WHY NOT STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TAKE A CHANCE?
This past Saturday, I was honored to be the guest speaker at the Nola Stars RWA in Bossier City, La. I am NOT a professional speaker. I've done a few speaking engagements, and always try to do my best. I often refer to my notes to make sure I don't leave anything out. I hope in time and with more practice, it'll become second nature.
Every time I go to an event like this, I feel like I take away more than I give. This was no different. This group is interactive, lively, and a very warm and giving group.
Hopefully, I gave them some tips on marketing. But I also received some ideas. It was a win, win.
TAKE A SHOT!
The point is, why not take a shot? Step out of your comfort zone and speak to a group of writers. You may feel you don't have anything new to share, but I guarantee that you do. As writers we are creative and only you can have the opinion that develops in your brain. That information might just help someone else. So take a chance and just do it!
FIND YOUR STRENGTHS
1. Look over your strengths. Maybe you are really good at writing a synopsis. Maybe you are stellar at grammar! One thing is for sure, you spin a story like no other! Make a check list of your strengths.
2. Look online for programs that teach you how to develop a speech. There are many of them. Put together your presentation with the tools they offer you.
3. Practice, practice, practice. Stand in front of a mirror and give your program. Get a friend to critique you. Record yourself and play it back. Smooth out the wrinkles and you are ready to go!
4. Just remember to do your homework, be ready for questions, smile and be marvelous!