Friday, May 4, 2018

SLIG 2019 Academy Course Highlight: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery

If you want to learn something new, you want to learn from an expert. So, if the thought of public speaking leaves you speechless, this course with Josh Taylor will untie your tongue.

Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

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.

This intensive week explores 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.

A variety of speaking opportunities will be discussed, including traditional one-hour sessions, seminars, workshops, webinars, institute courses, public programming, continued education courses, and national and regional conferences.

Pre-Requisites and Activity Information:This course requires active interaction and participation. Students registering for the course will be required to submit a short “call for presentations” to the instructor and will be asked to prepare two 15-minute presentations for interactive sessions during the course. Presentations will relate to topics agreed upon in advance between the student and the course coordinator. Nightly homework assignments will include work on development lecture outlines, call for proposals, and general presentation preparation.

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

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