Public Speaking About Your Books.

This is a reblogged post. I merely added my comments at the bottom.

I deleted the reblogged post and decided to talk to you all from my own experiences.

  1. It’s always best if possible to already be in place when the audience arrive.I know some wait until the audience arrive to stand before them. But it’s best to be already seated when your host make the introduction. I know it’s terrifying but smile. Remember, each audience is going to be different. Watch your audience’s body movements as they come in to get a feel for the overtone needed to be taken. A small group is different from a large group.
  2. When your appointed speaking time arrive that’s when you rise and welcome your audience. Introduce yourself again and your work. Don’t go into a long story about your wife, husband and kids, cats and dogs, grandkids unless asked questions pertaining them or they are relevant to the book. These people are serious readers not your Facebook friends. They don’t want to know all that. They came to learn about the book not to hear how much you love your husband or wife or honey. This is not the Internet. This is real life. Too much talk about the spouse or insignificant other sends a fluffy feeling to readers and the readers start to feel you can’t do anything without the other person being there. Stand firmly on your own merit. They want to listen someone who knows what they are talking about and can go to steps without saying something about her husband or wife. You’re in love with that person. Your audience is not. They couldn’t care less. They wants to know what’s on those pages.
  3. Tell stories from your book. Remember, this is all about you and your books. Talk to them and don’t pitch to them to buy your book. Some authors read to their audiences. Well, I don’t because people feel if you wrote it then why do you need to read it? You should ready know what it says. But each people  has their own way but I tell my audience what the character said or did and have occasionally acted it out.
  4. Keep watch on the time. Sometime another author is due to speak after you. Leave yourself enough space for questions. If you don’t have enough time to answer them all give out business cards but always try to answer as many as possible. But never leave before your audience. That’s bad manners.

The post below are my comments to the deleted post.


Whomever this crowd is I hope to never encounter them. LOL! For I am often nervous when speaking to a crowd of people I don’t know from Adam and Eve. Sometimes I calm myself by remembering my days from school drama when I acted before a live audience and oftentimes my siblings were in the audience making faces so I didn’t look at my family or my siblings would make me laugh and forget my lines.

I probably do say, “Uh, or Er,” a few times, I don’t know but thanks goodness the people I’ve encountered so far aren’t malicious barracudas. From my experience in living a life and encountering people from all walks of it: anyone who can conduct all these things expertly are quite a gifted liar. Nervousness doesn’t always constitute lying and anyone who thinks so haven’t experienced life enough to be an accurate judge of behaviorism. It’s being human. Some of the smoothest liars can look you dead in the face and smile ever so charmingly and lie their fanny off. I am leery of people who don’t display any of the traits above said not to display than I’m of those who do. Who ever heard of a con-artists using any of these words said not to use. They don’t. Their perfect pitch and overt of emotions are what ‘could’ send an alarm off in people’s head but sadly it doesn’t.

Again, from my experience, (yes, I speak from experience because that’s all I have to go on and life itself, is the greatest teacher.) the audience if they seriously came to listen to you tell them about your book. They give you time to get your flow of rhythm going. They aren’t expecting you to be a politician or motivational speaker. (But no, you can’t fumble and mumble through the entire presentation anymore than you would if you are at a job giving one.) If you start sounding like sales pitch, or a motivational speaker a lot of readers will lose interest. They feel you are pitching to them, not talking to them and they want to feel they can make up their own minds in rather or not to buy your book. They want you to tell them about your book. Talk to them about it like you would a friend. Joke, or act out scenes from your books, I find this works well to give your audience a better understanding of you and your work. Answer their questions and most readers are fine. Most I have encountered aren’t trying to trip you up in anything. Most do not ask questions about your personal life. I really don’t think they care. Maybe there are some out there who care about these kinds of things but I haven’t encountered them yet.

I agree one hundred percent, always have your facts together before stepping before an audience. And if your work is fictional but based upon a real person tell them so. Tell them the historical facts first about the person and then tell them your version of history. Some input what they know about the subject. There’s no way one person can know everything there’s to know about a subject. Be willing to listen. Your audience can be a value source of information.

I’ve even heard Barack Obama, one of the greatest orators of our time used,”Er” and  “You know,” a few times but the man said he would pull the country back from the brink of a Great Depression and he did. He kept the whole world’s economy from going down into the sinkhole that the US economy was pulling it into.

Abraham Lincoln said a lot of “Uh” in the reedy recording of the “Gettysburg Address.” It was hard not to be emotional dedicating  thousands of dead soldiers to their final resting place. People would have thought him to be very cold hearted had not he shown emotions and wondered what was wrong with him? In the recording at the Smithsonian, Lincoln’s voice is not as we often imaged it. It has an Appalachian twang but by gosh! By the time he finished he’s thundering and the twang is gone. So, I have to disagree with some of the assessments.

So, I think speaking is a lot like writing. One must develop their own style of presenting their work and remember critics are going to look for reasons to criticize no matter what style of speaking you use. You can speak long and vocal as “Mussolini on the Balcony” and they’ll still find fault. My advice on public speaking about your book, your greatest asset is your confident. Let it shine through and if you believe in it then others will too.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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42 Responses to Public Speaking About Your Books.

  1. One other thing. The person is right about #2. You are always to be the last person to leave. Don’t talk and pack your books. I know it might be tempting if the crowd is rough but don’t do it.. Never leave while there’s anyone is still present.


  2. lynn k scott says:

    I can say, you chose the perfect picture of someone who can speak yet mean the exact opposite of everything they say. Is his picture next to “liar” in the dictionary yet?

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    • unholypursuit says:

      Thank you for visiting, Lynn, It’s much appreciated. I used the picture to illustrate that most readers of books aren’t expecting an author to be able to speak like him. All they want is you to do is tell them about your book so if they haven’t bought a copy they can decided whether or to invest in a copy. These are the things they tell you at a writing conference regarding book marketing but I found some doesn’t work and have learned you have to get a feel for the audience you are speaking to and adjust to their temperament.

      Back then, I guess I was too busy hoping the economy didn’t slip into further in the Great Depression we already were in so I guess some things he said I wasn’t paying attention to. I was going through a lot of mega things at that time and I knew that all else would have been totally irrelevant had things bottomed out as they did in 1929 and we had fallen into a full great depression.

      However, I don’t know if the man is a saint or a sinner I only saw him once while living in Seattle but what I do know is had he not pulled the country back from falling head first into the financial abyss it was headed into things would be a lot different today. And as one with a minor degree in history I was trained to look at and analyze facts and not personal opinions.

      The financial crisis of 2007-2008 was the start of it all. As of August 2008 the domino effect had already started and had the economical chain result of one industry failing such as banking been allowed to roll out into it’s full peakness of failure it would have brought the whole national economy to a stand still and the whole wide world currency would have been render useless because all economies are tied to the US. On September 29, 2008, the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) had a record-breaking drop of 777.68. The Great Depression of 2008 had already begun and was moving at a very rapid speed.

      When I read comments on line I realize lots of people really don’t know how close we came to a flat out disaster that not many in this era aren’t equipped to deal with. The people of the 1930’s did know how to farm and stay alive but most of us can’t.

      One industry effects the other. When housing fell everything fell in the the domino effect because housing is the backbone of any society. People need housing to be stabilized enough to go to a job. With no job then there’s no spending and with no spending then there are no jobs. No modern business is an island which can withstand on it own. Everything is intertwine.

      The cumulative effect produced when one event such as housing sets off a chain of similar events that effected many other industries such as auto, gas, food, clothing etc. Every country in the world economy is tied to the US, and had we fallen we would have taken the entire world down with us. Yes, we tumbled and I for one am glad we did have someone in office at that time who knew something about an economy and the government actual worked.

      The almost Great Depression of 2008 started August of 2008 when the stocks plunged but didn’t hit rock bottom as than they did in 1929. However, for the public it would have been far worse than 1929 because more people owned property than in 1929 and had much more to lose. Corporations were far richer and financial crisis of 2007–2008 was a behemoth which had to stopped or none of would be sitting at a computer today. Because every major and minor company would fallen. When a corporation fails there are no jobs, dividend yields aren’t paid, so no one can say they wouldn’t have been effected. When this happens prices skyrocket to unbelievable inflation and with no job how was anyone going to afford anything at all?

      Going to another country wouldn’t have helped with what was headed our way in 2008. Because the domino effect or chain reaction was moving much faster due to technology than it did in 1929. Had things bottomed out in 2008-2009 had it did in 1929 it would have made millionaires and billionaires paupers over night. Just like the average person, they still would have lost everything with no means whatsoever of recovering.

      It took the nation 12 years to dig out the depression of 1929. Economists estimate this time around it would have taken twenty to twenty five years to dig our way out what was on it’s way in 2008. I doubt many of us would’ve seen the recovery in our lifetimes. I can’t foresee the future but the magnitude of what was coming would have been so far reaching that unless we turned into an equal share communal world there was no way out of it within a few short years. And the world can’t or won’t share things in an era of prosperity so I seriously doubt the whole world was going to suddenly turn hospitable.

      Now frankly, had I been Barack Obama the nation shouldn’t have thrown me in that seat seeing what was headed my way. Pretty much a global tsunami was on it’s way like one the world had never seen. Congress was bleeding money into the military like crazy during the start of the crisis which actually begun around 2005 when things started slowing down.

      The Affordable Health Care Act was actually part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was part of the family recovery act of the New Deal but Roosevelt had to take it out to get congress to pass the New Deal to help people get back on their feet. It shouldn’t have taken from 1935 to 2009 for anyone to realize people needed health care and a major illness can bankrupt a family without it.

      I recommend reading “The Grapes of Wrath” written by John Steinbeck, published in 1939 for anyone who want more clarity on what was headed our way. I doubt we would have experienced the Dust Bowl and all but who knows what would have happened had the farming industry gone bust. I know a lot of starvation would have happened. Any economist would tell you that the economical conditions of 2008-2009 would have been worst than in 1939.

      Historians take facts and actions, such as war, the economy, civil rights, social issues and line them up and look at them against all the obstacles preventing a president from accomplishing a campaign promise. If there are none, they record it and speculate what was the reason he didn’t carry it out. They look at rather they are reasonable or not, they records that too. This is the early stage of his historical analyzation and historians aren’t recording Obama as a liar however, the present president if things don’t turn around or change very soon it is going to be a wholly different story.

      I support logic, actions and legislation and how they effect the people, including myself not candidates. 🙂

      I know you didn’t ask for all this but I like people to be well informed.

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      • lynn k scott says:

        I was a history major and actually read the Grapes of Wrath. I have a completely different perspective. He didn’t save us as much as you presented. However, it will take years to undue and correct his damage.


        • Alma says:

          Thank you for your reply. But no, it isn’t my personal perspective. These are well documented facts that happened. Things were in a free fall when he took office and as history major I know you are familiar with the outcome of 1929. From 1929-1941. World War II ended the Great Depression. Can you tell me who curb the Depression of 2008 from bottoming out and becoming what happened in 1929? And curbed it back to a Recession not a Depression. Because by November of 2008 we had passed the recession stage. We were three years past that. I keep hearing and reading about the damage he did while in office but no one has given me a clear example. I mean, what was made worst than it already was by his presidency that will take years to repair? I am an open person and I’m always willing to look into things.


          • lynn k scott says:

            I didn’t say it was your personal perspective. I said I view a different perspective. When all is said and done, he did A LOT of damage and is one of the worst presidents in our history. I don’t like political debates and often don’t even comment. I’m glad he’s gone and I hope we never see the likes of him or his ilk again.


            • Alma says:

              I don’t like political debates either which is why I never really have them. History will judge him as it has every president. Even the present one. History will judge him too.

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              • lynn k scott says:

                We shall leave this discussion on that note. Have a great day. 🙂

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                • I agree 100%. 🙂 I think in different life experiences we have experienced things differently. I do wish you well in working out the issues with your insurance companies don’t give us. Make their life as miserable as they are making yours. LOL!

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                  • lynn k scott says:

                    I will til I can make them see the light…that or die trying! My husband found a very blunt shirt for me to wear to appointments. I don’t think they will appreciate it much and will probably be offended. Too bad. It will be worth the shock value I will get from it.

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                    • There you go! You have to stay on them. Make them sorry to see you coming. LOL! If they block one number then get another one and keep calling them until you beat them into submission. People who have never dealt with them think you are mean and crazy but you aren’t. 🙂 God bless.

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                    • lynn k scott says:

                      I’m only allowed to speak to a few people because I’m so “mean”. I’m about to YouTube their track-record of “care”. We’ll see if they care after that.

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                    • Sometimes you have to be mean when fighting for a loved one life. That fight isn’t one for the weak or timid.


        • Alma says:

          I think I am getting a better understanding of where it comes to dealing with insurance companies and doctors and I am dearly sorry you are going through this. I went through this when my father, mother and husband was ill and it’s a living nightmare. No, nightmare doesn’t begin to describe it. Before the Affordable Health Care Act insurance companies were free to drop a patient if their treatment was too expensive and often did. Our insurance ran out on my husband so we had to mortgage the house to keep him in the hospital and get the medication he needed. I would much rather have paid a co-pay than have had come up with thousands before a doctor would see him. The day he died was the day they finally realized I needed help with his health problems but it was too late. All I could do was take the money sent to pay his medical bills with was use it to bury him.


          • lynn k scott says:

            Every single person in my nuclear family had/has cancer. However, I would NEVER approve the ACA because it taxed those who can’t afford insurance or made insurance unaffordable to those who did have it. It drove doctors and carriers away from providing quality service. It benefited those who didn’t work and those who are illegal (and yes, they do get covered). We didn’t have $6k/$12k annual deductibles. We weren’t fined for being unable to afford insurance. There were programs, with available funds, for those who needed help. It’s no loner that way. It took away employers ability to reward longevity by paying for some employee benefits. I work in HR and what the ACA has affected the working class in a very detrimental way. It has affected the small business owner as well. The fact insurance could previously drop you is no different them not being able to see you or there’s no doctors available. It only helped a small handful of people compared the majority it truly hurt.

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            • Alma says:

              Lynn I am so sorry, I know what it feels like to have so many ill people to care for at once. It seems like they start getting sick at once. Not one at a time. It’s like before one crisis if over another surface. Thanks for clearing that up. I didn’t realized those illegally here qualified for coverage. The state of New York covers that part you can’t afford. I thought all states did that. Small business owners here get a supplement for their employees health insurance so the employees pay less than they were paying before. Good grief! $6k/$12k annual deductibles! Deductions aren’t supposed to be higher than $1,500-3,500 per policy. What kind of insurance company charges $6k/$12k annual deductibles?

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              • lynn k scott says:

                MANY insurances do. Each state has different insurance laws, that’s why coverage is based on your state and you can’t get it from just anywhere. Also, different states provide didn’t business incentives. I live in CA, and too many people get things they don’t work for (not speaking of disabled, elderly, etc.). It’s a real problem, with no easy answer. I just know the ACA wasn’t the solution and hindered more than it helped. I’m originally from NY and quite frankly, I’m glad I left. It’s not the state I grew up in.

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                • I moved here to New York,( I grew up some here anyway) from Washington state because everything was gone. I lived in California a short while back in the 90’s but the cost of living was far too expensive so I left and moved back to Washington. But sound like a lot have changed since then. Oh, I see whatever the state provides is what’s available to the residents of that state.


  3. Alma says:

    Yes, there are programs for those who needed help before the AHCA but I can tell you those programs took years not months to get the help you needed from them. To get help from them you had to go through so many hoops that it wasn’t funny and by the time help arrived if it arrived at all it really didn’t matter for everything was gone or/and the patient was dead.


    • lynn k scott says:

      It’s still like that. Medication costs soared under the ACA; in addition to prescription annual deductibles. There has never been such a thing til the ACA. Also, we shouldn’t have been mandated to pay for kids dental and vision. That’s part of the reason rates went up. The mandate to cover kids up to 26, without proof of full-time education was also wrong. Adult kids were supposed to get their own insurance, but that didn’t happen either.

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      • I will admit I didn’t know all that. My kids do have their own insurance. I didn’t realize I was supposed to be paying their insurance. The age limit has risen? I thought it was 24 as long as they are in college? Medicine is higher? I thought $800.00 per prescription or $1,200 per treatment was high enough. Things has risen even higher


        • lynn k scott says:

          You had the right to cover them til 26, no qualifying criteria required anymore. $30 perscriptions have become $170 ones. Working in HR, I have seen the evil of the ACA. It’s a paper concept; not a practical one. It’s truly horrible when it’s actually applied.

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  4. Amanda Stevens says:

    I can give you three reasons you never got an illogical explanation out of anyone about why they dislike Obama.

    He’s black. He’s black. He’s black.

    That’s the only reason so many don’t like him and aren’t going to ever like him. If he had been white and got the Affordable Health Care Act passed those support Trump would be singing him praises to heaven on high. The man has been out of office for two years and this administration has yet to get it’s act together and are still blaming the man who saved their sorry butts from their incontinence and plain stupidity. This is the kind of stuff black people are sick and tired of. Taking the blame for crap that could have been done a long time ago. Everything the man did could have been done at least a century ago. It didn’t take this long for anyone with an ounce of human decency to realize people needed health care.

    Those before fought it hand, tooth and nails.

    Alma, I know you have nothing against illegal immigrants or anyone else for that matter. You are one of the kindness people I know but the reply in the post sounds like you do. The person in this post is a Trumper and Trumpers look to lay Trump’s faults on anyone but him.

    There has been more than enough time for congress to come up with something better. Republican have the House and Senate for two freaking years and aren’t doing anything with it.

    Trump is embarrassing the hell out of Americans everyday and these nut jobs still support him.

    The state programs that person is talking about don’t do a @#* thing in helping someone in the situations such as that you were in with your sick husband. They are experts at waiting until the ill person is deceased to issue a meager check to make things look like they tried to help when all along they were sitting waiting for the person to die. That’s why Obama stepped in and did something about it and now they are pissed off. I’m glad he did. Putting a stop to states’ thieving. And this person need to talk to their insurance company or state because there boss is lying if they say they aren’t getting subsidies to help cover employees medical insurance expenses. You can kick adult children over 24 and non-student off your insurance if you can prove they are able to support themselves. It’s a parent’s option to keep them on.

    You can keep your same doctor if you want to. That’s another lie those who would rather people die than provide health care has been spewing.

    I work everyday and haven’t much changed in my health insurance payments.As a matter of fact it’s cheaper. For an individual, on an average, employers pay 83 percent of the premium, or up to $5,179 per year. Employees pay the remaining 17 percent, or $1,071 a year. For family coverage, the average policy totaled $17,545 a year with employers contributing, on average of 72 percent or $12,591. Employees paid the remaining 28 percent or $4,955 a year.

    Now before Obamacare the average monthly cost of policy for a family of four-six people was 425.00-620 meaning the premiums alone were 7,566 per year. Haven’t much changed except payments got lower and the companies lying because the law won’t let them treat people with real problems the way they treated those like your husband. Employees used to didn’t have to pay anything if they provided group health insurance and small businesses get a supplement to help curb the cost.

    The increase they keep decrying is for if a family makes more than 250,000.00 per year and most people do not make that amount. It higher for a business.

    The average annual deductible for individual plans was $4,358 and the average deductible for family plans was $7,983. This merely means this the amount you owe the hospital or doctors if you reach your cap limit in a year and depending on the illness for something like cancer there’s no limit. They can’t cap a serious illness anymore.

    Trumpers need not worry when they screw things up this time which they are well on the road to doing, the black community isn’t giving the nation another Barrack Obama.


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    • Amanda, I really don’t know. I have encountered Trumpers and she doesn’t fit their profile. So I don’t think this is the case this time. I hope I’m wrong. I do know when dealing with a lot of sickness all at once can be overwhelming make people frustrated, angry and they often lash out at anyone when they really have no intentions of doing so. I have seen the helpless cancer render in it victims and we have to be patience with what they are suffering through and try not jump to conclusions. Different states have different laws pertaining medical health care and someone already not feeling well the changes and hoops they can take a person through can be mindbogglingly insane. The frustration and built up and the person just lash out. I have been through it three times so I understand it isn’t that person talking. It’s the condition talking. Let’s keep her in our prayers that all works out well.


    • If it sounded that way I wasn’t aware it did. That wasn’t my intentions. I asked the question because I just know in some states you can’t get help unless you can prove citizenship. Americans born in the USA who are just moving there have to present proof of citizenship or some states you get nothing. Once I took my husband to an out of state medical center and there was an agency that helped with temp apartments for patients visiting the clinic from out of state and I had prove proof of citizenship before we were given a temp apartment to live in while he received treatment.


  5. lynn k scott says:

    Amanda…you have no idea what you are speaking of. That is YOUR company. Companies are only required to provide up to 50% coverage, based on the lowest paid employee. Employee contributions rose considerably for most people. The larger companies didn’t need to pass the increases onto employees, but smaller companies did. We are talking about people who make $40k – $60k/year; not $250,000. Annual deductibles reset every year; regardless of the illness you have. If you are an individual, and your annual deductible is $6,500 and you need surgery, you still owe $6,500 until the plan resets. Then you have another $6,500 to pay if you still incur charges. No one was name calling until you chimed in. Please act like a responsible adult when comment or refrain from doing so in the first place. Your entire statement is off-key.


  6. Ladies, please do not force me to close this post. We are all learning something here that may be helpful to someone else may be helpful to someone else going through these same things and have no idea what to do about them.


  7. Dave Hurst says:

    Useful speaking advice. I hate it when a speaker brings their personal life into their speech. You are right. Readers don’t want to know all that. If you read the book to your audience they will wonder did you write it or was it ghostwritten?

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    • I have seen their eyes started to wander and doesn’t refocus and paying attention again until I put the book down and begin speaking to them but I had no idea what they were thinking. Thanks for letting me know. I suspected that as to why I stopped it. 🙂


  8. Dave Hurst says:

    Alma, I am sorry for your loss. Things didn’t have to resort to such drastic means had those who suppose to help those like you and your family act sooner. Situations like yours is the reason this law was passed. To keep it from happening to others. Millions of families have suffered this terrible fate before this law was passed.

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    • Thank you Dave. Yes, you are right, many families were being driven into bankruptcy by the high cost of medical care. But sorry, Dave for those like me and my family it came too late. Again, thank you for your consolation.


  9. Amanda says:

    Alma, I will apologize for making the woman’s conditions worse if I did so. That wasn’t my intentions.

    Lynn, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were sick. And I truly hope you get well and can get the treatment you need.

    Alma, I didn’t know she was sick. Thanks for letting me know that. I feel for anyone going through such a terrible ordeal. I don’t wish illness on anyone.

    But being sick doesn’t excuse you from everything. Being crazy does. But I do understand what stress and illness can do to a person. I educate myself about the condition of others.

    But what I won’t apologize for is standing up for what’s important to African Americans. To say Barrack Obama was the worse president is putting Presidents who owned slaves and massacred Native Americans and broke treaties after treaties with Native Americans above him. Those like Zack Taylor fought the Indian Wars himself. This orange fool in office now is separating children and parents. African Americans have seen this done before.

    We have lived under inhuman laws that have cost untold numbers of us our lives for 399 years. We’ve been accused of everything under the sun. We built this country. The White House was built by slaves. A black man designed it and built the city of Washington D.C.

    It’s our ancestors blood, sweat and tears that’s the reason this young nation survived and rose to a world’s superpower. But when we finally got one who look like us in office after 390 years of service and forced labor and living under horrible laws then those who can’t stand to see anything black succeed at anything want to come urinate all over it and expect African Americans to let them do so and when you call them up on their game they cry foul. Well, quit messing with our president.

    Maybe you did not notice the woman refused to give Obama credit for anything. I am sorry, I can’t be quiet. Too many of us have lost our lives all because of a lie. There’s a museum in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to such reason thing. 14 year old Emmet Tills was beat beyond recognition all because someone lied.

    She lied on you. I found her site. I know being the kind of person you are that kind of things doesn’t matter. But you didn’t take sides with neither of us. But all because you logically pointed out what was happening in 2008 and what would have been the aftermath had things collapsed she said you were taking my side. I didn’t see it that way. You took sides with neither of us. You tried to be a peacemaker between us.

    Don’t feel caught in the middle. I am always going to call things what they are. That’s the problem too many people are remaining silent or run away. If things keep going the way they are there’s going to be no place to run.


  10. Amanda Stevens says:

    Nothing turns an audience of readers off faster than a author making their own speech about their spouse and how wonderful the person was in supporting them in writing it. Acknowledge the person and then shut up about them. The readers came to see you and learn what’s your story about.

    It’s ok to read a quote or two or even read a full passage to an adult audience but don’t read more than five minutes. People did this in the days when a lot of the public was illiterate. You don’t conduct a speaking to an adult audience as you would a group of preschoolers..

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      • By the way, I’m not sure you heard an original recording of the Gettysburg Address at the Smithsonian Institution (possibly a re-enactment?). According to Smithsonian Magazine, there are no recordings since Lincoln died 12 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device to record and play back sound. See, Your description is not, however, far off. Lincoln’s voice was often described as reedy. But during his famous address at Cooper Union, it was said to have the powerful effect of a tenor trumpet.

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        • Thank you for the information. I’m always looking for new information on a subject. I suspected he may have sounded much like the people from Kentucky. Some Kentuckians do have a reedy voice. I believed he possessed the gift of Oratory. I say that because according to those who heard him speak wrote that when he started speaking at Gettysburg his voice was very high pitched with emotions. That’s normal for any human considering what he was looking at and dedicating. The nine day Battle of Gettysburg was bloodiest battle in the Civil War. But they say by midway the address, the speech that was later named the Gettysburg Address; it’s said his voice grew stronger; and by the end, his voice was thunderous and had the powerful effect of a tenor trumpet.

          The Gift of Oratory: Leadership Through Speeches. There are ordinary speeches, and then there is visionary rhetoric. Winston Churchill once said, “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king.”

          Churchill possessed this gift also.

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          • While not an orator myself, I have long been an admirer both of Lincoln and Churchill. Both were men of character. Both survived hardships before facing the enormous trials which tested their leadership skills.


            • I agree, both were men of character; placed in the historical slot when their countries needed a great leader. I know the world as we know it would be vastly different were not for these two remarkable men.


  11. Brendan says:

    You are right. There exist a phonograph recording of Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address.
    I think I know where you used to work.
    The Smithsonian! The Met! The Library of Congress.

    That explains how you know things that aren’t public knowledge!

    Those are the only three places that phonographic recording has ever circulated to. It is not well known that that was one of the first phonographic recordings made. Of course, it would make sense that the first one be of a president.

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