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Tenets from Tennant

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I’m guessing many of you have already seen this, but just in case you haven’t, Roy Tennant’s chapter in Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow is lovely. In addition to editing the entire book, Tennant wrote this chapter titled, “Talking Tech: Explaining Technical Topics to a Non-Technical Audience.” Here’s a list of the training tips he includes:

  1. Know your audience.
  2. Select the appropriate scope.
  3. Summarize
  4. Cultivate the right attitude
  5. Admit your ignorance
  6. Deliver in multiple modes
  7. Repeat
  8. Make accommodations
  9. Provide opportunities to participate
  10. Roll with the punches
  11. Ask for questions like you really mean it
  12. Be enthusiastic
  13. Be authentic
  14. Have fun!

I think it’s a good list to read when planning training and just before delivering training, too. I also think it could be useful if you have the opportunity to co-train with someone else. Talk to each other about the list and get input re: your strengths and re: areas for growth, too.