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What to Do with Patrons that are Mad on Arrival (MOA) - PCI Webinar

What to Do with Patrons that are Mad on Arrival (MOA) - PCI Webinar Online

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have contracted with PCI Webinars to provide our members with access to their live webinars.  These webinars are free to MLS members who register through our calendar.  Because we are working with an outside vendor, it is important that you cancel your registration in the event that you are unable to attend the live webinar.  A recording of the webinar will be available on the PCI Webinars Niche Academy website about a week after the live webinar.  If you have any issues registering or signing into the PCI Webinars Niche Academy website, please let us know.  Please do not contact PCI Webinars or Niche Academy directly about their live webinars or webinar recordings.

Who’s stressed out and overwhelmed these days? That’s an easy one! Some of your patrons and co-workers.

How we respond to these difficult patron behaviors is often the key to de-escalating these situations and in turn protecting ourselves when their behavior is no longer acceptable or wanted.

In this interactive and informative program, attendees will learn specific verbiage to set boundaries and de-escalate patrons’ situations, as well safety techniques and procedures to use to create more consistent responses to difficult behaviors.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn:

  • Specific phrases to use with patrons to stop unwanted behaviors
  • The 30-30-30 rule for creating an environmentally safe library space
  • Using the OODA Loop model to decide what actions to take (or not)
  • De-escalation techniques to use to help patrons focus on problem solving instead of continuing emotional outbursts
  • How and why not to take the patrons’ behavior personally

Andrew Sanderbeck ~ Biography

Andrew has been developing and conducting training programs for library organizations for more than twenty years. He has presented Web-based, On-line, and Face-to-Face sessions on Customer Service and Communication Skills in the U.S. and many countries around the world.

Andrew’s programs are filled with proven techniques that attendees can immediately apply with their difficult and challenging customer behaviors. He is the past president of the Haywood County Library Board of Trustees in Western North Carolina and a monthly donor to EveryLibrary, supporting libraries across the country in their efforts to get the financial support they deserve.


Wednesday, June 28, 2023
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event.
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