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Vol 12, Issue No. 6 – June 2013

Dear Friend


Milestone birthdays are a great reflective time about the decades past. It’s like the ghost of Christmas past coming to show what you have done with your life. I am at such a crossroad this month with my Golden Birthday, and I see my life flashing through my mind! Where do I start? I can think of so many things that have evolved in my life. It is as if I see a multiple graph of my life with its lows as well as lofty curvatures filling the page.

Each and every action, I took in my life left an impression, whether in the actual physical life or in the multitude of my thought patterns; but I know now that the best is yet to come. I will not be influenced by the negativity of the society that tries to condition all towards the conformity, required of every stage of life. I have seen more robust senior citizens than my youthful children. After all age is all in the mind. Why should I succumb to the stereo-types defined by long gone scientists. I am a new age person and the variables are changing every day. I have composed a synopsis of my life and I would recommend to all our readers to do the same, as a self reflection exercise. The few of the Life Zones that surround our life , during the various decades of life (that are also a basis of our Life Coaching) are given below. What have you achieved in your life in these realms?

Physical

First Decade of Life – Unstoppable energy, constant velocity and vigour, Eating everything
Second Decade of Life – Sports, Highs and Lows of Bursts of Energy, Junk food phase
Third Decade of Life -Sedentary Life Style, Sagging Energy, Quick meals in front of the Tv
Fourth Decade of Life – Some health issues that change our life style. We feel guilty, at not exercising, a pull between crash diets and impulsive binging
Fifth Decade of Life – Time for Tai Chi, Yoga and consistent exercise, conscious healthy eating

Emotional

First Decade of Life – A feeling of comfort and security of having the family around
Second Decade of Life – Yo-yo emotions, love and hate with all relationships including friends, the dating game
Third Decade of Life – Dealing with colleagues and bosses, marital issues, feeling unconditional love when holding a baby, stresses of financial crunch
Fourth Decade of Life – realization that emotions can be a strength and a weakness – more Emotional Intelligence, Mid-Life crisis
Fifth Decade of Life – Years of experience taught you to intuitively sense the emotions of self and others, empty nest syndrome, learned resignation towards middle-age grind

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Featured Articles
Seven Pillars of a Powerful Presentation


Presenters who look and sound weak lose.

Winning presentations are delivered by presenters who look, sound and feel powerful. Winners capture attention, exude credibility and deliver more effective presentations. To be more successful with your presentations include these seven pillars in your presentations.

Avoid The Temptations of PowerPoint

Don’t be fooled by the name. There is no implied power in PowerPoint. It’s just a clever name. Would so many presenters have been as easily seduced if the product was named FoolsPoint, LoserPoint or BoringPoint?

PowerPoint is software that is easy to use. So, many presenters make the mistake of relying on the software instead of preparing an effective presentation. The next mistake they make is assuming that the PowerPoint slides are the presentation, so they don’t bother to improve their own presentation skills. They expect the software to present for them.

Real Power Comes From Within You

The only power that counts in your presentation and everything you do is the power that comes from within you. That is real power. That is recognizable power. That is power that enables you to make things happen.

Your personal power is the culmination of your confidence, knowledge and skills.
This is genuine real power no one can take away from you. You need to develop this presentation power by improving your confidence and skills.

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The Top 5 Mistakes of Social Media Marketing


As a business owner, you already know the importance of utilizing traditional PR – print, radio and TV exposure – to keep your name circulating in the marketplace.  Now, however, there’s a new PR outlet you need to become familiar with. It’s called Social Media Marketing, and when combined with your traditional PR efforts, Social Media Marketing can help you penetrate the marketplace with your message quicker and easier than ever before. 

What is Social Media Marketing? It’s utilizing the various social networking sites to enforce your brand and market your business. A social networking site is simply an online meeting place. Think of it like an eHarmony or Match.com for business people. On such sites, people can post a profile with the hopes of meeting other like-minded professionals for business reasons.

According to the Nielsen Research Group, social networks and blogs have moved ahead of personal e-mail among the most popular online activities people engage in. Additionally, USA Today reports that the time spent on these sites is growing three times faster than the overall Internet rate. More than two-thirds of the world’s online population now visits social networking and blogging sites.

Knowing this, it’s clear that if you haven’t yet engaged in Social Media Marketing, the time to start is now. But before you do, you need to be aware of the top mistakes businesses make with this PR outlet so you can avoid them and get the biggest return for your marketing investment.

Mistake #1: Having more than one face on the Internet.

When you’re engaging in Social Media Marketing (called SMM from here on out) you’re really building your image from the ground up. The goal of SMM is to virally spread parts of your image across the Internet. The word “parts” is important. Basically, you’re starting with a holographic image of yourself in the virtual world. You then need to break that hologram apart and find the appropriate places on the Internet where you can frame certain pieces of that hologram.

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Editor’s Choice

Book of the Month / Previous Workshop / Psyche’s Realm

The Magic: The Secret


by: Rhonda Byrne

Description:

ONE WORD CHANGES EVERYTHING

For more than twenty centuries, words within a sacred text have mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read them. Only a very few people through history have realized that the words are a riddle, and that once you solve the riddle—once you uncover the mystery—a new world will appear before your eyes.

In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magic is going to change your entire life!

In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne introduced the reader to the concept of The Law of Attraction. In her latest book, The Magic, she focuses on how gratitude can change our lives; that we will attract all we want when we practice feeling gratitude.

The book begins with a reminder of how we felt magic in life as children; how as adults, we want to be around kids just to feel that magic again. She then explains how we can feel that magic again as adults…

ISBN-10: 1451673442
ISBN-13: 978-1451673449

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Psyche’s Realm: How to Follow Your Intuition


Intuition is “knowing” something without being able to explain how you came to that conclusion rationally. It’s that mysterious “gut feeling” or “instinct” that often turns out to be right, in retrospect. When you’ve whittled down your options and are stuck at a crossroads, getting in touch with your intuition can help. Learning how to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, is difficult but intuition can be developed, especially when following some of these ideas.

Step 1: Trust your instincts.

It can be difficult to depend on something that you don’t understand, and you probably shouldn’t base every one of your decisions on intuition. For example, if you’re hiring someone, you should look at qualifications first and foremost, or else you might accidentally discriminate. But when you’ve weighed all the options and there is no obvious, rational choice, intuition’s really all you’ve got. Consider the following:

  • Intuition is basically how you quickly tap into your subconscious mind, which is where you “archive” all kinds of information that you don’t remember on a conscious level. Sometimes you pick up on things subconsciously without realizing it, such as body language. It’ll register as a certain “feeling” that you can’t articulate at that moment, but it could very well be valid.
  • Without intuition, you’re no different than a computer. You only make decisions based on facts, and you don’t always have all the facts. So unless you’re functioning like a computer, you’re already making decisions based on various factors other than logic…why not learn how to use your intuition as well?
  • Even some of the world’s greatest scientists, the most logical thinkers of all time, have made their greatest discoveries based on flashes of intuition (think of Newton and the apple that fell on his head, or Archimedes shouting “Eureka!” in his bathtub).

Step 2: Ask yourself questions and listen to the first answer that pops into your mind.

That isn’t easy, because several thoughts will flood your mind at once. For instance, let’s say you’re looking at a menu. In figuring out what you want, pick out the first thing that stands out to you. Ignore the remainder of your thoughts, like “But I didn’t even look at the specials…but my friend is on a diet and I’ll feel bad eating this in front of her…but my uncle said the mashed potatoes he had here were too mushy…blah, blah, blah.” Don’t dwell on it. Just pick something. It’s scary…what if you make the wrong choice?…but you’ll be fine.

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Cross Cultural Awareness

Global Non-Verbal Signals – Iran & Turkey

Iran

  • When you shake hands with a child, you are showing his or her parents respect.
  • When entering someone’s home, especially if there is carpeting, it may be customary to remove your shoes first. Always remove your shoes before you enter a mosque.
  • Men and women rarely show public displays of affection.
  • To signal to someone, put your hand out with your palm down, and curl your fingers in and out in a scratching motion.
  • The “thumb’s up” gesture has a vulgar connotation in Iran.
  • To signal “NO”, move your head up and back sharply. To signal “YES”, dip your head down with a slight turn.
  • Try not to blow your nose in public. Also, try not to slouch in a chair or stretch your legs out in front on you. Avoid pointing the sole of your shoe to others.
 
Turkey

  • It is extremely offensive to show the sole of your shoe to someone, or use your shoe to point at someone or something. This is due to the fact that the shoe sole is the lowest part of the body and something which is usually dirty and soiled.
  • If you must smoke, please ask permission first. You should not either smoke or eat while on a public street.
  • To signal NO, raise your head slightly, tip it backward, and close your eyes.
  • A unique Turkish gesture to signal that something is good, is done by holding your hand up, palm outward, and slow bring the fingers into the thumb, in a grasping motion.
  • Before you take a photograph in Turkey, ask permission first. This is especially applicable to mosques and to individuals.
  • The fig gesture is considered very rude in Turkey. This is done by clenching your hand into a fist and having your thumb protrude between the first two fingers.

 

 

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Editor-in-Chief: Zaufyshan Haseeb

 

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