Writers: Be someone else

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Photo © Depositphotos.com/ SergeyNivens

Not the advice you were expecting?

The last two weeks I have shared a couple of things I have learned or observed with regard to doing public appearances.  Last week, I talked about standing up and changing your physical presence to help change your mental state (Amy Cuddy’s “Fake it ’til you become it” message).  This week I wanted to offer another suggestion on how you might change your outlook and project more confidence.

Public speaking for many can be a very daunting task.  I’ve mentioned this before, but for writers in particular, we tend to be introverted in nature and that causes us to stand off to the side and watch things as they occur around us.  We can be the great observers and use that to make powerful stories, but often we avoid the spotlight.  However, marketing and getting your book out in front of readers requires having a public face and drawing attention to ourselves.  We have to let people know our stories exist.

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