Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Six Minutes Blog:Andrew Dlugan

I enjoy reading Andrew Dlugan's Six Minutes Blog- especially the weekly review of the best articles in the public speaking blogosphere.His blog entries also include speech critiques, book reviews- a treasure trove for the amateur and professional speaker alike.Quality stuff-enjoy!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why Mistakes Are Good for Us

Why Mistakes Are Good for Us.

Have you ever made a mistake and wished that you hadn’t?
Of course you have! We all have.

Well, let me propose to you that you’ve had regrets like that for the last time!

I believe that part of our life purpose is to learn certain things.
These things may very well disguise themselves in the shape of obstacles and so-called failures.
One of life’s big challenges is learning to decode them, to turn poison into medicine, and to learn to perceive obstacles, problems, and so-called failures as exciting challenges and opportunities for growth and evolvement instead.

If we were simply able to say “I made an experience” instead of “I made a mistake” every time we experienced “failure” in our lives, perhaps we would then automatically look at ourselves and those mistakes and failures in a completely different light?
Failure is a matter of perception.

Mistakes are good for us. They point out things that we need to look at. They are there to remind us not to fall asleep behind the wheel. They lead us further along the road to becoming even better at what we do so that we can go on to teach others, which is a great gift.
Mistakes are there to inspire us and encourage us to keep moving and keep feeding our Soul and our mind—to keep living!

Nobody is perfect—whatever that means. Luckily, we all make mistakes every now and again, no matter how smart, how well trained, and how experienced we are. When we do, we feel terrible and stupid and we think that we are all alone in making mistakes, and so we have a tendency to put ourselves down.

Don’t knock yourself on the head. Recognize the experience for what it is—a loud wake-up call! Consider what happened and why. Constructively evaluate yourself. Take responsibility; learn and move on.
Remind yourself that learning and evolving is exciting. The day we don’t do that anymore is going to be a sad and, most of all, very boring day. So be grateful that in this case you had a chance to learn something. Was it uncomfortable at the time? Sure it was. So cringe, if you must - then have a laugh, dust yourself off and move on. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Life is about choices. No matter what kind of choices we make, there will be rough patches. Those are valuable lessons. They tell us about ourselves, our needs and passions, and our ever-evolving place in the world. Relish those choices and those lessons. Be grateful every day for the wisdom they represent. It’s yours for the keeping and for the sharing with other people.

Allow yourself to dream and think big, dare something worthy, make loads of mistakes along the way—and fill up your knowledge box to the brink!

Look at it this way: each time you make a mistake, it is like making a deposit into your bank account. Your knowledge expands and grows until one day you have so much in your account that you can afford to share freely with others. The more you give out, the more you will get back. So your wealth is automatically growing and expanding even more. And it all started with a few mistakes. Cool, right?

Think of times in your life where a mistake or a major challenge turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
What did you learn from these situations?
How did they turn out to your advantage?
How did you benefit in the end?

Next time you feel that you’ve made a mistake, simply smile and be happy that you just made a huge deposit into you experience account. Think about how rich you are and how much more you can now afford to share with others.

Indeed, mistakes are good for us – they make us who we are and often account for our most valuable treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Suzann Rye.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, March 23, 2009

Presentation Zen

One of my favorite books on presentations is Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.This slim volume shows one how to make appealing, balanced,text lean powerpoint presentations.Garr has been a long time student of the Zen arts and tries to incorporate the same simplicity into creating meaningful presentations. In his book he says'.......the essence or the spirit of many of the principles found in Zen concerning aesthetics,mindfulness, connectedness, ......can be applied to our daily activities including presentations.'

If you have sat through your share of ghastly Powerpoint presentations with glazed eyes, this book is the dose of fresh air you need.It presents a totally different approach to creating Powerpoint presentations- rich on design and appeal with minimal text. Garr explains the basics of design which all presenters should be aware of and how we can implement them in our Powerpoint presentations.The results are presentations that take ones breath away.He goes through the basics of crafting ones talk and designing the powerpoint presentation, which in his opinion should support the speaker and not detract attention from him. He urges one to leave the mountain of text for handouts and keep the slides sleek and minimal supported by images. I found his tip of designing ‘analog’ or using pen and paper to begin designing the presentation very helpful.
All in all a fantastic book which can turnaround the way you give presentations. Aesthetic, appealing...this is not a method but an approach towards creating more compelling presentations-go for it!
P.S I also enjoy reading his blog where Garr writes on topics related to presentations.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quotes of the day -Stephan R.Covey

Some Stephan Covey quotes which I find truly inspiring! Enjoy!

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

"Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Women's Millionaire Club Launch

How To Be a Natural Networker
by Maureen G Mulvaney

Most children are natural networkers. The minute we were mobile, we began making friends - on the playground, at the dentist’s office and in school. To reclaim your ability to network naturally, all you have to do is reclaim your childlike curiosity. It’s as easy as one, two, three

1. Shift Your Perceptions of Networking.As children we heard “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” As adults, we are asked to attend networking events and accost strangers with our Business Cards. This isn’t natural. Our parents and teachers who didn’t want us talking to strangers encouraged us to make friends. Shift your artificial perception of networking to doing what you’ve been doing since childhood: meeting and making new friends.You must also shift your perception of where to meet your new friends. As kids, we networked anywhere there was another kid. Natural networking takes place everywhere there are people. Look at all the places you go during the day: dropping off kids at school, the grocery store, the airport, and the bank. View these places with a new set of eyes and make them your portable networking office. Make your office hours any time there is anopportunity to make a new friend.

2. Talk to Your ‘New Friend’The easiest way to talk to a new friend is to ask questions and be genuinely interested. Children can’t help themselves from asking questions. As adults we must unleash our childlike curiosity. Psychology 101 teaches, “The one asking the question is in control.”'Take control of your destiny by asking questions. A simple, magic question that can start ameaningful conversation is, “You must love what you do, right?” To a new mother, you might say, “Oh, what an adorable baby, don’t you just love being a mom?” To a dentist, you might say: “Oh, you’re a dentist, you must love your work, right?” Ask the magic question in a caring manner and you’re new friend will respond openly and honestly. You will discover her needs or dissatisfactions. Either way, you have entry into a thoughtful conversation.

3. Make the Exchange.Once you have made a ‘new friend’, you’ll want to keep in touch. As kids, we just said, “Wanna come over to my house to play?” Friends naturally say, “Let’s Keep in Touch.” Askfor their contact information or business card. Simply say, “I’d like to keep in touch, got a card?”Always carry business cards, and when you hear, “I don’t have a card,” say, “No problems, here’s one.” Because we’ve all been trained to make friends, most people will hand you their contact information without hesitation.Natural networking is meeting and making new friends wherever you go, curiously asking questions and making sure you keep in touch. It’s exactly what you’ve done your whole life. Go out and make a new friend, today?

Maureen G.Mulvaney, better known as MGM, is the author of The Women’s MillionaireClub-the Traits and Patterns of Success of Women Millionaires of Network Marketing. As aninternational professional speaker, MGM teaches small businesses How To Attract Paying Clients, Who Become Lunatic Fans, That Refer Others.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


In my last entry I posted some links to the TED site.
I discovered TED through Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen fame whose blog I regularly follow. More about his blog in the future (it’s really neat!!) as I want to write about TED today. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and brings together people from all walks and professions. Their mission statement says’We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.’
The site is a fountain of inspiration.TED publishes online for free viewing and listening pleasure its popular talks on various themes. Actually they have grouped the talks under three groups themes, talks and speakers.If you want to watch world class speakers passionate about their topics,talks that are educational, motivational and inspirational TED will not disapoint you.
Needless to say I have learnt a lot by viewing these speeches and you can do the same!

Monday, March 9, 2009

International Womens Day

Yesterday was International Womens day. Check out these speeches by four amazing women available on TED.Enjoy!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I’m deeply passionate about writing books, articles, etc., and creating music – I have been for as long as I can remember.
Well, perhaps because for me these activities represent the ultimate in freedom and self-expression.
Freedom and self-expression are essential to me.
Because of this, I suppose, I tend to think that this is the same for most people…

So I have another deep passion; I absolutely LOVE helping people come to a place where they can feel totally free and able to express themselves fully as well, doing whatever THEY feel passionate about!
Well, these are the kind of things that we will be discussing on this blog.
If you find yourself recognizing an urge like mine, or perhaps you see yourself as part of what I’m about to describe; this blog is for you.

I help other coaches, teachers, speakers, entrepreneurs, authors, business owners find and nurture their own voice so that they can speak with joy, ease, confidence, passion and authenticity - and I teach them how to empower their physical voice, so that they can avoid voice fatigue, and become even more inspiring and dynamic communicators.

My approach is clearly holistic in nature, working with the whole person, bringing out the true, unique and powerful voice that resides within all of us.
It is in this voice that we find the gift of self-expression and fulfillment in the highest sense and in this voice that we are able to offer true value, service and contribution to the lives of others.

Ask your questions and share your experiences, doubts, fears, good advice, exciting links and news.
We, Tara Majumdar and yours truly, Suzann Rye, are looking forward to sharing with you!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Love Respect Presenting what do they have in common

I am an avid follower of Seth Godin's Blog. He is a genius marketeer who also happens to be a great presenter.His recent entry on presenting sums up in a nutshell for me what truly inspiring presenting is all about. Firstly one needs to evoke the respect of the audience and to truly connect one needs to reach out- i.e.'love' his/her audience.Love (to) and respect(from) the audience are the essential ingredients.He says 'It's not about you. It's about them. The presenter who loves his audience the most, wins.'

Check out his article here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

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