School Talks is a resource column (newsletter) for schools and school presenters. All articles are written by authors with considerable experience presenting at schools. Please check back in the future for new additions!
Picking noses, wiping boogers, and pickles - author beware!
by Michael Moorehead
author of The Student from Zombie Island: Conquering the Rumor Monster and a frequent guest speaker at schools, libraries and bookstores.
Looking for a few good ways to spruce up your school book talks? Then read on to discover several great ways to make book talks more fun for both the audience and the speaker.
When it comes to presenting at schools, the most important thing to do is be very interactive with the audience. As a personal experience, when I wasn't engaging the kids about my book - - I literally saw them picking their noses and trying to decide where to wipe the boogers. I'm not joking!
The Student from Zombie Island
The more speakers connect with their audiences and ask them questions, the more the kids understand what the speakers are trying to tell them. Presenters also need to remember to talk "to" the students, not "at" them. For example, instead of saying, "A rumor is gossip spread by word of mouth," ask the audience, "Does anyone know what a rumor is?" This will start a discussion on rumors, and before you know it, the students will really be tuned into what you're saying.
Contact Name *
A username and password will be required to manage your listing and enable other features on
our web site. Both must be at least 5 alpha/numeric characters with no spaces. Please keep your password secure.
Your relationship to Listed Name?
Mail Address *
na Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New
York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South
Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington DC
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
Non-U.S. State or Province
Zip/Postal Code *
Do you want your Address and Zip viewable in your on-line listing?
Web Site URL. Full address starting with http://
Please note: This web site is family friendly. We reserve the right to reject links to web sites that are not appropriate for viewing by children under the age of 18. If you think your site may not be accepted, please contact us with the full URL via email to review the content of your site before submitting your application.
Grade Level * Check up to three grade levels.
College/Post High School
Experience * Select the level that indicates your experience with presentations at schools.
Less than 5 visits
5 - 10 visits
Over 300 visits
Select up to five of the most appropriate Topic * areas for your listing. Please limit to five
(5). Please advise us via email with any
topics you feel would better represent your listing that are not shown below.
Please type your information into the following text fields.
You may want to compose it first in Notepad or WordPad (saved in plain text or ASCII format) so
that you can copy and paste.
The proper character limit is evident by the text box not needing to scroll.
Listing Headline *
(80 characters maximum)
OPTIONAL: Supplemental keywords associated with your areas of expertise that are not naturally included
in your Description or Headline. This is a good place to list your geographic area if that is a limitation. Consider listing your state, province, or region of the country. There is no advantage in supplying words that are already included in your
headline or description above. Limit 160 characters.
OPTIONAL: Please list any professional organizations of which you are a member. Please provide
one organization per line. NOTE: These organizations will be included in your Listing but will not
be contacted or linked.
This is strictly to enhance your Listing.
Listing Term and Options
Search Members ·
Member Area ·
School Area ·
How SchoolBookings.com Works ·
Resource Center ·
Contact Us ·
P.O. Box 6988 · Chandler, AZ 85246-6698
Tel: 480.940.8182 ·
Toll-free: 1.866.471.0777 ·
© 1985 - 2013 Five Star Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
The opinions expressed by members of SchoolBookings.com do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Five Star Publications, Inc.