Freedom Writers

On top of the micro-enterprise meeting, I also attended a writer’s workshop tonight on “Delivery and Technique Tips.”

Ty Coleman, a local from the community, lead the workshop. We spent time discussing writing for speaking.

You need to find your voice and write how you talk. Rhythm is so crucial to writing and to public speaking. If you can tap into the rhythm inside your body and in your heart—and speak with that rhythm—you’ll have the audience completely engaged and interested.

It’s good to be nervous. If you’re nervous, it shows you care about what you’re going to speak about.

When you get up on stage, take a deep breath and look into the audience. Make eye contact with people. Find someone who is smiling and smile back at them. That smile will put you at ease and help you relax.

If you have a chance before your presentation, talk to people in the audience—sometimes your conversation with someone can be tied into your speech. Call on people to help and participate in your presentation.

Engage the audience. If you are sharing statistics, don’t just say 1 in 4 people were bullied at some point in school; instead, choose four people from the audience and have them stand up. Show, don’t tell the numbers…

Voice inflection. Tempo. Facial expressions. Hand gestures.

Pauses.

On a whim, he asked each of us to share a piece of our writing with the group and present it as if we were on stage.

I shared my This I Believe story.

It’s amazing how rewarding and powerful it is to share stories with those around you. It feels so good!

I’m looking forward to going to more of these workshops and learning and sharing with this small community of writers, thinkers and believers.

“I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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