Beginner’s Mind – Experience Power And Beauty In The Present Moment

Have you ever watched a child who is just learning to walk? Their sheer joy is contagious! The sense of amazement and accomplishment in their eyes reflects a special state of mind. In martial arts and many Eastern traditions, this is known as “beginner’s mind” – being fully engaged in the experience, fully present in the moment, without expectation or comparison. This is where true learning happens.

Years ago, I practiced a martial art called Aikido. My sensei (teacher) was a very quiet Japanese man who taught primarily through demonstration, not words. But if he saw someone “going through the motions,” he would gently remind us to move back into beginner’s mind, where we could be fully attentive and apply the best of ourselves.

This simple concept can enhance our experience of any aspect of life. It brings joy to even the most mundane tasks, and it helps us develop a stronger sense of awareness in everyday life.

If you find that your life or current activity is feeling a little boring, here are some tips to help shift your

Practise Beginner’s Mind

* Do something new at least once a week. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant or talking to a stranger, experiences that are out of the ordinary will shift your mindset.

* Do an ordinary task in a different way. Try taking a new route to work or even brushing your teeth with the opposite hand.

* Pause in the middle of an activity and ask yourself: how would it feel if I was doing this for the first time in my life?

Over Done Cologne and Your Business Presentation

One of the easiest ways to destroy a business presentation is to over do the perfume or cologne, as it is distracting and even if the scent is one of high-price and quality, it also is a turn-off to a board of directors or decision making group? After all what are you trying to hide? Are you trying to mask the fact that your program or pitch stinks as much as your body odor? Over Done Cologne and Your Business Presentation do not mix.

What scents make the most sense? It is not so much the scent as it is the lack of a domination over your victims. Over doing the cologne or perfume is not a smart tactic and yet we see so many folks doing this.

Before my retirement as a Franchisor Founder, I had many people present ideas, concepts, products and services to my company and occasionally someone would come in with impeccable attire and over done cologne or perfume, it was such a turn off that rarely did I ever reward them with an order of any kind.

One time we had a gal, quite good looking come in and pitch us one some cleaning products to use in our franchise company. She was very nice, sincere sounding and yet all that perfume, just made me wonder what on Earth she was hiding? I even thought, I wonder if their cleaning chemicals would be that obnoxious. One of our senior executives asked her on a date, which she accepted but we never bought anything from that company. Consider all this in 2006.

Christian Public Speaker – A Flexible Choice for Any Presentation Or Event

A Christian public speaker can present a topic at any event. They are just as effective as long as their experience and presentation background include the message being conveyed. These speakers are often shied away from for less personal events because of their religious knowledge. The fear of offending audience members shadows the many benefits these presenters have to offer. What many event planners do not understand is that Christian oriented speakers do not have to provide presentations that come from a religious standpoint. Public speaking comes in many different forms and religious presenters are just as versatile as any other form of speaker.

A Christian Public Speaker Is More Than Just Spiritual Inspiration

Remove Christian and you are left with a public speaking expert. Christian speakers are very uplifting and have personal experiences that can relate to every audience member. For non-religious events, they provide the inspiration of using personal strength to deal with struggles individuals are going through at work and in their home life. Handling stress in the workplace is an example of one of these struggles. It is guaranteed that a Christian speaker has dealt with stress and other very common issues. They can discuss how they personally felt and offer new ways to tackles these problems. Other issues such as working relationships, productivity, team building, and communication can all be easily covered by one of these presenters. The word Christian throws planners and individuals off because an automatic association is made involving faith and religion. While these presenters are often experts in this realm of speaking, this is not the only presentation topic they can cover. Christian presenters have gone through the same experiences as all others and have the skills necessary to be serene and connect to the audience in a more personal manner.

Benefits Received From Choosing a Christian Public Speaker

A general public speaker covers topics in a more formal manner. This approach can be effective for certain events; however, the additional inspiration a Christian public speaker can provide is also beneficial. Great public speakers can knowledgeably discuss a topic and make it appealing to the audience. They may not be able to personally connect to them through personal experience and inspire them to change their thinking or try new things. Their abundance of real life incidents make them more real to the audience. Knowledge can be impressive. When a speaker has been through the same issues and rose above them, that makes a true impact. That is why these presenters are commonly used as life coaches and to inspire lifestyle changes. Audience members want to see and hear someone they can relate to. This peak in interest helps make the event and message more memorable to everyone involved. The stories and advice received can compel people to improve their lives by making positive changes in their surrounding environment. Not every speaker has this ability and overlooking Christian presenters out of fear or misunderstanding may reduce the chances of an even being successful. Consider what Christian presenters bring to the table for audience members and the entire event before writing them off as an option.