It was trial by fire last weekend at the Alaska Summer Showcase, my first “official” gig since releasing Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children.
Meant to be a softer launch, and landing, than the release event scheduled for April 5, the Summer Showcase gave me a platform to sell a few books (I had six with me and could have sold a dozen), and practice my public speaking skills before a crowd.
Public speaking is the reason I am a journalist, not a life coach. But when one writes and subsequently sells a book, public speaking in one form or another becomes numbers one and two of the “things you gotta do” list.
At any rate, the crowd, however sparse at 3:30 in the afternoon because it was smack in the middle of nap time, was appreciative, supportive, and extremely kind. I saw lots of nods of agreement, and nary a “I know better than you” eye roll, which is always good.
But, ahem, now I really know what I want to say.
So, if you were one of the chosen few last weekend, and want a fresh new view of my family’s travel exploits around Alaska, and a few tips so you can avoid pitfalls and peril while exploring a state twice the size of Texas, I highly encourage you to attend my other Anchorage presentations, scheduled for:
April 12, 3 p.m. Loussac Library, Anchorage
April 22, 6 p.m. REI Anchorage
June 8, 4 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham, Washington
It’ll be F.U.N.! Activities for kids, learning for parents, and a whole lot of Alaska to go around.
Questions? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to help.
See you soon!