This is What Success Feels Like- Public Speaking Tips-

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Anyone can be a public speaker worthy of applause. Just what is it that you are speaking about? Are you Speaking to inform? Speaking Politically? Arguing Persuasively? Speaking on a special occasion? Speaking and deliberating in groups?-

Here is some nonsensical advice on how to improve your speech, and overcome stage fright, and overall the unspoken rules of public speaking (that was a pun, could you tell?).

1) Know Thy Audience- It is the first rule in communication, a rule so critical it can tear down your whole speech- Ex. If you were to give a speech to college graduates, the language would be fundamentally different than if you were speaking to lets say a group of 7th graders- When you know your audience, you know what their expectations are out of you as a speaker. You know your limits, and you know which language to use.


2) Ethos, Pathos, Logos- Take a page out of Aristotle’s Rhetoric

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*This is the core concepts of Rhetoric(the art of speaking). Implementing these into your speech will make much more power, power that you can share with your audience.

When you give a speech that you feel a strong passion towards, project that to your audience- don’t just let them hear your words- let them feel them too. Combining Objective and Subjective facts can lead to an awe inspiring message that connects you to your audience. Its giving a speech that will be remembered. 


3) Embrace the stage fright-

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Yes, it is scary and disorienting- the feeling of stage fright is very familiar and vehement feeling but you can never get to be a better speaker without this horrid feeling.

When you are self conscious when you step on stage, or step up to the podium, it means you know you have allot to work on.

Some of the best speakers may feel the same when they speak in front of a packed auditorium- but they never show it. That is the true way to hit this problem head on, as long as you don’t appear to afraid, you won’t get more afraid-in fact you stop being afraid all together.

Containing your stage fright takes a strict discipline in your speaking regime, its controlling yourself. finding your balance. This in the speaking arena is achieving pure nirvana, it’s believing in your self against all odds that you presume and confidence plays a vital role in the process.


4) Practice-

You can’t offer your audience the full experience (of your speaking) without having to put in the work. While Practice makes perfect, it also makes you less nervous- it boosts your confidence that you are well prepared.

*Make sure you practice your enunciation, your body stance- even your hand gestures.


5) When you look Good, You feel Good

Dress for success- it makes you look good and more importantly- it makes you feel good. Use what you got or use what you can get. You want to give an overall good impression because honestly you may not have met everyone in the audience (don’t you want to make good first impressions?) and it adds a professional standard and sets the bar.

When you dress better, you appear more confident- and you seem like you know what you are talking about (or at least give off the impression).


6) Pauses-

Pauses add emphasis, it makes you look intelligent, but you have to know just when and how to use them. Pause for Two seconds the audience thinks you lost your place, pause for 5 seconds- the audience thinks you lost your wit, but pause for 10 seconds and even the people looking at their phones will look up-


7) Have Something to offer the Audience-

You want to sell an experience to your audience, and give them knowledge of tangible value that they can use whenever where ever- this could be some random fact you found researching, or this could be an emotional story of yours- whatever it is, you want to give your Audience that authenticity they so deserve.


8) Never go on stage empty Handed-

Have a Slideshow of pictures, an artifact, a map- really anything. Props can help your speech, and can bring forth that authenticity that is always in any good speech. Stand out and create your own unique prop or info graph and let your audience see it.

*Make sure your Props themselves don’t Over power your speech itself.


9) Body Movements-

It feels awkward anytime I stand in front of a group of people with my hands to my sides and I’m sure allot people feel the same way.  Contrary to that belief, that is the most confident stance around, but you don’t want to fidget (the wrong way). Use your hands to help express your speech, it grabs the audience’s attention and seems more legitimate.

Make sure you stand upright, and don’t shuffle your feet (like at all- its awkward). Never keep your eyes in just one place, let them scan over the heads in the audience- Keep a smile (unless your speaking about something serious) and speak with tenacity its always better to talk too loud than not be heard at all.

*Avoid using monotonous Hand gestures, have some variability.

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10) Speak Slowly-

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If the rate of your words you speak goes up too fast than you get all jumbled- you get ahead of yourself. You need to allow yourself the time to properly say what you need to. Talking slower also helps you audience it let s them properly hear what your saying.


Nobody is born a public speaker, nor is anyone born a doctor- getting better at this art takes a dedication from you the speaker- it takes practice and most of all it takes guts. One good speech can change the world and in the end the only way things get done is through this communication. It is the threshold of humanity, the only thing that separates us from the beasts of nature.

Let your self be brave, and better than you were yesterday – share something important and share something, something that could very well benefit others.

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The Value of Education–

Here we are on the high tide, a nation of college students- the demand for an education has always seemed like an imperative. In this digital 21st century, all other jobs that you could have to support yourself has since dwindled away- gone are the days of finding a steady job with anything less than a high school diploma. Today you need the training and diploma to get that high paying career you’ve always wished you would land. What is that all worth to you?

At what cost do we value this education? On one hand, you will have to pay exorbitant fees to acquire your education and other the side that education is what secures your future prospect.

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If you are going into college with student loans then you should see your future career as a return on investment. While student loans might seem like an oppressive and cruel debt trap, it is often better to see it as an opportunity.

There is an opportunity here with these loans, but it really matters what you do with your diploma. Even if we can’t get approved for a home loan, we can still get approved to get student loans- (that could easily match a home loan ( depends on the location really) , but we get a degree![which will look really good hanging up in your future house}

Charts and Graphs To Illustrate Student Loan Debt-

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How to get more Blog Traffic-

Blog traffic on WordPress might be low compared to other mediums- but there are a few tricks to the trade when you want your statistics to bump up a little bit.

Social Media is perfect for sharing all types of things- including your blog, so add a link-

Recommended

  • Reddit-r/blogtraffic , and any other niche you write about that would be beneficial to a subreddit will most certainly boost your traffic – in fact you would be surprised that most of your referrers will come from Reddit if you post your blog links
  • Facebook- Your friends and family are always on facebook, and might even be willing to share your post and get more people to read it!
  •  Twitter – Those re-tweets can have an impact on your views.

Expand your Vocabulary- /A nice compiled list of words for reference/

How big is your vocabulary? Most native speakers of English only have a limited vocabulary of a meager 20,000 words- and most of the time we use less than half of that. Learning new words not only benefits you in general, it adds spice to any paper you might have to type up, you can actually sound smart insulting some one using your expanded vocabulary.

So how big is the English Language? According to the Language Monitor the English language has as many as 1,025,109.8 words (http://www.languagemonitor.com/number-of-words/number-of-words-in-the-english-language-1008879/)

So how can you learn new words? How do you attain this proficiency, or even come close to that number?

I have a bona fide method myself that has passed the test of time. I really just read any book (those old Philosophy books are perfect) I’ll underline any obscure or strange word, look them up and write them down- eventually I use them on a daily  basis. Knowing allot of words is more than just recognizing, its the application of these words that put you into real perspective as a writer.

Try using some of these words for next paper, blog post, etc. you have to write- You would be surprised just how powerful these words can be.

  • Flaccid- soft, hanging loosely
  • Disseminating- to spread or disperse
  • Generative-relating to or capable of producing or reproducing
  • Effervescent- giving off bubbles, fizzy
  • Unequivocally- leaving no doubt
  • Resplendent-Attractive and impressive
  • Befitting- gerund or present participle
  • Supplementally- added to something else to make it complete
  • Primogenitory- First born or eldest child of the same parents
  • Procure- obtain, especially with care
  • Hanker- to feel a strong desire to do something
  • Ignominious- deserving or causing public disgrace
  • Brooded- to think deeply about something that makes one unhappy
  • Multitudinous- very numerous
  • Toil- to work extremely hard
  • Abscond- to leave hurriedly
  • Accouterments- articles of clothing
  • Affable- Easy and Pleasant to talk to, approachable
  • Agrestic- rural, rustic
  • Aplomb- self confident
  • Apolaustic- devoted to enjoyment
  • Bereft- deprived of something
  • Boeotian- stupid, dull
  • Chauvinistic- aggressively or fanatically patriotic
  • Chthonic- of or related to the underworld
  • Concatenate- to connect or link in chain
  • Dearth- a scarce supply
  • Defenestrate- to throw out the window
  • Dollop- a shapeless mass or blob
  • Euphony- agreeable sound
  • Exiguous- meager
  • Facetious- playfully Jocular, Humorous

Other Resources

http://www.thesaurus.com/ – The best Online Thesarus

http://www.vocabula.com/vrbestwords.asp – A fine collection of  rarely used words

Closing

Learning new words requires devotion, and above all improves your capability to create readable works- it adds more description, it lights the path and guides the reader. So never stop, in fact- learn a new word every day.

Steak n’ Shake is Coming to Russellville- The Anticipation is Gripping

Russellville is a growing community and since I have attended Tech I have witnessed the expansion of this quaint college town.

Most of the changes I have noticed were on Parkway- first they put in a Buffalo Wild Wings, then this Hibachi grill called Sumo- and now they are putting in my favorite burger joint! (As well as a Chili’s.)

RussVegas is becoming a very prominent town food-wise and it is worth mentioning how annoying it is that there are two Burger Kings, or Mcdonalds, and Wendy’s. There is not much Variety in RussellVille burger wise- just a Noah’s Ark of eaterys, where every thing comes 2 at a time- but if that is how it is here Then BRING ON ANOTHER STEAK’N’STEAK!

Steak’n’Shake is pretty much the only chain restaurant that I can stand- all others I despise (except taco bell, unless it abandons the sriracha quesarito).

Learn how to Play An Instrument- A No Nonsense Guide To practical Jamming

For some people, learning how to play an instrument is all too intimidating. We like to over complicate the process of music making and get discouraged right when we can’t get sound like what we’d imagine we would sound like in our heads.

I started playing the bass in 2008, I sounded terrible those first couple of months, and only through the long drawn out process of trial and error did I even attain at least some play ability. I eventually took lessons from a blind man named Dawson (https://www.facebook.com/dawsonmusic) and that was when I got my steady foundation of my bass skills.

Over my 6 year span of bass playing, I have learned some tips that can be universally applied to virtually any instrument of your choice.

Some Things to THINK about

1) Stop Over-complicating it- Give yourself a little credit, learning an instrument isn’t easy; but it also isn’t hard either- it is possible.

2) You will not be the best, but you should still practice- You may not be the best, but you will never get close if you don’t put the time in.

3) Find the Instrument that is right for you- Everyone has their own instrument that fits them, mine is the bass- yours might be a Guitar, a Banjo, the Drums, a mandolin, maybe even a violin. When you do find the instrument right for you, Never buy the most expensive one at first- you need to ease in to it-

4) Play around with it- You don’t have to delve right into a structured and well planned syllabus, get comfortable with your instrument. Find your style as well as your confidence, you can’t possibly learn something successfully if you don’t get to have fun with it.

5) Chords- The Most fundamental aspect of music is all found in the chords. So your proficiency in chords could make you compatible with other musicians.

6)  Tabs- I never learned how to read music, nor did I ever want to, I feel like for the most part some people want to trick you into believing that you must be able to read music before you can advance your playing. I do believe that is something worth learning, and useful, but some people just don’t have the time to learn this skill, in fact it is a whole ‘nother skill in its own. Tabs- are much easier to read, and are easy to find on the web. Sites like Ultimate guitar ( http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/) give you a fast and easy way of reading music- and therefore are a very important tool for the musician.

7) YouTube- Tabs aren’t always up for grabs- and may not even be your style, if you prefer someone explain how to do something, and show you than YouTube is always an option (and sometimes it is your only option). YouTube has metronomes, Gutair fills, drum loops.

8) Make your own songs- Why just learn other people songs? Put your creative skills to work for once and orchestrate your own rhythm.

9) Collaborate!- Find some friends or other people in your nearby area that play instruments- some experienced players can shoot you some tips, and correct some mistakes. Jamming is a form of art among some circles, and creates a truly original sound in its self. Jamming brings people together, and overall improves over time.

Learning to play an Instrument is much more than some noise that’s about to be made. It is a form of self expression, and self determination- and anyone can do it.

Coltergeist-

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Walking was never our first option,and what drove us to walk was out of pure boredom- It was My friend, My girlfriend and myself on that night, walking in my gf’s neighborhood to this cemetery where an alleged geocaching site was. I decided to record the whole thing on voice memo with my iphone just to see if I could pick up any thing that was, you know “un-human”.

After almost a mile of walking, we had just got to the cemetery- My friend and I were discussing on what the proper pronunciation for the German philosopher Immanuel Kant was, and before we could step foot into the cemetery  I turn around and notice my girlfriend in full sprint the opposite way towards her house.

When we got back to her house, I saw that she was in a state of shock. She had witnessed some thing of super natural nature. Her eyes were big- her face was pale and the hairs on the back of her neck were standing up. The question appeared right before ourselves: What Happened, say I wanna know? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTmDJ1Q4Fdk&list=PLaBC9XIcyhoFD-KDXkvv5tue7uOnCVVUn&index=5)

That was when I referred to my voice memo in my phone(my fancy Iphone 3gs) after skipping through all of the long drawn out recording, I found something that had taken all of our attentions hostage. It stroke a little fear in me at first i’m not going to lie, Click on the link above- after I say “I feel a presence” (which I have no idea why I said that) you hear this sinister nightmarish breathing. The sound of it was revolting and appalling, enough to make us want nothing to do with that cemetery, let alone any cemetery.