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30 Thought-Provoking Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

30 Thought-Provoking Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

Thought-provoking questions are deep inquiries that shine a light on the essence of living and awaken our full potential as human beings. Voltaire, the writer, historian, and philosopher of the French Enlightenment era, admonishes us to judge a man by his questions rather than his answers: you’ll get to know someone better by asking them the right questions. In the same way, you know yourself better by asking yourself the right questions. People who continually ask themselves questions that provoke introspection will, in effect, create a foundation for a happier life full of purpose and meaning.

The Law of Cause and Effect states that if you put out good thoughts accompanied by good actions, you will receive good things. Asking yourself thought-provoking questions cultivates good thoughts and allows for self reflection. It helps you maintain a conscious awareness of where you are, where you have been and where you intend to go. Through self reflection you are able to see, organize and preserve your dreams, desires and goals. This conscious awareness is vital in life and opens doors for many good things to come your way.

If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, ask yourself questions that provoke your mind and force you to reconsider the way you live and the way you look at the world. The best questions to ask usher in a new perspective and remind us who we are, as well as who we aspire to be. They are questions that tend to become inner voices of wisdom, guiding us through the turbulent journey of life.

These 30 thought-provoking questions I am sharing with you today have no right or wrong answers. Asking them is the answer.

1. Who am I really?

2. What worries me most about the future?

3. If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

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4. What am I really scared of?

5. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?

6. If not now, then when?

7. What matters most in my life?

8. What am I doing about the things that matter most in my life?

9. What do I matter?

10. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

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11. Have I made someone smile today?

12. What have I given up on?

13. When did I last push the boundaries of my comfort zone?

14. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

15. What small act of kindness was I once shown that I will never forget?

16. How shall I live, knowing I will die?

17. What do I need to change about myself?

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18. Is it more important to love or be loved?

19. How many of my friends would I trust with my life?

20. Who has had the greatest impact on my life?

21. Would I break the law to save a loved one?

22. Would I steal to feed a starving child?

23. What do I want most in life?

24. What is life calling of me?

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25. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

26. If I try to fail, and succeed, which have I done?

27. What’s the one thing I’d like others to remember about me at the end of my life?

28. Does it really matter what others think about me?

29. To what degree have I actually controlled the course my life has taken?

30. When it’s all said and done, will I have said more than I’ve done?

Some of these questions might make us uncomfortable at times, but it’s important to remember they give us valuable insight on ourselves and guide us to live in ways that bring the most fulfillment and joy. These are questions worth asking every day.

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David K. William

David is a publisher and entrepreneur who tries to help professionals grow their business and careers, and gives advice for entrepreneurs.

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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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