Following the Waterflow

Trace of water that  flowed through the street gutter after the rain

Trace of water that flowed through the street gutter after the rain

Sometimes we must take cues from nature, for instance, how water behaves.

I wish my life was like water that continuously flows on its own volition no matter what obstacles lie ahead. Water is ever flowing.  It is not afraid to seep through everywhere it can seep into. It flows through the most demeaning and belittling spaces, doing what it can to soak, soften, and plummet through boundaries. I love its fluidity as it is adaptable to the shape of everything it goes to.

My life is like water on my cupped hands. Water is cool and refreshing to the touch of my palms. Calming the water is; however, it makes my skin wrinkle in demand for its release.

I am hesitant to let free fall take over my life because of its uncertainties. Ultimately, life can be as gushing if I want to and if only I let life as it was meant to be: as free and fluid as water.

On Stars that Fall on Your Hands

Possibilities are as endless as the stars in the galaxy. We have to move our astral bodies like bodies in a chess game. Our choices determine our lives.

Possibilities are as endless as the stars in the galaxy. You have to move our astral bodies like bodies in a chess game. Your choices determine your life.

Whenever you feel that you do not deserve the good things that are happening to you or you are not good enough to willingly accept these, do not waste the gifts and opportunities. Command yourself that you will make use of them and do something good out of them. We must remind ourselves that what we do in the phase of our lifetime can affect change whether good or bad. It is through conscious decision to strive for the better that things can go well. We do not have any idea of what might life bring us, and along the road it surprises us in a hundredfold of ways. We have in our hands the ability to choose what we can do next. It is like dipping the tip of your finger on water, creating ripples with circles slowly growing larger and larger. Choose wisely.

Grace Yourself with Social Graces

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

Have you ever wondered how you appear in your workplace? Do you often think about how people perceive of your competency in your profession? It may be that you have the potential to perform well, better than what your company expects of you and become the best representative in your current field but if you appear lousy and off putting, that might damage your chances to hone in on your capabilities. One of the solutions is being mindful in presenting yourself everyday and creating a good impression to others who may need your professional help.

Social graces are important in promoting yourself. This skill set boosts your credibility as a professional and may increase your opportunities in advancing in your career. Social graces are reflected in the manner of how you interact with the people around you. They echo the culture that you are exposed to and shows you’re the role you assume in the workplace.

Learning social graces transforms you into a respectable and dignified individual. It makes you wary of how people interpret the slightest of movements. It is important to understand the corporate culture and review which actions are. You will learn the right way to dress up for certain occasions. You will know which topics are appropriate to talk about. Most importantly, you will know the right words and behavior to communicate in certain situations, and make a lasting impression in others. Of course, that does not mean that you have to change yourself wholly. You just have to find a way to adjust your habits that might send negative signals to others. You must aim to make them refined and collected.

In the process, you will build your self confidence. It makes you appear more composed and less stressed.  You will not appear shy and awkward once you are able to practice in social situations and you will find ways to present your ideas in manners that are both appropriate and impressionable. You will be able to sail smoothly and master talking to the people who can help you in the future. In a way, you present the best version of yourself – the one that is passionate, competent and reliable. Once people see and hear about your expertise, you will leave a good impression. You become memorable for the right reasons and may even become their reference in their later endeavors.

To be taken seriously, you must observe how you act around other people and identify the impressions you might be creating. Learning which words, which behavior, and which choices you have to act out reflects the kind of values you possess. Social graces teach you not only to respect others but also refine your dignity and credibility as you traverse your way into building networks to help you become a human living.

The Sky is the Limit(?)

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The heavy firmament hangs mightily above me. Clouds move about with their shadows contrasting the brightness of their cradle, calmly casting their gazes upon me with their invisible cloud eyes. This blue illusionary blanket of atmosphere is confusing me with its comfort and promise. Must I shoot my rocketship to reach the universal expanse beyond? Or is the sky really the only level of altitude I must reach?

Find Power in Practicing Power Presentation

Command attention and your message will surely be ingrained in your audience. Photo courtesy of TalkShop Facebook page.

Command attention and your message will surely be ingrained in your audience. Photo courtesy of TalkShop Facebook page.

The world faces issues that negatively affect all of us. We are responsible in maintaining an effective system that promotes harmony, well-being, and security. I am sure that everyone has intentions to help make his society better. What better way to resolve problems than to think creatively? Each of us can make a difference for the power to change is in our core. A point of view different from what is accepted is a promoter of change.

Influence is important to build a strong community for your intended cause. However, it is an unfortunate reality that most of these ideas are not heard of or not given attention because of the distracting manner of its delivery. If you do not possess good presentation skills, chances are, your purpose and ideas become hidden in technicalities and, as a result, may appear as less convincing for the intended audience. Honing your presentation skills makes you a smarter person. It challenges you to make a stand by being keener and more thoughtful in your opinions.

Practicing your skills presentation helps you to think quickly and systematically. The trick here is to capture your audience’s attention, guide them through the points you want to state and stand by, and eventually close with an impact that generates reaction. The art of effectively organizing thoughts is needed for your audience to follow you one step at a time instead of rummaging through ambiguity and confusion. The science and art of your speech content and delivery can be honed through proper guidance.

It also makes you become more confident and outstanding. It is true the nerves can get the better of you. However, once you gain confidence what you want to say, you can mitigate stress. This is a chance to embrace your preferences and open up to knowledge. Along with your purpose, your uniqueness and personality will be identified. You will never know the corresponding repercussions it might bring to the people affected. The key is to believe in yourself and to speak your mind. Do not restrict yourself by trying to please every person in the audience. You speak because you have a voice that has to be heard.

The point is to exercise speaking from your core beliefs. What you believe will flow generously for it comes from your personal trail of thought. How you feel and what you think comes from the experiences you attach meaning to. What you have gone through, along with the lessons you learned are embedded in your personality and so, become your point of view. On the other hand, it is hard to speak out of pretense. You do not know which experiences to reference from because you do not have them or you cannot find faith in them. Authenticity spawns firmness and certainty.

Each of us has the power to make a difference. Voicing out our ideas through the manner of speech is one of the means to achieve it. You do not want that your opinion, in spite of all good intentions, appear lacking, unintelligent, or worst, irrelevant. Do not let it be taken for granted by learning and practicing power presentation. Practicing the organization of thought and its delivery can command attention, and ultimately the respect of others.

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Roland Andre Malic is a creative writer and blogger who took writing and speech courses in TalkShop, under the mentorship of Sheila Viesca, CEO and Director of Communication. Still finding out his niche in life, he is on the way to self-discovery by traversing creative ventures, a step at a time, which include writing and blogging. He also finds joy in watching mind-boggling films, reading about art and history, and exploring musicians and artists from eclectic genres.

Learn to Lead the Way

Pathway to Greener Fields, Sunshine Lighting Your Way

Pathway to greener fields, sunshine lighting the way

Back when I was still a student, it was always a requirement to attend leadership seminars every time I got appointed as an officer. Of course, being a student who wants to participate in such social activities, I thought it was all about meeting different kinds of people. I thought that leadership skills are all about handling people and leading them to the right direction. However, as I pondered about the thought of leadership as holding the steering wheel to navigate the waters, I realized that leading is not the only sense in it. Now, I see honing leadership skills as a way to empower myself.

How could you lead people if you do not know where to go? It all comes down to your decisions that stem from acknowledging what you really want to accomplish. It helps you narrow down your focus and strip everything down to the main purpose. All leaders have a vision of where they would want to go and there are many possibilities and paths that can be encountered along the way. Many can be promising distractions and many can be challenges that might detour the path to your goals. It all comes down to remembering where you want to go and what you want to achieve.

Once you are clear about what you want, you become smarter in strategizing and making decisions. As mentioned earlier, the means to achieving a goal has endless possibilities. It is up to you to make adjustments on your trail if needed. Although rigidity can help you focus, welcome spontaneity and improvisation a few times. You need to be flexible and open to change while holding on steadfastly to your vision. You may not achieve your goal exactly as you visualize it, but the lessons and achievements brought by the inconsistencies and surprises you meet along the way can themselves be gratifying.

Once you learn to make smart choices, you trust yourself and become more confident. Keep in mind that leaders influence their subordinates. What a leader does and envisions will be the motivation of his followers. The people you want to lead will find inspiration in this attitude and will have a better platform to realize the goal. Organization and camaraderie in the team starts with a unified vision that is ultimately defined by the leader.

Whenever I socialize with professionals, I often see their eyes light up when they hear of leadership seminars. I did not think that it was all that important before because I saw it only as a chance to talk and chat with new people and less of building character. I came to realize the purpose of learning leadership skills. If you want a team that is united, efficient, and effective, you have to start with managing yourself. The significance of acquiring leadership skills is to effectively empower yourself to influence others.

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Roland Andre Malic is a creative writer and blogger who took writing and speech courses in TalkShop, under the mentorship of Sheila Viesca, CEO and Director of Communication. Still finding out his niche in life, he is on the way to self-discovery by traversing creative ventures, a step at a time, which include writing and blogging. He also finds joy in watching mind-boggling films, reading about art and history, and exploring musicians and artists from eclectic genres.

Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda

There have been so many things happening that I cannot find time to update my blog. One of them is the effect of the accumulated catastrophic natural calamities in certain parts of my country.

Our country is in need of help after the devastating Typhoon Yolanda and instead of blaming the corrupt government officials for providing meagre amount of help and at the same time riding on that as election propaganda, we, the more fortunate and capable ones not damaged by the typhoon, must lend a hand.

Yes, foreign donations are a great blessing but it is up to us countrymen to provide direct help.

You may comment links here about volunteer stations and organizations. I hope we could find time to be more generous, productive, and proactive human beings.