The Art of Communication: Making a Good First Impression

Jul 28, 2017 by

The Art of Communication: Making a Good First Impression

Almost as important to communication as words is the language of the body. The way we present ourselves says so much, from the clothing we wear to the way we stand. First impressions, in particular those which are made in person, are very important, and it’s quite likely you’re going to be seen before you’re heard.

How does one make a good impression? And what might get in the way of that? Let’s take a look.

Dress to Impress

For the record, this doesn’t mean you have to throw on business attire before heading to your next meeting or social event. It does mean, however, you should dress for your audience, or at least in a way which works with your goal. Are you off to a school board meeting? Khaki pants and a nice shirt should work. But, hey, maybe jeans and a t-shirt could work, too. You have to know your environment.

I would say, though, shorts probably aren’t good for any sort of important meetings, save for those on the beach or outside on a hot summer day. Again, though, this isn’t a hard and fast role. A big part of communication is learning how to adjust to your audience and how to work to control their expectations of you.

Stand Up Straight

One thing I see far too often is poor posture. When I see somebody walk into an office slouched over and looking somewhat miserable, I immediately get a poor impression of them. What is so wrong with this person’s situation they can’t stand up straight? Are they in pain? Are they unhappy? Too many negative thoughts start flying around, and that is not at all a good thing.

Fortunately, barring any sort of medical issues, this is something which can be fixed without too much hassle. The first step is to find the cause of the poor posture. Is it a bad chair? Do you look at your phone too often? Are you simply too tired? Once that is resolved, make some changes. Certain issues can be fixed with a little external help, something like a posture-correcting wrap like those found here.

Speak Clearly

Once it is finally time to open your mouth, take care of the words which exit. This site is dedicated to words and the ways in which they are used to communicate, so take that knowledge and use it to impress. Speak clearly, enunciating each syllable of each word in order to make sure you are understood. This is often easier said than done, especially if you’re in a situation which makes you nervous.

The key here is, honestly, practice. I often suffer from anxious feelings when I need to speak to someone new, but this has dissipated over the years as I’ve been forced to face that fear. I now find myself speaking well and clearly in every conversation, even with people with whom I have never spoken. Communication is a skill, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to master it.

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Hobbies – Getting Together Your Own Aquarium

Jun 23, 2017 by

Hobbies – Getting Together Your Own Aquarium

There are so many fun and exciting hobbies that you can try your hand at if you’re looking to dabble in a new area of your life. Plenty of people are taking up new things daily, so you should jump on the bandwagon now. And easy and accessible thing to get into is building an indoor aquarium. All you need to know about it what is involved in putting on together. So, for your reading pleasure, see below the most important parts of building your own indoor fish tank.

The Tank Itself

Yep, I know this is obvious, but it’s also hugely important – arguably more important than the fish themselves! Picking the right tank is paramount. Plan out the size of the room you’re going to use and make sure you have a good stand too. Tanks come in all shapes and sizes, and while it may be tempting to skimp on price, the more you spend the better quality you will get. So, treat the fish right and get something worth it’s while.

A Filter

A filter is also really important because this is the thing that’s going to keep your water fresh from all kinds of diseases and nasties. Your fish will appreciate a good filter – they literally keep them alive! – and so will you, otherwise you’ll be cleaning out disgusting algae out of your take every other week. And nobody wants that. Make sure you check out the ratings and reviews at Tankarium – this is your one-stop-review-shop for fish tank filters.

Little Decorations

These are possibly the best parts of building your own aquarium! Making sure you decorate the place to the nines! So, sure, the fish may not realise that they’re swimming in and out of a mini pirate ships or a large skull, but who cares? This tank is for you as much as it’s for them, so get in the game! You can pick out plants and rocks and all different color stones. You’ll keep yourself entertained before you’ve even got the fish. I told you this was a good hobby!

Fish

The grand finale! The reason you’re building the tank. Choosing your fish as pets can actually be a pretty dull experience, and you’ll most likely go off the colour of their bodies as opposed to anything else, but still, there’s plenty of beautiful fish about so make sure you make your tank as colourful as possible. There are plenty of cheap fish (I’m looking at you, goldfish) but they don’t really have much staying power. The more you spend, the more exotic type of fish you will get. And the more exciting your tank will become.

There are pretty much the main components when it comes to building an aquarium. Of course, you need the water (there’s little choice in that matter) and fish food, but other than that, with the above in hand you’re basically ready to roll! Enjoy your brand-new hobby!

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Technology – Types of Temporary Lights

May 16, 2017 by

Technology – Types of Temporary Lights

In the market of lighting there is a whole number of different types of options. You’re surrounded by many choices to make and sometimes they can be a little overwhelming. There’s the actual lighting, then there are the decorations around it if you’re looking to change the overall style in your home or property.

There is an equal amount of choice within the temporary lighting niche, with a huge variety of lights for a load of different needs. Take a look through out choice of temporary lights worth buying.

Workers Lamp

Workers Lamp

Not the type of lamp that people used down the mines, this electrical lamp can be handy when you’re doing work on the electrics of one room, but need to turn off the power. Usually covered in a metal case – they’re often used for hardcore building work – these are great for general DIY wear and tear. You can use them for anything though, and they could be good for transferring light into an outdoor garage or shed, meaning you don’t need to fully set up the room with electricity.

Candles

Candles

The old classic! There’s nothing more temporary in the lighting category than a candle. It’s literally temporary, especially once it runs out of wax and wick! A candle is good for loads of different reasons, and although it’s not exactly modern technology – it was at a point though! – these things are still really good for both getting light but also as a piece of furniture.

LED Bar Lights

LED bar lights are really handy pieces of equipment because you can pretty much put them anywhere and light up the whole room. They really powerful, reasonable prices and they can be bought with sticky patches on the back to stick in certain areas of your rooms. They’re no substitute for actual lights – nothing is – but for a quick fix, be it indoors or outdoors, they they’re brilliant little tools. You can check out some really awesome lights here: http://www.lightbarliaison.com/best-led-light-bar-reviews/.

Battery Powered Lamp

Battery Powered Lamp

Exactly the same as an electrical office lamp, with the exception of it being battery powered. Pretty self-explanatory! You can get a whole load of different options, from standard office lamps to touch lamps. There’s plenty of choice and the cost is really low for this type of lights and you can move them around to wherever you are, which is handy.

Rechargeable LED Light

Rechargeable LED Light

Actually, dissimilar in style to the LED light above, this style is more for the worksite than anything else. Able to recharge at a power point then moving elsewhere whenever you need it, you’ll find this type of light handy for both camping and outdoor activities, and during DIY. Usually really low in price, it is worth having one just in case.

Temporary lights are a great idea to have around the house because they mean you’re never stuck in a rut if your power goes down. If you keep these in your home or garage you have a great fallback option should the need ever arise.

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Simple Ways to Improve Our Communication Skills

Apr 8, 2017 by

Simple Ways to Improve Our Communication Skills

The power of language is a beautiful thing. With it, we have the ability to voice our concerns and express our feelings to others. We have become so advanced in the field of vocal language, that we have even developed methods of non-verbal forms of speaking. Communication in general is very important in our day to day lives. It is so important, that many people have wondered about ways that they could improve on the skill. There are a huge number of ways to improve your communication skills, and we will be discussing a few of them.

Better sleep

We are slowly beginning to determine all the good health benefits that comes with getting a good night’s sleep. Improving your communication skills is one of those benefits. Sleep deprivation is a reason that people tend to miss social cues and signs. So how does someone go about improving their sleep habits? One method is finding a good mattress topper for your bed. Mattress toppers add an extra layer of comfort between you and the mattress, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep. As well, toppers tend to relieve pain from chronic illnesses such as arthritis. If you are finding it difficult to fall asleep due to pain, you could do some research,  and look into the best toppers for your mattress.

Practice your conversation skills

Good communication skills take practice. If you always avoid starting a conversation, you will never begin to expand your boundaries. You can try simple conversations at first. For instance, if you are waiting for the bus with someone, you could ask them if they know when it is coming. From there, a simple conversation could pick up. You can also get a good idea as to the progress of a conversation. If it is not progressing as you would like, you can end it.

Try being more assertive

Women Talking To Each Other

It is important to remember that you are just as valuable to the conversation as anyone else. You have opinions and feelings, and you have something worthwhile to contribute. It might be difficult to bring up your opinion, especially if everyone continually shuts you down. Do not be pushed around by behaviour like this. Having a straight posture and direct eye contact can help you break your way into the conversation and make your point known. Doing this more often will help you get comfortable making a stand.

Conclusion

Good communication skills are essential for both in the workplace and in social settings. By making a few key changes in your lifestyle, you have the ability to improve these skills. One simple method is just making sure that you get a good sleep each night. A mattress topper can help you with that. Otherwise, just practicing your regular conversation skills and assertion skills can be very beneficial to you in the long run. Make sure that everyone knows you are there and you have something to say!

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