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Why Is Poetry Important to Our World Today?

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry's strength lies in its ability to shed a "sideways" light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Book Launch, Creativity|10 Comments

My New Book is Almost Out–Heroes without Capes

It’s exciting when your new book is about to be published. Heroes without Capes will available for pre-orders for only a few more weeks. What that means is that you get a $6.50 discount off the book’s retail price of $14 and it will shipped to you as soon as it is published—which will be [...]

By | July 27th, 2015|Book Launch|1 Comment

How to Introduce a Speaker

At some point in your writing and speaking life, you’ll be called to introduce a speaker for your conference, panel, networking luncheon, awards ceremony or monthly book club meeting. In the past maybe you didn’t have anything prepared and winged it or maybe your speaker didn’t give you anything beforehand. It went okay. No one [...]

By | November 5th, 2014|Speaking|2 Comments

5 Tips for Connecting with Your Audience Like a Rock Star

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could automatically connect with your audience every time? Well you can, even if you weren’t the most popular kid in school or if you're not a rock star (yet). I recently saw singer/songwriter Rob Thomas perform in Durham, NC, and the guy knows how to connect with his audience—he [...]

By | May 5th, 2014|Speaking|4 Comments

How to Have a Stellar Book Launch

Your new book arrived at your doorstep yesterday and that’s a very good thing—your book launch is tomorrow! Yikes! Now that you have your book in hand, what else do you need for a stellar launch? Hopefully, you've been planning this event for a few months and have everything all organized, but if not, you can still [...]

By | October 1st, 2012|Book Launch|0 Comments

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Next Thursday you’re going to read at your first open mic and you know you don’t want to bomb.   Don’t fear—help’s on the way!   After several years of poetry reading experiences here are ten tips I’ve curated for you so you’ll be remembered for your presence and poetry, not for the mic you [...]

By | September 17th, 2012|Speaking|3 Comments

How to Introduce a Speaker with Flair, Not Failure

At some point in your writing and speaking life, you’ll be called to introduce a speaker for your conference, awards ceremony or monthly meeting. Maybe you didn’t have anything prepared and winged it or maybe your speaker didn’t give you anything beforehand. It went OK. No one made a beeline for the exits. But you [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|Speaking|0 Comments
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