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4 Ways A Summer Road Trip Can Be Fun And Safe

4 Ways A Summer Road Trip Can Be Fun And Safe

Summer is a time where travelling becomes the ideal situation, the weather is hot and humid and the beach and fresh air seems a divine idea. You crave for the chance of letting your hair down and dipping your feet in that cold water. A long swim towards the wide blue horizon or a hike up the green mountains is something that only the summer season could bring.

However, excitement and joy often cloud one’s judgments, leading us to disastrous consequences. It’s been calculated that on an average, there are about 3 accidents involving cars in Europe every summer. One must be aware this calculation is just based on Europe, it could be a larger number if you would calculate worldwide. It often involves excited families and dramatic friends, instead of leaving a memory of having the best time of their lives, it just ends in a tragedy. Often times these accidents are due to careless driving and the “Caution to The Wind ” character.

Here are some practices to enjoy a safe and happy summer road trip.

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1.Never Disturb the Driver. If You’re a Co-Driver Keep That in Mind.

If you’re travelling with 5 or more people, it’s hard to contain the excitement. It’s easy to indulge in the fun that goes on in the back seat. Sometimes you might feel left out and feel the need to contribute and you stop prioritizing your driving. If your co-driver too failed to insist on the importance of concentration, then this could actually be your biggest haphazard.

What happens if you lose concentration for just a moment? It couldn’t be the end of the world, you may argue. Based on my personal experience, this is where people lose not only their happy memories, but they tend to lose their loved ones or even worse, their own lives. After being a depressed victim of witnessing my friend losing his life to this same reason, I can’t help but send the story of caution through my writing.

If you’re a co-driver, your responsibility is to keep the driver awake and focused on his driving. You should refrain from disturbing or dragging the driver into situations and circumstances that might take away his focus on driving. Furthermore, if you’re the driver, you should always keep in mind that you’re responsible for the number of lives in your car. That should be a perfect reminder why you should never be distracted.

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2. Never Text and Drive.

We function on a very technological level. We prefer hanging out with our virtual friends compared to interacting with people. Therefore, we are never apart from our devices, unless we are taking a bath or sleeping. Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and various other networks seems to always be a priority in our lives.

Therefore, it’s never surprising that the most common deaths resulting from accidents are due to texting. The text and drive concept began with our first mobile phone. It never ended there, as our technologies seemed to improve our everyday lives, it also became the biggest haphazard of the road.

Hence, if you’re driving make sure to keep your phones on silent or connected to a Bluetooth. A Bluetooth connector could either be an additional software with the car or a separate device attached to your ear. Google too has created voice commands, where you’re able to voice out your reply instead of texting. Practicing this doesn’t only spare your life, but it also saves the lives of others on the road. I don’t think so you would want to be the cause of another being’s death.

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3. Always Carry a Pair of Sunglasses.

The sun during the summer is our worst enemy, often times it’s too powerful for the mortal world. The heat seeps through our skin, cooking it from the inside however the worst isn’t the heat, but the glare of the sun. The bright sun can often time deprive you of your eyesight, especially while driving. This in many cases can lead into an accident, which either harms your physically and financially, or harms another person.

Therefore, the best way to prevent any of such incidents from occurring is to take proper precaution. In this case, it would be to always carry around a pair of sunglasses. There are various ranges for proper sunglasses, the best would be the UV400 rated sunglasses. This is because these kind of glasses only allows minimal amount of light penetrating through (3%-18%) and also act as amazing light reflectors. It helps you protect your eyes and gives you the necessary vision needed for driving. They  say caution is always better than consequence.

4.Never Assume Speeding Is Cool.

If you’re in Germany this summer, you’ll soon realize that there is rarely any limitation for speed on the freeway. The cars fly down the freeway in competition with Nazcar. I suppose some of the drivers might have even broken the world record. However this isn’t something to be taken lightly. In other words, it’s an unofficial death sentence on the road.

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Even though it may pain your ego or you may get classified as uncool, when faced with a challenge to speed across the freeway or any random street, please reject such ideas. It’s better than inflicting serious danger upon everyone around. Often enough, the innocent victims involved are your passengers or another user of the road.

Summer is a season to be remembered and road trips are events that create beautiful memories. Try to always stay on the safe side when you’re on the road then you will definitely have the best summer of your life without hurting anyone or yourself.

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10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

1. Be Authentic

To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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2. Listen

Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

3. Become an Expert

Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

4. Lead with Story

From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

5. Lead by Example

It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

6. Catch People Doing Good

A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

7. Be Effusive with Praise

It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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10. Understand Your Lane

If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

Final Thoughts

Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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