Short 1 AuthorSecret 1:  If you are going to unveil your new speaking presentation it’s best to be sure the group you will be speaking to is a class act… and that’s exactly what was offered to me! Thank the Lord!

The Murrieta Rotary Club asked me to speak at their monthly lunch meeting, and I know they are an exceptional group of people (and kind) from news stories about the amazing accomplishments they make in the world and in the community.

Secret 2:  Know your what your audience expects. Organizations ask me to speak when they are looking for good-humored stories mixed with innovative information for making a difference in personal, family and business successes. …And I was (almost) prepared with my Authoring/Relationship speech, I just needed to finish the slideshow.

I accepted the speaking engagement and put together my new PowerPoint presentation:

“The Joys of Becoming an Author… and other wild stories…”

 Secret 3:  Pictures speak while you also speak (doubling your audiences smiles). I included my book signing photos, published columns, magazine publications and a few graphic and drawings to illustrate my exciting road to Authoring. I also included my serious and funny photos from shows and speaking engagements, as new authors may want to consider radio and television appearances or creating their own Internet shows!

One of the subjects I covered about writing a book themselves or with ghostwriters was:

What can writing a book bring to your life?

~ Visibility to your cause

~ Suspense (fun topic!)

~ A chance to honor people in your life

~ A platform to make a difference in the world

~Added creditability

~Expert status

~ A legacy for your family

~ …and more

Then I shared some of the humorous relationship strengthening stories out of Cherries Over Quicksand and gave away a signed Cherries Over Quicksand hard back to the person that chose the bookmark with the extra American Flag on the back… bringing cheers to the room!

I had a wonderful time speaking at the Murrieta Rotary Club Lunch… the members have hearts of gold, always thinking of ways to help people in need… including their global mission to eradicate polio.

As a speaker I get to meet all kinds of interesting people… and will share news the about the GREAT works and exciting businesses I find out on my speaking tours, by posting here on my blog and on my social medias including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. I will also share about the awesome people I discover in my speaking travels! You never know… you might want to meet them too or start a new mission of your own. (Please tell me if you do!)

Something I learned: I was early to the event but… Next time I am going to arrive even earlier, so I can get to know even more of the inspiring people in the room before the meeting starts. There are so many wonderful stories and people at these events. (Maybe it’s the reporter in me too.:))

I am constantly adding new information sources to my presentations to help authors bring maximum success to their authoring experience.

I have been happily surprised when I get to meet business people I have only seen and communicated with on social media… some for years, and I look forward to meeting as many as I can face-to-face.

I will keep you updated!

Rhonda Ricardo

rhondaricardo@hotmail.com

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