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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Last night I was talking with a friend about dating.  “What would you want to do on a date?” he asked.  I’m in the middle of so many deadlines I had to purposely change my thinking channel from writing to dating… I know, that’s kind of odd since I write about dating. lol!

Anyway, I decided that an evening ocean cruise would be fun.  I told him that I have always loved the feel of sea-spray on my face and the wind in my hair.  Lately the closest I have come to sea-spray in my face or hair is driving on PCH with the top down on my car… on my way to visit my dad, but that’s pretty cool too.

As I was thinking of fun times, sailing or cruising through ocean waves, I saw a “Google Alert” on my computer!

I love Google Alerts.  They are usually alerts from businesses that have found my Cherries Over Quicksand books, columns, radio shows or the Love Bites YouTube television show  I co-host with Jon Hansen.

It’s like someone saying, “Hey we found you and we Like You… we really, really like you!”  (Hehe!! I love Sally Field.)

Last night’s “Google Alert” was for Cherries Over Quicksand on Lybrary.com.  I went to the link where I saw that Lybrary.com has my book featured and all set up to sell on their site to people all over the world in their different currencies!   Readers living in Italy, England, Spain, France… or wherever… will be able to buy my book and know exactly the price in their currency at this Lybrary.com site.

I was so happy that someone else (a stranger) had found my book and decided to promote it… Again.  To me, that’s as awesome as a boat ride in the ocean, it was a great night.

A note to writers:  This is what can happen as Author’s get their books and names out on social media.  You never know who will want to have you speak at their event… or Feature you in a magazine, newspaper, on television or the radio… or on their site to help readers actually Purchase your book!

Authoring is fun.  I hope I’m inspiring those of you out there with a book just ready to fly out of your keyboard and onto pages then off to a publisher or printer so your book is available to readers.  I know it’s not easy, but no more waiting… get started okay?

Oh… and this morning, I woke up to a fabulous poem (or song?) about the wind, texted to my phone, from my friend.  Now I’m thinking about that ocean cruise again… poo…  back to work! lol!

 

 

The Many Fabulous Arts and The Art of Business, continued...

How do artist choose the projects they will bring it to their audiences in this era?

I love the arts, they are beautiful, powerful and inspiring, especially music, sculpture, paintings, film, writing, acting, and dance, because each allows the artist make a statement and the audience a chance to enjoy their works.

While I was looking through the top grossing movies of 2013 what I noticed was our world’s viewing preferences were strong in character. As a writer I found it encouraging to see that our audience populations are primarily being drawn to wonder, adventure, innocent beauty, teamwork, kindness, family, goals, wisdom and dreams when spending their funds and time on entertainment.

“The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.” -Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Today’s IMDb Top 20 Highest Grossing Movies of 2013 (So Far) list reveals that the top four grossing movies are filled with excitement, fun, love and adventure with uplifting music for the more “family-minded” audience and I believe that speaks highly for what our world is craving, and that’s great news.

I speak with artists that are wondering if they need to delve into the darker or profane sides of their art genre to get noticed, it is a struggle many artists have faced.  Here, we can all see with this Top 4 Movie multi-million dollar grossing list (below) where the top movie attendance population has chosen to focus which could give artists a solid clue as to the direction people in our era want to spend their entertainment time and money.

1. Iron Man 3
2. Despicable Me 2  (Animated)
3. Man of Steel
4. Monsters University  (Animated)

So to those struggling artists I say…There will always be different sizes of audiences looking for the more shocking sides of art imitating life but today the world is primarily look toward fun-filled quests and action packed love stories mixed with family, friendship, adventures and human superhero’s, male and female that everyone can relate to whether in a painting, photograph, sculpture, dance, music, writing or visual arts, we all share that human spirit.

History shows, when dedicated artists let their strong character lead their artistic choices they will find their works instep with the fulfillment the world is craving.  If Hendrik Willem Van Loon (above) is correct, artists are doing a great job this year enlightening the world’s preferences! Happy creating artists!

*photo used with permission