Hitting Your Presentation Out of the Park

Forget everything you know (or don’t) about making a presentation.

Ask yourself, what “gift” can I give my audience?

What is it that I can’t wait to share that I know they will appreciate.

Put it into a phrase so you know exactly what that gift is.

Most presentations are forgettable because the presenter has not given thought to the one thing they have the ability to share that the audience will appreciate.

Slides become secondary if used at all.

Make the slides and material available on Google Drive so you can concentrate on unraveling the present you are giving the audience.

You may have stories to tell or examples to fill in, but if you go into a presentation thinking of yourself as someone who is going to hand the audience a gift, you will get the best response ever.

The words will come out automatically.

Your sincerity will come through.

And those participating will likely go to your subject materials for more.

That’s also the secret of those TED presentations we love so much.

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Haters

Social media breeds many more haters because its reach is infinite.

Don’t engage a hater, run.

Changing a hater is impossible because their hearts are filled with jealousy.

Be on the lookout that we don’t give haters a pass because the world is getting used to the outrage from jealous people.

If you can’t love everyone, respect everyone.

Hatred breeds where respect is not found.

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Give Yourself a Placebo

A 2014 study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that a placebo was 50% as effective as taking the actual real drug to reduce post Migraine pain.

Same is true of anti-depressants in tests where half the study group that did not take actual medicine did as well as those who did.

There are people during flu season who don’t get the flu, when everyone else is fearing it, because they don’t believe in their mind that they will get it.

When you speak before a group, if you believe you have a gift of knowledge to share with others, you can be more effective than you ever have in your life.

The mind can heal.

The mind can help us succeed.

Napoleon Hill liked to say “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.”

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams is pregnant and will sit out the coming months of tennis competitions.

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou had no idea she had just found out she was pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title a few months ago.

Williams is due in September.

She will be close to 37 when she resumes her competitive tennis career.

Of course her coach said Serena has done things in her career that other people said were impossible.

He told reporters, “I do think she’ll come back and she will come back all the more if everyone thinks she’s done. So, I encourage you to write that she is finished. Please”.

Doubling down when others doubt you is enough motivation to succeed.

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The Best Time to Search for a New Career

The best time to look for a new career is when you’re happy and rewarded with the career you have.

Most people get serious about job search when they are unhappy, underpaid and/or not feeling appreciated.

When they don’t like their boss, the place they work or often the people they work with.

This leads to a lot of bad decisions.

Choosing the new or next career path should be done when you are satisfied not looking to get out.

This also provides the best way to know you are not making a mistake by leaving for if you are drawn to something new and challenging while you are fulfilled by your current work, chances are you are about to make a strong decision with a positive outcome.

If you decide to stay after examining a great new opportunity then you are likely already in the right job.

Finding work when you’re unhappy may change your scenery or the associates you work with but it is often not a good career move.

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