Fun Friday – March 2, 2018

I’m trying to imagine this young lady pitching her book to me during an appointment at a writers conference. Imagine how much she could present in only 15 non-stop minutes!

There have been times where someone’s nerves kicked their verbal presentation into high gear and they ended up emulating her talent. Please don’t do that! I would prefer a tranquil conversation. If you start talking a mile-a-minute…I will start speaking “whale.” (an example can be found at this link)

9 Responses to Fun Friday – March 2, 2018

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    Mark Stevenson March 2, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    O-kay! Wow. That got my synapses all in a fast go, without coffee! Ow, it hurts. Lol. Thanks for the Friday take Steve.

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    Tisha Martin March 2, 2018 at 6:52 am #

    Steve, I agree with her: “That actually sounds ridiculous.” She couldn’t have described it more perfectly. She did well. Did you notice how focused her eyes were as she spoke?

    Had my eyebrows raised and a slight “I-can’t-believe-this” smile on my face the whole time while watching this. Engaging and enlightening to know that someone’s mastered the speed-demon talk. Bravo. May the young lady go on to win many a debate for her accomplishment in the world of mouth. She must be in high demand.

    Steve, you may recall my WWII historical fiction pitch to you at ACFW 2016 (about polio and horses). My first pitch ever. I was more a mute after delivering my hook because you started reading and I didn’t think I was supposed to interrupt you. Oh how much I’ve learned since then! And I’m glad you didn’t speak “whale” to me. I might have never continued on this writing journey. 😉

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    Vanessa Burton March 2, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    Yikes! This is a bit scary, but impressive nonetheless!

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    Brennan S. McPherson March 2, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    I would hate to listen to an audiobook like this. Maybe that would sell more copies though. Could certainly listen to more books that way. . .

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    Joyce Erfert March 2, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    My comment has nothing to do with pitching something. When I quit coaching speech and debate, there were some high school teams beginning to do this fast-talking delivery. I was appalled. How can you get across a coherent argument that way. I guess it is a little like a pitch in that it isn’t the quantity of information as much as the quality that is important.

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      Diane Tarantini March 7, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      Hey Joyce: As a former high school debater, I am very glad this trend began after I graduated. Holy cow!

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    Cynthia Mahoney March 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm #


    Entertaining, giggle-worthy. I listened to Dora–and don’t we often speak foreign languages like Dora in Finding Nemo,, as though it will help comprehension? Reminds me of the lovely French language, who do articulate at the speed of sound.

    When I get to a conference, I promise not to speak at the speed of light, nor as though I needed whale-speak.

    Time-appropriate, as I plan to attend a conference (soon?) and have my small talk, pitch and synopsis ready.

    A Fun Friday, thank you!

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D March 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Steve, if she comes in to pitch a book with you, I would love to sit in on it!

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    John de Sousa March 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    That was fun! She reminded me of an auctioneer, but with more depth.

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