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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Studying the LSAT and Working Full Time

How to make room for advancing your future while maintaining the present.

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Working full time and studying for the LSAT proves a delicate tightrope that many people grapple to tread. If you find yourself in such a situation, then some good news is on the horizon as many have juggled the requirements of both aspects seamlessly in the past. Today we take a look at what these individuals did and how you too can effectively balance the scales without leaning too much to one side or the other.


Starting early

Having a full-time job leaves little morsels of time to work with and often the best approach entails beginning early so that the collective total makes up constructive study hours in the long run. As a general rule of thumb for the working class, start a minimum of 4 but preferably 6 months to the date of the test. Science dictates that there are half a dozen intellectual and quality hours per day and with a demanding job breathing down your neck, you can only set aside about a third of that for productive LSAT test prep. With 3 months being the measure of ideal study time for a full-time student, you'll need double that period to be sufficiently up to par.


Maximizing your mornings

Studying in the evenings after a grueling and intellectually draining day at work is as good as reading blank textbooks. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to grasp complex concepts at this time, so start your mornings early so that you can devote this extra time when you are at your mental pinnacle to unraveling especially challenging topics. Evening study times should only be for refresher LSAT prep or going through light subject matters requiring little intellectual initiative. For those who hit their stride at night, take some time to unwind and complete your chores before getting down to business well before bedtime.

Taking some time off

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy and going back and forth between work and study is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. So take some time off of work every now and then, preferably during weekdays- you can ask for a day off every fortnight or so- as weekends are a prime study period free of work obligations. Such breaks reduce fatigue, better study performance and increase the capacity for information retention.

Prioritizing study

Given the scarce oasis of free time in your busy schedule, you cannot afford to miss even a single session and this commitment is important in spreading out the burden so that it is not overwhelming as you approach the finish line. Be sure to have a clear schedule in place and even set reminders/alarms to help enforce your timetable. If it's unavoidable to miss a single session, set aside a makeup as soon as possible.


Last but not least, have a strong finish. Once you are approaching the home run i.e. about 2 or 3 weeks to the test, take this time off to shift your focus solely to the test. The last month can make or break your LSAT test prep and it'll be hard to concentrate on working whilst focusing completely on the test.

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