Tuesday, July 2, 2013

{In Your Write Mind Workshop}: Public Speaking for Authors

Hosted by Judi Fleming

You NEVER get a second chance to make a first impression. Make it count!!!

  • Learn to project your voice
  • Take a deep breath and project from your gut not your voice/throat.
  • Make eye contact with your audience so that they feel included and engaged.
  • Don't be shy! Put on your "public speaking" persona.
  • Pitch (of your voice should be friendly and welcoming) Pause (count to 3 and think about what you want to say. Audience won't recognize pause) and Patience
  • Body language -- always be approachable.

  • An audience of one is still an audience.
  • You have an audience all the time except when you're sleeping.
  • Everyone is your audience -- passerby asking for directions to the restroom, clerk at the grocery store, kid's teachers, etc.
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Out loud, not in your head. Stand in front of a mirror and practice.