5 Reasons To Love Public Speaking

5 Reasons To Love Public Speaking

Public Speaking...Yuck!
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Public speaking is one of the greatest fear throughout the entire country. Many people hate the fact the public speaking is a huge part of the education system. I hate to break it to everyone, but no matter how hard we try it is not going away any time soon. So instead of hating something that is so prominent in our daily lives, let's learn to love it! Here are 5 reasons everyone should love public speaking.

1. It breaks you out of your shell

All throughout my education I was always the shy one. Never really spoke up for what I believed in, never answered any questions in class, never worked with someone on a project that I was not friends with, and I absolutely dreaded presentations. My public speaking class broke me out of that mindset and behavior real quick. You would never believe that I am the same person I was in elementary school, middle school, and even high school. Taking that course really allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and to show and be who I really am.

2. It will help you in life

Public speaking is something that many never ever want to have to deal with, but guess what! You have to! Whether you want to be an electrician, a plumber, advertising executive, doctor, etc. you are going to have to use public speaking at some point or another. No matter what your occupation is in life, or even if you don't have a job, you will still use public speaking. Public speaking is apart of our everyday lives, so it is most definitely not going away anytime soon.

3. You will become a leader

No matter how good you are at public speaking or how comfortable you are with it, it is still a difficult task for many. Speaking in front of people is very difficult and a lot of people will refuse to do it. Overcoming the fear will prove you to be a leader. Doing something that others dread and refuse to do puts you on top and allows people to view as a leader. So do not follow the trend and refuse to public speak or hate it. Be a leader and embrace it, love it.

4. You allow the chance for your voice to be heard

We all have something important to say, but are often too afraid to say it. Public speaking allows for many to have the voice and gain the voice that they want to have! Speaking your mind is very vital in life. If you do not speak and stand up for what you want, the change will never happen. If you hate public speaking, you will never want to do this, therefore you will never see change. So use the power of public speaking and speak up for what you want! Be the change!

5. You will become a better listener

A big part of public speaking is listening. When you speak in front of people you want to be heard. You want people to understand your points and to not just sit there. You want them to comprehend what your are saying and to remember it and to use it. So because of the fact that you want to be heard, you will do the same to others. You voice your opinions and it will interest you to hear what others are saying as well. The more you speak, the better listener you will become.

I know public speaking is not for everyone, but regardless you will still have to use those skills in your everyday life. Many of us fear it and dread having to do it. It is not going away, so you might as well learn to love it! Use your voice! Be heard! Be comfortable and confident in what you say, because it is important!

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5 Things I Learned While Being A CNA

It's more than just $10 an hour. It is priceless.
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If I asked you to wipe someone's butt for $10 would you do it? If I asked you to give a shower to a blind, mentally confused person for $10 would you do it? If I asked you to simply wear a shirt stained with feces that was not your own for 12+ hours for $10 would you do it?

You probably wouldn't do it. I do it every day. During the course of one hour I change diapers, give showers to those who can no longer bathe themselves, feed mouths that sometimes can no longer speak and show love to some that do not even know I am there all for ten dollars.

I am a certified nursing assistant.

My experiences while working as a CNA have made me realize a few things that I believe every person should consider, especially those that are in the medical field.

1. The World Needs More People To Care

Working as a nursing assistant is not my only source of income. For the past year I have also worked as a waitress. There are nights that I make triple the amount while working as a waitress for 6 hours than I make while taking care of several lives during a 12 hour shift. Don't get me wrong, being a waitress is not a piece of cake. I do, however, find it upsetting that people care more about the quality of their food than the quality of care that human beings are receiving. I think the problem with the world is that we need to care more or more people need to start caring.

2. I Would Do This Job For Free

One of my teachers in high school said "I love my job so much, if I didn't have to pay bills, I would do it for free." I had no clue what this guy was talking about. He would work for free? He would teach drama filled, immature high school students for free? He's crazy.

I thought he was crazy until I became a CNA. Now I can honestly say that this is a job I would do for free. I would do it for free? I'd wipe butts for free? I must be crazy.

There is a very common misconception that I am just a butt-wiper, but I am more than that. I save lives!

Every night I walk into work with a smile on my face at 5:00 PM, and I leave with a grin plastered on my face from ear to ear every morning at 5:30 AM. These people are not just patients, they are my family. I am the last face they see at night and the first one they talk to in the morning.

3. Eat Dessert First

Eat your dessert first. My biggest pet peeve is when I hear another CNA yell at another human being as if they are being scolded. One day I witnessed a co-worker take away a resident's ice cream, because they insisted the resident needed to "get their protein."

Although that may be true, we are here to take care of the patients because they can't do it themselves. Residents do not pay thousands of dollars each month to be treated as if they are pests. Our ninety-year-old patients do not need to be treated as children. Our job is not to boss our patients around.

This might be their last damn meal and you stole their ice cream and forced them to eat a tasteless cafeteria puree.

Since that day I have chosen to eat desserts first when I go out to eat. The next second of my life is not promised. Yes, I would rather consume an entire dessert by myself and be too full to finish my main course, than to eat my pasta and say something along the lines of "No, I'll pass on cheesecake. I'll take the check."

A bowl of ice cream is not going to decrease the length of anyone's life any more than a ham sandwich is going to increase the length of anyone's life. Therefore, I give my patients their dessert first.

4. Life Goes On

This phrase is simply a phrase until life experience gives it a real meaning. If you and your boyfriend break up or you get a bad grade on a test life will still continue. Life goes on.

As a health care professional you make memories and bonds with patients and residents. This summer a resident that I was close to was slowly slipping away. I knew, the nurses knew and the family knew. Just because you know doesn't mean that you're ready. I tried my best to fit in a quick lunch break and even though I rushed to get back, I was too late. The nurse asked me to fulfill my duty to carry on with post-mortem care. My eyes were filled with tears as I gathered my supplies to perform the routine bed bath. I brushed their hair one last time, closed their eye lids and talked to them while cleansing their still lifeless body. Through the entire process I talked and explained what I was doing as I would if my patient were still living.

That night changed my life.

How could they be gone just like that? I tried to collect my thoughts for a moment. I broke down for a second before *ding* my next call. I didn't have a moment to break down, because life goes on.

So, I walked into my next residents room and laughed and joked with them as I normally would. I put on a smile and I probably gave more hugs that night than I normally do.

That night I learned something. Life goes on, no matter how bad you want it to just slow down. Never take anything for granted.

5. My Patients Give My Life Meaning

My residents gave my life a new meaning. I will never forget the day I worked twelve hours and the person that was supposed to come in for me never showed up. I needed coffee, rest, breakfast or preferably all of the above. I recall feeling exasperated and now I regret slightly pondering to myself "Should I really be spending my summer like this?" Something happened that changed my view on life completely. I walked into a resident's room and said "Don't worry it's not Thursday yet", since I had told her on that Tuesday morning that she wouldn't see me until I worked again on Thursday. She laughed and exclaimed "I didn't think so, but I didn't want to say anything," she chuckled and then she smiled at me again before she said, "Well... I am glad you're still here." The look on her face did nothing less than prove her words to be true. That's when I realized that I was right where I needed to be.

Yes, I was exhausted. Yes, I needed caffeine or a sufficient amount of sleep. My job is not just a job. My work is not for a paycheck. My residents mean more to me than any amount of money.

I don't mind doing what I do for $10; because you can't put a price on love. The memories that I have with my patients are priceless.


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5 Things To Do To Expand Your Knowledge

Yes, even watching a news channel can make you more knowledgeable.

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I don't know about you, but I love that there are so many things we can do to expand our knowledge. Our world is full of endless opportunities, and every person's job is to share something with someone. I believe that if you know something that someone else doesn't you are teaching them something. Even if it is about how a certain disease is spreading across the world, I can almost guarantee you that they don't know about it. Here is a quick list of things that you can do to expand your knowledge!

1. Watch a news channel every day 

Something is happening every minute of the day. Whether we like it or not, there is something that is happening in the world. It is important to be curious about other parts of the world because that country is most likely doing business with someone in the United States.

2. Look up words in the dictionary that you don't know

If you are reading a book and you come across a word you don't know, what do you do? Do you just keep on reading and hope there are context clues to help you? Or do you actually look them up so that you know the word now? Well, I have known a few people that have a notebook specifically for writing down all the words they come across that they don't know. What a smart idea! I think we can all take notes from that.

3. Watch TED Talks 

TED talks! I have seen so many TED talks while I have been in college. There are so many topics that are talked about and stories to be heard and told. These really aren't long videos, but they help you develop as a person and it makes you think about your personal choices.

4. Watch documentaries 

Documentaries tend to be very informational. It is a way telling others a story through video and language. These can be made pretty accessible on Netflix or even Youtube if you are trying to see some of them for free. These aren't the types of movies you are ecstatic to see, but it could assist you in learning about a certain period of history or about a specific person.

5. Talk to other people and ask questions

Never be ashamed to ask people questions if you want to learn more about something. The best way to learn something is just to talk to people. Everyone has something to offer, even if it about Starbuck's newest drink. Remember, it really is about the little things in life. Appreciate all that you hear and all that you do.

I hope that some of these are helpful, even if they are pretty obvious. We all want to be the smartest in the room, but this is impossible if we aren't always looking for opportunities to grow or learn.

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