5 Things I’ve Learned About Doing School Visits: Kim Norman

School visit season is over. Summer vacation is here. But keep your brain humming! Summer is a great time to reflect on what worked well for you last year and to think ahead to what you can implement in the next school year.  Here’s some advice from author and school visit expert, Kim Norman. 1. […]

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Signature Openings

Even outgoing authors get butterflies before school assemblies or other presentations. A little anxiety is a good thing! But don’t let nervousness to derail the rest of your presentation.One way to avoid this is by having a signature opening.  A signature opening means that you choose specific way to begin each presentation. Since the opening […]

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4 Tips for Book Festival Presentations

Book festivals offer big challenges to authors and illustrators when it comes to keeping the crowd focused and engaged in your presentation. In school assemblies, you’re confident that the kids have a collective understanding of the school’s rules and are grouped by age. You can use a PowerPoint presentation to great effect. But book festivals […]

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ASK ALEXIS: How Should I Shape My Workshop for Students?

  My email inbox sees a steady stream of authors asking for advice on how to handle specific school visit situations. Since these concerns are the concerns of many, I thought I’d do a little “Dear Abby” here and post the question and my response in case this might help you, too.  Dear Alexis, I […]

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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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Freshen Your Images and Props

 If you’ve been using the same props and PowerPoint show for over a year, it may be time for an overhaul. Are your props large enough to be seen at the far end of the multipurpose room?  If not, you’re leaving out a significant portion of your audience. Consider taking time this summer to exaggerate […]

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Call in Your Questions to Brain Burps!

What burning questions do you have about school visits? You might be a newly published author or illustrator, someone who’s multiply published, or someone who’s returning after a break from the biz.  You might even be an editor or agent who would love for their authors to make contact with kids in schools.  Here’s some […]

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School Visit Tips for 2011: Part 2

Here are a few more helpful school visit tips for you from expert presenters. After this, watch for one more post on this topic!  Get there early to give yourself time to relax.  Because you are ON STAGE, performing, the minute you get out of your car.  Giving yourself 15 to 20 minutes to simply […]

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School Visit Tips for 2011: Part 1

Here are some helpful tips for you from expert presenters as we swing into High Author Visit Season.  Because there are so many great bits of advice, I’ve broken them up into three posts, so watch for them. To break the ice with a roomful of kindergartners, ask them to reach into their pockets… and […]

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