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Blogging for dollars

Blogging for dollars might sound like the latest game show or some new drinking game, but it’s the latest craze to hit the … Bloggers began blogging for a number of reasons, but as the blog mo

Blogging for dollars might sound like the latest game show or some new drinking game, but it’s the latest craze to hit the Internet. Bloggers began blogging for a number of reasons, but as the blog movement has increased in popularity, they have found ways to monetize their blogs and are seeing their commitment pay off.

Whether a blogger’s focus is to communicate with customers or just to have fun, they have begun looking at ways to earn revenue from their blogs. The most popular ways for bloggers to earn some added cash for their pet projects are:

1. ) Google Adsense in Blogs
Google AdSense allows webmasters to dynamically serve content-relevant advertisements in blogs. If the visitor clicks one of the AdSense ads served to the blog, the website owner is credited for the referral. Webmasters need only to insert a Google-generated java script into the blog or blog template. Google’s spider parses the AdServing blog and serves ads that relate to the blog’s content. Google uses a combination of keyword matching and context analysis to determine what ads should be served.

2. ) Affiliate Programs (Product Endorsements)
Affiliate Programs work when an affiliate web site receives income for generating sales, leads, or traffic to a merchant website. Generally, bloggers will mention or endorse specific products and if site visitors purchase the product, bloggers will receive a portion of the sale.

3. ) Product Promotion
Businesses use blogs to detail how specific features or product add-ons can increase functionality and save time. Content-rich product promotion will help with search engine placement.

4.) Banner Ads
While less popular than in the pastFind Article, websites with high traffic levels can still earn decent revenue by selling banner space.

As the Internet evolves bloggers will continue to seek out ways to monetize their opinions and thoughts. Daily journals and online blogs have become more than just a communication means to many.

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Linguaphone language learning solutions

Language Training is integral to success in the … setting. It is … … as a key element in … success. The ability to … in the local language of Interna

Language Training is integral to success in the International setting. It is increasingly recognized as a key element in assignment success.

The ability to communicate in the local language of International colleagues and clients facilitates relationship building and fosters an atmosphere of credibility and trust.

Knowledge of the local language gives international assignees a more thorough understanding of the host country’s culture. Attaining a high level of linguistic proficiency can mean the difference between the success and failure of an International assignment. Increasingly, there is need for highly specialized training such as accent reduction, business writing in the target language, contract negotiation and skills to deliver presentations or conduct interviews.

Having linguistically proficient personnel is often the best way to build and maintain relationships with local nationals. As users confidence in the target language increasesArticle Search, so does their ability to identify opportunities and broaden business capabilities.

Language Learning Programs can creates success & confidence in all paths of life by solving the problem of international communication skills in any
international language with effective language learning solutions.

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Internet in the car

Web im Wagen – Der CarPC fürs Internet im AutoDer CarPC und die … … in PKWs und LKWs geistert schon seit Jahren in den Köpfen der … und vieler Anwender herum. Dabei sind d

Web im Wagen – Der CarPC fürs Internet im Auto

Der CarPC und die multimediale Aufrüstung in PKWs und LKWs geistert schon seit Jahren in den Köpfen der Hersteller und vieler Anwender herum. Dabei sind die Hintergründe vielfältig und in vielen Fällen auch unternehmensseitig als relevant anzusehen.

Bisher haben sich die Automobilhersteller aber noch sehr zurückgehalten und es sind im Markt derzeit nur zaghafte Versuche zu erkennen das Internet in’s Auto zu bringen.

Renommierte Automobilhersteller wie Audi, BMW und Mercedes haben bereits vereinzelt IT-Funktionen und –Anwendungen in ihre Fahrzeuge eingebaut. Doch leider blieb es immer nur bei Versuchen. So hat kürzlich Audi die Taste “NET” in Ihrem MMI durch “Info” ersetzt und wird kurzfristig keine Internet-Dienste serienmäßig anbieten.

Die Systeme ab Werk gehören also noch zu den Einzelfällen und können derzeit nicht vollkommen überzeugen.

Doch einige engagierte Hersteller und Anbieter stellen bereits ausgereifte Systeme, auch für den unternehmensweiten Einsatz zur Verfügung.

Warum CarPCs

Viele Unternehmen sind auf Ihre Außendienstmitarbeiter angewiesen und Selbstständige verbringen ebenfalls einen Großteil ihrer Zeit auf Achse. Beide Berufsgruppen sind jedoch unterwegs von der Kommunikation und speziell von der IT-Abteilung ihrer Unternehmen weitgehend abgeschnitten – selbst wenn das Mobiltelefon einen Teil der Kommunikation aufrechterhält, fehlen doch oft Informationen, die nur zentral bereit stehen.

Erfolgreiche Ausnahmen finden sich in Transportwesen, Außendienst, Servicebereich, Notfalleinsatz und VIP-Umfeld – Otto Normalverbraucher aber ist außen vor.

Das muss nicht sein! Abhilfe schaffen CarPCs. Sie helfen sogar unterwegs up to date zu bleiben.

Dabei spielt es keine Rolle, ob Sie die Daten vor Antritt einer Reise auf den CarPC übertragen, oder ob Sie von unterwegs darauf zugreifen. Selbst bei der schnellen Disposition von Einsatz- und Transportfahrzeugen helfen die Anwendungen auf Basis von CarPCs erheblich.

So können die Disponenten sehr schnell über die GPS-Ortung den aktuellen Standort der Fahrzeuge ermitteln, die neuen Einsatzorte disponieren und die Daten per E-Mail oder SMS an die Fahrer weitergeben.

Diese werden dann über die integrierte Navigation sofort zielgerecht an den neuen Einsatzort geführt. CarPCs übernehmen außer solch kommerziellen Aufgaben aber auch ganz alltägliche: Navigation, Entertainment und Kommunikation.

Ein Internet-Zugang im Auto würde in solch einer verzwickten Lage helfen – Das Bordcomputersystem würde mit tagesaktuellen Daten, die er Online-Verbindung ins Auto lädt, den Fahrer informieren, welche Tankstelle geöffnet – und mithin sogar die aktuellen Preise abfragen.

Mehr noch: Das Navigationssystem hätte nur die geöffneten Tankstellen berücksichtigt und dann berechnet, welche bequem mit dem verbleibenden Benzin erreichbar sind – um dem Fahrer schließlich ohne manuelle Eingaben die preiswertesten drei zu empfehlen.

Das Beispiel zeigt – beim Internet im Auto geht es nicht primär uns Surfen –für Surftrips in Websites ist das Displays zu klein. Aber viele Hersteller bieten die einfacheren WAP-Seiten (Wireless Application Protocol) an – schließlich haben viele Fahrzeuge mit Mobilfunk, Anzeigesystem und Rechner die entsprechenden Technologien ja bereits an Bord.

Ziel der automobilen Online-Anbindung ist es vielmehr, sinnvolle Dienste in Interaktion mit einer externen Intelligenz ins Auto zu bringen – etwa der Dienst “Parkinfo”, den BMW neben der Tankstellensuche im Online-Portal anbietet.

Über den Internet-Zugang kommen Daten von Parkhäusern in 80 Städten. Wobei einige Garagen nicht nur die Zahl der freien Parkplätze meldenFree Articles, sondern auch noch über die Tendenz – nach oben oder unten — informieren

Sie wollen dazu mehr wissen? Dann lesen Sie eine Detailstudie und einen umfassenden Artikel bei tom’s networking guide.

Von Car-Web-WAP über Windows XP im Wagen bis zu Anbietern von CarPCs und Autohersteller finden Sie dort alle Informationen und können Ihr Auto “internetfest” machen.

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Captivating an audience

Learning proper singing … is of course vital to your success as a … However, more … than this is the sense of your core, and your empathy with others — in short, your humanit

Learning proper singing technique is of course vital to your success as a performer. However, more important than this is the sense of your core, and your empathy with others — in short, your humanity. Without these traits, a performer cannot hold an audience’s interest, let alone captivate an audience. How do you develop these traits?

Be a social creature. Mix with people and nature, and realize that you are a member of both groups. When constantly engaged in a dialogue with your fellow humans, you will recognize the essence of a great singer; it is the same as the essence of a great human being.

To develop this recognition, simply meet and greet people with warmth every chance you get. Greeting audience members before or after a performance is a good start. There are opportunities throughout your off-stage life for you to do this, also. Consider that even though you may be in a checkout line in a supermarket, or eating a meal in a Chinese restaurant, you’re still on stage and still performing. The personas we unconsciously don when we interact with the external world can help us connect with others, or distance us from others. The choice is yours. Decide to connect, and you’ll discover resources that penetrate your persona. These resources can only help your singing.

Recognize that you are your first audience, and critic. You may not be your best audience or critic, but you can develop greater objectivity about how you sound. First, identify what it is about your singing that you like. Are there particular songs, or songs by a particular composer that make you value your singing more? Conversely, are there songs you sing that make you cringe at the sound of your voice? Write these distinctions down, and find patterns in them to help you discover what exactly it is you like best about your voice.

Take the time to record your singing, and listen to it. Many singers can remember their surprise when they first heard their own voice on a recording device. This surprise comes from the change in perspective from singer to listener, and due to the physics involved in listening to yourself while singing.

A metaphor to illustrate this can be found in the sun. The sun is obviously the primary source of heat for all people on the earth. Yet, different parts of the earth experience different amounts of heat. Why? Because the media that the sun’s heat is “communicated” through are different for those living near the Equator, for example, and those closer to the North or South poles. Among other factors, the ground near the Equator is a more directed and thus effective reflector of this heat than the ground near the Poles. For both the voice and the sun’s heat, the source is the same, but the perception of it differs, based on the means of communication.

The key point to gather from this is the following: the perception others have of your singing is an invaluable source of feedback you can apply to improve your singing.

Love all creatures and savor nature. Everyone has their own distinctive key to their inner humanity. The path to discovering what interests and even captivates another is different for each person. That said, there are some things that make everyone respond with warmth. This warmth radiates through us when we perform.
Pets, for example, can bring out everyone’s friendliness and warmth. A pet — whether a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish — can stir feelings of compassion and devotion in you. When we feel these things, they manifest in our body, gestures and expressions. How could such feelings not draw an audience’s interest when you manifest them in a performance?

During the Second World War, when a young man, I had a dog named Jerry. He was my constant companion since I was about six years old. I cherished him as a playmate. I knew he loved me innately, yet I took his love for granted. A short while after being inducted into the Air Force, I received a letter from my family. Jerry had stopped eating after I left home, and had died from hunger, pining for me. To this day, every performance I give has a bit of that pain I feel from Jerry’s death. Never underestimate the power and resonance of love, and how it can affect your performance, no matter the source of that love.

The effects that other elements of Mother Nature have on us can also help us engage our audience’s interest. For one thing, it’s said that being near water is a boon to solving many problems. I can’t explain this, but can testify to it a bit. Remember the last time you were at the beach? (When your enjoyment of it wasn’t hindered by a horde of people.) Do you remember the feelings of calm and release that you felt then? This is nature’s great gift. Remember that our bodies are composed mostly of water. It’s as if bodies of water, when experienced in natural, open and peaceful settings, somehow transmit their life-sustaining qualities to us.

Rather than judge, listen. There’s a saying that goes, “Happiness is that condition felt upon seeing the misfortune of a friend.” That’s pretty gloomy, yet it holds true when we judge instead of listening. Is it possible to listen when we want to judge? Isn’t it just human nature to judge?

Judging means more than gauging the apparent degree of similarity a person has to us. A man may judge that someone else is like him. Yet, he may not like himself. A more focused definition of judging is needed. I believe what we usually refer to as judging in social interactions is actually condemning and finding fault. We seek weakness so we can disregard what others are saying. We do this so another’s views of the world won’t upturn our apple carts. Our condemnation of others is an indicator of our propensity to condemn ourselves. We must be gentler with ourselves, before we even face other people. How does condemnation help anyone? There’s such finality in condemnation.

How effective do you think you’ll be as a performer if you look out upon the audience and feel only anger or an inclination to find fault? Will it make you any more effective to turn this harsh perspective on yourself? No. Listening is the key to replacing such a condemning point of view. Listening helps us raise our consciousness, and that’s just another way of saying, “Learning what is objectively true.”

Listening involves, at least in part, listening to all things happening inside you: in your heart, your mind, and your body. It’s been proven that any anxiety, or any emotion you feel, manifests itself in some physical form in your body. When we listen for our body responses, and connect them to our emotions, we become better able to control those emotions.

One way to listen to these body responses is possible through a relatively new form of therapy called biofeedback, where a device is attached to you to monitor certain of your bodily processes and excretions. Some devices can detect levels of nervousness by measuring the amount of sweat on your skin. Other devices measure other emotions, albeit indirectly. People have found that they can consciously affect not only their states of mind, but also precise parts of their anatomy, by listening to the devices, and focusing their thoughts accordingly. This contradicts the conviction formerly held by many scientists, that such a high degree of control over the body and mind was not possible. Yoga is an alternative to biofeedback devices that achieves the same basic result: a much better ability to hear what’s happening inside your body, so that you can change it. Such body awareness is vital to a performer’s success in captivating an audience.

Is there any musician more acutely aware of the role of the body in the shaping of his performance than a singer? Is there a professional singer anywhere who does not have some wrinkle in his singing connected to a part of his body? Our bodies are our instruments. When we learn to listen properly to our bodies and how our emotions directly impact our bodies, we become the masters of our instrument.

Listen, sometimes, to the thoughts of others with whom you normally wouldn’t associate. If you’ve labeled yourself as a “liberal,” listen to some Rush Limbaugh. Find a grain of truth or goodness in what he says. If you’re a fan of George Bush, read the thoughts of Al Gore. Why should we do this? To experience different points of view. When you perform in a role as part of a play, and even when you sing a song, you take on a persona that’s not you. You adopt the personality of another. You gain skill in doing this when you read the thoughts of those with whom you would normally disagree. I guarantee that doing this will enhance your playing from the broadened view of life it creates in you.

Give it to God. When you receive applause for your performances, you know how such a response can go to your head. Our egos are stroked by such responses. There’s a little voice inside saying, “It’s all for me, it’s all through me, it’s all because of me!” You’ve become the center of the universe, as far as your ego is concerned. You then come to believe that this is the way it should always feel.

Learn to channel these instances of positive feedback back to the audience, and to a higher power. Learn to associate yourself with that higher power and the audience. You are the focal point for the praise, yet you are not the repository or destination of the praise. You are the lens that captures applause and praise, and directs them with gratitude and love to God, to the audience, and whatever sources you give credit for building your skill and dedication to singing and to performing.

Don’t block feelings; let them flow through you. When you hold onto negative or positive feelings without expressing them, you become greedy with your feelings. You become an emotional miser. Such a creature is unfit for performing, and unfit for transmitting and interpreting works by great composers for any kind of audience.

If you are such a miser, all hope is not lost. Condition your mind to see yourself as a kind of way station for thoughts, ideas and emotions. As stated before, you are not the destination, you are the messenger.

This doesn’t apply just to performing, but to living. As you experience any emotion in your non-performing life, do so with relish, letting the feeling wash through you. Taste its sweetness. This doesn’t mean you give in to destructive feelings such as hate or jealousy. You can experience these emotions, and yet still maintain an objective part of you that corrals the feeling in one door of your mind, and out another, so to speak.

Talk of expressing and conveying emotions to an audience often brings up the topic of crying. The following questions arise: Is it proper for a performer to cry onstage before an audience? Does this help or hinder the performance? Most important, does crying engage an audience? To this, a famous actress once offered, “If you cry, the audience won’t.” This may be true. Remember, there is a subtle distinction between being a “carrier” or a “transmitter” of emotions, and being a collecting point or receptacle for emotions. Let feelings flow through you and to the audience, without letting them become trapped within.

In the film Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins, no slouch at conveying the full range of human emotion, communicates feelings that leave you emotionally ripped apart at the end of the film. Yet, his character doesn’t cry once in the film. For much of the film his character is stoic, quiet, laconic, and subservient. Hopkins’ mastery of being a conduit or conductor for emotion, rather than a recipient or host, makes the character and film successful.

Conclusion. Many materials exist to help you learn specific techniques to lure an audience’s interest. But without a deep awareness of the full range of your humanity, you can’t sustain that interest. The greatest performers are those most human. And you needn’t look just to other performers to model great people. Seek beyond the disciplines of singing and performing to adopt the compassion and empathy of others: the Carnegies and Rockefellers, the Schweitzers and Mother Teresa’s. May you find fulfillment in giving each of your performances.
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Operatic baritone Miguel Andoor has enchanted audiences around the world for more than four decades. He has also performed in most of the major professional opera companies on the East Coast, including the Metropolitan Opera. He has received rave notices on his brilliant voice and unusually authentic acting ability. More information about Miguel is available at his web site, www.ClassicalSingers.org.










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A beginners guide to networking

You will not have worked on the internet for long before you start to read about … be … in business it seems you must … in the art of … only you knew how or w

You will not have worked on the internet for long before you start to read about networking.
To be successful in business it seems you must participate in the art of networking
if only you knew how or what it meant.

Networking

Is the proactive marketing of yourself and your business. It is all about
communication and getting your name and that of your business known. It
is the art of meeting people and benefiting from the information and links that
you establish.
People on the net are real people with real everyday problems
and lives of their own. To network successful you have to establish and build
relationship with other people. You must remember that people are not machines
and what you say on the internet can make you friends or enemies.

Some of the ways we network are:

Email
Place a signature onto your emails.Every time you email someone you are advertising your business.
messenger boards/chatslines
A great place to get your name known.
Web sites
Reciprocal linking to other websites will put your name and your business all over the net.
Forums
These are meeting places for like minded people.Offer advice,give out information.You cannot openly advertise but can add a signature
once again getting your name known.
Articles
Start writing some articles.Put your signature at the bottom
and submit them everywhere and anywhere.

We often make the mistake of viewing the above as sales vehicles. We use them to sale our products or services.
We should be thinking of them as communication vehicles first and sales vehicles second.
Use them to communicate with people, swap useful and interesting information. Send details of useful free software. Exchange ideas and advice.
All ways of building a relationship.

We need and want to sell our products or services which is why we are in business
on the net in the first place. To do this successful we have to learn how to build
and maintain professional relationships. We have to understand that first we network
and then we sell. In other words we have to find cultivate and nurture relationship with other people so that we become like a friend who they can trust. Only by building trust will we get people to part with their money.

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Literally littered with illiteracy

There’s some … for you! My great concern though, is the fact that there are too many today who wouldn’t … the title or know the meaning of … (a … of words b

There’s some ‘alliteration’ for you! My great concern though, is the fact that there are too many today who wouldn’t understand the title or know the meaning of ‘alliteration’ (a repetition of words beginning with the same letter – as in Peter Piper picked a peck……). You might ask, “What has this to do with Internet Home Based Business?”. I’ll get to that.

I’m a member of a number of forums and in each, at some point, and often on a number of occasions, there is long discussion regarding the standard of literacy among graduates these days (or over the last twenty years or so).
It’s perfectly obvious in every forum that many people don’t have even the most basic skills when it comes to grammar and spelling.

Perusing as many websites as I do on a daily basis, as do all those who make their livings through home based business, I sometimes find myself despairing for some of those who have recently been through the so
called ‘educational institutions’ that pass as schools in western countries. I am Australian, I have spoken with many in the U.S., Britain and Canada and it would seem that the problem isn’t only relevant to any one country or area.

Even when I worked in the ‘real’ world, I had occasion to hire graduates who, of course, needed to fill out an application. I still have a couple of extraordinary examples of ‘education failing miserably’.

I posed earlier, “What does this have to do with Internet Home Based Business?”. When you consider that the level of literacy required to put together a reasonable quality website, fill it with passable content and promote it to search engines and the Internet population in general, is beyond the average High School graduate’s writing (spelling and grammar) cabilities, this is indeed a huge concern. Of course, you not only have to be able to write but also have to be able to read and understand others.

Where will we find ourselves in ten or fifteen years if something is not done now to remedy this long-standing problem. Time and again throughout the years I have heard people complain about the quality of grammar and/or spelling of our graduates, let alone the ability to create and write a good article, some reasonable website content or a passable essay.

All forecasts indicate huge increases in the level of activity on the Internet, from those who will use it to buy all manner of items, possibly eventually alleviating the need for the giant shopping complexes we now have, to the thousands (dare I say millions) who will be joining the fortunate one’s who have been able to turn their home office and PC into a means to earn the weekly wage.

What then, of all these unfortunate young people in a world where the written word, once again, becomes as important as speech itself? How will they get on, what will be their lot in this Internet driven world of the future? Dim to say the least, I dare say.

In just the last five to ten years the way in which we communicate has undergone a huge change from telephone, telex (there’s and oldie!) and letter to email. Anyone who goes to work in an office today, who doesn’t know how to use email, will be ‘incommunicado’.
In fact, there are few who don’t exchange information, greetings and news in their homes among friends and relatives via email today. It’s the simple, popular, cheap and secure way in which every type of communication takes place and what are we doing? Still turning out thousands of youngsters each year who have been short-changed by a system which has, albeit unexpectedly, left them unarmed, with no cover in an ‘illiterate no-mans land’.

There are some who have managed to come through the ‘mill’ with a good degree of ability to express themselves with the written word, but I would hazard a guess that there are two or three who haven’t for every one who has. The crying shame is that it’s not their fault.

If we are going to give in to a world virtually (pun intended) built around the InternetFind Article, isn’t it a good idea if those in it are able to read and write?

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Dont let the internet overstimulate your mind

The Internet is an awesome tool, but be careful and aware that the cloud of over … doesn’t invade your mind.It seems we have to become aware of a new problem that is starting to invade our m

The Internet is an awesome tool, but be careful and aware that the cloud of over stimulation doesn’t invade your mind.

It seems we have to become aware of a new problem that is starting to invade our modern, industrial society, that being the problem of over stimulation. The Internet is an excellent tool but we have to remember that the mind is the most valuable tool imaginable. Some would argue that spirit or soul is of equal or more importance, I am not disagreeing with these people. The point that I am attempting to put forward for discussion is that although the Internet is an excellent new medium that can affect nearly all aspects of life in a positive way, like all things in existence it too has a shadow side. Over stimulation of the mind is a huge cloud in the blue sky of consciousness.

Have you ever sat at your desk searching through the Web for News information, then checking your emails with their accompanying attachments and links, and then doing general searches for random information? If you receive newsletters, or subscribe to blogs, you read these daily as well. The human mind is powerful, and scientists say that we only use an average of 10 % of it, but doesn’t that entail that we should be careful not to overload its present information processing capabilities?

I’ve read that in one New York Times newspaper there is more information to digest than one would have had to process in a whole lifetime of the Shakespearean era. With the advent of the Internet we have more access to knowledge and opinion than ever previously. We have to be cautious my friends. I personally have had to come to the realization that my spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health is of more importance than all other things in life. If I work too hard, or try to read too much, my mind starts to weigh down with all the thoughts that are produced with each and every tidbit of communication that I take in. After a while I sometimes feel like there is a giant cloud inside my mind and I no longer feel confident to do the daily activities that are required of me as a committed team player of our society.

So what’s the solution? Well, like all things in life solutions are often more simple than we could ever have hoped for. We just have to keep our eyes open to grasp the answers that are presented to us as opportunities everyday. Make a note when you are feeling bogged down and tired and think about how much information you have tried to compute in that moment. Give yourself time limits and a designated number of searches and downloads for a day. You can learn to take more breaks and find anecdotal means to sift through the information, or even block out all the stimuli in that break period. Gardening, meditation, stretches, breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, cooking, sports, music…all of these are options to undertake when you want to get away from the noise of too many ‘voices’.

The Internet is an awesome idea that has come to fruition. Like all tools and mediums of interaction it must be used mindfully, with care for the user as first priority. You would never use a power saw without gloves, boots, and ear and eye protection. You could lose a finger…you’ve heard the horror stories. Well the Internet hasn’t really been around long enough for too many stories to be circulating, and I think its negative effects could be more subtle than my example, but the case at hand is that we must be very careful how we interact with the world around us. If we are all walking the streets with giant nebulous nimbus clouds in our mindsHealth Fitness Articles, there is bound to be trouble.

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Informative speech topic ideas

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Need an Informative Speech Topic?

I’ve never had trouble choosing an informative speech topic- I started speaking after I was already learning alternative health, and there’s plenty that people don’t know about that.

What makes a good or bad informative speech topic?

I was already part of the way there- my speech topic was interesting. So when you choose your informative speech topic, don’t pick something your audience is going to groan about as soon as they hear it! Gun control has been done. Drunk driving is old. Abortion is too polarized. Legalizing marijuana… all of these are a death sentence, and so is capital punishment. You can’t talk about them without bias, and even if you could your audience won’t put aside theirs. Save them for a challenging persuasive speech topic.

What kind of informative speech does your audience want to hear?

Choose an informative speech topic either your audience knows nothing about, or that hasn’t given much thought to – for the second one, I mean things that are commonplace, but when you think about it, you realize you don’t know how it works or what it is – e.g., what is escrow? Why does inflation happen? What happens to your trash after the garbage truck takes it? Who determines TV and radio ratings? And so on. Look around your life and see if something like this sticks out.

Your informative speech topic should be entertaining, or useful. What happens to your trash is trivial unless you make it funny, or there’s an ethical implication. But don’t get into persuading – just inform!

What does Toastmasters say about informative speech topics?

According to Toastmasters International, the best known public speaking organization, people learn when the information is relevant, relates to what they already know, involves them, is clearly organized, is presented in an interesting way, is repeated, and involves visual aids.

So, in some ways, your informative speech topic is not as important as the spin you put on it, how your package it, and how you present it.

First it must be interesting to you. Second, the information must reach your audience by being interesting to them… there are all kinds of presentation tricks you can do to involve them, but that’s another topic!

But here’s an example- I wanted to inform people about something specific with acupuncture. People are afraid it will hurt. Yet, most of my patients think it’s basically painless, and were pleasantly surprised the first time how good it made them feel. I wanted to contrast the negative expectation with the positive reality. So my informative speech topic was “How Acupuncture Feels” but I used surprise as a tactic to deliver the message. I also used analogy, because the “Acu Buzz” was so elusive- I compared it to a number of good and complicated experiences (swimming and the taste of oysters) that were hard to describe but fairly commonplace. I answered their questions, kept it interesting, delivered something unexpectedHealth Fitness Articles, and related it to something they already knew about.

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How to write a speech in 13 steps

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You can see my credentials in my bio. You should also know that I love to write speeches. In fact, I’ve been accused of being a better speech writer than speech giver! I’m working on that. 😉

I’ll tell you how to write a speech the way I do it, and I’ll tell you how to make it great. Plus I’ll give you some tips on what to put in, and what to leave out. I love this topic.

How Good Do You Want Your Speech to Be?

From the outset, you should know that how to write a speech depends on how good you want it to be, and how much time you want to put into it. I’ll put the most important things first so that you can just go as far as you want, and stop when you run out of time. Remember to leave time to practice the speech three or four times. If you can record the second or third and listen to it, so much the better.

How to Write a Speech People Will Remember

In the old days, and I mean back in the time of the Greeks, much more emphasis was put on the writing of the speech, the content. Now people tend to emphasize presentation, style, vocal qualities, and technology. But writing a good speech is irreplaceable – I’m going to tell you how to get put content in, make it clear, and make an impact on your audience…how to write a speech people will remember.

Here’s the process:

(Why 13 steps? It just turned out that way. But if you think public speaking is scary, it fits, doesn’t it?)

1. Know your audience: if you forget this, everything falls apart. You can’t tell dirty jokes to a Christian women’s group. You’ve seen the commercial where the best man gives the wedding toast and goes on and on about how much of a player the groom was? Remember who’s there and what they want to hear. What do they like and dislike? What kind of humor do they like? If they’re a mixed audience, you have to be more mainstream in your language and manner. This is the most important part of how to write a speech.

2. Know your purpose: the only time you’re allowed to break rule #1 is if your purpose is to shock or to inform people about something uncomfortable. In the latter case, you’d need to make up for the shock value by acknowledging it, comforting them, etc. Besides all that, your purpose determines everything else. Visualize a straight line from you through your audience to the purpose. If you want to persuade them, you have to take them from where they are to the place of persuasion. If you want to inform, you have to take their brains from where they are, to where they’ll know your information. Knowing them, and taking them there is what it’s all about.

3. Know what you want them to think about the speech later: This is another part of your purpose, essential to how to write a speech. If you want them to say, “you really showed compassion in that speech!” then you have to do whatever you can to demonstrate compassion. If more than anything you want them to remember a certain fact, then do everything you can in the speech to implant it in their brain – shock them, plead with them, amuse them, but make sure they focus on that fact.

4. It’s not about you: the only time it’s about you is if one of your goals is to impress them, build your credibility, etc. Other than that, forget your fear, your self consciousness, etc. Let those things go in the service of your audience and your purpose.

5. Writing is editing. Editing is writing. The first time you write the speech, don’t criticize it, don’t edit it, just let everything flow out. You’ll organize it and choose better words and rephrase it later. Just be creative.

6. Organize your ideas into an outline. Make sure each idea follows the other logically. Ask yourself if your audience needs to know anything to understand any part of it. Ask yourself if any part needs more fleshing out

7. Rewrite it according to the outline.

8. Beef it up. Use examples for difficult to understand points or concepts. Find some jokes. If no one laughs at the first one, be careful, though. You might lose credibility if they think you’re an idiot. You can also find great quotes online, even search on whatever topic you’re writing your speech about.

9. Do an edit. Use MS Word for grammar checking. A big part of how to write a speech it editing. The next few steps involve editing and speaking. This step is about editing on paper. Replace long words and rephrase jargon. Imagine if it would make sense to your best friend, your mom, your grandma, etc. (caveat: if jargon is required to impress in business, use it)

10. Say it all out loud. Is anything missing? How does it sound? Change the words and phrases that sound unnatural when spoken.

11. Record it on a tape recorder or your computer. Is it missing anything? Add it. Are any parts of it boring, unneccesary, stupid, offensive? Cut off the fat.

12. Do it in front of a test audience. Get their feedback. Make sure they know your audience and purpose before you do the speech for the test audience.

13. Go give your speech to the real audience with confidence! If you’re interested in tips on the presentation or voice sides of things, you’ll need another resource, but…

Now you know how to write a speech!

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The 10 worst tips to give someone who has to speak in public

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THE 10 WORST TIPS TO GIVE SOMEONE WHO HAS TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC

1. Learn the speech by heart or read it from a script.

This is meant to be a way of making sure you don’t forget what
you’re going to say. Instead, it’s usually a way of making sure
you don’t connect with your audience.

Most people who use a script end up reading it out and, unless
you’re a professional actor or a very experienced speaker, this
will come across as unnatural and stilted and it will stop you
looking at your audience.

If you try to memorise a script, you may find you are under even
more pressure to remember what you want to say because, if you
go off the script, there’s no way back.

It’s better to prepare some notes which can be a guide should
you need one. By the time you’ve prepared the speech, you will
know the main areas you want to cover. Put these down as
headings on paper or cards in LARGE PRINT so you can see them
when you’re standing up. You may then only need a couple of key
words to add to these to remind you of the main points you want
to make in each area.

If you need more than this, you may be trying to cover too much
information. You may also think of a couple of really good ways
of saying something, or a good story to use to illustrate a
point. Jot these down so you don’t forget.

2. Rehearse in front of a mirror.

This may be a bit controversial because I know several books and
trainers give this tip. All I can say is I have never found I
could do this.

I do rehearse ( sometimes ) and sometimes I tape myself to hear
what it sounds like. But I can’t watch myself in a mirror and
think about what I’m saying, it’s just too distracting. If you
want to see what you look like, ask someone to watch you or use
a video camera. However, don’t get bogged down with worrying
about how you look.

The main purpose of rehearsing is to reinforce the talk in your
memory, check how long it takes and help you spot those areas
where what you want to say doesn’t sound right or where you
might get confused. Then you can think of some effective phrases
to use to help get your point across. You can do this without a
mirror.

3. Use plenty of slides.

This is sometimes offered as a ‘ tip ‘ for taking attention from
yourself. Give the audience something else to look at. Another
tip is to give them a hefty handout at the start so they have
something to read.

The problem is – YOU should be the centre of attention. People
want to hear what you’ve got to say and the best way to
communicate your message is by speaking effectively. By all
means use visual aids if they will help but they should
complement what you’re saying, not just reproduce your own
notes.

Similarly with handouts, they can be very helpful but you need
to know why you are using them. If they have backup information,
give them out at the end. If they contain some key ideas you
want to refer to as you go along, give them out at the start,
but make sure they don’t distract people from what you are
saying.

Let’s be honest – if you’re that concerned about getting out of
the spotlight, you shouldn’t be doing this in the first place.

4. Wear a cartoon tie to show you have a sense of humour.

This is linked to a couple of the other ‘ tips ‘ which are meant
to give you a helping hand in getting the audience on your side.
Wearing a funny tie is saying “ Look, I’m really a nice guy.
Give me a chance. “

I won’t go into detail here for fear of alienating all of you
who might, even now, be wearing such attire, but I have to say,
that’s NOT what most people think when they see someone wearing
a cartoon tie.

In terms of dress, wear something you feel comfortable in and
which seems appropriate. That’s a bit vague, but it depends on
your audience. The usual approach is to dress slightly smarter
than you expect the audience to dress. Too much of a difference
between you and them can cause problems with credibility. Just
think about the impression you want to give and, in general,
avoid anything which could be a distraction.

Incidentally, I really don’t know what the female equivalent of
the cartoon tie would be. Any suggestions?

5. Start off with a joke.

This is a bit like the previous ‘ tip ‘. Break the ice, show
what a good sense of humour you have, get them on your side.

Please don’t do this. Not unless you’re a good joke – teller and
this joke is absolutely guaranteed to get a laugh. And, even
then, only if it’s appropriate in some way. One of the best ways
to kill your chances from the start is to begin with a joke
which has nothing to do with your subject and watch it flop.
Believe me, you’ll wish you were somewhere else and your
audience will too.

Use humour if you can. It will help get your message across and
it will get the audience on your side, but be careful with it.
You can use stories, things that have happened to you or to
other people which relate to your talk. Being a bit self –
deprecating can be a good way to gain an audience’s trust but
don’t overdo it. If in doubt, leave it out.

6. Tell them you’re nervous to get them on your side.

Like some of the others, this is a plea for support to the
audience. You know most people hate the idea of speaking in
public, so you appeal to their sympathy by telling them how bad
you feel. Another approach is to apologise – “ I don’t know why
I was asked to do this. I’ve never done this sort of thing
before. “

This NEVER works.

One thing you can generally be sure of is that, at the start of
a talk, your audience will want you to succeed. You should
remember this when you feel nervous. They will give you a chance
to do well and they will mainly be prepared to listen ( and they
will probably be really glad it’s not them doing it ).

But they are also expecting something in return for the time
they are giving up. If you start suggesting that, in some way,
this is going to be a lousy speech, they’ll believe you. And
they’ll switch off. You will have lost any sympathy they had.

To get over your nerves at the start, have a clear and positive
opening worked out. This is one part of the speech you can
memorise to get you through the first few moments. Just tell
them who you are, what you are talking about and what they will
gain from listening. Then get on with it.

7. Stand still and don’t move your hands about.

A lot of people who are inexperienced at public speaking try
their utmost to stop themselves moving about. They seem to have
some fear that their bodies will go out of control and they’ll
do something totally ridiculous or embarrassing. So they try to
keep absolutely still, often by holding onto a lectern like the
survivor of a shipwreck clinging to a piece of driftwood on the
ocean.

The best way to make contact with an audience and to keep their
attention is to behave as if you are speaking to them in a
normal conversation. So you move about, you use gestures, you
look at them. When speakers try to stop themselves doing these
things, they become unnatural, distant from the audience.

So don’t get too hung up about any mannerisms you think you may
have. It’s usually better to look natural than to try to deliver
a talk as though from a straightjacket. Just avoid some obvious
distractions, like playing with something in your hands, pushing
your hands in your pockets and juggling your change( a male
thing ), shifting back and forth on one leg. But, if what you
are saying is interesting, people will listen.

8. Stare over the heads of the audience.

This is a way of pretending to establish eye contact without
really doing so, because some people feel awkward about it. They
don’t really want to look at the audience. The idea is that, if
you look out over their heads, they will think you are looking
at them.

Actually, they won’t. They’ll think “ Why is this person looking
over my head? “.

To my mind, the key factor in gaining an audience’s attention
and keeping it ( apart from the fascinating content of your talk
) is eye contact. If you were talking to someone who never
looked at you, what would you think?

Chances are you’d think “ This person isn’t interested in me.
He’s not listening. “ Or, if the person was speaking but not
looking at you, you may think they were a bit shifty, perhaps
dishonest. In any event, you wouldn’t find it a pleasant
experience.

The same goes for speaking in public. If I am in an audience and
the speaker doesn’t look at me, I can’t feel that person is
interested in me or whether I am listening. So I stop listening.
On the other hand, if the speaker makes a point of keeping eye
contact with me, it gives me the feeling that he cares about
making some connection with me and I’ll feel less inclined to
switch off.

So look at them while you speak, keep your eyes moving around
the room so you engage everyone there. If it’s a very big
audience, you can look at a section at a time but, with a small
audience, you will need to look at individuals. Not for too
long, but glance at everyone as you speak so no – one feels left
out.

9. Imagine the audience naked.

This is supposed to be another way to deal with nerves. I have
actually seen it in guides to presentations.

The best answer to this is one I found in the book “ Successful
Presentations for Dummies “ by Malcolm Kushner: IDG Books. He
says there is probably half the audience who you wouldn’t mind
seeing naked. The other half you certainly would never want to
see naked. Either way, it’s not a calming thought.

Another ‘ tip ‘ I have come across is to pretend the audience
isn’t there. This probably works in a way because I can
guarantee, if you pretend the audience isn’t there, pretty soon
it won’t be.

I mentioned eye contact above. You can’t just ignore the people
out there and expect your talk to have any impact. There are
lots of ways to tackle nerves but they come under 3 categories:

* preparation, think through what could go wrong and prepare for
it, know your subject and be clear about why you are giving the
talk, also keep things in perspective – what’s the worst than
can happen? You’re not performing brain surgery.

* relaxation or deep breathing exercises.

* positive self – talk, visualise the talk going really well,
tell yourself it will be a success, know that you have prepared
and that you can do this and stop yourself when you start to
think it will all be a disaster.

Above all, remember that everyone gets nervous when they have to
speak in public. If you don’t feel nervous, you should ask
someone to check your pulse. The nerves themselves are not the
problem. You can carry on and give a great talk even though you
feel nervous at the start.

10. Have a drink beforehand to calm your nerves.

No, no, no. Alcohol and nerves are a lethal combination. Have
you ever sat through a Best Man’s speech at a wedding? Then
you’ll know what I mean. Don’t do it.

Incidentally, if you want to have a glass of water at hand in
case your mouth gets dry – use still not sparkling. Belching
into a microphone is not to be recommended.

There you are – the top 10 things to avoid when speaking in
public. Keep away from these, follow my simple rulesScience Articles, and you
won’t go far wrong.

Good luck.

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Website: www.trainofthought.org.uk










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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alan Matthews is author of ” Do You Come Here Often? How To Get More Clients Bu Successful Networking ” and ” Secrets Of A Professional Speaker”. He is a trianer, coach and speaker, specialising in helping people develop their communication skills.
email: alan@trainofthought.org.uk
Website: www.trainofthought.org.uk

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