If you had a well-defined job, or if your job didn't shift thte minute you thought you'd gotten your work done, life would be fairly easy. But when you're cataloging books, handling reference requests, managing acquisitions, etc. plus dealing with the challanges of the pandemic, including customers/patrons who are especially needy, you find yourself mutitasking and it's exhasuting. In this fun and interactive sessions, learn how to : *Single task, *Minimize disruptions, *Give yourself breaks, *Bundle non-essential tasks, *Ask for help. Designed for library staff, this workshop can be adapted to any industry; these critical steops will help you wear many hats without losing your head.
Burnout is real and affects all industries and employees at every level from CEO's to administrative assistants. In some professions, like medicine, it's rampant and has dangerous consequences. Learn what burnout is and isn't, why it's dangerous, and strategies and tools for addressing it. In this interactive workshop, you'll explore how to: recognize burnout and share best practices and you'll examine 8 customer service tools: Patience, Empathy, Negotiation skills, Listening/Communications, Self-Control, Depersonalization, Humor and Flexibility. Tailored to the specific needs of your organization, Jean interviews several of your participants as part of her preparation to ensure she understands how burnout is affecting your corporate culture and morale.
You already know a great deal about customer service. You’ve experienced a wide range of behavior as you do your best to satisfy your patrons. But sometimes it can feel a bit lonely as you struggle to balance your library’s policies with the endless requests that make up your job. In this three-hour Zoom or in-person workshop the goal is for you to make small, sustainable changes that will keep you focused and energized. You’ll share best practices, experiment with a range of strategies for resolving conflict, learn why investing in yourself is critical, and to top it off you’ll have fun as you help each other. At the end of the session you’ll have a personalized plan to help you maintain the essential balance of providing excellent customer service while caring for yourself.
What happens when we have to make a presentation--whether to our staff, the board or a room full of strangers? We get nervous and our message gets lost. In this keynote address or three-hour, interactive workshop, learn the fundamentals of effective presentation skills. Find out how solid eye contact is an anchor, learn about posture and gestures and how to use your voice effectively, and tips on crowd control. You'll also see how good talks are organized and how to use visuals without them upstaging you. And you'll leave with a video of yourself in action. Don't miss the chance to stand out every time you talk!
Jean has worked as a therapy dog handler for eleven years--first with Bella, and now with Rudy. She is amazed by the ways these well-trained dogs know exactly what each person needs. Her book about Bella: "Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog," reveals these everyday miracles that took place as Bella and Jean visited nursing and hospital patients, and special needs students in the schools. Bella died in early January, 2018, just shy of her 11th birthday. Rudy, who was certified by Pet Partners as a therapy dog in March of 2018, is also really good at his job. Jean initiated a new program at the local courthouse and Rudy now comforts victims before before they testify in court.
Jean's talk incorporates personal experience as well as the results of scientific studies that prove how therapy dogs make a difference. But the best is Rudy himself. He gives audiences a first-hand experience of his grace, humor and power to make us feel connected and comforted. He also does some really neat tricks. Invite Jean and Rudy to your next event if you want an uplifting presentation that illustrates first hand the many gifts of therapy dogs.
Jean and Rudy enthralled a room of about 40 at the Connecticut Library Association Conference in their presentation " Going to the Dogs" on Monday, April 29, 2019. This was Rudy's first conference and he worked as if he'd been doing this all his life. The group loved meeting Jean and Rudy, as she explained all the ways therapy dogs make a difference. Her stories about working in hospitals, schools and libraries inspired and amazed the attendees. Most left ready to explore having therapy dogs come to their libraries to improve customer service and share wonderful animals like Rudy with their communities. Shelley Holley MLS, Head of Circulation Services, Southington Public Library. Rudy also gave a similar presentation at the NELA conference in October, 2019.
Designed for organizations that want a fun way to reinforce the excellent work of their staff, Jean and Rudy created eight tips. Just having a therapy dog attend a staff meeting is a wonderful way to set the tone for fun and celebration, and Rudy helped Jean come up with some cool ways to build morale and take care of yourselves as you serve others.
"Thank you so very much for hosting such a powerful breakout session at last week’s Future Prevention Leaders Conference! “The Magic of Therapy Dogs: What Makes Then So Special”, was one of the stand-out favorite sessions of the day! Participants absolutely fell in love with Rudy and found your presentation to be interactive, thought provoking, informative and insightful. One participant even remarked, 'This is the happiest I have ever been'"! Wendy Mill and Jessica White. The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds statewide capacity to prevent underage drinking and substance use and builds strategic alliances to promote the overall well-being of Connecticut’s future workforce.