Bookseller Discussion Groups

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:20 AM to 10:20 AM EST
Various Locations

Booksellers gather with colleagues to discuss issues raised by the Breakfast Keynote (below). Discussions are led by ABA Board members. Group and room assignments are printed on attendee badges.
1) As booksellers do you see yourselves as more in the "bravery" or the "perfectionist" camp? Why is that? How might embracing bravery make you a better bookseller?
2) After listening to Reshma Saujani, has your viewpoint changed on the difference between excellence and perfection? Does a different perspective change how you might approach your role at the store?
3) How does a fear of failure impact your business decisions? What is the fear of? Is it a “bottom line” issue, or a more personal one? Could answering this question help envision what your store would look like in 5 years?

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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