Archive for the 'Public Speaking' Category

What Makes for a Boring Storyteller?

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Writing fiction is a form of storytelling. But it isn’t the only form. While not everyone writes, everyone has had storytelling experience. We all share experiences verbally with others. Some of us repeat scenarios we’ve heard, try to recap something we’ve read or rehash an event that happened recently or in the past. And we […]

Write a More Powerful Speech

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When you write a speech, do you have a theme? Is there a point you hope to make through examples, anecdotes and facts? I think that most speeches start out with an underlying or even a blatant message. You may want your audience to believe, adopt, understand, accept or even embrace a concept, position, truth […]

More Public Speaking Tips

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Use vocal variety. Make your talks more enjoyable by using an assortment of vocal tones and pitches. If you need help developing vocal variety, practice reading to children. Consider joining a story telling group. Eliminate non-words. Inexperienced speakers unconsciously use so many filler words that Toastmasters have an “ah counter” at every meeting. This person […]

Tips for More Effective Public Speaking

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

We were talking about public speaking and communication for authors last week. Here are some specific tips for more effective public speaking: Speak up and speak out. Many inexperienced orators speak too softly or they allow their voices to drop toward the end of their sentences. Whether addressing a large audience or a small group, […]

You as a Public Speaker

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Yesterday’s post featured one of the challenges public speakers face. You don’t consider yourself a public speaker? If you have a book to promote (or you’re working on one), I urge you, no matter how distasteful it seems, to get out there and talk to your readers (or potential readers). You can’t sell a book […]

Who Are You Talkin’ To?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

When you devise a live presentation, you typically consider your audience. They’re history buffs, they’re quilters, their simply readers of good fiction. But what else do you learn about your audiences before you speak? What else is important to know? Are they mostly men or women? I prepare a little different talk for men than […]

Sell More Books Through Your Personality

Monday, March 4th, 2013

If you’re not going out and speaking to groups about your book, you could be missing out on sales. I’ve heard authors say, “I’m not doing any more signings, I don’t sell enough books to make it worth my while.” Or “There’s no sense in spending my time speaking to groups, they never buy many […]

Start NOW Planning Your Spring Speaking Calendar

Monday, January 21st, 2013

It’s time to start planning for the Ojai Wordfest. This is an 8 day event in our community in early April during which local authors present 100 activities, events, workshops, presentations, readings, etc. all over town. There might be readings by novelists at coffee houses, workshops at the library, meals in private homes with readings/workshops, […]

Exercise Your Author’s Voice

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is a revised repeat of a blog I posted within the first few months of this blog site—December 2005. Promotion can be a silent and lonely activity. As an author with a book to sell, you spend quite a bit of time each day/week trying to find readers. (If you aren’t doing this, you […]

Personality Sells Books

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

I’m going to say it (write it) again, personality sells books. More than ever, readers want a relationship with their authors. We are exposed to books for sale everywhere we go, online, a variety of specialty stores downtown and in the emails we receive. There’s a lot of competition for authors. Those of you with […]