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Video – Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
by On January 29, 2010

One of the best speakers in corporate America, Steve Jobs not only conveys information, he inspires.

Here are some of the key techniques Steve Jobs uses to electrify his audiences that you can incorporate into your presentations:

1. Unveil a single headline that sets the theme and direction for your presentation. This headline will give your audience a reason to listen.

2. Make your theme clear and consistent throughout your presentation.

3. Provide an outline and provide a clear transition in between.

4. Make it easy for your listeners to follow your story.

5. Demonstrate enthusiasm and wow your audience.

6. Sell an experience. If you provide statistics or numbers, make them meaningful and connect the dots for your audience with the use of analogies.

7. Make your presentations visual. Avoid lengthy text and incorporate 1-2 images per slide. Videos, demonstrations and guests can make your presentation riveting and more like a show.

8. Identify the memorable moment(s) of your presentation and build up to it.

9. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

10. Give you audience an added bonus to walk away with.

Be Free!

Average Sucks!
by On January 28, 2010

Roger SeipThe very first “motivational speaker” I heard as an adult was a gentleman named Mort Utley. I experienced his speech in May of 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the end of a week of Sales School with the Southwestern Company.

I was 19 years old and had just finished my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, and Mr. Utley’s speech was the final component of my formal training to sell educational books door-to-door for the summer. I was absolutely coming out of my skin with an indescribable combination of intense excitement and great fear. Mort Utley’s speech made one of the most “un-motivational” statements I had ever heard. He said:

“Most people do not get what they want out of Life.”

How depressing, I thought. This guy gets paid large amounts of money to “motivate” people and he comes on stage and says that most people do not get what they want out of Life. Thanks for the tip, Mister genius – I suppose next you’ll tell me that people from France all speak French. No kidding most people don’t get what they want out of Life, I thought – WHY DO YOU THINK I AM LISTENING TO YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!

I didn’t want to be most people, and my guess is that you don’t either. If you want to be most people – broke, unhealthy, and with too little time to actually enjoy your Life – then I doubt you would be reading this blog in the first place. We spend so much of our lives wanting to fit in and be normal that we often unconsciously find ourselves striving to be like most people. In other words, we are actually trying to be average.

In America, here is what “average” really means…

– Physically – roughly half of Americans are clinically obese.
– Relationships – over half of American marriages end in divorce.
– Professionally – somewhere between 75% and 85% of Americans do not like their jobs.
– Financially – at least half of American households regularly struggle with “too much month at the end of money.”

And I could go on and on and on. Why do I spend the first part of this supposedly inspirational article being such a bummer? Well, it’s mainly because if you are serious in your quest to lead the kind of Life that you really want and really deserve, the first realization that needs to happen is that even now – in the most technologically advanced and prosperous society the world has ever seen – AVERAGE SUCKS!

A mentor of mine once gave me some advice that

“Success leaves clues,” – and – “If you do the right things long enough consistently, your success is assured.”

Some of the best advice I ever received, and I’ve never found it to be false. I’ve seen these principles bring real joy and success to thousands of individuals who’ve followed them. At the same time, when I counsel individuals or groups that are not seeing the results they desire, they are invariably in violation of one or more of the principles we teach in our workshops and in our writing.

So to sum up; people are always asking the big questions – what is the key to success? They ask God, gurus, mentors, speakers, themselves, parents, friends, the boss, the coach, sometimes they even ask us here at Freedom Personal Development.

I am here to tell you that if your question is “what’s the key?” your first challenge is that there is no key. It’s a combination lock. The principles we teach (on our blog and in our workshops) will simply help you determine what the combination is for you. I congratulate you on walking the path.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Stay Flexible and Survive the Storm
by On January 27, 2010

Tom WeberThere are many lessons you can learn from the natural world, but do you know how to apply these lessons? Let us revisit the concept of flexibility by looking at what the Tao te Ching says about it:

Men are born soft and supple;
Dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
Dead, they are brittle and dry.

Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
Is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
Is a disciple of life.

The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.

So, how can this message from one of the oldest books in human history apply to us?

We could look at it from the physical side of things, and know that we must keep our bodies flexible to stay healthy. Other examples would be plants, the most flexible can withstand hurricane force winds, green wood bends but does not break, dry wood does not bend, but breaks easily.

Even architects and engineers have to use this principle of flexibility, skyscrapers must be built to sway in the wind, and buildings that withstand earthquakes must have flexibility at their foundation.

But let us apply this lesson to our minds, to our habits, to our actions. Living by the adage: “Well, that’s just the way we’ve always done it.” Is being inflexible.

Alfred Perlman said, “After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. After ten years, throw it away and start all over.”

Take a look at your life and ask what areas could I be more flexible? Is there a situation in your life where you have decided that you are not going to budge, but if you did become flexible it might resolve the conflict?

Now, I am not suggesting that you be wishy-washy about your core values or your integrity, what I am saying is that you know the difference in you heart.

When you are in the habit of having flexibility, then when the hurricane comes, you will be like the palm tree and survive the storm.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
Instructor

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Top 10 Tips to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Your Goals
by On January 26, 2010

Overcome AdversityWho said this? “Never give up! Never give up! Never, ever give up!”

If you answered “Winston Churchill”, you would be correct! Thank goodness, there were men like him in the day when the world needed them most.

His message, of course, was related to World War II, but its implications for our lives are profound.

If a person gives up on his or her dream, all that will surely follow is sadness and depression. You need to team up with someone who will encourage you to “never, ever give up”. If you do not have a friend, parent, sibling, or spouse who fills this role for you as your biggest supporter, it can be very, very hard to persist.

In fact, those who should and could be your greatest “fan” can often be the person who you allow to keep you from your goals. Notice I said, “the person you allow”. Yes, you give permission to others to make you a “victim” of their control or criticism.

It takes courage, stamina, and most of all, patience to persist in working toward something that nobody else believes in. The person who is hurt is the one who quits. Reasonable people can work it out.

Here are 10 ways to help you achieve your dream:

  1. Have a family/friend meeting. Explain how important this goal is to you and ask your family’s indulgence to allow you the time or money (or both) that you need to work on it.
  2. Ask your family (or friends) what they believe would be fair in regards to time and money you need to spend on your project.
  3. Once you’ve agreed on time and money, stick to the bargain. Take the time and money you need and that have been agreed to and diligently work to the maximum to achieve your goal.
  4. Do not cheat yourself or your family/friend by not pursuing your dream, especially after they have “given you permission” to go for it.
  5. Learn everything you possibly can. Spend a minimum of 1/3 your allotted time and money learning more about the subject you are pursuing. Become an expert in your field.
  6. Commit to goals, short term and long term. Start with the end in mind – long term goal – and work backward when writing goals. (That’s another whole subject in itself!)
  7. Work on your dream every day of your life. Fill all the minutes and hours you’ve allotted with serious determination one day at a time.
  8. Give it all you can.  There will be days when you don’t feel like giving it your best. Give it your best anyway for that day. True, it might not be your “greatest” day, but give it all you have every day.
  9. Keep a journal. Write down what you accomplish every day. Just a few words will do, or else you will create yet another job, which you don’t need.
  10. Celebrate your achievements! Reward yourself with pre-determined gifts. Even a little bag of jellybeans would be a worthy reward for a short term goal! For your ultimate goals, give yourself the greatest reward. And then set new goals. You CAN achieve more!

Associate with people like yourself who enjoy the same kinds of pursuits. During your friendships, offer support to your peers. They will then be there for you when you need it.

Without dreams, the poet has no rhyme, the musician no song, and the artist no beauty.

To dreams! Salute!

About the Author:
Joanna Robbins is the Editor & Publisher for Power-Teams.Com at http://www.theupdate.power-teams.com, a web site for internet entrepreneurs, as well as the Power-Teams Blog at http://www.power-teams-boxes.com

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How to Face Adversity and Stay Strong
by On January 25, 2010

Leah SimpsonWhen a tree faces a windstorm or a snowstorm, it has two options: fall over or withstand the force.

A friend of mine is a landscape architect. He talks about Bradford Pear trees with great disdain because they are such a popular choice in landscaping, and yet they are weak trees. Although they look pretty, due to their poor roots and thin branches, they deteriorate in about 20 years if they do not toppled in a windstorm sooner. Storms do not strengthen the Bradford Pear tree, they destroys it.

However, many other varieties of trees actually strengthen in storms. With hearty trunks and branches that flex in storms, they withstand the strength of the snow or wind and continue to grow stronger. There are two lessons here:

1. Lesson of adaptation—being flexible when you face adversity (without snapping your trunk) will help you weather the storms of life.

2. To slightly rephrase a common cliché—That which does n0t uproot us, makes us stronger.

Being flexible when faced with adversity (without snapping your trunk) will help you weather the storms of life. Just like a Bradford Pear, if the core of who you are is brittle and inflexible, you will confront problems with rigidity and likely be uprooted. A much better option is to look for ways to lessen the affect of the problem by shifting our attitude and actions.

And of course we have all heard “that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” but it is true. Be thankful in times of trial. If you are not pushed beyond what you thought was your breaking point, and survived, you will not grow.

Be thankful for the consistent symbols all around us which remind us to face adversity with flexibility and thankfulness. After all, how else are you going to grow?

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Daily Affirmations Video
by On January 22, 2010

Watch this movie video morning and start you day in an upbeat way. Repeating and feeling this affirmations will also help attract positive results into your life.

Be Free!

Test Where You Read Best
by On January 21, 2010

Abby Marks BealeLearn How To Spend Less Time Reading More

I am not surprised when people in my reading smart workshops tell me they tend to fall asleep while they read, especially work or study material.

My first question to them is “Where do you read?” Many of them say they read in bed, others say they read on a comfortable couch or their favorite reclining chair. Well, hello?! Think about it! If you are reading in these locations, then you might just be TOO comfortable!

Reading work or study material in a comfortable place is not the ideal place to expect to get a lot of reading done. This is because the brain has been conditioned to relax there. Your body is not poised to focus on reading for a long period of time. Nor is your body position conducive for highlighting or taking notes. It is great, however, for reading fiction or other material that doesn’t “count”, especially for the purpose of relaxing.

Where CAN you read so that the brain has been conditioned to work?

For some it is an uncluttered desk or cleared off kitchen table. For others, it is a quiet library or empty classroom. Think about it: If you can get the body to believe you are working, then it will! You will be able to get more reading done, with better concentration, and ultimately better comprehension.

Test Yourself:

For 10 minutes, read in your familiar comfortable place. Then move to a more conducive place and read for another 10 minutes. See which place you read more and with better concentration.

It is important to also consider the noise level surrounding you, but that is the subject of another tip!

About the Author:

Abby Marks Beale is founder of The Corporate Educator, a professional speaking and training company specializing in helping with busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better. Go to www.TheCorporateEducator.com.

Top 10 Tips to Stay Emotionally Healthy
by On January 19, 2010

lessons-to-be-happyEmotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. People who are emotionally healthy handle stress well, deal with challenges as opportunities, have a positive self-image, and are able to sustain healthy relationships. Review the following tips on how to stay emotionally healthy.

1. Laugh often – Emotional benefits of laughter include feeling a sense of contentment and joy, shifting your perspective to a positive outlook, giving you more courage and hope, dissolving tense situations, and improving overall mood.

2. Do frequent feelings checks – Determine how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If the feeling is negative, figure out what’s causing it and take steps to resolve the unsettling situation. Reorient your emotions with affirmations and confidence to set a new tone for the day. Recognize any physiologic clues your body gives off as evidence of emotional stress.

3. Focus on the positive – Admit any negative feelings you may have, deal with them, and move on. Do not dwell on circumstances from the past or those you cannot control. Say positive affirmations and keep inspirational quotes handy. Remember that what you focus on is what you will attract in life, so put your energy toward that which you desire, not what you don’t want.

4. Take care of your physical self – The mind/body connection refers to how your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. If you are physically healthy, your emotions will tend to be high. Bodily dis-ease or illness can create a slippery slope of negative emotions which self-perpetuate other physical problems, such as insomnia, upset stomach, and general aches and pains. Respect your body by exercising, eating nutritious foods, and getting proper rest.

5. Perform relaxation exercises – Dealing with emotional ups and downs can be exhaustive and confusing. Allow your body and mind to create a blank slate so that your intentions to heal the situation can come from a place of clarity, insight, and faith instead of fear or despair. Invest time and energy into practices such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, Reiki, sea salt baths, and massage.

6. Stay socially connected – Involving yourself in projects and activities with family, friends, or the general community is a strong aspect of wellness at any age. Pick an interest that you would like to learn more about, join a club focused on that particular hobby, and form connections with those involved. Social networking websites also offer an outlet for creating relationships based on similar interests.

7. Practice mindfulness – Mindfulness is the state of being fully aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions at any given wakeful moment. Living in the here and now is a powerful self-growth tool. You begin to learn that the feelings you experience are ever-changing, you discover underlying destructive patterns that you may not have noticed before, and you evolve by changing those fixed patterns into more dynamic approaches.

8. Channel your feelings productively – If you feel acutely angered or overwhelmed, instead of harboring negative emotions, release built-up tension through activities such as running, writing in a journal, or transforming stress into motivation to achieve your goals.

9. Avoid all or nothing thinking – Thinking in terms of black and white absolutes instead of shades of grey is a common element of depression. Words like disastrous, terrible, ruined, and never should be red flag signs that you may be thinking catastrophically. Situations may be unfortunate, but not a complete end-of-the-world disaster. Consider the point that even smart people don’t always make the best choices. You can learn from your mistakes and consciously choose a healthier path next time.

10. Begin a personal development journey – If you are ready and willing to heal your life, realize that you are in the driver’s seat. Think of ways to improve yourself, your relationships, and your overall life every day. Choose thoughts, feelings, and actions that are aligned with truth, love, and power.

Emotional health ties into physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Consider Dr. Ben Kim’s answer to the question, “What is the most powerful step you can take to dramatically improve your health?”: Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only and is not intended to replace medical advice. Contact a physician if you have any questions or concerns about your physical, mental, or emotional health.

Author’s Bio
Alice Landry is featured at Examiner.com as the New Orleans Holistic Wellness Examiner. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101.com. As a registered nurse with holistic certifications in Reiki energy healing, medical intuition, meditation, and angelic guidance, Alice writes articles that she feels will educate readers and guide them on their personal growth journey to heal their lives.

How to Release Anger
by On January 18, 2010

Roger SeipI want to share with you one of the quickest and easiest ways to give yourself quantum leaps in your energy level and it hardly takes any time.

What is it? It involves releasing the heaviest and most destructive emotion that you carry around with you. You know what it is? Sadness? No. Depression? No. It is anger.

Anger that you carry around weighs you down and sucks the energy out of your life. I am continually amazed how many people, and even kids, carry around anger for so long that is just unnecessary.

For some of you reading this, there is something that a boss or a co-worker said to you a week ago that ticked you off and you are still mad about it. For others, there is something that a friend of yours did or said to you a year ago that you are literary still angry about it. There is some of you—and maybe you start to chuckle now—that something happened to you when you were 12, and if you are really honest with yourself, you will have to admit that you are still mad about it. And you know what? The person that did it to you probably does not even remember the incident.

Carrying around that particular brand of negative emotion is literally like trying to walk up a flight of stairs while carrying suitcases filled with led weights.

You have probably heard of the concept of emotional baggage. Anger is the heaviest emotional baggage that there is. So how do you get rid of if? I am going to give you a simple exercise. This is one that I had to do when I was involved in door-to-door sales.

How to Release Anger

1. Write down everything that has made you mad over the course of the past days, weeks, months or years. Write it on paper, not your computer. Look at it.

2. Tear up the piece of paper and physically watch it leave your presence. When I did this exercise, I would go to a rock, in the middle of a stream, throw it into the water and let it float away from me.

If you do not have a stream, you could take that paper and burn it. Or you could tare the paper into little pieces and then flush it down the toilet. The point is, make the paper physically leave your presence.

3. Say out loud, “I am letting that go.”

This might seems like a silly exercise, but I promise you it works. There is power in forgiveness. When you forgive somebody for a wrong they committed against you, you are the real winner.

Why are you the winner? Because carrying that anger around with you weighs heavily on your spirit. Like I mentioned, it is like walking up the stairs carrying 500 pounds on your back.

Imagine just being able to let that weight go and how much easier everything will be. Try to exercise it out. It is something that I have done with a lot of my coaching clients and it works.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor and Coach

Video – The Way You Look At Things – Dr Wayne Dyer
by On January 15, 2010

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. People tend to keep looking outside of their own self to find solutions to problems that happen within their own self.