Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery

Do you suffer from Glossophobia?

Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.

Josh Taylor and his team of expert instructors will help students during this intensive week to explore key components of public speaking for genealogists: 
the “business of speaking,” outlining contracts, pricing, legal considerations, and marketing techniques; “knowing your audience,” focusing on crafting an array of presentations, keeping lectures current, and answering conference proposal requests; “development,” including details on developing handouts, slide presentations, and other visuals; and “delivery,” centered on finding a speaking style, avoiding pitfalls, structuring your presentations, and the opportunity to present two “mini-sessions” to solicit feedback and advice from fellow students and course instructors. 

The ability to transform an initial concept to a full-fledged presentation delivered in front of an audience might seem like a daunting adventure for many professionals. This interactive course is ideal for existing speakers seeking to brush up on their skills and expand their portfolios and anyone seeking to explore how public speaking might align with their aspirations.

For more information and registration go here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: Developing and Managing an Effective Institute Course

This weekend, J. Mark Lowe will be entertaining and educating attendees at the 2018 Fall Seminar of the Alabama Genealogical Society. Mark's topic is "Genealogy's Deeper Well: When the Easy Stuff Runs Dry." Mark is a lifelong genealogist and enjoys opportunities to share his knowledge and expertise. More information on the event can be found here.

In January 2019, Mark will be at the 2019 SLIG Academy to coordinate his course, "Effective Institute Course." With guidance by experienced classroom instructors, participants will learn effective tools to prepare and maintain a successful course of study. Participants will prepare a detailed scope, sequence, and define course learning outcomes. Participants will also discuss how to include opportunities for complex problem solving, decision making, research planning and brainstorming activities in the classroom. The courses defined by participants during the week will be reviewed with faculty towards designing and improving balanced courses of instruction that insure student involvement. Together participants and faculty will work towards developing a course with successful learning activities, available resources, and prepared instructors.

For more information on the course, go here. To register, go here.

Monday, October 8, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Special Events

Attending SLIG? If you haven't already, you definitely need to take a moment to register for the related special events - the reception, banquet, SLIG Night at the Family History Library, SLIG Extended . . .

Since there are so many options, it has been confusing to some. This post should help clarify the process.

We will use SLIG events to demonstrate. To add events to the Academy is a similar process. Tech Day and Tours is a separate form on the same registration page.

Step 1: Return to the SLIG Registration page by navigating to > Registration > Register or go directly to: 

Step 2: Click on the bright blue "Special Events" box (see image above)

Step 3: Navigate through each page. Even though you see this pretty menu at the left, you need to go through the pages in order one by one. The menu is only to help you get back to something to make changes before you finish.

Step 3a, Events: On this page, you will RSVP for your reception and banquet ticket. These are included if you wish to attend. You may also purchase a guest banquet ticket on this page, as well as tell us if you need a special meal or accessibility (in the classroom or events).

Step 3b, SLIG Night at the FHL: On this page, you will RSVP for SLIG Night (required answer - attending or not), and sign up for tours or classes/labs. Make sure you check "tour not needed" to bypass that middle section if you don't wish to take a tour, and "None selected" under courses/labs if you only wish to come to research and eat refreshments. 

Step 3c, Other Events: On this page, you will RSVP for the plenary session and the orientation session (for everyone this year).  This page also includes registration for the new "SLIG Extended" program - where you can stay and research with guided assistance, or obtain a DNA consultation (see addition information online).  These are held during the week after SLIG, but are part of your SLIG registration.

 Step 3d, Volunteer ops: No, this is not required :) But it is a great way to tell us – where we can actually track it rather than lose it in an email, – if you are interested in being a room monitor or assisting in other ways. Not interested? No problem. Just don't check the boxes, and click "next".

Step 4: Review the Summary and Finish. See the nice mauve-colored boxes at left? The darker one notes where you are at present. The lighter ones are clickable in case you wish to go back and change something. The summary tells you every choice you have made in this form.

You must click "Finish" to save these selections!

You will then see a final summary with this message: "Your selections have been recorded ..." At that point you can click on the PayPal link to pay any amount due, or exit and pay with a check.

Review any order or invoice anytime you want: 

a. Return to your registration dashboard by clicking on the SLIG home icon (the mountains) in the top left corner of the browser.
b. Select "Enrollments" from your menu to see your complete SLIG registration summary - course, prior options, and new special event options - all combined into one.
c. Select "Invoices" to view your invoice. Select your invoice from the list at the top, and it will open a full invoice with a PayPal link and mailing address at the bottom.

This process is similar for the Academy: Just log in and look for the bright blue button by the Academy registration form.

Note: To receive invitations to hosted events from organizations like AncestryProGen, the State Archives, and others, you should have already checked the box on your original registration form. Your individual reply to each of those invitations is required. It looked like this:

Tech Day and Tours?  Look for a separate form on the Registration Dashboard and follow the same steps. This will not blend together with your SLIG or Academy registration - it will show as a separate registration and invoice.

More questions? 
Email the registrar:

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG!