Kindle version now available

‘Giving a Talk’ now has a Kindle version. I had to redo the file for it and getting the pictures on was mush trickier than with the pdf but I eventually managed it. Some of the pictures have gained black lines on one side, which is odd but doesn’t really detract from them and I have no idea why because they weren’t there on the file I sent to KDP (Kindle publishing). It must have happened in the processing. However, the text is right and it gave me the opportunity to correct a couple of typos that had been missed in the paperback. It’s much cheaper to purchase than the paperback so I hope some people will buy it and find it helpful.

I can still hardly believe that I am a proper published author now! I took my time got there in the end. Now I must get on with my novel!

Here is the link to the Kindle edition of ‘Giving a Talk.’

https://www.amazon.co.uk/GIving-Talk-Minute-Guide-Novices-ebook/dp/B01JNHFB1I/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470293040&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=giving+a+talk+rosemary+j+wells

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Published at Last!

Hi, if there is anyone out there still taking any notice after a hiatus of rather a long time!

My book based on this blog is now published in paperback and is available on Amazon.

I am pleased with the way it has turned out. It has printed very well and is attractive. It is very exciting to see my own book in print. I can recommend Create Space, the Amazon company that does printed books, as it was fairly easy to use and the cover creator was very useful. The support team is also very efficient and helpful with very swift responses.

There will be a Kindle edition but the pictures are causing a delay, as I can’t get to grips with positioning them for the Kindle format! I need some lessons.I might have to put the pictures at the end but it will happen.

Thanks to Eve, my illustrator for the cartoons that enliven it.

Below is the link for those interested.

Giving a Talk, A 60 minute Guide for Novices.

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A long, long break!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote on here. I just lost inspiration and got out of the habit. The next post will have to be a conclusion to my book but I will have to read it again to remind myself of what I wrote!

Hey, ho! I’m off again, anyway!

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Weekly Photo Challenge (theme of the week)

Unique pied blackbirdOur Unique Blackbird. Mostly white, actually. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen him for a while. We think the females rejected him, as he took over our garden from the resident bird but didn’t stay in the summer. He came for two winters and we felt privileged to know him.

By the way, in reference to the theme of my blog: be careful of the meaning of words that you use. Unique should only be used if there are no others exactly like your subject. It should not be qualified at all. Nothing can be quite or very unique; it is or it isn’t. This bird was unique. There are other birds that have partial albinism but no two are the same.

I felt sorry for him because he was rejected by his own kind, not recognised because he was different.

I expect that a lot of people understand how that feels.

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A New Start

A belated Happy New Year to my readers! I’m starting the year with a new blog appearance, which I hope will be clearer than the last. The pictures are from Chesil Beach near my home. The pink thrift looks lovely in the spring behind Chesil Bank and the sea at Chesil Cove can look like the Mediterranean but it’s a bit chillier! 

My hubby and I didn’t get off to a good start in 2013 in cyberspace by being offline for over a week. I had intended writing this as soon as the year began but it didn’t happen.

No emails, Facebook, crossword puzzle help, Skype –  Aaagh! I had to be patient (not easy!) and wait. The usual modern ways of communicating that I had got used to were not available and I had to return to some old ways. My writing is appalling now after such a long time typing but out came the pen. Life sometimes changes our plans and we have to adapt to circumstances.

This is why I always try to have a Plan B when I give a talk. To recap on what I said in last years’ posts: never rely wholly on equipment; rely on what you know won’t fail – yourself; make what you have to say the most important thing and you will carry people with you even if all the equipment fails.

If modern aids let you down trust in yourself and your subject. It might not be what you planned but you can still satisfy your audience. So what if the slideshow of your overseas trip doesn’t work on the day? Lots of interesting things happened, the people were interesting, the smells were extraordinary, the customs were strange etc. Include descriptions of these in with the slideshow and, if the equipment  fails, expand on them. It might be shorter than the audience expected but that is better than being too long and if you succeed in whetting their appetites you might be asked to return.

As in life in general, be prepared to take a new direction. It is never too late to try something new. You don’t have to stick with your tried and tested formula when speaking. A new year can be a chance to try fresh approaches in every part of our lives and this is not a bad thing. Be prepared to make a few mistakes, as when starting any new venture. If you haven’t used equipment before, why not give it a try?

If you have always spoken on the same subject but have been somewhere new or tried a new experience, prepare to speak on that. If your talks are not going down as well as they used to, perhaps you are getting a little stale. Think hard about making changes and refreshing your subject matter and your approach.

My latest guitar student is a lady of 80 years. She is not afraid to try something new and I admire her for that. It’s never too late to try. With arthritis, it is not physically easy but she is not giving up and is enjoying it. She has taught me never to give up on your dreams but be prepared to put in some effort and you can achieve remarkable things.

Best wishes on your public speaking in 2013.

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Happy Christmas and a blogging good year to you all!

Does that sound a bit rude? It’s amazing how some innocent words can be made to sound rude! You have to be careful when public speaking, too. (Well, I had to make this a bit relevant to the subject of my blog!)

I’ve been out of action due to a nasty fall on my ribs and haven’t felt much like doing anything but am better now, so intend getting back to blogging regularly again. 

Must go now as Christmas dinner is ready and all I had to do was make the cranberry sauce. Lovely and relaxing for a change – just what I needed. Thanks to my younger son and his family. 

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Speaking at Christmas

Well, you should see snow falling on this blog now until January 4th. That doesn’t mean much to anyone reading this in a hotter part of the world and we don’t often get snow in Britain until January anyway but we have the perception that it is Christmassy, probably from an earlier age when it was. The Victorians gave us most of our Christmas ‘traditions’.

Around this time, when asked to ‘give a talk’ you can always talk of seasonal things. For an older speaker, young people can be fascinated by hearing of Christmases past and how little people received in the way of presents. They can here of the daft games played in times past before the advent of TV and Wii. It is always good to be entertaining at this time and if you write or like reading poetry on the subject, there are many good poems about that can make the audience laugh or cry on the subject. Perhaps you have your own funny or poignant tale to tell of your childhood.

I have my own poem inspired by imagining what might be going through the mind of a little boy I heard arguing with his mother while standing in a long queue (line – for anyone who does not use the expression!) in a store. “Why do have to have Christmas, anyway?” he said stamping his feet.

I grew up knowing the original Christmas story and we didn’t start Christmas in the shops as early in those days. I grew up separating Santa (Father Christmas , in England) and tales from the Biblical ones but, if you don’t really know any of the stories and they all get mixed up, it must be confusing.

The following poem arose from that incident in the Christmas queue. I am submitting it to the DP challenge this week. The poem is from the child’s point of view. (And I know the first verse is a different metre – it works if you perform it, which I’ve done successfully at several talks!) 

 

The reason for Christmas ain’t quite clear to me

Will somebody tell me for sure?

The grown-ups around me all act like they know

But then, I am only four.

 

My Mum spends lots of her money –

The money she really ain’t got

On a lot of things for a lot of people

She really don’t like a lot!

 

My Dad has his mates round at Christmas

They drink beer and send me to bed.

The next day, I have to be ever so quiet

While Dad walks round holding his head!

 

I’m very confused about Christmas.

There’s Santa, reindeer and a sleigh

And shepherds and kings and angel

And a baby asleep on the hay.

 

I bet you the first Christmas, Santa

Didn’t get organised as he should.

When he saw these three blokes up on camels

Said, “Going to Bethlehem? Good.

 

“There’s a baby asleep in a stable

Will you take these three presents for me?

‘Cause I’m running a bit late in Israel

And I want to get home for my tea.”

 

So they followed a star to the stable –

They’d have found it because of the smell!

THREE presents was all that they gave him –

And it was his birthday, as well!

 

We’re supposed to be happy at Christmas.

My mum thinks it’s just a big chore.

I really don’t understand Christmas,

But then, I am only four!

 

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