Presenting naked?

From the Pivotal Public Speaking email package … a book …

The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or without Slides
by Garr Reynolds

When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. If “slideware” is used, the slides never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role. The ideas in the presentation may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new, but there is freshness to the approach and content that makes a lasting impression.

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Today’s Book Club Read – The Lake of Dreams

The Lake of Dreams

by Kim Edwards

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home to upstate New York from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago.  With her signature gifts of lyricism, suspense, and masterly storytelling, Kim Edwards’s new novel will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and mesmerize millions of new fans.

You can get the link to the Discussion notes here =>

(This is one of the books from the email package: Pivotal Books ezine. You can read the current issue here => )

Books for flood-stricken school

The librarian of a flood-stricken Queensland school was moved to tears last week by the generosity of Blackheath Public School captain Brendan Davis, whose love of reading is the inspiration behind a book drive to help students north of the border =>

Language as a Window into Human Nature

In this new RSAnimate Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings.

Library and Information Week

23 – 29 May 2011

The Australian Library and Information Association is pleased to announce the theme for Library and Information Week 2011:
Libraries: we find stuff!

A little surprising and a little ‘out there’ and even perhaps a little controversial – one thing is for sure, people will take notice, people will talk!

How can I use this theme in my library?
Visit the Library and Information Week webpage on the ALIA website for ideas and information:
ALIA will also be providing a range of merchandise for locations to purchase and display in their library. This will be available from March/April 2011.

This theme also lends itself for you to personalise! Tell your clients and users what you do…
We catalogue stuff!
We look up stuff!
We research stuff!
We know stuff!

This theme, although a little surprising, highlights that libraries are far more than just books and speaks directly to the user in a language that is familiar.
This year’s theme is an open invitation. This year we will open up the space for people to discover for themselves and make their library experience personal!
What is Library and Information Week?
Library and Information Week will be held from 23 – 29 May 2011.

Libraries across Australia can use this week as a focus to promote and showcase their varied resources and services through different programs and events to the community. The week provides you the opportunity to introduce new services or publicly canvas issues of importance regarding library and information services in Australia.

You can get in involved by organising your own event or by leveraging off one of the existing Library and Information Week events:
Tuesday 24 May – National Library Technicians Day
Wednesday 25 May – National Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday 26 May – Libraries celebrate Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

For more enquiries please contact: Marija Vranko at or 02 6215 8222

From Pivotal Inspiration – a thought

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”
– Cherie Carter-Scott

From this package … Pivotal Thought for the Day

From Pivotal Books and Reading – 10 Tips to Improve Your Reading Skills

In the modern age of information, reading truly is a fundamental survival skill. Here are ten tips that anyone can use to improve their reading skills: =>

From Pivotal Inspiration – Choose to Finish Strong

When faced with adversity, do you lie down or do you fight?

Do you make the most of each day?

What will your legacy be?

When adversity strikes, it’s not what happens that determines our destiny; it’s how we react.

You have to believe you can do something and then have the courage and determination to see it through. That’s what Finish Strong by Dan Green is all about. The book is filled with amazing stores about people from all walks of life who, in the face of adversity, against all odds…finished strong!

Finish Strong is more than a statement…it’s an attitude. Today, I’d like to share one of the stories from the book about Miles Levin, a teenager, who despite his terminal cancer chose to persevere and inspire thousands by making each day count.


UK Save Our Libraries Day, 5th February

Over 400 public libraries in the UK are under threat of closure. 5th February is Save Our Libraries Day,
a day of action to bring greater global attention to the threats facing UK public library services.

CILIP has put together some suggested tweets to get the message out on the 5th February.
Please show your support on Twitter, especially on 5th February:

Support UK libraries and librarians. #savelibraries #cilip

I love my library because [fill in] #savelibraries #cilip

I love my librarian because [fill in] #savelibraries #cilip

UK public libraries facing massive cuts. Save our libraries #savelibraries #cilip

If you wish to email the UK government, send comments to :

Find out more about Save Our Libraries Day, including links to interactive maps of cuts and closures, Facebook pages and a We Love Libraries video at