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Public Speaking and School Visits


I’m not typically nervous about public speaking.

I had the kind of job where that was required from time-to-time and I always enjoyed it.

So why am I so nervous about all of the school visits I’m doing next week?


I’m not sure if it’s a fear of not being entertaining enough or educational enough, or not being something enough, but I know it’s mostly because it’s something new.

And that once I do it a few times, it will get easier and easier.



I’m not alone in this sudden nervousness at presenting to kids, so I thought I would round up a few resources I’ve found that have helped me with my preparation:

This really great post over at the Writers Unboxed website.

Another great post over at BookMoot.

And this great post over at Publisher’s Weekly.

My materials are ready. Mostly though, I am taking the attitude of allowing the experience to lead me. One thing I do know is that kids are curious beings and things are going pop up that I am not expecting.

The great thing about next week is that all of the kids have read the book. That is a real gift, and I can’t wait to hear from them what they liked about It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!



2 thoughts on “Public Speaking and School Visits”

Kathleen Burkinshaw

Wendy, wishing you a fantastic school visit this week. I know the students will love you. I bet they can’t wait to meet the author of one of their new favorite books!

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