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Playing with a Full Deck – Free downloadable book by Tom Vanderbeck, Part 4

JokerFor those of you that enjoyed Parts 1 and 2 of Tom’s new book, here is the free download of Part 4 of PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECK
A Primer on Compassionate, Proactive Self Leadership and Personal Accountability … for conversations at the kitchen table

What have you enjoyed about Tom’s work? What do you agree (or disagree) with?

Have you talked this with friends or family?

Please let us know!

Here’s an extract I like, which offers a little more on Tom’s approach:

“Many of us have not been aware of two essential components of human consciousness, the Negative Automatic Program, or ‘NAP’, and Spiritual Amnesia. This doubly unfortunate lack of awareness severely limits our experiences of awakening our personal potentials. I call this way of being ‘Not Playing with a Full Deck’. The truth is we were all dealt a full deck of cards for playing the game of life. However, none of us were made aware of the Two Jokers, the NAP and Spiritual Amnesia. When we feel confused, frustrated, and unfulfilled; and conclude that we have not been ‘Playing With A Full Deck'; the problem has not been too few cards, but two too many.”

Part 4: TRANSCENDING the NAP

Excerpt

“If you find a dent in the side of your car, you may experience some stress. “That dent shouldn’t be there!” Sometimes we just don’t notice the dents in our lives, although it is so easy to see all the dents in someone else’s car, and even the really tiny imperfections in someone else’s life.

Fine. So there ARE some dents in your life. Only you can be proactive and accountable for fixing them. “Trying” is simply a euphemism we abuse for abdicating accountability, and excusing ourselves when we did not really intend to fulfill what we promised to ourselves or others to do in the first place.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 4

As already announced, this free download is part of a series of seven instalments of Playing with a Full Deck:

  1. Foreword by Ken Blanchard, and Chapter One:  The Quest to Find Myself
  2. Chapter Two:  The Negative Automatic Program
  3. Chapter Three:  Spiritual Amnesia
  4. Chapter Four:  Transcending the NAP
  5. Chapter Five:  Response-Ability
  6. Chapter Six:  Recovery from Spiritual Amnesia
  7. Chapter Seven:  Self Actualization

Already released: The Foreword and Part 1.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Introduction & Foreword

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 1

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 2

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 3

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Key Advantages of Integrating Speaking into Your Business – Jason Phillips

Public speaking is possibly one of the most feared activities, even by professional businessmen. It is also one of the most essential skills to master. Being the main speaker at an event can provide you with an opportunity to build new relationships and attract new business. Your speech will allow the first stage of a connection to be formed before you engage in any conversation. A well delivered speech will assure any prospective new clients that you understand your subject and will be able to help them. Public speaking will offer the following benefits to your business.

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Adopt a forward thinking attitude

Planning a speech requires you to evaluate what an event is looking for. The easiest way of doing this is to find out what the theme is and how previous speakers have handled it. You will need to obtain a copy of the event guidelines to ensure your speech remains within them. This approach will guarantee you are building your forward thinking skills; you need to understand your market and to prepare accordingly. You also need to look at where your business is going in order to talk about it properly within your speech. A forward thinking attitude is essential to any business leader as you must always be planning ahead and looking at what the market is going to do, not what it is doing now.

Become aware of your marketing potential

Giving a public speech is an excellent opportunity to market your business. You should never dwell on the company. Instead mention it just once or twice and make sure your speech is good enough to have your audience hooked. If you manage this they will seek you out after the speech for more information and potential sale discussions.

Be organized and your speech will be successful

Preparing a speech means that you need to think about your subject, what the company is currently doing and how this will change in the future. In essence, preparing a speech forces you to take a good look at the way you currently operate and why this is the case. This will allow you to see better operating procedures and principles for the future.

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Thinking quickly

The majority of speeches end with an audience question time. These questions will force you to think on your feet and to know your subject intimately to ensure you have an answer available. Learning to think quickly will aid you in many situations, particularly where a decision needs to be made and you must make the right one for the business. Preparing the speech will also allow you to practice the best way of articulating your ideas and this will be incredibly useful in many situations.

New concepts

Audience questions may also force you to review the way you see a specific issue or they may even make you think about something that you had never thought about before. These situations help to improve your evaluation skills and may even help you to learn more about your customer base.

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Enter meetings prepared

Giving a speech means taking time to prepare and research your subject, the needs of the audience and the best way of getting your message across. It also provides the opportunity to evaluate your own speaking technique and how you can improve this. The better you become at communicating your wishes and your demands to others, the easier it will be to run your business successfully. Time spent preparing your speech is also a good reminder of how being prepared makes every task easier and that this approach should be taken in every aspect of your business. It is often seen as a useful tactic when preparing a speech to film oneself and review this for any distracting body movements or expressions. Knowing these will allow you to avoid doing this even when you are speaking to someone on a one to one basis.

Sound public speaking abilities can do a lot of good to your business because it helps you bond with employees, potential investors and suppliers. The better you can talk about your company the higher chances you have to make people like it. This can have a great benefit in boosting bottom line and attaining success.

By Jason Phillips and LondonSpeakerBureau.com!

Playing with a Full Deck – Free downloadable book by Tom Vanderbeck, Part 3

JokerFor those of you that enjoyed Parts 1 and 2 of Tom’s new book, here is the free download of Part 3 of PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECK
A Primer on Compassionate, Proactive Self Leadership and Personal Accountability … for conversations at the kitchen table

Here’s an extract I like which offers a little more on Tom’s approach:

“Many of us have not been aware of two essential components of human consciousness, the Negative Automatic Program, or ‘NAP’, and Spiritual Amnesia. This doubly unfortunate lack of awareness severely limits our experiences of awakening our personal potentials. I call this way of being ‘Not Playing with a Full Deck’. The truth is we were all dealt a full deck of cards for playing the game of life. However, none of us were made aware of the Two Jokers, the NAP and Spiritual Amnesia. When we feel confused, frustrated, and unfulfilled; and conclude that we have not been ‘Playing With A Full Deck'; the problem has not been too few cards, but two too many.”

Part 3: SPIRITUAL AMNESIA

Excerpt

“As a child, I was curious about wisdom. I wanted to learn how to be insightful, sage, and powerful. Of course, I didn’t even know those terms; but I was fascinated when an older person, who was almost everyone, would say or do something that seemed just right in response to what was happening. I noticed that when people acted in ways that just naturally fit the situation, they seemed to be at ease, confident, and rather pleased with life in general. I figured that if I was lucky, as I got older, I might somehow magically acquire this strange and wonderful ability. Then I, too, would be at ease, confident, rather pleased with life, and with myself“.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 3

As already announced, this free download is part of a series of seven instalments of Playing with a Full Deck:

  1. Foreword by Ken Blanchard, and Chapter One:  The Quest to Find Myself
  2. Chapter Two:  The Negative Automatic Program
  3. Chapter Three:  Spiritual Amnesia
  4. Chapter Four:  Transcending the NAP
  5. Chapter Five:  Response-Ability
  6. Chapter Six:  Recovery from Spiritual Amnesia
  7. Chapter Seven:  Self Actualization

Already released: The Foreword and Part 1.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Introduction & Foreword

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 1

DOWNLOAD HERE: Playing with a Full Deck – Part 2

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7 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes Entrepreneurs can Easily Avoid – Jason Phillips

It doesn’t matter how long you spend planning what you are going to say. It will not have the required impact unless you also consider how you say it. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when speaking in public is to forget the importance of natural, yet professional speaking. The subject matter is irrelevant if the audience spends all their time spotting obvious verbal mistakes. This detracts from the message you are attempting to get across and will affect how you are perceived by those in the audience.

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Repeating words and adding fillers

There are many words, such as “um” or “like” which fit into our everyday conversations. They are used to ensure the conversation is relaxed and comfortable. However, in a professional setting they come across very differently. These small words are used to fill gaps to avoid the silence that would otherwise exist. In fact, the silences are good opportunities for a speaker to collect their thoughts while the audience absorbs the information. Using filler words will suggest to the audience that you are not comfortable or knowledgeable about your subject matter and they will lose confidence in your speech.

Speaking fast

Nerves can often get the best of many public speakers and this can result in your words coming out too fast. This prevents your message from coming across clearly as your audience will struggle to understand what you are saying. Rushing your speech will not allow the audience an opportunity to absorb your words and will quickly lose their attention. The best way to deal with this is to take a deep breath before each sentence; this will slow the speech and allow the pauses described above.

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It can be very frustrating for a member of the audience to be interested in what you have to say but unable to hear your speech properly. Modern technology will help distribute your voice around the audience but certain types of voices carry better. High pitched sounds always travel better than low pitched ones but it is not necessarily possible to adjust the pitch of your voice. Instead it is essential to speak slowly and clearly. Take plenty of deep breaths and pauses to allow each sentence to be short and meaningful. This will not only help with projecting your voice it will help to keep the audience interested.

Gravelly voices

If you rush your speech and do not breathe properly then you will cause a restriction of your throat. This will result in your voice sounding gravelly or creaky. Unfortunately, most audiences will find this very annoying to listen to and will quickly switch off. Again this problem can be resolved by breathing properly. It can also help to record yourself and see if there are any particular times when this occurs.

Allowing the sentence to fade away

It is very common in all conversations and speeches for your voice to fade towards the end of a sentence. This can often mean that the most important part of a presentation is missed as your audience struggle to hear you. It is essential to be aware of this and to keep your voice at an even tone right to the end of each sentence.

Questions

Public speaking does get the adrenaline and nerves going. This can result in sentences being finished on a higher note than usual. This may be a result of lack of breath or of rushing to get the speech done. Whichever the cause it undermines the confidence the audience has in the speaker. You will be speaking because you are an expert in the subject matter. Ending sentences on a higher note makes them sound like questions which leaves the audience wondering if you know what you are talking about.

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Monotone

This is possibly one of the worst things to do in any speech. Anyone listening to a speech which is spoken in one tone all the way through will change their focus and start them thinking about something completely different. Your voice should sound natural with some enthusiasm; after all this should be a subject you are passionate about. It is good to show this as it helps to inspire confidence in you.

Speaking is public can be dreadful. However, with a bit of practice and a lot of determination, everyone can master this art.

By Jason Phillips and LondonSpeakerBureau.com