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Public Speaking Demystified … Tools, Tips and Tricks for Special Librarians Recap

Public Speaking Demystified … Tools, Tips and Tricks for Special Librarians Recap

Planner for this event, Angela Aranas, with the speakers

Planner for this event, Angela Aranas, with the speakers

“Some people would rather choose DEATH over speaking in public!” told Toastmaster Ron Barrett to a standing-room-only crowd at LexisNexis on May 29. One of two presenters at DC/SLA’s “Public Speaking Demystified … Tools, Tips and Tricks for Special Librarians,” Barrett and co-host Lewis Flax both joined Toastmasters because of “fear, fear and fear: overcoming fear, preventing fear, and dissipating fear while speaking in public.” They said that fear never goes away completely but that you can overcome it to become a better, more confident public speaker.

Barrett and Flax outlined 10 key tips to better public speaking:

  1. Get started—just do it!
  2. Organize your thoughts—outline a beginning, middle and end.
  3. Get to the point right away—don’t leave your audience wondering why you’re there.
  4. Use simple words (“Where’s the beef?”)
  5. Body language is important—more impactful than tone or words.

    Speakers with DC/SLA President and President-Elect

    Speakers with DC/SLA President-Elect Chris Vestal and President Marie Kaddell (center)

  6. Use vocal variety—soft and loud, slow and fast—to keep it interesting.
  7. Provide evidence to prove your point: examples, exhibits, statistics, etc.
  8. Use visual aids as appropriate to define a point—comics and photos are good–but not as a crutch (like PPT).
  9. Persuade using logic, ideals and pathos.
  10. And finally, the most important: INSPIRE your audience!

Barrett and Flax highly recommend joining Toastmasters to gain confidence in public speaking. They invite all DC/SLA members to join them in attending a meeting with their Capital Toastmasters group: http://capitaltoastmasters1.org/. Barrett may be contacted at RBarrett@NationalCorp.com, and Flax at Lewis@FlaxAssociates.com.

Many thanks go to Angela Kent of the Program Planning Committee and DC Chapter President-Eelect Chris Vestal for organizing and hosting this session.

BTW, the DC/SLA Chapter is donating all registration payments to the Lubuto Library Project, so your professional development is going to a very good cause (besides YOU, of course)! And in case you couldn’t make this fun event in person, the tweets from the session appears under the hashtag #sladc.

See you next time,
Jan ;>
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Jan Zastrow
DC/SLA Communications Team
zastrow@hawaii.edu

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