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5 Tips To Find Inspiration For Your Writing

5 Tips To Find Inspiration For Your Writing

Writing is something which may seem to come naturally to you at times. At other times, though, getting the words to flow can be like trying to walk through knee deep mud – slow, messy, and full of sludge. What do you do when you can’t seem to write with the passion and inspiration which you long to have? How do you handle it when the words won’t flow like you dream of? How about when you have been writing along, getting all your emotion and fluency out in the form of the written word, and all of a sudden you are at a standstill – unable to go any further?

It is no secret that every writer goes through times like the ones mentioned above. When it happens to you, though, it can feel like the most difficult mountain to overcome. Here are 5 tips to help you find inspiration for writing:

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  • Take your Time: Don’t rush yourself to produce anything. Allow yourself to work at a slow pace, reading over what you have so far every once in a while. Sometimes inspiration comes from allowing thoughts, your own writing, to sink in for a while. You may even want to take the time to revisit things you have written in the past. Look over some of your own work which has made you proud, given you an outlet for your happy place, and where you have expressed yourself well with the written word. Taking the time to do that will allow you to remind yourself that you really do have it in you. You really can express yourself well with the written word. You have what it takes, but every once in a while it may take a bit longer to let it surface.
  • Brainstorm with Other Writers: This can be a great exercise to get those creative juices flowing. When you toss around ideas and share them with each other it allows you to view things from other perspectives, which may in turn allow you to express yourself in greater ways. If you don’t have any writer friends nearby, join a group online. There are plenty of forums, groups, and chat-rooms to join so you are surrounded by options in the writing community.
  • Read, Read, Read: That’s right, the saying that in order to be a good writer you have to be a good reader is true. Not only that, but break away from the norm for you and read genres that you normally may not choose. You may be quite surprised at how that alone can inspire you.
  • Learn the Most Powerful SEO Tactics: SEO is important, and by understanding it, you will learn how to not only write inspired, but to boost your blog or webpage and draw more visitors to what you write. Inspiration on the writing level as well as the profit level.
  • Use a Writing Prompt: They can be found in many places, such as magazines, websites for writers, and even text books. Writing prompts come in many forms, from ideas of what to write about to story starters which the writer has to finish. They also come in many genres, romance, poetry, non-fiction, suspense, science fiction, and even children’s stories and more. The idea with writing prompts is to use them as an exercise to get the writer who is stuck, going again. It is supposed to inspire you, and allow you the freedom to express yourself in ways which will help you in the long run.

When it comes right down to it, there are many ways to achieve the inspiration to write. Choose a couple to get you going again, and before you know it you will be on your way to being a happy, productive, inspired, writer, once again.

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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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