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6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

Spring is here. Winter weather is dissipating, trees are slowly regaining foliage, and colorful flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s a refreshing and wonderful site. However, the weather is only one of the reasons why you should be thrilled about spring. Let’s check out a handful of the top reasons why spring is the greatest time of the year.

1. Eating Outside and People Watching

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    (Photo by Aitor Méndez)

    While some will adamantly deny it, the truth is that we all enjoy people watching. There’s just something incredibly entertaining about sitting back and observing how complete strangers interact with each other and handle various situations.

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    Unfortunately, people watching is often forced to take a backseat when the weather is cold. But, when the weather begins to warm, you can once again sit outside and watch people walk by. Top people watching destinations include street cafes, tourist attractions, park benches, and public transit. As a tip, wear sunglasses so you don’t look super creepy.

    2. Music Festivals

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      Springtime means the resurgence of outdoor music festivals and concerts. If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can attend a different festival each weekend from March through the end of the summer. In other words, there’s no excuse for saying, “There’s nothing going on this weekend.”

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      3. Baseball Season

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        As spring comes, so does baseball season. Opening Day typically takes place at the very beginning of April and the weather is generally cool enough to enjoy a few innings of baseball without sweating through your shirt.

        Not crazy about baseball? Well, there are some other ways to get into the game. Try your hand at placing a wager on the game. Or, check out the craft beer lineups that many stadiums now offer. You may even be able to find some “all you can eat seats” at the next game. Never say no to baseball in the spring – there’s always something going on at the ballpark.

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        4. The Masters Tournament

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          (Photo by Torrey Wiley)

          Is there anything more “spring” than the annual Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia? It’s arguably the most beautiful sporting event of the entire year, with an immaculate course, bright azaleas, and some of the world’s greatest athletes. And one of the coolest things about the tournament is that a number of amateurs are invited each year. This adds a bit of a special feel to the event and gives even the most casual fan a reason to tune in.

          5. Fresh Food

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            While there’s nothing wrong with a good oven-baked casserole, being restricted to the kitchen is a nightmare for those who enjoy delicious food. When spring rolls in, you can once again fire up your grill and enjoy steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Now’s the perfect time to clean the grill and stock up on propane or charcoal.

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            6. Pool Season

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              Finally, we can’t forget about swimming. When spring weather arrives, the cover comes off the pool and the kids can dive right in. Whether you have a pool in your backyard, are a member of the neighborhood pool, or know a friend with one, everyone enjoys lazy afternoons by the water. Just make sure you lather on the sunscreen. The first few weeks of warm weather can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t prepared.

              Rejoice for Spring

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                Spring means good food, weather, and entertainment. What more could you ask for? Nothing against summer or fall – or even winter for that matter – but spring has to be the greatest season of the year. The good news is that springtime is here and we no longer have to suffer through the dreary days of winter. Congratulations, you made it!

                Featured photo credit: Andrew Wilkinson via flic.kr

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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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