• 6 Tips to Start Speaking Your Mind

    Assertive communication involves getting your point across in the most direct and open way possible, while still remaining cool and collected. It takes confidence to put your thoughts into clear words. Click here to first learn more about how to strengthen your confidence. Just the idea of being assertive can absolutely feel intimidating. When you do so, you’re allowing yourself to be vulnerable, which is probably you’re real fear: not being assertive. When you’re young, speaking up against the school bully sounds like the last thing you want to partake in. It may be that you’re still afraid to speak up to or against others now, as an adult. Some…

  • How To Create Confidence

    Very few people are born with natural, unbreakable confidence. The rest of us are forced to create it pretty much out of thin air… or we never do. The choice is ours. Of course, I’m talking about self-confidence in this context. It’s defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Embodying confidence isn’t as difficult as you might believe. At some point in your life, you’ve probably had someone tell you to “fake it ’til you make it.” To some degree, I do agree with this sentiment. When you’re trying to build up your confidence, faking it is…

  • Are You Really Listening?

    Public speaking and the fear of doing so is something people commonly discuss, but something not quite as frequently mentioned is the act of listening. When I refer to listening, I’m not solely alluding to the act of using the ears and brain to take in and process information. I’m talking about being a good audience member, a good friend, and a good confidant. Your status as a good or bad listener may be determining the success of your social, work, and romantic lives. But don’t fret! You can improve. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway “When you talk, you are only repeating what you…