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10 Ways To Spend More Quality Time With Your Partner

10 Ways To Spend More Quality Time With Your Partner

Everyone knows spending time with your partner is important. After all, too much time apart is just as bad as too little. But can you really say it’s quality time? Watching TV is fun, but Two and a Half Men can wait. Here are 10 ways to spend more quality time with your partner that can help rekindle the spark in your relationship or make it burn brighter and hotter than ever before.

1. Recreate your first date together.

Whether you went out for a stargazing expedition or burgers at Wendy’s, recreating your first date as precisely as possible is a good way to show you remember why you fell in love with your partner. If it was a big, flashy date, make it big and flashy again. If it wasn’t, keep it simple. The point is to do a little emotional time travel to before the jobs, bills, kids, and family became the focus of your lives. Or, if your first date wasn’t all that great to start with, you can always ask your partner what they wish your first date had been instead and do that.

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2. Have a fancy night in.

Can you cook like a gourmet chef? Do you know how to properly sear meringue? Or do you just have the number of a really good restaurant that permits ordering out? Make a night of it by putting on your best threads and your nicest shoes, popping a bottle of wine and playing your partner’s favorite music.

3. Try a new sport.

Sometimes just getting out of the routine and trying something new is a good way to spend more quality time with your partner. There are as many ways to do this as there are sports out there. You can hit the roller rink, the squash court, the lake, or the peaks for a little skiing. What really matters isn’t what you do, but that you’re doing it with the one you love.

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4. Play to your talents.

Some people are really good at writing stories and poems. Others can make a guitar do whatever they need it to do. Still others are gifted with a pencil, charcoal or brushes. Whatever your strength is, do something unique for your partner like taking a sexy photo or drawing him or her wearing just those boots you love. This can be considered a form of extended foreplay, and the result is something you’ll remember forever.

5. Take a vacation or weekend getaway

The same four walls can really close in on a couple after a while, no matter how much they love each other or how much they like each others’ company. Why not arrange for a weekend or vacation away from it all? This can be a fun and enjoyable way to get “back to basics” and remember why you want to be, not just husband and wife, but man and woman (or gender-appropriate pairing, as you like). A change of scenery can do wonders for your relationship and help you see each other in a softer, more romantic light.

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6. Read your lover a bedtime story.

To set the mood for a romantic evening, why not choose a sexy story? Maybe your lover has a romance section on his or her Kindle or has been trying to get you to read something a little naughtier. This is a great way to spend quality time with your partner because it not only gives you the intimacy of being close together, but it just might lead to something really spicy to top off your evening.

7. Play a video game together.

Okay, not everyone’s going to consider this “quality time,” but what if you were to pick up an old-school game you both enjoyed as kids, like Super Mario Bros.? Make popcorn, turn out the lights, move the bedding into the living room as a pallet, and gorge yourselves on junk food while you go after the bad guys? This is a fun way to get in touch with your inner child and feel closer to your partner too.

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8. Have an old movie night.

Remember when Hollywood actors had to have real talent and chemistry? An old movie night with classics like Casablanca, The Thin Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, Vincent Price’s movies, or even The Wizard of Oz is a fun way to relax, unwind and rediscover some old favorites while enjoying your partner’s company.

9. Give your partner a bath.

Everyone likes to be pampered and fussed over every once in a while, and a bath is an intimate way to get closer. Make your partner’s favorite drink or cocktail (yes, a Coke’s fine if your partner doesn’t drink alcohol), light some candles, burn a little incense, and run them a warm bubble bath. Once they’re in the tub, help them wash those hard-to-reach areas. This is a great, sexy way to cap off a night… or start one.

10. Have a pillow fight.

A pillow fight sounds silly and childish, which is the entire point. Put on your pajamas, throw a mattress on the floor, and have at it! In addition to being a great stress reliever, this has a pretty good chance of leading to a tickle fight. Just remember not to be too rough. The idea is to amuse your partner and make him or her laugh, not Hulk-smash him or her into the floor!

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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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