How to get in the right mood to write

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If you’re anything like me, sometimes you’ll find it hard to kick-start yourself and get into writing mode. If you’re writing at home this can be even harder, because there are endless distractions around the place to help you procrastinate … housework, dog walking, grass cutting, cooking, eating, you name it.

Even if you’re in work mode and can justify business hours spent on your book, blog, article, speech or whatever because it will be a business tool, the reality is it can be hard to focus and make the best of those hours.

article about getting in the right mood to write

Peace and privacy are essential if you are to organise your thoughts. Often a quiet cubicle is the only reasonable and available choice.

While the sheer obstructions of life aren’t necessarily an issue, often I still find that the problem is not that I don’t want to start writing, but that I don’t know where to start. So, I find it hard to concentrate my efforts in a productive direction. If you have the same problem from time to time, here are a few ideas that may help you.

How to concentrate

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Weddings during coronavirus: you can still write (and give) a great speech

Updated June 19th, 2020. Everyone knows that weddings have been very hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s only now that small weddings are allowed to go ahead in Northern Ireland. Other British nations are considering allowing small weddings later this summer.

Other countries like the USA, Canada and Australia are at similar points of allowing simple, small events – and many are saying that weddings are likely to be smaller than normal for quite some time to come.

article about wedding speeches during coronavirus pandemic

Even with a very small wedding like we’re experiencing post lockdown, you can write – and give – a great speech

But that’s no reason why your speech should be any different from what it would have been at a healthier time. Even if your audience will be just a few close friends and family sitting around a table, here’s how to prepare it so that when the day finally does come, it will be a great one!

13 articles packed with tips and inspiration for you. And in addition to the traditional speech-making roles we have some ideas for other family members and friends who want to get up and “say a few words.” Enjoy!

Why Coronavirus need not damp down your wedding speech – whoever you are

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How to shine online: 7 video presentation tips from an expert

With COVID-19 having sent us all scuttling from live interaction to our on-screen doppelgängers, please join me in welcoming back one of the UK’s leading presentation trainers – Dr Simon Raybould of Presentation Genius – to share his tips on how to come across well and as much like your real self as possible on the new, essential online video platforms. Here’s Simon…

“Do whatever you can to be seen to be a real person,” says Dr Simon Raybould of Presentation Genius 

Live presentations are out of the window right now. They might never come back. Given how bad most of them were that might not be totally a bad thing 😉 But moving to online presenting is more than just turning on the camera and microphone and then praying. [Read more…]

Why you need to write tight for corporate audiences

by Jack Willard

Please welcome business consultant Jack Willard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who shows us how to get complex messages over to corporate audiences – in two minutes. (And Jack hastens to add that by ‘write tight’ he does not mean ‘drunk!’)

How do you prepare a two minute presentation about a two-year corporate problem?

Realize first that there may be a primary audience but there is no such thing as a stand-alone audience.

The primary audience might be the executive suite but there are assistants, subordinates, end-users, competitors, attorneys, marketers, consultants and more, all of whom could have an interest in your output. [Read more…]

How to earn some extra money as a voice-over artiste

Have people told you that you have a nice voice? That you’re a good speaker in meetings, presentations, etc.?

If your answer is either ‘yes’ or ‘sort of’ and you could do with a few extra pennies, how about doing some voice-over (VO) work, reading audiobooks and other content for recording? (I’ve learned a lot about VO narration work as I wrote scripts for video and live marketing  events for many years. In fact I’ve even done some VO work myself…) 

recording a voice over

Setting yourself up as a VO artiste can be inexpensive and lead to some very useful extra income

True, there is a fashion today for authors to voice their own books for the audiobooks versions and to voice their own podcasts, but not everyone has the voice to match the writing talent or the time to do it well.

So voice over artistes are brought in by recording facilities to do this, and here in the south of England can earn anything up to £200 per hour. An average short paperback book will take at least five hours to record, so do the math.

VO reading and recording is not a walk in the park, but…

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How to make a great audio book without taking out a mortgage

Until recently the cost of recording an audiobook from your print/eBook tended to be prohibitive.

Recording audiobooks

State-of-the-art Old School Studios, Milton Keynes. Photo credit T Beezley.

Times have changed now, though. And being a tricky old goat I have found out some ways of making high-quality audiobooks that bring the whole project in at an affordable price.

How audiobooks are storming through to best-seller status

I have it on very good authority (yes, no sh*t) that … after Amazon has entered the audiobook market with its cohort Audible, it has found that audiobooks are on the way up, up, up. Audible’s competitors offering a similar service are building quickly.

Why, isn’t rocket science. [Read more…]

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