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Public Talks

Public Talks Maintenance Page Add Talk Delete Talk Export Import Find Next Find

The Public Talks property page allows you to keep track of what public talks you have available. You can add, delete or modify records. To learn more about the features of this property page, glance down the table below or highlight the control you are interested in by clicking on the screenshot above. Please also remember that context help is available to you by either pressing F1 when the control has focus, or by using the question mark icon at the top right corner of the dialogue.

You can also add miscellaneous entries into this table for special purposes. You just have to ensure that you assign them a unique talk number.  The following have already been added:

This property page is one part of the Maintenance Dialogue. Please click on the link to get an overview of the entire dialogue.

Talks List

Talk History
If you expand the Talk History branch it will provide you with a list of the occasions when the talk has been presented in your congregation. It will provide the date, speaker and his congregation.

The history information is gathered from the home talks table in the database. So if you delete entries from the database in the Away/Home maintenance page, you will get less talk history information displayed.

The information for the most recent assignments is listed first. Talk dates which are in the future are indicated with bold text

Speakers who give this talk

Speakers who give this talkIf you expand the Speakers branch it will show you a list of speakers who give this talk.

The list is sorted by congregation and then by speaker. If the talk is one of the speakers favourite outlines then it will be shown with bold text. This might be useful when handling talk coordination, although you might find the Talk Request List more beneficial for this purpose.


This shows a list of all current talks that you have in your database. At a glance you can tell:

- The talk number, theme and outline date.
- How many times the talk has been heard in your congregation.
- The last time it was heard in your congregation.
- Its assigned category.

You can also use the edit box at the top to type in a talk number. The list will automatically locate, select and expand the talk for you.
Import This allows you to import public talk data into the database. There is a separate topic discussing this option. Please click on the link to learn more.
Export This allows you to export public talk data into a tab-delimited text file. This button is disabled if there are presently no records in the database table.
Add Talk This allows you to add a new public talk to the database. It displays the public talk entry dialogue. Click on the link for more details. You will not be allowed to duplicate an existing talk number.
Modify Talk This allows you to modify the details of the currently selected talk. It displays the public talk entry dialogue. Click on the link for more details.
Delete Talk This allows you to delete the currently selected talk from the database. You will be asked for confirmation, since the operation cannot be undone. It will also get deleted from any speaker who was assigned the selected talk number.
Change Talk Number This allows you to change the number of the talk. For example, you might have added a talk for a Circuit Overseer visit and used a temporary number, then when you get the actual outline for public use, you can simply renumber the talk.
Find This displays the find dialogue and is useful for finding public talks by using a text phrase or date. As an alternative you can use the jump to edit box (if you know the talk number).
Find Next Press Find Next to continue the previous search to find the next matching talk. This button is disabled if the Find button has not already been pressed, or the searching has reached the end of the records.