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Be-Know-Do: How to overcome nervousness & engage your audience

In Active Learning, Communication, Tips re: Professional Development, Toastmasters on August 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

Today I had the pleasure to assist with an executive retreat. As a member of Toastmasters International – District 27’s Speakers Bureau, I presented a workshop focused on how to overcome nervousness and how to engage your audience. My “client” was the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA) in the Copyright Office of the US Library of Congress.

PIA is headed by the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, who is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisers to the Register. This Office assists the Register with critical policy functions of the U.S. Copyright Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. PIA represents the U.S. Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees on statutory amendments and construction.

Here is a copy of the slide deck I used for this workshop –> Be-Know-Do at the LOC

And here are a few photos I captured while visiting the Library of Congress.

The venue for the PIA retreat

The venue for the PIA retreat

View of the US Capitol from the 'porch' of the Library of Congress

View of the US Capitol from the ‘porch’ of the Library of Congress

The front steps of the Jefferson Building of the LOC features various busts of our Founding Fathers above the windows on the 2nd floor. My favorite is Ben Franklin, perhaps America's 1st genius.

The front steps of the Jefferson Building of the LOC features various busts of our Founding Fathers above the windows on the 2nd floor. My favorite is Ben Franklin, perhaps America’s 1st genius.

Random facts re: two Presidential retreats

In Appalachian Trail on August 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm
Camp Hoover was built at the headway of the Rapidan River.

Camp Hoover was built at the headway of the Rapidan River.

There are just a few buildings that remain standing at Rapidan Camp.

There are just a few buildings that remain standing at Rapidan Camp.

Before there was “Shangri-La,” there was Rapidan Camp.

Shangri-La  (a.k.a. Camp David) is not open to the public. The Catoctin Mountain Park service does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns. Don’t be spoofed by A parody site of WhiteHouse.Gov

The Rapidan Camp, on the other hand, is open to all who may hike down Mill Prong Trail or the Rapidan Road in the Shenandoah National Park.

Shangri-La was constructed as a WPA project during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. Shangri-La employed dozens if not hundreds of construction workers, staff, and security paid for with federal funds. The number of staff currently assigned to Camp David is unknown.

A detail of Marines erected five tents on a concrete and wooden platform as the rest of Camp Hoover was being built.

A detail of Marines erected five tents on a concrete and wooden platform as the rest of Camp Hoover was being built.

Mr. Hare is a 73 year old park volunteer (left) with yours truly as we pose for a selfie on the back porch of the Brown House.

Mr. Hare is a 73 year old park volunteer (left) with yours truly as we pose for a selfie on the back porch of the Brown House.

Barbara is the wife of Mr. Hare. Both are volunteers who take care of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp.

Barbara is the wife of Mr. Hare. Both are volunteers who take care of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp.

Hikers can cross a foot bridge which spans a lovely trout stream. President Hoover and his wife seem a bit over dressed by today's standards.

Hikers can cross a foot bridge which spans a lovely trout stream. President Hoover and his wife seem a bit over dressed by today’s standards.

The Rapidan Camp was constructed on land purchased by Herbert Hoover. Materials used to build Camp Hoover came from his private funds. US Marines were given a ‘mission’ to build the camp. The first structures at the Rapidan Camp consisted of no more than Five Tents erected on a concrete and wooden floor. Today, volunteers care for the camp and give tours of the facilities.

And for those who’ve read this blog post to this point … Consider and please comment on the following questions:

  1.  How important is it for leaders to take a vacation and get away from their normal place or work or residence?
  2.  How often do you take a vacation or go on an ‘executive retreat’?
  3.  Where is your favorite get away?
  4.  Are you a beach person or do you like to escape to the mountains?
  5.  Do you seek out places where others vacation or do you enjoy solitude when vacationing?

Excellence and Equity in Education

In Active Learning, Facilitating Genius, leadership on August 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

On August 13, 2015, I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop at the Prince William County School district’s Excellence and Equity in Education conference. This year’s theme was “providing a world-class education: reflecting, refining, and refocusing.” Patriot High School served as the venue for this professional development event.

Follow this link to download my slides –> Facilitating Genius at the Triple E Conference

Follow this link for a copy of the participants’ handout –> Facilitaing Genius Handout EEE Conference

And here are a few photos taken during this day-long event.

The Triple E Program from the 2nd largest school system in Virginia

The Triple E Program from the 2nd largest school system in Virginia

It was a thrill to lead this workshop for three "sold out" breakout sessions: A21, B28, and C1. Wow!

It was a thrill to lead this workshop for three “sold out” breakout sessions: A21, B28, and C1. Wow!

And it was perhaps ironic or symbolic that these sessions were located in Room 2015 of Albert Einstein Hall.

And it was perhaps ironic or symbolic that these sessions were located in Room 2015 of Albert Einstein Hall.

Of course the conference started with a nutritious light breakfast prepared by the cafeteria staff. After the fresh fruit, I liked the cinnamon scones.

Of course the conference started with a nutritious light breakfast prepared by the cafeteria staff. After the fresh fruit, I liked the cinnamon scones.

A round of Jeeepardy served as an excellent icebreaker and energizer.

A round of Jeeepardy served as an excellent icebreaker and energizer.

Dr. Adolph Brown entered the auditorium dressed as ... Well, he had dreadlocks, a backpack, and fatigue pants and looked like he didn't quite belong. Well done, sir. Well done!

Dr. Adolph Brown entered the auditorium dressed as … Well, he had dreadlocks, a backpack, and fatigue pants and looked like he didn’t quite belong. Well done, sir. Well done!

And by the end of his keynote, he had everyone ready to commence toward a new year and brighter future.

And by the end of his keynote, he had everyone ready to commence toward a new year and brighter future.

Most of the classrooms at Patriot HS are equipped with user-friendly audio-visual systems.

Most of the classrooms at Patriot HS are equipped with user-friendly audio-visual systems.

Here are the results of a large group exercise based on the Ben Franklin Method of decision-making.

Here are the results of a large group exercise based on the Ben Franklin Method of decision-making.

This image shows the results of the multiple intelligence self-assessment by participants from sessions A, B, and C. Naturally, in a group of teachers we see a large number of 'people smart' people.

This image shows the results of the multiple intelligence self-assessment by participants from sessions A, B, and C. Naturally, in a group of teachers we see a large number of ‘people smart’ people.

Presenter gift bags -- filled initially with a bottle of water and snacks -- made for a handy way to collect business cards. Kudos to the multiple intelligence community at the  Montclair Elementary School.

Presenter gift bags — filled initially with a bottle of water and snacks — made for a handy way to collect business cards. Kudos to the multiple intelligence community at the Montclair Elementary School.

 

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