How to Compete at a Moth StorySLAM

The Moth just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founder George Dawes Green, a storyteller from the American South, used to spin tales in the summer to friends, while moths flocking to his porch light. He moved to New York and took his tradition along. Now, there are 500 storytelling programs each year in the U.S. and abroad. The Moth Radio Hour is heard on 400 radio stations and is available as a podcast, with 1 million listeners. One of the ways to get your story told is to compete at a…

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3 Secrets to Making A Great First Impression

Perhaps you've heard the expression "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How quickly do people form an opinion of you? Seconds? Minutes? WORSE. Not to scare everyone, but Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that showed first impressions occur in 1/10th of a second and aren't greatly altered by longer exposure to the person. It isn't fair, but many judgments are made on faces alone. Studies show that naturally attractive people get better outcomes in all forms of life. But what can…

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Learn to Speak the Language of Love

Is love a mystery? Not really. If you're in a relationship, or planning to be in one, one of the best things you can do is learn to be a better communicator. Below are some quick tips on how to bring even more love into your life. Determine your love language by taking the 5 Love Languages Test by Dr. Gary Chapman. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/couples/ If you don't want to take this test online, there is an option to download the .pdf file. You will find which of the 5 Love Languages…

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7 Steps to Promoting a Bestselling Book

If you're a writer, it's likely you've spent countless hours conceptualizing, writing, and editing your book. You've also probably spent as much or more time getting it published. Now what? Brooke Warner, publisher at She Writes Press, recently spoke at Publishers and Writers San Diego about the value of building an author platform. She shared an analogy that I loved, saying, "Some writers want to hole up as they write, only to emerge after the book is done or published with the expectation that the readers will come. But not…

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WHY FACTS DON’T MATTER

          When it comes to making an impression in a speech, one of the most important things to remember is that people don't care about facts. What? That can't be right! You might be thinking. Here's an example: I recently heard a speech by a businessman who owns his own company. He told us about how he started it and detailed all the services it provided, giving us all the facts and figures. Did I care? No. Why? It was BORING.           If you want to capture the attention of…

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