Public Speaking Jitters

I’m a Writer not a Performer…

Recently, an interesting point was inadvertently raised at the public writers meeting I attend – as an author, it’s difficult to sell your work by giving a reading if you have difficulty connecting with your audience.  I mean, writing is often a solitary affair and the prospect of public speaking does not always sit well when your craft is in the developing of story and not necessarily the oral telling of it.

Don’t be Afraid

If you consider yourself a writer first and a speaker never, you can still be apart of the JUzDIzRTS Author Event and use this community building tool to your advantage.  I just so happen to be a teacher of both English & Drama and Reader’s Theatre is one of my specialities.

Let me read for you.

If you would rather sit serenely by, close to but not in, the spotlight as your coveted work is shared aloud with potential new fans, by all means don’t give up the thought of participating in this event – let me help.

An Engaging Read

By incorporating a modicum of vocal inflection at just the right moment, a guest listening to an author’s work is more easily swept up, and maybe even swept away, by the words and the story.  You have 10 min. to draw in your audience and show them the wonder of your work.  Make it the best 10 min. you can offer.

Trust & Reliability

“Okay,” you say.  “That’s all well and good, but I don’t know you from Jack.”  OR you may be thinking, “Sounds good in theory, but my protagonist is male and I don’t think a woman’s voice could pull off the grit I need.”

Both are very valid points.

That being said, if you have a friend or colleague who is interested in reading on your behalf that works too!  The main idea that I want any tentative author to come away with here, is that you don’t need to miss out on this great opportunity just because you’re shy, have a monotone reading voice, or have difficulty reading in front of an audience. 

You deserve your “Just Deserts” as much as the next author. 

Melissa Moores, Event Director