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J.K. Rowling Loses Her Billionaire Status Because Of Being Too Generous

J.K. Rowling Loses Her Billionaire Status Because Of Being Too Generous

J.K. Rowling was one of the richest people in the world in 2011, but since then her fortunes have decreased to such an extent that she is no longer a billionaire. Forbes announced their yearly list of the World’s Billionaires, but the Harry Potter author’s name was noticeably absent.

She was one of 129 people to be removed from the list that year, but her reason for leaving is a little different to the normal reason. The 51-year-old author’s departure was due to her sizeable donations to charity, as well as the high British taxes she is asked to pay.

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J.K. Rowling’s Charity Work

Forbes, who have produced a yearly list of billionaires for over 20 years, said that Rowling’s declining fortune was mostly linked to her charitable giving, which has drastically lowered her bank balance. The magazine said: “New information about Rowlings’ estimated $160 million in charitable giving combined with Britain’s high tax rates bumped the Harry Potter scribe from our list this year.”

Lots of people would be sad to lose their billionaire status, but J.K. didn’t regret her decisions – in fact, she is very proud of her choices. She said:

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“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”

Her words are inspirational, and many people have a newfound respect for the extremely talented writer. She is one of the very few celebrities who can actually relate to people who are struggling financially, as she was once in a similar position.

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Before Harry Potter was published the author was on benefits and struggling to make ends meet. During this time she also went through heartbreak and divorce, but she persevered and continued to put effort into achieving her dreams. At one point, she was even writing Harry Potter on free napkins in cafes. In the end, her determination paid off, and she quickly went from being an unemployed single mom to being the first billionaire author of all time.

This might have influenced her decision to give an astounding amount of money to various charities; Forbes estimate that the Harry Potter mastermind has given away $160 million to charity so far. Her main beneficiaries are charities that help single parent families; they offer free childcare facilities and they help single parents to find employment or enter education.

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She also gives to other charities that are linked to children’s welfare, illiteracy, poverty and multiple sclerosis. She has also written three books for charity; “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” and  “Quidditch Through the Ages” and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” These books alone have raised almost $30 million for various charities, which is pretty impressive.

Because of her charity work, J.K. Rowling is now a millionaire instead of a billionaire. She may no longer be on the Forbes list, but her generosity has changed the lives of thousands of people, which many people would agree is far more important. She truly is an inspiration; if everyone was as generous as she is, the world would be a much better place. Thank you, J.K. Rowling!

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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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