Susan Berman and Richard Hell in Smithereens (1982)
Richard Hell photographed by Stephanie Chernikowski, 1978
John Waters logic. We could all learn from him.
Char Booth, Yet Another Post on Public Speaking | info-mational
38 nuggets of advice for novice and experienced speakers alike.
Have a point. Try to be able to sum up the purpose of a presentation in a sentence or two. If you can’t, it’s likely too complicated. Telling your audience the point is a great strategy up front, in the middle, and again at the end.
Find your friendlies. Locate two to three people in the audience who are paying active attention (there will almost always be at least one) and have pleasant resting facial expressions. Focus on them. Make periodic eye contact with these people and watch more broadly for nods of agreement and/or fatigue – both are important cues.
Talk about things you have actually worked on and contributed to. As in, do good things in your life/career and talk about them from experience.
If it’s flat, barrel through. Sometimes it’s simply destined not to go well, and all you can do in this scenario is grit your teeth with a light heart and get on with it.
We read a Char Booth book in one of my classes. Fan girling a little bit.
Heading into Thanksgiving week, I can’t forget to be grateful for being securely employed in a professional librarian job. It’s not where I thought I’d be when I started library school, but I must be grateful for the experience and knowledge I’m gaining every day.
In some ways I’ve made this…
This semester is damn near over. One more to go and then I can go library on the west coast or down south. I’m glad I learned to love this city before I left, but I’m ready for a change of scenery.