Thank you for your interest. However, for at least the near future, I am no longer booking new speaking engagements. I will of course honor any existing agreements and look forward to seeing you there!
This was a difficult decision. I jumped into speaking eight years ago, having zero public speaking experience and never really looked back. I’ve gotten so much enjoyment and satisfaction from meeting genealogists from all over the country and even beyond– hearing everyone’s stories, successes, and challenges. There’s nothing more invigorating than connecting with like-minded people with shared experiences. I’ve learned so much from you all. Looking back at where my speaking journey started and seeing how far it progressed is also something that amazes me. I never would have imagined when I was sitting in my basement trying to memorize that first presentation word for word that I would be speaking at state conferences, at FGS, or doing webinars for Legacy Family Tree. I need to thank all those that gave me a chance.
But this isn’t really a eulogy or goodbye. As Arnold says, “I’ll be back.” Although this has been in the works for awhile now, the weird warping of time during the Covid-19 crisis really drove home how important having time to decompress and re-energize really is. With my current non-genealogy professional commitments, I don’t have the time and energy to put into the work of speaking that it deserves– that YOU as an attendee deserve. And there’s also this: Given the amount of time I’ve been committing to the day job, coaching, and speaking, I really haven’t had time for actual research. It’s that passion for research that drove my willingness to get up in front of a bunch people and talk about it. I need to get back to that research part of it, to find new strategies, ideas, and case studies to share with you all. And man do I ever need to get on the road and do some feet-on-the-ground, courthouse basement, dusty archive, research
Once I can do that, I will certainly return to the gig I love, however long that may take.
Be well, and may many of your brick walls tumble before I return!