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Genealogy Conferences – The Magic Recipe


After the successful Genea-Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) series posted here at GeneaBloggers two weeks ago, we think it is time to focus on genealogy conferences and how they fit in with the genealogy community and industry.

Here is the schedule of posts that will happen here at GeneaBloggers:

  • Setting the Space – on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, the series beings by looking at genealogy conferences from the perspective of the planners – those who plan the events, secure the space and manage all the details that many attendees don’t get to see. We encourage those who have held genealogy events – from one-day workshops for your local genealogy society to multi-day national events to weigh in with their opinion.  Tell us your frustrations, your successes, and what changes are taking place or should take place when it comes to genealogy conferences.
  • Delivering the Content – on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, the series continues with a look at what it takes to be a speaker or presenter at a genealogy conference.  Everything from the call for papers, to signing the contract, to making the presentation – we want to know everything involved from the speakers’ perspective. Tell us about the glamour, the limelight, the adoring fans; and tell us about the preparation, the travel and all the ugly details as well.
  • Selling the Goods – on Thursday, May 5, 2011, we’ll discuss how vendors who sell their wares in the Exhibit Hall see the conference experience.  This will be an eye-opener for sure since most attendees think you just set up a booth and you are ready to sell. We’d love to hear from actual vendors about the process and the realities of selling goods and services at genealogy conferences.
  • Taking It All In – and finally on Friday, May 6, 2011, we’ll hear from the attendees of genealogy conferences.  How do you decide which ones to attend? How far in advance do you start making plans? What do you look for when you take in a conference? Again, not only can you post about what you’d love to see at a genealogy conference, but let us know your frustrations and what needs to change.

In this series, like the one two weeks ago, we’d love to see honest opinions about issues such as:

  • Money and genealogy conferences – registration fees, exhibit booth prices, speaker honoraria and more
  • Topics and themes – what makes for an interesting conference?
  • Virtual conferences – what does the future hold for attending a genealogy conference from the comfort of your home or office?
  • Annoyances and frustrations – what bugs you most about your conference experience, from every perspective including planner, speaker, vendor and attendee
  • Design the perfect genealogy conference – let your imagination run wild and tell us what you’d love to see at your next conference

We hope you’ll join us for what we’re certain will be an informative look at genealogy conferences.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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