Do you break out in hives at just the thought of a Writers Conference Appointment? I have been there a time or two myself.
No matter how careful you are in preparation, or how many different questions you prep for, you can’t possibly think of everything.
After all, if the Presidents and famous politicians have struggled to get their message across from time to time, how could you hope to?
Maybe you don’t have a speech writer, or a top notch team of experts to prepare you for your 15 minutes in the lime light. What can you do to improve your chances of success?
How To Define The Message Of Conference Appointments:
1. Identify the tone. Have you ever heard it’s not what you say, but how you say it? When it comes to conference appointments this is so true. Decide what type of tone you want to have in your appointment. Do you do better with a conversational tone, or more bullet structure so you don’t forget?
2. Identify the mechanics. Practice your pitch out loud with a few friends prior to conference and ask them to help you identify which mechanics of the pitch you need to work on. Mechanics refers to the speed, pitch, volume, expression, and distracting verbiage or hand motions.
3. Identify the message. Since you can’t possibly anticipate all of the questions that might come up during your appointment, identify key points that you want to get across during the appointment. Think about strong qualities like flexibility, strong writing community connections, teach-ability, confidence, knowledge of industry, and the craft of writing.
You may not get to all of these key points, but there may be opportunities provided through appointment questions to bring up these areas of your message.
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