Speaking / Writing Resources

Here are a number of resources I’ve used that I’ve found helpful in writing, speaking, book writing and publishing and YouTube content creation. Hope you find them helpful!

Speaking and storytelling resources:

Books:

Save the Cat! Blake Snyder

Story – Robert McKee

Screenplay – Syd Field

Story Theater Method – Doug StevensonWebsite

The Message of You – Judy Carter  – Website

Stage Time University

https://stagetimeuniversity.com/

Good web resources:

Six Rules of Pixar Storytelling

Khan Academy – The Pixar Storytelling Model

TV Tropes

Five Recurring Themes in The Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone episode guide

Storytelling shows / resources

The Moth

Story District

Better Said Than Done

Good Toastmasters Contest Speeches (in my opinion)

Danajaya Hettiarachchi – 2014 – “I See Something in You”

Mohammed Qhatani – 2015 – “The Power of Words”

Sherri Su – 2018 – 2nd Place – “Turn Around”

David Henderson – 2010 WCOPS – 

“How to Write a Winning Speech” – includes his 2010 Semifinal speech

“Winning Toastmasters Speech Contests”

Ed Tate – 2000 WCOPS– “Just One of Those Days” – (delivered at an NSA conference, but it’s his 2000 speech). 

Darren LaCroix – 2001 WCOPS– “Ouch”

Olivia Schofield – 2011 – “Wodwik” 

Book/Publishing  Resources:

Scribe Book School

https://bookschool.scribemedia.com/

Amazon Kindle Publishing Direct

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US

Compliation of self-publishing resources:

https://publishdrive.com/the-ultimate-list-of-self-publishing-resources.html

Hybrid publishing resources:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/70446-the-indie-author-s-guide-to-hybrid-publishing.html

Top self-publishing companies for first time authors:

https://www.editage.com/info/book-editing-services/articles/top-10-self-publishing-companies-a-2018-guide-for-first-time-authors.html

Audiobook resources:

Findaway Voices is an independent platform that distributes to Audible and other audiobook platforms. One big advantage of this service is their distribution to Overdrive, the primary platform libraries use to acquire audiobooks and ebooks. 

http://findawayvoices.com/

ACX is owned by Amazon and primarily distributes to Audible. While you’ll earn a little more on your Audible sales here, your distribution will also be limited.

http://acx.com/

Business Resources:

https://www.inc.com/amy-morin/how-to-become-a-successful-motivational-speaker.html

https://www.jackcanfield.com/blog/how-to-become-professional-speaker-trainer/

https://www.udemy.com/course/effective-public-speaking/

https://stagetimeuniversity.com/

https://heroicpublicspeaking.com/

NSA DC Speakers Academy – 1 year long coaching – it’s expensive, but lots of people have done it. Don’t know if they’re doing it for 2021 yet. 

https://www.nsadc.org/Speaker-Academy

https://speakerhubhq.medium.com/10-ways-to-monetize-your-professional-speaking-business-924e1532ba88

YouTube/Social Media resources: – some of these are gimmicky, but they cover the basics. Being on YouTube is one way to quickly build your audience and brand identity. 

https://www.wix.com/blog/2018/07/how-to-become-successful-youtuber

https://influencermarketinghub.com/how-to-become-a-youtuber/

https://www.cyberlink.com/blog/youtube-video-editing/58/how-to-become-a-youtuber

https://www.udemy.com/course/youtubesuccess/

https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/home

LinkedIn courses on video (editing, content creation, lighting, etc)

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/search?keywords=video

LinkedIn courses on YouTube content / creation

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/search?categoryIds=ALL&contentBy=ALL&continuingEducationUnits=ALL&difficultyLevel=ALL&durations=ALL&entityType=ALL&keywords=youtube&learningCategoryIds=ALL&purchaseModel=ALL&software=ALL&sortBy=RELEVANCE&spellcheck=true