Writing to Speaking: How to Teach Outside of the Classroom

Writing to Speaking: How to Teach Outside of the Classroom

What better way to close out the year 2017 than to blog about the biggest transition of my career. This was the year that I actively transitioned from writing to speaking (hence the title of this blog/video series). I purposely stepped away from the classroom and did not sub like I normally do throughout the year. Instead, I focused on my writing career. No, I did not write and/or publish any new books, but I had a few freelance writing, copywriting, and copy editing projects that held me over till the new year. (Okay, that's the partial truth. My brother and I published a keepsake book for our mom on her 55th birthday, but that's different. That was a passion project...a passion project that made it to Amazon.)

I digress.

This year, I forced myself to get outside of my comfort zone and build my brand, so that my brand could gain exposure and put me in the presence of a wider audience...with more potential clients...and more opportunities to speak. And it did. I am very thankful AND grateful to God for entrusting me to be a part of the journey of aspiring authors, writers, students, and online business owners. It was a pleasure and a learning curve. The biggest learning curve has been encouraging people to share their stories and write their books...and doing so in person.

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My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2017

My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2017

Hopefully, today's blog post will be motivating. Why? Because it shows me actively trying to accomplish one of my 2017 goals--which was/is to expand my brand by securing more speaking engagements. Well, I definitely spoke to more audiences than usual, but not as much as I would've liked to. In any case, I'm very grateful for the opportunities I had to enlighten people on the importance of proper (correct) grammar, language capital, and diverse teaching methods.

Here's the second video in my #ClassroomConversations video series. (You can watch the first video here.) I am in my element--the classroom setting--discussing ways that the home, school, and community can impact a student's academic journey!

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My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2016

My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2016

Happy Friday...Flashback Friday!

I want to share a video of my first speaking engagement at Compton College back in 2016. Why? Because I'm getting serious about speaking engagements and I thought sharing my "classroom conversations" would be a cool way for me to promote myself. (Sometimes you gotta promote yourself, right?)

I'm sharing this throwback video today because I want to encourage anyone who's uncomfortable speaking in front of people. Believe it or not, I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people. I know, I know. As a current ESL teacher and former substitute teacher of seven years, I know it's weird to hear me say that I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people. Perhaps I should word it differently: I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people about topics with which I have no experience. Education...teaching...writing...I can talk about these things in front of millions. Well, not millions, but you get my drift. I have experience teaching students from multiple grade levels, and I have experience writing seven books as a self-published author. Therefore, I confidently speak to anyone about these particular topics.

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