the dos and the don'ts

This past week our staff closed the library and attended one of the Ohio Library Council’s regional conferences; enjoyed catching up with colleagues and friends within the profession, grabbing freebies from vendor donors, and listening in on sessions given by peers within the profession.

It was good that I had received word about the OLC State Conference before attending this regional one because I feel as though I scrutinized the speakers more than I would have, I watched and took note of what I did and didn’t like about their presentations. 

Some things I want to keep in mind for my talk at the state conference:

  • DO NOT read your presentation off of your Powerpoint
  • Share examples of things that did/didn’t work for you/other libraries, but don’t focus on that solely
  • Speak clearly, stopping for questions throughout
  • Do not speed talk
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep eye contact
  • Keep the audience engaged by asking them questions, write your shared Q & A on a wipe-board if possible
  • Have a sense of humor, don’t get flustered by questions you don’t have answers to—it’s ok to say, “I don’t have a good answer for that, I’d be more than happy to get your email and send you an answer to that after I dig one up for you!”
  • Be modest about your successes, if you choose to speak of those—no one hates a smug know-it-all!
  • If you have handouts KEEP THEM BRIEF, and make sure your contact information is on them, at least your name and email address
  • Share links to your helpful sources/your websites, etc.


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