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Battledecks at ALA: Try this at your next Staff Day!

The Learning Round Table co-sponsored (along with ALA) a Battledecks competition at ALA, and (perhaps I’m understating this) a good time was had by all.  Below is the video to prove it! Battledecks is a fun improv exercise that challenges contestants to deliver a presentation on the fly using an unknown slidedeck containing random (and… Continue reading Battledecks at ALA: Try this at your next Staff Day!

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Team TEDxNJLibraries

Originally posted to Library Garden Team TEDxNJLibrariresOriginally uploaded by Khürt It was an honor to be a part of TEDxNJLibraries.Thank you Janie for inviting us to come along for this great ride. Thanks also to our amazing speakers, sponsors and attendees who came together to create a day of inspiration and conversation.For more pictures from… Continue reading Team TEDxNJLibraries

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New ALA Learning Post: Reflections on Co-presenting

I recently had the pleasure of co-presenting a full day preconference with my wife Suzanne. (The workshop, entitled, “What’s Your Style? 9 Paths to Personal and Professional Development” was based on the Enneagram personality System)  I’ve co-presented with others many times over the past 15 years and strongly believe that, for a number of reasons,… Continue reading New ALA Learning Post: Reflections on Co-presenting

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10 Steps to Promote Learning in Your Conference Presentation

A small meme developed on Twitter yesterday prompted by the following tweet by David Wedamen,  “Just had a GREAT idea from @brandeislibn. Conferences should be built around TEACHING not PRESENTING. Wouldn’t that be something?” (Thanks to Michael Stephens for retweeting and bringing to my attention.) Alice Yucht built on the idea with her tweet, “how… Continue reading 10 Steps to Promote Learning in Your Conference Presentation

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Finding Your Voice(s)

If you’ve ever taken a class (or read a book or article) on how to speak effectively in public you’ve probably heard the refrain, “find your voice.” Usually this is meant as an exhortation to let your unique, authentic, personal style shine through no matter what the talk or situation. While there is great value… Continue reading Finding Your Voice(s)