Open Thread Thursday: Virtual Presentations

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[I'd like to start a new feature at GeneaBloggers called Open Thread Thursday where a topic is presented for discussion.  I think that many members of our blogging community as well as readers may have the same questions around a specific topic.]

This post began as a discussion over on Facebook where Marian Pierre-Louis of the Roots and Rambles blog asked for some tips on presenting “virtually” to a genealogical society.  Many folks offered tips but what was really great was how many folks didn’t realize it was possible to do a long-distance presentation to a genealogical society or even a conference or expo from the comfort of your home.

I have successfully presented genealogy workshops virtually, most recently for the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, where the topic was They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons. Almost 20 people attended in Oakland while I was here in Chicago during the two hour presentation.

So, here are the open thread discussion points – leave your answers, ideas and even further questions in the comments:

  • Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?
  • What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?
  • Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?
  • What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?
  • Were there any technical problems?
  • As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?
  • Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?
  • If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?
  • As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?
  • If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?

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