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June 20, 2018, 15:06
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It’s not often I find myself struggling for words, but I’m really not sure what to write about this year’s SLA conference, which is odd because I had an excellent time. Baltimore was my fifth consecutive attendance, so I have a lot of friends to catch up with, I’ve learned to enjoy chatting with our exhibitors about their products, and being on SLA’s board of directors adds an extra dimension to it all. I’ve even got a bit better at self-care, at long last – I managed to eat a hot meal every day, and even took a little time out to get some much-needed sunshine and fresh air (you have no idea how much of an achievement this is for me…!).

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Making the most of meetings
June 4, 2015, 11:50
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Yesterday I listened in on a webinar, Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Every Meeting, organised by LMD’s Professional Development group and presented by Richard Huffine. Aimed largely at Board Chairs, so with very practical relevance for those of us in leadership positions within SLA, there was plenty of good advice which could apply to pretty much any meeting.
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How not to run a meeting
July 15, 2014, 11:48
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This was one of the most innovative sessions I’ve ever attended – rather than just another presentation, 5 volunteers from the audience were picked to dramatize a 9-act play. All the actors got properly into their characters, and as the acts were interspersed with opportunities for group discussion the audience were encouraged to get involved too.

The session was run by Dave Pollard, and was structured around a manual for facilitating group work which he helped to create. They discovered that although the topics in the manual broke down into 9 main areas, the advice within each was sufficiently granular, so it was ultimately produced in a card-deck format. Copies can be purchased or downloaded (free) from and I encourage you to take a look, as it contains much perceptive, practical advice. Continue reading

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