|© Jerald Walliser|
Sunday, May 15, 2016
WRITERS NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE SPEAKING IN PUBLIC
Many clients of Beacon Literary Services wail, "I'm a writer, not a speaker" when I tell them that public speaking is a requirement for every aspiring author, both before and after publication.
Before publication of articles and books, writers should be articulate whether speaking to one person or many, whether on the phone or in person. You may meet an agent or editor at a conference and need to present your book in short order; you may get lucky and reach an editor on the phone; you may be writing a how-to book and need to present workshops or deliver keynotes. After publication, there are media interviews, the need to promote your book to bookstores, readings and book signings, etc.
If the prospect of speaking with a well-known editor or getting up on the platform terrifies you, get to Toastmasters without delay. You won't regret it even if you don't like it much at the beginning. Go long before your manuscript is accepted because the skills you'll learn will be useful from the get-go. Toastmasters helps everyone who joins, providing training and support for even the most timid.
Yes, it's just another facet of your job as a writer. And who knows? You may even find yourself earning honoraria for readings in libraries and schools! Certainly, you will sell more copies of your book if you are willing to speak in public and for the media, and do it with engaging style.
For tips on improving your speaking skills, try: http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Public-Speaking-Tips