10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking

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  1. Know your material.  Once you have picked a topic you are interested in, be sure to know more than you include in your speech. Use personal stories to relate to the topic. Use conversational language.
  2. Practice. Rehearse out loud and repeat this action often.
  3. Know your audience. Greet audience members as they arrive. Converse with them prior to giving your speech.
  4. Know the room. Arrive early. Practice using microphone and walk around the stage.
  5. Relax. Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. Try breathing exercises.
  6. Visualize yourself giving the speech. Imagine the audience clapping and giving a standing ovation.
  7. Realize people want to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating. informative, entertaining. They want to succeed, not fail.
  8. Don’t apologize. This is unnecessary because the audience never notice when you screw up UNLESS you make it obvious.
  9. Concentrate on the message. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
  10. Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

Professional Personality Traits Needed to Be Successful

Professional Personality Traits Needed to Be Successful

Whether you are a model, actor, or a careerist, there are professional personality traits that will not only help you become successful, but help keep you successful. As an instructor of personal and professional development, I often discuss with my students the do’s and don’ts when moving up in their career. There isn’t a single person who goes into something new having all the answers, but they key is wanting to do your best. There are specific things we can do to stand out in our career and help us move up. Below is a list of personality traits that professionals look for in a good employee.

Be kind

You must be able to give respect to get respect. Be kind to those you work with and respect them. Each day, we meet new people with different lifestyles. If you judge others on what they do, you will miss the opportunity to learn their strengths. As a boss or mentor, be sure to listen and understand those you are managing. This will make it easier to work with them and help them reach their full potential. It will also help a manager decide who it right for a position and when they are ready.

Be confident

Good self-esteem can help pick you up and get you through tough times. When you go to a job interview one question asked is, “Why should we hire you?” You should be able to answer that question with confidence. You should get to know yourself daily. Always focus on personal development. This includes handling failure. Even the most confident fail. Recognizing that you’ve failed and accepting it will help with your self-esteem and confidence in yourself. Avoiding failure and not accepting it will hinder your self-esteem. Learn to be confident no matter the situation.

Be a hard worker

No matter what you do as a careerist, you’ll wait, want, and not know. You wait for promotions, you want things to come easier and you never know what to expect each day. No matter what, be prepared and always do your best. When given a specific assignment or duty, the employer is looking for results. Employees don’t always know what to expect, but good employees try to understand what to do, regardless. Give it your all in everything you do.

Be a self-starter

Can you take charge? Being prepared is always key to showing initiative. To prepare yourself means taking care of you. That begins with proper rest, a healthy diet, and exercising. You always need to perfect your craft by practicing, learning, and setting goals. Doing these things will help you do so. The key is knowing much about your career and taking opportunities to grow. When an opportunity presents itself, if you prepare for it, you will be great at it.

 

 

 

Speak Up

16265810_373734936328172_1944204271890323811_nIn this month’s publication I was featured in Speak Up Magazine. Speak Up Magazine gives a voice to the voiceless. When your read the stories of those who are homeless, you are placed in their shoes just for a moment. I encourage you to purchase a copy of Speak Up Magazine to help those in need.  If you haven’t already, check out Speak Up on Facebook. You can also visit their website @ www.speakupmag.org.

Discovering Happiness

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We recently heard on the news that a young man went into an airport, in Florida, and shot and killed five people and injured eight others. At that moment, many people asked why while looking at their television screen in disbelief. What happened at the airport isn’t a new crime nor will it be the last tragic event to take place this year. There have been many tragic events that have taken place in the last decade that are unbelievable. We wish for things to get better and we hope for change, but it starts with us. It starts with you. Everyone, at some point, look for people or things to help us be better. Even though support is helpful, changing personally will help with the process of feeling and being happy. Depending on something other than yourself to be happy will be short-lived. Here are some simple (small) things in life that will not only make you feel happier, but also healthier.

  1. Exercise
  2.  Eating well
  3. Love
  4. Accomplishments
  5. Family and Friends
  6. Hobby
  7. Laughing
  8. Being clean and dressing well
  9. Meditation
  10. A pet
  11. Being independent (making your own choices)

The things listed above could tribute to your happiness, but first you must make the choice to be happy. Happiness is a choice. If there is anything in your life that is holding you back from laughing every day, then let it go.

Phillip McDaniels

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Physical fitness is a very important aspect of everyone’s life. Eating healthy and taking care of yourself is as well. Phillip McDaniels, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, knows about how important it is to get healthy and stay healthy.  Phillip wasn’t a big kid. He was teased because of his weight. Phillip mentioned getting picked on isn’t fun and it doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. A good thing being the “little man” is it motivated him to get into fitness. Perfect Fit Fitness, LLC. Phillip’s business focus on personal training, meal prepping, corporate training, and kid’s fitness. For kid’s fitness, he is passionate about it as he asked, “Shouldn’t administrations change the curriculum to help children become healthier?”  When First Lady, Michelle Obama, took office, her focus was to help children become healthier. Studies show that 80% or more of the nation is obese. That is why Phillip has focused on youth fitness training since 2004.

Phillip also knows the needs of working adults. He knows most employees are looking for  lower health cost, increased productivity, and less employment sick time. Perfect Fitness offers all those things to its clients. While talking to Phillip, he mentioned his concern about women and staying healthy. He believes that women would engage in fitness training more if there was instructors instructing them on what is good and not for their bodies. Phillip’s passions were based on his belief that fitness and nutrition are good components to everyday life. Even though he studied social services in college, the things he experienced in life led him to personal training. Watching others turn their passion into a business helped develop a mindset for change. It helped him change his way of thinking.

I enjoyed my interview with Phillip. I’ve always been a huge fan of fitness and wellness. Just like many people, I too care about my appearance and my health. I look to those like Phillip to help reach my fitness goals. To find out more about Perfect Fit Fitness, click on link below.

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You Lost Me At Hello By Donna Smith Bellinger

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Relationship building is a general importance when it comes to a healthy life and a healthy business. Donna’s book You Lost Me At Hello talks deeply about this topic and how it can make or break your business. Relationship marketing is what she calls it. Donna’s book is a great guide for entrepreneurs to learn about what it takes to be confident in their field, but to also learn the tricks and trades to be successful. Have you ever attended an event and felt out of place or found yourself stuck. It happens to us all. Most of the time, that happens because the voice in our head is telling us we can’t do it or we are not good enough. Below are some of my favorite tips from her book:

Be prepared: You may not fit in everywhere and everyone may not like you, but that is not important. Know your stuff and be confident in yourself.

Build the RIGHT relationships: I think this is great advice. As a young entrepreneur myself, I am still learning how to do this. I’ve had a lot of clients over the years, but only a few years ago did I learn how important it is to get to know your clients and not only their business.

You Don’t Have to Walk Alone, Relationship Marketing is a Group Endeavor

When I was young and starting my business, I had the I-am-doing-this-on-my-own- attitude. Little did I know, I was actually failing myself for NOT asking for help. I did not have a lot of patience for someone to help me. That all changed when I was becoming more and more successful. I was receiving more work than I could handle and I began to fall behind. At that point, I had to make a decision as a business owner to hire the right candidates to help grow my business. You Lost Me At Hello increased my knowledge as an entrepreneur. Now that I have a team, I read and study different things that will help us stay strong as a team and focused. Donna’s book is one of those things. I recommend this book to help grow your company and to help you grow in your career. To order Donna’s book, click on the link below.

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