If behaviors such as smoking or excessive drinking are out of the question, ask the guy if he smokes or likes to get roaring drunk. Does his shirt look crisp or has he been sleeping in it? If you like the guy and want to boost his confidence or let him know he's hitting the right notes, maintain eye contact and lean forward.
I am the co-chair of the children’s portion of the Festival. How do you get the right people to the right sessions?It’s especially difficult for the children’s programming because it means that on a beautiful spring Saturday morning, parents must choose to bring their kids to the library to hear more about books. Books as an educational tool just won’t pull kids/parents in on a Saturday.The design should be intentional and well-thought-out.Here’s how I set up my speed dating model this semester.In reflecting upon their feedback, I had an epiphany: speaking directly with others about their work is similar to dating.
In dating you have to ask questions to get to know each other and you must have a conversation to learn about the other’s experiences.This year, we decided to revisit assumptions: do children’s authors need a full hour?With a young audience, are hour-long sessions appropriate?Then you can decide whether you want to pursue that person… Employing a speed dating model in the classroom in place of a panel can be an effective way for students to learn a variety of perspectives in a short amount of time.This model improves and enhances student engagement and “creates learning that is active, collaborative, and fosters learning relationships” (Zepke and Leach, 2013).By sitting at your table, he is automatically conceding that this is your turf. " Or, "What's your greatest experience with your family?