Using Visual Aids To Enhance Public Speaking

Written by Ana Ventura

Have you ever attended a lecture or discussion whererepparttar main speaker drones on and on and you wonder if he's ever going to quit? And even ifrepparttar 102107 material was interesting enough, it was too complicated to work out in your head? Yeah, we've probably all been there, which is why it's important to know how to make your public speaking skills more effective.

For merepparttar 102108 phrase "visual aids" brings back wonderful memories of countless classrooms and teachers saying, "You will be graded down withoutrepparttar 102109 use of visual aids!" However, if you haverepparttar 102110 right ones, visual aids can really make your speaking more effective.

The most common types of visual aids are graphs, sketches, maps, scale models, charts, pictures, posters, handouts, and sound or video clips. Butrepparttar 102111 number most important visual aid is you.

Your appearance, including your clothing, grooming, and facial expressions, hasrepparttar 102112 biggest impact on howrepparttar 102113 audience will react to your words.

Consider this-- let's say you go listen to a business professional talk about how to maximize your financial success. When he takes his position behindrepparttar 102114 mic, he is wearing stained jeans and an old T-shirt, and looks like he hasn't shaved in days. You are probably not going to be very impressed with him fromrepparttar 102115 start, and less inclined to take him seriously as someone withrepparttar 102116 authority to be giving you financial advice.

If you look enthusiastic about your topic, dress appropriately forrepparttar 102117 subject matter, and maintain an overall respectable appearance, you will have that much more of an advantage.

Change Happens: How to Accept, Navigate and Master Change

Written by Michael Angier

Not only do we live in a time of unprecedented change, butrepparttar changes we’re experiencing are happening at a faster and faster rate. The telephone, radio and TV took decades to be placed into common use. Nowrepparttar 102106 time it takes from invention to widespread usage is just a few years sometimes months!

Our lives are significantly unlike that of our parents’. We think differently, act differently, travel differently, and we work differently. Virtually everything about how we interact withrepparttar 102107 world around us has changed in just one generation.

We’re bombarded with new ideas, new systems, new jobs, new technologies and new opportunities. The more we learn,repparttar 102108 more we realize how small our personal store of knowledge is in comparison torepparttar 102109 vast universe of data.

Most ofrepparttar 102110 change we’re experiencing is appreciated. We like most of what we see happening. While we enjoy many of these changes, there are other changes that are not so warmly embraced. There’s more uncertainty, less confidence and as a result more stress.

I’m a recreational sailor. There’s hardly anything I enjoy more than being out onrepparttar 102111 water withrepparttar 102112 wind in my sails. Sailing has taught me many things. Notrepparttar 102113 least of which is a healthy respect forrepparttar 102114 wind. You have absolutely no control overrepparttar 102115 wind onlyrepparttar 102116 way you use it. You must master your ability to handlerepparttar 102117 wind, regardless how hard it blows or which direction it blows.

And change is likerepparttar 102118 wind. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is.

But how we feel about change our attitudes toward it will have much to do with how well we navigate this turbulent sea of change. If we dislike change, resist it, ignore it or resent it, we will lose.

Onrepparttar 102119 other hand, if we use it to our advantage, we’ll benefit from it.

What’s your attitude toward change? What are your beliefs aboutrepparttar 102120 change we see around us andrepparttar 102121 change that surely lies ahead? When faced with something new and different, do you long forrepparttar 102122 old way or do you look for what advantages this may bring to you, your family, your business.

Your answer may be different based uponrepparttar 102123 type of change you face.

Choice or no choice Ifrepparttar 102124 new situation is to your liking or a result of your own choosing, you will likely have a different reaction than ifrepparttar 102125 change seems forced upon you a new responsibility at work, a shopping mall going in next door or your spouse telling you they want a divorce.

Onrepparttar 102126 other hand,repparttar 102127 more power you feel you have over a given situation,repparttar 102128 easier it is to handle.

Recognize change Author Phillip McGrath is fond of saying and he’s right, "You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge." Oftentimes we’re slow to realize or even fail to recognize changes that occur. We need to look at what’s happening and acknowledge what we need to change in ourselves in order to adapt torepparttar 102129 changes around us.

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