How to Achieve Your Future by Focusing on the Present

We all have goals & dreams that we are moving towards & striving to achieve. This is a good thing, or can it be bad also? How many of us never reach our dreams & goals & yet we have tried so hard & really thought about nothing else? I believe the mistake most of us make is that we do not focus on our present situation near enough.

Let me explain. Most of us see our present situation as simply marking time as we move towards our future goals & dreams, like a stepping stone that we use simply as a means to reaching our final destination. I truly believe herein lies our problem! We do not take the time to genuinely appreciate where we are today & all the great things we already have in our lives. As the old saying says, we should be focused on the journey & not on the destination, or we will miss all the beautiful scenery along the way.

Let’s use our job as an example. Now most of us want a promotion of some description. We have plans to become the supervisor or manager or general manager in our companies. But alas, most of us will never reach this goal, but will watch others achieve our goal instead. We will make many excuses as to why this happened, & in the end we will feel comforted in knowing that it was unfair, we were robbed, the other guy was the boss’s favorite, & whatever else makes us feel better.

What we should be doing, is focusing on the job we are currently in now. Forget where we want to get to & just focus on the present. You see, what we can control is our performance in our current job. We can decide to be the best we can possibly be in our current job. Now this may mean further education to have the skills we currently do not have to do our job better. It may mean working harder to produce better results than our peers. It could simply be a change of attitude to stop complaining & become a more loyal & supportive employee. By doing our current job to the very best of our abilities, we in fact give ourselves the very best chance of promotion, even though we have not been focusing on the promotion.

We can use this same example for any aspect of our lives. We all want a bigger, better home. But we should be appreciating the one we already have & making it the best it can possibly be. This will make us happier now, & will increase the value in the future when the time is right to sell & move up.

So the best thing for all of us to do to achieve our dreams & goals is to just focus on what we have & where we are now. Do the best & be the best we possibly can in our current situations, & we will give ourselves the very best chance of reaching our goals & dreams in the future. We have heard all the old sayings & they are all true: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘patience is a virtue’, ‘every great journey begins with the first step’, & so on.

Have patience, have appreciation for what we already have, & take the time to help others be the very best they can. Do these things & we will all reach our goals & dreams, but more importantly, we will enjoy every day of the journey in getting there.

Fear of Speaking – Public Presentation Anxiety? Panic No More!

Is it really possible to overcome the fear of speaking, public presentation anxiety and learn to panic no more when in front of an audience?

Let’s admit it: Most of us dread the thought of speaking before others. Some people have even ranked their fear of speaking, public presentation anxiety and the very thought of being in front of others above their fear of death! However you might feel about it yourself, there are good reasons why you should be interested in public speaking.

It is pretty safe to say that public speaking is a skill that everyone needs. Yes, sooner or later, you may have to face an audience. You may be called on to teach a class of co-workers, pitch a proposal to a client, or explain a financial report to managers.

Actually, speaking skills are essential in a wide range of jobs, including journalism, management, public relations, sales and marketing.

What, though, if your fear of speaking, public presentations etc is so intense and relentless, that you choose your career so that you can eliminate all the chances of you having to step in front of an audience? Well, what about a job interview? Being able to speak well on a job interview may mean the difference between getting hired or not. On the job itself, your ability to express yourself can work in your favour. It may even mean a better job, higher pay, or at least more respect.

Learning good speaking skills can thus benefit you in a variety of ways. Even so, you may still feel anxious at the thought of getting up before an audience. Is there something you can do to overcome your anxiety? Yes, there is.

Tips for anxiety free public speaking:

Don’t be brilliant:

You don’t have to be brilliant or perfect to succeed! The essence of public speaking is this: give your audience something of value. In other words, concentrate on the message, not on yourself or your own anxieties.

Talk, don’t perform:

Your speech should not be a performance. Rather, it should be a conversation. The more conversational your approach, the more relaxed you will be. Try to connect with your audience, not as a mass, but as individuals. Show a real “personal interest” in your audience, and speak the way you normally talk. The way to do this is not to speak to the audience! Instead; talk some time to a single person in the audience. Choose someone who looks friendly. Then, turn to another person and tell another thought to this person.

They don’t want you to fail:

A common reason for anxiety is fear of embarrassment or of being judged by your audience. Luckily the fact is that audiences tend to want you to succeed, not fail! They are on your side!

Nervousness is not all bad:

Contrary to popular belief nervousness is good for you and your presentation. Why is that? Because a measure of nervousness reflects modesty, which will help keep you from becoming overconfident. Many feel that a little nervous energy actually makes them perform better.

Talk, don’t read:

Use outline instead of written talk. That way it’s easier to maintain eye contact, and we speak more naturally and sound more conversational when we use an outline instead of writing things out word for word.

Be human:

Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. You just have to try your best and if, or rather when, the mistake happens -take it easy; it can even work for your benefit: audience likes you even more after you have shown this human side and made that mistake. For sure a mistake or two does not make you less likable.

Practise man practise:

Of course, there is no substitute for experience and lots of practice. Prepare your speech far enough in advance so that you have enough time to practice. Talk it to someone. Not just to yourself, but to a friend, spouse, and a colleague.

Apply these skills. At least try them, and you will see that you can beat that fear of speaking, public presentation anxiety and possibly any social anxiety. And you will panic no more!

Spectacular Content Presentation Tips – How Important Are Presentations?

How Important Are Presentations?

Presentations are highlighted here as being extremely important and irreplaceable in the business world. How much influence do presentations have on people? Do they make or break a career? Are presentations the deciding factor in making a purchase?

What Does the Research Show?

According to Interactive Opinions – Audience Research 2006, people do believe that presentations are powerful.

Let’s look at just how powerful they are.

  • 93% of people polled agree or strongly agree that quality presentation provides a competitive edge.
  • 76.8% agree or strongly agree that presentations influence purchasing decisions. However, they also only rate about 10% of the presentations they have seen as excellent.
  • 91% believe that presentations are very important to your career.

Looking at these statistics, it seems obvious that presentations have the potential to be powerful and persuasive. Those that are willing to invest in improving the design and delivery of presentations are arming themselves with a competitive edge over others.

Modern Presentation Technology

As technology has continued to improve and change the way that business is conducted, it has infiltrated every aspect of the business world. This includes presentations. Today more than ever, the use of online presentations, meeting and conferencing software have become commonplace. These software programs are used by all large corporations and even many small one-man shows. They can be used to reach clients, other branches, stockholders, and associates around the world.

This provides endless opportunities for presenters to reach large and diverse audiences. Because in these circumstances the presenter is often never seen, verbal and visual communications skills become increasingly more important. Presenters that are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of differing approaches and able to adapt to the needs of online audiences will be successful and stand out above the crowds.

It is quite obvious that persuasive presenters control unprecedented importance and influence. Having the ability to pitch an excellent and persuasive presentation will provide you an invaluable asset in almost any career. Being able to influence a group of people in an effortless manner will be job security and put you and your company in high demand, improving sales, cooperation within an organization, and creating an overall positive rapport with associates, clients, and stockholders.

Apply these skills to modern technology and you have a winning combination that anyone would love to have. Performing persuasive presentations to masses over the internet can be profitable on a variety of levels. You will also have a star quality to add to your resume. You can successfully reach and influence customers, associates, and employees on a broad scale. With time being more precious than ever, having an ability to communicate clearly and provide your audience value in a manner that caters to their needs is an asset that no successful company should be without. Decide today that you are going to acquire these skills for yourself or your company and change your presentation style into something awesome.