Engage With Your Audience
hen you speak, try to engage your audience. This makes you feel less isolated as a speaker and keeps everyone involved with your message. If appropriate, ask leading questions targeted to individuals or groups, and encourage people to participate and ask questions.

Keep in mind that some words reduce your power as a speaker. For instance, think about how these sentences sound: “I just want to add that I think we can meet these goals” or “I just think this plan is a good one.” The words “just” and “I think” limit your authority and conviction. Don’t use them.

A similar word is “actually,” as in, “Actually, I’d like to add that we were under budget last quarter.” When you use “actually,” it conveys a sense of submissiveness or even surprise. Instead, say what things are. “We were under budget last quarter” is clear and direct.

Also, pay attention to how you’re speaking. If you’re nervous, you might talk quickly. This increases the chances that you’ll trip over your words, or say something you don’t mean. Force yourself to slow down by breathing deeply. Don’t be afraid to gather your thoughts; pauses are an important part of conversation, and they make you sound confident, natural, and authentic.

Finally, avoid reading word-for-word from your notes. Instead, make a list of important points on cue cards, or, as you get better at public speaking, try to memorize what you’re going to say – you can still refer back to your cue cards when you need them.



There’s a good reason that we say, “Practice makes perfect!” You simply cannot be a confident, compelling speaker without practice.

To get practice, seek opportunities to speak in front of others.

If you’re going to be delivering a presentation or prepared speech, create it as early as possible. The earlier you put it together, the more time you’ll have to practice.

Practice it plenty of times alone, using the resources you’ll rely on at the event, and, as you practice, tweak your words until they flow smoothly and easily.

Then, if appropriate, do a dummy run in front of a small audience: this will help you calm your jitters and make you feel more comfortable with the material. Your audience can also give you useful feedback, both on your material and on your performance.


Plan Appropriately
First, make sure that you plan your communication appropriately. Then think about how you’ll structure what you’re going to say.

When you do this, think about how important a book’s first paragraph is; if it doesn’t grab you, you’re likely going to put it down. The same principle goes for your speech: from the beginning, you need to intrigue your audience.

For example, you could start with an interesting statistic, headline, or fact that pertains to what you’re talking about and resonates with your audience. You can also use story telling as a powerful opener. Planning also helps you to think on your feet. This is especially important for unpredictable question and answer sessions or last-minute communications.

Remember that not all occasions when you need to speak in public will be scheduled. You can make good impromptu speeches by having ideas and mini-speeches pre-prepared. It also helps to have a good, thorough understanding of what’s going on in your organization and industry.

Wise inspiration

The Importance of Public Speaking
Even if you don’t need to make regular presentations in front of a group, there are plenty of situations where good public speaking skills can help you advance your career and create opportunities.

For example, you might have to talk about your organization at a conference, make a speech after accepting an award, or teach a class to new recruits. Speaking to an audience also includes online presentations or talks; for instance, when training a virtual team, or when speaking to a group of customers in an online meeting.

Good public speaking skills are important in other areas of your life, as well. You might be asked to make a speech at a friend’s wedding, give a eulogy for a loved one, or inspire a group of volunteers at a charity event.

In short, being a good public speaker can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence, and open up countless opportunities.

However, while good skills can open doors, poor ones can close them. For example, your boss might decide against promoting you after sitting through a badly-delivered presentation. You might lose a valuable new contract by failing to connect with a prospect during a sales pitch. Or you could make a poor impression with your new team, because you trip over your words and don’t look people in the eye.

Make sure that you learn how to speak well!

31st of October HALLOWEEN Australia 😁

Halloween is fun, but the 31st of October is significant in Australia for another reason. 101 years ago our brave light horseman charged machine-guns to take Beersheba with one of the last cavalry charges in history. These amazing light horsemen really define the Aussie spirit.
The Light Horse artwork was painted by our Mythic Australia artist: Ian Coate – Artist / Illustrator.
For more Aussie Facts and Slang, visit our ever expanding gallery on our website: https://mythicaustralia.com/amazing-australia/

Roxanne Peters was given 9 years behind bars for killing her rapist. Should people who take unlawful revenge on their abuser be shown leniency due to their abusive past ?

Roxanne Peters was given 9 years behind bars for killing her rapist. Should people who take unlawful revenge on their abuser be shown leniency due to their abusive past ?

A BRISBANE woman has been jailed for killing her rapist after he threatened to harm her daughter unless she submitted to being raped again, she will be eligible for parole in less than two years but should she be in jail at all?

Roxanne Eka Peters, 35, fatally stabbed Grant Jason Cassar, 51, with a blow to his heart using a kitchen knife at her home in Capalaba in December 2015. Then she tied a rope around his body, including his neck, and dragged it behind her car for about a kilometre to a ditch where she hid it.

In the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday, Peters was sentenced to nine years in jail for manslaughter and a further 18 months after she pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.

With time served she will be eligible for parole in June 2020. Justice David Boddice told the court Mr Cassar’s rape and humiliation of Peters, followed by the threats to harm her child, had been a “significant provocation”.

Now we at FACAA firmly believe in what must be done is just and therefore legal and a child MUST always be protected by whatever means necessary, so lets just lay those cards on the table.
Having said that we do not believe in vigilante justice, but this was not the act of a vigilante, it was a mother protecting herself and her child.

Many people have said there is always a better way than murder, of course given reasonable circumstances there is always a better way, but when you and your child are under threat… survival is all that counts.

“I accept the stabbing occurred in circumstances when you were enraged by what the deceased had done to you and was threatening to do to you again,” he said.

It was, however, to Peters’ detriment that she didn’t immediately seek help after the stabbing, he said.

“Instead you set about the process of callously disposing of the deceased body,” he said.

He said Peters had shown no respect for Mr Cassar’s human dignity.

“No doubt your rage continued to affect your attitude to him,” Justice Boddice said.

Justice Boddice said Peters’ upbringing around drug users, where she was subjected to sexual abuse, had exacerbated the rage she felt when Mr Cassar came to her home on the day he died.

FACAA question if a rapist understands the words human dignity… any one capable of threatening a child and raping a woman has no human dignity.

Our question is not of Ms Peters’ guilt or innocence….she has however been given 9 years behind bars and we at FACAA are asking should she be imprisoned at all, due to what she had endured and what he was threatening to do to her and her child.

On the other side of the fence, is taking a life ever ok, should it always result in a prison term ?
Killing someone takes away any chance of bringing them to justice, takes away any possibility of them defending themselves.
Is it not better to seek justice ?

Yes, our legal system is abysmal, but shouldn’t we still seek some form of justice if for no other reason than to get their true face shown to the world…. that is unless of course they get a suppression order.

So what are your thoughts FACAA, should survivors of abuse receive leniency if they go on to kill their abuser ?
Should they receive psychological help instead of prison time?
And if so, what are the ongoing implications…

What do you think ?

#FACAA #ProudFACAA #EndingChildABuse #RaisingAwareness #RoxannePeters #MurderedRapist #Murder #Kill #Revenge #Leniency #Legal #Law #LegalReform #ChangingLAws #AskingYouWhatYouThink #VoiceForTheVoiceless #HopeForTHeHopeless #QLD #QLDPOL #QLDPolice #GuardiansOFTheInnocent #ChildrensChampions #WeWillFight #StandUP #NeverGonnaStop #FromHellWeRise #SaveTheKids



“OUR HALLOWED EVENING PARTY! a poem a.k.a.: “Jungian Therapy: Integration, At Least Once A Year!” {almost} October 31, 2018 – in less than 1 hour! = Halloween – Odin’s Day! [All Saints’ Day will be on a Thor’s Day this year!] Invitations go out to: Mr. & Mrs. Dee Spare, Ms. Hope Less, Miss Ann Throp, The Blessings, The Darlings, The Stinkpots, The Cantus, Jen O’Seyed. Ms. Uri & Ms. Mercy Nunn. Felicia has a number of other guests we’re considering; however, we are pretty sure that there will be other folks/f®iends coming, invited or not! After all, it IS Halloween! You KNOW what happens on Halloween, right?! Well, if not … . 🙂 – Who else is on The List?

I also invited our good friends Lov(i)e – & Joy;

Plus! Peace, she came too – with her dear, little boy,

And Comfort – and Warmth, they arrived with nice gifts:

A blanket – and-a-heater – and a fine pair of “lifts!”

Phillip – and Iris – brought lov-e-ly flowers,

And Dawn – and her Norm(an) – would insure steady hours!

Sunny – and Lucky brought good-tidings and light;

Patience & Elle, they never will fight!

Yes, we socialized! – but (pause) When-The-Midnight-Hour-came,

A-dreadful-sound-outside-issued!! Who-was-to-blame?

“PARTY CRASHERS! Oh, NO!” someone exclaimed;

“Should we bolt all the doors?” “No,“ said I (pause) And-I-named,

Some-folks-we-might-expect – for – a little-bit-of-fright:

Dickie – and BILL – and MADelyn Night!

About-that-time-ROBbie-arrived! – followed-by Dred, Patches – and Sue;

They came in – to pilfer – and stir legal brew!!

“NO,” I said; “These are my friends too, as well;

It’s just that they-all – usually – stay-down in (some) Hell,*

But, at-this 13th Hour, it’s The Halloween Feast;

They come here to party – and gorge LARGE, at least!

It’s (usually) just once-a-year, but they do tend to mingle,

With the so-called “decent folk,” ‘cause, when sleigh bells do jingle,

And thankful-families eat-up their Thanksgiving turkey,

These “friends” are-not-invited (pause) for they’re just kind-a quirky!

But! Without the quirky – bizarre – loathsome-and-creepy,

The World-would evaporate! We’ve GOT-TO-HAVE-SOME WEEPY!

And some “Blue” and some Hardship – Angst-Envy-and-Pain –


So! Yea! About-that-time – THE MONSTERS ARRIVED!

Witches! and Demons! THEY ALL HAVE SURVIVED,

And killers & rapists & thieves of all kinds;

They mingled with-the “good folks,” A MEETING OF MINDS!

For, on Halloween, THE-NICE-FOLKS – will dress up as fien’s,

Because – DEEP-INSIDE – We ALL have some “means,”

To-NOT BE VERY NICE – and we lose sight of this,

When our laws – and our mores – promote-Kindness & Bliss.

So, everyone got acquainted, and we parted as friends(?)



OF-ALL-LIFE (pause)

NEVER ENDS! 🙂 – Ho, ho, ho!

fin <3

* – The Unconscious Mind?!