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Three Steps to Be Calm When You’re Angry

Anger-Management_o_94581Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

At some point, everyone gets angry. The way you handle anger, though, is what distinguishes you as a respectable or an unreasonable person.

In both the office and home setting, the key to maintaining a happy life is to form good relationships with others. If you are the type of person that blows up or holds onto anger, most people won’t want you to be in their close circle.

To successfully handle your anger, try following these three steps.

1.)    Access just how ticked off you are.

Understanding why and how much is the first step to controlling the issue with class. To treat anger with the same regard each time you have an issue will most likely lead to pent up frustration because you really haven’t addressed each incident for what it is. To respect the emotions you have you is key to working through them.

2.)    Take a moment to chill out and chew on it.

We’ve all heard the advice to count to ten, but I think you should go a step further, and if possible, and take a day. Obviously, there are times when you can’t take that much time. Working in a restaurant or dealing with a difficult coworker often requires instant reactions. In that case, take a breath and try to mentally separate yourself from the situation and your anger to respond as calmly as you can. However, if the issue is a big one and you have the option to, take a day to write down your response, talk about the issue with someone close to you, and most importantly calm down.

3.)    Realize that nothing is forever.

Even your biggest issue will fade away into a distant memory if you separate who you are from your anger and move on. Realize that your emotion about whatever is angering you will not always be there. You’re bigger than the situation and you can overcome the emotions if you learn to access, ruminate and separate. It’s okay to be upset, but don’t let it control you or ruin your day. Just like anything else, we make the choice to be positive or negative. Learn to see the good stuff.

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Empathize and Become a Top Key Note Speaker

A top keynote speaker empathizes with their audience

A top keynote speaker empathizes to engage their audience.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

All too often, a keynote speaker fails completely to engage with their audience. Rather than presenting the information in a way that the audience members will respond to, they seem to drone on in a slightly self-indulgent manner. Avoid falling into the same trap by taking these tips.

Research Your Audience

It is no coincidence that a good comedian seems to push the right buttons to make an audience laugh, no matter where they are giving their performance. A comedian will spend a lot of time researching their potential audience, looking for rivalries that he can talk about, thinking about recent occurrences that they are likely to know about and so forth. They do this so that the audience can involve themselves in the performance; they engage because the comedian is talking about things that they can relate to. The same can be said for any other speaker. A person who takes the time to research their audience will find that they can integrate certain things into their speech, and so ensure that the audience doesn’t switch off.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

We’ve all been in the audience before, so we know what really irritates us about speeches. When you are preparing your presentation, just think about how your speech will come across to others, or how you would feel to be on the end of it. If you feel as though you would fail to engage with the speech, change it!

Make sure your speech packs a punch by empathizing with your audience.

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