Ten Tips for a Successful Public Reading

Whether you are reading poetry at an open mic or reading the first few pages of your new book at a signing, it is very important to have good presentation skills. Below are the top ten tips all authors should master:

1. Eye contact.

You are not expected to memorize your work, but it’s very important to look up from time to time during your reading. Find someone in each section of the audience, smile and then look back at your book or paper. Each time you look up, find someone in another section.

2. Volume.

Imagine going to an event and not being able to understand the speaker because they were too quiet or wanting to put your fingers in your ears because they were too loud. Make sure there will be a microphone for you to use. Practice at home so your voice will carry in the event there is no microphone or if it is broken.

3. Speed.

It’s important to regulate the speed of your reading so you are not talking too quickly or too slowly. Practice until you have can maintain a steady rate of talking.

4. Tone.

It is important to make sure you do not have a dull, monotone pitch to your voice as you read. Make it lively and use intonations as applicable based on the tone of your book or poems. If what you are reading is cheerful, sad or angry that should be reflected in the tone of your voice.

5. Body Langauge.

Try and stay in one position, not rocking back and forth or swaying from side to side. The audience should be listening to you, not watching to see if you’re going to fall over.

6. Water.

Make sure there is a table or podium near you so you can keep a bottle of water on it. Take a sip when you feel yourself starting to get a little dry. Some Chapstick or lip balm is also recommended to prevent dry chapped lips.

7. Introduction

Before you start each poem give a brief statement about what inspired it. If you are reading from yoru novel, a few sentences about what inspired you to write the book will suffice. You may also talk about any published books and other writing activities you are involved in.

8. Invite friends and acquaintances!

Nothing makes a reading easier than a few familiar faces in the crowd! Have them sit near the back, so you can use them as “eye contacts” during your reading.

9. Practice, practice, practice! Whether it’s in front of your mirror, friends, famly or your neighborhood writers group, practice reading your work aloud. In fact, I strongly recommend taking yourself with a video recorder. When you play it back, you can see whether you need to work on volume, speed, tone, body language, eye contact, etc.

10. Relax! These people are here because they are interested in your work. Pick the best poems or your favorite part of the book to read, take a deep breath, and enjoy the moment. Whatever doesn’t go quite right, evaluate it and make sure to do better next time!

Publishing Content People Enjoy Reading

When publishing content online as the author you want as many people to view it as possible. Besides not wanting your efforts to go unappreciated, you also want to get as much exposure as possible! When using content to be circulated freely online the usual motivation is the exposure and credibility it brings. But the key to making this strategy work is producing quality information that people find interesting enough to read and pass along to others. So what is it about your writing efforts that intrigue people enough to read through the entire composition and even pass along to others?

Here are 3 things to consider during the content creation process to give your writing efforts a little ‘pizzazz’ and make it more interesting to read.


The topic you choose to write about absolutely must hold some type of interest for the viewing public to begin with or else your efforts are wasted. Selecting a popular niche or hot topic is always the first step in the content creation process if you want your work to be read. It is assumed that you have already determined the popularity of your subject and if not do so before investing any more time or effort.


The passion you bring to the writing process will show in both your delivery and in the quality information you create for your readers. People can and will pick up on your enthusiasm and this will help to further engage them in reading what you have created. Your passion and enthusiasm is ‘infectious’ and will go a long way towards making your writing efforts more popular with people. Having passion also makes content creation a lot more fun for you as well since you are enjoying what you are doing!


Sharing your insight is what really makes anything you publish unique and makes using content in this manner all the more effective. You can write about a common topic or current news but adding what your perspectives and opinions are is what makes what you create really original. People love to hear the opinions of others. It allows them to agree or disagree but usually always gives them something to think about!

Publishing content works great for increasing your exposure and building credibility among other benefits it offers, but only if people actually read it. The content creation process does involve some work therefore it only makes sense to create something of interest to others. If your efforts are not appreciated by viewers they are wasted! The key is to create something intriguing enough where others will read the entire piece and even pass it along to others. So what is it that turns a ‘drab’ or ‘ho hum’ report into interesting quality information in the eyes of your viewers? Well it starts during the content creation process itself beginning with the 3 qualities needed in it to attract most people. These qualities, as mentioned above, when added to any information in circulation, will help to add ‘life’ to what it is you have written. Remember, when using content online, no matter what your reasons, it will do you no good if others do not find it interesting in some way.

Summer and Reading – They Go Hand in Hand

Summer is a special time in everyone’s life. For children, it represents the celebration of youth. A time for them to just let their hair down and explore the world. Sometimes the world, can only be a block, a neighborhood, or even a farm. Yet, imagination is a powerful thing, it can transform any of these simple places into a world of excitement and intrigue. This is a power that is enhanced by reading.

As a child, I spent most of my summers reading. I was a troublesome kid but brilliant at the same time. My mother who is a nurse decided one summer, that I would learn to harness all of these talents in a reading session.

However, to my displeasure, it lasted all summer. Ralph the mouse, Henry and the boxcar children became my best friends. No longer, did my freedom exist. At least, that’s how I felt in the beginning but that would soon change.

The more I became fascinated with the characters and plots from these stories, I began to see that the world was what I made it. This was a huge revelation for a child to make but once it manifested itself, there was no stopping it. Freedom of the mind can be achieved through reading and I never stopped.

I invite every child and every parent to hold themselves to the same standard. In this day and age, when the American Education system is slowly on the down spiral, why don’t we put our best foot forward and open a good book. If the children see us doing it, they will follow suit. Reading is the backbone of our society and we need to get back to our roots. Come and join me.