We are a group of writers who belong to CAN, the Christian Authors Network, who are passionate about writing. As published authors, we long to share our victories and struggles with regards to marketing and promotion. No one really ever told us about this part of the business of writing, so, like you, we are learners. Won't you learn alongside us?
Hi. Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements. To read previous installments, see the links at the bottom of this post.
Today we’re going to discuss creating an outline for your presentation. And remember, as I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, I’m a very strong type A personality so I tend to plan everything out to the nth degree. You can take this to whatever level of detail works for you.
Understanding the expectations surrounding you and your presentation is a key factor in pulling off a successful speaking engagement. There are two kinds of expectations you need to understand and manage - facilitator expectations and audience expectations.
Why is that necessary? Well a speaker resume is a great tool for growing your opportunities to secure better speaking engagements. And coordinators for conferences and workshops, who often get flooded with applications and proposals, will use this document to evaluate the potential speakers against each others and against their particular needs. This may be the ONLY tool they use to decide whether to issue you an invitation or not.
Hi. Winnie Griggs here again with the next installment on my posts about speaking engagements. So far we've covered why you might want to book speaking engagements and dealing with those butterflies. Today we're going to focus on selecting a topic, in other words, what do you talk about.
For those just testing the waters of speaking engagements, I would suggest you take stock of your personal skills and interests, and choose something you feel comfortable discussing.
Winnie Griggs here again, back with the next post on speaking engagements. As promised in my last post, today I’m going to talk about working through the fear.
In my last post I mentioned that fear of public speaking is very real and very prevalent. Mark Twain said it best, "There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars". While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, it’s probably not too far off the mark.
Over the next several months I’m going to be posting about speaking engagements - why seek them out, how to get booked, what to speak about, etc. Since my personal experience with this subject is in speaking to groups of writers, that’s going to be my main focus. However, much of this will translate to other type speaking engagements as well.