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Live The Adventure!

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Think of an adventure that you might like to take. Maybe it is a trip to a foreign country or a major destination in your own country. Maybe it is to climb a mountain or float down the Amazon. Whatever works for you, picture what that would take. Got it?

Good, now let’s see what are common characteristics of a good adventure and apply them to our lives. In doing so, you will shift your perspective and see how your own day-to-day life can be an adventure!

1. A desire to see something new:

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Most of us would like to be better communicators. As leaders, co-workers, team members and in all of the other roles we play both professionally and personally, we know that communication is a major key to success.

When we are frustrated or stymied by something, often better communication would have improved it.

Consider the new executive or manager who walks into their first meeting. Every movement is watched. Where they sit is analyzed. What they say is discussed later. Did they make declarative statements or ask questions? Did they smile? Were they quiet or too quiet? What about their tone of voice?

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1.  Join Toastmasters.    Toastmasters is a organization where you will get a chance to work on your impromptu speaking skills, leadership skills, evaluation skills as well as opportunities to practice specific skills in prepare presentations (at your own pace).  Clubs typically meet weekly and you can find clubs that meet in the morning, evening, lunchtime to meet your schedule.  I highly recommend this!  Find a club and attend to learn much more.

2.  Consider the Dale Carnegie Course.  The Dale Carnegie Course is about much more than speaking, but you will speak in each of the 14 weekly sessions.  This workshop is more expensive than Toastmasters but is an excellent program to help with presentation skills, confidence and more.

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Body Language

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When you are at an interview, you may not be aware of this but your interviewer is observing your body language, very carefully.  Your body language says a lot about yourself, so you need to control negative body movements and encourage positive body movements and habits.  Humans naturally send and receive nonverbal communication; they have been doing so since the beginning of time.  When your girlfriend folds her arms but has a smile on her face, are you not wondering what she upset is about or clammed up for.  At an interview, you never want your body language to contradict your words, this makes you appear like a liar.  The first impression, or the first few minutes of your interview are the most lasting.

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Having excellent persuasion skills is one of the most important
abilities to possess in today’s fast-paced world. We need the
support and cooperation of other people to help us in reaching
our goals. The saying “No man is an island” is an undeniable

Here are some hot tips to effectively influence and persuade
anyone you desire.

1) Enter their world.

You must understand the situation according to their point of
view. Set aside your personal interests and concentrate on

Just pretend that if you are them, what would you do? What
would be your opinion? Then take the appropriate action that
would be beneficial to them.

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The Listening Process
Listening involves three processes: receiving a message, processing a message and sending a message. Each message is a stimulus to be received and processed by the hearer. Reception of a message is a covert process; we cannot see how or what the hearer heard. Processing is also covert. It goes on the hearer’s mind (except for nonverbal cues) Processing a message includes thinking about what was heard and pondering its meaning. Errors in processing a message correctly often occur when our biases, preconceived ideas, judgments and so forth prevent us from acknowledging parts of a message or from interpreting the message without distortion. In other words, we hear bits and pieces that we form together in our minds that we compose into a message instead of the actual message.

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Body Language Counts!

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Why communication through body language and appropriate language are crucial to networking success?I know most people take quick note of someone that has an attitude. By that we mean that they look belligerent, like know-it–alls, and their ego hangs out like a sore thumb. This is not the person you generally want to do business with. That goes for language as well: you do not want to hang with someone that is negative, always plays the victim and always is whining about one thing or another. The fact that body language can work for you if you take time to listen to others is really important.

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