Mira Jacob Gave a Compelling Speech at PubWest 2016, Listen Here

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to hear a woman named Mira Jacob talk. It was for my Business of Book Publishing class, and it was a recording from a speech given at PubWest 2016. Mira Jacob, you may recall, is the woman who tried to give a speech about diversity last year and no one listened.

The speech is powerful. It’s centered on diversity and race in publishing, but, really, it’s about more than that, it’s about making humans understand each other, about doing the work to make everyone feel included, represented, and respected. Everyone should listen to this speech, regardless of if you’re in the publishing business or not. Everyone needs to hear these words.

 

Listen. Because what she’s saying really matters. And let me hear your thoughts about it in the comments, I’d love to start a dialogue about this.

Warm regards,
Kellie

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Grad School Class Presentations

So, it’s currently the end of Week Three here at PSU, which means everything is gearing up to be busy for the rest of the term. It means we have big assignments due for class pretty soon. What’s up next for my classes? Presentations.

Yup. Presentations.

*shudders*

I’m still not used to getting up and talking in front of a class. I don’t know why. I participated in toastmasters, did drama, and co-created a reading event back in my hometown which I MCed every now and then. And I’ve also had previous classes have me to present. I also was a moderator for the Willamette Writers conference over the summer! So I don’t know why this freaks me out so much, it just does.

To combat that freak out, I prepare.

There are many different ways of preparing for a presentation. Some people go over the material once or twice. Some people look at bullet points. Some people just simply know everything and are perfectly find rambling for a few minutes. Some people don’t prepare at all.

I am none of those people.

In order to prepare for my presentations, I memorize. And by memorize, I do mean the whole entire thing.

Now, it might be a catch from my drama days when standing in front an audience forced you to memorize all your lines and spout them out perfectly each time. It might be something from my toastmasters group that had a “no notes at all” policy. Or it could just be a weird little quirk of mine.

I dunno.

Either way, that’s what I’m doing this weekend. Memorizing a presentation. And what am I doing next weekend? Memorizing another one.

Yup, that’s my life nowadays. (And, by the way, this persistent cough is really not making this process any easier.)

How do you prepare for a presentation? Any tips and tricks you can give me?

Warm regards,
Kellie

Postscript – I have a new goal for this school year. I’m not going to memorize a presentation. Not these upcoming ones…or the Write to Publish 2016 stuff…but by the end of the school year in June I’ll try it out. See what happens. Maybe I’ll burst into flames of endless embarrassment. But maybe I won’t. You never really do know, do you?