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Social Media Presentation at The Association of Personal Historians 2009 Annual Conference


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I am going to be presenting a workshop on Social Media at the Association of Personal Historians 2009 Annual Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) October 21-25, 2009.

If you’re not familiar with Association of Personal Historians, it’s a trade organization who’s mission is to advance the professional of helping individuals, organizations and communities preserve their histories, memories and life stories. It focuses on educating and networking for personal historians as well as helping individuals locate a personal historian that is either in their neighborhood or specializes in the type of history they are seeking.

I’ve been an active member for several years and find the annual conferences a great way to step up my game as a personal historian. I learn new things, meet new people and get some great new ideas which allows me to return to Legacy Multimedia refreshed and refocused on what I love to do and what I do best, help people tell their stories.

I am also an avid social media networker. With an active presence on Legacy Multimedia’s Facebook Fanpage, Twitter, LinkedIn and several NING websites, I consider social media to be an evolution in communication that cannot be ignored. Whether you choose to embrace it or not, dismissing it, at least to me, is akin to telling Thomas Edison, “you know what? You can keep your telephone, the telegraph is working just fine for me.” It’s a shift to bottom up communication instead of top-down communications controlled by editors and network executives. It’s here to stay and it’s revolutionizing the way we receive and pass information on to others.

Because of my successful presence and ease in the social media community, I was asked to present to this year’s conference which I geared primarily to beginners who are reluctant but curious about dipping their toe in the waters of social media communications.

The title and description of the workshop in the conference program reads:
Social Media 101: Why It Might Be a Good Idea for You
Confused by all the chatter about Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Learn about each of these tools as potential marketing tools for entrepreneurs, what they can and cannot accomplish, and how they can be of use in your business as a personal historian. Discover exactly what you will need to get started and how these tools can help you win clients and, hopefully, influence people.

I hope some of your readers might consider joining me in Philadelphia this year for the conference. Fees are reasonable, we have some amazing keynote speakers and presenters, and it looks like the location is going to be a beautiful place to be at time of the year.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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