Sunday, September 13, 2009

Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. - Jerry Seinfeld

If you have the fear of public speaking, you are not alone. You must first recognize what fear is. Fear is the anticipation of pain. Is your fear real or imagined?

Here are some great insights into Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking.

Steps to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking -

1. Fears - The fear of being judged, making a mistake, not measuring up, getting hurt either mentally or physically can get in the way of a good performance (speech, seminar, sales presentation, etc). Remember that people in the audience really want you to succeed. Nobody is standing there hoping you'll be boring or bad. If you are coming from an authentic place, and you cover the material with clarity, you've won 3/4 of your inner battle with fear.

2. Learn how to enroll and engage your audience - If you haven't yet taken a professional development course on public speaking, consider finding a public speaking training course appropriate for your needs. Learning the art of public speaking can enhance your results in a boardroom, in a sales presentation, and even accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder. It is a must-skill for any executive and/or business owner.

3. Practice - Find business organizations, networks and clubs in your area that can afford you the opportunity to practice. Remember to choose topics that you are already an expert on. Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.

4. Use recording software - Record everything on your PC/laptop. Review it to see where you can improve. Have speaking pros attend your live presentation to give you feedback. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn more every time you go out.

5. Remember, even the top professionals learn something new every single time they go out!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Silent Inspiration (Nothing is Impossible)

Cody McCasland is not an ordinary child. When he was only 15 months old, a rare condition called Sacral Agenesis took is legs. But that didn’t stop Cody.

Some months later he got his first prosthetic legs and since then he can move almost like any other kid.
Can not only walk, but run, swim, play soccer, golf, karate, ice hockey etc. He’s a real inspiration.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Reliance mPay - Use your Reliance Mobile as a virtual HDFC Bank credit card

In yet another step forward towards mobile banking, Reliance Communications and HDFC Bank have launched India’s first virtual credit card.

Anyone who has a HDFC Bank credit card and a Reliance mobile can use this service and as per current estimates, around 15 lakh people qualify under this. The card do away with the need for carrying a physical card but instead the mobile phone work as the payment instructor.

Thus the Reliance Mobile becomes the Credit Card while the mobile number becomes the Credit Card number.

Reliance mPay service can be used at various merchant establishments but initially it will be used for payment of Reliance Mobile bills and Reliance Energy electricity bills.

HDFC Bank already has a virtual credit card called NetSafe, which can be used for online shopping.

The advantage of having a Virtual Credit Card is that there are less chances of misuse as a PIN has to be entered at the time of usage. So, even in case of mobile phone loss, the credit card details cannot be used as there is no magnetic reader, signature, or CVV number which is used for authentication.

The concept has been successfully tested in Asian countries and would eventually become a preferred medium of transaction owing to its convenience and safety.

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