“Writing and speaking go together like a hand and glove.” These words from Florence Littauer, founder of CLASS for Christian leaders, authors and speakers, reverberates in my head. All kinds of excuses for not speaking fill my thoughts, but I reject each. There is no acceptable excuse for writers not to speak.
Maybe you, like me, know this with your head, but getting yourself to follow through is another matter. Keeping a few things in mind can help.
- Whatever you write about can be turned into a speech. Or a series of speeches. If you write nonfiction books, each chapter could be a speaking topic. I novel’s themes can produce topics. If you write articles, each one is a ready-made speech topic. So never let these words slip out of your mouth or into your mind: “I don’t have anything to say.”
- Effective training can be found at CLASS events.You will be grouped with others of similar experience and come away with a dynamite signature speech and confidence. Joining ToastMasters, International is a good way to gain experience. Find out if you can practice on your small group at church.
- Start small. You don’t have to begin with an audience of 300. A ladies luncheon group of ten or so women is a good place to start. Or start your own home-based business. I sell Premier Designs jewelry at home shows. These events average under ten in attendance. Over the years, through my association with this company, I’ve gained confidence in my ability to speak in front of people and in looking my best with personal style.
- If you don’t seek speaking engagements, they won’t seek you. It is up to you.
A future article by Anita Brooks will cover where to find speaking opportunities. Armed with motivation and information, all writers can become accomplished speakers.