board member, will show some of the newest techniques for putting “pizzazz” into your presentations using computer technology. [Session F277 “Using the Latest Presentation Technology to Connect to Your Audience”]

And finally, for Saturday lunch, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors are planning a very special joint luncheon [Session S321]. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is well known for her work with the PBS Ancestors series and her writing and speaking (particularly on DNA and Genetic studies). She will be speaking on “Finding Your Voice: Speaking and Writing in the Genealogical World.” Sign up now while there is still space available. Sounds great for $20.00.

The Genealogical Speakers Guild looks forward to seeing you in Boston!

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