Stand Out Every Time You Talk

Stand Out Every Time You Talk

Were you ever asked to give a presentation and your palms broke out in a cold sweat? Did you sink down in your chair, hoping you wouldn't be picked? Or did you lose sleep, wondering how you were going to survive talking in front of a group?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're in the right place. Jean Baur, our speaker for this session, understands why making presentations is difficult, and has specific skills to share with you that will make you effective in this important work. She worked for a leading communications firm in New York City and trained more than 10,000 middle and senior-mangers in presentation skills and business writing. 

Her goal is to help you reduce nervousness so that you're an effective speaker. Specifically you'll learn:

  • Why solid eye contact helps you and your image
  • Anchors to ground you and reduce nervousness
  • Why gestures are important and how to use them to make your presentation come alive
  • How to use your voice effectively
  • Techniques to deal with distractions, a hostile audience, etc. 
  • How to run an effective Q&A session

This is a free, in-person workshop taking place at the Middletown Library Service Center.

  Jean Baur is a regular at our CLA conferences. She's spoken about how to stop burnout, career issues, and presentation skills. She draws on her experience as an author, career coach and speaker, and likes nothing better than helping professionals learn new skills that make a difference. She has a special place in her heart for libraries and librarians, as she speaks frequently at libraries across the state--most recently about her book, "Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog", and with her new therapy dog, Rudy. She's a member of the National Speakers Association.


Thursday, April 9, 2020
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Jean Baur
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown
DLD Workshop Event Cancelled

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If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Gail Hurley | (860) 704-2222.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

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