Monday, June 16, 2008

On a Day Like This...

By: Katrina Wilton
Have you ever wondered why sometimes everything in your life just flows beautifully, and sometimes, no matter what you do, nothing seems to fall into place?

It can seem as if there's absolutely no rhyme or reason to it, and that the whole world is against you. Every call you make, every email you open, every place you go, everything you do, feels like there is an invisible door slamming in your face.

Tempting as it may be sometimes to wallow in self pity or curse and splutter about the world conspiring against you, you have to trust that at some level, there is something happening for your greater good, that will reveal itself to you in good time. The time spent waiting, whilst it can be SO frustrating, is when we are tested on our ability to have faith. Deep down we know that eventually things turn out well, as life always does, but in the moment when life throws us our greatest challenges, is when that faith is really tested.

By faith I’m not necessarily talking about God or religion… I’m talking about having faith in what life has to offer. It’s trusting that there is a force greater than us at work, and just because we can’t always see what’s happening behind the scenes, it doesn’t mean that’s there’s nothing going on.

It can be so easy to assume pain is a bad thing that we want to avoid at all costs, but pain can be a blessing in disguise. If you consider the times in your life when you’ve grown the most, you’ll most likely find that it was because of healing through pain in some form or another. When we’re hurting, we want so much not to be, but running away isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you simply have to ‘do time’ through the pain, so you can emerge at the other end, bigger and better than before.

So if your life at the moment is flowing beautifully, be SO grateful for every moment of it. If, however, you're having some challenges and frustrations, just remember that one day you will be looking back at this time thinking "if I only knew what wonderful surprises were waiting for me, just around the corner, I would have relaxed a little more, and enjoyed the journey".

So, what's the lesson in all of this? Never take a single, wonderful moment for granted, and in times of trouble remember that "this too shall pass". Life is cyclical and nothing, good or bad, is forever, so enjoy each magical moment of every day that you have.

Katrina Wilton is Director and Co-Founder of Australian Company Glow Health & Wellness Pty Ltd. Created with her sister Sabrina Holmes, Glow is a company dedicated to empowering women to love who they are and live the life of their dreams. Self Esteem for Women

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Spiritual Growth

By: Patti Schneckenberger
Spiritual Growth Everyone that is upon this earth is on a journey to find their inner strength through spiritual growth. SpiritualGrowth In search for this special treasure, we need to understand that we live in the natural but we possess gifts from the super natural. Learning to blend these two different sides of ourselves is not always easy. Many of us believe that the best way to live in this world is to not look beyond what is obvious.

In order to reach for inner truth from all parts of your spirit, you must learn to open yourself up to all possibilities. A simple example here is to look at what people really seek.. The natural part of ourselves believes that once we obtain all the riches and power and try to control everything and everyone, that is where our joy, happiness, and life purpose lies. With that attitude you are looking no future than Money, Career, Relationships, and just plain Power. When you find your own truth you will also discover that the true secret lies within the heart. The divine essence called, The Higher Self.

In this search many people turn toward meditation. This form of relaxing the body and the mind can teach you far more than you can imagine. Deepak Chopea, MD writes: "Several studies conducted by scientist have shown that meditation may in fact induce profound change, far beyond the simple relaxation that most people use in the west. Even Beyond the medical applications of relieving stress, reducing blood pressure, and so on."

So what we are all saying here, is that we must connect to the higher self to find the peace we need to reach beyond our goals and dreams. Through meditation and relaxation, you can communicate with what I call divine guidance. This source of love and energy can communicate with you through your dreams. Many studies have shown that a higher intelligence really does speak to us and guide us while we sleep.

Here lies a true secret of spiritual growth. Your Higher Self can communicate with you directly and even help you to see your future. If you learn to listen and respond to their loving suggestions, your inner peace and strength of spirit will soar. This is as simple as learning to relax and let your mind and spirit just go to a place that doesn’t cloud your thinking. This unique gift is within us all. Inner peace and strength comes from a vision of opening every door and making everything and anything possible. It won’t happen over night but it will begin the moment you become aware that these gifts and treasures exist.

Published Author Patti Schneckenberger is well experienced at SpiritualGrowth

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Top 7 Techniques of Persuasive Language

By: Cucan Pemo
No matter what you do and what you want to achieve in your life, there will come a time when you need to persuade someone to see things the way that you do. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will agree with you, but you will want to understand the basics of persuasive language in order to increase your success in these kinds of situations.

A metaphorical method

Just as in good writing, using other words can help you to persuade someone to your viewpoint. Some of this isn’t meant to be deceptive, but rather it will help to allow the other person to see what you mean if they can not understand it in the way that you are describing it. For example, if you’re trying to explain the benefits of a new water heater, you might want to describe it as the money maker because of its efficiency and better energy consumption.

Change what you mean

Another way to use language to persuade people is to change what you mean what you are talking. This isn’t necessarily about changing what you think, but rather changing what it sounds like by changing the meaning. Better put, when you want to change the way that a romantic or business partner acts, you will try to change your persuasion into seeming to benefit the relationship itself, rather than to change the behavior. You don’t talk about what they’re doing wrong; you talk about what you want them to do so that the relationship can be better.

The words you choose

People can become persuaded by the details rather than the bigger ideas. When you see a commercial for the newest technological advance, don’t you find that you get swept up in the new features rather than the overall use? When you’re trying to persuade someone into seeing something the same way you do, you can try to use more descriptive words in order to make them see the situation the way that you do.

Sales techniques

When sales people want to persuade someone to do something or buy something, they use various forms of persuasive phrases and words. For example, you can say something like, ‘Well, that’s good, but this is better’ or something like, ‘That’s not all.’ Think about your favorite commercials and advertisements and slogans that they might have used. Try to see how you might be able to incorporate their slick moves into your next argument.

Punctuate for them

When you’re writing something down for your partner or in a business situation, using important punctuation can help to signify the parts that are most important to you. However, you can go overboard with this as well. Too many exclamation points can show that you might be a little over-anxious or excited. They can also look like you don’t know what words to emphasize so you just emphasize them all with these pieces of punctuation.

Words that convey emotion

When talking with someone that you know well, you will want to use words and phrases that they already associate with something good. For example, in a romantic or personal relationship, you can allude to inside or private jokes as a way to make your current points. Or you can use words that have special meanings to you in order to make the rest of your argument seem relevant to their needs.
his will take planning on your part to consider what the other person wants to hear from you and where they are coming from in your conversation.

How you put your words together

If you’re trying to make someone feel comfortable, you will want to use more casual language, while if you’re trying to impress someone, a formal kind of syntax will yield the better results for you. Realize who you are addressing and what they will be looking for when you are speaking. This method can also backfire when you aren’t comfortable with the words that you are using. You will need to become comfortable with what you are saying in order to show that you are confident in what you are trying to tell them.

Persuasion is really about what you say and how you say it. If you take the time to fully understand your audience as well as what you want to achieve, you will be successful.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Realtor Tips - Body Language

By: Ki Gray

Smile. Look them in the eye. Don’t cross your arms. Don’t get too close. Use their body language. Don’t blink too much.

Everyone has something to say about how you present yourself. But sometimes I wonder if we can go to far.

I wonder if they don’t sometimes wonder if the guy looking them directly in the eye the whole time is well a little scary. If the the guy who smiles so much maybe just doesn’t have enough of a clue to know when he shouldn’t smile. If that guy who never blinks might be a robot.

I have known about all these little body language things for many years. I think we have all heard about them at some point or another. Hey, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to tell me that when you smile, it relaxes people. But we don’t always do it. Sometimes we have to think about it. I wonder if that’s not just the worst thing in the world.

I mean, I know I shouldn’t cross my arms all the time. It seems like I’m mad or maybe in a power stance. And putting your hands on your hips is the same. But many is the time I have stood there with my arms dangling to my sides going, “I want to do something with my arms! I can’t just let them swing there! It feels too weird! I mean, they’re SWINGING, for God’s sake!”

And I KNOW that people hate it (OK, well, I know that I hate it) when people answer the phone by saying what a great day it is before even saying hello. No one wants to hear someone THAT irrationally cheerful.

At the same time, I know that people do notice things like that—maybe just subconsciously, but they do. And I know I would rather work with someone who is pleasant to be around, and who makes me feel at east. That’s why I work for myself, after all.

I just want to find that fine line between cheerful competence, and insane psychopath.

Ki Gray is a realtor in Austin Texas. He runs a site Austin Real Estate Properties. His site has a search of the Austin MLS along with information on Austin Lofts and Condos

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Communication Accountability Formula

By: Jeff Magee
There is a story in Arabic which tells of a pupil asking a wise man how he could become a good conversationalist. The sage replied, "listen, my son." After waiting a while, the pupil said, "I am listening." "Please continue your instruction." The sage smiled. "There is no more to tell."

- as told by Ali Karakus, Turkish Exchange Student in America

Communication connection between mentor and mentee is critical for a relationship to develop and a mentee to grow into a powerful leader.

Far too often a communication exchange leaves two people with two different understandings of what was said and what is to be done. It is these miscommunications that can lead to a breakdown in communication connections.

Consider this simple five-step communication connection model that is used in executive coaching and in a therapy session between doctor and client to ensure an effective systematic communication connection in business. With your mentee and your mentor, communicate one step at a time and ensure buy-in at each level before you expect to progress onward through to the fifth step in an effective communication connection.

Step One – establish a will to buy-in or even enroll into a conversation on the subject matter you are putting forth. If the other party is unwilling to acknowledge and buy-into that subject matter, there will be no communication connection. In essence seek permission to connect and ensure the other party is willing to connect before expecting to proceed.

Step Two – make a connection of the subject matter being raised to the other person’s vested interest level. In essence, make the connection to what they say they are all about …their identity and purpose should be connected to the subject.

Step Three – jointly discuss the varied choices that the mentee is willing to make to ensure that that which they are enrolling into materializes.

Step Four – from this range of choices that can be made to execute the enrolled issue, for a successful communication connection to materialize there must be at least two action items, which the mentee will commit to!

Step Five – in order for any communication connection to really take place, both parties need to clearly discuss and agree to precisely how to hold all parties accountable to this connection plan of five steps. In essence how will you know objectively if you are on track, off track, ahead of schedule or behind schedule?

Investing valuable time with another person to grow and develop them can be quickly sabotaged if the parties cannot connect communicatively. Studies reveal that one of the leading contributors to organizational dis-functionality rests at the door of ineffective communication among individuals.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they would like to say something. Plato

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Friday, June 6, 2008

On Doing More In Life

by William Stephenson

My name is William Stephenson; I grew up in Manasquan and have spent most of my life in New Jersey. I’d like to speak with you about achieving your best, about making the most of your assets and realizing your biggest dreams.

I was raised with the adage that my accomplishments were only limited to the heights I could imagine. This was a commonly used and inspirational line that many parents shared with their children. At the time, those words didn’t mean so much to me. Upon further reflection however, the spirit of those words was ever present in my blind sub-conscience.

When I was only 9 years of age, I had 2 paper routes on opposite ends of town. It was a morning paper, The Start Ledger; therefore both routes had to be completed by 7am. I pedaled fast to get back from the Manasquan Beach and change in time for school. The early riches that I enjoyed afforded many crucial lessons which would subsequently fuel my future achievements.

By learning the power of hard work and money at such an early age, an age where we’re all highly impressionable, it forever solidified the correlation between the two. I am incredibly grateful to my parents for supporting me in those early desires. The significance of this work should not be underscored; to me, it helped form one of my core values in life, responsibility.

By learning to do for myself and not waiting for someone else to take responsibility, I not only acquired things more speedily, but I had the good feeling of having earned them myself.

This early money was invested wisely, not an IRA, not a 401K, I used those funds for flight lessons at Allaire Airport. At age 13, I was speaking with an Uncle of mine. He was a war hero to me, who fought in Korea. He stated that he always regretted not learning how to fly. For some reason, his regret cautioned me enough not to follow his path. I clipped a 50% off coupon from an Entertainment Guide for an introductory flight lesson. Well, soaring above my home town and central New Jersey served two purposes. First, it sold me instantly on the joys of flight. Second, and more importantly, it extended my reach out into the world; it effectively reduced the size of it and led me to believe that it would be easier to conquer now. Again, I have to thank my parents for allowing me to circle their home at 1000 feet. They clearly hadn’t read all of the accident reports on that scenario.

About one year after that first flight lesson, I accomplished one of my most rewarding feats. I had officially been involved with Boy Scout Troop 59 of Manasquan for only 4 years when I had reached a pinnacle by attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. To this day, less than 2% of all scouts make it that far. To this day as well, I still don’t know why that percentage has remained so low. Even at age 14, my drive was surpassing my moments. Each Eagle Scout applicant must appear before a board of review to validate his award and confirm that he in fact extols the virtues befitting the milestone. At this board of review the applicant sits among and across from several elders in his troop as well as a representative from the council level, the governing body for many troops.

I perplexed them all that evening, not on purpose of course. All I had to do was answer a few questions and I would be an Eagle Scout. Later, I was told that the elders of my troop were kicking themselves underneath the table. They would have preferred that I had said less rather than more that evening.

I was questioned about my awareness of the high honor they would soon bestow upon me. My answers and my feelings in general about the rank of Eagle Scout at the time were slightly dismissive. Quite frankly, I saw the rank of Eagle as just another step along the scouting trail. In fact, as they pressed me about why I didn’t seem as excited about it as perhaps the elders were, I told them that every scout should follow the logical path that I had taken and achieve the rank as well. My unrefined point that evening was that I felt the very act of holding that rank up on a special pedestal was one of the impediments to most scouts attaining it. I believe that more scouts would enjoy the accolade if it were not placed so high above them. Of course, this could possibly dilute the experience at the same time.

After much back and forth, I acquiesced and agreed that it was indeed a tremendous accomplishment. I was now one of the younger Eagle Scouts in our troop’s storied history. My years in scouting provided far too many memories and tales to share with you this evening, however, the leadership skills that I cultivated during those early years would prove pivotal. They have played a key part in every major accomplishment and milestone after that. I believe the Boy Scouts to be a fine organization for our youth when accompanied by active parenting. Its affects are incalculable.

Psychologists say that the majority of our basic learning is acquired by the age of 16; if this in indeed true, the importance of our early decisions is paramount. The more healthy habits and useful ventures we take part in during this phase of life, the better.

Soon, I was off to college at the University of South Carolina. I worked almost continuously through those years and took my virtues to the job place. I found myself in a setting where the status quo ruled. It’s certainly easier in the short term to follow the lead; however, leading the pack at the workplace provides far greater returns in the long run. Standing out and shaking up the system takes courage or simply a set of convictions that disregards the consequences. This is why leading in life is critical. When you place yourself in the driver’s seat you are less beholden to peer-pressures which may lead people astray.

Throughout these years my love for flying never ceased. I worked to learn and that correlation always seemed to get me through the tougher days. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in an area unrelated to flying, I returned home and finished the flight ratings required in order to call myself a professional pilot. I was now getting paid to give sightseeing tours up the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty. It was a tremendous feeling being right back where I started 10 years earlier yet so much further ahead. I was now getting paid for every one of those coveted flight hours necessary for advancement, how ironic, I felt?

Another crucial lesson learned during this phase of my life was how two steps back could lead oneself miles ahead. I left that wonderful job at Allaire Airport and gambled on a new venture at Teterboro Airport in North Jersey. I made less money and added one hour to my commute each way. Many thought I was crazy, but I was looking beyond tomorrow.

For the next 6½ years, I participated in a niche market in the business aviation world. I flew organ transplant teams around our country in Lear jets, King Airs, and Barons. It was hard work; we were often called into action at the last minute and it was typically midnight. Years later I would be rewarded for those efforts in a far greater way than just my pay. More on that treat soon.

The challenges that forced my cohorts and I in this last position codified that work ethic learned as a paper boy years earlier. One of the lessons there taught me that we are continually growing and every action or inaction we participate in affects our future. We mustn’t look at each day as just any day. Every morning we wake up is another opportunity to better ourselves. Rarely will anyone of us remain stagnant; we’re either moving a head or behind in life. We make these choices everyday and all day.

After just nine years in the aviation industry I had yet again reached a pinnacle. I have taken a job on a Challenger jet flying a Fortune 200 company and its proprietors around the globe. Those early paper route dollars that I invested in flight training have come full circle. Delivering The Star Ledger has broadened my horizons in the literal sense. My world had in fact shrunk that afternoon at age 13, when I took my first flight and my first flight lesson.

To help drive this point home, as to how each action we take today lends to our successes or failures tomorrow, let me tell you about my high school prom date. Edie was one of the more unique individuals attending Manasquan High School during my years there. I quickly noted something special about her. At the time of our senior prom, she had a boyfriend from another school. Because of those circumstances, I was certainly not looking short term when I asked her to be my date for that event. I was looking far into my future and recently that has paid off for me as well. On May 5th of this year Edie and I were married in Manahawkin, NJ; my high school sweetheart is now so much more and forever.

Now, as promised, the reward worth so much more than a paycheck. About a year ago I found myself at a wake for my friend’s grandmother. At this wake I was introduced to the parents of a 6 year old boy. I was expecting to meet these folks because I knew their son had been given a personal tour of Giant’s Stadium a couple of years prior, compliments of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We had some mutual friends in that football organization. As I spoke with the boy’s parents, I was less interested in the NY Giants and more interested in what their child had endured to warrant the attention of the foundation. The Father told me that his son Stephen had received a heart transplant in early 2001. As they were asking me about the NY Giants, I persisted with the questions about his son’s heart. Well, as it turned out, at about midnight in early 2001, my copilot and I flew to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and retrieved Stephen’s heart. Confirming the details of the missionafter the wake made me very emotional. This was the closest I had ever been to realizing the fruits of my labor. About two weeks later, we all gathered at little Stephen’s house and enjoyed the Super Bowl together. Stephen told me after a couple hours, “Thank you for my heart.”

Now, in conclusion, I’m no different than anyone else in this room. The only privilege I had growing up was my parents blessing on the myriad of desires I came home with each week. They thankfully had the courage themselves to let me take things to their conclusion. Well, I’m still reaching. When I fly along at 41,000 feet and I gaze out into the stars at night, they just don’t seem so far away. Each and every one of those stars seems to be inviting me towards it. I know there is something behind each one and the more stars that I can look behind, the more confident I grow. Harness each and every day you live and before you know it, you’ll be leading life, not simply living it.

Thank you all very much for allowing me to share some of the things I have learned about life in my first 34 years

About The Author

William Stephenson is a self help guru and motivational speaker from New Jersey. You can find more information about him at http://www.AllYourPrints.com or visit http://lr25plt.sofsuccess.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=ARTICLE

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

5 Proven Strategies for Time Management

Let’s talk about time management. This can be tricky, confusing, and difficult for many people. Time management is about having the right number of tasks, doing the right tasks, and protecting yourself from distractions.

What strategies can you do to get more control over your time?

Time Management Strategy #1: Sit down every morning and write down the tasks that you absolutely have to get done for that day. Use a small piece of paper because this is better psychologically.

After you have written down the tasks, examine them. Are they tasks or projects? For example, create an Autoresponder campaign is a project because it has multiple things that have to be done. So instead you have to break down this project into tasks. Your list should contain tasks only. You should be able to check these tasks off as completed or not completed.

Also next to each task write down how long you think it will take to complete the task. Look at how much time you have available. This will enable you to know right from the start whether or not you wrote down too many tasks. If you have too many tasks and not enough time then you will become stressed out. Avoid this by planning your tasks accordingly.

Time Management Strategy #2: Block out the distractions. Physically write down in your calendar the time you are going to work on your tasks. Treat this time as an appointment with yourself that you can’t break. If somebody calls and wants to do something during this time then explain that you are unavailable because you have an appointment. It doesn’t matter that the time is with yourself. You have to respect yourself.

Tip: Don’t answer the phone or even look at the caller ID when you are working in your scheduled time. Turn off the phone ringer and turn on voicemail. You can schedule breaks in which you check your messages, stretch, and recoup.

Time Management Strategy #3: Restructure your habits as to what you have been accustomed to. Change your habits to writing your list in the morning and planning your time.

Time Management Strategy #4: Don’t multitask. Focus on one task at a time. You will be more efficient. You will accomplish the tasks faster individually then if you worked on the tasks simultaneously.

Time Management Strategy #5: Know thy self. You know how long you can focus on a particular task. You know when your interest and energy wanes. Learn to identify these times and work on a different task to keep you motivated and interested.

by: Matt Bacak. He began investing his first earnings at the tender age of 12, a young businessman in the making. Bacak survived failed businesses, botched partnerships,heavy credit card debt and bankruptcy - and is now an accomplished well-established Internet millionaire and best-selling author. For more information, visit http://www.powerfulpromoter.com

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

How to Be Funny Without Telling Jokes

Here is how to find humor in not-so-funny stuff. Before long, you will have people laughing a lot at your presentation without telling jokes. Below are some ways to get people to laugh.
Steps

1.Set the scene for laughter. If you want to lighten up your program, you might want to let the audience know this, even before you say one word. Project some lighthearted visuals as the audience is entering the room. Play some uplifting music as they enter. Or, add some humor to your presentation title or program description. Your bio, for example, can have a list of accomplishments, playfully followed by "His mother is very proud of him."

2.Poke fun at yourself. Again, even before you open your mouth, you can show the audience that you do not take yourself too seriously by adding some playful things about you in your introduction. For example, have the introducer tell the audience that you are the author of seven books which have sold well over 30 copies. Then the person corrects their mistake and says, "Oops, that is 300,000 copies."

3.Get some laughs with a prop. It has been said that learning is enhanced with visual aids. If this is true, then speakers need to enhance their talks with something to visually illustrate what they are saying. A prop is a great way to do this because it not only makes your message memorable but it can also get a laugh. Use balloons to illustrate how people can let go of their stress; an inflatable globe to illustrate how we often carry the world around on our shoulders; and a plastic hammer with which to hit yourself on the head when you goof up. All make a point and all get a laugh.

4.Tell your humorous stories. Open your humor eyes and ears and look and listen for the funny things that happen all around you. Families are an especially good resource for finding humorous stories. One such story involves the author's 93-year-old mother. Every time she goes to the doctor, she hires a van service to take her there and back. One late afternoon, it did not show up to take her home. Since the doctor had to close the office for the day, he suggested that she wait for the van in the pizza parlor next door. After waiting a long time without the van arriving, she went up to the counter and asked, "Do you deliver?" When the man behind the counter replied, "Of course, we do. We're a pizza place." She said, "Great. Then I'd like a pepperoni pizza and I'd like to go with it."

5.Borrow some witty words. While waiting for your own humor-related stories to appear, you might want to borrow some funny short quotes from famous people to lighten up your talks. Quotation books, the TV, newspapers, and magazines such as Reader's Digest are great resources for locating great quotes. For instance, if you frequently speak to hospice groups, Woody Allen's comments about death and dying are appropriate (e.g., "There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?").
6.Collect audience anecdotes. Sometimes audiences say the funniest things. When they do, write it down. It could be a big laugh in your next presentation. For years, I have been asking audiences, "How do you spell relief?" My answer is "L-A-U-G-H". Then one day a woman in the back row called out, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." It got a huge laugh for her that day and continues to get a laugh for me when I retell it.

7.Remember the bottom line. For non-humorists, some of the ideas presented here may seem too frivolous for your subject matter. Nevertheless, I would still encourage you to seek some way of upping the entertainment value of your talks because it might also increase what you can charge. As Steve Allen once noted, "People will pay more to be entertained than educated."

8.Make it relevant. One final word about using humor in your presentations--make sure it is relevant. Amusing an audience for the sake of getting a laugh might be ideal for a stand-up comedian or an after-dinner humorist but it's probably not okay for most speakers. If your humor does not make a point or have a purpose, do not use it!

Tips
When speaking to a group of people, sweep the room with your eyes so that everybody pays attention to you In sweeping the room, periodically make eye contact for a few moments with one person, then with another - don't appear too animated and speak to that person as though they were the whole room, then break contact and look at someone else. In Powerpoint presentations or similar situations, use crudely drawn pictures you threw together in MS Paint (or similar program). Make it quite obvious that you are not an artist with stick figures, incoherent blobs, and poorly drawn simple pictures, all with the brush tool. No predefined shapes, text tools, or anything of that sort. The idea of this is that you threw this picture together in paint in 30 seconds. Present it as you would any other slide, starting off with "this diagram I put together..." or anything that mentions that you did it.

Warnings
Be careful while poking fun at yourself (step 2). If you do it, do it without losing credibility, or else no one will take the rest of your presentation seriously. Do not dress funny for, let's say a presentation. That is a surefire way for people not to take what you say seriously. You should be able to make people laugh and still get your message across. If you look like a clown you will be perceived as a clown.

The article is written by Stanley Lyndon, author of "How to be Funny" ISBN 1-4276-1392-3 sold at: http://www.howtobefunny.net . This may be distributed free of cost anywhere as long as the author note is preserved. Stanley Lyndon is a well established comedian/writer and author of "How to be Funny". His website can be found at: http://www.howtobefunny.net

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