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10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

    Often, a fancy university degree means jack squat when compared to the titillating knowledge that you can learn from great non-fiction authors. I mean, degrees are sweet and all, but lifelong learning is where it’s at!

    Each one of these books has had a profound impact on my life : on the way I view the world, work in the world, and even eat in the world. It’s a pleasure to share these, my secret weapons to unlock your true potential!

    (Note: Every book title is a non-affiliate link to the Amazon store)

    1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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    So, you think you have control over your own actions? Think again. Well, actually, you can have control over your actions if you accept that most of them are triggered by that dirty little insect called habit.

    2. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

    This lovely read taught me that blue is optimal for creative genius. So are showers and big cities. Sold! I’ll buy my plane ticket to NYC once I make soul-filling money after reading the next book on this list…

    3. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

    Holy smokes. Danielle LaPorte’s sermons have become my spiritual Bible. I’ve read it once, and I now read a little passage every night before going to bed. Praise the gods and goddesses above that this book exists!

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    4. Crazy, Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean it! by Kris Carr

    A gal pal of Danielle LaPorte’s, Kris Karr has spent a decade researching the healthiest lifestyle choices. She became motivated to do so after a more-than-scary cancer diagnosis in 2003. This one-time sick chick has stopped her cancer in it’s tracks and wants to help you not only prevent chronic disease, but use your diet to feel truly ALIVE.

    5. Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Dr. Dyer has written at least a bajillion books. They’re all amazing, I’m sure. But, I happened to find this one in my mom’s basement one day and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Forget 60 days – you’ll feel enlightened upon opening the front cover! Genius. Genius. Genius.

    6. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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    You might have a good life: a job, a nice family, opportunities to travel. But are you really enjoying this one-time-opportunity that they call life? For Gretchen, the answer was “not enough”. If you haven’t heard of this adorable book, you’re probably living under a rock somewhere.

    7. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

    Life Changing. Mind-blowing. Phenomenal. I mean, unless you want to live like a zombie, this book is required reading for LIFE 101. Stop whatever you’re doing and get on it to reach your true potential.

    8. My Reality Check Bounced by Jason Ryan Dorsey

    For all of you twenty somethings out there, Mr. Dorsey is your man! I stumbled on this book in the library and thought, “funny title!” That was two years ago and I can now say that this book helped me to define the direction of my life.

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    9. A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson, PhD

    Dr. Chris Peterson is one of the Messiahs of the growing field of positive psychology. I mean, he wrote the book on it, for crying out loud. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Peterson in his office, and he is truly as delightful of a person as a positive psychologist should be!

    10. Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

    Author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano crafted-up this book (her third masterpiece) to inspire women to become classy little vixens in the workplace. She should know, after all. Madame Mireille was C.E.O. of the world-famous champagne company, Veuve Cliquot.

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      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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