10 Lessons of the 2002 Winter Olympics

Written by Jim M. Allen

1. Sometimes,repparttar number 1 isrepparttar 125566 biggest number there is.

Eleven countries inrepparttar 125567 2002 Winter Olympics were represented by a "team" of just one athlete. To these athletes, from countries like Cameroon, India, and South Africa,repparttar 125568 glory was not just competing forrepparttar 125569 medals, but in representing their sport, and their countries with pride.

2. The leader ofrepparttar 125570 pack is not alwaysrepparttar 125571 winner.

There's a lot to be said forrepparttar 125572 smooth, measured pace towardsrepparttar 125573 back as Australian Steven Bradbury knows: Trailing inrepparttar 125574 1000-meter qualifying race, he'd make it torepparttar 125575 finals afterrepparttar 125576 other competitors collided onrepparttar 125577 track. Usingrepparttar 125578 same strategy inrepparttar 125579 final proved effective, too. A similar collision took outrepparttar 125580 competition in that race and Bradbury stepped offrepparttar 125581 track as a Gold medalist (the FIRST winter Olympic gold medalist in Australian history).

3. We can't control what others think of us.

The pairs figure skating competition would prove that life, if nothing else, is very subjective. Jamie Salle and David Pelletier skated what many believed to be a gold-medal performance. The judges, however, awardedrepparttar 125582 gold to Russian skaters Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze. The pair would later be awarded a "second" gold medal (and sharerepparttar 125583 gold medal award with Berezhnaya and Sikarulidze) but, judging improprieties or not,repparttar 125584 truth remains: You must be confident in your actions as you can't control what others will think.

4. It's better to focus on doing one's best than on beingrepparttar 125585 best.

Figure skater Sarah Hughes, in fourth place afterrepparttar 125586 women's short program, went intorepparttar 125587 final program withrepparttar 125588 smallest chance of winning a medal. Rather than focus on winning, she decided to go out, have some fun, and do her best, which she did. It was a remarkable performance that led to her winningrepparttar 125589 gold medal.

5. "Down" doesn't mean "out"

Just a month beforerepparttar 125590 games, speed skater Chris Witty was diagnosed with mononucleosis, jeopardizing her participation inrepparttar 125591 Olympics. Not only would she attendrepparttar 125592 games, she wonrepparttar 125593 gold inrepparttar 125594 1000 meter race... AND set a world record while doing so.

6. Life is consistently inconsistent.

Much as we'd like each of our days to be calm and trouble-free, there are so many things beyond our control that this just isn't realistic. Ask Apolo Anton Ohno. A favorite for each ofrepparttar 125595 four speed-skating competitions he was entered in, Ohno would winrepparttar 125596 Silver medal in a race he was easily winning until a few players bumped each other and "wiped-out." Then he would win Gold inrepparttar 125597 1500-meter race, afterrepparttar 125598 South Korean entrant was disqualified. In his third race, he would be disqualified. In his fourth race, he did not make it into finals. And that's life.

7 Ways to be a Great Speaker

Written by Jim M. Allen

1. Be Yourself

It's great to watch other successful speakers, to see what they do and how they do it. To be a great speaker in your own right requires you to develop your own style, to speak using your own voice. Be yourself when you speak and you can't help but be successful.

2. Be Bold

You might think that it takes boldness just to stand up and start talking, and it does, but there are plenty of speakers out there who come across like timid mice. Be bold as a speaker, confident in your abilities. Practice every day, give speeches whenever you can.

3. Be different

Successful speakers aren't like everybody else. There's something that sets them apart. Makes them stand out. They'rerepparttar speakers who do more than just stand inrepparttar 125565 front ofrepparttar 125566 room and talk at you.

4. Be funny

Successful speakers know how to be funny, that is: they know when and where to use humor in their presentations... and they aren't afraid to do so.

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