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How to Grow a Beard

How to Grow a Beard

A lot of people think that growing a beard is easy. After all, the hair just grows naturally anyway, right? Well, if you have ever actually tried to grow a beard, you would know all too well that it is not always the easiest thing to do. Sure, you could just let the beard hair grow in willy nilly, but it isn’t going to look good. You actually have to take the time to work on your beard and make sure that it is well-shaped, clean, and looks great. Here are some tips that will help you to have a great-looking beard in just a few short months.

1. Forget the itching.

For the first few weeks, you are going to experience a lot of itching while your beard is coming in. This is the time when many men give up and shave, because they just can’t handle the itchiness. Ignore it, and it will be worth it in the long run. The itchiness will go away after a few weeks, and you will hardly notice it after that.

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2. Just let it grow.

It is going to take a few months to get your beard looking just the way you want it. Whether you plan to keep it short or grow it longer, you will need to make sure that it is shaped for your face. This involves trimming, but don’t start trimming until your beard is a bit longer than you actually want it to be. Then you can start trimming and shaping.

3. Do maintenance.

In addition to trimming, you should also be combing or brushing your beard regularly. “This is going to help train the hairs to grow in the same direction so your beard isn’t sloppy or scruffy looking. It is also important to brush or comb against the grain so the hairs stand out,” suggests an expert from Prestige Barbershop. Do this just before trimming to make the job a lot easier. Brushing should be done daily, and brushing and trimming done every couple of weeks.

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4. Use the right shampoo.

It is as important to wash your beard as it is to wash your hair, and you need to use the right shampoo. Don’t use the same bar of soap that you would use to wash your body. This is going to dry out the beard hairs, as well as your facial skin. Use shampoo that is mild and contains moisturizers.

5. Use the right conditioner

You also need to use a good conditioner on your beard. It is recommended that you use a conditioner that is thick, which will help keep the beard hairs from becoming overly wiry. Just like with your hair, let the conditioner sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out.

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6. Use the right beard tools.

There are certain tools you will need to have in order to have a great looking beard. One of them is a good trimmer for the edge of your beard. You will also need to have scissors and a good comb for shaping your beard. You won’t cut as much off by mistake with scissors as you can with a decent pair of trimmers.

7. Eat the right foods.

Your diet plays a huge role in your overall health, as well as the health of your beard. If you are not getting the right nutrients in your diet, the beard hair is going to look dull and be unmanageable. Make sure that you are getting plenty of biotin, which is a B complex vitamin that helps to strengthen the hair. If necessary, start taking a vitamin supplement.

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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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