Events & Exhibits - Spring 2004

Northeastern Pennsylvania Library Network Fall Workshop Be A Star For Your Library: Presenting Powerful Presentations

Dry mouth, sweaty palms, pounding heart, butterflies inside (or elephants marching), and pure panic; are you in love? Or about to give a public presentation? Research has shown that Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking is the most common phobia, affecting more than 75 percent of all people. What appears to be the calmest individual on the outside can be a shear bundle of nerves inside. This was the topic addressed at the fall workshop sponsored by NPLN, on December 10, 2003, at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at Kings College.
Phil Yacuboski, local news reporter, anchor, and producer for WYOU-TV and Communications Faculty member at Kings College addressed “The Art of Public Speaking.” Utilizing his exprience as a newscaster and teacher, Phil illustrated the art and technique of giving presentations with anecdotal examples of what is and is not effective in front of an audience.

Dr Anthony Mussari, the Chair and a professor of the Mass Communications/Media Technologies Department at Kings College and accomplished documentary film maker spoke on “Using Technology to Enhance Presentation.” Dr. Mussari owns and runs Mussari-Loftus Associates, a television production company which produces the Windsor Park Stories, a PBS television series that tells the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Dr. Mussari addressed the presentation issue of technology.
Mary Garm, the Administrator of the Lackawanna County Library System, represented the library community and addressed “Speaking as a Library Advocate.” Her career in librarianship has been diverse, putting her in a wide variety of public speaking situations. She discussed the various situations where librarians face an audience, whether it be a single reporter with a news camera or a large audience at a conference.

The central concepts addressed by all three speakers were: know your audience, practice practice practice, research and preparation, organization, being acquainted with the setting prior to the event (if possible), dress for success, and finally relax and enjoy the experience.

Clara Hudson