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Change Your Life Today. Don’t Gamble On The Future, Act Now, Without Delay

Change Your Life Today. Don’t Gamble On The Future, Act Now, Without Delay

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
― Walt Disney Company

Wait For Miracles Or Change Today?

When we encounter difficulties or are not satisfied with current situation, we often have hopes that something or someone will swoop in and save us, soon or some days in future. But in reality, rarely ever happens. What really occurs is that negative upon negative begins to pile up on us, and that beautiful goal, that wondrous light that we wanted to reach, is further away. We only have this one life, so why not embrace change, so that we learn and grow. In the process we are banking happiness for our future.

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We’re Born To Change

As infants we are not afraid of change, and without it, we would never have learned things like walking or talking. As adults, we need to remember that change is a good thing. When we find that things are not working for us we need to change our actions to create a different outcome. If we do not try something different, we will never know if it will work or not for us. For example, if we desire a peaceful life, but find that it is full of drama, something will have to change. This change could mean that we need to disconnect ourselves in some way from those who seem to cause the drama. It does not mean we need to remove all of our family members from our lives, but keeping interactions with the drama creators to a minimum is just fine. This is also a perfect example of a scenario that supplies intrinsic, or internal, motivation. Once we feel that calming peace in our lives, it makes us feel good, and that feeling is what keeps us motivated on the new course that we chose.

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Fear of Failure

Failure is a common fear in almost every human on the planet, but it is also the very thing that has helped us all to evolve. If our ancestors threw in the towel because they encountered failed attempts at creating indoor plumbing or even electricity, the world would be a much different place right now. It was the failed attempts that led to learning and growing. Now we have a much more comfortable life because they never gave up. They did not allow fear to stop them from trying something new, and we shouldn’t either. Throw fear to the wind and try. If we fall, we should get up and try again. Changing our course may be scary, but even if we fail, we tried, we learned, and we can get up and try something else.

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Why Wait Until Tomorrow To Make A Change?

That old saying, to never put off tomorrow what can be done today, is spot on. Why wait until tomorrow to make a change? The longer we hesitate the less likely we are to do it. Procrastination is not a word that should be in our lives. If we look hard enough, we can find one thing that makes us unhappy. Make a change today to try and fix it. If money is the problem, we can always start the hunt for a new job, or research colleges and apply for student loans. We can do it by – just doing it.

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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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