Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Genealogical Speakers Guild Track Topic by George G. Morgan

Are you an genealogical instructor or lecturer? Do you need some help with the presentation from planning to delivering? Or maybe you are interested in lecturing and need some sage advice?

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Speaker: George G. Morgan
Topic: Planning and Producing a Great Presentation

Speaker Bio:
George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Florida-based company working with library cooperatives and consortia providing continuing education to libraries and their employees, and genealogy consulting services. He has more than 30 years’ speaking and training experience, having been a training manager for both Sears, Roebuck & Company and IBM and then president of his own seminar firm. He is a highly experienced meeting and event planner, a conference and genealogy research trip organizer, and a consultant for libraries’ genealogical collection development planning.

George is a well-respected and sought-after speaker at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, and teaches online genealogy class through his company and two genealogical librarianship courses for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies with the University of Toronto.

George’s award-winning weekly genealogy column, "Along Those Lines…” appeared for eight years at Ancestry.com and now at his Web site, http://ahaseminars.com. He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, and many other genealogical publications in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Australia, Singapore, and elsewhere. He has written four books, and is at work on The Official Guide to Ancestry.com for MyFamily.com.

He is co-host of the “The Genealogy Guys Podcast” each week at http://genealogyguys.com with partner Drew Smith. This informative and enjoyable program is enjoyed by thousands of genealogists around the world. The podcast is recorded and can be downloaded and enjoyed on- or offline.

George is currently the president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Society of Genealogists (U.K.), and more than twenty other genealogical societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

George’s Participation at FGS 2006

George will be presenting two programs at the FGS Conference in Boston this year: once for the APG Professional Management Conference and once as part of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild Track. His presentation for GSG is titled, “Planning and Producing a Great Presentation.” With his many years of training program development and management, George is the ideal person to deliver this topic!

“There are too many people speaking in the genealogical community who’ve had little or no formal training in how to do the job right, says George. “Their skills in developing well-thought-out, informative presentations and effectively delivering them are lacking. In many cases, these are people who have been “put on the spot” by their local society to present a program. In other cases, though, they don’t rehearse their material and/or they don’t know how to overcome their stage fright. The result can be an unsatisfying experience for both the presenter and the audience.”

George believes that all speakers can benefit from training, support, and continuing education in training methods, presentation media and tools, and presentation delivery strategies. “Each topic is unique and has its own needs in the way of content and supporting materials. Likewise, each audience is distinctive in its informational wants and needs, and a smart speaker will always begin by identifying and trying to understand his or her audience.” This is just the beginning of what George will discuss in his presentation in the GSG Track in Boston.

George has been a long-time member of GSG and believes that the support of other speakers in sharing knowledge and skills to be a superior speaker is vitally important for personal and professional growth. You’ll find that George has those skills and is always ready to share his experience with other people. That’s why we know you’ll enjoy and benefit from his presentation in Boston.


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