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12 Inspiring Quotes from Richard Branson that Enrich your Life

12 Inspiring Quotes from Richard Branson that Enrich your Life

No one can argue with the fact that Richard Branson has made his life a success.

He’s danced between the line of huge successes and huge failures, and luckily for him, success won the battle hands down… but I don’t believe it was luck that guaranteed him success. There are a few key reasons why I believe he is as successful as he is today, and I’ll share them with you in the hope that you can take away some of this wisdom and apply it to your own life.

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The first is that Branson had a pretty unique upbringing that encouraged entrepreneurial thinking: when he was a child, his mother would drop him off in a field, far away from home with nothing but a compass—his challenge was to find his own way home. You may think this was a pretty extreme approach, but his mother’s positive attitude and blind faith in her son’s ability to find his own way home nurtured the entrepreneurial skills that I believe have lead Branson from success to success.

Secondly, one of the things I love the most about Branson is that he doesn’t take life too seriously. He never looks stressed, grumpy or uptight. In fact, he’s usually grinning from ear to ear as he’s about to jump out of a plane or into a rocket to who knows where! It’s this lust for life and positive attitude that have allowed him to lead and motivate huge teams of people to be inspired by his vision for the Virgin empire. He says:

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“You can only live once. And I just don’t want to waste a minute of my life.”

Lastly, Branson is not afraid of failure. His mantra is to “be bold” and to “challenge yourself“: traits that are not viable if you’re worried about failure. He believes that to succeed, you need to be ready to fall over a few times first.

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“You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”

And so, to celebrate the man that is Richard Branson, I’d like to share with you a collection of things that he has said that I believe give a good understanding into the man that he is today. I hope these quotes inspire you to think, act, walk or maybe even talk like a man who has lived life with an incredible amount of gusto, courage and success.

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12 Inspiring Quotes from Richard Branson:

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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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