Presentation Confidence: Find It! Create It! Groom It!

One quality that sticks out to me as make or break in athletics and is common among all the greats is confidence. You never see someone win the gold medal at the Olympics who is timid or unsure of his or her abilities. It’s a quality that can truly take someone from good to great in anything. This goes for pitches and presentations too. Ever walk away from a speaker who moved or inspired you that wasn’t confident about their subject or their mastery of it?

Here are three tips to get you more confident before your next speech so you thrive next time you step in front a group of people.

Know your stuff: This would equate to having great fundamentals in sports. These are the things that are the foundation of your skill, and in your speech it is really as simple as knowing your topic well. Be familiar with the subject, so that you can answer questions, and be able to adjust in case something goes wrong. You’ll be more comfortable and your audience will sense it.

Practice: Pretty obvious, but I think it’s still important to point it out. You are never going to be confident giving a speech if the first time you present is in front of your audience for the real deal. No athlete competes without putting in hours at the gym or on the practice field first. Practice out loud, and try to practice it at least once in front of another person… dogs don’t count here. My goal is always to practice the full speech three times before the real one.

Posture: Someone in your life has probably told you to stand up straight or not to slouch; well for presenting they were dead right. This helps in two ways. The first is that it makes you look more confident to your audience, and that means they’ll be more receptive to your message and view you as the authority. The second is physiological. When you stand up straight and push your shoulders back your brain actually produces hormones that make you more confident and less stressed. It’s important during your presentation, but I would like to challenge you to practice it all day. I like to use doorways to remind myself. Every time I walk through a doorway I try to check my posture and correct it if I can.

There you have it, 3 easy ways to be more confident (or at least seem more confident) in your presentations and pitches. Know your stuff, practice your presentation 3 times, and practice good posture (hopefully all day).

Try them out for your next big speech and reap the rewards of a more powerful message.

Christmas Presents for Girls – Princesses Deserve the Best!

Girls are so much fun to shop for. So many dolls, pretend cookware, stuffed animals, dress-up outfits, and on and on and on.

There are so many choices of Christmas presents for girls, that it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to choose the right ones. One standard that we know is true when comes to our little girls is that princesses deserve the very best.

In light of this fact, and with the market bombarding you with so many different options, how do you choose?

Or how do you know what the best Christmas presents for your little girl are? Great questions. The one thing you are sure about is that you want her to have presents that will make her feel like the princess she truly are.

You are in the right place, because the purpose of this article is to provide you options that meet your standard.

Below are a few suggestions of presents topping the charts for girls this Christmas.

How About a Doll House?

Great choices in this category include a Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Doll House or a Barbie Glam Vacation House.

Of course, royal subjects have to have a fitting place to live, so the Disney Princess Total Fairy Tale Castle may be more appropriate

Is Your Princess Active?

A great suggestion for active princesses is the Mini Kick Scooter. It comes in pink, and it has low ground clearance to help keep kids from falling.

Do You Have A Brainy Princess?

If so, you should look into a Vtech Innotab Learning tablet. It is loaded with fun, educational games.

The LeapPad Learning tablet is another similar option that has over 100 educational games, ebooks and apps.

Is Your Princess Older?

How about an Amazon Kindle Fire? It truly is the hottest new item released this holiday season.

The iPhone 4S is another hot seller that she is sure to be happy with. It has been updated with the newest technology for the camera and video camera, and comes with top-of-the-line voice recognition software.

Every Little Princess Loves Dolls

There are several dolls that will make your princess happy, but the Barbie Fashionistas line is among the hottest on the market right now. They articulate at every major joint, so Barbie can actually sit now. She can also strike over 100 poses.

And naturally princesses associate with other princesses so the Disney princess line will be another great option to consider.

There are several in the line up including the popular Ariel, Tiana, Sleeping Beauty, and the classic Cinderella.

Baby Annabell is a great choice if your daughter enjoys pretending to be a little mommy; she acts just like a real baby.

These suggestions of Christmas presents for girls should help you make some great choices for your princess, no matter what her age is.

You Can Only Change the Present

Follow my instructions for one moment: I command you to: Sit down! I command you to Standup! If you want to standup you must do it in the present. Your physical power is only in the now. You cannot stand up in the past. You cannot stand up in the future. You can wish you could stand up a month ago. You can wish you could stand up yesterday. You can think about standing up tomorrow. But you can only physically stand up right now. This illustrates the point that you have no power to change anything in the past and you need not worry about the future. What you can do is change your thoughts about what has happened in the past. No one has the power to change your thoughts except for you. You can feel guilty, sad, and angry about past events, but none of those feelings will change your present. If you let those feeling overwhelm you, then they can paralyze your actions. But just as your thoughts can paralyze your actions, your thoughts have the ability to move you forward in the present.

You must decide that you are here now. The successful accomplishment of your dreams and goals requires acknowledging that you are now where you are. Accept that where you are now is ok, at least for now. Obviously you wouldn’t be reading if you didn’t want to change things about your life, but for now accept that you are here now and nothing can change what has gotten you here.

You hate your job
You are overweight
You are in a bad relationship or abusive relationship
You have a handicap.
You have no confidence.
You feel unattractive or unloved.
You are financially broke or are in debt.
You have problems with your children
You have problems with members of your family.
You have no true friends.
You have no job

All of the above can be make you feel overwhelmed, but it is where you are now. If you are a mountain climber, it is important to know that you must firmly place yourself in one place before you can begin to raise yourself to the next step. If you tried to climb while, looking down you will be overtaken with fear, If you try to climb by looking up, you will get overwhelmed with all that is ahead of you. You must only focus on where you currently are in order to move ahead. You don’t want to get stuck on the mountain of life. You will starve, get weak, and fall off. Learn to reach for the next ledge and pull yourself up on inch at a time.

It is OK to be upset or angry with your current situation, but only as a way to create you to make positive changes and change your current situation. You cannot feel sorry for yourself because the rest of the world does not care. The rest of the world has its own problems. Whenever you feel yourself caught up in the emotions of guilt, anger, and self-doubt, say to yourself. “I am here now, now what? “This does not determine where I will go or what I can be” Then pick a course of action to move your forward to the future that you want.