Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Seven Sins to Avoid with Your Next Public Speaking Engagement

Michael Bernhardt - Seven Sins to Avoid with Your Next Public Speaking Engagement



"1) Making Assumptions

While assuming your audience grasps the significance of what youâre saying is an innocent mistake, itâs one of the most deadly. Often speakers launch into an oration about their topic thinking listeners are not only comprehending what theyâre saying, but share the same gusto for the subject. If you donât establish from the get-go why a topic is germane to the listener or their industry, what you say for the remainder of your speech will have little impact and certainly do little to hold anyoneâs interest.

For this reason, you may want to start with a question that not only engages the audience, but gives you an idea of peopleâs interest and experience level. Ask attendees to raise their hand in response to the question. If only a handful of people participate, you can quickly backpedal and provide an overview of your topic along with a summary of its importance to the listeners before launching into your planned presentation.

Even if you never reach what you feel is the most significant part of your speech, at least, you provided your listeners with information that matched their experience level. Remember, the key objective of giving a speech is to relate to your audience by educating, providing a perspective on an issue or to a degree, simply entertaining."
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How to Remember Names

How to Remember Names - eHow.com:

Very useful tips. I tried many ways to remember names myself. The way I found is most useful for me is to remember the name with a adj. associated with the person's most distinguished charateristics. Like " Big Bill", " Relaxed Richard"

"1. Pay attention when you are introduced to someone. A few minutes after you meet the person, say his or her name to yourself again. If you have forgotten it, talk to the person again and ask for the name.

2. Write down the new name three times while picturing the person's face; do this as soon as possible after meeting someone.

3. Ask how to spell a difficult name, or glance at the spelling on the person's business card, if it's offered. If you know the spelling of a word and can picture it in your mind, you'll remember it better.

4. Connect a name to a common word you will remember. For example, the name Salazar could sound like 'salamander,' 'bazaar' or 'sell a jar.'

5. Make a connection to the person's hobby or employment. 'Bill the pill' might help you remember the name of your pharmacist, for example."

Apartment hunting 101


Hack Attack: Apartment hunting 101 - Lifehacker:

"If you’re thinking about upgrading your space, I can’t promise you your dream apartment, but I can show you a few tried-and-true methods for finding a great new place"

Thursday, May 25, 2006

10 Steps You Can Take To Guarantee Failure

Achieve-IT!: 10 Steps You Can Take To Guarantee Failure


1. Make your goals vague
2. Make your goals difficult to visualize
3. Think and speak negatively about your goals
4. Avoid planning incremental steps
5. Don't Do - Talk
6. Wait until you are motivated
7. Don't set a date
8. List why it's impossible
9. Don't research your goal -
10. Think of anything except your goal

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Digg submission booklet

Digg submission booklet

Friday, May 19, 2006

Fare Flash! American/United Unadvertised Airfare War | Frommers.com

Fare Flash! American/United Unadvertised Airfare War | Frommers.com:

"We haven't seen such a vicious unadvertised fare war in many months. United (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) has slashed fares to and from American's hubs (Dallas, St. Louis) and American (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) has returned the favor out of United's hubs (Denver, Washington, San Francisco). You'll find the most routes on sale out of St. Louis, Denver and Dallas, and a more limited choice to/from Washington and to/from San Francisco. Seats are available through mid-April 2007. Because Travelocity no longer lists United's fares in their flexible date searches, you might want to try www.cheapair.com, which does. For the American fares, use Travelocity's flexible search. We've listed as many of these fares as we could find on the Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington pages of Airfarewatchdog. These fares work in reverse too, so if we've listed a San Francisco/Miami fare it also works Miami/San Francisco."

Thursday, May 18, 2006

How to Digg Your Article to increase the traffic

A very good article about increasing the blog traffic using Digg. Worth taking a try!
Digg is Your Marketing Secret Weapon - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals):

"So hopefully I’ve encouraged you to take Digg seriously. Now what? Here’s how to get started:

1. Publish an article on your blog
2. Create an account on Digg
3. Go to the Submit a Story page on Digg
4. Follow the instructions
5. Note the URL of the your story on Digg (It’ll be something like www.digg.com/your-category/the-title-you-gave-it)
6. Edit your post and add something like this to the bottom of the article:
Like this article? Digg it!

If your article manages to get 500+ Diggs, you’ll see a serious jump in your traffic."

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Who Linked to your website(blog)?


WhoLinked "shows the other websites that are linking to you - from all over the Web." It will generate a piece of javascript for you to add to your site and then update itself in real time, pretty cool!

Tim Matheson » 6 Ways to make airport security painless

Some useful tips on getting smooth security check. Trust me, I've got pains from security check before, I knew how annoying it could be. 6 Ways to make airport security painless:

Some might sounds like simple, but they will surely help you.

"Make a list of everything you are going to take with you on your trip. Once you have this list it’s time to start minimizing. Less is more and that logic can be directly applied to this situation. Try to exclude items you may be able to obtain at your point of destination. This will make les luggage for you to carry and also less luggage for them to search."

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Personal Productivity Blog : Training Yourself to Work at Home - ( Small Business Blog Center )

Personal Productivity Blog has an article on " Training Yourself to Work at Home " - ( Small Business Blog Center ). It is really worth reading.

"Problem: Too much time spent surfing.

Solution: Try two browsers. My friend is an avid internet user and finds watching videos on YouTube far more addictive than preparing an expense report. He needs to use the internet for research and communication, but every time he opens up his browser, he heads to his favorite fun sites instead. I suggested that he use two different browsers. He uses Firefox normally, so he should keep that one for personal surfing. He should then use Internet Explorer for his business surfing. His business browser won’t have any of the bookmarks that his personal browser will, so he won’t be as tempted. By separating the two uses, he can more easily discipline himself to work when he needs to work and play when he has the time. It’s not foolproof, but you need some self discipline to work at home. This just decreases how much you need.

Problem: Likes listening to loud music during work time

Solution: Listen to it if it helps you work. One of the joys of working at home is that you can create the environment that works best for you. At the office you often have to work in relative silence out of respect for the people around you. At home you just have to respect yourself......"

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

10 Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photography

10 Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photography:

"1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths - using the zoom on your photos will not only change how close your subject appears but it will also change the depth of field (ie the blurring of the background). It also allows you to shoot from different distances which can really impact how relaxed your subject is (there’s nothing better than a photographer in your face to make you tense up!)

2. Shoot your subject from different angles - it’s amazing how much you can change a shot by getting on your knees or taking a few steps to the side! (more on this here)

3. Shoot using different formats - there are different ways to grip a digital camera. The two main ones are horizontally or vertically but you can also get into all kinds of diagonal ways to do it. Mix it up."

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Your Personal Accountability System

The following articale give a suggestion of Personal Accountatiblity System to keep yourself on track all the time. It is more like Steven Covey's mission statement, like Jack Wilch's statement - The idea is to keep your compass in mind all the time.

"A difficult challenge in achieving goals is simply remaining aware of them and staying on track. How many times have you set a goal, started working on it with the best of intentions, and then at some future time, you realize it somehow slipped through the cracks?"
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­­Hack MSN Spaces: Secondary Link Title

­­Hack MSN Spaces: Secondary Link Title: "econdary Link Title

Button usage is required. Click here if you do not know how to.

This Tutorial Will help you Create a Link with a Secondary title.

That is, When some one hovers or leaves their Mouse Pointer over the Link, It will Display something of your Choice.

For E.g. d3v [Leave your mouse Hovering above this link]

For this I used the Following Code :

d3v

* The part in Orange is Where Your Space Address will go.
* The part in Green is what you want as your Secondary Title
* The part in Blue is What the name of the Link will be

the link name

Make sure its between the ' ' .

After you make the Code, Paste it after click on the button. Click on the Button again to come out of the HMTL editing mode.

Simple!!"