Free STAFF DEVELOPMENT webinars for August 2013

All times in Mountain Time


August 6 (12-1 pm)

Trainer Smarts (Insync Training)

As trainers, we naturally focus on learning, growing, & improving. Join facilitator Jane Bozarth as we explore our own improvement with a twist: identifying your strengths, not your weaknesses, and focusing on enhancing your talents rather than overcoming your deficits. Take this concept away with you for application that will result in great learning experiences for participants while keeping you energized as well.

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August 13 (12-1 pm)

TGIM: Enjoy Your Job, Enjoy Your Life (Insync Training)

So often we focus on the negatives and tasks we don’t enjoy. This workshop helps participants identify the things about work they enjoy and find satisfying, look at ways of creating more of those items, and develop skill in recognizing and appreciating small accomplishments and savoring small successes.

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August 15 (11-12 pm)

DECLARE:  Online Instructional Design for Everyone (Training Magazine)

The DECLARE methodology of instructional design was developed with both the program and course in mind. DECLARE is a set of practical recommendations and content reminders used when creating training programs and courses. Learn to: Prioritize Content and Learner Needs. Balance the creation of engaging interactions and content. Create relevant conceptual models that aid with student retention. Develop SME & Designer Relationships. Develop a cohesive, consistent, and repeatable instructional design methodology and style.

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August 16 (12-1 pm)

People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)

Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person?

For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.”  Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work.  While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.”  In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

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August 21 (10-11 am)

Introduction to Library Technology Training: Tech Training for Library Staff (Washington State Library)

In this 4-part webinar series, Stephanie Gerding will provide library staff and trainers with practical tips and best practices for planning and promoting computer classes at the library, engaging students and evaluating success.  She will address the most common concerns from new trainers, including fear of failure, lack of confidence, uncertainty about how to deal with difficult situations and worry about logistics, space concerns, and planning. By attending this series you’ll learn all the many ways that your library can meet the needs for technology job and best us the resources you have on hand. Join us, boost your confidence, get organized, and become a more effective technology trainer!

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August 28 (6:30-7:30 pm)

Applying for a Library Job – Don’t Do This! (San Jose State University)

Hiring managers from the San José Public Library will talk about their most recent recruitment for a Librarian 1. Of the more than 200 applications submitted, 50% didn’t meet the minimum qualifications, and 75% didn’t answer the supplemental questions appropriately. Don’t let this be you. Come to this session and find out what you should do when applying for jobs. Our guest speakers will tell you what they are looking for in applicants and provide guidance on how to answer supplemental questions. Be one of the successful candidates – make it to the interview stage!

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