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Signs You’re An Emotional Person And That’s Really Good

Signs You’re An Emotional Person And That’s Really Good

“The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.” – Alain De Botton

Emotional humans are often the sensitive ones. The ones who cry a little sooner in the cinema than everyone else, the ones that are perhaps wounded by a boss’s comment or a friends jokes that go a little too far. But you’re also the ones that see things that others don’t. You’re the ones that notice when somebody is feeling sad when everyone else just keeps going about their business. You’re the ones that run out into the pouring rain to bring in the freezing cold family dog! Yes, you might act emotionally before you think logically, but there are some things about being this kind of person that, actually, are not so bad at all. Here’s a few. 

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You’re very careful not to hurt people’s feelings

You understand what it feels like to have hurt feelings. And the last thing you would want is for anyone else to experience it if they don’t necessarily have to. It might not be the easiest thing, or even the most rational thing, to try and abstain from hurting a persons feelings. Sometimes it happens and it’s not our fault, and wasn’t our intention. But it is a very kind thing that you try so hard to not have another human being feel hurt, particularly not by you.

Memories are very important to you and sometimes you dwell on it too much

You have a tendency to think about the past and worry about the future. And while mindfulness is a wonderful approach and perhaps solution for this, the fact that you think so much on things does make you a pretty thoughtful person. Things that happened in your life that hold meaning are very special to you. Certain people and places and times can hold innate significance and that is pretty beautiful, and powerful! Just try to remember not to dwell too much on things if it isn’t particularly good for you. It’s always important to live in the present moment, so we can enjoy that too.

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To you happiness gets a higher priority than success

Some people will do anything to get to the top. They’ll put themselves first, before their families or friends, before anything. And sometimes it’s only when they reach the top that they realize they aren’t particularly happier for having reached their destination.
You don’t put success first. Your priority is happiness, and love, and care. Just be mindful that success can be a big factor in happiness. It’s important to have goals and feel like they are succeeding.

You’re not afraid to make mistakes

As someone who is pretty in tune with their emotions, you know that it is fairly human to make mistakes. You’ve made many before, everybody has. You are not afraid to get it wrong because you understand emotionally that this is part of life. When we act on our emotions we might get burned by our choices, yes. But we also will have had an experience, and perhaps a really great one.

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You care more about feelings than reasons

You are a good friend and a good human to be in somebody’s life because you understand the importance of how we feel. Everybody has feelings! You care about feelings and the part they play in everything that we do. We could write a list of all the reasons we should or should do something, but you care more about our personal investment, you follow your heart rather than the rules. It might not always lead to where you hope it will, but at least you have a true reason for heading down that certain path.

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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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