I have been asked, no nix that, let me be honest. I have volunteered to give our November PRO meeting for the Utah RWA Chapter. The topic is: 'How do you act, dress and play the part of success?'
I'm in the research stages--which really means I'll be busting my buns late the night before trying to write up a lesson. Yeah, procrastination is my middle name, when it comes to things like this. Now give me something fun, or something I'm motivated to do, like get a picture for the M&M blog header and I've got it done two seconds after it was suggested.
When I say act, dress and play the part, what do I mean? Exactly what it say's. Pick your favorite Best Selling author, how does he or she act? Shy? Aloof? Intimidated? Does he or she dress like a slob? Or do they play the part of a buffoon?
Now think hard, the last time you went to a writing function and you ran into a Bestseller, what was your impression? I'll tell you mine, after all at the last National RWA conference I ran into several, listened to their workshops, etc. All of them were dressed for success, meaning in nice business suits. They acted confident and they did not need to play the part of being a successful author.
If you act confident, dress appropriately and play the part of a successful best selling author, eventually you'll be that person. Sound easy? Well it's not, just ask any one of the successful authors you meet. Every single one of these people have to write, edit, write, edit, toss in the garbage, and start over.
No one does it for them. Part of the 'part' of being a successful best selling author is exactly what we do every day. And if you're not, then you will never be where they are. In my opinion if you practice acting, dressing and playing the part, you'll already be there when you hit the NY times best seller list.
And for the rest of my lesson I'm here seeking inspiration from my friends. When you meet someone, how can you tell if they are success? And what do you believe makes a person a success? Any suggestions for me to add?