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10 Personal Qualities You Should Learn From The #Bossy Tina Fey

10 Personal Qualities You Should Learn From The #Bossy Tina Fey

It’s hard to imagine a time before the bossy queen of comedy gave us sage advice in a neatly wrapped package of comedy and satire. Tina Fey has taught us countless lessons about what it means to achieve success, enjoy life, and be a better person — all while making us laugh until we pee. Without further ado, here are the top 10 qualities Tina Fey has inspired in us during her reign.

1. Clear Communication

“Make statements, with your actions and your voice.”

You can talk all day long, but other people will understand you more clearly if you project with both behavior and speech. You must remain consistent with your words and your conduct to set a good example for your peers to comprehend.

2. Strong Self-Confidence

“Believe you are worthy of the cover.”

Every woman struggles with physical, mental, and emotional insecurities — even Tina Fey. However, the lady of perpetual inspiration preaches that self-confidence (even in the form of delusion) is the best way to make your dreams come true. After all, you are going to have a tough time convincing other people to put you on the cover if you yourself don’t think you can get there.

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3. Unshakeable Lady Pride

“People are going to try to trick you. Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”

Tina Fey is a member of feminism’s old guard; she has been fighting for women’s legal and societal equality since before many of us understood the terms “heteronormativity” and “rape culture.” As a result, Fey knows too well the struggles women enforce on fellow women — and she knows that we need to work together to end it.

4. Altruistic Cooperation

“Cover the phones for someone when they need to pee. Punch someone’s timecard. Help people when the register doesn’t add up. Don’t be a tattletale.”

There are plenty of reasons to help out your friends and co-workers: For one, they will owe you favors in the future; for another, cooperation makes life easier for everyone. However, acts of kindness don’t necessarily need a reason. You should do good in the world just for the sake of doing good.

5. Balanced Beauty

“If you retain nothing else, always remember this important Rule of Beauty. ‘Who cares?’”

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It is hard to deny that appearance is important. Researchers have discovered that looking a certain way can affect a person’s ability to get good grades, secure interviews, earn a high salary, and more. However, Tina Fey reminds us that we shouldn’t devote all our attention to looking good.

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    Liz Lemon image by jtbrennan from Flickr.

    6. Passionate Imperative

    “As the mother of this now five-year-old show, would I still rather have a strong ‘Two and a Half Men’ than our sickly little program? No, I would not, because I love my weird little show.”

    “30 Rock” was on the verge of cancellation for most of its time on air, but that never stopped Tina Fey from rewriting the scripts to make them more appealing to the masses. Fey remained committed to the show that she was passionate about — and in the end, she earned two Emmys (and 103 Emmy nominations) for her efforts. If you have a crazy dream of running your own business, you should absolutely go for it.

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    7. Assertive Self-Direction

    “When people say ‘You really, really must’ do something, it means that you don’t really have to.”

    If there is one thing you have absolute control over, it is what you do and say — and you can never let someone else take that away from you. No matter what other people demand, you should only do what you think is right.

    8. Insightful Judgement

    “You can always tell how smart a person is by what they laugh at.”

    Perceptiveness is perhaps one of the most unendingly useful skills you can foster. Tina Fey uses her comedy to understand what other people like and need, and you can do the same with your inherent talents to gain an edge in business and in life.

    9. Informed Inspiration

    “I pretty much just do whatever Oprah tells me to.”

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    Tina Fey loves Oprah unabashedly, and considering Oprah’s unparalleled professional success, we can see why. Perhaps she is following in Oprah’s footsteps — the way you should follow in Tina Fey’s.

    10. Indulgent Relaxation

    “One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to say ‘Yes.’ Yes to love; yes to life; yes to staying in more!”

    Tina Fey works hard, and you probably do, too. While you should open yourself up to new experiences, you should also know when it is time to put on pajamas, eat some cheese, and watch television until you fall asleep.

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    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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