Affirmation Think Positively

Positive thinking can make a huge difference to the success of your communication, because it helps you feel more confident.

Fear makes it all too easy to slip into a cycle of negative self-talk, especially right before you speak, while self-sabotaging thoughts such as “I’ll never be good at this!” or “I’m going to fall flat on my face!” lower your confidence and increase the chances that you won’t achieve what you’re truly capable of.

Use affirmations and visualization to raise your confidence. This is especially important right before your speech or presentation. Visualize giving a successful presentation, and imagine how you’ll feel once it’s over and when you’ve made a positive difference for others. Use positive affirmations such as “I’m grateful I have the opportunity to help my audience” or “I’m going to do well!”

Then reward yourself with healthy eating 🤗🌞

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Creating Effective Presentation Visuals

Creating Effective Presentation Visuals
Jobs was particularly well known for building his presentations around powerful visual aids. He knew that slides are most effective when they tell a story rather than convey information, so his visuals were simple, elegant, and image-based. They complemented and reinforced his message, and they never competed with him for his audience’s attention.

You don’t have to be Steve Jobs to give a great presentation, but you do need great visuals. They convey a powerful message about your ideas and your brand, so it’s essential to get them right. In this article, we’ll look at how you can create effective presentation visuals – slides that connect your audience with your message.

This is also relevant to blogs.

Create your own graphics

Watch Recordings of Your Speeches

Watch Recordings of Your Speeches
Whenever possible, record your presentations and speeches. You can improve your speaking skills dramatically by watching yourself later, and then working on improving in areas that didn’t go well.

As you watch, notice any verbal stalls, such as “um” or “like.” Look at your body language: are you swaying, leaning on the podium, or leaning heavily on one leg? Are you looking at the audience? Did you smile? Did you speak clearly at all times?

Pay attention to your gestures. Do they appear natural or forced? Make sure that people can see them, especially if you’re standing behind a podium.

Last, look at how you handled interruptions, such as a sneeze or a question that you weren’t prepared for. Does your face show surprise, hesitation, or annoyance? If so, practice managing interruptions like these smoothly, so that you’re even better next time.

Please don’t judge yourself watching the replay

It is normal to be your worst critic

Essential skills for anchors or journalist

1. Knowledge base:
An understanding of issues, names, geography, history and the ability to put all of these in perspective for viewers. It comes from the journalist’s commitment to being a student of the news.

2. Ability to process new information:
Sorting, organizing, prioritizing and retaining massive amounts of incoming data.

3. Ethical compass:
Sensitivity to ethical land mines that often litter the field of live breaking news — unconfirmed information, graphic video, words that potentially panic, endanger public safety or security or words that add pain to already traumatized victims and those who care about them.

4. Command of the language:
Dead-on grammar, syntax, pronunciation, tone and storytelling — no matter how stressed or tired the anchor or reporter may be.

5. Interviewing finesse:
An instinct for what people need and want to know, for what elements are missing from the story, and the ability to draw information by skillful, informed questioning and by listening.

6. Mastery of multitasking:
The ability to simultaneously: take in a producer’s instructions via an earpiece while scanning new information from computer messages, texts or Twitter; listen to what other reporters on the team are sharing and interviewees are adding; monitor incoming video — and yes, live-tweet info to people who have come to expect information in multiple formats.

7. Appreciation of all roles:
An understanding of the tasks and technology that go into the execution of a broadcast, the ability to roll with changes and glitches, and anticipate all other professionals involved.

8. Acute sense of timing:
The ability to condense or expand one’s speech on demand, to sense when a story needs refreshing or recapping, to know without even looking at a clock how many words are needed to fill the minute while awaiting a satellite window, live feed or interviewee.

Texas Cowboy

“HOW TO PLAY!”* a poem a.k.a.: “The Play’s The Thing!” 8 Nov 2018 (THOR)

Don’t play to win; don’t play to lose!

PLAY IN BETWEEN – but – play as you choose!

Play! in-an enthus-ia-ass-tical way;

Play for enjoyment (even-when-“in-the-fray!”)

BUT – PLAY WITH A GRACE, TO LOSE, WIN OR DRAW:

Play in The Sunshine – or-“under lights!”

[RAH!]

PLAY! For-excitement! Sweat-it-up, Hon!

But, especially, My-Friend – PLAY FOR THE FUN,

And loving (pause) ness – of-every – lob, smash and shot;

Play you some _______* – with-the- ________ ** you brought!

Play with some new balls – or the old ones you have,

Strap on those balls! Slap on some salve,

For-aches-‘n’-pains – and PLAY – FOR A WHILE,

But don’t play TOO LONG – maybe-play-for-a-mile!

Remember, my chum, you big, stinky bum,

Don’t play with no anger – and you-CAN – suck-on your (my) thumb!

Play with a smile! SHOUT, LAUGH & CHEER,

And, if you’ve played really well, let’s shed us a tear! 🙂 – Rah, rah, rah!

fin <3

    • TENNIS! and other things!!

** – Fill it in! perhaps, RACQUET or – lover!

Mystic Poet

“NARCISSISM DEFINED – AND – UNCHAINED?” a poem in the series: “Narcissism and Other Apparently Extraordinary Conditions!” Friday: 9 Nov 2018

[Excessive-and-Erotic – INTEREST IN ME!

What I look like – and how I pee!

I AM SO SELFISH? I watch the mirror,

With extreme interest! Shall-I-wash-it-clearer?

I AM absorbed – into my eyes!

I’m-GRANDiose -and-won’t-apologize!

I will-NOT sit-(pause) upon NO-one’s “fence,”

To-wait-for-admirers! That’ll-make-me-tense!

I crave admiration! And-my-person-al-ity,

SHOULD-top The DSM!* I’ll make history!

I’m quite self-centered, AND THE WORLD REVOLVES,

JUST AROUND ME! And – when everyone EVOLVES,

They’ll look – and act, just like ME!

IN-ME-God-fashioned – a-new-pedigree!]

THE THING IS: BEING-AWARE OF-THIS-“MALADY,”

IS THE EMBODIMENT OF IT! ASK YOUR BA-BABY!

And THEN – baby’s TAUGHT – to NOT be self-centered!

To hide (OUR) narcissism – in THAT we’re mentored,

By CLASSICAL NARCISSISTIC TYPES,

Who offer us – some Handy Wipes,

To-forget-our-“anal-fascinations,”

And TEACH-US-TO-MAKE-CLEVER observation,

About THOSE PEOPLE – who are just TOO proud,

Or – like to gather a too-big-crowd,

Around-them! LIKE: Errant-carpenters-and-fisher-men,

Who heal the sick – let’s say: “Amen!”

THING IS: WE’RE “CLASSICALLY” and “NARCISSISTICALLY” inclined,

And we LOVE to trick – and train our mind,

TO THINK WE AREN’T! and – gather folks,

Who laugh at (OUR) narcissistic jokes!

So! KEEP ON JUDGING, JUST LIKE ME,

We’re-ALL-part – (pause)

Of-the-NARCISSISTIC –

SYMPHONY! 🙂 – Yup!

fin <3

* – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, written by “experts” who can not find their personal profiles anywhere in this book BECAUSE they ARE – whatever is NOT there!!!! in THEIR opinion(s)!

The Mystic Poet

Congratulations, subject matter

Spot on 🤗

Mystic Poet

“DSM – 5* – 6 – 7 … ” a poem in the series: “Narcissism and Other APPARENTLY Extraordinary Conditions!” a.k.a.: “A BOOK On What’s CRAZY, Revised Frequently – Because CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES!” a.k.a.: “The Official Book Of SHOULD NOTs, Written By Folks Who Shouldn’t Have!” a.k.a.: “THE Book, Especially Written By Those Who Could NEVER Make It Teaching School Because THE KIDS WERE TOO ROWDY!” a.k.a.: “Agree With US – Or Else We Will Write A Book About YOU & It Will NOT Be Called The Bible, At Least Not For Several Years!”

Diagnosis? JUDGMENT! What’s The “Diff?” [Friday: November 9, 2018]

Open-up-The-Manual, and Take a whiff!

Become-a-member – of The “Psycho” Association;

You’ll be in “good company,” in this “Appropriate” Nation,

The Nation of JUDGMENT – and PRO-PRI-ETY!

Worship-at-The-Medical-Altar! on-your-bended-knee!

Consult The Experts! Take you “meds,”

“Vitamins,” we’ll call them: to heal your heads!

There’s an age-old saying, about A DEGREE,

Gotten in PSYCHOLOGY – Is-it too-cra-zy,

To imagine – that those-who-LEARN-to-JUDGE,

Will call it: “DIAGNOSING!” and-will-never-hold-a-grudge,

Against – THEIR FAVORITE – PERFECT guy:

Jesus Christ! Well! My, oh my!

Why’d-HE-really-get-killed? A: ‘Cause He was a “PSYCHO,”

Waiting and willing – to destroy this micro-

Cosm – of – CULTURAL – AFFIRMATIONS,

About-ACCEPTABLE TRUTH – and associations,

Of learned, cultured, seasoned boys,

And girls-of-manners – who play with-sex-toys,

Behind closed doors – and think that’s fine,

And, when they emerge, demand-their-Valentine,

For being so loving – and so well-versed:

NARCISSISTIC-ADMIRATION – needs-to-be well-rehearsed!

So! Tickle my ears – and fill my head,

With DSM! (pause) As society has said:

“Think with propriety!”

“Do the RIGHT thing!”

Little do they realize – “SATAN”**-THIS-DOTH-BRING! 🙂 – Whoops!

* – BUY IT! From The American Psychiatric Association (for an undisclosed amount!!) – so you’ll KNOW just how crazy EVERYONE is! Except – US!! 🙂

** – Not some PERSON, but a Spirit – of Pride and Condescension!

Mystic Poet

“JUDGMENT RE-VISITED!” a poem in the series: “Narcissism and Other Apparently Extraordinary Conditions!” 11/9/2018 (Freya’s Day)

Click the camera! Check it TWICE!

Is-YOUR picture – very nice?

Who now is IT? in your lens?

Looking closely! Don’t get tense!

A Quite-Narcissistic Point of View,

I snapped THAT RASCAL, but-I’m-looking-to,

See myself!? How can this be?

To-capture-THE-narcissist! OMG!-it’s ME!

For, again, WHEN I-DO POINT-MY-FINGER,

‘TIS-MY-OWN-REFLECTION! I dare not linger,

For to judge, lest I indict!

Judging others – is seldom right!

The Mirror-of-The-World – is ever-clear!

I AM THAT RASCAL! On ME – I peer!

fin <3


Mytic Poet

“JUDGMENT RE-VISITED!” a poem in the series: “Narcissism and Other Apparently Extraordinary Conditions!” 11/9/2018 (Freya’s Day)

Click the camera! Check it TWICE!

Is-YOUR picture – very nice?

Who now is IT? in your lens?

Looking closely! Don’t get tense!

A Quite-Narcissistic Point of View,

I snapped THAT RASCAL, but-I’m-looking-to,

See myself!? How can this be?

To-capture-THE-narcissist! OMG!-it’s ME!

For, again, WHEN I-DO POINT-MY-FINGER,

‘TIS-MY-OWN-REFLECTION! I dare not linger,

For to judge, lest I indict!

Judging others – is seldom right!

The Mirror-of-The-World – is ever-clear!

I AM THAT RASCAL! On ME – I peer!

fin <3