10 Tips for Professional Speakers

10 Tips for Professional Speakers

Put your best foot forward every time! One of the reasons that many people fear taking the podium is because they are afraid of being the focal point of everyone’s attention and they don’t want to make a fool of themselves. There are several things you can do to "fool-proof" your speaking event so that you present well every single time!

1. Take the time to prepare well for your presentation. Preparation enhances your confidence and it’s also an opportunity to refine any weak areas in your presentation.

2. Begin and end your presentation on time. Arriving late to your presentation is simply unprofessional; not to mention that it won’t win you any points with your crowd. Also speaking over time shows your audience that you don’t value their time.

3. Know your audience. The only way you can really relate your audience is if you know who they are. Profile your audience. Are they male or female? What income bracket are they in? Why would they attend your presentation?

4. Dress appropriately for your audience. Not all speaking engagements require a business suit! There are many places where business casual attire has become the norm. Before your audience even hears your message, they are already sizing you up and this is impacting whether or not they are hearing what you have to say!

5. Have a backup plan for visual aids used in your presentation. You’ve selected to use visual aids because you thought they would be helpful in getting your message across. What happens when laptops fail or the room cannot accommodate presentation equipment? Create a plan on how you would handle a situation like that.

6. Tone down information overload. Yes, you can overload your audience with too much information and if you’re not careful, you’ll lose them. They’ll mentally check out. As a speaker, you’ll want to present enough information that hooks them into getting more information from you!

7. Don’t use inappropriate humor. Humor can be a tricky thing working for you or against you. You will really have to know your audience in order to use jokes or humor appropriately.

8. Vary your speech tones. The monotonous speaker will lose their audience within the first 15 minutes. It’s okay to be animated during your presentation and in fact, doing so will transmit flair and passion that keeps people engaged in your message.

9. Relate your topic back to your audience. Basically, stop talking about yourself! Your audience might want to hear a testimony or two, but mostly, they’ll want to hear about them and how your presentation can help them!

10. Solidify your message. Support your ideas with data and evidence and build a solid case for your viewpoints. You can use statistics, testimonies, demonstrations, pictures and more!

Your presentation can be fool proof if you take the time to minimize mistakes. By going through these key points, you can assure yourself that you are well prepared for any challenge that might come your way and you will experience the success you’ve always dreamed of!

Truth Behind Celebrity Gossips

Truth Behind Celebrity Gossips

Gossip and scandal are everywhere when it comes to stars and celebrities around the world. And no matter how much you deny that you don’t pay attention to celebrity news, how often do you find yourself joining in a hot discussion at work or around the dinner table? Keeping your eye on the stars is one way to amuse yourself and keep smiling.

Not many people can resist a bit of gossip about the celebrities that make the news. Award ceremonies are a great way to see what everyone is wearing and how bad or good they look wearing it. Watching a popular starlet stumble her way to the podium wearing an unflattering dress can lead to weeks of gossip about what not to wear when the cameras are hot and ready. Magazines are filled with the latest fashion mistakes that the stars make when they venture out into public places.

Celebrity relationships continue to baffle most of us. What makes motion picture stars such as Brad Pitt leave one relationship for another? Celebrity gossip has followed Mr. Pitt as he baffles the media with his behavior. The scandal of celebrity relationships gone wrong is always at the forefront of the news, covering the pages of serious newspapers all the way to gossip magazines that line the shelves at the grocery store.

Long before Santa came on the scene, the ancient Chinese knew all about spenders through the craft of face reading. They could look at a person’s face and tell his past, present and future, his temperament, disposition, creativity, and whether the person is, or will be, fortunate or not so fortunate. Even today, it’s still around in China and has gotten attention in psychology circles in America.

Face reading experts think the best gifts usually come from women who have big eyes and men with a big nose. So, fall in love with women with wide eyes and smile at men who get their nose into everything.

If we look at famous Hollywood celebrities, George Clooney has a strong, affirmative nose on a well-balanced face. Often such people reach high goals and are generous.

Reese Witherspoon’s nose tells that she likes to give big-time presents to all her close ones. She has a broad, nice smile. That means also she has a pleasant personality. But even though there’s a lot of sweetness in her face, you can bet your life she is a strong individual. Her face has high cheekbones and it means that she is the one who says where the dinner table stands. -No, honey, I said over there.

Of other Hollywood celebrities, Chinese face reading pinpoints Jack Nicholson as a generous man, who buys plenty of Holiday goodies for his male and female pals. Flaring nostrils suggest Jack is very emotional and might throw a tantrum at any time. The wide smile tells of a pleasing personality, but when the lips are thin, the person is disposed to say something anytime he wants to. Nicholson’s ears are good. They are long and nicely set, so he is very fortunate in most ways, according to face reading.

Keep Stress Out Of Your Life With These Tips (2)

Keep Stress Out Of Your Life With These Tips

Learning to manage stress in your everyday life can make a huge difference in your attitude, mood, and lifestyle. Stress can have many adverse effects on your health, including a weakening of the immune system. This article contains several easy tips to help you control and reduce the amount of stress in your life.

Make sure that if you are staring at a computer at work for the majority of the day, to get up and stretch your body. Stretching is really important, as remaining stagnant for the greater part of the day can increase stress levels. Move around and chat with co-workers to improve how you feel.

Fight stress and stressful situations with deep breathing. Inhale and exhale deeply through the nose at least ten times. Deep breathing can slow down an anxious accelerated heart rate, help relieve shortness of breath, calm jittery nerves and clear your head to help you prioritize your thoughts or ideas and that long need-to-do list.

Anytime you start feeling stressed out, try getting some fresh air. The simple act of being outdoors in the sunshine can do wonders to relieve tension. Try taking a walk through a park or sitting in the sun on an outdoor bench. Focus your attention on your surroundings and enjoy the clean, fresh air. Before you know it, the stress will start to fade and you will be feeling far more relaxed.

Use humor and laughter to eliminate your stress when possible. Although it is not always the best time, if you can look at the stressful situation from a different point of view and see the humor in it, it will help relieve the stress of it. Even if you cannot find the humor in a stressful situation, try to think of a good joke or funny story that you heard and this will help tremendously.

Go online and check out the different classes that are available in stress management. Here, you will be dealing with professionals that can help to guide you with important tips to implement in your everyday routine. This will go a long way in putting you in a better state of mind during the day.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to find a hobby that completely captivates you. Having a hobby that you can fully immerse yourself in doing can go a long way in fighting stress. It can also potentially lead to a career.

If in any way possible, take a short nap during the day when you are feeling stressed. If your body is exhausted, you are sure to feel more susceptible to stress. During sleep, your conscious mind will rest and your unconscious mind can find the solutions to the situations that are causing the stress.

Stress can seriously get out of hand, and have a huge impact on your health and lifestyle. You should take appropriate measures to try to control it. If you follow the tips in this article, you will find it easier and more natural to reduce the amount of stress and to improve your lifestyle.

Spray on tanning

Spray on tanning

Ever wonder how the celebrities keep their tans perfect all year long? I guarantee that they aren’t lying out in their backyards every day to keep that natural glow. And, I guarantee that they aren’t risking the wrinkles and dry skin in the tanning beds. Instead, more celebrities are opting for spray on tanning. They can be in and out of a salon within several minutes and have that healthy looking shine that lasts for weeks. They also know that they’ll be keeping their skin healthy and youthful.

Spray on tanning has become quite popular with more than just the celebrities. Everyday people who used to spend twenty minutes lying in the tanning beds are discovering the wonders of spray on tanning as well. They no longer want to lie in those beds wiggling all around in order to not have tan lines the next morning. With spray on tanning, tan lines are not as much of a concern. Within sixty seconds of stepping into the booth, you can step out looking completely different. Your skin may be a boring pale shade when you enter and suddenly, you have a healthy glow. Don’t panic though if you’re not as tan as you should be immediately, it may take about an hour for the color to take its full effect. You may notice that you don’t have that ‘tanning’ smell that you usually can’t get rid of until you scrub from head to toe in the shower at home.

Your doctor will also be thrilled; they won’t have to warn you about the dangers of being in the sun or frying your skin in the tanning beds. It would normally take you at least four or five times of visiting a tanning bed to equal one session of sixty seconds in a spray on tanning booth. Sure, you may pay more than a normal tanning session. One spray on tanning session may be equivalent to several tanning bed sessions, but think about how much faster the results appear. It is well worth the money. Plus, you may only need one or two visits per month as opposed to several times each week.

When spray on tanning first became popular, people complained that their skin appeared to look orange. They also complained that it stained their clothing. Since those complaints surfaced, those problems have seemingly vanished. You don’t see too many orange celebrities on your TV screens. Instead, you see people who have healthy and natural looking tans walking around with an air of confidence. If you’re still spending time in those tanning beds, perhaps it is time that you decrease your visits to only sixty seconds in a spray on tanning booth. Your skin will thank you.

Choices In Wedding Music

Choices In Wedding Music

American weddings have come a long way over the years. In a society that is made up of people from so many different cultures, lifestyles, religions, and backgrounds, it is no surprise that the traditions in the wedding ceremony are as vastly different as well. Wedding music is no exception. From the ceremony itself to the party atmosphere of the reception, the wedding music sets the tone for the event.

Traditional Wedding Music:

At most weddings we can expect to hear selections that have come to be known as traditional wedding music. Titles like Ave Maria, the Minuet from Don Giovanni, and, of course, The Bridal Chorus and The Wedding March have long been the standard music for a wedding. Particularly religious ceremonies may include hymns like Amazing Grace and a Jewish wedding almost always includes a hora danced to a medley of tunes like Hava Nagila, and Siman Tov U Mazeltov.

The traditional wedding music holds a special place in our hearts and many think that a wedding ceremony is incomplete without it. The couple must decide whether or not to use traditional wedding music in the ceremony, as well as how much of it to use. If this part of the wedding tradition is important to you, then traditional wedding music is the way to go.

Modern Wedding Music:

Often couples will forgo the traditional wedding music selections and instead include modern or popular music in the wedding ceremony. This practice is so common that some titles are becoming traditional wedding song selections themselves. It is not unusual to hear When a Man Loves a Woman, Always and Forever, or I Will Always Love You sung, performed, or played at weddings today. Often more modern titles like these will appear in a ceremony along with the more traditional wedding music.

Avant-Garde Wedding Music:

As people’s attitudes change and varying forms of wedding ceremonies take place, the choice of wedding music often changes right along with them. Occasionally couples will choose music for their wedding that reflects the stark difference in their personalities and makes a unique and bold statement. While your wedding ceremony is primarily for the couple getting married, it is important to remember that it is an event attended by your family members as well. While you may wish to make an impression on your guests with your choice of music, you should still be cautious not to offend your respective grandmothers. As such, a selection by an artist like Marilyn Manson may never be appropriate for a wedding ceremony. This does not mean that your wedding music choices are restricted to traditional classics or sappy love songs. I once attended a very avant-garde wedding where three couples married in the same ceremony. It was a beautiful event and was made memorable by their choice of music. The couples strode down the aisle to the sounds of Pink Floyd’s Signs of Life, an instrumental track from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It was a wedding ceremony that I will remember forever.

Movies: What Would Life Be Like Without Them?

Movies: What Would Life Be Like Without Them?

Have you ever thought about how your life would be if there were no movies? You probably haven’t and that is because we all take them for granted but lets think about movies, both the good and the bad a little, shall we?

Movies are one of the most common forms of entertainment there is in our world. This is because they allow us to escape our world and enter into another world for a couple of hours and gives our immediate concerns a rest. They allow us to travel to worlds we will never be able to experience otherwise. They bring excitement and intensity of emotion that we would not have otherwise. These are all pretty good things right? And probably some of the main reasons that they are so popular.

On the flip side movies create unrealistic expectations and make unhealthy lifestyles and choices look appealing. This is especially true for those of us who have grown up in this age of technology. You see back when movies were simpler it was easier to separate them from reality. Now however the special effects and computer animations create such realism that it is confusing our kids. You’ve heard stories in the news about a child being killed or seriously hurt by another child because they were acting out something they saw in a movie. The other thing is that our children are being exposed to hyper intense scenes of violence that it is surprising that more Columbine’s haven’t happened really.

And what about Hollywood’s portrayal of sex? Well lets just say that we all were really surprised the first time that we had sex. It wasn’t nearly as smooth and well coordinated as we had seen every time on the silver screen was it. What if sex was portrayed realistically as something that can be extremely good and fulfilling given that the two people are committed to each other for life and are willing to work at it? What if the fact that there is a lot of responsibility that goes with the pleasure what dealt with? Well lots of people believe that we would have far less trouble with sex at its root. Teenage sex wouldn’t be as rampant. Unwanted pregnancies would be a far smaller issue. STDs would not be spinning out of control, and on and on.

So are movies good or bad? Well the answer is both. Now the question remains, does one outweigh the other?

Ready For Change? Use These Personal Development Tips!

Ready For Change? Use These Personal Development Tips!

Everyone has those problems in life that can be embarrassing to talk about, even to those who are professionals in the field. However, fear not, because self-help can be an effective way to manage your personal problems as well. Here you will find some great resources for self-help.

You can help yourself battle depression by making sure your diet is filled with enough complex carbohydrates. Studies show by not getting enough complex carbohydrates, you may lose serotonin which can cause depression. Make sure your diet is filled with fruits, vegetables and foods made with soy to avoid this.

You should always be ready to stand up for your values. You might feel that your values are being challenged everyday, and sometimes it can seem difficult to be honest and caring. However, you need to stay strong and defend your values. This is the only way to prevent yourself from succumbing to something that you will later regret.

Keep your sense of humor in all situations. If you find that there is far too much stress and negativity in your life, do what you can to find the humor in the situation. Humor is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and dislodge fear. Laugh your troubles away.

Analyze your actions. Perhaps at the end of the day you realize you regret something you did. Try understanding why you acted that way, and make things right if you can. By being aware of your reactions, and why you reacted the way you did, you can avoid many future mistakes.

Sometimes people feel so lost and not sure of where their life is going. This leads them to take a stance and work on their personal development. To start this exciting adventure, you need to work on renewing your identity. You will then have an easier time deciding exactly what you need to do to make yourself a better person.

Be wary of how you treat people. Being unnecessarily cruel to others almost never works in your favor. Make friends when you can. If you simply cannot bring yourself to get along with someone you should, at the very least, try and form some sort of civil relationship with them.

Keep all of your household notes in one notebook. Arrange them chronologically. Write down your shopping lists right under your conversation with the utility company. Date everything and that way you will be able to easily locate your notes just by thinking about the approximate date you made them.

When it comes to personal development, make sure that you completely understand everything that you are reading about and hearing from others. This is important because without truly knowing the meanings of this advice, you may either miss the message entirely or you may misinterpret it for something else.

After reading this article, you should be well equipped to tackle your problems and become worry free and less stressed. Everyone responds to and deals with problems differently, and if you feel self-help is the best option for you, we hope we have been able to assist you. Good luck!

Celebrity Photo

Celebrity Photo

This is the celebrity age. We are obsessed with celebrities and greedily consume newspaper and magazine images of them. The celebrity photo is big business and photographers can make a lot of money when they snap one. The paparazzi wait for hours on end outside nightclubs, to get a picture of someone famous coming out drunk or the worse for wear. Some of these snappers are quite shameless and deliberately provoke the celebrity into reacting aggressively. They know it will make a photo that a picture editor will want. Some will stalk a celebrity until they get the image they want. The media builds them up and then tries to knock them down again. Sitting up trees with a long lens to shoot a celebrity photo is a strange way to make a living.

A great deal of soul searching went on when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. Although the photographers who had been chasing her on that tragic night were officially cleared of any blame, a lot of people thought that they had played a significant part in the events of that night. The driver was speeding through the tunnel, having been followed at speed by photographers keen to get the ultimate celebrity photo of Diana and her boyfriend Dodi. It has been reported that some photographers took photos of Diana after the crash and before the emergency services arrived. It is common practice for the paparazzi to chase celebrities through traffic and a similar incident will probably happen again.

Of course, it’s not just the paparazzi that snap the celebrities. There is a long tradition, from the days of silent screen star Valentino, to publicize celebrities with a photo shoot. Many photographers have gained a reputation from the celebrity photo and some photos have passed into legend. In the 1930s and 1940s, the movie studios wanted their glamorous stars to pout for the camera in gorgeous dresses. Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland posed for the magazine covers like Hollywood royalty. More informal photographs came in from the 1950s, leaving us with some wonderful moments. No one knew how legendary James Dean would become when he was captured walking down the streets of New York, hunched up against the rain.

Sometimes, a photograph can become like an historical document. One such celebrity photo is the one taken of John Lennon and Yoko Ono that shows an unclothed Lennon in a fetus position, lying beside Ono. This photograph was taken on the day of Lennon’s murder and is very poignant to look at now. The celebrity photo is with us to stay whether the celebrity is a willing participant or the hunted quarry of the paparazzi.