Open Thread Thursday: Virtual Presentations

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[I'd like to start a new feature at GeneaBloggers called Open Thread Thursday where a topic is presented for discussion.  I think that many members of our blogging community as well as readers may have the same questions around a specific topic.]

This post began as a discussion over on Facebook where Marian Pierre-Louis of the Roots and Rambles blog asked for some tips on presenting “virtually” to a genealogical society.  Many folks offered tips but what was really great was how many folks didn’t realize it was possible to do a long-distance presentation to a genealogical society or even a conference or expo from the comfort of your home.

I have successfully presented genealogy workshops virtually, most recently for the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, where the topic was They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons. Almost 20 people attended in Oakland while I was here in Chicago during the two hour presentation.

So, here are the open thread discussion points – leave your answers, ideas and even further questions in the comments:

  • Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?
  • What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?
  • Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?
  • What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?
  • Were there any technical problems?
  • As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?
  • Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?
  • If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?
  • As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?
  • If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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