|My ‘Bobcat Ticket’ badge from last year.|
‘Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.’
My co-presenters were Educational Assistant Doug Werner and child development specialist Diane Berry. The three of us emphasized that Bellview library is a place where “We are Safe, we are Respectful, we are Responsible.”
Specifically, the presentation included library “do’s” and “don’ts,” book care and alternatives to the “don’ts.”
I thought it went well and during brief moments when I thought I got off-track, I could trace back and identify where I might’ve done differently. Similarly, when something seemed to go well, I made an effort to do that again.
My co-presenters deserve much of the credit for the presentation’s success. But giving additional credit where it’s due, I owed my ease for the presentation to public-speaking practice I obtained through Toastmasters International.
During three-or-four years that I was involved with a Toastmasters club, I completed the beginning manual to earn the status of “Competent Communicator.”
By completing two additional manuals, I earned “Advanced Communicator Bronze.” I also earned “Competent” and bronze-level status on Toastmaster’s leadership track.
I haven’t been active during recent years while I focused on library school. But with that goal behind me, Toastmasters is an area where I’d like to become re-involved. As this week’s professional activity demonstrated, there are sure to be ongoing opportunities and needs for public-speaking engagements.