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Giving my first copywriting talk

Plus, lessons learnt from dancing

Well, I gave my first talk on copywriting at the local Bristol Wordpress group! It was on one of my favourite subjects, how to create conversational copy that naturally flows down the page.

What I realised from teaching dancing

In preparing for it, I realised how much teaching dance lessons has helped. (FYI, I spend most my free time swing dancing).

This is because when teaching a room of people how to pull of a move, you can instantly tell when you've failed to get the idea across. Unlike a talk which is a sea of staring faces, you get to watch a horde of previously enthusiastic dancers turn into a confused mess.

"you get to watch a horde of previously enthusiastic dancers turn into a confused mess"

Being confronted with the reality of my failure was pretty demoralising at first, but it has helped me quickly become a better and better teacher.

Hooray! A successful talk!

Thankfully, this learning translated into a successful talk. Attendees even complimented me on the clarity and enthusiasm for the subject matter

By unanimous vote, I have even written up the talk into a DIY guide, available here.

It was highly satisfying seeing people's eyes light up, so I guess I'll keep on teaching for years to come.

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