Vol. #12  Issue #59

 November 2013

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Success Story: Seven Success Secrets that Marion Bartoli Can Teach You to Achieve More Success in Your Life!

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Success Story: Seven Success Secrets that Marion Bartoli Can Teach You to Achieve More Success in Your Life!

By Ed Sykes

Success is sometimes a long and winding journey. Many times you need to overcome the barriers that block you and naysayers who doubt you. Sometimes you need to fight though your own self-doubts to achieve success in your life.

Marion Bartoli, the women’s winner of the Wimbledon Championship, had to take a long and winding journey to overcome many barriers, naysayers and self-doubts to achieve to reach the pinnacle of the professional tennis world and become a champion. Whether you follow or play tennis or not, the following are seven secrets to achieving more success can be applied to your life:


  1. Believe in Success – Marion, from the age of six years old, believed that she would win the Wimbledon championship. Because of this unwavering belief, she developed the attitude that she would someday win the tournament. She developed powerful goals, developed a detailed action plan to accomplish her goals, and stayed focused on achieving those goals. Once your belief is in place, you will develop the persistence to overcome many obstacles on your success journey.

    What goals do you want to achieve? What steps will you take to achieve your goals? When will you start?

  2. Visualize Your Success – Marion would visualize herself winning the Wimbledon Championship. She would visualize every detail of the championship: what the crowds would look like, the sounds of the crowd, and the smell of the foods. Marion would visualize what it would look like for her to dominate her opponents. And finally, Marion visualized how it would feel carrying the championship trophy. In her mind, she had already won the championship.

    The key to successful visualization is…the level of detail you apply to your visualization. Make visualization work for you by applying as much detail to your visualization as possible. Invest in yourself and take time to visualize your goals every day.  (Read the rest of the article at success)


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Presentation Skills:  Ten Presentation Secrets to Giving a Great Presentation Like Bill Clinton

You don’t need to be a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or member of another political party to be an outstanding presenter like former President Bill Clinton.  Mr. President Clinton gave an outstanding presentation at a political convention and he informed, entertained, and persuaded the audience members with his presentation. 

The question is how did former President Clinton become a great presenter?  Or more importantly, how can you become a great presenter like Bill Clinton? Discover these ten presentation secrets to being a great presenter and connecting with your audience:

  1. Be Passionate – Show that you are excited about your subject. Show your excitement and the audience will also become excited. This starts with the pace of your walk. Walk twenty-five percent faster as you come up to give your presentation. During your presentation, use vocal variety, facial expressions, hand gestures, and body movement to show your excitement.

  2. Make the Complicated Simple - Simplify the most complicated information so your audience can follow and understand your points. Remember, once your audience becomes lost, you lose them, and they will become disinterested. Take the time to put yourself in the audience’s shoes and ask yourself: “What points might be difficult to understand and how can you communicate these points so the audience can digest and understand your points. Slow down when explaining the more challenging points of your speech. Use analogies, stories, and simple graphics to reinforce and simplify hard to understand facts and figures for your audience.

  3. Engage Your Audience – Good stories are a great way to engage your audience. A well-told, relevant story should put your audience in the story, take them on the journey with you and engage them. Asking your audience members rhetorical questions is another good presentation technique for audience engagement. (Read the rest of the article at Presentation)


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“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

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