Help Me Feel More Confident About This Super Long Presentation on Confidence (sorta)
September 13, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
A presentation on assertive negotiation and learning confidence: my time slot is twice as long as I expected! Can you help me brainstorm a group activity to break up the time while illustrating the concepts? Do you have any resources to share?
posted by aabbbiee to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My audience will be librarians at a library conference. Librarians are not seen as the most confident of negotiators, especially when dealing with vendor sales reps, who can be slick and hard and tough. My presentation is on becoming more assertive in negotiations over licenses and pricing for library resources.
I submitted a proposal, thinking that it would be 45 minutes to an hour, tops, and I feel that I have that amount of material. But I was accepted for a 90 minute time slot, and that means two things: A) I don't have enough solid background on this topic to talk for 90 minutes about it, and B) the audience is going to need a break in the middle.
A) If you have any suggestions of good resources on building assertiveness or confident negotiation, please share! I have read Getting to Yes and some articles on the subject. Obviously, I am responsible for my own research, but if you have a good source, please let me know!
B) I'd like to set up a group activity to eat up about 15 minutes of time. This would allow people to get up, move around, meet some people, and duck out of the room if necessary, as well as breaking up my long talk. But I'd like them to stay on topic. Even better if the activity was particularly useful or illustrative.
I'd like to stay away from cheesy games or hackneyed business/self-help trends. I specifically do not want to role-play price haggling, which is a standard example of negotiation. I think that is far too simplistic for this.
The catch for the group activity is that I don't know how many people will attend. There is no pre-registration or way to find out an estimate. I'm one of 9 different options in that timeslot. The conference attendance will total about 500. I'm scheduled for a room that can seat from 70-150 (depending on chair arrangement), and it will likely be an audience of between 5 and 50. Those are very different numbers when it comes to group activities, though!
Do you have any good resources on building assertiveness or negotiation to offer?
Can you help me brainstorm a group activity?