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Blog 3 - I know who iam

I Know Who I Am

The road to self-improvement can properly begin once we figure out who we are, and that’s admittedly easier said than done. So if you’re having a difficult time knowing yourself, we’ve got a few tips on self-discovery:
• Make sense of your past.
Take a step back and look at what’s happened in your life. Were there any experiences or events that created such a big impact on you? Or were there moments that hurt you too much that until now, you’re still not over them? Making sense of your past helps you understand how and why the way you are right now.
• Your thoughts or others’ thoughts?
Sometimes we tend to think a certain way because the people around you think that way. So, try and really see if your opinions and beliefs are really yours, or something that everyone has just forced on you. Knowing your thoughts and ideas will solidify your own personality.
• Organize!
If the world around you is messy and chaotic, that’ll affect the way you view yourself, and get in the way of figuring out your identity. Start small – clean up your room, make a schedule for important meetings and days, this’ll help you move forward, and clear the path towards self-improvement.
• Rely on yourself.
If you don’t have self-worth, you’ll always be swayed by others, and lose yourself in what others think you are, rather than what you really are. So, start doing things by yourself even if they may seem scary at first. Book your own appointments. Learn to drive. Be self-reliant. It’ll help you be more confident and confidence is powers!

It’s a difficult journey ahead, but not one that can be done with enough effort and resilience. Learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.


Presenting to A Serious Audience

To be honest, presenting to an audience can be pretty daunting in itself, but it’s extra frightening when that audience isn’t even lively. It can definitely bring on stage fright and insecurity, and those are things you definitely shouldn’t be feeling when presenting. So, how do you wake up a sleepy or unresponsive audience?

1. Don’t read a script.
Simply reading a script makes the audience feel detached from you, which is just about the last thing you want to happen. So, mix it up a bit and add a little spontaneity to make your presentation intriguing to the audience.

2. Smile!
Your audience could be unresponsive because they think you’re too stern, and serious yourself. So, smile! This helps put your audience at ease and makes you seem approachable and engaging. Smiling boosts your confidence as well, and energizes you, which makes your presentation more dynamic and exciting.

3. Interact with your audience.
Understandably, just listening to someone speak tends to be boring, particularly if what they’re talking about doesn’t really interest them. Interacting with the audience lessens the tendency to fiddle with their phones / gadgets or doze off, because the audience feels part of the presentation being just a listener.

4. Make them curious.
The best way to captivate an audience is to make them curious. Give them hints of what’s to come in your presentation, and keep them guessing (maybe even have a prize at the end for those who guessed correctly, because everyone loves a good prize). The suspense will keep them from shifting their focus from your presentation.

When your audience listen to you, it’s because your delivery was memorable, engaging, and inspiring. You might just end up leaving a piece of yourself with every member of the audience.


Dressing Up for Success

Sometimes, it’s so easy to tell when someone is in a bad mood by simply looking at how they’re dressed for the day. Why? What you wear communicates a lot about you that needs no words.
This also translates to more professional settings so if we want to look successful, we must dress for success. Here are some things to keep in mind when dressing flawlessly.

1. Your image is part of your brand.
What you wear tells people who you are! You always want to present your best self, right? So, make sure your outfit reflects who you are and who you want to become.

2. Clean out your closet. Check out your wardrobe!
Is it tight on you now? Is it a little torn? Is there a stain there from 2012 that still won’t come off no matter how hard you scrub it? If yes, then it’s time to toss these items out, or donate them to charity (so long as they can still be used!). Once you’re done don’t forget to organize your closet as well. It’ll help you dress up in the morning!

3. Have your own little fashion show.
Check out your clothes to see what looks good on you! Try tops that match well with which shoes, etc. Put on a show for yourself in front of a full-length mirror, or even in front of your family and friends so that you can see how good (or not-so-good) you look in certain outfits. This will definitely boost your confidence (and maybe bring out your inner model)!

4. Stay current.
Yes, there are pieces that will always be fashionable (hint: little black dresses for girls, and button-downs and suit jackets for guys) but there are some that are better left in the past. So, look up current fashion trends and do your best to incorporate these trendy pieces that you like in your outfits.
“When you look good, you feel good.” No matter how cliché this line may be, it will always ring true. So, dress well, prepare, feel confident, learn all these at JRP, and get ready to take on the world.


Saying Goodbye

Whether it’s in the middle of a group conversation, or chatting with an acquaintance in the elevator, knowing how to politely and respectfully say goodbye is a necessity. Here’s a few tips on how to properly say goodbye.

Knowing how and when to say goodbye can be quite difficult. However, learning how to do so politely, eloquently and respectfully helps you maintain and even strengthen your relationships with people around you. It’s easier than you think. If you’re having trouble saying goodbye, read on.

1. Read the room.
Is the crowd starting to thin out at a party oris the person you’re conversing with starting to fidget a bit? That may be a sign that it’s time for you to bow out. Overstaying one’s welcome whether in a house or in a conversation comes off to be rude so be sure to read the room and watch out for body language to queue your exit.

2. “Let’s do this again soon!”
Saying goodbye becomes less awkward when you make plans to see each other soon, that this won’t be an isolated event. It shows that you’re making an active effort to continue getting to know the person or people that you’ve spent time with and keeps the goodbye light and fun.

3. Thank them.
Whether it’s for a party or even just for someone’s company, show some appreciation for the good time you’ve had by saying thank you. It’ll mean much more than you probably realize.

4. Tell the truth.
As much as you’d like to come up with a “good” excuse in order to leave, it’s better to just tell the truth, and don’t come up with a fake excuse to say goodbye. Saying you have to leave and leaving it at that is better than coming up with a lie or even worse: leaving without saying goodbye.

Socializing can be really tricky but you can learn how to be better at it at John Robert Powers. Learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.

It Pays To Be Positive

Suppose you find yourself cramming for a test, or are down 20 points in a basketball game, or have a pile of readings that you have no idea how to finish, or tons of paperwork that seems physically impossible to accomplish.

You might panic, self-destruct or feel hopeless because you know for a fact that the job to be done cannot be done. If you react in this way, you’re doing is wasting your time.

When faced with intimidating obstacles or daunting tasks, remember:


When you’re positive, you will find a way to start, instead of worrying about how you’ll ever finish. Most of the time, worrying about finishing when it seems impossible prevents you from even starting. But when you’re positive, you will find a way to organize the tasks from the easiest to the hardest and this is already half the battle. You will find step 1, then step 2 and so on. And before you know it, the final step is already within arm’s reach.

When you’re positive, you channel yourself into creating positive actions while eliminating negative thoughts. Positivity inspires action, negativity prevents it. Instead of whining and worrying about the task at hand, start one task. You’ll eventually finish that and move on to the next. As you do this, you’ll feel better and more hopeful, and you’ll find yourself on a roll. The negative thoughts have been quashed and all that’s left is you and your positivity – finishing one task after another.

When you’re positive, you infect other people with your positivity and optimism. Positivity is a flame that ignites passion. It inspires and motivates. When you’re positive, you don’t only give hope to yourself, you give hope to other people as well. When everyone has adopted this positive attitude, even the most difficult tasks would seem easy.

So the next time you find yourself trying to accomplish the impossible, always remember: it pays to be positive.

If being positive doesn’t come naturally to you, then learn how to develop this attitude at John Robert Powers. Improve your attitude, build your character, and hone your personality.

Learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.