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How to Present Yourself and Your Offer Successfully

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I can no longer count the number of presentations I have accompanied. After all, it’s been a few years since becoming self-employed in 1998. In intensive collaboration, many ideas have helped to bring life to the wild. But I still watch too often, that honest offers get no deserved opportunity. Therefore I support people who have something important to say. How about you?

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9 Proven Strategies to Become Famous

Famous or notorious, doesn’t matter as long as known?
Sure, it doesn’t matter how! Why dealing with the uninteresting details? And even 5 minutes fame are better than nothing, isn’t it?

In today’s world, the aim to be seen tends to become closer to absurdity. Anyway, when you ignore the side-effects and long-term results, it is possible. Therefore here are a few ideas how to do it – or should I write observations? Voila: 8 proven strategies to become famous and another one that I recommend to you.

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Body Language Expert Explains Trump’s Awkward Day At The NATO Summit

It may be mere speculation that Donald Trump is compensating for something. Yes, certain behavior may give that impression.

I guess most people agree that Trump wants to be seen as an alpha male. We needn’t have to look further than to his body language to confirm that. It seems to be so important for him — that his desperately desire appears more often as insecurity than as a sign of strength. Someone with a strong self-confidence wouldn’t do it like that. Even though it is good to remember former US presidents; most of them showed some kind of bit strange alpha male behavior — even Barack Obama. That’s how US-Presidents do it! But all that is harmless in comparison to Donald Trump’s strange behavior and all the handshake gates. His special handshake style came under media scrutiny after meetings with the Japanese and Canadian leaders.

Let me analyze Donald Trump’s body language when he met Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Duško Marković and other leaders at the NATO-Summit in Brussels.

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Are You A Hero Or A Mere Dreamer?

Dreaming is a good starting point for a challenging journey. But dreaming isn’t enough without actions. Wishful thinking is hoping for something and waiting for someone else to make it happen. Be a hero, because we need a lot of them!

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Good Question!

Insights, creativity and leadership: One of the most important habits for innovative thinkers is to ask interesting questions. Questions are the best way to gain deeper insights and develop more innovative solutions. And questions are important tools for leaders.

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Eliminating Your Fear Of Public Speaking

What’s the big deal about public speaking? Old books will tell you that there’s no reason why you should be afraid to give a public speech.

For a long time, the understanding was that people were afraid because they weren’t prepared. So, the whole focus was spent on being as well prepared as possible. And preparation meant the technical part of presenting. Do it again and again and everything will be fine. Therefore many trainers developed programs, which are really heavy on preparation and practice. But, that isn’t enough for most people with intense stage fright.

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The Importance of Showing Appreciation

We all need to know that we’re important in other people’s lives. We all want to be noticed and valued. And we really need to be noticed and valued in private in business life. It doesn’t matter whether your office is a boardroom, classroom, or anywhere else. Appreciation is at the core of all healthy relationships. Most of us feel like we don’t get enough appreciation. Did you know that one of the main reasons people leave their jobs is because of a lack of appreciation? It’s demoralizing when you’re not recognized for your efforts and skills. There are a lot of people who do things for you every day. Employees, colleagues, family, and friends are expected to do their part. Do they know that you appreciate them? Let others know that you appreciate them.

Why do I believe that it is so important to show appreciation? Because…

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13 ways to ask better questions

Every question you ask should support your purpose. Questions may help you gather facts or the opinion of your conversational partner. Know which kind of information you need and frame your questions accordingly.
Plan your questions before your conversation. Outline your information goals and a sequence of related questions to help you follow the conversation and cue your notes.

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Think Twice Before Every Media Interview

You’ve received a call from a reporter who wants to interview you, and because you like the idea you want to confirm immediately. Wait a second! Think twice before you do a media interview. It may be a chance and it is full of risks.

In case you are uncertain that you want to be interviewed by the media, here are some points to consider

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How About Your Focus?

Self-marketing needs focus. You may have many strengths and talents. Don’t be tempted to focus on more than one or two, or you will dilute your message. Focus on your core message so that you are known for something that counts!

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Stage Fright: I am here to live out loud!

In case you have stage fright you aren’t alone. Many performers do. Learn to leave that cycle. If you have something to say; let me help you with your stage fright. Live out loud, and be heard!

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Here And Now

Be aware of the side effects of planning. We could miss being in the moment right now.

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One Side of Character is Integrity

Integrity is an important part of a character. Integrity is a choice we make, and it’s a choice we must keep making, every moment of our lives. Develop and protect your integrity.

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Don’t confuse your dreams with goals: Wake Up And Be SMART

Listen to yourself. Inside of us we can find important questions and answers; what is really fulfilling for us, what are our values. Therefore the unconscious is a personal source no one should ignore. When you found answers you may want to do something with them. How about you? What do you do with your dreams? Do you take those who feel important for you and allow them to become smart goals? Wake Up!

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Something To Aim At

For our personal development, we need something to aim at because goals motivate us to make the most of our skills and possibilities – our life. When we truly want to achieve something it leads us to offer the best performance. And it feels good because especially the challenging goals, the big picture, a vision bring us purpose and meaning.

In all cultures and at all times, humans have sought to make sense of their existence. Man’s search for meaning is a quest as ancient as the dawn of human consciousness. The ancient Greek thought and talked a lot about it.

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How About Your Gut Feeling?

A gut feeling arises when your brain makes an instant connection between what’s happening in the present and a similar circumstance from your past.

This kind of intuition isn’t magic; it’s unconscious reasoning. What your hunches tell you is often a better gauge of what will make you happy than an analytical spreadsheet could ever be.

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The Truth About Abundance

Abundance is one of those things that many people desire. How about you?
It is such a cliche, but it is true: money cannot buy happiness. It can influence happiness since it can afford us necessities, a comfortable lifestyle, and opportunities that may increase our overall life satisfaction. But money, in itself, is not the abundance we seek.

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It is your decision: When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

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Do You Have A Mentor?

A mentor is a trusted counselor, a wise, loyal, and supportive guide, an adviser, or even a coach. Nearly every successful leader can point to a mentor who played a significant role. There are many examples how important a mentor can be. The term “mentor” comes from The Odyssey. Odysseus asked his friend Mentor to help watch over his son Telemachus while Odysseus was away at the Trojan War. Mentorship has been around since before Socrates mentored Plato who mentored Aristotle who mentored Alexander the Great.

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Decision Making: Do It Now!

When you think about it, all business activity really comes down to two simple things: Making decisions and executing on decisions. Your success depends on your ability to develop speed as a habit in both. I believe that speed, like exercise and eating healthy, can be habitual.

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Far From Truth: Most People Think They Are Very Good At Lie Detecting

Most people think they are very good lie detectors but that is wishful thinking and so far from reality.

It is true that some people are really born human lie detector without specific training. But those are rare exceptions. Naturally, we are far better at telling lies than detecting them. Without specific training, most people, including those from professions where detecting lies is crucial, achieve a mediocre lie-detection rate.

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Ouch! Ouch! Do you really want a husky voice?

The voice is a reflection of the personality. When a person speaks evidence of their age, gender, race, education, health and environment is shown. The voice provides a glimpse into the innermost psychology: emotions such as anger, joy or fear change our voices. With vocal pitch, intonation or melody, we also get snippets of a person’s personality. We can see how they are as a person, how they want to be, how authentic they are. It’s not just clothing that tells you a lot about someone but their voice says a lot too.

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Start Doing and Stop Dreaming

Having a dream and being a dreamer are two different mindsets. Dreamers are drifters just floating through life with no real plans. One who has a dream is a door on the path towards achieving their goal.

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Choose the Simplest Explanation

I like the idea of simplicity even more than I like sometimes the practice of it. This is probably the case for most of us. In our super-complex modern world, every step toward simplicity feels like a leap. But it’s a leap worth taking, and especially for speakers.

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You Want to Avoid Criticism?

A fulfilled life isn’t about avoiding criticism. Criticism can be a good thing. It’s often said that whoever is going on his way and does not encounter criticism is probably going in the wrong direction. Time to get on the right track …
It’s better to have honest criticism than to give or receive false praise. At least you know where you stand!

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Good Decisions: Using Values as the Driving Force for Decision-Making

Yes, life is full of choices. Where you go, what you do, and who you become are the result of daily decisions you make.

Values are what we care about. As such, values should be the driving force for our decision-making. They should be the basis for the time and effort we spend thinking about decisions. But this is not the way it is. It is not even close to the way it is. Instead, decision making usually focuses on the choices among alternatives.

Indeed, it is common to look at a decision problem and be influenced by the alternatives available. It seems as if the alternatives present themselves and the decision-making process begins when at least two alternatives are present. I think this occurs almost in all decision situations but it shouldn’t be like that. It should be possible to go about decision making in another way.

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Do You Know Your Values?

When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you. A good way of starting to do this is to look back on your life − to identify when you felt really good and really confident that you were making good choices.

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your personal values are a central element of who you are and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation.
Some of the life’s decisions are really about determining what you value most. When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to rely on your personal values and use them as a strong guiding force to point you in the right direction.

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Promises and Integrity: Who cares about the promises of yesterday?

Keeping promises and what is promised is twofold. Many promise mountains but deliver molehills.

Although Shakespeare said “a promise made is a debt unpaid,” what is left of this attitude in today‘s world? More widely used today is probably the notion; promises cost nothing. And what about empty promises?

In particular, the advertising industry depicts that no one is really bothered about empty promises.

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How to Define Your Target Market

Shakespeare was a marketing specialist. Keep that recommendation in mind when you define your target market. Don’t waste time marketing to people who won’t be interested, however.

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