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Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Reducing Stress Through Meditation

 

The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq, long-time meditator as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, time-tested, ancient, and effective meditation technique. There will be a short meditation sitting as well.

Join him for this engaging and lively lecture.

Original broadcast October 21, 2021 

Presenter: Ajili Hodari, Esq., Attended Michigan State University as a scholar athlete where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Advertising. After a career in the printing and publishing industry in the San Francisco Bay area, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1990. He began his practice of law in Columbus, Ohio. He now practices in Seattle, WA and manages his own firm, Hodari Law Office, PLLC. Ajili has spoken about all aspects of meditation in numerous venues throughout the country.

Find Your Bliss @ Work ~ Really

Find Your Bliss @ Work ~ Really

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Although our work can bring us great joy, the workplace can also present a few challenges – differing personalities, friction, work overload, patron demands, negativity – you get the picture!

Add to that the strain of a pandemic, work-from-home situations, and changing priorities, and it’s no wonder we have lost our bliss. And even if a permanent state of “bliss” is not logical for most of us, finding joy is what we all want to experience in our workplace.

In this fun and interactive 90-minute session, we’re going to help you understand what’s really keeping us from finding our bliss – and it’s not always what we think! We’ll also discuss some simple steps to help you leave your workday at work – particularly if it’s been, ahem, a little less than blissful!

 

Biography ~ Linda Bruno
Linda has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries and other organizations for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between!

Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She is also certified with DDI and Achieve Global.

She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

 

In partnership with TBLC,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

Florida Library Webinars Presents: Flash Talks! The Potpourri Edition

Florida Library Webinars Presents: Flash Talks! The Potpourri Edition

 
Popularized at conferences around the world, Flash Talks (aka Spark Talks, Lightning Rounds etc.) are a fun and informative way to learn about a variety of topics in short, 10-minute talks.

In our Flash Talks, attendees will experience a variety of topics including:

Megan Schadlich ~ David Bowie (Still) Tells Me How to Be a Good Librarian

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Amanda Standerfer ~ How to Make Your Library’s Strategic Plan Meaningful to Staff

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Amy Dittmeier ~ How to Run a Successful Dungeon and Dragons Game at Your Library

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Jez Layman! Serving Job Hunters Virtually
Patricia Spencer ~ What’s Your Theme Song and Why Do You Need One?

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Patricia Spencer – “What’s Your Theme Song and Why Do You Need One?

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Original broadcast September 23, 2021

 
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Megan Schadlich is the creator and director of The Healing Library and author of Cooking Up Library Programs Teens and Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success. She’s worked in public libraries in 3 states for over 13 years and is a two-time winner of YALSA’s Writing Award. She loves to geek out about creative programming, beer, food, punk rock, and of course, David Bowie.

Amanda Standerfer’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda’s consulting practice Fast Forward Libraries has worked with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. Amanda is currently the Director of Community Engagement for The Urbana (IL) Free Library.  She has 15 years of experience at various positions in public libraries. She also has 7 years of experience working in the philanthropy sector. She has a BA and MA in History from Eastern Illinois University and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amy Dittmeier is a public librarian living and working in the Chicagoland area. They graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with their MLIS in 2016 and has been in public libraries ever since. Amy also writes book reviews for Booklist and Shelf Awareness. In their spare time, they’re constantly working on their TBR pile, gardening, and (of course) playing D&D.

Jez Layman is a librarian, public speaker, and job coach who loves teaching and empowering others to embrace their creativity and strengths. She has taught at libraries, schools, and community centers about crafts, astrology, and life skills, and her job hunting guides have been shared over 250,000 times worldwide. She has a deep love for audiobooks and a spreadsheet for every occasion.

Patricia Spencer is the Public Information Officer for the Lewis & Clark Library. She graduated from Carroll College with a B.A. in History and went on to complete a M.A. in English Literature and 20th Century US History from Oregon State University. Patricia has been an Adjunct member of the faculty in the Department of Communication Studies at Carroll College since 2004.

 

Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety and their work. Doctors and medical practitioners are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind and slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness, we can make better decisions.

Once we connect to a place of happiness and peace within us, we experience a reduction in our anxiety. Through meditation we can cope with the stresses of life. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace.

Join Jim Rose, M. Ed, retired executive of a fortune 100 company and long-time meditator for this informative program.  A short meditation will be included.

Original broadcast September 21, 2021 
 
Presenter: Jim Rose

Jim Rose, M Ed., Rutgers University, is a retired executive of a fortune 100 company. He has 35 years of experience in Human Resources management, employee development and conflict resolution. Jim currently provides workshops and training to groups throughout the world where he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

He has been meditating for over 40 years and now focuses much of his time on his own spiritual development and in helping others who wish to do the same.

 

Bouncing Back: Developing Resilience Amid Challenges and Change

Bouncing Back: Developing Resilience Amid Challenges and Change

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Challenges – check. Change – check and double check. Bouncing back? Maybe???

The real answer to that question is a resounding YES! Bouncing back sounds difficult, doesn’t it? So much comes at us these days in the realm of challenges and change. But let’s think about a rubber ball; it bounces…and bounces…and bounces some more. That’s because it has inherent properties that not only allow it to bounce, but make it impossible not to.

Okay, Linda, what does that have to do with me bouncing back? Even if we don’t have inherent properties that will cause us to bounce back automatically, there are attitudes and habits we can create within ourselves that will help us bounce back, sometimes to our original height, sometimes higher.

In this session, we’ll have an opportunity to spend some time in that space we rarely have time for – that valuable self-reflection mode. We will discover the why of needing resilience, the how of developing it, the obstacles that we may need to overcome, and then we’ll develop an action plan so that we can begin working on it, pronto! After all, challenges and change are not going away. Why not be ready to bounce when they come?

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between! Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

Essential Morning Practices for Self-Care

Many people benefit by spending dedicated time each morning to look inward before they launch into the day’s activities. Such “morning practices” vary in length, focus, and the types of activity, but all provide nourishment and inspiration.

This interactive and informative program explores options and opportunities for cultivating a morning practice that’s right for you. Individuals interested in learning more about developing a morning practice, as well as people looking to fine tune their current practices, will find this program invaluable.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:
• The benefits of engaging in a daily morning practice
• What to include in a morning practice
• Helpful rituals, tips, and tricks
• How to get started with a morning practice, and how to keep going

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Original broadcast August 19, 2021 

Presenter: Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR
Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR develops people. Known as an enthusiastic, energetic, and insightful educator and consultant, he relishes opportunities to help others to develop their skills and abilities on the path to achieving their full potential.  Dr. Friedman teaches leadership, management communication, organizational behavior, and public relations at universities located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Friedman also helps a range of organizations to develop the communications and leadership skills of their employees.

Mindful Leadership – How Ancient Tibetan Healing Tradition Can Help You’ll to Become a Better Leader of the Future

Mindful Leadership – How Ancient Tibetan Healing Tradition Can Help You’ll to Become a Better Leader of the Future

Leadership is often perceived as something heavy, something that comes with a lot of responsibilities. What if every one of us can be a great leader? What if we can reconsider our perception of leadership and make it something easy, fun and enjoyable without any judgments and fixed points of view? Wouldn’t every one of us enjoy leadership more?

Join Damir Kazykhanov for a unique program on leadership, mindfulness, meditations and more. He will introduce you two stories on how you can improve your leadership style, share the view of ancient Tibetan healing tradition on leadership, discuss how meditation can help individuals in development of personal leadership style.

Attendees will also learn different approaches to leadership and be given recommendations on how to practice mindful leadership every day. At the end of the program Damir will lead you through a short meditation session to balance your energy system and connect with your own leadership capabilities.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn how to:
● Differentiate two leadership styles based on ancient Tibetan healing tradition
● Navigate yourself in your energy system and the body
● Practice mindful leadership tools every day, that are essential not only for the leadership in organizations, but also for self-leadership

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Original broadcast June 22, 2021 

Presenter: Damir Kazykhanov
Damir Kazykhanov is an entrepreneur, startup mentor, international speaker and meditation sessions facilitator based in Moscow (Russia).
Damir has been worked as an investment banker for seven years before launching an entrepreneurial career in 2009. He co-founded number of startups before he started in 2014 his own accelerator program called Global Startup. With his UK partner and the team he delivered accelerator programs and workshops for international startups in Middle East, Europe, China and Russia.

He has MSc’01 at Computer Science from Ufa State Aviation Technical University and MBA’09 from Manchester Business School (incl. Johnson School of Management, exchange MBA program). In 2018 he with his wife had founded meditation center in Moscow to provide entrepreneurs and professionals with holistic approach in finding a balance between personal life, career and business. He translated and published in Russia a book “Inside you; The twenty-four lights” about ancient Tibetan healing tradition. Now he facilitates meditation session and speaks about mindful entrepreneurship and leadership at international events.
You can connect with Damir on Instagram @damirkazykhanov.

This session will be 90 Minutes

Overcoming Adversity – The Path to Resilience

Overcoming Adversity – The Path to Resilience

 

This interactive storytelling session encompasses Oleg’s personal journey of overcoming adversity and is filled with actionable and applicable steps that attendees can use to develop self-efficacy, optimism, resilience, hope and sense of purpose during times of adversity.

Oleg’s story is a great reminder of how every adversity carries within it the possibility of an equal or greater benefit.

As a result of this program attendees will learn to:
• Recognize their current adversity
• Express possible solutions to that adversity
• Reinforce optimism and positive thinking into their life
• Adapt to a new environment through a strategic plan
• Master the newly acquired skills
• Empower themselves to see new possibilities

Original broadcast June 18, 2021

Presenter: Oleg Lougheed
Oleg’s start in life was inauspicious. At 9 years old, he relinquished his parents’ rights and entered a Russian orphanage. At 12 years, he was adopted into a new family, in a new country, halfway across the world, to start a new life.

At 24 years old, he began his journey of helping others live the life they have always dreamed of, despite their hardships and misfortunes by reminding them that their past circumstances do not have to define their future.

Teaching Online: Tips for Moving Your Face-to-Face Instruction Online

Teaching Online: Tips for Moving Your Face-to-Face Instruction Online

 

In the spring of 2020, many of us had to quickly adjust our teaching from a face-to-face setting to an online environment without time to reflect on how to do that well. In this session, Lauren Hays will share her tips for teaching online.

She will share specific examples of how to engage the audience, how to give students opportunities to practice searching, and how to discuss content.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Discover tips for moving face-to-face content online
• Identify ways they can engage the audience
• Brainstorm how they can lead discussions
• Determine the best strategies for them to give students the opportunities to practice searching

 
Original broadcast April 22, 2021 
 
Presenter ~ Lauren Hays, PhD
 

Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion.Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

 

Leading During a Crisis ~ How to Be Proactive During a Crisis – Part 3

Leading During a Crisis ~ How to Be Proactive During a Crisis – Part 3

 

 

Building upon knowledge of crisis communication, effective leadership, and different crisis planning strategies, this presentation explores how to use this knowledge in a proactive manner.

Participants will learn how to identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and build community partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Original broadcast April 21, 2021 

Presenter ~ 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 their three children.
His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.