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What Love Is Really Like

What Love Is Really Like

Dr. Seuss said it best when he described love. Love is weird, love is different, love is something words can’t really describe. I’ve given it a try with these 14 examples of what love is really like. What does love mean to you?

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” – Dr. Seuss

1. Love is taking the good with the bad.

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Love is taking the good with the bad

    2. Love is accepting the morning breath, the runny nose and the bad hair days.

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      3. Love is letting go of your ego.

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        4. Love is respecting the other person’s beliefs.

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        love and respect

          5. Love is standing up for yourself.

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            6. Love is knowing when to back off.

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              7. Love is knowing when to say no.

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                8. Love is allowing the other person to be themselves.

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                  9. Love is listening.

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                    10. Love is being judgement free.

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                    judgement free

                      11. Love is a constant challenge.

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                        12. Love is fun!

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                          13. Love is friendship.

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                            14. Love is unique.

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                              Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                              7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                              7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                              When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                              You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                              1. Connecting them with each other

                              Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                              It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                              2. Connect with their emotions

                              Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                              For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                              3. Keep going back to the beginning

                              Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                              On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                              4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                              After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                              Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                              5. Entertain them

                              While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                              Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                              6. Appeal to loyalty

                              Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                              In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                              7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                              Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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