Choosing College Is Choosing A Different Kind Of Present And Future Work

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

High School graduation requirements should be worked out at the school level by faculty and approved by parents and supervising boards, accepted by students who come to the school (who – one hopes! – have some choice in what school they attend), and which lay out the knowledge which a young person needs to be considered an effective adult. These requirements will not consist only of long-ago earned Carnegie units and/or test scores, but will be based on a system of promotion by performance and by portfolio during the junior high school and high school years. Although most students will complete the faculty’s expectations by the time they are about eighteen, others will move through the program more or less quickly. The “fixed” will be the basic proficiency standards; the “variables” will be the time it takes to achieve them, and the ways in which these aptitudes are displayed. Breadth in the curriculum will also vary according to the student. Senior year will be dominated by a rigorous senior seminar, which will include a substantial senior project, possibly including an internship, and which will lead to a Graduation Exhibition which can be described and explained to all interested parties.

A new kind of transcript will need to be developed to describe the student’s progress throughout high school, especially during the senior year. If we are going to ask potential employers and college admissions officers to take high school transcripts seriously, we will have to make sure we are writing in a language which we both understand.

College and work entry requirements should be made clearer. In the case of college, they should be worked out by college faculties and accepted by supervisory boards and clients of the institution (students, their parents, and others who help to pay the costs of college) which lay out the knowledge which a young person needs to be able to do the entry-level work in that institution.

A second transcript (or a second part of the transcript) will need to be developed collaboratively by college and high school teachers, to make it possible for some high school graduates to go right on to college. College entry will not be an “automatic admit” for those who have completed high school. Those who are deemed not ready to do entry-level work in the college they wish to attend will need to be told relatively early exactly what their deficiencies are and will need to be given help, including new kinds of teaching, to enable them to achieve the desired results. If this help is offered and taken advantage of during the senior year in high school, it will surely remove the “permission to coast” which so many seniors have assumed.

When a student is told that, at the moment, he/she cannot do entry-level work in either college or a specific part of the workplace, there need to be several forms of “remediation” available. When the problem is low ability, extensive work with counselors should help the student decide what the areas are in which he/ she has more proficiency and promise, and what kind of training would be most appropriate to pursue that future. When the problem is poor prior training, it can be made up, but adequate time must be set aside to do so. Other plans for the student’s time – other courses, work, sports – must be given up, at least if the student plans to keep to a specific timetable. This is not a trivial problem and cannot be handled by a short course.

When the problem is motivation, it should be identified, accepted and tackled by a combination of counselors and teachers. (It is not necessarily a teacher’s “fault” that a student doesn’t work in his class. At the same time, the teacher needs to appreciate the reasons why a student may not be motivated if a real connection is to be made.) When the problem is maturity, it should be dealt with by keeping college preparation programs open for older ages, perhaps in the high school at night.

In many individuals, all four of these factors are what cause the need for remediation. This is why there is no single, efficient – and certainly no cheap – solution. The best job of helping such students will be done by an ongoing policy of promotion by performance that has led to at least some self-knowledge all along, and by self-respecting teachers in schools that have kept their teachers’ load low enough so that they can really know their students. These teachers are most likely to be able to work with students to analyze the problem and determine what the best course of action will be.

College graduation requirements should be publicized to demonstrate the further knowledge that a person needs to achieve beyond the entry-level. These should stress readiness to do sustained, complex and difficult work, so that the student considering the college will know what attitudes as well as knowledge will need to be acquired and then enlarged upon in college. Emphasis should be on the fact that choosing college is fundamentally choosing a different kind of present and future work. Too often, college is seen as a kind of moratorium, which clearly affects both it and the high school senior year.

It is perhaps naive to insist that every eighteen year old is ready, emotionally or intellectually, to do sustained, complex and difficult work. Some can; some can’t – yet. However, high school seniors need to see beyond the minimum entry requirements of college, to be able to imagine the hurdles ahead, both in the upper levels of college and in the workplace. These hurdles are largely ones of integrity, persistence and a sense of personal responsibility. Ways of measuring these qualities have not been developed with any kind of scientific precision, and perhaps that’s good, since so many students improve in these respects during their early adulthood.

Still, high school teachers who have been able to get to know their students have hunches about these qualities. Progress reports written by teachers and counselors all through high school can increasingly refer to these qualities as they develop, so that students and parents are reminded of their importance. During senior year, those who write recommendations for college and the workplace are frequently asked about their impression of the students as potential workers and citizens; they may also be encouraged to cite the evidence behind these impressions, in order to draw a more compelling portrait of the candidate. These recommendations are already part of our communication process, but they need to be taken more seriously by both sides.

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‘Remote’, But Still ‘Present’: The Secrets to Managing the Virtual Workforce

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Did you know that according to The State of the Remote Job Marketplace by Flexjobs “3.9 million U.S. employees, or 2.9% of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005.” And, “It is predicted that 38% of full-time staff will be working remotely in the next decade.”

Believe it or not, “Remote workers are made up of almost equal numbers of male and female at 52 and 48 percent respectively, with the average age coming in at 46 years old.”

Although popularity may be growing in this relatively new commuting option, not all companies are prepared to manage remote workers. And let’s face it, not everyone is cut out for remote work.

Working remote for over twenty years for my own company, and gaining my Masters degree online as well, I feel I have mastered the art of being ‘remote, yet present’.

Let’s consider the minimum skills required to work remote. The person should be:

Tech savvy (able to utilize all of the remote software for project management, time tracking, file sharing and all types of communication)
Organized (able to log, order and prioritize files on and offline, as well as manage their time effectively)
Honest (able to commit to the same work hours per day with minimum supervision and log those hours accordingly)
Trustworthy (able to complete the assigned work and meet deadlines with minimum supervision)
Professional (able to conduct themselves the same as they would in an office environment during meetings, including proper business attire during video conferences)
Additionally, the remote worker should have an environment set up that is quiet, free from distractions and have all of the necessary equipment, to conduct their work each day. For example: reliable Internet, a printer, and a desk. All of these requirements should be documented in some type of written format and signed by all parties when agreeing to remote work.
Some of the software solutions I use for my remote consultants are:

One Drive for file sharing.
Join.Me for screen sharing, phone and video conferences.
Smart Sheets for collaborative project management tracking.
Google Hangouts for online chats.
Now that we have defined the minimum skills required, we will define what is needed by employers to manage them effectively. The two most important challenges that must be addressed with remote teams are participation issues and meeting expectations, such as completing tasks and meeting deadlines. Many remote workers find it hard to self-manage their time appropriately in a remote setting with minimal supervision.
This is why it is especially important to have frequent check-ins in both teleconference and video conference formats. This will make it easier to identify problems earlier, rather than later, and clear up any miscommunications. Usually, these check-ins fall under the responsibility of a project manager or supervisor.

So, what are some ways employers can effectively manage their virtual teams? I’ve outlined some of my own tips that I use when I am managing large teams below:

#1 Conduct a brief icebreaker for the first five minutes of weekly calls that allow everyone to participate and get to know each other. i.e. Describe your state without saying the name of it while participants try to guess where you are from. Remote work can sometimes feel isolating, so personal connections such as this improve the synergy of your team.

#2 Get everyone to sign a remote work Honesty and Integrity contract, which includes the skills I listed above).

#3 Develop a standards and guidelines document for all deliverables to ensure overall consistency.

#4 Use agendas for all meetings and stick to the times allotted for each discussion topic, and distribute a recap/action item summary after each meeting. Remember to be flexible when scheduling meetings, as many remote workers live in different time zones.

#5 Assign tasks based on each person’s skill set. There is nothing that will decrease a person’s morale than having them work on something that is not within their job description or skill set. Take the time to ask if unsure.

#6 Be available. I always make sure I am on the assigned chat tool with the team or available by phone for my consultants when they have questions. If you have to jump on a quick screen share session, than do so. It’s better than having your remote worker confused and producing an incorrect deliverable.

When all of these aspects of remote work come together, the results can be positive for both remote workers and employers.

Remote workers save money on items such as gas, tolls, work clothes and childcare, because “Work-life balance, family, time savings, and commute stress are the top reasons people seek flexible work”.

On the other hand, employers gain “increased worker productivity and efficiency, improved recruitment and hiring, reduced employee turnover, decreased real estate and overhead costs, greater employee engagement and satisfaction, and positive environmental impacts”.

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Does Naked Diving Present Penis Problems?

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Warm weather is making its way back to the northern hemisphere now, and so scuba diving season is just around the corner for many sports enthusiasts. The thrill of diving in the ocean or sea and the ability to commune with underwater nature make this sport increasingly popular. And perhaps it is not a surprise that naked scuba diving has increasingly become a “thing” in recent years. But men, especially those who like to practice appropriate penis care, should be aware that naked diving does come with the potential for some penis problems. The careful diver will take some steps to keep these penis problems to a minimum.

Naked diving

To some extent, naked diving is absolutely nothing new. Many thousands of years ago, many of our ancestors habitually swam and dived in the buff; that’s just how it was done back then. But the recent trend in naked diving emphasizes the naked aspect much more.

Often, a man goes diving au naturel as a way of marking a celebration. For example, some divers like to dive naked on their birthday – so that they are diving in their birthday suit rather than in a diving suit. It also has become increasingly popular for people to celebrate the occasion of their 100th dive by diving sans swimsuit.

But there also are many organized group naked diving tours in which all participants dive without the restraint of clothing. These may be sponsored by nudist organizations or may simply be a group of friends who decide that they want to be uninhibited together.

Penis problems

Whichever is the case, men do need to be aware that some penis problems can arise while taking a dive bereft of covering.

The problem that comes to mind most readily for many men is the possibility that their penis may be mistaken by a large fish as an inviting warm or eel. While some may think this is a ridiculous problem, there have been some very rare reports of this occurring. The best way for a naked male to avoid this is to keep a bit of distance between himself and the fish.

More likely to be problematic is a man’s bare penis coming in contact with the stingers of a jellyfish. Even with a diving suit on, this can still be painful; it is likely to be much more so if the stingers touch bare skin, and especially so if contact is made with the penis itself. Again, keeping one’s distance from the jellyfish is the best way to keep the penis safe here.

Similarly, keep the penis away from coral reefs or other sharp edges. Scraping or cutting the penis is much easier when naked.

A much more common problem from naked diving is dry penis skin. Soaking the penis directly in salty seawater for an extended period of time means the skin is going to absorb more salt – and that tends to dry the skin out. Taking steps to keep the penis well moisturized both before and after the dive can help.

Finally, it’s best to dive in warm water. As all men know, cold water is not conducive to presenting one’s manhood in its most impressive state.

With proper care, one can practice nude scuba diving without major penis problems. A man will be even better off if he is already including a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) as part of his penis health regimen. The best cremes will contain a combination of moisturizers, such as shea butter and vitamin E, to help rejuvenate and rehydrate penises that have been too long in salt water. To keep that penis skin even stronger, use a crème with a potent antioxidant, such as alpha lipoic acid. This helps fight excess free radicals and the oxidative damage they can cause.

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No Matter What You Have Been Through, Or What You Are Presently Going Through, There Is An Answer

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

There are some things which are not easy to get over. A lady shared recently how at the age of five she was molested by the son of a Church Officer.

People go through times of strain and stress.

A serious health problem can make you feel like something is attacking you, even making you almost lose hope in Jesus Christ. “Why is this happening to me?”

A crushing disappointment can shake you, as though you were alone in a boat in the middle of a raging storm.

The disciples of Jesus knew the reality of physical and emotional danger.

Dare to imagine what must have gone through the minds of the disciples when they began to lose those who were so close in the early fellowship of believers.

James, the brother of John, soon lost his life.

Everyone experiences circumstances which daunt us, and take us by surprise.

The disciples of Jesus discovered that Jesus came to them in their hour of fear and need.

Jesus met the paralysed man, the leper, the Roman Centurion’s servant, and various others in their desperate need.

Many have found how God comes when the storm is fiercest.

There was an amazing resilience in the lives of these pioneering apostles, anointed with the Holy Spirit. Paul and Peter are outstanding examples of perseverance, endurance and faithfulness, showing that ability to bounce back after setbacks.

Life may be harder than you ever expected it to be. God gives us resources to cope with pressures and difficulties – if we want His help.

Jesus Christ comes to restore what has been lost, and repair what has been broken.

“What a friend we have in Jesus” – try singing that song as if you were singing it for the first time.

There are some situations and scenarios and circumstances which can appear almost impossible to get over and overcome, however there is a way.

No matter what you have been through or what you might be presently going through there is a way. There is an answer.

Many ignore and reject this answer and that may be why they remain with this massive painful predicament.

Find this solution for yourself. Over the years I have helped some find it – not all – not everyone – because some were not interested.

Some did not want it, but to those who asked and searched and knocked there was relief and solution and restoration and refreshing – all depending upon the specific need.

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.

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Why Present Your Product With Explainer Video?

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It’s not a secret that video marketing is the latest trend and is used by plenty of companies to outshine in this world. In today’s time, the world has turned into an open competitive marketing place; there is a need for something which can just add in the spark of revolution to the existing business. Engaging audience with video content is quite common in today’s time. Even the videos are easily accessible more than before.

According to Dan Pattinson, Human beings are the most powerful and highly visual beings. It helps us in understanding anything in a better way.

Thus, as a business owner, one of the best ways to leap your business a notch higher is with the help of explainer videos. These videos are well designed and allow the users to get a little more detail about your products in a more profound manner and that too within minutes. How easy it is, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

Let us enlist and go through the reasons to why you should present your product with a video.

They are Concise
No user wants to read long tail words or watch videos filled with ambiguity and other disturbing factors. Videos are concise; as simple as that. Plenty of the business decision makers love online because it simplifies their workability in a whole new order of ambiguous free environment.

Another great feature of videos is that they sum up every detailing within a short span of time. As a result, your customers will never have any reason to ball early, and there will be a high possibility of your product being successful.

They Show a problem as well as a solution
Video progresses gradually showing the issues and the potential solutions associated with them. Illustrating how to solve any problem with the help of explainer videos will help your customers to get interested in your product in a more fanatic way. However, you can accomplish the same with written content, but it will not be of much use as explainer videos are.

You can get creative
The best part of explainer video for products is that you can unleash your creativity in a more expandable manner. You can write jokes in your script, amuse your audiences and can get an edge with your product far ahead than your competitors. For music freaks, you can even add music in explainer videos to sooth the environment in a better way.

They are applicable everywhere
Once you have made a brilliant explainer video for your product, you can use it in a vast range of contexts with great ease and comfort. The number of locations where you can keep your explainer video are as follows:

YouTube is the best option where you can keep your explainer video and generate a higher amount of traffic by highlighting your product.
If you have a website, you can embed it on your homepage and can use it as a great feature of your landing page.
Also, you can incorporate explainer videos into your power points to let your clients understand your product more reliably and confidently.
Use the approachable medium
Though there is a little bit of learning, explainer videos are still attainable and a fantastic way of learning for marketers. As a business owner, you don’t have to spend hours to understand the working of explainer videos and don’t need to spend dollars on the same. That is the reason, 65% of the marketers are planning to increment their video marketing budgets because they know the importance of such blessed technology.

There are handy for old as well as new customers
Even though the primary goal of explainer videos is to attract new customers for your product, they are also helpful in reaching the established customers as well in an expandable manner. At times, the explainer video can be used as a learning model which can be helpful at numerous times.

Savannah Stewart states that most of us are comfortable in learning visually. Whether it’s about the product, company or service, videos are quite helpful in attracting the audience and keeping them engaged till the video is running. It helps them in attaining a better understanding.

You can showcase your brand personality
You can let your brand’s personality outshine throughout the video and can write scripts which will reflect your character. In today’s scenario, some video marketing budgets are now directed towards branded videos which are still a healthy sign for explainer video users.

Final Verdict
All in all, for making any product successful, a series of planning is involved but inculcating such plan with an explainer video can be a cherry on the cake. As a business owner, including the above points in your business model, go for an explainer video and visualize your business expand to level par excellence.

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Why Food Presentation Is So Important

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Ask any caterer what they think the most important aspect of their business is, and most of them will probably tell you that it is food presentation. This refers to the way in which food is designed and placed. While such details may seem trivial, there are actually many benefits to knowing how to best present a dish.

Adequate nutrition is certainly important, but people have long been subjected to psychological influence related to food. For centuries, food presentation has been considered an art, a skill that requires knowledge to master. When you stop to consider the fact that many children refuse to eat common foods like vegetables mainly due to their appearance, you quickly realize that food presentation deserves some recognition.

Food Presentation is Used Everywhere
Aside from getting testy kids to finish their dinner, isn’t it nice to actually enjoy a meal every once in a while? In a world dominated by fast food restaurants, many families do not cook meals at home anymore. This is unfortunate for many reasons, not to mention the health concerns these habits raise.

Nevertheless, food presentation is used by the advertising industry as well. Have you ever looked at the billboard and signs posted by companies like McDonalds and Starbucks? If you have been paying attention, you have probably realized that food is displayed in an attractive light. This is not coincidental; catering companies recognize how much of an impact a properly decorated dinner plate can have versus one that is careless.

The Benefits of Food Presentation
Have you ever heard the saying, “the eyes are the windows to the soul?” A deep phrase to say the least, it also lends some weight to the fact that the ways in which people visualize their surroundings can have a drastic effect on their mood and actions. In the simplest sense, inner peace can often arise from experiencing pure happiness. Sometimes, it is the little things like what we eat that can make this happen.

A beautifully designed entre can make eating all the more enjoyable. Catering companies work hard to make sure that the color, arrangement and portion of foods are all in harmony when preparing for events. Although it may seem absurd to conceive of food as anything more than an ingredient for survival, it is important to remember that most of us crave (and need) this simple pleasure in our lives. All in all, food presentation is a fun way to get the most out of what we eat.

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Excellent Trade Show Exhibits Are Ineffective Without The Right Presenter

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Deciding to opt for a display rental over a custom made trade show exhibit is an important decision based on funds available. An equally important decision is about choosing the right presenter who can communicate well with show visitors. This presenter must be a shrewd tactician who can communicate well, understands your business and attracts the largest number of attendees through his presentation. All participants at a trade show have only one goal, to stand out in the crowd, attract the largest number of foot traffic and convert this into potential sales.

Hence the presenter is such a critical person. It does not matter if you have a technically knowledgeable person who understands all the nuances of your product. If that person cannot communicate the same to the attendees and capture their attention, visitors will not be interested in your trade show exhibits at all. Many companies who do not have such a qualified person can hire a presenter. Such a person must have skills like:

• Excellent communication skills
• Thorough understanding of the company’s products and services
• Awareness of the goals of the company
• Have the ability to engage the attention of visitors of all ages
• Keep the interest of visitors with a lively, interesting and informative presentation
• Be able to keep changing the presentation at least a few times so that it does not get monotonous

If you plan to hire a presenter, you must identify such a person a few days before the show. Communicate with them the message you want to display and provide him or her with complete details about your products and services. Also show them all the giveaways you have, walk them through all audio-visual presentations etc. The presenter must be on hand when the booth displays are being set up. This will give him an idea about where various items are. A seasoned presenter will have his own idea about some innovative ways to display items in a booth.

So, it is important for you to identify what the basic goal you have by attending a trade show. Will it be to educate people about your products and services or generate leads? Once you decide this, you can consider your various display options – audiovisual, interactive, games, quizzes etc. Small companies just entering the exhibition field will not have the budget to hire professional presenters. Oftentimes, the owner of the company will also double as a presenter at such shows.

Similarly, with a low budget, these startups prefer hiring a display rental rather than buying a full-fledged custom built booth display. Once the company starts to expand and the marketing budget grows, you can consider employing marketing personnel who can double as presenters at these exhibitions or if you prefer, you can hire a presenter who can provide a unique attraction at a show. You can even hire trade show presenters who will enact a Broadway or Vaudeville show.

These kinds of sideshows do not detract from the seriousness of your presentation. On the other hand, they educate and entertain. A sharp presenter will be able to engage the attention of the visitor at your booth, assess their interest in your product and slowly elicit critical information about a potential customer. A professional presenter can therefore double as a means to attract customers and also to market your product.

For example, if you choose to do a Broadway presentation, the presenter you hire will use actors, high tech screens etc., to make a presentation about your company’s products and services in a dazzling and entertaining manner. Such a show will take about 10 minutes to present and can take place about 3-4 times in an hour. Once the show is over, the presenter can request the audience to enter a draw that qualifies them for an instant discount for watching the show.

Now, some basic information about the customer can be noted to use as a follow-up by marketing staff of the company. A company that hires such a presenter will be looking for a solid return on investment. If the presenter delivers regularly, he or she will become well known and sought after by companies who participate regularly in trade shows.

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Presentation and Execution

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The final execution for your design campaign or any design project that you’re doing should focus on quite a few things. You should focus on the layout structure itself, you need to make sure everything is in harmony and everything is balanced. You also need to focus on the major backgrounds that you have in your piece along with the large regions of the page. Afterwords you can start putting in all the necessary detail and information from the top of the layout to the bottom.

As you finish your project, you should always consult with your mentors and peers about the layout and the design in general. Most of the time they will like it and if any changes should be made they should always back it up with a reason behind it. Some changes you’ll make would be pure sacrifices, other changes will be improvements, but overall there would be a more positive outcome then the negative.

Just make sure that you stick to the requirements that were given to you at the start. If you think that you’re idea will look better then what was assignment then do the one that was assignment, and do an extra one for yourself. When you present the two pieces the client will see that you care about your work and might reconsider the changes and maybe even give you an extra tip.

The whole point of the execution is to put everything in the final piece that will be ready to present. There will be very little changes from the sketches that you’ve drawn to the final piece. Most of the time you might change some colors, or move a few things but generally speaking you’ll see a lot of similarities between the sketches that you’ve drawn and the final piece that you made.

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The Best Promotional Products – A4 Custom Pocket and Presentation Folders

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

They are undoubtedly amongst the best promotional tools today. That is why thousands of business employers as well as industrialists are nowadays inclining towards A4 folder printing at a very rapid pace. The logical fact is that custom and presentation holders are cutthroat marketing products which are capably designed by unique graphic design tools in style. Do you know about the most practical graphic design tools regarding your holder and stickers printing? If not, they are typically known as coral draw, adobe illustrator, dream weaver and Photoshop.

They are by and large printed via full color printing process. Do you know about the auxiliary methods? Well they are characteristically known as embossing, debossing, foil stamping, UV coating, gloss, and matte finish. Interestingly they are used in custom personalized business cards, cheap rack cards, full color greeting cards, custom paper CD sleeves and of course A4 presentation folder printing. Great news is that all of them are cutthroat marketing tools by any means. Therefore if you want to grab them, you will have to get connected with professional online printing giant so as to accomplish your desires in style.

In addition to custom pocket and presentation cases, you can surely make use of many other cost effective marketing tools for your longer business identity development for example vinyl stickers, print brochures, full color flyers, printed envelopes, barcode labels, and custom door hangers. Hence they are not only very efficient but also very cost effective promotional products which barely need you to pay few amount of dollar so as to get your desire accomplished in style. So don’t waste time anymore and buy A4 custom pocket folder so as to get your desires done on time.

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Sensational Presentation Skills Series, Inspire Your Listener!

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Want to calm your nerves while speaking to an audience?

Do you know the easiest, simplest and most inspiring Soft Skill to use?

Focus on breathing more while serving each listener and marvel at the extra more power and believability you will have to inspire others into action!

Most everyone gets a bit nervous when speaking in front of an audience. There are many tricks and skills used by us professionals to calm our nerves, but by far the simplest, easiest and most inspiring is the simplest; just take an inspiring breath.

“Make every breath a joy”

My dear friend Don McFarland once said this and that little sentence changed my life. Now, how much fun do you dare to consciously have while breathing? More importantly, do you notice the effect?

Even though the word “inspire” comes from Latin and literally means to breathe in spirit, just taking in more air will help. Our voice is a physiological wind instrument. Just like a saxophone, flute or trumpet, it works more efficiently and sounds more inspiring when there is lots of air flowing through it.

Try this: Sit or stand up straight, take a few deep, relaxing and joyous breaths and before saying anything see how much more inspiring you feel. Starting from the top of your third deep breath, just easily say your name and the words, “I am inspiring”. How does that sound?

You may notice that more of you began to resonate with your message. Just like that wind instrument or a violin, more of the instrument (you) was vibrating with the tone of your message. Did you notice that the deeper and richer the tone of your voice becomes the more attractive and believable it sounds? Just this deeper and richer sound of your voice probably helped put you more at ease, but did you also notice that those deeper breaths also calmed you down?

Ask anyone what the most common way to relieve stress is and most will say, “take a deep breath”. Yet how often do we forget this sage advice when standing there, in front of an anxious crowd? If there is one thing you can easily do before, during and after you speak it is to consciously take a few more breaths. Those lovely little punctuation marks such as a period, question mark, comma and semi-colon are wonderful places where you can stop speaking and take in an extra joyous breath. In fact, you may be surprised to find that taking a relaxing pause to inhale two or three times while, for instance, asking a question or making a powerful point, may actually turn out to be fun.

Learning to breathe calmly and enjoyably while speaking in public may sound dull, but if it does then maybe you have yet to really take your first inspiring breath… And don’t forget, if you would rather not inspire your audience by breathing more, that’s OK.

There is another option that your audience may appreciate more.

Send them an E-mail.

Here’s to more inspiring and engaging presentations!

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