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Top 10 Best Blogs Around the World That Will Inspire Your Life

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Top 10 Best Blogs Around the World That Will Inspire Your Life

Whether you’re an aspiring blogger or just looking for a little inspiration in your life, here’s a list of 10 best blogs with inspirational bloggers who all started out as, well… bloggers. Enjoy!

1. Meet Gary Vaynerchuk @GaryVaynerchuk.com

He’s a very loud and charismatic New Yorker who gained internet fame as the crazy and outgoing host of Wine Library TV, a video blog that obsessively talked about everything related to wine. Through online video blogging, he built his wine business from a $3-million-dollar-a-year wine retail store to a $60 million dollar wine wholesale business.

Gary Vaynerchuk has built a multi-million dollar empire relating to his personal brand. He’s a two-time best-selling author and co-founder of Vayner Media, a very large digital marketing agency that works with some of the largest brands in the world.

He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Time Magazine, as well as appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

2. Meet Rand Fishkin @SEOmoz.org

Rand Fiskin is a college dropout who started blogging about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) back in 2004 while working for a family-run web development company. He was also providing SEO consulting services to a few small clients.

SEOmoz has since left the consulting business and instead focuses exclusively on creating awesome SEO software, as well as supporting a large community with educational resources related to the search industry.

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It is rumored that the company generates millions of dollars each and every month from its software and subscription services. The company also raised $18 million in 2012, which it has been using to acquire other companies. Rand is still actively running the company and occasionally posts on the main blog.

3. Meet Pat Flynn @SmartPassiveIncome.com

Pat is one of the most inspirational bloggers in the world. After losing his job a few years into his career, he was forced to scramble to support his growing family. He started a website called “SmartPassiveIncome.com” to track his progress with various websites and online money making projects.

He has since built a massive following and readership thanks to his transparency and honesty. Still to this day, Pat discloses his monthly earnings to readers, which has inspired countless individuals.

Pat currently attends industry conferences, runs a regular podcast for his readers, and spends as much time as he can with his family. Pat has earned, on average, around $50,000 USD per month.

4. Meet Brian Clark @Copyblogger.com

Brian Clark is the founder of Copyblogger. He started the blog back in 2006 as a resource for entrepreneurs to learn to be better copywriters, content marketers, and all around “kings of content.” The blog has since grown to become an authority on creating killer content for the web.

With 100k+ subscribers, Brian got smart and leveraged his readership to launch Copyblogger Media, which launched several spinoff companies. These software companies include Scribe, Synthesis, Premise, and StudioPress.

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The genius behind his business model is that his loyal readers love him and line up to buy the marketing software his company creates. Brian is still very active in the day-to-day of running Copyblogger.

5. Meet Andrew Sullivan @thedishdaily.com

Andrew started his blog, The Daily Dish, near the end of 2000. By the middle of 2003, he was receiving about 300,000 unique visits per month.

In 2013, Sullivan made some big changes and decided to leave his other his other blogging gigs (formerly at TIME, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast) to work on The Daily Dish full-time. On launch day, the blog reportedly took in over $330,000 in recurring revenue, charging an average of $20/month to readers.

6. Meet Harvey Levin @TMZ.com

Harvey is an American lawyer, legal analyst, blogger, and celebrity reporter. His website TMZ is a leading authority on celebrity gossip.

You can frequently see Harvey hosting his own TV show or appearing as a guest on celebrity related matters on CNN, FOX, and other networks. He managed to leverage the popularity of his blog to build a personal brand for himself.

7. Meet Michael Arrington @TechCrunch.com

Michael is one of my favorite bloggers of all time. He started out as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer working on tech deals in California. After realizing his passion for the startup world, he decided to start a tech blog called TechCrunch.com, where he profiled and reviewed some of the best up-and-coming tech companies and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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TechCrunch became one of the most widely read blogs in the tech industry, and as a result, it was Acquired by AOL for $30 Million dollars. Michael used the proceeds of the sale to become an angel investor and to set up his own investment fund, CrunchFund, to invest in startups. Today, Arrington is still considered to be a mover and shaker in the valley.

8. Meet Tim Ferriss @Fourhourworkweek.com/blog

Tim is a self-proclaimed life hacker who built a massive following online through his blog posts. He is the author of the “4 Hour Work Week” which became an instant bestseller. He has also gone on to publish two other best-selling books.

He’s a frequent lecturer around the globe. He has also popularized the idea of “lifestyle design” and living an unconventional life.

Tim is credited with popularizing the “internet lifestyle” or the ability of lifestyle entrepreneurs to work on their laptops from wherever in the world.

9. Meet Timothy Sykes @TimothySykes.com

Tim started blogging to document how he turned $12,000 of his Bar-Mitzvah Money into over $1 million dollars. He has gained internet fame for being an authority on Penny Stock trading.

His blog has hundreds of thousands of visitors, which has allowed him to launch additional companies like Profit.ly, which educate other traders on trader strategies.

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He can frequently be seen making television appearances on ABC, CNN, FOX, and CNBC about stock market matters.

10. Meet Darren Rowse @Problogger.net

Darren is another blogger who you have to know about. He started blogging as a hobby. He blogged about the Olympics and his passion for photography, then eventually started Problogger, a website dedicated to helping other bloggers.

Darren is currently a full-time blogger and started making money from advertising deals, affiliate programs, adsense, and selling an e-book.

Darren has gained quite a bit of fame online and was named to the Forbes Internet Celebrity list in 2007. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his family and still makes a full-time living from blogging!

If you aspire to become a blogger, learn from these successful bloggers about how to make money with a blog:

How to Make Money with a Blog (According to 23 Successful Bloggers)

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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

“Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

Warming up

If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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  1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
  2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
  3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

Stay hydrated

Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

Meditate

Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

2. Focus on your goal

One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

3. Convert negativity to positivity

There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

4. Understand your content

Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

“No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

5. Practice makes perfect

Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

6. Be authentic

There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

7. Post speech evaluation

Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

Improve your next speech

As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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  • How did I do?
  • Are there any areas for improvement?
  • Did I sound or look stressed?
  • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
  • Was I saying “um” too often?
  • How was the flow of the speech?

Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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