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5 Fun Things You Can Do if You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

5 Fun Things You Can Do if You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

I know it’s easy to get jealous and frustrated if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, since all the happy couples you know could be sharing cute photos and lovey-dovey status updates all day. Also, if you’re brave enough to go to a bar/restaurant/or movie, you will be surrounded by public displays of affection. I know it’s tempting to say, “Get a room,” but please resist the urge (because nobody likes a Negative Ned or Nancy, and complaining about things you don’t like won’t make them go away). But don’t fret, dear reader; with a positive attitude and a little creativity, you can have just as much fun as every happy couple you encounter… even if you’re single on Valentine’s Day.

1. Laugh it up!

Laughter boosts your mood, reduces stress, and makes you feel better. On Valentine’s day, have your own funny movie marathon, enjoy some stand-up comedy and laugh to your heart’s content! Cuddle up on the couch with your pet(s) and a cozy blanket to laugh it up. Treat yourself to a cheap and healthy snack like natural popcorn or yogurt mixed with berries and dark chocolate. If you’re looking for movie suggestions, here’s an obvious one:

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Or, if stand-up is more your thing, you could have some giggle-fits with Aziz Ansari:

2. Have a Singles Party!

Get together with some of your single friends and have a get together! If you’d like to turn your private celebration into a fun party, invite some friends over who are also members of Club Single. Ask them to bring a snack (or maybe even a bottle of wine?) and laugh the night away. If you would rather go out on the town, you might be helped by this list of fifty cheap and fun night-out ideas.

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3. Treat yourself!

I know the idea of taking yourself on a date might sound kind of strange, but this is one of the best ways to learn how to be happy alone. A massage will relieve any tension built up from stress at work or home; a make-over will give you a fresh, exciting look that increases your confidence; going to a restaurant or movie alone will help you become more comfortable by yourself (and you can even choose to go where you want to go without debating the issue with friends or family); and retail therapy is almost always a good idea.

4. Catch up with someone you miss.

It’s easy to lose touch with the special people who add meaning to our lives when we get busy with life. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, why not take the opportunity to catch-up with a close friend who you haven’t talked to in months or years? Thanks to the power of the Internet, location is irrelevant; you can chat face-to-face with a friend who lives on the other side of the world, just like the Jetsons predicted 50 years ago, with the magic of Skype or Google Hangouts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0idWiHiasKg

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5. Do whatever you want.

Please don’t read this article as a list of things you absolutely should do. This list is meant to provide you with some inspiration to guide you in the right direction, but you are the CEO of your life, so you should take full ownership of your actions. No one knows you better than yourself, so do whatever makes you feel happy and fulfilled, whatever that might be.

It can be a bummer to be single on Valentine’s Day, but only if you allow it to be.

You deserve to be happy, with or without a partner, so do everything in your power to make this holiday a positive occasion. If you’re a member of Club Single and wonder why that could be, you might want to check-out these potential reasons why you are still single. If you have more fun ideas for things to do if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, please share them in the comments. <3

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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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