Leicester ace Mahrez wants Arsenal move – thanks to Wenger

first_imgLeicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez wants to join Arsenal this summer.Mahrez has not been short of interest from a host of European clubs with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and even Barcelona tracking him.However, Le Buteur says Mahrez is favouring a switch to the Gunners.The reasons for his preference come down to his admiration for Arsene Wenger.He also feels he would be able to earn a regular place in Wenger’s starting XI compared to working under Antonio Conte or Jurgen Klopp.Mahrez also reckons the French contingent at the club, with Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud representing the Gunners, would help him settle.last_img

Monaco eyeing Stoke prospect Julien Ngoy

first_imgAS Monaco are eyeing Stoke City prospect Julien Ngoy.ESPN says Monaco are ready to target Ngoy if they sell the £100m-rated Kylian Mbappe, who is being courted by the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.Monaco coaches are determined to continue their policy of developing young players, and see similarities between 19-year-old Ngoy and Mbappe, who is just 18.Ngoy has yet to start a Premier League game for the Potters. He made his debut as a late substitute during Stoke’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last December, and went on to make a further four appearances.last_img

Why people give

first_imgBelow are the most typical reasons, I think. It’s an A-O of giving – feel free to chime in with the P-Z. The common denominator? These are deeply emotional, personal reasons. “Because I loved the organization’s brochure” is not on there.So what do we do? Make people feel this way. When they feel moved to give, you need to assure them something good will happen as a result. Talk tangible impact. Once they give, thank them over and over. Remind them of why they were moved to give and what terrific things resulted. a. Someone I know asked me to give b. I felt emotionally moved by someone’s storyc. I want to feel I’m not powerless in the face of need and can help (this is especially true during disasters)d. I want to feel I’m changing someone’s lifee. I feel a sense of closeness to a community or groupf. I need a tax deduction g. I want to memorialize someone (who is struggling or died of a disease, for example)h. I was raised to give to charity – it’s tradition in my familyi. I want to be “hip” and supporting this charity (ie, wearing a yellow wrist band) is in stylej. It makes me feel connected to other people and builds my social networkk. I want to have a good image for myself/my companyl. I want to leave a legacy that perpetuates me, my ideals or my causem. I feel fortunate (or guilty) and want to give something back to othersn. I give for religious reasons – God wants me to share my affluenceo. I want to be seen as a leader/role modellast_img read more

Understanding the Field

first_imgPosted on May 5, 2011June 20, 2017By: Ifeyinwa Egwaoje Madu, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Ifeyinwa Egwaoje Madu , one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Volunteers are people who can be of extraordinary value to not-for-profit organizations in an extraordinary range of ways. But just because people feel that you have a great idea is not enough for them to volunteer in your organization. People often volunteer because they get something in return. It might be smiles, recognition, a free meal or satisfaction, or the feeling that they are contributing something. Recognizing this fact and keeping alive the concept of reciprocity will help volunteers move from “oh that’s a good idea” to “I will love to be a part of this project”. I learnt this in my work with the North East Mississippi Birthing Project and have applied it while I was putting together my Advisory team last month. Though I had challenges, helping the people realize the value it brings and finding a common ground has helped me build a solid team.Unlike volunteers, not everyone you come across will be of value to actualizing your vision. In working with the Birthing Project, I have experienced the strains and setbacks that come with working with people who do not believe in your vision. In implementing one’s idea you have to surround yourself with the people who believe in your vision and are willing to give constructive criticism. Over the last six months, the Birthing Project had on staff people who did not necessarily believe in achieving the organization’s stated objectives, but saw their jobs as a means to another pay cheque. Even though my mentor understood the consequence of this, she still tried to help these staff members understand the essence of the organization as one that was founded to support pregnant women.In the month of March having tried several times to help these staff members shift ground, she finally decided to let them go. Though painful, it is important to understand that it is okay to let some staff go so that the organization can grow.In the past months I have been so immersed in my work that my family has become secondary in my list of priorities. I have become so deeply entrenched in helping other people deal with some social and cultural challenges that my family have had to put up with enduring my absence from home. I have learnt in my work with Kathryn Hall-Trujillo that you need to create a balance. Only when you do this, will you benefit from and share in the joy and succor that you bring into the lives of others. My husband left for Europe in 2007 and had been gone for three years while I held forth with our children. He went home to visit during the last Christmas holiday, but I had come to the United States for the Young Champions Program. Though I was sad about it, I decided to take some time off and attend to my marital duties as a wife. In March I embarked on a love journey to Italy to see my heartthrob that I had not seen in four years. In Italy, I visited Venice and Mirandola and spent some time with my husband.Coming back to New Orleans, in a bid to build my network and liaise with other social entrepreneurs, I participated in “Be the Change 2011”, a celebration of social entrepreneurs, organized by Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO). SENO believes in harnessing the power of local diversity and the new participatory mentality to launch problem solvers into action.I am gathering knowledge, building my capacity, experiencing challenges, and gaining support. Very soon all these will be put to good use and I will be glad I was selected as a Young Champion.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Call for Abstracts Now Open for the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 27, 2015August 9, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference organizers are pleased to announce that the abstract submission period is now open!Abstracts may be submitted for five different types of presentations:Oral presentationPoster presentationPre-formed panelSkills demonstrationMarketplace of ideasAbstracts should address topics within at least one of the six conference tracks:Innovating to accelerate impact at scaleMeasuring for evaluation and accountabilityBridging equity dividesGenerating new evidence to fill critical knowledge gapsStrengthening demand for health careIncreasing health systems’ capacity to respond to population needThe submission period will close at midnight EST on April 24, 2015.All abstracts must be received through the online form. Abstracts should be submitted in English if possible, although abstracts in Spanish and French will be accepted.A maximum of two abstract submissions per person is permitted.Participation supportLimited funding is available to support participation expenses for individuals with accepted abstracts. Individuals seeking participation support to attend the conference should apply during the abstract submission process.For more information please visit the Abstract section on the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference website!Share this:last_img read more

Is America over – or just beginning? How the new American Dream is shaping the way we live and work

first_img“Is America over?” the folk singer Bill Callahan idly queried a small group of Brooklynites in an intimate concert venue. The crowd didn’t seem to know.Wikipedia defines the American Dream as a national ethos in which freedom means opportunity for everyone regardless of background or birth and upward social mobility achievable through hard work.Today, that dream seems elusive. We’re working hard, but the social safety net is out of sync with the new, growing class of contract workers. The pathway to a “good job” is no longer linear. Worker protections only extend to those working within a traditional structure – while the rising freelance workforce must cobble together its own, often very expensive, safety net.On one hand, the freelance movement has revolutionized the American lifestyle: As freelancers, we pursue specialized careers of our choosing and with which we’ve aligned our values and skill sets. We’ve taken back our clock and assumed ownership of our time. We have more agency, creativity and independence than any other generation of worker before us. Many of us choose to live a little bit more simply for the privilege of living better.Simultaneously, however, the missing social safety net threatens to thrust more power and economic control into the hands of corporations. As independent workers, we face many challenges: episodic income, the lack of affordable healthcare, client nonpayment, and scant worker protections against discriminatory practices. All of these can all conspire to put us teetering on a tightrope along the red bottom line. In order to close the gap and embrace the new way to work, we have a responsibility to leverage our collective power – as a constituency, as consumers, and at the workplace – to make the future of freelancing better.If the American Dream is upward social mobility achievable through hard work, then today the “hard work” is coming together to nation build. Now is a moment of enormous potential: We can choose to create a system in which workers yield better, fuller lives for all. Rather than modeling our economy on the past, it’s time to create a community of true wealth that grants higher living standards and the pursuit of happiness to all who dwell within it.As the freelance labor movement progresses, we can start to see the glimmers new models for organizing the new workforce. In California, the 1099 Self-Organizing Act would give freelancers the right to negotiate as a group with the company for which they work. Forward-thinking workers in tech and creative industries are turning to cooperative models as a way to engage and retain talented workers – and make sure those workers are paid and treated fairly. Workers at major platforms like Amazon are using technology to come together and make their voices heard. Finally, startups and government groups are beginning to explore concepts like Basic Income to support an increasingly automated culture. All of these experiments will shed light on the kind of structures we need to build to effectively support the way Americans work and live today.Some of these ideas have gained steam and will become realities: In New York City, we’re rallying in support of landmark legislation to protect the community against client nonpayment. The #FreelanceIsntFree campaign began as an idea among a small group of freelancers then fledged into a movement in which independent workers from different industries, backgrounds, and experience levels shared their nonpayment stories and made their voices heard at New York City Hall. The Freelance Isn’t Free Bill now has the majority support in City Council and is well positioned to pass.The thing about the income disparity gap and unfair labor practices is that money is power, but people are also power. Alone, we’re powerless and the American Dream is just that – a vaporish wisp of an old country tune. Together, we have the strength to push this nation into a better future for all – we just have to do the hard work and build it.America isn’t over; in Freelance Nation, it’s just beginning.A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

Freelancers included in NYC anti-discrimination legislation

first_imgHave you ever been turned down for a gig because of your race or gender? Discrimination among individuals in the freelance workforce isn’t commonly discussed – mostly because there’s not a lot a freelancer can do if it happens.In New York City, however, that might soon change. Councilman Brad Lander introduced an amendment to the City’s Human Rights Law that would clarify which workers are protected under the law and include freelance and contract workers within its scope.The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits various forms of discrimination in hiring, employment, housing, and policing. The Anti-Discrimination Center, a non-profit fighting discrimination, calls it “one of the most powerful anti-discrimination laws in the country, far stronger than either federal law or most state counterparts.”It bars discrimination based on “race, color, religion/creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including sexual harassment), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital status, and partnership status.” Here’s a handy card the NYC Human Rights Commission provides on protections under the law.The Human Rights Law was amended earlier this year to prohibit discrimination against those caring for children or someone with a disability. In August, the mayor and several council members announced an amendment introduced in Council to add “actual or perceived uniformed service as a protected status” under the Human Rights Law. An amendment was also introduced prohibiting employers from asking about a prospective employee’s salary history, following a similar law passed in Massachusetts in early August that was widely praised as a strong blow against gender wage discrimination.For freelancers, this is a big deal. Discrimination against independent workers has been historically hard to document because freelancers previously had no recourse against it. This law would enable freelancers to report discrimination cases to the city or take employers to court under the law.The amendment provides a much-needed update to our labor laws as it not only offers protections to freelancers, but actually recognizes independent contractors as part of the workforce as a whole. The bill would make simple changes to clarify that all workers (working for employers with more than three employees) are employees.Under the law, the term “employee” includes:InternsPart-time, temporary, leased or seasonal workersNatural persons employed as independent contractors to carry out work in furtherance of an employer’s business enterprise who are not themselves employers.”Finally, freelance work is becoming part of the rules, rather than an exception to them.last_img read more

Learn more about retirement rollovers

first_imgThis is a sponsored post from Honest Dollar by Goldman Sachs, whose easy-to-use Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can help you save today to live tomorrow on your terms.Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) have limits on how much you can contribute each year. There are no limits on how much you can move into an IRA by rolling over dollars from a 401(k) or other workplace retirement plan or from an IRA at another financial institution.In recent years, the assets flowing into Traditional IRAs from rollovers have been more than 20 times the dollars flowing in as new contributions, according to industry data (1). And among households with Traditional IRAs, more than half have made rollovers into their IRAs at some point in time, data show (2).Here are a few important things to know about rollovers as well as additional resources to learn more.401(k) to IRAWhen you leave a company where you participated in a 401(k) plan, you generally have multiple options for what to do with the money. Your options may include keeping your money in the plan, rolling the money to an IRA, rolling the money to a new employer’s 401(k), or withdrawing the money.It is important to carefully weigh the tax and investment implications of each option, as well as other factors and preferences you may have for managing your retirement savings. For example, if you have a number of old 401(k) accounts from previous jobs and consolidating them into one account would make it easier to monitor your holdings and invest the money in line with your objectives, that might be one factor to consider when reviewing your options. Keep in mind that each option may offer different benefits and trade-offs in the context of your overall goals, and you should consider factors specific to your situation when making a decision.There is generally no tax due if you roll money from a 401(k) funded with pre-tax contributions to a Traditional IRA or from a Roth 401(k) funded with after-tax contributions to a Roth IRA. Be aware, though, that if you request a distribution from a 401(k) be paid to you directly (rather than to the IRA provider for the benefit of your receiving IRA), 20% of the proceeds will generally be withheld for federal tax—even if your intention is to roll all of the money to an IRA. That’s one reason that it is often preferable to request a “direct” rollover when moving money from a 401(k) to an IRA.There is also a one-per-year limit on indirect IRA rollovers, as discussed in the next section.IRA to IRAWhen considering moving money from an IRA at one provider to an IRA at another provider, some factors to weigh include the selection of investments available, the services provided and the fees. The decision of what is important to you and what you are willing to pay for it is a personal one. It is impossible to know how different investments will perform over time. All other things being equal, however, lower investment costs will result in a larger balance over time.There is generally no tax due if you roll money from one Traditional IRA to another Traditional IRA or from one Roth IRA to another Roth IRA. However, there are issues to consider regarding indirect rollovers in which you request a distribution from your existing IRA and then deposit those dollars in a new IRA, rather than having the funds moved directly from one IRA provider to another. First, you generally are limited to one indirect rollover within any 12-month period. Second, generally you must deposit the indirect rollover in another IRA within 60 calendar days; otherwise, the withdrawal may be treated as an early distribution that is potentially subject to tax and penalties. These considerations do not apply when you transfer funds from one IRA trustee directly to another.At Honest Dollar by Goldman Sachs™, individuals can open a Traditional, Roth, or SEP IRA in minutes and get access to diversified investment portfolios designed by Goldman Sachs’ Investment Strategy Group.Visit Honest DollarSources:(1) https://www.ici.org/pdf/rpt_17_ira_traditional.pdf(2) https://www.ici.org/pdf/per23-10.pdfBefore deciding to roll over a retirement account, you should consider your personal circumstances and needs. If you are considering moving from one account to another, you typically can decide among a number of options such as: keep the assets in the existing plan or account; roll over the assets to your new employer’s plan (if applicable); and/or roll over the assets to an IRA. These options may offer different benefits and drawbacks in the context of your overall planning and retirement goals. Some general considerations include fees and expenses, available investment options, distribution rules including required minimum distributions, tax considerations, protection from creditors and legal judgments, differences in service levels, and other factors that may be specific to your circumstances.Honest Dollar’s communications to you about rollovers are provided to you solely on the basis that they are educational and intended to provide you with general information that does not address your specific personal circumstances. They are not intended to be an individualized recommendation that you take any particular action.Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (“GS&Co.”) is a registered investment adviser and a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company and financial holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and a world-wide full-service financial services organization. Model portfolios are developed by GS&Co. and invest in unaffiliated exchange traded funds. Brokerage services are provided by Apex Clearing Corp., a registered broker-dealer and a member of FINRA/SIPC. Investments are not FDIC insured. Investing involves risk and investments may lose value. Please consider your objectives before investing. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment outcomes and projections are forward-looking statements and hypothetical in nature. Neither this document nor any of its contents shall constitute an offer, solicitation, or advice to buy or sell securities in any jurisdictions where GS&Co. is not registered. GS&Co. does not provide accounting, tax or legal advice. Nothing communicated to you in this document, should be considered tax advice. You should consult an independent tax professional regarding your personal circumstances. Regarding SEP IRA contributions by an independent contractor, you should consult your tax advisor to ensure that you have the correct contribution limits and other important information. This material is provided solely on the basis that it will not constitute investment advice and GS&Co. is not a fiduciary with respect to any person or plan by reason of providing the material or content herein.“Honest Dollar by Goldman Sachs”, “Honest Dollar”, “Goldman”, and “Goldman Sachs” are service marks of GS&Co.Paid Advertisement Disclosure: The IRA offers that appear on this site are from IRA companies and investment advisers from which Freelancers Union receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site, including, for example, the order in which they appear. Freelancers Union does not include all IRA companies and investment advisers or all available IRA offers.last_img read more

5 New Scams You Need to Know About Now

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

Blog Action Day – Viral Marketing and The Environment

first_imgWe all know that the Internet is transforming business, but the Internet is also transforming our social and political lives as well in similar ways.A group of bloggers got together and came up with an idea – Blog Action Day.  The idea is to have a huge number of bloggers all write about one issue – the environment – on the same day to call attention to the issue.  They have also asked bloggers who make money from ads on their blog, to donate their ad revenue from that day to an environmental charity.  That’s it.  Pretty simple idea.  In today’s world, this makes sense, sounds reasonable and not too difficult to pull off.But let’s rewind to about 15 years ago.  Before normal humans used the Internet.  Back to the old rules of marketing.  Doing something like this would have meant coordinating huge media conglomerates that publish most of the content people consumed daily – the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, etc.  A monumental task, perhaps impossible.But in the modern world where we are all now playing by the new rules of marketing, something like this is not that hard.  In fact, just working on a volunteer basis, these few bloggers have enlisted some of the top blogs in the world, including many I read, like GigaOM, SEOmoz, and Copyblogger.  They have had over 15,000 blogs sign up.  This means that their reach is over 12 million readers.  Plus the event itself is garnering media attention, increasing the reach and impact by a huge amount – of course some of the coverage is negative.How does all of this affect your business?  Think about the personas you serve.  Are there any issues that they care about?  What does your market care about (besides your product)?  HubSpot is targeting marketing professionals and small business owners – do you think this post about the environment and marketing below is interesting to them? Originally published Oct 15, 2007 9:31:00 AM, updated October 18 2015 Topics: Viral Campaigns Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Fail at Marketing Automation

first_img Topics: Originally published Nov 7, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Imagine this: You run the marketing team at a medium-sized company, you have a blog with some great content — and now you’re beginning to think about marketing automation.How do you make sure it’s successful?Simple. Just ask yourself this question: What is the goal?If your answer sounds like this, you will fail:”To send more email more efficiently””To improve my nurturing process””To scale my email”On the other hand, if your answer sounds like this, you will succeed:”We’re trying to get better, more targeted information to our customers.””We’re trying to provide more valuable information to our prospects, more efficiently.”What’s the difference? The first set of answers is about process, not people. Marketing automation that ignores people is toxic. Marketing automation with people at its core is successful.4 Characteristics of Marketing Automation That WorksWhat exactly does it mean to have people at the core of marketing automation? Here are a 4 specific characteristics of marketing automation focused on people:1. Fresh Content: You provide fresh, relevant content that’s useful to your prospects, not a single hackneyed email offer rephrased ten different ways.2. The Right Channel: You reach your prospects on the channel they choose — social, mobile, web, or email — not exclusively via email.3. Information/Data Analysis: You collect information about your prospects interests across multiple channels and use it to provide better, more relevant content.4. Listening Skills: You listen to your prospects (you’re active and available on social channels), you don’t just talk to them.At the end of the day, the success of your marketing automation campaign depends on the impression it makes on prospects. If, after the campaign, prospects feels like they have new, personalized relationships with your company, you win. If prospects feel like they’re stuck talking to a poorly engineered robot, you lose. Marketing Automationlast_img read more

10 Science-Backed Tips for Rocking Your Next Public Speaking Opp

first_img Public Speaking Originally published Nov 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 Topics: “I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two was death. That means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy,” jokes Jerry Seinfeld.And it’s true. Experts estimate that 75% of the population has some level of anxiety regarding public speaking.Click here for our free guide to improving your presentation skills.Now, I’m willing to bet that this statistic is troubling for those who work in an industry where delivering presentations comes with the territory. Whether you’ve gotten up in front of a crowd 100 times or are about to encounter your first public speaking opportunity, the entire process can feel pretty overwhelming. To help you command the positive attention you deserve, we’ve uncovered 10 science-backed tips for nailing your next speaking gig.Before Your Speech1) Practice your speech in front of friends, family, and/or colleagues.Practice makes perfect. You’ve heard it a million times — and you’ll likely hear it a million more — but when it comes to delivering a speech, it couldn’t be truer. If you’re gearing up for a presentation, seek out opportunities to run through your talk in front of a group of people. This type of repeated exposure will help you become more comfortable in front of a crowd, and give you a chance to work out and revise any kinks before the big day. “Exposure is hands down the most successful way to deal with phobias, anxiety disorders, and everyday fears of any sort,” explains Stanford neuroscientist Philippe Goldin.In fact, it has been reported that just a single session of exposure therapy has the power to eliminate and disable one’s fear of phobogenic objects or situations. While practicing your speech in front of a group of people isn’t the equivalent of an advanced therapy session, it’ll surely help you shake some of the nerves. 2) Leverage affirmations. “I am going to nail this presentation.””I am a confident public speaker.””I have every reason to be successful today.”If you are what you eat, then it must be true that you are what you think too, right? Reciting positive affirmations — while it may feel a little silly at first — is a great way to cultivate the motivation and confidence you need to deliver a presentation you can be proud of. According to US Navy psychologist, Marc Taylor, found that Olympic athletes who practiced both visualizations and positive self-affirmations were better able to deal with the pressures of competition, and were more likely to succeed. Check out the video below featuring a ton of positive affirmations you can try next time you’re preparing for a presentation. 3) Get a good night’s sleep.While it’s easy to toss and turn the night before you’re set to deliver a presentation or speech, staying up late might just increase your stress levels. “Not only does sleep help us create and consolidate memories, but it also helps us maintain a healthy immune system, regulate hormones that affect our appetites, and stay energetic when we’re awake,” explains my colleague Lindsay in her article on the science of sleep.To ensure that you’re feeling your best the day of your presentation, we offer the following recommendations:Avoid eating heavy meals at night. Research reveals that food is processed differently during different hours of the day. Avoid eating around bedtime to keep your body from struggling to process those calories.Put your phone away. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the presence or absence of light determines whether or not your brain releases the sleep hormone that makes you tired. Exercise the morning before. Studies have shown that exercising in the morning or afternoon can make it easier for you to fall asleep that night.During Your Speech4) Check your posture.Imagine that you bought tickets to see your favorite band in concert, but when you got there, the lead singer sat slouched on a stool for the entire duration of the show. Even if he sounded great, it’d probably be a pretty peculiar thing to look past, right?When presenting in front of a group of people, there’s more to be considered than just what you’re saying. The way you stand, sit, or move around the room has the ability to enhance or detract from the strength of your message and the way people perceive you. According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, standing in a “high-power” pose for as little as two minutes can stimulate higher levels of testosterone (the hormone linked to dominance) and lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). To prove this, Cuddy conducted an experiment in which she assigned 42 male and female participants to either a high- or low-power pose group. The results of the experiment revealed that the high-power poses decreased cortisol by about 25% and increased testosterone by nearly 19%. As for the low-power pose group, they saw a 17% increase in cortisol and a 10% decrease in testosterone. So if you want to look — and feel — more confident, try standing up straighter.5) Be conscious of your voice.When you speak in front of a group of people, your voice has the ability to make or break your delivery. Your tone, inflection, tempo, volume, emphasis, and nervous habits all influence the way your message is perceived. For example, the wrong tone might give your audience the wrong impression. An inconsistent tempo might make your presentation difficult to follow. And too many “ums” and “ahs” could prove to be seriously distracting. According to psychologist Albert Mehrabian, there are three elements that inform first impressions when we are deciding whether we like or dislike someone: words, tone of voice, and body language. He calls this the 7%-38%-55% rule, where words are 7% of the message, tone of voice is 38%, and body language is 55%. To ensure that your delivery is well received, you’ll want to avoid things like using an upward inflection towards the ends of statements or employing a sarcastic tone when discussing something rather serious. While these crutches often occur as a result of nerves, being more aware of them should help you be more in control.For more tips on improving your delivery, check out this awesome resource on speaking voices from Toastmasters.6) Look for a smile.People always say that when you’re nervous about delivering a speech, you should imagine the entire audience in their underwear. Turns out, finding a friendly face in the crowd will do the trick … and spare you the weird mental image.According to research on anxiety sensitivity and public speaking, the peak anxiety time for most presenters is the first moment of confronting the room. That said, receiving positive reinforcement during this initial confrontation can help eliminate some of that nervousness. So if you’re feeling extra nervous, ask one of your friends or colleagues to take a seat up front. Before you begin, look for them in the crowd and make eye contact to help yourself relax. 7) Crack a joke. Humor in public speaking can often go one of two ways: horribly wrong or delightfully right. However, while there are risks involved in cracking a joke during your presentation, humor can function as a great tool for reducing anxiety, improving mood, and relieving stress, according to Dr. Matt Bellace.Our advice? It’s not the tool, but the way you use it that will make a difference. For example, before you pull out your best one-liner, keep in mind that the success rate of a joke is highly dependent on context. If your audience is made up of many different cultures or age groups, it’s best to avoid jokes that require background information in order to resonate. 8) Be empathetic. When delivering a speech, keep in mind that the feelings you convey will often influence the way your audience reacts. In a study designed to test the influence of empathy on speech ratings, the results revealed that speeches containing high levels of empathy were rated higher than speeches containing low levels. Further analysis of these findings revealed that the empathetic speeches evoked stronger feelings of empathy within those who were asked to rate them, leading them to give the speakers a higher score. This type of behavior can be tied to the mirror neurons in our brain, which allow us to experience what others experience. For example, when we see someone smiling, it’s often difficult for us to not smile back. In contrast, when dealing with a friend that’s really upset, it’s not uncommon us to become upset ourselves. So think about ways to be more empathetic with your audience and your subject matter — it could pay off in spades. 9) Make eye contact.Have you ever been in a situation where the person you’re speaking to refuses to make eye contact with you? There’s something about their shifty eyes that’s a little unsettling, wouldn’t you agree?While too much eye contact during a presentation might come off as overbearing or intimidating, failing to connect with your audience has the potential to make you appear uneasy or insincere. In fact, an analysis of patients’ complaints by a large country hospital revealed that 9 out of 10 letters included mention of poor doctor-patient eye contact. For patients, this failure to connect was generally interpreted as a “lack of caring.”To avoid this notion in your next presentation, make it a point to look up from your slides or notes and connect with people in the audience. While you don’t want to stare down one person in particular, studies have shown that instances of uninterrupted eye contact have the ability to increase likeability.10) Use visuals.According to the Social Science Research Network, 65% of us are visual learners. Given this statistic, it should come as no surprise that visual aids serve as a powerful tool for enhancing the impact and influence of a presentation. Think about it: Would you rather a presenter rattle off 20 statistics about her latest research project, or organize the information into a visual that can be more easily interpreted? To help you get a better grasp on how to create more visual presentations, check out the following resources:20 Great Examples of PowerPoint Presentation DesignThe Start-to-Finish Guide to Nailing Your Next PowerPoint PresentationHow to Easily Create a SlideShare Presentation [Free PowerPoint Templates]What are your favorite tips for presenting in front of a crowd? Share them with us in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

33 Little Ways to Improve Your Nonverbal Communication Skills [Infographic]

first_imgHave any more tips for mastering nonverbal communication? Leave a comment below. Communication Originally published May 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics:center_img As famed dancer and choreographer Martha Graham one said, “The body never lies.” And it turns out that this is as true in an office or boardroom as it is on a stage or dance floor.Whether you realize it or not, your posture, your mannerisms, even how close you stand to someone can communicate something to the people around you. And yet, many of us don’t give a second thought to what our bodies are doing when we communicate — we’re too focused on what we’re saying.But as an observer, you’ve likely noticed that when someone is saying one thing, but their body language seems to be saying another (e.g., when your boss says “that’s a great idea!” while sporting a frown and a furrowed brow) there’s often a breakdown in communication. To help you avoid such communication breakdowns, the team at Ethos3 put together the infographic below. Check out their 33 tips for mastering nonverbal communication.1K+Save1K+Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Redmi K30 may launch by end of 2019, K30 Pro to come next year

first_imgThe Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are some of Xiaomi’s most premium offerings in India. Launched with prices above Rs 20,000, the Redmi K20 series brought a combination of premium designs and flagship hardware. Xiaomi already busy working on their successors and a new tip suggests that one of them, namely the Redmi K30, will launch later this year while the K30 Pro will be unveiled in 2020.Tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore tweeted about the launch timelines for the Redmi K30 and K30 Pro. Without revealing his sources, the tweet mentions that the Redmi K30 will launch this year, which means we could hear about it in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the Redmi K30 Pro won’t appear until next year, according to the tipster.It is strange to think that Xiaomi would launch the Redmi K30 and K30 Pro separately, so it is best to take this leak with a pinch of salt. It also seems unlikely that the Redmi K30 would launch this year as the Redmi K20 is still a pretty recent smartphone.Xiaomi has already confirmed it is working on the Redmi K30. In fact, Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed recently that the Redmi K30 will come with 5G support. This also suggests the Redmi K30 will be an affordable 5G phone for the Indian market as 5G services set to rollout in India in 2020. Xiaomi rival Realme has also confirmed that it plans to launch affordable 5G phones in India next year. Apart from this, it is rumoured that the Redmi K30 will come with a punch-hole display, which means there won’t be a pop-up selfie camera.Redmi K20 is powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC and sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, while the Redmi K20 Pro features a flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC and also brings a similar AMOLED screen. The K20 is currently available starting at Rs 19,999 in India and the Redmi K20 Pro retails at Rs 25,999.ALSO READ | Redmi 8 review: Redmi 8A offers almost same value at lower pricelast_img read more

West Indies vs Afghanistan: Roston Chase, Shai Hope hand their side easy win in 1st ODI

first_imgAll-rounder Roston Chase grabbed 2-31 with his offspin bowling Wednesday to help the West Indies record a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in a one-day international.Chase scored 94 off 115 balls and opener Shai Hope made an unbeaten 77 off 133 balls to guide West Indies to 197-3 in 46.3 overs.Both batsmen shared a 163-run third-wicket partnership and neutralized the three-pronged Afghanistan spin attack as leg-spinner Rashid Khan couldn’t get a wicket and conceded 43 runs off his 10 overs.Chase tried to reach his maiden OThe DI century but was clean bowled in the 44th over.A 163 partnership between Hope & Chase to finish a solid bowling effort! Good 7 wicket win boys! #MenInMaroon194Chase 94 (115)Hope 77* (133)197/4Chase 31/2 (10 ov)Shepherd 32/2 (6.3 ov)#AFGvWILive Scorecard – https://t.co/5KvvcnLNVl pic.twitter.com/zyjQuMOBXU Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) November 6, 2019Afghanistan, after being put in to bat, wasted a solid century-stand between Rahmat Shah (61) and Ikram Alikhil (58) to get bowled out for 194 with more than four overs to spare.The bizarre run out of Alikhil in the 27th over triggered the collapse while Chase grabbed the wickets of Shah and Najibullah Zadran.Afghanistan is hosting the West Indies in this northern Indian city for three ODIs, three T20s and a one-off test.The second ODI of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday.Also Read | We are talking to a few teams to see where the best fit is: KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia on R AshwinAlso Read | Rishabh Pant needs to work more on his strokeplay through the offside: Dean Jonesadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I Dream 11 Prediction: Captain and Vice Captain best picks

first_imgAfter registering an emphatic victory in Rajkot to level the three-match rubber, India will aim for another commanding performance when they take on Bangladesh in the series-deciding third T20I to be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium on Sunday.Bangladesh started their campaign with a seven-wicket win over the young Indian brigade in Delhi and set their sights on a historic series win.The visitors began well in the early part of the second T20I in Rajkot as they raced to 59/0 from seven overs after being put in to bat. However, they lost their way against the Indian spinners and ended up posting a below-par total.The hosts chased down the total with utmost ease riding on the master-class of Rohit Sharma as they went across the line with eight wickets in hand.India vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I: Dream Xi predictionsBatsmenRohit Sharma’s 43-ball 85 knock that helped India level the 3-match series 1-1, makes him an automatic starter in any team sheet. Soumya Sarkar, who chipped in with a match-winning knock in the 1st T20I, can be a good choice, considering Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles in the recent past.KL Rahul, who is batting at No. 3 in the absence of Virat Kohli, is expected to come good and in-form Shreyas Iyer must be an ideal pick for the middle-order role.WicketkeeperRishabh Pant continues to disappoint. Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit a match-winning 60 in Delhi, is our choice for the wicketkeeper’s role.All-roundersBoth teams are packed with all-rounders and we have picked 3 spin-bowling all-rounders in Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya and Afif Hossain.advertisementBowlersDeepak Chahar did not impress in the 1st two T20Is but expect him to deliver on Sunday. Mustafizur Rahman will be a good choice while Yuzvendra Chahal can be your first-choice spinner in the side.Captain: Rohit SharmaVice-captain: Mushfiqur RahimDream 11 team for Rajkot T20I: Rohit Sharma, Soumya Sarkar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chaharlast_img read more

Man Utd team news: Martial leads the line

first_imgManchester United Man Utd team news: Martial leads the line at Everton in the absence of Lukaku and Ibrahimovic Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:32 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anthony Martial, Man Utd Getty Manchester United Premier League Everton v Manchester United Everton The Red Devils will be looking to snap a run of four games without a win, and three successive Premier League draws, when they face the Toffees Anthony Martial has been handed the opportunity to start in his favoured central striking role for Manchester United at Everton.The France international will lead the line for the Red Devils at Goodison Park with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out through injury and Marcus Rashford left on the bench.Martial has not started as a number nine for United since the visit to Tottenham in May 2017 but is given the spearhead role in what would appear to be a 4-2-3-1 formation. Paul Pogba could play at number 10 or drop into a three-man midfield alongside Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, while Victor Lindelof is moved to right-back to cover for the suspended Ashley Young. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man Utd XIUnited legend Wayne Rooney returns to the Everton starting line-up after suffering a virus, while another ex-Red, Morgan Schneiderlin, starts in midfield for Sam Allardyce’s side.Everton team: Pickford; Holgate, Williams, Keane, Martina; Schneiderlin; Bolasie, Rooney, Davies, Vlasic; Niasse. Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny.Man Utd team: De Gea, Lindelof, Rojo, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Pogba, Lingard, Martial. Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Three Things We Learned About Oklahoma State In Week 1

first_imgThis will be the leanest week (probably) for this post, but Kyle and Kyle take a look back at everything we learned in Saturday’s contest. Let’s hit it.Kyle Porter1. QB1 is more mobile. Mason Rudolph has gotten a lot bigger and yet a lot thinner at the same time which makes for a more mobile (but hopefully still as accurate) signal-caller. His scrambling abilities in Week 1 did nothing do dissuade me from screaming his potential from the rooftops.This is me yelling MASON RUDOLPH IS THE BEST QB IN THE BIG 12!2. Justice Hill is a baller. I apologize for not believing in a true freshman, but the kid can play some football. We will know more in a few weeks, but his explosiveness and field awareness (Joe Randle-like even?) have been missing from OSU’s backfield for the last few years. I continue to point to next season as OSU’s big time CFP push with Rudolph as a senior, and this dude is not hurting that cause.3. Mike Gundy wears camo Oakleys. NOTHING says I’m a millionaire from Oklahoma quite like camo Oakleys wrapped around a mullet with a big boy suit for a walk to a game where your team is literally giving the other school $400,000 to pound them for four hours. What a world.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 3.24.25 PMKyle Boone1. Taylor Cornelius follows the BYOG guidelines. I ran to the restroom on Saturday and come back to the couch to realize that Taylor Cornelius went full Sam Bradford in week 1 against an FCS opponent.Taylor Cornelieus just Sam Bradford flipped in the same corner of the same end zone. I thought he was going to land at the Colvin.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 3, 2016 3. Defensive tackle depth is a #blessing. SE Louisiana finished the game with just shy of 100 rushing yards on the day. And there was no shortage of interior lineman for Joe Bob Clements and Glenn Spencer to roll out on Saturday to develop and audition. DeQuinton Osborne, OSU’s late addition to the roster this summer, rolled on the field at the end of the second quarter and made a case for some extra playing time with a monstrous sack and flex. Being three-deep at defensive tackle will be key to stopping the run in Big 12 play, and the depth showed to be a major strength of a pretty nasty defense in the opener.@3tech_finesse I ? u ballin big fella pic.twitter.com/QEObs2WMkz— Coach B (@CoachB_MTXE) September 3, 2016 The Oil Baron finished the game as the third leading rusher with 28 yards ahead of Rennie Childs and Chris Carson, and this type of play goes a long ways to winning over your teammates and the fans:The Oil Baron pulls a Bradford. pic.twitter.com/OQ7cDEZiSh— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 20162. Barry J. Sanders has some impressive wiggle. The only punt return of the game was Barry J.’s 57-yarder that went all the way down to the one-yard line. Jalen McCleskey is still the guy at punt return, but Barry J. showed he could handle and probably deserves more reps back there as well. Having two playmakers is a good problem to have, and if he continues to do stuff like this he could be slated for a bigger role moving forward:center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more