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10 Online Games to Play any Time You are Bored

10 Online Games to Play any Time You are Bored

Do you ever find yourself bored while waiting around in a coffee shop, at the mall, and you need to find a good way to kill time? Online games are great for this, and there are loads of fun games out there that you can play on your mobile device. Whether you like to play alone, or if you want to compete against other players from all over the world, there is sure to be at least one game that you can really get into. Check out these 10 online games that you can play any time you are bored.

1. KleptoCats

KleptoCats is free for iOS and Android users. Cat burglars (yes, they are actual cats), will go to work at finding all kinds of neat little things for your room. You can keep track of everything that the cats steal, and then reward the cats with special treats.

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2. Exploding Kittens

Enjoy this multi-player card game that was created by none other than the creator of The Oatmeal. The graphics are really cool, and we absolutely promise that no kittens were harmed during the creation of this fun online game.

3. Letterpress

Here is a free game that is a lot like Scrabble. Letterpress was created back in 2012 and since then became an innovative leader. The basic gist of the game is to get the board filled with your color before your opponent does. You can play with friends, but watch out for them, because they can steal tiles from you (and you can steal theirs).

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4. Alpaca Works HD+

Here is another game that is free for iOS and Android users. Your mission is to capture the alpacas that are on your farm, and then dress them up in a variety of outfits. This is great for all ages to play, and the graphics are really cute.

5. Baccarat Squeeze

If you want to get into a game that lets you win real money, check out Baccarat Squeeze. You will find loads of great tips that will help you play this game online and actually win money.

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6. Dumb Ways to Die

This game has little blobs that will die in some of the most imaginative and strange ways that you can think of. Your goal is to keep the blobs alive, and you will have more and more blobs to worry about as the game goes on.

7. Hamster Collection

If you love pets, but don’t want the responsibility of owning one, Hamster Collection is the next best thing. This game lets you have virtual hamsters that you look after. You can interact with your pets, and even give them treats and toys to play with, just like you would if you had real  hamsters.

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8. Pokemon Shuffle

Instead of chasing Pokemon characters around town, you can play this Candy Crush-like game in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else. Simply line up three Pokemon and attack your opponent, without having to chase the critters all over the place.

9. Assassin’s Creed Identity

This game is loaded with awesome graphics, and you can customize your own characters. The storyline of Assassin’s Creed Identity occurs in the Italian Renaissance, and you will be given loads of missions and quests to get through. Enjoy in-app purchases as well to enhance your game playing experience even more.

10. Goat Simulator Waste of Space

Goat Simulator Waste of Space action goes into outer space, with great graphics and challenging play. The storyline is loads of fun, with your character being the first goat in space and having to crowdfund a new colony. It is ridiculous, and a great way to kill time.

Featured photo credit: Carlos R via pexels.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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