Friday, March 16, 2018

I just ran out of puff

I had a ball at #Congress_2018.

Up front and eager to learn
By the time Day 3 - Sunday and my second presentation rolled around at 4:45pm I was breathless from exhaustion and excitement. I thought no-one would turn up to hear me on the graveyard shift but I was delighted to have a nearly full room.

I was out of puff by the time Jennie Fairs (L) introduced me on Sunday
I had a wonderful five days in Sydney catching up with genimates at the two day pre-Congress registration and at the first three days of the event.

Three happy young genies at Congress
On Day 4 - Monday I gave in to my asthma, called my doctor, attended the first morning sessions and left for home. I was sentenced to bedrest for a few days. This is quite frustrating as I have so much to share but I need to recuperate for our next travel adventure which is just around the corner.

I want to shower accolades on the Congress organisers for having the courage to select a world class venue to showcase our event. The marvellous volunteers, the exhibitors, the speakers and most of all my genimates came together in friendship to make the experience so memorable for all involved.

The standouts for me were Kerry Farmer with her DNA stats, Paul Milner on 17th and 18th Century Research, Liz Rushen on Mr Marshall's Immigrants and Judy G Russell on Copyrights and Copywrongs. For energy and enthusiasm Thom Reed from Familysearch took the cake. I was disappointed that while some of the speakers had valuable information to convey their fumbling with notes distracted from their talks. I was disappointed to miss Lisa Louise Cooke's final keynote as I know this would have been a knockout.

Paul Milner - a confident engaging speaker
I have gained much new learning to apply - when I finally get around to putting it into practice I will blog about it here.


Lyn said...

Hi Jill, I was sorry to hear you missed the end of Congress 2018. It was inspirational! Your session on blogging and the subsequent chat we had have got me moving. Thank you for sharing your experience and advice. I'm hoping to get my first blog out today. Hope you are feeling better now. Cheers, Lyn

Chris W said...

Good to hear that you're on the road to recovery, Jill. Yes, there were 600+ very happy delegates at the end of the four days with minds crammed with information and things to do! Cheers Chris


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