The Art of Public Speaking

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Southwest Florida Library Network
SWFLN Office: 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 313-6338

Event Details

Does the thought of speaking in front of groups make you nervous? Public speaking is an important professional skill, but one that many people find challenging to master. In this workshop, you will learn the art and science of public speaking, based on the Toastmasters approach, including tips for: 

  • successfully preparing speeches
  • how to speak "off the cuff" and look good while doing it
  • how to provide effective feedback on the fly
  • practice public speaking throughout the class 
Presenter Doug Crane 

Doug Crane began his career with the Palm Beach County Library System as a children’s librarian in 1998. He was appointed Library Director in 2014, and has spoken at national conferences on topics such as office productivity and leadership. Doug is the author of the articles, “May I Ask You a Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders”; “Efficient Librarianship – A New Path for the Profession” and “Go For It! Advice From Library Directors” all published in Public Libraries magazine. In 2021, Doug was honored as the Florida Librarian of the Year by the Florida Library Association where he currently serves as Vice-President. 

He shares his musings at In his spare time, he admires his collection of Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and relaxes at home with his wife, daughter, dog and cat.

Event Type(s): Face-to-Face
Presenter: Doug Crane
Brian Chase
(239) 313-6338

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