Saturday, March 30, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 5)

Remember to organize your speech around two or three main points. These are the primary points, or the key arguments, in favor of your position. You want the audience to understand where you're coming from, and where you're going. When you clearly state the specific purpose of your speech, the main point will be easily identifiable. Here's an example:

Specific purpose: To convince (my audience) that the administration does not need to raise tuition.

  1. Money from the surplus of the state could be used to offset the costs.
  2. Other states have diverted funds from their budget to help with this.
  3. A tuition hike will put higher education out of reach for people that want to go to college.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013


Are you taking the time to PLAY everyday? I'm not talking about playing games with your kids. I'm talking about taking time for YOU!

The essence of play lies in a CHOICE. You choose what YOU want to do to relax, unwind, or recharge your batteries. It's about using your creative thoughts and energy.

Play is something that brings you joy. It moves you away from worry and stress. Some examples are cooking, gardening, walking along the beach or playing the piano.

Do you set aside at least 30 minutes a day for play? Remember, it has to be something that YOU select.

Maybe you have something to confess. Something like, "I don't know how to play, BUT I need to do it, NOW!"

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to change. Start your playtime today. You won't regret it!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Reduce Your Accent (Part 4/Final)

If you are a foreign/dialectical speaker, you need as many strategies as possible to modify your accent. Here are 2 more:

  • Listen to yourself! Record your own voice and listen for pronunciation mistakes. This is an excellent exercise because it will help you become conscious of the mistakes, you are making.
  • Be patient! You can change the way that you speak but it won't happen overnight. people often expect an instant result and give up. You can change the way you sound, if you are willing to put some effort into it.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 4)

In order to create (and deliver) a great speech, you need a thesis statement that clearly expresses the central idea of the speech. The specific purpose describes what you want to achieve. The thesis statement identifies what the speech is about. Here's an example about  prison:

Specific: To tell audience about the amount of prisons in the United States.
Thesis statement: An extraordinary amount of prisons were built in the United States during the 90's.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Celebrate With "Cake!"

There have been many events that have gotten me to understand that you only have TODAY to live your life. You could be dead tomorrow. That's why today is a PRESENT. I can think of 2 people that I learned this from: 1) my aunt, and 2) Princess Diana.

My aunt died of colon cancer a couple of months before she was set to retire. She longed to be away from her job. When you would hear her talk, she always spoke about what she would do, once she retired. What was interesting, is that ALL her goals could've been accomplished AS she lived.

Princess Diana's death was a wake-up call. Her life was shattered in a senseless car accident. Taken way too young (and soon). "Turn up the volume of your life," is something Oprah said when she spoke of what she learned from Diana's tragedy.

There are many of us who don't take the time to enjoy their accomplishments. These can be either BIG or small. We all get so "busy" with things that we don't S-T-O-P, to acknowledge the good things that come our way! I've taken to changing that. Whenever something positive happens to me, I celebrate by eating a piece of cake. Think about the moments where cake is a component -- weddings, birthdays, etc. We mark a celebration with cake. It's a standard. So why not do it with everyday events -- new job, promotion, new home, weight loss? I've also encouraged this with my friends.

The next time something positive happens to you (or your friends), celebrate with "cake."

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 5)

When you can shut off the world and get calm, it's like a whole new YOU, opens up! You begin to notice all kinds of things: the way your body feels, the smell of the air, the sunlight, the brightness of colors. Your mind begins to clear. You become more aware of your feelings and thoughts. You are NOW in touch with your true self, your soul and GOD!

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