|Photo taken by a child in the audience today.|
When talking to children their expressions are on display for the world to see. It's fairly easy to determine if their enjoying your talk. Especially when it comes to 8-11 year olds. My favourite age group to talk to in the whole wide world ...
Today I was lucky enough to do some author talks on the South Coast of NSW.
It was fun.
It was rewarding.
I think I can say it was successful.
You know you're doing a reasonable talk when they are listening attentively and not getting distracted by others.
You know you're doing well when their hands shoot up each time you ask a question.
You know you've done well when the talk is over and kids line up around you wanting to engage some more.
You know you've done well when they ask you for your autograph.
You know you're being a good ambassador for your series when the moment you donate a set of books to the library they're already lining up to be the first to loan them.
You know you've nailed it when they follow you out the door and ask how they can find your website.
You know you've captivated them when they ask for your phone number so they can keep talking to you.
Then there's that moment when a child who you only just met calls out your name from behind the school fence as you're getting into your car, displaying the world's biggest grin and says "I love you!"
And you wave and they wave back as they watch you drive away.
And suddenly you don't know if you actually know anything anymore. Because responses like that go beyond knowing. They become feelings. And I've got to tell you, it feels good ...
I really enjoy my author talks.
I could do them everyday.
Kids have a wonderful way of making you feel valued.
Wouldn't it be nice to feel valued like that in every work place?