Your signature is your calling call. It’s how you present yourself to the world. ~Mark Zyga
The Tom Bird Write Your Book in 5 Days course, which I am attending from June 23-28, includes four preparatory webinars.
During this week’s webinar, Tom introduced Mark Zyga, a lifestyle coach and wellness coach. In his presentation to the retreat participants, Mark focused on handwriting analysis.
I really liked one statement Mark made, “Your signature is your calling call. It’s how you present yourself to the world.” He showed us signature samples of many famous people and asked us to guess who each one was. The samples included, among others:
Mark even showed us the signature of Tom Bird and asked if we would take a course from this person. I immediately responded “no” on the chat line before Mark said whose signature it was. Oops, my fingers were quicker on the keyboard than my brain was engaged. I hadn’t actually looked closely at the signature – it was kind of faint on the screen so it didn’t ooze with confidence like some of the others.
When Mark walked through the handwriting analysis for us, I felt reassured that I’d be happy to take a course from my literary midwife starting next week. Hanging head in shame (well, not really), I even sheepishly apologized to Tom on the chat line. What can I say? I ate too many sweets before the webinar and I was on a reckless sugar high while I chatted online throughout the webinar. But all is forgiven, and I think I can face Tom in person next week.
Here are some questions Mark posed for us to consider:
He concluded with sharing that “Changing your signature can change your life.” And he gave us several tips. I only captured a few because I was multitasking – reading and going full steam on the chat line at the same time. But here are a few key ones: eliminate down strokes, don’t include strokes going through your name, and ensure the first letter of each name has a bigger presence.
So what does this have to do with writing a book? Well, during my distracted-during-the-webinar sugar high, I didn’t really focus in on that. But as I sit back now with a clearer mind and no sugar in my system, I believe Mark’s points really speak to the following:
And I also think Mark’s presentation really speaks as much (or more) to the marketing of one’s book as to the actual writing of it – because what our signature says about us is what we are whispering or shouting to the world. It’s about:
If we don’t send a message of confidence to literary agents or publishers, why would they care about our message? (Not sure how they’re going to know what our signature is saying if we type everything, but hey, these are just my off-the-top thoughts on this.)
Anyway, I think I’ll practice my signature a bit. Right now, it includes only the first letter of my first name and my full last name. The first few letters are big and bold, and then the rest of it becomes a scrawl and turns into a flat line at the end. When I asked on the webinar about it flat lining, Mark didn’t seem to think it was a problem, but I wonder, I really wonder. The longer I live, the less there is of a legible signature. Does that mean I am really writing myself out of existence? Scary thought! I don’t like it. Maybe I need to bring back more of me into my signature again before my scrawl turns me into a non-entity. The idea of signing me out of existence isn’t the happiest thought in the world.
So what do you think your signature says about you? Are you growing into the person you have always dreamed of becoming or are you fading away? You can change it. Be, do, have. Be committed to do what it takes to have what you want.
Sedona, here I come….
4 days till I’m leaving on a jet plane….
1 week and counting till I meet Tom and the other retreat participants….
Who am I to write a book? Who are you not to write a book? ~Tom Bird