Posted by on September 29, 2016 | 0 comments

You Are The Author of Your Life Story

When I first decided I wanted to write, my first project was a novel. I wrote a quirky story about a somewhat unbalanced woman who was so desperate to get pregnant that she would stop at nothing to make it happen. I loved writing that novel and exercising my creative muscle, and when I submitted the manuscript to editors I fully expected a glowing assessment from them. Not so. The feedback was more like: “the writing has potential, but the story could do with a lot more work.” The editor even suggested I make the main character go completely off the rails and get herself into outrageous amounts of trouble. At first I thought, “She can’t do that!” And then I had a revelation: I could make her do whatever I wanted her to do! This was my story, and how far I wanted it to go was limited entirely by what my imagination would allow. The same principle applies in real life. As children we were taught what’s...

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 | 0 comments

How to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

One of the best TED talks I’ve ever seen is by the magician and stuntman, David Blaine. In it Blaine talks about his quest to hold his breath for a record-breaking 17 minutes! Technically, the talk isn’t great. Blaine breaks just about every public speaking rule there is: his voice is monotonous; he reads a large chuck of his speech; there are more than a few um’s and ah’s throughout the talk; and he even slurps water noisily (twice!) during the talk. However, it’s impossible to watch the talk and not love it. It is riveting! And it is so because David Blaine clearly loves his work and he challenges himself to be the best at what he does. I believe we are all put on this planet for a reason. Some people are here to speak publicly, and for them it is important that they hone their technique and master their craft. For the rest of us who aren’t born to speak but for whom speaking is an...

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