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    Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,



    This is coming to you a day early this week because on the 15th we will send the next edition of Political Literacy 101...The Next Lesson. Being remarkable comes from doing the remarkable.

    Doing the Remarkable

    by Jim Rohn

    When it comes to meeting and conquering the negativity in your life , here is a key question: what can you do, starting today, that will make a difference? What can you do during economic chaos? What can you do when everything has gone wrong? What can you do when you've run out of money, when you don't feel well and it's all gone sour? What can you do?

    Let me give you the broad answer first. You can do the most remarkable things, no matter what happens. People can do incredible things, unbelievable things, despite the most impossible or disastrous circumstances.

    Here is why humans can do remarkable things: because they are remarkable. Humans are different than any other creation. When a dog starts with weeds, he winds up with weeds. And the reason is because he's a dog. But that's not true with human beings. Humans can turn weeds into gardens..

    Humans can turn nothing into something, pennies into fortune, and disaster into success. And the reason they can do such remarkable things is because they are remarkable. Try reaching down inside of yourself; you'll come up with some more of those remarkable human gifts. They're there, waiting to be discovered and employed. .

    With those gifts, you can change anything for yourself that you wish to change. And I challenge you to do that because you can change. If you don't like how something is going for you, change it. If something isn't enough, change it. If something doesn't suit you; change it. If something doesn't please you, change it. You don't ever have to be the same after today. If you don't like your present address change it — you're not a tree!.

    If there is one thing to get excited about, it's your ability to make yourself do the necessary things, to get a desired result, to turn the negative into success. That's true excitement. .

    Vitamins for the Mind - Personal Development by Jim Rohn.

    To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract..

    We can have more than we've got because we can become more than we are..

    The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit. .

    The most important question to ask on the job is not "What am I getting?" The most important question to ask on the job is "What am I becoming?" .

    It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. .

    What you become directly influences what you get. .

    Be Real, and Not Too Smart .

    by Tony Jeary - Mr. Presentation .

    When giving a presentation it is important to remember: .

    The world hates a "know-it-all", and can spot an overly orchestrated pitch a mile away. Your job, at the front of the room, is to be credible and effective. This means that you really don't have to have every answer, and shouldn't be too slick or offer solutions that are too "pat". You need to be good, not perfect. .

    Why:.

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    Participants must trust you. You need credibility that assures that you aren't perceived as trying to "smoke something past them" or con them. It is important to be authentic or truthful, and to be real - to be approachable. Being too slick breaks the emotional connection between you and your audience. .

    How:.

    Know the difference between Being Effective vs. Being Right. The difference between being effective and being right is an important distinction -- being in the right doesn't mean that you're reaching your goal. Effective presenters and facilitators do what it takes to get the job done. They treat people fairly and equally, and will patiently lead the group to a solution. In contrast, the self-righteous facilitator gets involved in being right and dictates a position even when it is not appropriate to the process. If things don't go well, the self-righteous facilitator does not have results, but merely excuses -- "I've done what I can. It's not my fault if they didn't get it.".

    "Ninety-three percent of the believability of your message is not the content or words you use. It's not what you say but how you say it." - Judy Chaffee .

    Make Sure Your Language (verbal and nonverbal) Reinforces What You Say. You will be judged on your language patterns and how you present yourself..

    There's a lot written on this, but here are key tips:.

    Adapt your language and attitude to the group you are addressing, but avoid the temptation to seek the lowest common denominator. .

    As far as body language goes, stand up straight, use appropriate gestures, be confident and smile. .

    Maintaining eye contact is a great way to build a good rapport. If you can't look individuals in the eye, they will feel you're hiding something, no matter what you say. .

    Be aware of how you signal boredom and impatience, and studiously avoid these postures. .

    Be Able To Laugh At Yourself. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes; it's very humanizing and helps establish you as a real person. It is rare presenter who doesn't make some type of mistake some time during the presentation. But handle with care -- Self-deprecation can be an effective technique when carried off in a humorous vein, but flat statements like "I'm really not too good at this" can be credibility killers. Repeated mistakes may characterize you as very real, but a very real dummy..

    Benefits:.

    You'll earn the trust and respect of your participants..

    The group will be able to relate to you as a human being that respects their views .

    The audience is more likely to "buy into" the message..

    Action Plan:.

    Look at the material for your next presentation carefully, and have someone who is familiar with the subject matter and audience/group review it. Are there words that may signal overconfidence or over-promise? Are you taking enough time to "walk people through" your key points or does your pace suggest that you are dictating the answer? .

    Rehearse. Round up an audience that will give you candid feedback. Is your body language right? Practice using ad-hoc humor on mistakes you make. .

    Use Verbal Surveying and Targeted Polling, (found in Tony's book, Inspire Any Audience) to continuously validate your "connection" in your next session. Pay attention to the responses and make mental notes on what you may have done to generate any responses that are not completely positive. .

    How Well Can You Do On An 8th Grade Exam?.

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    This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS , and > reprinted by the Salina Journal..

    > > 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS -1895 > > ******************************** > > Grammar (Time, one hour) > > 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. > > 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that > have no modifications. > > 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph. > > 4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give > principal parts of "lie," "play,"' and "run." > > 5. Define case; Illustrate each case. > > 6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal > marks of punctuation. > > 7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and > show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of > grammar. > > ***************************************** > > Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours) > > 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of > Arithmetic. > > 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 > ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? > > 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it > worth at 50 cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare? > > 4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What > is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per > month, and have $104 for incidentals? > > 5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton. > > 6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 > days at 7 percent. > > 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and > 16 ft. long at $2 per board foot? > > 8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) > at 10 percent. > > 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per > acre, the distance of which is 640 rods? > > 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a > Receipt. > > ******************************************** > > U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes) > > 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is > divided. > > 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by > Columbus. > > 3. Relate the causes and results of the > Revolutionary War. > > 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States. > > 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas. > > 6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of > the Rebellion. > > 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, > Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe? > > 8. Name events connected with the following dates: > 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865. > > ******************************************* > > Orthography (Time, one hour) > > 1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, > phonetic, orthography, > > etymology, syllabication > > 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified? > > 3. What are the following, and give examples of > each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals > > 4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' > > 5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' > Name two exceptions under each rule. > > 6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. > Illustrate each. > > 7. Define the following prefixes and use in > connection with a word: > bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup. > > 8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the > following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last. > > 9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, > site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein!, and, raze, > raise, rays. > > 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and > indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by > syllabication. > > ********************************************* > > Geography (Time, one hour) > > 1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend? > > 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in > Kansas? > > 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean? > > 4. Describe the mountains of North America. > > 5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, > Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, > Aspinwall and Orinoco. > > 6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of > the U.S. > > 7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the > capital of each. > > 8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific > in the same latitude? > > 9. Describe the process by which the water of the > ocean returns to > the sources of rivers. > > 10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the > inclination of the earth. > > ********************************************** > > Notice that the exam took SIX HOURS to complete. > Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new > meaning, doesn't it !!!! William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD CEO and Founder Champions For Life Foundation PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989 909-301-0605 Phone 909-301-0606 FAX wprouty@aol.com www.gewdc.org Top of Form 1 &&&&&&& Bottom of Form 1

    William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
    CEO and Founder
    Champions For Life Foundation
    PO Box 989, Sun City, CA 92586-0989
    909-301-0605 Phone
    909-301-0606 FAX
    wprouty@aol.com
    www.gewdc.org


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