Recently I check out a book from the library titled Thank You for Firing Me! Although I wasn’t fired from my previous job, I could relate to the title. Yes, leaving an office job after 26 years and facing an uncertain future brings a certain amount of discomfort—especially as my severance package winds down. But the benefits—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—have been enormous.
As many of us who work with young people can attest, reaching them with written words can be a challenge. Here’s some good insight from the New Yorker into the challenge of connecting with the teenage mind.
I’m excited to tell you about my current project, an e-book titled How to Write TRUE Character-Building Stories for Kids. The title isn’t very exciting, but it precisely reflects the content I’m aiming to provide. Here are the main sections so far:
The last thing you want to do when speaking in public is sound stupid! Here’s a guide to 50 words that often get mispronounced—and how to say them correctly! The list includes “candidate,” “accessory,” and “interpret.” Can you guess some of the others? What words would you include? Go to the list!
Fear comes in many different forms, but how to overcome stage fright directly addresses a top-tier fear: speaking in public. Here’s helpful video that explains what’s going on in your body when you’re about to take center stage—and a couple of quick tips to help you deal with it. (There is a fleeting comment about evolution in this clip, a theory which I largely reject. But the principles still apply.) Enjoy!