CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here again with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we’ve covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies and selecting a topic.  Today we’re going to talk about creating your speaker’s resume.

Why is that necessary?  Well a speaker resume is a great tool for growing your opportunities to secure better speaking engagements.   And coordinators for conferences and workshops, who often get flooded with applications and proposals, will use this document to evaluate the potential speakers against each others and against their particular needs.  This may be the ONLY tool they use to decide whether to issue you an invitation or not.

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CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here again with the next installment on my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we’ve covered why you might want to book speaking engagements and dealing with those butterflies.  Today we’re going to focus on selecting a topic, in other words, what do you talk about.

For those just testing the waters of speaking engagements, I would suggest you take stock of your personal skills and interests, and choose something you feel comfortable discussing.

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Winnie Griggs here again, back with the next post on speaking engagements.  As promised in my last post, today I’m going to talk about working through the fear.

In my last post I mentioned that fear of public speaking is very real and very prevalent.   Mark Twain said it best, “There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars”.  While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, it’s probably not too far off the mark.

 

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CAN Hi.  Winnie Griggs here.

Over the next several months I’m going to be posting about speaking engagements – why seek them out, how to get booked, what to speak about, etc.  Since my personal experience with this subject is in speaking to groups of writers, that’s going to be my main focus.  However, much of this will translate to other type speaking engagements as well.

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MildredI recently finished a book titled The Hand-Me-Down Family by Winnie Griggs. I love mail-order bride stories, and with the Beauty and the Beast theme, the kids, the hero and heroine's growth toward resolving some long-standing struggles in their lives, and their developing love for each other, this bookCAN
 makes for a great read. Today, I'm privileged to interview the author, Winnie Griggs.  

Can you tell us, Winnie, how did you get into writing? 

I’ve dabbled with writing ever since I was an adolescent.  It wasn’t until my kids were all in school and I got my first home computer though that I got the bug to try to write a full length novel, just to see if I could do it.  Once I’d accomplished that, I was hooked!

 

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