Monday, January 1, 2007

10 Ways To Be A Better Person

Becoming Who You Want To Be

1. Exercise patience in everything you do and understand that change will take time, devotion, and hard work. Accomplishing one simple goal right now will make it easier to accomplish larger more difficult ones later on.

2. Judging others is easy while judging oneself can be extremely difficult. Look at yourself honestly and ask: What would I like to change about myself? What are my strengths and weaknesses? What do I have to give? Read more

5 WAYS to become a leader

Leadership is a quality that cannot be taught. Either you have it or you don’t. Some people like to take charge, be their own person and follow their own path. Some prefer to take direction from others. Leadership is not a quality that can be found outside of yourself, you need to develop it from inside yourself.

Here are five suggestions that will help you cultivate your own leadership skills:

1. Don’t feel like you have to prove anything to anyone, anywhere.

If you’re in class, and someone wants to make a speech that’s rife with inaccuracies, bias takes and general nonsense, let them. You do not have to display your intellectual prowess in order to prove that this person is an idiot. You don’t have to feel obligated to set the record straight. Likewise, you shouldn’t feel pressured into abandoning an unpopular belief, just because the majority of people around you claim that it’s false. Don’t feel pressured into being anything for anybody. This is your life, you can live it they way you want.

2. Talk the talk and walk the walk.

Don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t flip-flop or flake. If you say something, mean it. If you promise to do something, do it. Be true to your word in every situation. Read more

3. Let your actions speak louder than your words.

Deeds have more weight than words. You can pay lip-service to hard work and achieving your goals, but if you never act upon these declarations, you’re just talking. People respond to bold action. Figure out what it is you want to do, and set your plan in motion immediately.

4. Don’t be intimidated by any person, place, thing or idea.

Develop thick skin. Learn to take emotions out of the equation. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad. There’s not enough time for self-doubt, you have too much to do. You will be faced with awkward situations where you will feel challenged in some way. Stick up for yourself and your ideas. Don’t let your environment dictate how you react. No one can say anything that’ll phase you, if you refuse to let yourself be phased.

5. Feel like you are in control of any and every situation.

Leadership is about controlling difficult situations. You have to feel like you are master of your own domain in every possible scenario. Sure you will face overwhelming incidents in life, but when you do, stand up and accept it. Push forward. Get past your problems, free your mind of all restrictive doubt, and execute a solution.

Leadership cannot be taught from without, but it can be developed from within. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Don’t let anything get under your skin. Follow your word, take action, and no that you are in control of your own life.

10 Ways To Use Speaking to Further Your Career Goals

In this article by JoAnn Hines, you'll discover how public speaking can boost your career!

Professional speaking is one of the easiest ways to enhance your career. Opportunities abound; no matter how experienced or inexperienced. The more you speak the better you will become. You will establish a reputation as someone knowledgeable in your field and people will contact you for speaking opportunities as a result.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Here are 10 ways learning to be a speaker can enhance your career.

1. When you speak you automatically assume the role of an expert. People are coming to hear what you say, right? That routinely positions you in the role of an expert. The more credentials you add to your "expert" status the more valuable you become.

2. Speakers get high profile visibility. Look to get your name included in programs, brochures, email announcements, agendas and other handouts, press announcements and online posting of conference materials. This is especially important when you are starting out and are not being paid. Ask up front what type of PR they will be doing for the event. NOTE: Pay attention to important submission deadlines. Read more