Coping With Teens

Written by Joan Bramsch

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Coping With Teens

Most of us were never taught to be parents. So we can't help but disappoint ourselves sometimes. How often have you heard yourself usingrepparttar very words you hated hearing from your own parents?

When our kids become teenagers, it gets even harder. They seem to reject everything we've taught them. As far as they're concerned, we know nothing. Our values and beliefs are constantly challenged. Every word we utter is seen as interference. Emotions run high.

But we're more important to our teens than ever. As they try outrepparttar 102035 values of their peers, who are more influential than ever, we counterrepparttar 102036 pull of drugs, alcohol and early sex. These entangle children every day and can ruin their lives.

Here are some links that might help: The turbulent teens Getting along with your teen Dealing with anger Ignoring problems won't make them go away What to do if your teen runs away If you need to talk

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Use an 'Inverted Triangle' in Your Introduction

Written by Ron Sathoff

When I was teaching public speaking, one ofrepparttar biggest complaints I heard from my students was, "I don't know how to start!" This is a problem that goes well beyond classroom speeches, however. Many ofrepparttar 102034 questions I get from business speakers are also about introductions: Should I use a joke? Should I just state my position right away? How do I getrepparttar 102035 audience's attention?

One tool that I have found to be very useful when trying to write an introduction is calledrepparttar 102036 "Inverted Triangle." This concept is used mainly in journalism, but it works great for speech introductions as well. When writing your introduction, visualize it as a triangle with its widest part atrepparttar 102037 top andrepparttar 102038 point atrepparttar 102039 bottom.

This triangle represents how specific your information is at any given time in your introduction. The wide part atrepparttar 102040 top represents fairly general information, and, asrepparttar 102041 triangle becomes narrower,repparttar 102042 information becomes more specific. In essence,repparttar 102043 inverted triangle is just a way to remember that you should go fromrepparttar 102044 general torepparttar 102045 specific in your introduction.

I've found thatrepparttar 102046 best way to put this into practice is to start off by talking about some general issue or problem. Then, I try to apply it more specifically torepparttar 102047 audience that I am talking to. Then I become even more specific by advocating a particular plan or solution.

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