Spring is a wonderful time that many look forward to during the depths of winter. For those who suffer seasonal allergies however, this time of year represents unending days of flaring symptoms. The changing weather in spring is especially bad for allergies because thawing temperatures trigger the release of mold and pollen into the atmosphere. Even though allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable, the fact that they aren’t infectious in nature means that minor allergies can be treated using a variety of methods. Essential oils for instance are effective in providing relief from discomfort caused by airborne allergens.

What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated, naturally-occurring, chemical compounds which are extracted in their purest form from plants. Concentration is an integral characteristic of essential oils because this is what makes them curative. The dense molecules in essential oils change quickly from a solid to gaseous state at room temperature, which gives them strong fragrance. This is also what makes these oils beneficial for therapies that require aromatic dispersion, topical application or ingestion. Essential oils particularly fight allergy symptoms by neutralizing inflammation and supplementing detoxification which is routinely performed by the immune system. Essential oils are thus an organic way to both tackle allergy symptoms and bolster the immune system against infection. There are a plethora of choices to pick from when it comes to essential oils, but here are four trending alternatives this season:

1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has a sweet floral aroma. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties which help treat skin conditions and alleviate respiratory allergies.

Lavender oil is usually applied topically. It can be applied by:
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a carrier oil such as everyday fragrance-free moisturizer, and applied directly onto desired areas of the skin.
· Directly massaging 1-2 drops onto temples, wrists, or the forehead.
Lavender essential oil has a very strong aroma so test it sparingly before use to determine if its scent causes any discomfort.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has a strong, minty, aroma. It also contains expectorant, muscle relaxant, and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce sinus irritation, release phlegm, and relieve coughing by inhibiting tracheal muscle spasms.

Peppermint oil is usually applied topically or consumed orally. It can be applied by:
· Open-air inhalation of up to 5 drops.
· Direct ingestion of 1-2 drops.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a glass of water or a suitable beverage.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a carrier oil which has a neutral or compatible fragrance.
Peppermint essential oil has a very strong aroma so before inhaling or ingesting it, test it sparingly with limited open-air exposure to determine if its fragrance causes any discomfort.

3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil has a tropical citrus aroma. It contains antiseptic properties which inhibit the growth of bacteria, stimulate immune system functions, and eliminate airborne allergy triggers.

Lemon oil is usually applied orally or combined with other solutions to create unique detergents. It can be applied by:
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a glass of water or a suitable beverage.
· Diluting up to 5 drops per quart of water used to wipe away soaps or cleaning solutions.
Lemon essential oil has a subtle but persistent aroma which most people associate with freshness.

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has a rustic, arboreal aroma. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which destroy pathogens and actively neutralize irritation caused by bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Tea Tree oil is usually applied topically. It can be applied by:
· Dissolving 2-3 drops onto a clean cotton-ball and swabbing affected areas of the skin.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a few ounces of a carrier oil which has a neutral or compatible fragrance, dissolving this solution into a cotton-ball, and swabbing affected areas of the skin with this mixture.
Tea tree essential oil is especially effective against skin irritations because of its antiseptic qualities. It is one of the oldest and most popular topical essential oils.

When used as directed, essential oils shouldn’t cause any reactions or complications. However, if you happen to be particularly prone to allergies, always exercise caution before consuming any unknown substances. Do not exceed recommended dosages and do not ingest essential oils without guidance from a medical professional.

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Spring Cleaning Made Easy in 3 Steps

Well, it’s that time of year again. Skies are clearing, flowers are blooming and sunny spring is in the air. It always feels invigorating to step outdoors and find balmy weather after months of shutting in during the winter. All the sunshine, fresh air and warmth create the perfect inspiration to take on everyone’s not so favorite chore – spring cleaning. As tedious as it may seem, spring cleaning happens to be a critical component of health and wellness. Spring cleaning provides an opportunity to practice hygiene that is otherwise neglected because of difficulty or lack of time. Spending time in environments that are never spring-cleaned exposes people to dust and debris. At best, all this dust and debris is unpleasant to see, at worst however, it may cause health complications or even injury.


Rather than thinking about spring cleaning as an ordinary chore, think of it as an investment in your health. Living and working in an organized and spotless environment contributes to efficient ergonomics and reduces frustration. In this sense, spring cleaning is a habit which stands to increase productivity and lower stress. For those who don’t know where to start in terms of actually going about this task, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your effort to spring clean:

Make a List

A lot of people start out spring cleaning with the best of intentions, but get overwhelmed along the way and give up on doing a thorough job. One of the reasons this happens is because of a lack of strategy in their approach. Taking some time to itemize exactly what it is that needs cleaning creates better awareness of exactly how much work is necessary, and how long it will take. Depending on how big a space you need to clean, it may even be necessary to get help from friends, family or professional cleaners. Instead of just diving in, plan out your procedure so as to save time in the long run.

Stock up on all Cleaning Supplies Pre-emptively

Nothing disrupts the momentum of spring cleaning quite like running out of necessary supplies before the job is done. Even before committing to the chore itself, make sure to have enough detergents, equipment and miscellaneous items necessary to complete each task involved. Since spring cleaning includes elimination of persistent dirt and stains, it’s generally necessary to purchase supplies that aren’t routinely used such as heavy-duty gloves, brushes, face masks, or specialized cleaning solutions. Preparing adequately makes the job seamless and effective.

Save the Easiest Chores for Last

Being strategic is the swiftest way to get the activity of spring cleaning completed. Because you are likelier to be determined and energized at the beginning of the task, this would be the best time to take on ambitious cleaning projects in order to take full advantage of your enthusiasm. Getting heavy-duty tasks out of the way first also increases the chances that whatever needs cleaning the most gets cleaned meticulously. It’s important to pace yourself throughout, and saving the easiest chores for last creates more of a guarantee that the majority of your energy gets used on things that actually need exertion.

With these three easy steps accounted for, all that’s left to do is use a little elbow grease. Even though spring cleaning is something that can take hours and days, at its core it’s not complicated at all. At the end of the day it’s a matter of wanting the best for yourself and being willing to put in work to make sure that your surroundings are fresh whether you are outdoors or not.


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You never really know what an experience is actually is like, of course, until you go through it yourself. This principle rings true especially when it comes to parenting. Having children is a life-changer that affects everyone in their own unique way. I recently read about Beyoncé and Jay Z revealing news about them having twins. This caught my attention because I personally have twins who are now 10 years old. Even though Beyoncé and Jay Z already have one daughter, I think even they would be surprised to discover that raising twins is a totally different story and experience.

Yes, raising children is darn hard work, but worth the journey. The bottom line is that every child is different. They are different from other people’s children, and they are different from their own siblings. So trying to raise them like all other children can result in frustration for you as well as the child.

Having difficulty with your kids?

Disconnection is usually the culprit behind conflicts experienced between parents and children. Connection with your children is important for so many reasons, the biggest being LOVE.

Let’s rethink the way we are raising and training our children. Let’s rethink how to love them in the discipline department. Do mistakes and failures always need to be punished? The parenting model that flows from this mindset presents a “punisher” role for the parent and creates an “outside-in” approach to learning about life for the child. This causes disconnection rather than connection. The goal is to love, and that can only happen through heart-to-heart connection.

Too often we punish and try to control our children out of our own fears and insecurities. When children grow up in an environment where their parents are afraid of mistakes, they learn to fear failure. I myself struggled with this for a long time. Because of the way I grew up, I never felt good enough and felt like a disappointment all the time. An environment of fear and intimidation does just that, it causes disconnect and excessive apprehensiveness over failure.

We should never apply methods of dealing with our kids that build fear instead of love. They are kids! Our children are mistake-makers. They don’t know what you know and haven’t experienced what you have experienced, so be patient with them. They are all on a learning journey just like us. When we become afraid of their mistakes, anxiety begins to control our responses to them and fear becomes the teacher in the home. This is how intimidation has become the main parenting tool for many parents. Using various levels of intimidation, we seek to control them in order to make ourselves feel like “good parents” that have robots kids.

Do you really want fear teaching your children?

We must learn to raise our children from the inside-out, through love, to produce freedom. We should aspire to empower our kids rather than make them afraid to fail. We must develop core values in them and not fears of failure. If we train them in fear, they will only “obey” when we are present. The moment we leave the room, that very obedience will disappear and they will make any impulsive decision they want. This is why we must develop core values within them. When core values are communicated routinely, our children begin to manifest them out of instinct whether we are there or not.

Here are 10 Foundational Parenting Principles

  1. LOVE is ALWAYS the Goal: A parent’s ultimate goal is to equip their children with the ability to healthily give and receive love. It is extremely important that people learn from a young age how to give love to themselves, and others, affectionately. Wise parents will model and teach skills on how to give and receive love. Parents should exemplify greatness in this regard because our lives and actions define so much in children’s developing minds.
  2. Connection and Attention: Many children are love-starved because although their parents are around much of the time, they never really get the attention they need. It is better to spend smaller amounts of quality time with our children without distractions rather than lots of time when we are preoccupied with other activities. Learn to “tune in” to your children at all ages, especially since they go through different seasons having different needs.
  3. A Respect for Obedience and Authority: To be successful in life children must learn to be successful in relationships because life revolves around relationships. We must equip our children to respect the rights and needs of others. All relationships require giving, as well as receiving. Positive parenting denotes that parents be good authority figures for their children. Having a friendship is great, but the positive parental roles of nurturing, supporting, and wise counsel are never truly finished.
  4. Personal Responsibility and Consequences for Actions: Equip your children to make decisions and to take responsibility for their actions. They need to learn that they have the power to make things happen. They need the knowledge to respond to any situation, or be responsible. They also need to know about consequences. As strong authorities in the home, parents must reward good behavior fairly, or deliver discipline swiftly. Children’s behavior and choices must be made to preset rules, responsibilities and limits. A well-managed system of responsibility and consequences creates harmony in the home whereby everyone knows their roles. Again, this should all come from a place of LOVE. Discipline exists to shine light on any areas of weakness and it empowers children to rise up to their true potential.
  5. Security, Consequences, and Self-Esteem: Most children have a deep desire for social approval. This desire informs the development of their identity and purpose. This is why it’s important for parents to express their children’s value out loud to them often. Tell them about their gifts and abilities. Tell them about their potential, and tell them about their possibilities. Call out their greatness! Self-Esteem is a result of a sense of personal self-worth and achievement. Great parents let their children know they are loved unconditionally for who they are, not what they do.
  6. Creative Individuality: Every human being is unique. Even my own kids who are twins are totally different! Ha!  Lazy parents sometimes try to cut corners and treat every child alike. But we must realize that each child has their own strengths and weaknesses. We as parents must be wise and help cultivate their strengths and create a platform for them to shine.
  7. Modeling & Transparency: In case you haven’t noticed, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say,” doesn’t work. Positive and effective parenting requires that we actively practice everything we expect from our kids. You expect them to eat healthy? You better eat healthy! Don’t want your kids cursing? Then don’t curse. Kids learn more from our actions than our words. Along with modeling honesty, projecting openness is also important. Many parents try to hide behind their authority rather than being humble, honest and open with their kids. Transparency is essential for the development of intimate, close and bonded relationships of love and respect.
  8. Need-Fulfillment: Don’t use your kids for your own personal need-fulfillment. They are not toys or pets, they are people! Our job is to encourage the growth of a well-developed, productive, secure, independent, sociable, and responsible adult. If we as parents have unfulfilled emotional needs, we had better go get help and get healed; not take it out on or project that onto our children.
  9. Be Flexible: Parents must learn to develop their kids’ creative potential. As children grow, they change. Good parents are sensitive and flexible to their children’s growth stages. Great parents respond to and encourage growth rather than “reacting” to it. Get a plan to be flexible as they grow because having a plan helps you respond and not react.
  10. Hard Work: Positive parenting is both a need and a calling. There are few things as negative and as painful as having failed as a parent. Likewise there are few things as satisfying and fulfilling as having succeeded as one.

May you grow in your parenting because it truly is one of the most important jobs in the world!

Richard Martinez 

Transformational Expert

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Are you in those stages where you explode for everything?

Suddenly you realize that you are bad all the time, do not get along with your family, your children and much less with yourself?

The worst thing is that you try to look good with everything and everyone but always look bad?

And you definitely feel stuck, you feel with all the flaws of the world and there is nothing in the world that makes you happy?

Much to think about … but mostly many attempts all the time, trying to be and not to be.

It is thought that the strong person is the one who falls, gets up, falls and gets up and puts his happy face back. And I’m afraid to tell you that no, a strong person is the one who falls back on what he is doing wrong, makes him conscious and does everything not to repeat it again. Experience a new way of life, of being.

That’s why I want to talk to you about self-control. Self-control is to live a life with conscience, is to know where you are going … It does not mean that you will not cry or explode, the difference is knowing why you are doing it.

This theme can be applied to all parts of your life, what I will share is a great truth no matter where they live, the age they have or the success obtained so far, this applies to everyone and affects everyone , To get to live with conscience applied what I call “The 5 Laws of Life”, in fact you live with them every day, they are part of your life and I will name them: abundance, free will, integration , Transformation and influence.

To illustrate how these five laws work, which many people have tried to understand, I will share them so that “you” begin to live using them and thus obtain great benefits from them, this will transform your life and you will be ready to get everything you want.

At present we are full of correct information? In fact we have more information than we need in our hands, our phones are small computers that give us access to more information than we will ever use in our lives; Therefore, you have an abundance of information but here comes the good, you have the will or free will to choose what and from that information you are going to give it your attention.

This is where you begin to be aware because you have the power to choose what information you are going to integrate into your life and your beliefs, since that is gradually transforming you with a positive or negative course depending on how good or bad the information is That you choose to integrate into your life.

This begins to transform the world around you, it will become a part of who you are and what you are going to be sowing around you. Something clear in what you can identify what I am naming you is in the food; There is a lot of food on the market and you have to be aware and be careful when using your free choice to acquire what is good for the body and health, observe what there is in food and you will know what you are Putting on your body, you have to be selective and be in full consciousness.

Learn to keep yourself through selecting what you carry to your body and your mind, because believe me that will come to transform you and have a great impact on the way you live, food affects our energy, mood, health and thought … ponder As healthy foods will transform your physical, strength, energy and joy.

When you begin to be more aware of yourself and around you, you will stop feeling depressed, unhappy, believing that everything is bad around you. You will realize how wonderful the world she is and everything that exists in your hands to reach it.

Remember that the power is in you.

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It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

Communication can only be said to have successfully happened when the receiver of a message interprets it in the exact way the sender intended. This sounds like a simple enough concept, but accomplishing successful communication isn’t always guaranteed. This is mainly because people encounter and perceive life’s experiences from perspectives that are unique to their individual personalities, or specific cultural backgrounds. The fact that we each have unique ways of interpreting life can often cause misunderstanding in regular conversation.

As frustrating as these disparities are, they can be remedied with a conscious decision to be mindful of two things as you communicate, namely: the message you intend to convey, and the manner in which you are conveying your message. In every conversation you have, it’s not just what you say that matters, it’s how you say it as well. Taking the initiative to examine and anticipate how your message will be received can mean the difference between actually connecting with someone, or having a complete breakdown in communication.

The following are aspects of “how we say things” that we should take note of:

1. Tone of Voice
Voice intonation refers to the fluctuation in volume and pitch of a person’s voice. One method a speaker can use to provide additional information about their intended message to a listener is by modulating their tone during speech. One example of this is the difference between how people converse with children as opposed to adults. People are likelier to use a gentle tone of voice when communicating with children because a gentle tone is typically used to demonstrate approachability. On the other hand, aggressive or loud tone of voice typically demonstrates assertiveness or even hostility. Adapting your tone of voice both to the person being spoken to, and the environment of the conversation, therefore contributes to the sustainability of a conversation by letting the listener know whether to be receptive or feel repelled.

2. Stress and Emphasis
Stress and emphasis are components of speech which comprise modification of one’s accent with the specific aim of giving special importance to a word or message as a whole. One method a speaker can use to either add or subtract prominence to their dialogue is by targeting stress or emphasis onto chosen words and phrases. A simple example of this is shown in how people react to dangerous situations. If someone were to utter the phrase “Stop what you’re doing,” they would apply more stress to their speech if someone else was attacking them with a weapon as opposed to a pillow. Applying stress and emphasis to your speech is usually a technique used to get others’ attention.

3. Pace and Rhythm
Pace and rhythm refer to the speed and frequency used to utter speech. When it comes to linguistics however, this concept also involves the use of silence and pauses to modify meaning during conversation. It’s usually the case that accelerated speech is more likely to be applied in situations where all parties in a conversation have more in common with one another. A heightened pace or rhythm to your speech should mostly be used in situations where there is minimal doubt about the probability of being misunderstood by whomever you’re addressing.

There are an infinite number of techniques one can use to modify speech during conversation. The important thing to note is that the bedrock of all this effort should be emotional intelligence. Being in tune with whether your listener is feeling happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger, or disgust should inform your decision to do things like changing your tone of voice, your emphasis or the pace of your speech. When you adapt to your listener’s emotional state of mind intelligently, your communication will be received as genuine and sincere.

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We live in a fast-paced society. Everything today happens in an instant. From fast food, to speed dating, to high-speed internet connections – life can basically be summed up as work hard, play hard, go, go, go! With countless demands and responsibilities calling at us from all directions, it’s no wonder people feel like we’re expected to be in multiple places at once. Our schedules are overbooked and overwhelmed with commitments to work, family, social life, exercise, hobbies, spiritual practice, and the list goes on.

Think about it… under so much commotion everything starts feeling like a priority. It can be hard to find balance, which in turn only hurts our health and happiness. We don’t hesitate to fill up our lives with all kinds of activities, but do they really make us happy? Are we being busy or productive? Do we have a career or does the career have us? Do we have hobbies or do our hobbies have us?

It’s important to remember that we are human beings, not human doings. If you happen to be reading this, slow down and examine how you are truly spending your time. Ask yourself: are you making time for the things you most enjoy? Take a moment to slow down, breathe and check-in. Are you enjoying your labors? Are you enjoying the journey of life?

Our high-powered lifestyles require some prioritization, and sometimes the courage to say, “I want to stay true to myself, and I want to enjoy myself. These are my priorities.” We must learn the art of setting boundaries, and also learn to put away the guilt of saying, “no”.

Are your activities and commitments running your life? What’s one thing you could do today to slow down and enjoy your life?

Richard Martinez
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February 14th is a day that many get excited about and yet for many others, it brings up loneliness and pain. What does Valentine’s Day do to you? Is it a day of joy and celebration? Is it a day of sorrow and pain? Or is it a day like any other? And most importantly what is Valentine’s Day really supposed to be about?


What is Valentine’s Day?


One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. At the time Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine saw it as injustice and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Claudius found out what he was doing he ordered for him to be put to death.


Another legend says that Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. It has also been said they the first “valentine” greeting was given to Valentine while he was in prison. Stories say that he fell in love with a young girl possibly his jailor’s daughter who visited him in confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed, “from your Valentine”.


Modern Day Valentines


By middle 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange gifts of affection or handwritten notes expressing love. By 1900 we began printing cards due to printing technology. Today nearly 1 billion dollars will be spent on greetings cards for Valentine’s Day. Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated in US, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Japan it’s all about the men, the women give chocolate to the men.


Those in relationships can both enjoy and dread. They enjoy when there is time and money to do something special together and share gifts. They dread when there was just a fight in the relationship, lack time and money. Or how about singles? Many singles dread Valentine’s Day.  While guys and girls have their own specific set of challenges that stem from this holiday; the single woman’s struggle is unique for many reasons.  Many women have been taught to hold Valentine’s Day in high regard and often feel like they’re lacking in the relationship area of their life if they are single on Valentine’s Day. Society teaches us that we’re not complete if we’re not in a romantic relationship.  As a result, a lot of people feel like they don’t measure up.


Though Valentine’s Day can be a painful reminder of the fact that you’re single, it doesn’t have to be.  Instead of being depressed about being single another Valentine’s Day here are some things to focus on instead. Human beings were created for love, intimacy, nurturing, and community. All of these basic human needs can only be obtained through functional loving relationships. Life without love, intimacy, nurturing and community becomes hard, constructive, superficial, shallow, and colorless. This love is all around and doesn’t cost. You can learn some tricks to begin to enjoy more love in your life whether you are single or not. We all need and want love but it doesn’t need to come from an intimate relationship. This love isn’t just a love between two people it’s a love between a person and their life. It’s having a sense of thankfulness and gratitude towards life and the people in it.


Love feeds us, yet doesn’t come on a plate. We can gain healthy sources of love in things such as a meaningful spiritual practice, an inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity and honest and loving relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living.


The more healthy love we receive, the less we depend upon things to make us happy. The more love we have the more happiness becomes a part of who we are rather our happiness being based on what other are doing or not doing. This happiness is not based on circumstances but it’s a happiness within you that cannot be taken away.


5 Tips to Create More Love in Your Life:


Celebrate the love you do have in your life already. Gratitude is a powerful thing and is directly tied to love and appreciation.


Recognize your barriers to love. Perhaps you have been hurt or betrayed by a past relationship or you fear of being vulnerable to other people.


Give for the sake of giving. One of the best ways to bring more love into your life is to give your time and energy to others who need your help.


Spend time with people who inspire and support you


Commit to positive changes. Everyone has some part of their life they want to improve . . . the “gaps” that exist between who they are and what they want to be.


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We all know that communication is the key to success, but it is important to recognize that communication is a process that involves far more activity than simple speech. All people possess a natural instinct to analyze and interpret physical gestures by way of body language as interaction occurs. Studies have even shown that body language and tonality may be more accurate indicators of meaning and emotions than spoken word.

Considering that nonverbal communication creates a deeper impression on others than verbal communication, mastering the ability to understand and use nonverbal communication, or body language, is a powerful tool that can help you connect with others and express what you truly intend to convey. Exercising even a little deliberate control over one’s body language can thus produce immeasurable benefits in the quality of relationships we build.

The following are some tips and techniques you can follow to apply effective and constructive body language.

1. Increase your awareness of your body language.
Because communication is such an instinctive behavior, people easily neglect to be mindful of if, or when, body language is having impact on their encounters with others. Practicing effective communication in this regard therefore demands constantly reminding oneself not to default to emotionally driven nonverbal communication, but to overcome this impulse with self-controlled nonverbal communication. Simply put, develop the habit of paying attention to the demeanor of your body as you talk to others. Take notice of your posture, your stance, and general movements as emotions fluctuate during conversation.

2. Try to get more information about what you communicate nonverbally, so that you will know what to change and what to retain.
Awareness of one’s body language is a good start to effective nonverbal communication, but the most important step of this transformation is actual adjustment of behavior. This can be a challenging thing to accomplish because modifying body language typically feels counterintuitive. For instance, convincing yourself to stand tall when negative emotion makes you want to slouch can feel uncomfortable. Or convincing yourself not to be animated when a situation provokes agitation can feel unnerving. Even so, it is fundamental not to give in to the uneasiness of body language that doesn’t match one’s emotions. Pushing through that conflict consistently will more often than not produce desirable outcomes.

3. Know how certain behaviors are typically interpreted.
Considering how many moving parts our bodies possess, nonverbal communication is an activity which occurs across an expansive spectrum. Regardless of its complexity however, paying close attention to three main components of nonverbal communication can usually make it easier for you to gain control of your body language during communication. These components are: facial expressions, posture, and hand gestures. Different situations call for different reactions but it is usually the case that:
Warm facial expressions encourage receptiveness in others. The simple smile is one of the most universally recognized messages of friendship across all cultures.
Eye contact keeps others engaged in your conversation. Making an effort to look others in the eye as you talk to them is an easy way to stimulate participation in your discussions.
Upright posture projects confidence and reliability. Slouching and hunching over should be avoided at all costs because they make people think you are unsure of yourself.
Tempered and open hand gestures help put others at ease with your message. For instance, closing one’s fists constantly or speaking with folded arms are motions that are more likely to communicate confrontation or defensiveness.

4. Practice! Practice! Practice!
Like all human abilities, mastery of effective nonverbal communication can only happen with dedicated practice. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Progress may be slow, or even difficult, but in the long run the benefit of being able to develop sound relationships and interactions with others makes this transformation well worth it.

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Communication and success go hand in hand. The more effectively you communicate yourself, the better your results will be. Check out these 5 tips to ensure your ideas are communicated with power.

Stick to the point.

Powerful communication is not about saying as many things as you can in a given period of time. Rather, it is about sticking to what is relevant to the discussion, and getting your message across in the shortest — but most impact-laden — way possible.

Don’t be too casual.

The use of paraphrasing, slang, street talk and bad grammar can detract from your credibility, especially if you’re mingling with potential clients, employers and business partners. Avoid using conversation fillers such as “um” “like” and “so”. As always remember your body language speaks louder than words.

Emphasize key ideas.

Stress the highlights of your communication. If you’re confident in what you’re sharing, show it. Get excited, but don’t try too hard as you may come of as fake. When emphasizing key points be conscious of your tone of voice.

Tailor-fit your message
The way you communicate doesn’t come in “one-size fits all”. Messages should be customized depending on your audience. The way you talk to your boss wouldn’t be the same way you speak to your children or neighbors. When talking to people out of your industry remember to avoid technical jargon. Be mindful of the time and place, don’t try to have a business meeting at a bar on a Friday night.

Power in communication is sometimes determined by the quality of your rapport with others. Make use of online tools such as linkedIn and participate in local networking events.

Practice these communication tips and apply them every day. When you do, you’ll communicate powerfully and with confidence and achieve the outcomes you desire.

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