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 sit there in your car “Vegging out” helps you to relax, refresh, and recover from the drive. I sometimes even close my eyes and doze for a few minutes. If you are afraid you’ll sleep the morning away in your car, set the alarm on your iPhone (or equivalent), or take along a kitchen timer. — Wendie Old
I always say [to the audience] that I’ll bet they don’t believe that I used to be very shy, afraid to speak up, and never in front of a crowd. That you can always learn to be less shy, and everyone has felt shy about expressing themselves at some point. This establishes a really nice rapport, I’ve found, and is really an important gift you are giving to a lot of them. — Joanne Rocklin
Create coloring pages, activity sheets, and other “hands on” projects that can be downloaded from your website and used in the classroom to build up knowledge and interest in your books before or after your visit. Include this information in a packet sent to the librarian before your visit. I love going to schools and see walls of cut paper zebras created from the template on the web page for my book A Zebra’s World. No two zebra’s are ever alike! — Caroline Arnold
Find out ahead of time if there are any parking issues at the school, and also find out which door visitors are to enter by. If you are leaving the house extremely early, make sure you have an emergency phone number for your contact – i.e. home phone number or personal cell number. – Marsha Skrypuch
Flexibility is key. Although your program is the central event in your mind, many other situations are happening all day long in the school which you are visiting. I have had a fire drill in the middle of my presentations, an electrical failure throughout the school, a principal in a gorilla suit climbing a 3 story ladder fulfilling his promise to stay on the roof for the day if the students had read 5000 books, a child throwing up all over the front row of children, and once, just as the children streamed through the door, the lamp on my power point projector blew. I learned early on to laugh, take what happens and make it work. And who knows… there might be a book in it someday. — Kay Winters
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