Orange County Register — North County News; Date: Aug. 23, 2018; Section: News; Page Number: A5
WHAT A DAY
A good first impression, inside and out
They say you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. They are correct. I used to spend a lot of time on how I looked. If people judged my appearance before digging any deeper, I wanted to dress for success.
Until I hit 60, no one at the grocery store had seen me without makeup.
I still like to make a good first impression on the world, but these days, I let my personality do the talking. A smile takes less time to apply than lipstick, and it appeals to a broader audience.
After all, the horses do not care if I’m wearing mascara. They only care if I am kind—and I bring treats.
Last Tuesday, however, it was all about the total package. Our Placentia Library District won an award from the California Special Districts Association, for our Library of Things. We will receive the 2018 Innovative Program/Project Award in September at the CSDA conference.
Our library is excited and honored to be recognized. Part of the award ceremonies will consist of a 90-second video, featuring interviews and snippets of patrons enjoying our LOTS collection. As president of the library board of trustees, they wanted to interview me.
This sent me into a weeklong spiral of what to wear, what to say, and how to be the best library board president in the room. Fortunately, I have friends in show business, who shared their tips with me.
The clothes I chose were solid, bright colors, my makeup and jewelry were simple, and my hair was down. I didn’t have time for a manicure, so I planned to keep my hands at my sides. Someone had prepared a script of questions they were going to ask and how to answer them, so I studied. I walked into the library with confidence, ready for my close-up.
It didn’t happen quite the way I pictured it.
The interview team was late, which was not a problem for me, but the children who were using our games were getting sweatier and more hyperactive by the minute. At some point, a stray dog ran into the library, so we spent some time finding its owner. And, to add to the merriment, a worker came in and said they were shutting the water off for the rest of the day. The staff managed to get that postponed.
I could honestly tell the interview team there is never a dull moment at our little library.
When it finally came time for me to be interviewed, I did pretty well at staying on my mark, smiling, and giving them my rehearsed answers. The two-people team said I was doing well. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. More importantly, I could soon go home and get into my casual clothes.
Then they started asking me non-scripted questions.
“How do you think the Library of Things will impact other libraries?” I made up something positive, but I don’t know what other libraries might do. “How did it feel when CSDA told you about the award?” I probably should have said we were grateful, thankful, honored.
Instead, I said we all did a happy dance. That will probably be the clip they use in the video.
What was I saying about making a good first impression?
Longtime Placentia resident Gayle Carline tracks those moments that shape her days as a wife, mom, computer whiz and horsewoman. E-mail her at [email protected].