Thursday, August 11, 2016

Day 2492 - Author Talks

How do you know you gave a good talk?

Photo taken by a child in the audience today.
When talking in front of adults it's often hard to gauge how well you're talk is going.  People tend to stare blank faced and don't often show emotion.

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?


  1. Clearly the kids loved hearing your talk as much as you loved delivering it! Win, win!

  2. And you say you wouldn't be a teacher? you so could..but I hear you on the audience being engaged. Your writing is why you can talk so well because the passion shows!

  3. As a former teacher, I have to say it sounds like you did a great job!

  4. Ahhhh as a former teacher kids are brutal so you will always get the instant feedback. Sounds like you did an amazing job!

  5. Ah a lovely post, and you're right kids really do let you know how they feel - good or bad! But when it gets to feelings you know, hope it all goes well for you - thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

  6. Kids are so great at that. No BS. No trying. If they love it you know. Unfortunately if they don't, you also know. :)

  7. Aw how lovely! Kids really do have a knack of making you feel pretty good don't they? Well done you. :)
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo (sorry it took me so long to comment!) xx


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