This past Saturday – April 10, 2010 – I presented They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons for members of the California Genealogical Society and Library (CGSL) in Oakland, CA. The neat thing is I was able to do this from the comfort of my home here in Chicago, IL using webinar technology.
When I started High-Definition Genealogy, I decided one of the offerings which would be of value to the genealogy community is distance education. What does this entail? Here’s a list of components and advantages made available to not only genealogical societies but individuals as well:
- Technology rules. I purchased a WebEx subscription earlier this year and I couldn’t be happier! I can meet with colleagues at a moments notice and it doesn’t cost them a thing to connect! I’ve actually been able to meet with genealogy vendors on short notice to discuss issues and demo applications on screen.
- Easy setup. CGSL set up a laptop with a screen and projector in the middle of their board room. They called me from their conference phone so I could speak to the audience and they could answer questions. I was not only able to display my PowerPoint slides, but I also could share my computer desktop and demo searches in real time. Plus, I used my web cam to let the audience know that there was a real person running this workshop!
- Lower costs. Instead of CGSL having to pay for my travel expenses or for me to pay my own way, using distance education we both were able to keep our costs down.
So what does the future hold? Well, soon I’ll be posting a list of offerings including a new workshop on how to become a genealogy speaker as well as one on how to obtain writing gigs for genealogy magazines and journals. I will be able to offer this to individuals at a very reasonable price with folks connecting from the comfort of their own home.
In addition, I’ll be expanding my offerings to genealogy societies by allowing them to hire me as a speaker for their next meeting or special workshop at a very reasonable price compared to my “live in-person” speaking fee. In addition, at the discretion of the genealogy society, they could allow their members to connect from their home computers.
© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee