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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Euphoria
yoo-FOR-ee-ə
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, late 17th century
1

A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

Examples of Euphoria in a sentence

“When they were announced as the winner, the entire cast and crew shouted with euphoria.”

“I felt the strongest sense of euphoria in my life on the day my son was born.”

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One Victim of the COVID-19 Pandemic: European Integration | Cato Institute

dvocates of ever‐​closer European ties never yielded to popular resistance. Whatever the problem, the answer was “more Europe.” Until the COVID-19 pandemic swept Europe.

Italy became an early and big victim of coronavirus. So Rome desperately requested aid from its European compatriots. The answer came in the form of border closings by Italy’s neighbors. When aid arrived, it was from China.

via One Victim of the COVID-19 Pandemic: European Integration | Cato Institute

Motivation

Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is U.S. Elephant Day? In 1796, the first elephant was imported into the United States from India. Trivia buffs: The name of the ship that carried the elephant was called America.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.”

— Abraham Twerski

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Palakkad man who died of COVID-19 not counted in Kerala or TN’s death tally | The News Minute

via Palakkad man who died of COVID-19 not counted in Kerala or TN’s death tally | The News Minute

Typical of POliticians to not to let it stick blame to themselves.

Fudging numbers, even Death numbers – they won’t hesitate.

Motivation

Idioms of the Day – Triliangual

What is an idiom simple definition?
An idiom is a common word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning but can be understood because of their popular use. … In order to understand an idiom, one sometimes needs to know the culture the idiom comes from.

Doubts And Fears Are Between Your Ears.
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Stepping On Land Again.
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The Hopes Of The Devil.
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Turning A Blizzard Into Rain.
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Turning A Dream Into A Nightmare.
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संदेह और भय आपके कानों के बीच हैं।


भूमि पर फिर से कदम रखना।


शैतान की आशाएँ।


बारिश में एक बर्फ़ीला तूफ़ान।


एक दुःस्वप्न में एक सपना बदल रहा है।

शांतता आणि भयानक आपल्या दरम्यान


जमीन वर पुन्हा पाऊल ठेवणे.


शैतान की आशा.


बारिश मध्ये एक बर्फीली तूफान.


एकाग्रतेत एक स्वप्ना बदलणे आहे.

Motivation

Quotes of the Week

Amelia Earhart

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2yD4NCB April 06, 2020 at 10:55AM
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Mother Teresa

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/35Z2EfH April 07, 2020 at 10:48AM
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Charles Caleb Colton

“The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/3e6sLpR April 08, 2020 at 10:48AM
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Walter Savage Landor

“We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2HapeIy April 12, 2020 at 10:53AM
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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Stand outside a supermarket and give people reusable shopping bags
  2. Call your grandparents or parents and let them know how they’ve impacted your life
  3. Help someone academically – lend them your study notes
  4. Volunteer your time for a good cause
  5. We all need help sometimes; offer someone a helping hand
  6. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail
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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Say something nice to everyone you meet today
  2. Carry around a care package of food or toiletries that you can give to a homeless person
  3. Send cards with beautiful messages to anonymous people. Give someone a chocolate heart… just because
  4. When it’s summer and hot, give out cold Gatorades to your mail carrier and garbage men
  5. Laugh often
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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Say something nice to everyone you meet today
  2. Carry around a care package of food or toiletries that you can give to a homeless person
  3. Send cards with beautiful messages to anonymous people. Give someone a chocolate heart… just because
  4. When it’s summer and hot, give out cold Gatorades to your mail carrier and garbage men
  5. Laugh often
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Random Acts of Kindness

1. Donate a micro-loan to a woman in another country to help her get on her feet
2. Leave a love note in your partner’s current book or magazine.
3. Make a memory jar for your best friend with little notes of things you did together throughout the year and give it to them a year later.
4. Make someone a gratitude journal they can write in.
5. Walk or bike instead of driving.
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National Science Day – 28 February

National Science Day – 28 February

National Science Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by the renowned Indian physicist Sir CV Raman.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Indian scientists who helped shape scientific thought

Infographic idea: X Sciences you might not have been aware of

Video idea: Scientific revolutions that have shaped society across the world

Podcast idea: How did philosophy influence science?

 

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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Write a list of what you are grateful for RIGHT NOW and share with friends, friends and/or coworkers to promote an attitude of gratitude
  2. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom
  3. Say “thank you” to someone who made a difference… send a card to people who dedicate their lives to helping us – soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and teachers to name a few
  4. Read a good book recently? Pass it on to someone else
  5. Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch
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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job
  2. Stop at a kid’s lemonade stand and buy a drink
  3. Offer to help your neighbours/friends with chores
  4. Open the phone book, pick a name, and send them something (movie tickets, thank you card, you are appreciated card, book, etc.) anonymously
  5. Buy more ethically sourced foods
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Speeches – The Writing Center

via Speeches – The Writing Center

What this handout is about

This handout will help you create an effective speech by establishing the purpose of your speech and making it easily understandable. It will also help you to analyze your audience and keep the audience interested.

What’s different about a speech?

Writing for public speaking isn’t so different from other types of writing. You want to engage your audience’s attention, convey your ideas in a logical manner and use reliable evidence to support your point. But the conditions for public speaking favor some writing qualities over others. When you write a speech, your audience is made up of listeners. They have only one chance to comprehend the information as you read it, so your speech must be well-organized and easily understood. In addition, the content of the speech and your delivery must fit the audience.

What’s your purpose?

People have gathered to hear you speak on a specific issue, and they expect to get something out of it immediately. And you, the speaker, hope to have an immediate effect on your audience. The purpose of your speech is to get the response you want. Most speeches invite audiences to react in one of three ways: feeling, thinking, or acting. For example, eulogies encourage emotional response from the audience; college lectures stimulate listeners to think about a topic from a different perspective; protest speeches in the Pit recommend actions the audience can take.

As you establish your purpose, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you want the audience to learn or do?
  • If you are making an argument, why do you want them to agree with you?
  • If they already agree with you, why are you giving the speech?
  • How can your audience benefit from what you have to say?

Audience analysis

If your purpose is to get a certain response from your audience, you must consider who they are (or who you’re pretending they are). If you can identify ways to connect with your listeners, you can make your speech interesting and useful.

As you think of ways to appeal to your audience, ask yourself:

  • What do they have in common? Age? Interests? Ethnicity? Gender?
  • Do they know as much about your topic as you, or will you be introducing them to new ideas?
  • Why are these people listening to you? What are they looking for?
  • What level of detail will be effective for them?
  • What tone will be most effective in conveying your mesage?
  • What might offend or alienate them?

For more help, see our handout on audience.

Creating an effective introduction

Get their attention, otherwise known as “The Hook”

Think about how you can relate to these listeners and get them to relate to you or your topic. Appealing to your audience on a personal level captures their attention and concern, increasing the chances of a successful speech. Speakers often begin with anecdotes to hook their audience’s attention. Other methods include presenting shocking statistics, asking direct questions of the audience, or enlisting audience participation.

Establish context and/or motive

Explain why your topic is important. Consider your purpose and how you came to speak to this audience. You may also want to connect the material to related or larger issues as well, especially those that may be important to your audience.

Get to the point

Tell your listeners your thesis right away and explain how you will support it. Don’t spend as much time developing your introductory paragraph and leading up to the thesis statement as you would in a research paper for a course. Moving from the intro into the body of the speech quickly will help keep your audience interested. You may be tempted to create suspense by keeping the audience guessing about your thesis until the end, then springing the implications of your discussion on them. But if you do so, they will most likely become bored or confused.

For more help, see our handout on introductions.

Making your speech easy to understand

Repeat crucial points and buzzwords

Especially in longer speeches, it’s a good idea to keep reminding your audience of the main points you’ve made. For example, you could link an earlier main point or key term as you transition into or wrap up a new point. You could also address the relationship between earlier points and new points through discussion within a body paragraph. Using buzzwords or key terms throughout your paper is also a good idea. If your thesis says you’re going to expose unethical behavior of medical insurance companies, make sure the use of “ethics” recurs instead of switching to “immoral” or simply “wrong.” Repetition of key terms makes it easier for your audience to take in and connect information.

Incorporate previews and summaries into the speech

For example:

    • “I’m here today to talk to you about three issues that threaten our educational system: First, … Second, … Third,”
    • or
    “I’ve talked to you today about such and such.”

These kinds of verbal cues permit the people in the audience to put together the pieces of your speech without thinking too hard, so they can spend more time paying attention to its content.

Use especially strong transitions

This will help your listeners see how new information relates to what they’ve heard so far. If you set up a counterargument in one paragraph so you can demolish it in the next, begin the demolition by saying something like,

    “But this argument makes no sense when you consider that . . . .”

If you’re providing additional information to support your main point, you could say,

    “Another fact that supports my main point is . . . .”

Helping your audience listen

Rely on shorter, simpler sentence structures

Don’t get too complicated when you’re asking an audience to remember everything you say. Avoid using too many subordinate clauses, and place subjects and verbs close together.

Too complicated:

    The product, which was invented in 1908 by Orville Z. McGillicuddy in Des Moines, Iowa, and which was on store shelves approximately one year later, still sells well.

Easier to understand:

    Orville Z. McGillicuddy invented the product in 1908 and introduced it into stores shortly afterward. Almost a century later, the product still sells well.

Limit pronoun use

Listeners may have a hard time remembering or figuring out what “it,” “they,” or “this” refers to. Be specific by using a key noun instead of unclear pronouns.

Pronoun problem:

    The U.S. government has failed to protect us from the scourge of so-called reality television, which exploits sex, violence, and petty conflict, and calls it human nature. This cannot continue.

Why the last sentence is unclear:
“This” what? The government’s failure? Reality TV? Human nature?

More specific:

    The U.S. government has failed to protect us from the scourge of so-called reality television, which exploits sex, violence, and petty conflict, and calls it human nature. This failure cannot continue.

Keeping audience interest

Incorporate the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, and logos

When arguing a point, using ethos, pathos, and logos can help convince your audience to believe you and make your argument stronger. Ethos refers to an appeal to your audience by establishing your authenticity and trustworthiness as a speaker. If you employ pathos, you appeal to your audience’s emotions. Using logos includes the support of hard facts, statistics, and logical argumentation. The most effective speeches usually present a combination these rhetorical strategies.

Use statistics and quotations sparingly

Include only the most striking factual material to support your perspective, things that would likely stick in the listeners’ minds long after you’ve finished speaking. Otherwise, you run the risk of overwhelming your listeners with too much information.

Watch your tone

Be careful not to talk over the heads of your audience. On the other hand, don’t be condescending either. And as for grabbing their attention, yelling, cursing, using inappropriate humor, or brandishing a potentially offensive prop (say, autopsy photos) will only make the audience tune you out.

Creating an effective conclusion

Restate your main points, but don’t repeat them

For example:

    • “I asked earlier why we should care about the rain forest. Now I hope it’s clear that . . .”
    “Remember how Mrs. Smith couldn’t afford her prescriptions? Under our plan, . . .”

Call to action

Speeches often close with an appeal to the audience to take action based on their new knowledge or understanding. If you do this, be sure the action you recommend is specific and realistic. For example, although your audience may not be able to affect foreign policy directly, they can vote or work for candidates whose foreign policy views they support. Relating the purpose of your speech to their lives not only creates a connection with your audience, but also reiterates the importance of your topic to them in particular or “the bigger picture.”

Practicing for effective presentation

Once you’ve completed a draft, read your speech to a friend or in front of a mirror. When you’ve finished reading, ask the following questions:

  • Which pieces of information are clearest?
  • Where did I connect with the audience?
  • Where might listeners lose the thread of my argument or description?
  • Where might listeners become bored?
  • Where did I have trouble speaking clearly and/or emphatically?
  • Did I stay within my time limit?

Other resources

  • Toastmasters International is a nonprofit group that provides communication and leadership training.
  • Allyn & Bacon Publishing’s Essence of Public Speaking Series is an extensive treatment of speech writing and delivery, including books on using humor, motivating your audience, word choice and presentation.

Works consulted

We consulted these works while writing this handout. This is not a comprehensive list of resources on the handout’s topic, and we encourage you to do your own research to find additional publications. Please do not use this list as a model for the format of your own reference list, as it may not match the citation style you are using. For guidance on formatting citations, please see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial. We revise these tips periodically and welcome feedback.

Boone, Louis E., David L. Kurtz, and Judy R. Block. Contemporary Business Communication. Prentice-Hall, 1997.

Ehrlich, Henry. Writing Effective Speeches. Marlowe, 1994.

Lamb, Sandra. How to Write It: A Complete Guide to Everything You’ll Ever Write. 10-Speed Press, 1998.


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International Mother Language Day – 21 February

International Mother Language Day – 21 February

International Mother Langauge Day

This day is celebrated to promote multilingualism and awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: The most endangered languages today

Infographic idea: Apps to learn new languages quickly

Video idea: Are multilingual people smarter?

Podcast idea: English words borrowed from languages around the world

Brand campaign that worked

This video by UNESCO has people from different nationalities come forward and declare their mother tongue.

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World Day of Social Justice – 20 February

This day is commemorated to recognize the need to promote social justice and bring to light efforts to tackle injustices such as poverty and unemployment.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Social inequalities you might not have noticed in your daily life

Infographic idea: Careers that have the maximum impact on society

Video idea: A look at social warriors who are doing their bit to help society

Podcast idea: How can social media influencers influence people to do good?

Brand campaign that worked

This ad by P&G tackles gender biases and reinforces that women and men are equal in all spheres of life.

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Fun Days

Fun days

World Nutella Day

World Nutella Day – 5 February

World Human Spirit Day – 17 February

International Tug-of-War Day – 19 February

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Delicious desserts you can create with Nutella

Infographic idea: Strategies to win your next tug-of-war match

Video idea: Interesting dishes you did not realize you could use Nutella in

Podcast idea: How has the power of the human spirit managed to save natur

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Wisdom Quotes

Desire is the seed from which all achievements are harvested.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. (Napoleon Hill)
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It takes a fool to do the same thing again and again with the hopes for a different result.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)
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Fun Days

Fun days

World Nutella Day

World Nutella Day – 5 February

World Human Spirit Day – 17 February

International Tug-of-War Day – 19 February

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Delicious desserts you can create with Nutella

Infographic idea: Strategies to win your next tug-of-war match

Video idea: Interesting dishes you did not realize you could use Nutella in

Podcast idea: How has the power of the human spirit managed to save natur

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Interesting Quotes

“It’s always too early to quit.”

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“There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.”

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“The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.”

via Art Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2HnVBmW

“Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.”

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“Love the giver more than the gift.”

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Wisdom Quotes

Never be defeated after a defeat.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. (Maya Angelou)
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It’s better to find the source of a problem and being unable to fix it than it is to fix the problem without knowing its source.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settling a question without debating it. (Joseph Joubert)
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Rayma Suprani: Dictators hate political cartoons — so I keep drawing them | TED Talk

via Rayma Suprani: Dictators hate political cartoons — so I keep drawing them | TED Talk

“A political cartoon is a barometer of freedom,” says Rayma Suprani, who was exiled from her native Venezuela for publishing work critical of the government. “That’s why dictators hate cartoonists.” In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent railing against totalitarianism, Suprani explores how cartoons hold a mirror to society and reveal hidden truths — and discusses why she keeps drawing even when it comes at a high personal cost. (In Spanish with consecutive English translation)

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Valentine’s Day – 14 February

Valentine’s Day – 14 February

Valentine's Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is a celebration of love all across the world and commemorates St Valentine.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: X different ways you can show your better half that you care for them

Infographic idea: What is Valentine’s week all about?

Video idea: A look at how love has been portrayed in different cultures

Podcast idea: How did love get commercialized?

Brand campaign that worked

This video by Tata motors interweaves the message of Valentine’s Day with a safety campaign, in an ad full of double entendres.

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Random phrasaes of he day

  1. Up In ArmsMeaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.
  2. Put a Sock In ItMeaning: Asking someone to be quiet or to shut up.
  3. I Smell a RatMeaning: A feeling that something is not quite right, or awry.
  4. Tug of WarMeaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.
  5. Happy as a ClamMeaning: The state of being happy; feeling delighted.
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Wisdom Quotes

When a problem arises it is not a sign to stop, it’s merely a sign to change your plans slightly.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. (Robert H. Schuller)
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Hope springs from the knowledge that there is light even in the darkest of shadows.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. (Desmond Tutu)
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World Radio Day – 13 February

World Radio Day

This day is celebrated to recognize the power of radio to promote dialog, tolerance, and peace.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Here’s what you need to know before you build your radio set

Infographic idea: How has the radio evolved over the ages?

Video idea: How can you build your own radio?

Podcast idea: How did the radio help during wartime?

Brand campaign that worked

This video by SciShow explains the history of the radio and explains the contributions of the scientists that resulted in this invention.

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Quotes of the Week

Henry J. Kaiser

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2tmsLzC February 03, 2020 at 11:47AM
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Anais Nin

“Dreams are necessary to life.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2YIFWII February 05, 2020 at 11:55AM
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James Stephens

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2usTriN February 08, 2020 at 11:39AM
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Samuel Johnson

“Words are but the signs of ideas.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2Mb0W2v February 09, 2020 at 11:39AM
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Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is Utah Jell-O Day? On this date, the state legislature made Jell-O the official state snack of Utah. According to Kraft Foods, Utah residents eat more Jell-O per capita than the other 50 states. Lime is a particular favorite. Celebrate your own Jell-O Day, no matter where you live!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”

— Bil Keane

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Word of the day

WORD OF THE DAY
Wunderkind
VUN-də-kihnd
Part of speech: noun
Origin: German, late 19th century
1

A person who achieves great success when relatively young.

2

A child prodigy.

Examples of Wunderkind in a sentence

“She earned the nickname Wunderkind when she sold her startup for $5 million at age 23.”

“The piano teacher always hoped that she might come across a wunderkind in her lessons.”

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Wisdom Quotes

We’re harvesting the fruits of the seeds planted by those before us. Make sure you plant the right seeds for those who come after you.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. (Warren Buffett)
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Everything you do today forms the seeds for what you harvest tomorrow.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. (Og Mandino)
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February

This day is celebrated to recognize the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Ways to encourage girls in school to develop an interest in science

Infographic idea: Technology we wouldn’t have without the contribution of women

Video idea: A look at the life of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer

Podcast idea: Why does it pay to have more diversity in science?

Brand campaign that worked

This video by the UN brings us the story of Katherine Jin, a young scientist who started a company to safeguard healthcare workers from communicable diseases.

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Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is Utah Jell-O Day? On this date, the state legislature made Jell-O the official state snack of Utah. According to Kraft Foods, Utah residents eat more Jell-O per capita than the other 50 states. Lime is a particular favorite. Celebrate your own Jell-O Day, no matter where you live!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”

— Bil Keane

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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Hermitage
HER-mih-tij
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, 14th century
1

A secluded residence

2

The home of a hermit

Examples of Hermitage in a sentence

“We bought our lake home with five acres of land because we needed a hermitage to escape to.”

“While walking through the woods, the kids discovered a hermitage that seemed abandoned.”

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Wisdom Quotes

Never be defeated after a defeat.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. (Maya Angelou)

We’re harvesting the fruits of the seeds planted by those before us. Make sure you plant the right seeds for those who come after you.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. (Warren Buffett)

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The War For Talent

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Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“But although the cliche says that power always corrupts, what is seldom said … is that power always reveals. When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary. … But as a man obtains more power, camouflage becomes less necessary.”

“The most important thing a man has to tell you is what he’s not telling you,” he said. “The most important thing he has to say is what he’s trying not to say.”

― Robert A. Caro