Breaking Through Public Speaking Fears (Even After Failure!)

Includes a Live Event on 06/16/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

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How do training to hang from a trapeze or belt out an aria prepare you for the challenges of librarianship? Through stories about their backgrounds in public speaking and performance, our panelists will reveal how their training has helped them confidently speak up at faculty meetings, emcee large staff events, and casually pitch ideas to law school deans. We know you prepare and work hard—now let’s build your public speaking confidence, learn from critique without internalizing it, and speak up without fear of failure. We’ll even practice together in a safe and low-stakes environment, to help you get your feet wet. 


  1. Leave with an action plan to gradually get more confident with public speaking 
  2.  Deliver prepared and unprepared pitches in Zoom breakout rooms and receive constructive feedback in a small group setting


  • Wendy Moore, University of Georgia
  • Andrea Muto,U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Savanna Nolan, University of Georgia


  • Savanna Nolan, University of Georgia 

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Management + Business Acumen

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Wendy E. Moore is the Associate Director for Collection Services at the University of Georgia School of Law.  A member of AALL since 1999, she is currently serving on the 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee Information Management Subteam and recently served as Chair of the Technical Services Special Interest Section from 2018-19.  Her professional interests include helping people to develop their communication and management skills.  You may remember Wendy from such presentations as ‘Is It My Job Or Am I Burnt Out?’ and ‘Structured Procrastination.’  Voted “Most Talented” of her high school class, she has failed to live up to those lofty expectations.  Nonetheless, she is happy to perform a pratfall when needed.

Andrea M. Muto is a law librarian with the US Department of Justice. Prior to joining DOJ, she was a law librarian for Georgetown University Law Center where she researched long-term faculty scholarship projects for Faculty Research Services. Andrea has worked in international development for a federal government contractor implementing rule of law projects for USAID. Her first position was in Afghanistan where she developed and staffed a new law library located on the campus of Kabul University in 2008.  Andrea is a member of Toastmasters and is getting her feet wet has taken classes on how to MC improv comedy club shows. Andrea’s experience in Afghanistan is the subject of her TEDx Talk hosted by Cleveland State University in 2016.

Savanna Lynn Nolan is currently the Instruction and Faculty Services Librarian at the University of Georgia School of Law.  Prior to that she was a Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she has also worked at the University of Baltimore, Catholic University, and the Law Library of Congress.  Savanna grew up at a boarding school with a robust theater, dance, and circus arts program.  Now she channels her inner fearless acrobat to speak up at faculty meetings and professional gatherings. 


Breaking Through Public Speaking Fears (Even After Failure!)
06/16/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
06/16/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
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