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Ep. 43. "How do you do, fellow kids?" Speaking to young audiences

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Release Date: 08/09/2019

Ep. 44. Speakers, have a seat (in the audience) show art Ep. 44. Speakers, have a seat (in the audience)

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

You can write a speech for a someone. Read it through. Rehearse with the speaker. But you won’t really know how effective it is unless you’re there when they deliver it. This episode: why speechwriters should fight for a spot in the audience, and how to use it to write better speeches. Music: Theme: "Good Times" by Podington Bear (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/). Incidental music by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) including "You're Enough (version a)," "Start the Day" and "Not My Problem." Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Jonas Jacobsson on...

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Ep. 43. Ep. 43. "How do you do, fellow kids?" Speaking to young audiences

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

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Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

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Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

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A lot of speakers who'd happily get up in front of a thousand-person audience start getting the shakes at the thought of speaking to children or (gulp) teens. Fortunately, we have child-and-teen author Robin Stevenson here to share her experience speaking in front of countless school auditoriums and classrooms. She'll tell us how you can keep your next young audience rapt from beginning to end.

About my guest: Robin Stevenson is the award-winning author of 25 books of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teen, including the Stonewall Honor book Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Robin speaks to groups of all sizes and all ages, from librarians and teachers, to aspiring writers — but she particularly enjoys presenting to kids and teens and has visited hundreds of schools all across Canada. She lives on Vancouver Island with her family.

Links:

You can find Robin on the web (http://www.robinstevenson.com) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/robin_stevenson).

Here are some of Robin's latest books:

Music: Theme: "Good Times" by Podington Bear (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/).

Incidental music by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) including "Where Was I" and "Thought Bubbles." Used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo: Roksolana Zasiadko on Unsplash