Turning a Speech Into a Book
I’m always teaching that you don’t have to start from square one to create the content for your book – you can and should start from within your own materials to create the book.
What I hear a lot of people teaching and preaching is to RECORD you speaking your book, have it transcribed, and make THAT into your book.
Have you ever actually READ a transcript? Like a word-for-word transcription of a lecture or interview?
It’s NOT easy reading! I have a client who leaves me audio recordings to use as the materials for her articles – and she’s used to “writing” this way and they’re STILL hard to read as a word-for-word transcription.
Which means that a transcription is a great place to start at for materials for your book, but it isn’t a book.
Let me say that again: don’t think you can just slap a cover on a transcription and call it a book!You can't just slap a cover on a transcript & call it a #book! Click To Tweet
Here’s a word-for-word transcription from this client:
All of that sounds nice on the outside and like I said I’m not going to waste either of our time and energy talking about whether or not it should or should not be that way but here’s the important thing to remember, regardless of the criteria and regardless of the regulations, promotions really come down to a couple of things and most of us already know that at the end of the day promotions have very little to do with job performance.
Wow! And that’s just ONE sentence of a transcription!
- Is it easy to read? – No.
- Is the point she’s driving at immediately clear? – Nope.
- Is there really juicy stuff in there? – Yes!
- Is it easy to pick out and put into practice in your life? – Not so much.