Every now and then, do something that scares you. Public speaking scares the heck out of me; that’s why I became a writer instead of a politician.
So when old friend Peter de Run emailed asking me if I would speak to his English classes about reviewing books, my kneejerk reaction was “Noooooooo!” But after I calmed down, I thought, “Heck, why not?”
So today was the day. I had some notes to help me along if I get stuck (which I’m prone to in front of crowds). I made those notes just before I left the house because it took me a while to figure out how to explain myself.
My notes turned out to be inadequately short in the first class, so Peter and some of the Year 10 students tossed me some questions.
At one point, I was vaguely aware that my mouth was flapping (*babblebabblebabble*) and I didn’t know where all those words were coming from.
The Year 9 class turned out to be lively. I talked for a few minute, then had to throw away my script because the questions were endless!
I brought a bunch of my books to show. They circulated while I talked in the first class, but it stopped traffic in the second class. XD I don’t remember seeing so much excitement over a pile of books.
The boys from both classes were particularly interested in The Action Hero’s Handbook.
Kecoh in Year 9.
I wish I took a photo of the blackboard in the back where some of the students drew a nice welcome banner for me. Awww, shucks!
Overall, it was fun and I’m glad I said yes. There were a lot of good questions about reviewing, books, working in the media and what else I do with my time.
Now I’m off because it’s my turn to be a student!