Several years ago I attended the book launch party of a friend at a local bookstore. While she was speaking about her publishing journey, a fellow author whispered to me, “I could never do that.” I replied, “I could!”
After self-publishing my novel last year, I spoke during an author’s lunch at a church. Afterward, the organizer complimented me on my talk and added that not all authors were such fluent and entertaining speakers. I was flattered, but not surprised. After all, I had prepared for just such an opportunity many years ago when I joined a local Toastmasters club. Since my ice breaker speech I have not only given 32 speeches in my club, but more than 50 presentations in the local community. My topics include backyard habitats, birds, nature photography, self-publishing a book, and my life in Cold War Germany. They all have one thing in common: I speak about a theme I am passionate about and I sprinkle personal stories throughout my talk.
I recommend all authors to get comfortable with public speaking. After all, the task of marketing a book falls more and more on the author’s shoulders. The rewards are many. You might be asked to:
- Participate in an author forum
- Teach a workshop in your community
- Present a workshop at a writers conference
- Give an interview on TV or radio
- Record a podcast or video
- Accept an award or give a keynote speech
- Host a book launch party
Would you rather say, “I could never do that!” or would you like to grow in your personal and your professional life?
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