- Publisher: Curl Up Press
- Available in: Ebook and Paperback. Audiobook to come. All other rights are available.
Are you an author or creative preparing for success? Do you want to learn to speak effectively in front of an audience?
All successful creatives have to speak and present in public, whether that’s at a festival, on a podcast or radio show, or as part of earning multiple streams of income. But you don’t have to be like Tony Robbins, bouncing around on stage with a booming voice and larger than life personality. You just have to be you and tell your story in your own way.
In this book, I’ll share everything I know as a professional speaker, author, and introvert. It includes the practicalities of speaking, as well as mindset issues like anxiety, plus the business side if you want to make speaking an income stream. You will discover:
PART 1: Practicalities of Speaking
Types of speaking, deciding on your topic, preparation, managing your energy, tips for slide packs, handouts, workbooks and more, personal presentation, giving the talk, managing people, panels, feedback and testimonials, performance tips, improving your speaking over time.
PART 2: Mindset
Tackling anxiety, growing your confidence and authenticity
PART 3: The Speaking Business
How to get speaking events, running your own events, marketing, generosity and networking with others, your speaker brand, website and speaker’s page, professional photos, email marketing, content marketing, social media, video, audio, how much to charge, increasing your revenue streams, financial considerations. Conclusion and next steps.
Available in ebook, print, audio or large print format
The book also includes transcripts of interviews with professional speakers:
- Mark McGuinness, poet, non-fiction author, creative coach and speaker on creative business, and an introvert. You can watch the interview with Mark on YouTube here.
- Clare Edwards, author, story-teller and professional speaker and facilitator on change, and an extrovert. You can watch the interview with Clare on YouTube here.
- Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, author and motivational speaker, and still seeking to understand his place on the introvert/extrovert scale.
Reviews from the 1st edition
“I bought your new book on public speaking today, and does it ever speak to me! Your description of yourself as an introvert describes me perfectly, and the best part is it makes me feel that finally it’s okay to be an introvert, and I don’t need to apologize for leaving events early or slipping away from a writers’ conference for an hour or two to grab a nap! What a wonderful feeling of self-affirmation!” – Jodie Renner, author and editor
“If you need the know-how, this book will give it to you. But it’s not just a know-how book. Joanna writes from personal experience in a very friendly and genuine manner–it feels like you’re conversing in her very own lounge room. That’s what I love most about this book. She’s kind, accessible, and authentic. That is comforting for an introvert like me. I really felt like she was on my side, and that I am not the only one facing these fears. In fact, there are more out there like me than I thought. Highly recommend.” – Jessica Bell, author and writing coach
“This is the most comprehensive book I’ve read on public speaking. It not only covers the preparation process and mechanics of the act of public speaking but also how to promote yourself and grow your business as a speaker. Joanna makes the important point that you can still have a career as a public speaker without being an extrovert. She gives a disarming and frank account of how she has increased her own skills and confidence as a speaker and how she copes with her nerves. This book will appeal to people of all levels of experience – whether you’re about to give your first author talk or want to make a career of public speaking.” – Robin Storey, author