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CIPA (Colorado Independent Publisher's Association) Monthly Program

  • Church of Scientology 2340 Blake Street Denver, CO, 80205 United States (map)

Speaking without “Freaking”

Selling books requires that you present them. No matter which audience you’re in front of, you need to have developed a presence—your author persona.

This can translate into success in front of any crowd of people you’re speaking to from a book club group to a large audience expecting a dynamic keynote.

Liz Duckworth is an actor, a public speaker, and an educator.

Hers is a hands on, interactive  presentation designed to help everyone who attends be more ready and able to present their book—to any audience.

  • You will learn how to improve your talks and presentations using techniques from an actor’s toolbox: improvisation, audience connection, preparation, and the power of your personal energy.

  • Discover how “stage fright” can work for you and not against you.

  • You’re going to learn how both internal (mental and emotional) and external (physical) aspects of successful public speaking can enhance your presentation of your book.

  • You will grasp and practice tools for effectively reaching an audience using creative teaching methods and fun practice activities.

  • This session will be lively and dynamic, yet very practical and applicable, aimed at speakers from every level—beginning through experienced presenters.


Liz Duckworth is a published author, book editor, and part-time actress and historical re-enactor. She has more than four decades of acting, speaking, and education experience and currently acts professionally with Red Herring Productions, especially Poker Alice Tubbs. Her book Poker Alice Tubbs: The Straight Story was released by Filter Press in 2018. She has also authored books on writing, youth group drama, a memoir, and children’s books. She is CEO and the entire staff of Creede Creative, a publishing services resource.

Roundtable Details Below:

  1. Our speaker, Liz Duckworth, will be hosting a round table that continues the discussion from her presentation.

  2. Getting the Most for Your Book Production Budget—Mike Daniels, THE Publisher’s Coach: Learn some tricks of the trade as to how best to plan and budget for your book’s production to ensure you publish the best book possible for maximum impact within your budget.

  3. Getting Started with Video on Social Media. What Do You Really Need?Cassy Huidobro, Uncomfortable Questions: They say video is the wave of the future. I believe video is the wave of the now. With body language comprising more than 50% of communication, it’s impossible to ignore video is necessary for understanding the whole picture. I’ll show you the tools I use to record my video blogs and how to upload them to YouTube and Facebook. If we have time, I’ll also show you how to create a MailChimp Campaign with your video.

  4. Your Number One Marketing Tool—Alexandra O’Connell, Your Resident Wordsmith: Yes, you’re speaking…but your book should also speak for itself. Have you made it the best it can be? Strategies for getting the most out of editing and revision so that your presentation success doesn’t fizzle out when potential buyers pick up your book.

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