Facebook and now Google+. I thought I would take the time to share that part of my life today.
A big part of who I am and what I do is public speaking. I just don't tend to discuss it much on my blog. I love to meet people and to share ideas and to travel. Speaking about genealogy and house histories to groups lets me do all of that. Often times the people I meet enrich my knowledge of the topics that I am interested in.
Up until recently I have focused my energy on the New England area. Then I branched out by starting to do webinars which have national and international reach. This year I have also ventured forth into New York state and I'll be heading back there again next spring.
What do I talk about?
In addition to house histories, I speak about brick walls ("Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents" and "Ten Brick Wall Tips") as well as some of my favorite resources ("Deeds and Probate: a Powerful Combination", "Two Chairs and a Pair of Spectacles: Discovering Your Ancestors in Probate Records" and "Pirates and Prisoners: The Registry is More than just Deeds"). I love to talk about social media ("Don't Call Your Relatives, Let Them Call You" and "What is a Blog, Anyway?") and cemetery research ("Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors").
I am also keenly interested in presenting webinars. I gave a few for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series in 2011. I've given two webinars for Legacy Family Tree and have several more lined up.
I have presented over 65 talks, 29 in the last year alone. I have given four talks in one day where I was the featured speaker for an annual event and I have spoken at major libraries and large regional conferences. I've spoken online to an audience of over 1,000. I would describe my talks as a combination of genuine interest, solid knowledge of my subjects and energetic passionate delivery. Though I think that the people who have heard me speak could probably describe me better.
Yes, I travel!
I know I say I don't get out of New England much but the truth is, if I received invitations to speak with paid travel and accommodation, I'm at the point now where I would consider traveling further afield. (And, yes, I do have a passport!)
So if you're interested in having me speak, drop me a line or let the officer's in your organization know that I'm available. I would love to meet more of my blog readers and friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
More about my speaking.
Photo Credit: Photo by macinate and used under the creative commons license.