Networking and Ambassador status aside, Andy and I had a job today. RootsTech hired us to teach two labs on Friday afternoon, and it was time to put up or shut up as a speaker. And, a loyal blog follower was in the audience!
There are so many classes at conferences that fill your head with things to do when you leave. But Andy and I wanted to have class participants actually accomplish a task. Write one story about one event in one ancestor’s life in one hour. Could it be done?
Before the class started, people were lining up to get in 15 minutes before the doors opened. There is nothing like a line of people waiting to come in to set the adrenaline pumping in a speaker. Andy and I were ready!
|Staff check badges for admittance to our class. Labs require an additional fee and|
room monitors ensure only those who paid gained entrance.
Andy set up the video camera to capture us in action, but alas the video has no audio. Erg! So, I’ll eventually share a clip of us speaking with no audio capture. For those who read lips (or non-ASL hand gestures) maybe you’ll know what we said. But even though the audio wasn’t captured, the learning happened, and that’s ultimately what matters most.
My blog reader Lilian Magill was excited to take my class. Since she was traveling from Australia, I did not want to disappoint. When she not only still wanted to talk to me after the class and bought the book that the class is based upon, I felt I could rest easily.
(By the way, she has this photo of my book in her blog post, “Goodies from RootsTech!” Aw Lilian)
|Thanks for coming from Down Under to participate in my class, Lilian!|
Next, I discovered that my friend in Texas had told her mom (who was already a ticket holding RootsTech attendee) that she HAD to come to my class. My friend hasn’t ever seen me teach, but she’s heard how I taught her daughter (who I adore by the way).
|Whew! I didn’t let Dorothy down. Thanks Misty for promoting me. Love you!!!|
So, Misty told her mom to take my class. Misty’s mom told her friend that they both needed to come to my class. I’m so glad I didn’t let Misty down! And, I’m so glad Misty’s mom took a photo with me so we could say Howdy from Utah!
|Good thing I’m still limber so I can sign books for class attendees. Next time, I need to use a table!|
After we had sold 45 books across the two labs that totaled 70 people, Andy and I celebrated success. I so hope others will have us teach our “Start Writing You Family History Today” class in person or through a webinar. We also hope you and your genealogy buddies will buy our $10 book “A Recipe for Writing Family History.” It’s jam packed with value at a reasonable price.
By the way, our door monitor bought the book! Think about this. This man volunteered to serve as a room monitor. He’d attended numerous workshops in two days (Thursday and Friday) and not only did he say our class was the best lab he attended, he wanted the book to take home the essentials of the course!
|3 books were available this year. Can I write another before the year is out? If so, what would you want to read?|
Social etiquette says it’s not polite to brag. I apologize if I come across that way. I just wanted to share with you what it feels like to be an author and speaker. We fear what we have to offer will not live up to expectations. When we have this feedback, we can let out a sigh of relief.