Today we're excited to chat with Joy Jones author of
Fearless Public Speaking.
Read on for more about Rena her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Joy Jones!
Performance poetry, training workshops, storytelling, classroom teaching - Joy Jones has addressed countless audiences. She is the director the of performance poetry group, The Spoken Word and founder of the multigenerational double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers. Jones is the author of several books including Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers. and Tambourine Moon, which was selected as one of the best books for children by the black caucus of the ALA and featured on the Bernie Mac show. Visit her at www.joyjonesOnline.com and keep up with what she’s doing now on Instagram at #joyjones1433.
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Meet Fearless Public Speaking!
Scared of speaking in public? You’re not alone! This accessible guide, written by a former teacher and poetry slam coach, will help tweens and teens find their voice!
If you have weak, wobbly knees and a pounding heart when you face an audience—don’t worry, that’s good! Joy Jones is here to show teens and tweens that stage fright is your friend. With its funny, friendly, slightly irreverent approach, Fearless Public Speaking helps young people feel more comfortable and confident in front of a crowd.
Jones covers it all, from how to write and organize your speech, to how to deliver it and use audiovisual equipment, to how to troubleshoot when things go wrong, this book is all about helping young people feel more comfortable in front of a crowd and become more confident public speakers. Get ready to go from meek to unique when you speak!
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~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I love public speaking. Ever since I was a kid I was always the first one to raise her hand in class, to recite a poem for the special occasion, to perform in a play. I find it hard to understand why people are afraid of it because for me it feels so good! I actually feel waves of love cascading over me as I stand before a group. I want to show other people how they can tap into into that good feeling, too.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the book?
The book came first, although a title presented itself soon after. My original title was Stage Fright Is Your Friend And Other Things You Need To Know About Public Speaking. But the publisher rejected my choice for the title.
YABC: What chapter in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Chapter 2: Stage Fright Is Your Friend. That’s the first chapter I wrote and the idea that sparked the desire to write the book.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Persistence, persistence, persistence. Regard rejection as just part of the process. Discipline comes in handy, too. My favorite definition of discipline is - remembering what you want. If you want to be published, you have to persist in being disciplined at doing the things that will bring that result.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The color! Orange is such a vivid, vibrant color. How can you look at orange and not feel upbeat?
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlyn Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch came out in 2015 but I just discovered it a few months ago and it was a joy and an inspiration to me.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’ve just finished a novel about a girl who starts a double Dutch team. One Jump Ahead,(working title) scheduled to come out Fall, 2020. IRL I actually founded a double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers. Last year, we toured Russia as cultural ambassadors teaching double Dutch.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
Do you every wonder how creative people get the job done? After all, lots of folks have great ideas but what is the process by which they take that inspiration and turn it into a book, a song, a movie, a painting? I’ve been interviewing artists of every variety and posting what they tell me about their creative journey on Instagram. Check it out - #joyjones1433
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Hmmm.... I’d have to say I enjoy revising more. Getting that first draft down on paper is work. Creating something out of nothing takes a massive amount of thought, energy and discipline. But once I have the story laid out before me, polishing and refining it is a much easier process. Tedious, but easier.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
The ability to see things from the other person’s point of view.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I created something called The Story Gift Project. We give away new books to people who might not otherwise have books of their own. Primarily, we’ve donated books to people at local schools and hospitals. But now, after a recent (fabulous, life-enlarging) trip to India, I’m thinking of broadening the scope. While in India, we visited an impoverished school where the paperbound textbooks had to be shared 2-3 to a student and in some classrooms, students had to sit on the floor for class. I’m trying to arrange a Story Gift donation for them.
Fearless Public Speaking
By: Joy Jones
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
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