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To illustrate, Ms. Armour held up a copy of her book
(preparation - there was a copy of her book on stage with
her) and asked, "Who wants a copy of my book?" (a clear
statement of the goal). We all cheered and applauded.
Staring back at us, she repeated the question a little louder.
Thinking we all picked up on her cue, we cheered and
applauded again. Leaning back and looking at us with
bemused disbelief, she repeated the question for a third
time. As almost all of stayed in the same pattern of behavior
that was not helping us reach our goal of getting her book,
one member of the audience finally got up out of her seat
and walked toward the stage. She took action, and she got
the book. We all got the lesson.
Groups create and wield their own energy and power.
When a diverse group of dedicated professionals comes
together to share and to learn, then that group is the
attendees of the ALA Annual Conference; ALA members,
staff, speakers, and Business Partners!
Nuggets of insight, best practices, and wisdom abound;
war stories are plentiful. Keynote speaker Vernice
Armour's war story, however, topped all others. Vernice
"FlyGirl" Armour flew into the hall and immediately
grabbed everyone's attention. Ms. Armour's journalistic
account of the most extraordinary combat situations
simultaneously shocked and inspired us. She talked
about some of her steps to accomplish goals that matter,
including clarity of the goal, preparation, and taking
appropriate actions.

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Ms. Armour masterfully regaled us with numerous stories
and lessons learned. She advised us to acknowledge our
challenges, but not to give those challenges power over us,
and examples of how she and her family did that entertained
and moved us. The audience roared at her impersonation
of her Granny saying one of her "isms". Shining through
those waves of laughter about her Granny's "isms,"
however, were rays of insight that hers is a family of firsts
and accomplishments earned through positive thinking,
preparedness, and tenacity. Suddenly, she summarized and
wrapped up. How could this be possible? It seemed as if
only a few minutes had passed. The audience whooped
and applauded as we rose to our feet. After that session, we
all ran out to get a copy of her book. When I saw that the
line to get her book stretched clear down the hallway, my



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