Sweetheart – a Free verse by jay

I cannot help but stop and look at Bad Dad-est dad.
Do dads make you shiver?
do they?

Pay attention to their love,
love is the most unrequited pair of all.
Love is nonreciprocal. love is unanswered,
love is unreciprocated, however.

All that is large is not sweetie,
sweetie, by all account is little.
Does sweetie make you shiver?
don’t they?

Don’t believe that cuties are little?
cuties can be big beyond belief.
Are you upset by how man-sized they are?
Does it tear you apart to see the cutie so larger-than-life?

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Cooked Grasshoppers Month? During the month of December, grasshoppers swarm Uganda after the seasonal rains. Ugandans catch, fry, and eat thousands of grasshoppers every day and are considered a delicacy. And… in case you want to celebrate by chomping on a few, here’s how they do it in Uganda: Clean the locusts by removing the legs and wings, then fry them with some chopped onion and season with curry powder. Enjoy! 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong.”

— Roy T. Bennett

Prayer —A Return To One’s Own Being..

When you pray with a motive to do good to some one, your prayer may actually bring about good both to him and to yourself. Some people pray for the spiritual benefit of those who have done them some wrong. There also, they are helping others spiritually.

But all prayers with a motive fall short of the ideal prayer 
which is without motive. In the entire spiritual panorama of the universe nothing is more sublime than a spontaneous prayer. It gushes out of the human heart, filled with appreciative joy. It is self expression of the freed spirit without any actuation of a motive. In its highest form, prayer leaves no room for the illusory diarchy of the lover and the Beloved. It is a return to one’s own being.

BEAMS FROM MEHER BABA, pp. 95-100
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How to…Tell Stories in Your Presentations | Presentation Guru

WHAT YOU NEED ARE THE 6CS OF PRESENTATION STORYTELLING
If you are going to tell stories in your presentations, make sure you cover these six points.

1) Context
This is the setup and the situation. This is where you bring people into your story and change the tone of your wider presentation. Probably you will also lower your voice, change its tone, maybe even slow down and turn the projector off. Or have a picture to illustrate the scene you are setting up. Evocative, specific details help – the clouds scudding, the waves kicking up, smoking, etc.  This brings your story alive and gives it realism. Detail is good.

2) Character
All your stories need a hero. In my prison story, it’s Andy. In my presentation story the hero is me. Your audience needs someone they can identify with and who overcomes some sort of challenge, or resolves a mystery.

3) Challenge
What is the obstacle our hero has to face? Typically, this will be something that they overcome and results in some sort of change. How they overcome the challenge will typically result in some lesson or moral – the point of your story.

4) Conflict
This is where the outcome is unclear. You need some tension and jeopardy. Something goes wrong. Will there be a positive outcome?

5) Conclusion
Success! The challenge is overcome and the conflict is resolved. (For example, I resolved my situation by making the links between my case studies and the client’s challenges much more obvious.)

6) Connection
This is where you bring the story back to the audience and draw out the key lessons for the audiences. Ancient fables used the technique “and the moral of the story is….”. We’ve lost this expositional technique in modern storytelling but the risk of leaving it out is that the audience doesn’t ‘get it’. Make it clear and squeeze the meaning for them.

The last point is critical. There is a lot of literature on storytelling but relatively little of it covers the last point. But without it, your story is no more than a nice anecdote or a joke. A little interlude. By making the connection back to audience needs clear, your story will have power and resonance. The Connection element also enables you to build a bridge back to the rest of your presentation.

Follow the 6Cs and your story will hit home.

via How to…Tell Stories in Your Presentations | Presentation Guru

Stage Time is Wealth Time | Presentation Guru

These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before crafting any speech:

Who is my audience? – By that, you will define the language to communicate to them.
What are their interests? – By bringing those to your own story you will attract their attention.
What is their pain? – By empathising with their pain, you will create a bond, a connection. By bringing a solution to their pain, you will be in business with them.
What do I want them to take home after my story? – Your Call to Action, which should lead you to engage further with them in the near future.

via Stage Time is Wealth Time | Presentation Guru