[APG Public List] First time conference going and speakers

Wanda Samek wanda at sameks.us
Tue Oct 6 20:34:36 MDT 2009

Thanks for the response, Elissa.
I was referring to an on-site orientation held perhaps the evening before or
first thing the opening day.  It wouldn't take long - just giving an
overview of the conference, what to expect, how the tracks are laid out, how
to pick and choose wisely, how the exhibit hall works, what additional
activities are being held, what is included (or not included) in the
registration fee, what to do about lunch - in general, how to get the most
out of the experience once they are there.
It would provide a forum whereby new people could meet each other and
provide recognizable faces.  There wouldn't be unhappy surprises about the
syllabus, etc.  
It's just an idea that seems to work well for many national conferences.
Sometimes we go to so many of these things that we get to the point where we
feel like we're attending a big family reunion and forget what it was like
that first time.
Yes, I agree that the Ohio society does a good job of letting people know
what is available and what to expect (and does most other things well,
Wanda Samek

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[mailto:apgpubliclist-bounces at apgen.org] On Behalf Of Elissa Scalise Powell,
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 9:16 PM
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Subject: [APG Public List] First time conference going and speakers

I interpret this to mean an orientation about conference-going. When NGS was
in Pittsburgh in 2003 I did a lecture I took on the road to the local little
societies to tell them what to expect, bring, and how to get the most for
their money. I don't know if NGS in Raleigh used my slides that I gave them
but that conference was very successful. It is information that is a little
too late once the conference has started. However, the Ohio Genealogical
Society has done a tour on the afternoon before their two-day conference
showing them where the exhibit hall was, etc. and gave them tips on how to
get the most from their time. 


One thing I did notice was that the new conference goers had no idea what to
do with the syllabus if they didn't pay extra for the print copy. They were
sent a link ahead of time but many ignored that email and didn't know that
the material would be referenced in the lectures. Although given the
syllabus on CD, most did not have computers. I had a few people ask if there
were any more handouts in the back of the room (like they do at local
programs). Things are changing and the way we educate conference goers has
to change also.


Speakers need to be made aware of this problem as they prepare their
handouts. We can't always depend that the audience will have them in front
of them.


-- Elissa


Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
after periodic evaluations by the Board. 


From: On Behalf Of Wanda Samek
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 4:16 PM

It would also be helpful to have a one- or two-hour orientation session for


Wanda Samek


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