Family History Academy

Skill Building for Family Historians
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Essential Speaker Skills

Successful speakers not only craft excellent presentations and deliver them with confidence and enthusiasm, but also keep track of every last detail of every speaking gig, market themselves and manage finances. Whether you are just starting out or you've been speaking for a while, there's always room to improve your skills and make the business side of speaking more efficient.

This six-module workshop takes you through the essential skills that all speakers should have regardless of their level of experience. Discover ways to make your presentations more memorable, whether in-person or virtual. 

You can choose all six modules and save $55 or select the sessions which suit where you are in your speaking journey and where you would like to be.

Workshop details

Note: All prices are in US dollars. 

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Dates, times and cost

1. Your Six-Pack: Proposals and putting a Presentation Together

     28 June 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

2. Making the Presentation Medium (PowerPoint or Keynote) Work for You

     26 July 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

3. Handouts: Useful and Memorable

     23 August 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

4. In-person or virtual? Tips and techniques for presenters

     27 September 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

5. Marketing Yourself as a Speaker and Other Business Aspects

     25 October 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

6. Advancing your presentation skills

     22 November 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (2 hours) $55

All Zoom sessions are closed captioned, recorded and available for viewing for 14 days following the session. Handouts are included.

Attendance is limited to 30 participants per session.


Buy all modules and receive the sixth session FREE - a saving of $55!

Don't need all six sessions? Just select those you want (up to five).

Workshop 1:  28 June 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (US) 

Your Six-Pack: Proposals and putting a Presentation Together

  • Choosing topics, finding your take on them, and crafting titles
  • Finding and responding to proposals
  • Organizing a presentation for maximum teaching value.

Workshop 2: 26 July 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US  (US) 

Making the Presentation Medium (PowerPoint or Keynote) Work for You

  • Typography for in-person versus virtual presentations
  • Beyond bullet points: Images, music, animations – some, all or nothing
  • Presentation notes, formats and freebies
  • Creating your own templates.

Workshop 3: 23 August 2022 @ 7pm Eastern (US)

Handouts: Useful and Memorable

  • Types of handouts: outline, summary, additional study material
  • Resource heavy or content heavy?
  • The handout as preparation for writing the presentation
  • The handout as business card.

Workshop 4:  27 September 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US (US) 

 In-person or virtual? Tips and techniques for presenters

  • Overcoming public speaking fears
  • Understanding your audience
  • Delivering your message 
  • Working with technology.

Workshop 5: 25 October 2022 @ 7pm Eastern US  (US) 

Marketing Yourself as a Speaker and Other Business Aspects

  • Hard and soft marketing
  • Be the speaker program chairs love
  • What to charge?
  • Contract or no contract?
  • Keeping track of gigs.

Workshop 6: 22 November 2022 @ 7pm Eastern (US)

Advancing your presentation skills

  • Presentation practice with the instructors and your peers
  • Critiquing your presentation: self-reflection and feedback from others
  • Great, Good and Needs Improvement– learning from the rubric.


About the instructors

Annette Burke Lyttle

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national,  state and local levels. She is coordinator of the SLIG  Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course. Annette is President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and editor of The Florida Genealogist.

Cathie Sherwood

Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty years. She was a university lecturer in digital technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor and now combines her love of family history with her technology skills. As the Principal and Founder of Family History Academy, Cathie coordinates innovative and interactive genealogy education opportunities in partnership with experienced and highly-respected lecturers.