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5 Best Tools for E-Book Lovers

5 Best Tools for E-Book Lovers

Gone are the days when you had to carry around a bunch of heavy books if you wanted to read while you were on the road, at the park, on breaks, etc. Now, all you have to do is open an app, and the books you love are right at your fingertips. E-books are awesome, because they can be downloaded and read anywhere, and pretty much from any device. One of the greatest things about e-books is that if you love to write, this is your chance to be a published author without having to jump through a lot of hoops and spend a ridiculous amount of money for self-publishing. If you are an e-book reader or writer, here are some tools that are going to make you love them even more.

1. FoxyUtils Provides All of the PDF Tools You Will Ever Need.

FoxyUtils tools will make it easier than ever to merge, convert, split, and use any PDF file. It is fast, reliable, and easy to use, and you will enjoy high quality tools. If you choose the Premium Plan, you can connect right through Dropbox and Google Drive, so there is never any need to upload files from your device, so you can keep it free of unnecessary data. All you have to do is log into the cloud and retrieve the books you want to read.

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2. Kobo Gives Access to Millions of E-Books.

By using Kobo, you will have access to more than five million e-book titles on both mobile and desktop devices. This app will allow you to search by author, title, and genre, and there are also “best of” lists you can check out if you are looking for something new and interesting to read. This app is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows, and desktop users. You can even choose day or night mode (to adjust the brightness), font types and sizes, and a whole lot more.

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3. Oodles Books is Great for Publishing Your Own Writing.

Maybe you want to get into writing your own e-book. If this is the case, check out Oodles Books, which makes it easy to publish anything you want, and to reach out to new readers and grow your audience. Whatever you write will be published on Oodles Android and iOS apps, and your work will reach an audience of millions. Publish anything from short stories to essays to novels to non-fiction books, and get direct feedback from your readers. Also, you can read stories by other Oodles readers for free.

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4. Wattpad Online Storytelling Community Enhances Reading and Writing Experience.

Wattpad tool is available through iTunes, and can be used by both iPad and iPhone users. You get a free e-book reader, and all the free e-books you can read, no matter what genre you are into. You can even use Wattpad to write and post your own stories. It is available in several languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, and many more. Users must be at least 17 years of age to download this app. This is a tool that is going to make your e-book reading and writing experience better than ever.

5. FBReader is a free multi-platform e-book reader that is also free of advertising.

FBReader supports most popular e-book formats, including ePub, fb2, rtf, html, and plain text. It is easy to customize FBReader, and you can choose colors, page turning animations, fonts, bookmarks, dictionaries, and more. You will have access to the most popular network libraries, and download e-books (free and paid). You will enjoy online storage for your e-book library, being able to store e-books in your Google Drive space, organizing books by various criteria, and a whole lot more.

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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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