Saturday, October 31, 2009

Top Tips for Public Speaking and Maximising Personal Impact

This is an image of a resource that I produced some time ago which is fantastic if I say so myself. It's made up of 75 slides that help guide students of any age through the art of public speaking.

The resource called Top Tips for Public Speaking: How to Give a Presentation can be found at Classroom Resources and it is well worth having a look at. I've just put a few images on here so you can see the layout but the coverage is extensive from research, planning, speech writing, delivery, practise and preparation to evaluation.

Another resource that I produced and which is available on Classroom Resources' website is another set of slides for anyone who wants to network or wants guidance for social situations. It's called Maximising Personal Impact and once again I've uploaded some images of slides so you can have a look.

The image on Classroom Resources' website is of one of the cards that accompanies this resource, so along with the 55 slides there is a set of cards which acts as reminders to help you remember how to maximise your personal impact!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Some new titles!

My new book, a GCSE literature guide for An Inspector Calls due out in May 2010 is advertising on Philip Allan's site. I love the cover!

Also some material I wrote for CGP last year now features in the new A2 English Language Guide which they published earlier this year.

Friday, October 09, 2009


Today I am posting about some VERY EXCITING news that I was told about last week and for which I received confirmation on Monday.

Having entered the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition back in June, I was very surprised and elated to be told that I am to feature in the Undiscovered Voices anthology to be published in February 2010.

I am really honoured to have been selected, as I've been trying to get my fiction published long enough to know how difficult it is to achieve. The introduction for the anthology will be written by none other than Melvin Burgess and the book will be sent to US and UK agents and editors, which is absolutely brilliant. The last SCBWI anthology published in 2008 resulted in a number of writers being taken on by agents so I am hopeful that this may lead to some success for me - in fiction.

I am going out tonight and I fully intend to celebrate this new opening in my life, before getting back to the writing tomorrow.