As a writer, approaching the time when I will have to amp up the promotion of my WIP, one of the activities I will be engaging in is public speaking. Speaking at libraries, schools, workshops, bookstores, etc. will bring the news of my historical fiction book as well as spike the interest in learning more about history and how it influences us today. The last time I spoke in public was more than twenty years ago as a Brownie scout leader speaking to the parents of the girls in my troop. That experience was fun, but not great preparation for I’ll be facing in a few months. I just read some exceptional tips written by Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, for his blog. He created these tips from a workshop he attended that focused on communicating well while public speaking. Here’s a tiny excerpt:
In these sessions, we each had to prepare and deliver three speeches. We were then video-taped, critiqued, and individually coached.
Though the experience was initially nerve-racking, I can’t imagine learning as much as we did without the hands-on experience. It was invaluable.
If you are preparing for a public-speaking engagement now, or expect to in the future, I highly recommend reading Michael’s blog post. His tips, for me, are a huge jump forward in learning to communicate well with an audience, without putting them to sleep!
To read the entire blog post and get to know Michael, please click here.
Do you have a fear of public speaking? Is it something you want to improve upon?
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Enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day holiday!