This is on my agenda to work on... I've done small talks at schools in classrooms and when I sub, I tell the kids I'm an author and I always have a copy for them to borrow - some do, it's great!
But a guest speaker, that's big. I'm psyching myself up for it. I'm dreaming big, so I have to go for it. I know other authors who have done it and gotten great results. Word of mouth starts with kids telling their parents, because they HAVE to read in school.
So here's my advice, even though I'm still in the process of setting up talks. This is how I'm going about it...
- Put together a presentation
- I'm a plotter, planner, put-it-down-on-paper person. I highly advise against sending anything to schools without knowing what you're going to say. And having a plan will give you more confidence to present it.
- In the presentation, you must inspire or teach the kids. You have to relate to them, whether through personal experience or future goals.
- It doesn't have to be long, but at least 20-30 min.
- And make sure you make them laugh! Bring on the emotion - don't be a snoozer. They also love to volunteer to come up on stage!
- Practice it!
I've also done a few on-stage performances. So here's my last piece of advice...
On stage, the lights in your eyes dim the audience. Don't worry about them. Remember, you ARE one of the lights! Shine on!
I'll let you know how it works out!
PS - CRADLE ROCK info coming this week!