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People won't know what your library is up to or why they should support it unless you tell them! The ability to deliver an effective presentation—formal or informal, to library insiders or lay people, prepared or impromptu—is an important job skill, and one that doesn't come naturally to most people. Do you want to

  • Be an even more effective speaker?
  • Organize your communications for maximum impact?
  • Learn what your non-verbal communication is saying about you and how to control that part of your message?
  • Help your audience(s) better understand and pass on what you tell them?
  • Calm your nerves and increase your presence?

This course is designed to improve your ability to communicate anything to any audience at any time. Learn the Pros' secrets to getting your library message across!

Workshop Description: This lively all-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to present information to any audience and have that audience immediately understand and duplicate your message. Through a combination of discussion, individual exercises, and plenty of practice, you will learn key communication concepts, as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied immediately. The instructor will provide checklists, sample outlines, worksheets, individualized coaching, and proven strategies for keeping your cool and making your point.

Preliminary Course Outline:

  • The Elements of Communication
    • Barriers to communication - what are they and how to handle them
  • Organizing your Information
    • Presentations to inform an audience
    • Presentations to persuade an audience
  • Delivery Techniques
    • Handling stage fright
    • Vocal variety
    • Non-verbal communication
    • How to write and use notes or manuscripts
    • More secrets from the pros
    • Recommended resources
  • Individualized Coaching by Instructor
    • Prepare in class and deliver short sample presentations for instructor coaching
    • Learn how to coach others with their presentations

Workshop Instructor: Roberta Perry