Posts Tagged With: Talk Verbally

How to Create That Short Bio

We all know to create a short elevator speech right?  It’s also called the 30 second speech.  When someone asks you what you do – you respond with a practiced, brilliant, witty, concise biography that includes the big picture of what you do, something about what you love or your passion, and a call to action close.

Daffodils by MichaelAnd if that wasn’t enough pressure, we also should have a similar one for our quick bios at the end of our blog posts, linked in, tags to speeches and advice and of course, on our web sites.

If you have it down, all the brilliant and sparkly stuff that makes for a compelling introduction – good for you!  Send it to me as a stellar example and I’ll read it out on the podcast.

But maybe you do not have one of these handy autobiographies  at the ready.  If not, my friend Beth Barany created a nice outline for how to create a short bio.

Check it out!

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Beth Barany speaks at Day of the Book

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Day of the Book

Day of the Book

April 20, 2013

JFKU 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA

Time: 10-4

My friend Beth is a fabulous speaker and is so willing to share everything she knows!  Come and hear her speak at Day of the Book:

WHAT IS YOUR BIG IDEA? –   Beth Barany

Many people have something to say, a big message they want to share with the world. But they don’t know how to get it out of their head and onto the page. In this talk, by writing coach and novelist, Beth Barany, she’ll take you through the simple, yet powerful steps to get your powerful message into a book.

Award-winning novelist, Beth Barany is a creativity coach for writers, helping them complete their books, and get them into the hands of their readers. Her latest book for writers is Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.


$35 with lunch

Faculty, staff, alumnae:  $25

Students: $20

Morning events open to the public 10-12

Panel discussion (lunch) 12-1

Literary salon 2-4

More on Beth

For early reservations contact: Catharine at

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Talk Verbally

Is Let’s Talk Verbally the new hook up line?

I overheard a recent phone conversation that began, “I thought we’d talk verbally”.   The word talk has becomes more fluid in its meaning  -we talk though iMessage, we talk on Facebook , we talk text. Live chat means casually writing your thoughts in real time.

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Talking out loud


Talking verbally is another activity entirely, as if it is more special, with more attention to the single listener.  Which makes me wonder about the implied commitment of a verbal chat. Does talking verbally mean you’ve elevated the relationship to the next level?

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