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30 Popular New Years Resolutions From Around The Web

30 Popular New Years Resolutions From Around The Web

It’s easy making a New Year’s resolution – the hard part is sticking to it. And yet, every year people renew their efforts to set fresh goals for themselves. To truly embrace the year, however, you have to find a resolution that appeals to your identity.

Thankfully, the internet has so many suggestions that it shouldn’t be difficult for you to pick a resolution you would enjoy. Here are 30 popular resolutions this year from around the web:

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  1. Travel more. See the world and gain new experiences. You might still only have a vague idea of where you want to go, but there’s nothing more tempting than wanting to get out and see more of the world.
  2. Quit smoking. Lots of people want to escape their addiction to tobacco. While there are many books, products, and systems out there that can help you with your struggle, it remains up to you to take the bull by the horns and quit!
  3. Be healthier. People want to eat healthier and improve their overall health.
  4. Appreciate your personality more. There’s no point in hating yourself while letting critics have the last laugh.
  5. Read more books. More importantly, pick quality material that will help you become successful.
  6. Stop procrastinating. Start taking action and getting things done rather than making excuses or waiting for everything to be perfect.
  7. Learn something new. It could be a skill that has always intrigued you. The new year is time to evaluate your abilities and find something new that you enjoy and deeply pursue it.
  8. Learn to persevere. Discipline yourself as you stick to keeping a new habit (or kicking an old one).
  9. Say no. You can’t help everyone. You have to be more selective about the things you pursue.
  10. Get educated. These days, educating yourself can be cheap if you take advantage of the online platforms available to you.
  11. Get a mentor. Find someone that can help you grow and bring out the best in you.
  12. Be more aggressive. Strive for what you want and go after it.
  13. Stand up for something.
  14. Be more positive and optimistic about the things you enjoy.
  15. Prioritize. Stop putting your energy into things that don’t matter to you.
  16. Work. Don’t be idle. Take action and make valuable contributions to your life.
  17. Network. Professionally and personally. Find ways to meet more people. LinkedIn can assist you in this regard.
  18. Improve your communication skills.
  19. Take care of your mental and physical health.
  20. Update yourself with the latest market trends and opportunities.
  21. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
  22. Share your knowledge with others.
  23. Broaden your horizons. Seek new interests. Don’t be too rigid: Find new hobbies and pastimes that will make you feel alive.
  24. Learn a new language. There are many apps that can help you with including Duolingo.
  25. Adopt a pet. Find an animal you want to spend some time and communicate with.
  26. Contribute to a cause. Giving back to the world around you could mean so much for our existence here on earth.
  27. Reduce stress. We live in a busy world. If you can find a way to clear out your work schedule and leave time to relax, the better it can be for you.
  28. Pay off your debt. It can be student loans, a mortgage, or even credit card payments.
  29. Get organized. There is no better way to get more done, manage your time, and live stress-free.
  30. Embrace the unknown. Take more risks. Find value in what you have never tried before.

With these popular New Years resolutions, we wish you the best of luck in attaining everything that you want this year.

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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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