John and I headed for the airport this morning only to discover our flight had been cancelled. We’re supposed to be in New Jersey right now, where I’m to speak at a private event tomorrow and visit family. Then we’ll travel on to New York for the Book Expo. We couldn’t get on another flight today, so we came home and we’ll try it again tomorrow. I hope I make it in time for the event. I’ll feel so bad for the organizer if I don’t, plus I’m looking forward to talking about books and writing and The Midwife’s Confession. (Okay, I don’t mean to brag, but have y’all seen the reviews?? Do a Google search on The Midwife’s Confession and check out the blogs! So heart warming to me.)
Anyhow, I was thinking about what I want to say to the audience tomorrow (fingers crossed…) and I remembered how I used to plan my speeches and thought I’d share my crib notes with you. This sheet of paper (or one similar to it) is what I’d take to the podium with me. This one is from a long-ago event (mid-nineties) on Marco Island, Florida. (Wow, did I get lucky landing that engagement! What a fabulous place!) Honestly, I don’t remember what some of these little pictures represented, but they had meaning for me when I stood up in front of the audience and that’s what counts. I’d always start in the lower left hand corner and work my way around the circle. Now I just use a little note card. How boring! Maybe I’ll draw some pictures for tomorrow. . . in the hope our plane gets off the ground in time.