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Giving Thanks! Time to Give Yourself a Gratitude Check-Up

Giving Thanks! Time to Give Yourself a Gratitude Check-Up

 

 

How often do you feel thankful for the good things in your life? There are new studies that suggest making a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life could have health benefits.
We also know that by just taking the time to feel and express gratitude that it may improve your emotional well-being by helping you cope with stress.

In this interactive and informative program attendees will self-examine their practice of gratitude and will learn more of the benefits of creating a practice of gratitude in their daily lives.

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~ William Penn

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Original broadcast November 26, 2019 

Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has been developing and conducting training seminars for libraries and library organizations for more than twenty years. He has presented Web-based, On-line, and Face-to-Face sessions on Management and Leadership, Customer Service and Communication Skills in the U.S. and numerous countries around the world.

Business Writing for Results

Business Writing for Results

 

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Business writing mastery emerges from an attention to quality and efficiency. The most effective writers in any workplace must craft highly focused descriptions, reports, analyses, proposals, and emails in tight timeframes for readers with divergent concerns. More than ever, organizations expect their streamlined staff to communicate nearly exclusively through writing, often for people they have not met, people with high demands for meeting their business goals.

Solution: Business Writing for Results covers the two pillars of work-related writing: the product (quality) and the process (efficiency). Writers of any business writing discipline and at any experience level will benefit from the practical strategies, techniques, and tips of this webinar designed to guide them through the writing process. I t works through the phases of planning to dissolve writers block and establish purpose; drafting to promote efficiency; revising for completeness and structure; editing for clear, concise, and consistent expression; and proofreading for overlooked errors in grammar, diction, and mechanics.

Attending this webinar will enable you to:
• Use the writing process to compose efficiently.
• Determine the most important qualities of effective writing.
• Organize ideas for a solid structure.
• Express information with a focused, powerful style.

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Original broadcast October 1,2019 

 

Biography ~ Philip Vassallo
Philip Vassallo, Ed.D., has designed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for more than 20,000 executive, managerial, supervisory, administrative, and technical professionals internationally over the past three decades. He is the author of the books How to Write Fast Under Pressure, The Art of E-mail Writing, and The Art of On-the-Job Writing. Dr. Vassallo holds a doctorate in educational theory and has taught internationally, recently as a faculty member of the Beijing International MBA program.

20 Ways to Make Your Workspace More Efficient in 60 Minutes

20 Ways to Make Your Workspace More Efficient in 60 Minutes

 

 

Did you ever reach for that stapler that suddenly was not there . . . had grown feet and walked away? What about searching for hour for that file you just had in your hand yesterday?

In this informative and interactive program, we are going to help you solve these and many other office problems.

Learn how that with a very little personal investment, you can make your work space more efficient in order to improve your work environment, be happier at work, and save your sanity. Practicing these approaches will help you save one of the most important things in your day: Your time!

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Original broadcast September 24, 2019


Biography ~ Anne Abate

Anne has worked in a wide variety of libraries and library-related organizations during her career. She is currently the owner of Library Discount Network, a business that negotiates with database vendors on behalf of library consortia and networks. The company also provides administrative and management support for nonprofit organizations.

Publishing for Tenure and Promotion

Publishing for Tenure and Promotion

 

Each university has its own requirements for tenure and promotion. However, publishing is a common requirement at most institutions. In this informative program, you will learn about different avenues for publishing including within librarianship and outside of librarianship.
The presenter will also share publishing trends that have implications for tenure and promotion. At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees will have developed ideas for how they can start publishing in order to achieve tenure and rank advancement.

Learning Outcomes for this program include:
• Discovering different avenues for getting their work published
• Developing a strategy for getting published in the near future

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Original broadcast September 26, 2019 

 

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays is the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. Currently, she is in a doctoral program and expects to graduate in May 2018. Additionally, she is co-editing a book on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for academic librarians.
She is passionate about teaching and learning and desires to help librarians develop in their instructor/facilitator skills. More specifically, her professional interests include teaching, SoTL, information literacy, educational technology, Library and Information Science education, teacher identity, and faculty development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

The Neuroscience of Story

The Neuroscience of Story

 

The famous writer Ursula K. Le Guin once wrote “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

Why are stories so important to us? How do they impact our thinking, our families, organizations, and communities? This informative program will explore how our brains are wired for narrative and how we use stories to makes sense of our world, predict the future, and interpret the minds of people around us, and why storytelling and narrative reading are essential for all of us.

Specifically in this session, participants will learn:
• What core need drives our brain
• The interaction of thinking and strong emotions
• Which structures in the brain respond to stories
• How what we believe drives what we see
• Why stories are essential to learning (and everything else)
• Resources for learning more about neuroscience and story

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Original broadcast September 19, 2019 

Biography ~ Conn McQuinn
Conn McQuinn has spent forty years working in both informal and formal educational settings. He has had the privilege of working for two great institutions, starting his career at Pacific Science Center in Seattle for fifteen years, and then twenty-five years at Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton, Washington. At Pacific Science Center he directed the nation’s largest traveling science education program, and at PSESD managed numerous projects and workshops on a broad range of topics, including science education, educational technology, robotics, and project-based learning, with much of the last ten years focused on neuroscience in learning.

He was worked with thousands of teachers and administrators from districts throughout Washington State and beyond, and presented at conferences across the country. He has a Master’s Degree in Science Education and is the author of sixteen children’s activity books covering a range of seemingly random topics.

The Success of Failure

The Success of Failure

 

Why do we fear failure? In order to succeed, rewrite the notion that failure is a negative outcome. By understanding the benefits of failure, leadership can begin to construct plans for future success. Participants will define what failure means to them and their organization while learning strategies of how to use failure as a source for proactive growth. Participants will also be exposed to the many varieties of failure and how each variety can be used to promote creativity, learning, and team building.

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Original broadcast August 27, 2019 

Biography ~ Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Why You Need a Mentor (or Why You Should Be One)

Why You Need a Mentor (or Why You Should Be One)

You’ve probably heard that having a mentor can help your career. But how do you even get a mentor? And what do you do with a mentor once you find one? And while you probably have people in your life you consider role models, maybe you don’t think you’re ready to mentor someone yourself.

No matter where you’re at in your career, mentoring is a relationship that you’re ready for now! Mentoring and being mentored can change the way you work and help you succeed, no matter which side of the relationship you’re on. In this webinar, you’ll learn tools for developing your own customized mentoring strategy and walk away with concrete steps to begin advocating for yourself (or others) today.

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Original broadcast August 20, 2019 

Biography ~ Jennifer Caldwell Ciarvella
Jennifer is a skilled trainer, e-learning developer, and instructional designer. She has been developing and leading learning experiences for group of all sizes for over a decade. Using creativity and play, she helps professionals develop their skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and adaptability. She believes the hard work of learning and growing is more fun when done together.

Harnessing the Power of Kindness and Gratitude to Build Relationships at Work and in Your Personal Life

Harnessing the Power of Kindness and Gratitude to Build Relationships at Work and in Your Personal Life

 

Have you ever wondered why some teams are highly productive, creative, and innovative while other teams with similar levels of talent and experience seem to be stuck in neutral?

Science has shown that people who practice gratitude in their lives show an increase in enthusiasm towards life, make more progress towards their personal goals, sleep better, show less symptoms of illness and depression and have more energy. In this webinar, presenter David Seckman will discuss how cultivating kindness and gratitude can improve work and personal relationships, as well overall well-being. Specifically, he will discuss how “”Kind Communication”” can help create a happier work environment and elevate the performance of your team regardless of where they are on the spectrum between flourishing and languishing.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
Discover how “”Kind Communication”” can help create dynamic teams, inspire innovation, and improve customer service.
Learn and practice three practical techniques that will cultivate more positivity in yourself, your relationships, and teams by harnessing the power of kindness and gratitude
This webinar will be of interest to: Anyone interested in improving their work and personal relationships, as well as anyone who wants to improve their well-being through cultivating more kindness and gratitude in their lives.

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Original broadcast August 22, 2019 

Biography ~ David Seckman
David Seckman, MLS, He has been researching and studying the effects of Kindness and Gratitude on well-being and relationships for a dozen years, and speaking on these topics for the last 9 years. As an independent consultant and trainer, he is especially interested in how kindness and gratitude can transform the culture of an organization to bring a sense of fun and joy to the workplace. With over 10 years of experience as a Library Manager he puts these concepts into practice on a daily basis.

Becoming a Better Listener at Work

Becoming a Better Listener at Work

 

Communication is more important than ever in our super-speed, high-tech world, yet we seem to devote less and less time to genuinely listening to one another.

True listening is often overlooked, even though it is proven to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. Listening can vastly improve work relationships with both colleagues and customers.  And perhaps most importantly, it saves money and time on the job.

In this interactive and informative session attendee’s will explore some fundamental ways they can improve your listening skills, thereby becoming a better co-worker and service provider to their patrons.

Original broadcast June 18, 2019 

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Biography ~ Tonya Snider 
Tonya is the founder and CEO of tenBiz, Inc. She oversees the marketing and strategic development aspects of the firm, while also working directly with clients. She specializes in business strategy, marketing and project management and helps companies grow, streamline and make significant improvements to their bottom line. Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Tonya trained and consulted hundreds of businesses in the economic development sector, was a commercial lender and developed entrepreneurship curricula and trainings for a state-wide non-profit organization. Tonya is also a part-time professor of Business Management at Western Carolina University. She has worked directly in the non-profit, for-profit and education sectors and has a passion for “all things business” and helping people reach their goals.

Writing Effective Email

Writing Effective Email

 

Have you been on the receiving end of an email with an endless, useless recipient list? Have you struggled through the overlong, cryptic prose and twisted logic of an email only to realize you have received a message whose business does not concern you? Have work situations led you to believe that email may not always be the best way to reply? Problems in email have led librarians to conclude that staff often use email inappropriately—either as a weapon for assaulting readers from a safe distance or as an excuse to avoid communicating in person.

This interactive and informative webinar focuses on the greatest challenges facing employees who sift through numerous emails daily and offers concrete suggestions for creating emails and responding to them efficiently and accurately. From there it moves to practical remedies of purposeless, incomplete, unorganized, and insensitive messages—to ensure that emails are reader-focused, deferential, thorough, and easily scanned. It closes with guidelines for managing the email system and for checking critical emails when high-quality communication matters most.

Attending this webinar will enable you to:

• Master the unique challenges of email
• Compose purposeful, reader-focused emails
• Employ strategies for creating a courteous tone
• Manage your email system effectively and efficiently

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Original broadcast June 4, 2019

Biography ~ Philip Vassallo
Philip Vassallo, Ed.D., has designed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for more than 20,000 executive, managerial, supervisory, administrative, and technical professionals internationally over the past three decades. He is the author of the books How to Write Fast Under Pressure, The Art of E-mail Writing, and The Art of On-the-Job Writing. Dr. Vassallo holds a doctorate in educational theory and has taught internationally, recently as a faculty member of the Beijing International MBA program.