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15 Reasons You Should Never Lose Your Childhood Best Friends

15 Reasons You Should Never Lose Your Childhood Best Friends

Keeping in touch with your childhood best friends can be a wonderful decision. Not only will you have someone who understands you better than most, you’ll have forged a very special relationship. Childhood best friends have a unique perspective on your life, and understand you in special ways. Your favorite games and pranks may be long gone, but your mutual trust and support remains. It’s time to dust off your pixelated video games, and grab your ball and bat—there are some things about you only childhood best friends will understand.

They make us keep a childlike trust

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    Nothing is quite as pure as childhood trust. Childhood best friends teach us how important a genuine friendship is.

    They ignored your awkward stage

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      Childhood best friends inherently know how important it is to ignore awkward qualities. After all, they helped you through those tricky preteen years.

      They know your family

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        Childhood best friends also know your quirks and struggles better than anyone, since they’ve spent a lot of time with your family.

        They know your hometown

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          Likewise, your childhood best friends are likely from the same hometown. This means they’ve seen how far you’ve come, so you don’t have to explain it.

          They support you no matter what

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            Childhood best friends understand how to be supportive, since they saw you through some of your most turbulent years.

            They push you to be better

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              At the same time, however, childhood best friends always know when we need a little push to be our best.

              They get you through challenges

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                Childhood best friends also understand what it takes to overcome some of the toughest challenges in life. From awkward moments to heartbreaks, your childhood best friends are there through it all.

                They’ve shared true bonding experiences with you

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                  This means your childhood best friends have bonds with you that other people will likely never come close to.

                  You never need to give them a summary of your life

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                    You never need to waste time explaining your life, because your childhood best friend lived it, too.

                    They never make you feel embarrassed

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                      And since they’ve been there through it all, they know how to not embarrass you. You’ve done enough of that on your own.

                      They love your quirks

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                        Though some people might be put off by your eccentricities, the true childhood best friend loves them.

                        Their house is your house

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                          Childhood best friends know they can walk in without knocking, and you know you can do the same at your place.

                          They hate the same people

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                            Since childhood best friends have a front row seat to your ups and downs, they know why certain people drive you crazy.

                            They’re like an extra memory bank

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                              Childhood best friends understand the importance of telling a story right, and will always fill in the blanks when you forget details.

                              They reminisce with you

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                                Similarly, childhood best friends are always there when you need to get nostalgic about the good old days.

                                Featured photo credit: Ten friends do a selfie in the park via shutterstock.com

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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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