Communication Bootcamp with Pat Wagner

Sharpen the content and delivery of messages to support your library’s success and to help further your career. The theme: How to be more influential, regardless of who you are or your position in the library.

This is a free workshop and will be held on March 29th at the Walt Branch Library in Lincoln from 10 am to 4 pm.

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10 am – 12:30 pm. Seven Steps for Resolving Conflicts with Your Co-Workers, Customers, and Political and Financial Decision-Makers
Are you trying to win budget approval, convince committee members to agree upon new policies or programming, earn support from community members, or improve relationships with library visitors? These seven steps can help make it easier for other people to say yes. Topics include the importance of goodwill, the need for specific goals, not assuming you know what the problem is, creating multiple strategies, and evaluating how well you did and what to do differently in the future.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Lunch on your own.

1:30 pm – 4 pm. Speak up! What Do Professional Writers and Speechmakers Know That Can Improve Your Ability to Write and Talk About Your Library
Whether you are promoting an event, advocating for intellectual freedom, selling the importance of reading, or winning the hearts and minds of voters, there are times when what you write or say will make a difference. People who write and speak for a living learn shortcuts and tricks to make their work easier and more effective. We are going to share some of these with you.

The first hour will be devoted to the written word: how to focus your ideas and make your words more engaging whether you are writing a grant proposal, a library newsletter, or a newspaper editorial.

The second hour will be about making presentations and speeches to formal groups during classes, conferences, and public meetings, and to elected and appointed officials.

Pat Wagner is a library trainer and consultant with 40 years’ experience working with libraries of all types. She has a liberal arts degree in written communication and performance. Pat is known for her good-humored and effective programs.

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