Help! What Do I Do with an Antsy Audience?

What do you do when audience behaviors distract during your presentation?

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Podcast: Evergreen School Visit Advice

Grab your earbuds and turn up your speakers for some “evergreen” school visit advice on getting gigs, setting fees, handling crowds and more.

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4 Ways to Make Librarians Love Your School Visit: Advice from Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo, award-winning author, librarian and educator, has been giving great advice to authors and illustrators even long before the publication of her book, Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers: Real Space and Virtual Links, co-authored with Jane Kurtz, in 1999. Read on to find out her expert suggestions for making terrific school visit […]

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How I Got Back Into the School Visit Game

Guest Post by Joanne Rocklin   “While I’d been gone . . . kids had been born who’d actually never seen an old-fashioned slide projector! I was riddled with anxiety.”  I hadn’t published for a few years, but if you love writing and it’s one of the few things you do well, eventually you go back […]

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Choosing Volunteers

  So, you’re facing 250 kids in an assembly.  You’ve asked a question.  Or you’ve invited volunteers to join you on-stage.  What’s the best way to choose respondents or participants?  Kids are all about fairness.  They want you to be equitable in your choices. So I try to make sure that I choose kids from […]

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6 Mistakes Authors Make in Assemblies

Mistake #1. Opening weakly Solution: Get attention! Invite the audience in immediately with a startling statement or image, a communal action (singing, chanting, clapping in rhythm) – anything that commands attention and shows the kids that the program is in your capable hands.   Mistake #2. Being unaware of audience reaction Solution: Learn to “read” […]

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Crowd Control: Special Issues

Let’s say you got the kids to settle down and your program started off with a bang. And then something happens. A kid throws up. A kid keeps talking with a classmate. A kid shouts out. Adults carry on conversations.  What do you do? I’ll give you some tips — but first, here’s a Very […]

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Crowd Control: Starting Your Program

There’s a buzz in the room.  Kids are excited to see you – to see each other – to be out of the classroom for something special. The kindergarteners are twisting around to talk with each other – some are stretched out on the floor.  Your time is limited, the classes have come late and you […]

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