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Enjoyed Speaking, Would Do Again: My Analysis/Newbie Support Post — 8 Comments

  1. Congratulations Chris! We all started somewhere – and this post is a great introspective analysis. Still, after being a corporate trainer for 20 years and a genealogy speaker for the last 3 years, I also do the analysis after every talk.

    Some ideas/resources for you:

    – look at creating an evaluation form on Google Forms and place a link here on the blog. This way you can also market your blog to the participants and have them go there to fill out the evaluation.

    – I still catch myself with ums and ahs. Think about joining your local Toastmasters International for a supportive environment to improve your speaking skills.


  2. Glad the talk went well. Last month I sent out a press release about the one-year anniversary of my blog. I was worse than my students in that I put it off ’til the last minute. I was absolutely terrified when I hit send. But nobody who got the email fire-bombed my house, so I call the whole thing a success.


  3. Congratulations on getting your feet wet! And thank you for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Speaking is something I am wanting to begin doing so your points will be most helpful.

  4. Thomas – thank you for the positive comments and the google form is a great idea. Do you also do paper forms in the presentation, or just give them the link? It seems like people would be more candid of they were not sitting right in front of you, trying to fill the form and get on to the next thing. Seems like a downside might be that you get less feedback, though as people tend to not follow through. Have you found that to be the case? I’ve done in-service presentations at my day job, so speaking was not something completely foreign to me. But I honestly think it’s a whole different ballgame when you are talking about something that you are truly interested. Whether or not you do well is something that is more personal when you are passionate about the subject, I think.

    Amanda – I think you’re probably more at risk of firebombing from former college students than recipients of press releases 🙂

    And Michelle, yes you need to go do it. One additional tip: I made the mistake of picking a date “later in the summer” so I could theoretically have more time to work on the presentation. But what actually happened was that I found I had more time to think about the whole thing, which was not necessarily a good thing. It’s like going off the high dive – sometimes it’s better to just jump than stand up there too long.

  5. Congratulations! I think you’ve made a very objective self-evaluation. I’m new to genealogy speaking, but not to public speaking, so that first time out always has a little bit of anxiety associate with it. Glad you made it through and I hope this is the first of many!

  6. Congrats Chris! And thank you for writing such an honest and candid review of yourself.

    I still remember the first time I did a presentation for genealogy and I was absolutely terrified. I just kept praying that I would keep calm enough to not shake (which makes my voice shaky and hard to hear and understand).

    Most of the time when I show up for my talk, people look at me like I’m a lost child or something and one of my biggest fears is that they will think of me as someone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about. But luckily people tend to realize I know what I’m talking about after about 10 minutes of hearing me speak.

  7. Great post. It will not only be of great help to yourself, but also to others. I’ve done many presentations for work, but have not yet done any genealogy ones. It’s something I hope to do one day so I especially appreciate the points you make.

  8. Good job! The first time is always the worst. The first time I presented at our local genealogy library, they actually provided the evaluation form, had them fill it out on the spot, and I got to see them right after. I wouldn’t have thought of it either. It may be something you can even suggest to them to create to evaluate all their presenters. It was great to get their comments back right away. It doesn’t bring them to your blog, though, that’s true… Maybe the handout would do that?