Public Speaking for Writers and Other Introverts
I am one of the unlikeliest public speakers, much less a teacher of public speaking that you can imagine. Why? Because I grew up as a shy kid and was, until my mid thirties, terrified about public speaking. In fact, I used to get physically ill every time I had to talk in front of a group. (Though I’ve been told that no one but me knew that I was nervous.)
But I always knew I wanted to publish books someday, and I knew down deep that this meant that I’d have to get comfortable talking in front of people. That, or be miserable. Every. Single Time. No, this was not okay with me.
Writers need to talk about their writing if they want their books to be successful. We need to talk to agents, editors, and other publishing professionals just to get their work into print. There are book launches, reading events, writers’ conferences, workshops, social events, and if you’re lucky, media interviews. All of this can be pretty daunting to those of us who are more comfortable when we’re with just one or two other people or when we are scratching words onto paper than we are addressing a group of onlookers.
It was not until I got some great coaching and took some classes that I learned that skilled public speaking is just that, skills. Not magic. Not a gift that other people got and I didn’t. It was a set of learnable, fairly simple skills. Once I got this, a whole new world opened up.
Since about 1998 I’ve offered training and coaching for people who want to learn or polish their public speaking skills. I’ve taught public speaking in organizations and with individual clients in Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S., internationally. Now I work with writers and published authors (as well as other artists and entrepreneurs) helping them to develop the skills and the comfort levels that they need to talk about their work in front of groups of any size.
I offer workshops to writers, artists, and entrepreneurs to help them:
- Overcome their fears of public speaking
- Learn how to run a dynamic book launch or reading event
- Discuss their writing project with publishing professionals (agents, editors, publishers)
- Use storytelling structure to deliver content in a cogent and engaging way
- Engage listeners and create memorable events
- Stretch into teaching or conference speaking as a part of author/artist platform building
- Speak comfortably in virtual environments like video or audio conference calls
- Get comfortable bringing their “real selves” off of the page and up at the podium.
Working with the hesitant and those downright terrified of public speaking, I love helping people by teaching simple skills and mental shifts that help them feel more at ease. I helps clients to eliminate distracting behaviors that get in the way of real connections with their listeners.
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