I am getting ready for the three day Professional Management Conference (PMC) sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists and the week long Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which are back-to-back starting on Thursday of this week. I thought I would pass along some of my preparations.
I have numerous goals for these 10 days:
- Attend the Professional Management Conference. This 2.5 day event is great fun with good classes on how to be a better professional genealogist.
Action: I have reviewed the classes and events. I will be attending Tom Jones’s class on citations and I will send my avatar to Judy Russell’s presentation on “Finding the Law.” Cece Moore, seen on “Finding Your Roots” is doing a session on using DNA in adoption cases but Billie Fogarty, a very skilled presenter, is conducting a session on improving your presentations at the same time. Decisions, decisions! My avatar will be busy.
- Show my poster on Friday. I did not respond to their Call for Presentations but thought the poster session might be a good way to get to know some people. Little did I know the paper would take about 6 weeks to write before I even did the poster!
Action: Poster is printed and I pick it up on Monday. I have business cards, flyers and a table tent ready.
- The following week, starting on Monday, about 30 of us will start the five day SLIG Advanced Practicum class. We receive one problem per day and then reconvene at the end of the day to see how we did in solving the research question. When I took the Advanced Methodologies course last year, I was very inefficient and did not reach any of the conclusions to the questions. I would like to do better this time (coming up from “zip” should be easy! right?)
Action: I vow to…. think of each of the assignments as one of my 10 hour “stints” for a client and to develop a research plan. Most importantly, I must not go down the “rabbit hole” and instead must stay disciplined and focused.
- Conduct personal research for my certification portfolio. If my personal research takes longer than I anticipate, I might just not do one of the five assignments of the Practicum.
Action: I have my records identified (film numbers etc.) As I discovered a gap in my knowledge I recorded where I might find the information in Evernote and tagged each research need with “FHL” for Family History Library. Yesterday I copied/pasted each need into a master document and attached a priority. I will actually record my findings on the same research document as I accomplish each task.
- Quiz at least three national speakers on topics to submit for the National Genealogical Society Conference for the 2016 “Call for Papers.” I also want to ask them about tips for better responses to Call for Papers. I have until April to submit eight. I didn’t get selected last year, but my resume looked pretty skimpy. This year it looks much better.
Action: I have my list of lecture topics updated and I am reworking my contract.
- Connecting with old friends and making some new ones.
Action: I want to meet some of my blog readers. I will promise to introduce myself around in every situation rather than just talk with my friend from Chicago (although I will do a lot of that as well.)
I will report back as to how I did!
I have a new laptop which I will be taking. Last year I suffered with my tablet. Not again. Dropbox is proving invaluable. It allows me to work on my desktop, store my info in the cloud and then using my laptop, download the information so I can use it while I travel So handy!
I still have to pack etc. I am trying to think what I need to take with me because I only want to carry one bag onto the plane. Genealogists have a tendency to pack a lot of books, papers etc. Hopefully the laptop will alleviate that need.
What I have done since the last posting: I have written a number of the Jens Dahle “One Day in the Life of…” postings for the blog. I will be sad when the last one is written. …end of April 1865. Finished up my poster and got it printed. I went to pick the poster up last Friday and they had the wrong size and the wrong type of paper. Sigh. So, I will have to go back and pick it up again on Monday. I am starting to go through the mountain of books I have (more than 12) which I have on long term inter-library loan. These books are related to the topic of my KDP. So much to do; so little time. …and last night I read a book which will be very helpful for my KDP. I will resume my 500 word/day “diet” on my KDP or Case Study right after my return from SLC.
PMC 2015 logo is used with permission from the Association of Professional Genealogists. Thanks, Kathleen.