• Blog Topics

    Posted on November 25th, 2011 Sharyn No comments

    I had a conversation this morning with a woman I met in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. She is talking about re-inventing herself and instead of promoting other speakers, she now wants to become a speaker. Obviously I recommended she write a book to coincide with the transformation. Her years of experience in helping others establishes her credibility and will make it easier for her to get out into the world with a new public identity.

    It isn’t easy to switch gears after being successful at doing one thing. Heaven knows, I’ve done the transformation many times in my life. But we often have to keep trying new avenues until we find what makes us comfortable and excited about how we spend our time.

    She told me she wasn’t afraid of public speaking at least three times in 15 minutes, so I believe there is something there to deal with. But the fact is, when someone has the passion to speak, the fear becomes the catalyst to make a difference in the world.

    I made the decision to break away from teaching professional speaking and become a professional speaker about eleven years ago. It was truly an amazing transformation for me.

     

  • Writing Style

    Posted on May 25th, 2011 Sharyn No comments

    I have often been asked about how to write so people will enjoy what they’re writing.

    The answer is simple! Write the same way you talk!

    I agonized over how to write my first book 11 years ago. I was so afraid people would find fault with the book, my writing or my concepts. But no one ever did.

    In fact, the comments I got were all positive. I was told they could hear me say what I was writing by those who know me. Others told me they loved reading the book because it was entertaining and filled with useful information.

    It is true it is more beneficial for your reader to write so you are giving them great content but revealing your personality is also just as important. When you reveal who you are through your writing you will involve your reader in your own world. The more they feel they are involved they more they will want to come back and read your posts again and again.

    You can quickly find your writing style by practicing to write just like you talk and don’t try to make your writing sound like someone else or like you think it should be. Just be yourself.