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In my work, I often hear this refrain: "I'm a fine communicator one-on-one, but put me in front of a group and I just die!" There seems to be a mystique about the ability to be an effective presenter...a mystique that many professional speakers would like to maintain.

Yet the truth is that everyone has the innate gifts to present effectively in public. True, few may possess the flamboyance of the professional motivational speaker. But I question the value of many of these presentation skills. They can be mechanistically learned and may mask the speaker's own uniqueness.

I was having coffee with my friend the other day. He just joined a multi-level marketing company. The company sells aromatherapy products that improve air quality and help people to have a healthier life.

My friend had tested the products himself and he is very convinced with the effectiveness of the products.

But my friend told me, "I have problem motivating myself."

"The products are excellent. The rewards system is good. There are a lot of success stories from those who have made it to the top. But I can't keep myself going." My friend confided.

Have you felt this before?

A near middle-aged man in one of my last workshops had followed his calling for the past decade with unbounded zeal. Alas, his career had never developed into long-term employment but rather, was fraught with numerous set-backs, lay-offs and even dismissals. With five children to feed and his life passion now shelved this man faced depression and desperation.

A two step formula to achieve success.

Think

Think, think and think. Think what you want in your life. What you want to achieve? What are your desires, dreams and ambitions? What are your goals? Think something big, something great and something that is good for you. Think something that attracts you and appeals you. Think something that makes you happy. Think something that makes you more valuable. Think positive only. Don’t think what you don’t want to do.

Act Now

In these modern times we as people are very busy. We have multiple distractions. Distractions such as cell phones, computers, Ipods and 24/7 television. We are constantly talking. Even when we are listening we are continually chattering in our brain. Formulating an answer, or reacting to what is being said. We all want to talk, but so few wish to listen. We hear what is being said but are we really listening? What is listening?

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit– are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

You are a positive person if you:

1) Love yourself and your family

2) Start your day with an attitude of gratitude

3) Smile often

4) Take care of your health

5) Appreciate people for their good work

6) Let go of anger and negative feelings

7) Take responsibility of your actions

8) Forgive others

9) Enjoy your life unconditionally

10) Live in the present moment

11) Face failure bravely

12) Do not blame others for your mistakes

13) Live a purposeful life

14) Enjoy nature

15) Think good of others

16) Take pride in your work

No doubt, there are ups and downs in life. There are good and bad times. There is sunshine and there is rain. Some days are hot and some days are cold. This is life!

Whatever the circumstances, you should not deprive yourself of the joy of life. Life is for a limited period only. No one knows how long he/she will live. Why waste your precious time in worrying about the things that are beyond your control. Be happy, enjoy your life unconditionally. Bring happiness in your own life and in the lives of other people.

You may be thinking why failure is good for you.

I know, failure is a frightening word. Our parents, teachers, relatives and friends all tell us about success but no one talks about failure. Failure is considered to be a bad word. But this bad word is a reality which we all have to face, off and on, in our life whether we like it or not. Failure is a part of life and we should not afraid of failure.

Improving communication is a major need for many organizations.

Whether you are a manager, supervisor, or frontline employee, there are always opportunities to improve communication. Often, communication problems occur when people don't pay attention to the basics. Here are five keys to better communication."

Focus on the Situation or Behavior"