Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 2014 ISWG

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Wow. I woke up this morning and realized it was the first Wednesday of the month. How did that happen so fast?

This is going to be a crazy month for me. A lot of commitments are coming due, and the most stressful comes in a couple of weeks. I've been invited to be the keynote speaker at a writing retreat. After I found out I was supposed to speak for 45 minutes rather than 15, I picked myself up off the floor and decided on a topic.

Then, last night, I found out a prominent author (and editor) is going to be attending the retreat.

Total freak out!

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  1. You can do it! You'll knock everyone's socks off.

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  2. Sounds both exciting and scarey! Bet it'll be fab :) x

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  3. I'm sure the retreat will be wonderful.

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    1. I hope I can speak sooner than later. That way I can enjoy the rest of the retreat. lol

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  4. Best of luck with your speaking engagement! You'll rock it, I'm sure!!!

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    1. I'm going to pretend she's not there. And rolling her eyes at what I say. :/

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  5. I took an effective speaking course in college. Be prepared, practice what you prepared, and speak slower than you think is necessary. I'm sure you'll do great.

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    1. I'm not normally that fussed about public speaking. What's killing me is (1) the length of time I'm supposed to speak; and (2) having someone there with so much more experience than I have.

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  6. Wow, I would freak too. Just ask your audience lots of questions. Have some interaction time. I used to do that when I taught 5th grade to kill time or if the lesson was too short and I didn't have a back-up plan:) I'm sure you'll have a great time!

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    1. Once I've finalized it, practice will help me know how much time I have.

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  7. I would totally freak out with something like that because I hate public speaking--but I find it's easier when you're talking about something that's important to you. Good luck!

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    1. I do tend to speak a bit "from the cuff".

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  8. That prominent author and editor you're referring to is probably feeling the same "total freak out" excitement that they'd be presenting with YOU. =)

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    1. Um, I doubt that, but what a nice thought!

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  9. I'm sure you'll do great. And how awesome. I've got a really stressful month too. Being swim captain mom is busy!

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    1. Swim captain mom! But what an opportunity.

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  10. I'd be totally freaking out too, haha. You'll do great, though. Good luck!

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    1. I need to quit thinking about it, but I also need to finish my talk. Egad!

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  11. Sure you'll do great indeed. The 45 minutes will fly by.

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  12. Prominent author (and editor)? My networking senses are tingling. :)

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  13. You'll do great. :)

    IWSG #179 until Alex culls the list again.

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  14. I agree with the advice to ask questions. As a teacher, I regularly have to fill up that much time--and I find that if you can get a discussion going, people seem to be much more engaged.

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    1. I will have some questions prepared in case I blow through my stuff too quickly.

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  15. I've been dying to go to that retreat but without a laptop it would be pointless. I'm sure you'll do fine, Donna! GL!

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  16. Forty-five minutes is a long time to talk! Just keep good notes, stay calm and speak s-l-o-o-o-o-w!

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    1. Is that like reading the news r-e-a-l s-l-o-o-o-o-w? People might get up and leave. lol

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  17. I'm not certain I could speak coherently for 15 minutes, let alone 45. You are braver than me.
    Good luck!

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  18. 45 minutes? That's longer than Government keynote speeches.

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  19. Wow, I'm impressed. I know you'll be great. What seems like a long time will end up going by so quickly, I'll bet near the end you'll be dropping things to wrap up on time.

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  20. You're going to ROCK this, my friend. You'll have fresh, wonderful information and you'll give it in a way that perks everyone right up. And that author? He or She will be on the edge of their seat (Don't you think we need a word for he/she and its possessive? Always thought it. Germans do.) and won't need the back of it at all...:o)

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  21. You will do good :)
    I also wonder who let September come so fast???

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  22. You'll do great as a speaker. That's wonderful about the editor coming.

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