Many of us hold our childhood memories in high regard; the joy of seeing your father come home from work, the sense of security one would feel when held in the protective embrace of a loved one, but one of the most fondest memories I cherish of my childhood, is that of my mother reading bedtime stories to me.
θα ήθελα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας ενα άρθρο που έγραψα πρόσφατα για το τελευταίο τεύχος του INMYbook. Οι εμπειρίες είναι αληθινές και παρά το χιούμορ που χρησιμοποιώ, καλό θα ήταν να σκεφτούμε, ποιός είναι ο πραγματικός ρόλος της εκπαίδευσης.
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After a tiring day at school, I get out of my car with 2 bags of books in one hand, while holding my students’ tests closely to my chest in the other. I awkwardly attempt to unlock my apartment door but fail miserably as my belongings slowly slip out of my hands.
Books and papers fall on the floor as I make one more attempt at unlocking the door. I’m home at last! Now, to get to work again!
The first thing I do is prepare a warm mug of chocolate milk, turn on my computer and check my books. Have to start correcting those essays and tests as quickly as possible.
Speeches, Lectures and Presentations. What do all of these have in common? Simply put – you have an audience.
Imagine yourself on a stage while being ‘examined’ by hundreds of eyes. The feelings are overwhelming to say the least. Many of my friends and colleagues ask me questions such as, “How do you do it? Don’t you have stage fright? What if you forget your lines?”
I’d be lying if I said that I never felt just a bit nervous when facing a large audience. During one of my speeches, I had the deputy mayor of Athens sitting next to me and representatives of the American University of Deree and the U.S. Embassy in the audience; all the while, my speech was being recorded.
How did it go, you might ask? At the end of it, I was surrounded by my audience who literally got up and embraced me. My heart was full of joy and relief, as I ‘got through’ to them. Now, if you’re wondering, that I might be a ‘natural’ at this, then you’re wrong. I’m just an ordinary girl like any other. Then why am I at ease when I’m on the stage?
The answer is simple. Proper preparation. Meticulous preparation and attention to detail can get you through anything. There’s a saying, ‘practice makes perfect’ and by following a few simple guidelines, you’ll start feeling more comfortable when you grab that mic and start talking.
‘Ben & Friday Race to the Rescue’ is now available for purchase. I would like to thank all those involved for collaborating with me on this project. Your dedication and support is truly an honor. Once again, a huge debt of gratitude to Akakia Publications for their contribution.
A few days ago, one of my students told me that when she grows up, she wants to become a writer like me. I was honored by her heartwarming confession. Being a positive role model for someone and in this case my students, is not something to be taken lightly. When a person looks up to you, it’s not only a privilege, but also an obligation to help him in any way you can.
So, what makes you a writer, and a good one at that? There are no rules that you must follow to achieve this, however, some of my personal experience might help you.
On a beautiful Sunday morning, I drive to an old ordinary building in a suburb of Athens. I exit the car only to hear the sweet voices of children playing outside. As I approach them with books in my arms, one of my students wraps herself around me. Then another and before you know it, all of them surround me as I’m gasping for air while my heart beats with love and joy to see my sweet darlings once again.
Εδώ θα βρείτε την Ελληνική έκδοση της συνέντευξης μου στο περιοδικό INMYbook. Θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω τους συνεργάτες μου, τους αναγνώστες και φυσικά τον εκδοτικό οίκο για την συμπαράσταση που μου έχετε προσφέρει.