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Happy Summer Solstice Northern HemisphereOn the call were Andrea Snyder, Kate Kosturski, Michael Porter, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman. We began with the topic:  How do we connect with our learners, whether it is a workshop or a speaking gig or webinar?  What tips or tricks do we use?

As background, Jill has been listening to a nearly two-hour interview with Seal (the singer).   At one point, Seal talks about advice he was given early in his career.  He had a hit (“Crazy“) and was on a popular music TV show in England.  A colleague told him that the performance was “good”, but that he hadn’t connected.  She said Seal would know when he had done it.

Tips mentioned were:

  • Provide some background on yourself to help build rapport.
  • Give the learners power by engaging them in the conversation.
  • Food! – In all seriousness, it helps people be comfortable and know that their needs will be met.
  • Assigned seating, so that people aren’t with their usual cliques.

How do you know that you “lost the room”?

  • Are people looking at you, every once in a while?
  • Scan the room.  Is the behavior in the room changing?
  • Is there someone who is a “canary”?  For example, someone who unconsciously will nod her/his head “yes” when the person gets it.

Reading the room is a soft-skill. Can it be taught?

It was pointed out that sometimes you have to power-through a training, even if you’ve lost the room.

Can you have someone in the audience that gives you feedback or ensures that there is engagement?

Managing the flow of the training is a soft-skill that a trainer needs to learn.  Managing the flow means the person needs to be flexible and nimble.  The person needs to know the content well and be able to alter priorities on-the-fly, if necessary.

One other soft skill is learning how to hide the butterflies (or worries).

What do you do before you present to an audience that you don’t know?

  • Take a few deep, focused breathes.
  • Close your eyes and do deep breathing.
  • Put on lip balm and hand lotion, and check your zipper.
  • Empty your pockets.  (Your pants or outfit will look better.)
  • Go to the bathroom.  If you have a lavalier mic, turn it off or take it off.
  • Take some time to yourself right before.  Center down and calm yourself.

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Today’s Guests and twitter handles:

Maurice Coleman   Harford County (MD) Public Library @baldgeekinmd
Paul Signorelli, Paul Signorelli and Associates (CA), @paulsignorelli
Beth Tribe, Howard County (MD) Library, @mlibrarianus
Michael Porter, President @libraryrenewal@libraryman

We talked about: #libraryrenewal and #ala11

Paul and Lori’s Book  (Books will be available and signed at ALA 2011)

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Today’s Guests:

Maurice Coleman, Harford County (MD) Public Library
Marianne Lenox, Huntsville Madison County (AL) Public Library
Lori Reed, ALA Learning
Julie Strange
, Maryland Ask Us Now (MD)
Michael Porter, WebJunction (Not so new Usual Suspect!)
Kate Kosturski,
Middlesex (NJ) Public Library
Jennifer Koerber Boston (MA) Public Library (New Usual Suspect!)
Peter Bromberg, Princeton (NJ) Public Library
Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library

The agenda:

The WebJunction Conference Serving the 21st Century Patron
Help Plan the next WebJunction Conference
Free Web Seminars
The Importance of Staff Development and How To Do It Inexpensively And Well.

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On the today’s show:

Maurice Coleman Harford County (MD) Public Library
Laura Botts, Mercer University (GA)
Lori Reed, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (NC)
Michael Porter, WebJunction
Jason Fleming , University of Florida

The opinions expressed by call participants are those of the participants and not necessarily those of any institution or group they represent or are associated with. And thanks to those who participated by chat. We would love to hear your voice next time.

We talked about:

The Library 101 video and its follow up project of essays describing “What is Library 101?”

Marketing Libraries in the New Market Place:  How can we refresh the library “message” and reach the people who do not know the value of libraries in their community.

AND  — Remember to register for LibCamp Monterey, taking place on Saturday October 24th.

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