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8 Sweetest Things You Can Do When Your Friend Is Crying

8 Sweetest Things You Can Do When Your Friend Is Crying

Friendship, a bond between two (or more) people who connect intimately together. We all have experienced that connection many times in our lives, whether we were in grade school or in our 30s. Connecting with someone who shares similar hobbies, conversations and bringing positive vibes, is something that everyone cherishes.

It does not matter how long you have known your friend, a year or even 2 months; in my opinion, if you want to be there for them, you will. With that said, if you have a friend who is going through a hard time and is expressing it to you, here are 8 ways to cheer them up when they are crying:

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1. Give Them a Cup of Hot Chocolate.

Sit down with them, give them a cup of hot chocolate. Have him or her vent it out with no interruptions. A best friend of mine once told me “I dislike it when a person stops me from venting and gives me their opinion on what to do without asking me.” When he shared the message to me, it was crazy that never came to my mind. While it is nice to have opinions, listening it better.

2. Hug It Out

Grab him or her tightly. Hold them while they are crying on your shoulder. For me, when I am hugging a friend, I like to give them a small pat on the back, while I am holding them.

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3. Go for a Walk

Whether you both live in a city close to the mountains or a city full of light, getting out of the house will make you feel refreshed. Go for a walk and you may stumble upon a place neither of you have heard of. Who knows, it could be the new get together place!

4. Drive Around Town with a Playlist

Music is everyone’s therapy. There are so much genres and lyrics that are so relatable, you can’t help but say “Yes! This song is for me!” You can create a playlist full of your best friend’s artists and songs. You can also add in some songs they may never heard of but feel they would love. I would recommend Spotify for this, it is free and easy! Personally, listening to Vance Joy, have the windows and being in company with my best friend, would make my mood turn around in a heartbeat.

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5. Dine Out

If you have the funds, take them out to their favorite restaurant! Whether it be Pizza, Pad Thai or BBQ. If you want to get creative, you can make their favorite meal right at home! Have them help out, even if they do not want it, it will keep their mind occupied for a bit.

6. Bake Desserts

While going to dinner can be fun, nothing can cure a heart more than sweets (in my opinion at least)! Try out that new Chocolate Fudge cake you have been wanting to test out. Maybe bake your friend’s favorite cookies and serve them with milk. Also, you can make up your own recipes, if nothing online sounds appetizing.

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7. Put on a Funny Movie/Television Series

I love to watch anything that puts a smile to my face. Of course, to forget what has happened prior to that moment but also: laughing is great for you! As of right now, my go-to comedy movie would be Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. For anything on Hulu, I personally love putting on Seinfield because George Costanza is very relatable to every living human on earth.

8. Bring Up Good Memories

I love memories, especially with people I love and care about. While you are both on the walk, driving around town with your playlist or baking cookies, bring up the times both of you were happy. Maybe it was the vacation you both took in the summer, or that college party where you both met. At the end of the day, friendship is such a wonderful thing to have in our lives, so we do our best to live up to it.

Featured photo credit: Benjamin Balázs via flickr.com

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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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