Marie Wallace has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in 1951 in academia with the University of California and transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world until her 1995 retirement from O'Melveny & Myers. She is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional life, Marie has been a guiding force in the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Practising Law Institute's programs for law librarians and Teaching Legal Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL).
Today, Marie has commenced on a new path she terms "Life in Progress," which enables her to pursue a diversity of interests as a master swimmer, law librarian, trainer, storyboarder and designer of wearable art. She continues to be a dynamic speaker and prolific writer on such topics as private law library management, presentations and training. She is a member of Toastmasters Internationaland is active with the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and in continuing education for private law librarians. She devotes her "free" time to various non-profit and civic activities. Always open to new ideas, Marie can be reached at: [email protected]
|Recently I attended conferences hosted by three different
professional organizations and was struck by how many of the presenters wasted the two
most important parts of their presentations--the beginning and ending. Excellent content
in the body of speeches was diminished with circuitous openings and dead endings.
Speech beginnings are like a stage entrances. It is when you make your first and often enduring impression. Yet speakers commonly throw away their opening moments with discursive and negative comments about the weather, location, facilities, their preparation (or lack of) and irrelevant jokes.
Non-beginnings leave the audience confused and frustrated and likely to discount the speaker or tune out. By contrast, skilled presenters start like a horse out of the gate at the Kentucky Derby. I am sure you have never seen a horse walk out of the gate and amble around before starting to run but you probably have heard many speakers start this way. You can get an audience juiced up by: