Last week, we talked about the why and how of getting your book published. (Pick up the free guide on publishing your book here). Some of you reading may have been thinking to yourself, “This is all well and good, but I haven’t even written my book, much less thought about publishing it!” If that’s where you are, don’t worry because this post is for you. So, without further ado, here is a short addendum to last week’s post, focused not on publishing, but writing your own book.
Have you ever thought about writing a book? Statistics show that 80% of you just said (or thought) “yes!” And I know from personal experience that this is the case, because whenever people find out that I’ve written and published my own book, they invariably ask me about how they can do the same. However, even though you may have a book inside of you, chances are something has kept you from writing and publishing it. And as is the case with most things in life, what usually stops most people is that they just don’t know how to get started! As such, this post is intended to compel you to get going on publishing your book and provide some guidance on the steps involved in getting started.
Whether you are professional speaker or not, I’m sure you would agree that most of us would benefit from being able to more effectively communicate our message to a group of people in a public setting. Unfortunately, statistics show that for most of us fear of death comes second only to the fear of public speaking! That means most of would rather die than get in front of a bunch of people and push air over our vocal chords for a few minutes. Rarely is this fear the result of an actual lack of ability. Rather, it is the result of the tremendous psychological pressure we place on ourselves to perform well and project a favorable image in public, coupled with our beliefs about our own ability and self-worth, all combined in a situation where being the center of attention makes us hypervigilant of bodily sensations and reactions that are out of our control. And I haven’t even mentioned whether the content of the speech is good or not! The good news is that there are all kinds of tips and techniques out there to help you overcome your fear and become more comfortable with public speaking. But the bad news is that, honestly, none of them really ever worked for me.