Speaking Techniques

I told an official of a local rotary on the day I was there to give a presentation that I was not a speaker, that I was a writer. But we have to do both. Although I’ve picked up some technique, it’s still a puzzle at times.Unknown-3

Are they really interested in what I’m talking about? I ask myself that as I look around the room while speaking.

I know I can find this in a book, but I thought I’d ask sister and brother writers what works for them.

For instance, do you look at those you are speaking to, or not?

If it’s a business group, do you still talk as if you’re addressing a crowd at the library telling them where your idea for your latest book came from and how you go about getting it down on paper, and more, how you got it published? Unknown-1

My last address to business people was about how I carved out a career as a novelist. I had a good time. I kept it short and then asked for questions. I joked and they joked back. It worked that time but will it work the next time?

Any suggestions?

 

 

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About Dorothy Hayes

Broken Window, the second book in the Carol Rossi Mystery Series, was published on March 1st by Mainly Murder Press, Murder at the P&Z, the first mystery in the series was published April 2013. Animal Instinct, 2006, was my first book, writing, and singing in my church choir are a couple of deep passions along with espousing veganism on behalf of the animals, health, and the environment. Love spending time with my incredible husband and family.

5 thoughts on “Speaking Techniques

  1. No matter what you think, you are usually there to entertain the group. Jokes are good, but I am careful to stay on neutral ground with topics. No Trump jokes, no matter how tempting.
    And, yes I make eye contact, letting my head go from side to side. I find it’s good to get there early and chat with early comers. Then you can smile at them in the audience, and they smile back!

  2. Good tips, thanks Anne-Marie. I’ll remember that. Patti, do you have any jokes? I don’t really tell jokes, I make fun of myself, or talk about when things went wrong.

  3. No canned jokes, but a humorous attitude is good. Always look at people- you have to connect with any audience. And if it’s not crime readers, think about what you have to say that might interest them. Maybe they have a yen to write themselves, and the publishing journey would be good to hear, and they’ll buy your book as good karma!

  4. It’s the “maybe” that worries me, Clare. That’s why I’ve got a plan to plant questions to get that started after a little planned talk. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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