Live your own life

“We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think SHOULD. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail…We are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences, delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations. The tongue of the original self is the language of the heart.”

— Julie Cameron

Putting Your eBook Sales on Autopilot

Amazon.com recently announced that its monthly eBook sales have surpassed its print book sales. This revolution means the market for your eBooks is burgeoning. If you are ready.

But how do you enter this market? How do you convert your books into eBooks? And what’s the difference between Kindle format, ePub and PDF? Does your book need to be in all formats? Which is the most profitable? How do you sell them—through Amazon, other sites, or your own site? What’s a standard royalty or commission?

Learn how to tap into the largest and fastest-growing marketplaces with a highly scalable and automated plan. If executed well, you will reach a wider audience, uncover new niches, realize a larger profit, and create a closer connection with your readers.

As the demand for eBooks accelerates, the advantage goes to nimble authors, experts, and publishers who are able to stand out and rise above the noise. => http://bit.ly/qcQrum

Effective communication – engaging

The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, “Me, too!” versus “So what?”

Jim Rohn

Top Ten Ways to Make Money Public Speaking

 
1. Sell your knowledge

This is my overriding principle that came from years of hard knocks trying to get people to hire me to speak. I get more speaking engagements than I ever had before when I quit trying to sell them and began selling my knowledge in as many different formats as possible. The idea is that infinitely more people can buy what you know through books, tapes, CDs, Ebooks and videos than could ever hire you to speak. Your name recognition because of your knowledge distribution makes speaking engagements much easier to come by because the people that could hire you have already heard you and your message on your knowledge based products. In the mean time, the money from the product sales keeps your business thriving. >>> more

Tips For Preparing Your Elevator Speech

What is an elevator pitch or speech?

Imagine that you have walked into the first floor of a multi level office building and you press the elevator button to go up to the tenth floor. The elevator arrives, the doors open, you and four other people walk onto the elevator. As you begin to ascend, someone on the elevator greets you and asks where you are headed. What do you say?

This is where an elevator pitch becomes an important piece of your business building strategy. It is important that you are able to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently who you are, what you do and who you do it for. Don’t be fooled by the thought of the location of the pitch. Even though this brief statement is developed with the notion of being in an elevator, there are many locations where you get a short window to give your pitch.

While it is a standard thought that you have 30 seconds to give your pitch on an elevator ride,I have a different thought about this. In today’s environment of smartphones, mp3 systems and other personal technology devices, you have about 10 seconds to capture the other person’s interest before they begin to think about looking at their phone or they get that glazed over look of disinterest. You have a small window and a few seconds to make the moment count.

Tip to Prepare Your Elevator Speech:

Develop a relevant and targeted pitch that describes your business is practicing your pitch out loud, regularly. Practice in front of the mirror with family and friends. You should know your pitch like you know your home address. Become intimately familiar with your pitch.

Your pitch should include the value you would bring to any client considering doing business with you, or even referring your business to their colleagues and friends. Individuals are looking for the “what’s in it for me” statement in your pitch. The thing that resonates with them. ‘

Prepare for questions with succinct answers. Nailing your pitch is one thing, but what happens if your prospect asks a question that is outside or opposite of what you stated in your pitch? Work through developing answers for opposing questions which your prospect just may ask.

Remember that your pitch is not all about it. It is more about who you provide your service to, their problem and your solution. Minimize highlighting your credentials. Remember, you have about ten seconds to capture their attention.

Let the passion show. Even with all the practice and preparation, you should not deliver your pitch like a rehearsed or memorized script. Let your passion come through and be yourself. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Even though you are pitching your business service to them they want to know that you care.
You can develop your elevator pitch my answering these questions.

What service do you provide?

Who do you provide the service for?

What is your prospect/target’s problem?

What is your solution for their problem?

What you want to be known for?

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As founder of the Woman Entrepreneur’s Mentor, Cheryl Pullins helps women entrepreneurs leverage resources to grow their business, increase their profit and upgrade their lifestyle. You can connect with Cheryl at http://www.iMentorWomen.com.

Clocks and calendars

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

— H. G. Wells

The Makings of an Exceptional Speech

You vividly remember that special speaker’s message and stories years—or decades—after hearing the talk. It had a huge impact on your life. You want your presentations to be that magical and memorable. You’re a good speaker—perhaps very good—but know you could be even more unforgettable.

Why do some speeches stay in our minds long after the speaker has left the stage? How can you integrate some new elements of outstanding orators?
This session will look at the key elements that create a memorable and repeatable experience for listeners.

You will hear:
• How to “yank ’em in and throw ’em out”—creating that exceptional opening that pulls the audience right up on the stage with you. . .and closing in a way that makes them beg for more.
• Structure—it doesn’t “freeze” you, it “frees” you—why an audience loves transparent structure even when they don’t consciously recognize it.
• Being the story, not telling the story—right, you’ve heard this before, but we’ll tell you exactly how it’s done. . .on Broadway, in novels, and in your presentations.
• Truly speaking to “an audience of one”—what are those magical little phrases and transitions that make each audience member feel you are speaking only to them. . .and in an almost intimate way at that?.
• Voice as a finely tuned instrument—ironically, one of the most ignored assets by many speakers. We’ll show you the way to use your voice like Yo Yo Ma uses the cello.

Get all the details here => http://bit.ly/nrIRd8

How to stop a boorish Q&A Hog in 3 easy steps

I recently attended a terrific, high-powered panel presentation that unfortunately became hijacked by what I’ll call “a Q&A hog.” You’ve probably witnessed a Q&A hog in action at a conference or presentation.

Q&A Hog, defined: an annoying creature that rambles incoherently during the Question and Answer period of a presentation. The hog typically takes up to 5 minutes to ask the presenter a very specific or off-topic question that no one in the audience has any interest in discussing. Q&A hogs usually have some personal agenda or simply love to hear the sound of their own voices.

The panel presentation I witnessed? The Q&A hog actually grabbed the floor mike and took over. It was a bad scene, man.

The hog held the entire audience hostage with non-stop rambling. The panelists and audience members started shuffling and checking their smart phones. The moderator looked wild-eyed around the room, vainly searching for armed gunmen with tranquilizers to shoot the beast down.

Boors don’t pick up on obvious visual cues of disinterest. It’s not in their nature. They’re going to keep talking — until you shut them down. Mere body language and facial gestures won’t do the trick.

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Applause

Any man who makes a speech more than six times a year is bound to repeat himself, not because he has little to say, but because he wants applause and the old stuff gets it – William Feather

Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs): Ways to Deal With NATs at the Time of Public Speaking

According to cognitive theorists, our thinking process can be divided into three levels and they are referred to as negative automatic thoughts (NATs). The negative thoughts are hidden beneath our core beliefs, assumptions or principles. NATs are also said to be the string of consciousness. These ideas are experienced by a person in a particular kind of situation leading to emotional distress. A person can become aware of these ideas or thoughts by asking questions like “what your mind is thinking”?

Many times our mind triggers fears and anxieties in relation to a particular situation that actually has little or no significance in reality. For instance, an experienced public speaker who had been performing excellent for many years, he may all of a sudden feel dreaded that what if he forgets his speech in the middle of the event. He knows that it’s not the first time he will be giving a public speech but somehow this gets triggered out. But as our mind can create these negative feelings, it can also overcome them.

How is this applicable to a public speaker? You as a public speaker can overcome negative feelings that you experience at the time of public speaking. You can transform the fearful thoughts into positive ones following simple steps.

1. Become aware of your negative feelings or emotions: Most of these thoughts occur at mind’s subconscious, so taking them to conscious level is important. By being conscious of these thoughts, you can turn them into positive thoughts. Repeat words that boost your confidence, such as “I am a good speaker and people want to hear me. I will share my experience and skill and have an excellent time.” By doing this, you will reinforce your positive emotions.

2. Visualize your success at public speaking: Evoke your imaginative power, shut your eyes and visualize yourself at the place, addressing audience. Imagine them agreeing to your points and smiling at you. Picture yourself as delivering your speech with confidence, passion, and clarity and with a smile on face. At the end, imagine all of them giving you a standing ovation or a loud applause. Imagine them coming to you after the event is over to say you thanks for giving such a wonderful speech.

3. Prepare yourself physically for the event: Hum any of your favorite songs while going for the final presentation. Take deep breaths. Massage your back, neck, chest and shoulders and continue doing deep breathing. It will relax your tension and stop it from affecting your voice.

Author, Prerana Maheshrajka is a Senior Content developer at ARSWebTech. http://www.arswebtech.com