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6 Steps to a Headache-Free Move

6 Steps to a Headache-Free Move

Once you’ve decided that it is time to move, there are many steps between you and setting up at your final destination. Whether you are moving for work or fun, taking the time to properly plan can save you a number of headaches along the way. Before you let time pass you by, follow these steps to help make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Choose a Move Date

Whether the date of your move is in your control or is dictated by other circumstances, it is important to understand precisely when you will have access to your new home, as well as when you must vacate your current one. Failing to properly time your move can lead to unforeseen consequences, some of which can be quite costly. Make sure you leave yourself a properly sized window of time to accommodate any unexpected shifts or delays.

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2. Decide How to Move

The decision as to whether you will move yourself or go with a man with a van (and hire a professional removal service) is a big one. While moving yourself may seem less expensive, it can be more complicated depending on the availability of proper transportation.

If you do decide to move yourself, understand how many trips it may take with the available vehicles to move your entire household, and make sure your largest items will be able to be relocated successfully. If you prefer the ease of using a removal service, you will need to estimate the volume of your belongings.

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3. Make Transportation Arrangements

For those who choose to work with a removal service, it is important to get those services scheduled as soon as possible, especially if you are moving during a peak season. Not only can the availability of choice movers be limited, your preferred service may not be available at all. You need time to be able to receive any required quotes, make a decision, and confirm your reservation.

If you are enlisting the assistance of friends and family for the move, it is also wise to get the timing details figured out early. This will help make sure they have the time available to help, and makes it less likely that they will accept another obligation once they have promised their attendance.

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4. Organize and Review Your Belongings

Since you do not want to move anything you do not intend to keep, it makes sense to organize your belongings now and get rid of items you no longer need.  Consider every item in your space, and separate the rubbish from everything else. If certain items are in good repair but aren’t things you will need in your new home, consider options for donating or selling the items.

For items, you are keeping, begin to divide them into logical groups to ease the packing and unpacking of items. This can include packing items based on the room in which they are used, or grouping delicate items together for more careful packing.

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5. Begin Packing

While those who are working with a removal service who will complete the packing duties for you can skip this section, everyone else will want to start packing as soon as possible. This allows the process to be broken into stages, making it feel less overwhelming.

You can begin the process in a number of ways. Some prefer to start in one room and have that completed before moving to the next. Others prefer to pack based on the likelihood of needing that item immediately before or after the move is complete. Any process can work as long as it is an organized one.

6. Move

Once everything is packed, and the date of your move arrives, you have nothing left to do but complete your move. Make sure everything is handled with care and try to keep packed items organized. You will be enjoying your new home before you know 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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