Check out part one post concerning my full circle moment here:
Yesterday afternoon, we returned from my full circle moment.
Every time I do a book sell and signing, I learn something new. This time I learned to be more assertive. I’ve become fatalistic lately and merely accept what is given to me. Frankly, I think it’s because then I’m not so disappointed by people. There are important moments when I need to put myself out there instead of accepting the situation as it is.
When we arrived to the theater, there was a nice table set up for us with flowers and a tablecloth. (Notice my face? I’m trying my best to put on a good show, but wasn’t thrilled with the location.)
Nice, BUT we were stuck over in an anti-room to the lobby. It was easy for people to walk right by us and either not see us, or pretend not to do so. It was no one’s fault–just a learning situation for all concerned.
Then Randy came bounding through, looked it over and said, “We need to move this table into the lobby. You are here to sell books!”
At my ripe age, if there is one thing I’m not afraid of anymore it’s what people will think of me. We moved the table into the lobby. So much better!
I was worried before the event. It was raining. I know what that means for voting days. People use it as an excuse not to get out of their homes. Whatever. I kept my expectations low although I hoped people would support Randy and me.
They did! It was a nice size audience.
Randy warmed up the crowd prior to his book talk. The stage lights emitted a warm glow on the stage. There was a hanging screen to use for his power point which made it easier for him to walk about, sit and gesture to the screen and so forth. I don’t know how other authors book talk, but I think the format worked well for him.
The nice part of Columbia Entertainment Company is its size which is perfect for something like this. The theater only holds around 140 seats.
Randy spoke about his journey in writing Show Me. He is such a funny guy, warm and personable as well. His hysterical self deprecation resonates with all of us. We laughed a lot.
Using the interviews as a spring board for his thoughts, he made many valid points in his presentation. The one which is most profound to me is his concern over the art of listening to one another.
Generally, I take the time to completely focus on what a person is saying. I am confused when others don’t do the same for me. Nevertheless, I figure I can show my interest in the person speaking even if it isn’t reciprocatory.
Randy believes if we take the time to listen to one another with an open mind, we have a lesson to teach one another. This rings true with me.
Have you ever learned something from a complete stranger in only a matter of minutes? It stays with you.
For instance, last fall when our granddaughter was around a month old, I took her and her mother to a store to find some clothes for the new momma to wear. Being a young mother, she was overly tired and still adapting to motherhood. We walked around the store and a lady heard us speaking about our infant. We were expressing concern about her feeding pattern.
Although the lady stuck her nose in where it was not wanted and I feigned not hearing her, I heard her low and clear.
“You know she can hear you,” the lady advised.
“I’m sorry? Did you say something?” I asked the woman.
“You are talking over the baby, but she can hear you.”
That was the jist of the conversation–about three or four sentences between us.
Her statement has snuck into my mind several times since then. I understand her point–be careful what you say around a child for it lays upon them molding their persona.
It’s a meaningful statement.
Just like this well intentioned woman, Randy’s book message sticks with me, too.
I will endeavor to be more aware of what I say and HOW I say it.
It’s a tricky thing, though. One must be in the moment at all times and let’s face it, we aren’t always on top of things. We become overworked, overly exhausted and unfeeling. We grumble at someone, smile and nod when we absent mindedly thinking of something else.
It’s just easier to not listen than pausing and dealing the world around us, right? The main character of Bumbling Bea goes through the same issues as we do in real life. I suppose that’s why Bumbling Bea relates well to my readers. I’m so glad.
Randy stated, “People, we aren’t going home with any books today. We are here to sell books!” (I’m gonna remember these two statements the next time I’m in this position.)
Did we sell books? Yes! Did we autograph them? Yes.
Was the event a success? Certainly.
Purchase Randall Kenneth Jones’ book, Show Me. It’s filled with terrific interviews with successful people such as Suze Orman, Pat Benetar, Shirley Jones, Sonny Jurgensen, Barbara Corcoran, Jack Hannah, Magic Johnson just to name a few.