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The highlights say it all.

Catch Game 7 on Father’s Day (June 19, 2016)

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Size Matters.

The true size of Africa.

Comparison Chart Source Economist.com

How can you generalize a place that is literally larger than life?

Most people do not realize the actual size of Africa.

Africa is a continent larger than any other in the world.

You better believe it isn’t just full of jungles and mud pits…

-Maya

Speaking Out Loud

Techniques to Improve Presentation Skills

Anxiety reducing techniques

When giving a presentation the speaker should keep in mind that the audience is not their enemy.

Presenters can reduce anxiety by first changing their view of the audience; presenters should look at the audience as collaborators.

Then, involve the audience by asking questions, etc.

  • Don’t panic
  • Counting to three-five or six times
  • Pass the responsibilities
  • Remember honesty
  • Avoid Freezing

Fear

Fear is a common factor which impacts the delivery of most presentations.

A way to improve presentation delivery, reduce anxiety and fear is to practice deep breathing techniques.

Deep breathing exercises, counting, etc. reduces anxiety and avoids the going blank phenomenon

Silence

As a presenter, it is important to know that you don’t have to fill every moment but you should avoid long periods of silence.

If you need a minute to gather your thoughts, multitask-pause if needed 5-10 seconds.

  • Avoid silence
  • Gather your thoughts
  • Express yourself
  • Be honest with the audience

Beginning the Presentation

Have a really good introduction into the presentation, strive past the first minute, throw out questions, relate to personal experiences, concerns, familiarity.

  • Start with a strong introduction
  • Get through the first minute
  • Involve the audience

Positive visualization

Imagine a successful outcome to the presentation, imagine the applause and a job well done.

When you remain positive you have better chances of achieving success.

  • Change your view
  • Be positive
  • Pass the responsibilities

Overall presentation

A presentation is about the “Big Picture” keep the presentation short and elaborate through handouts or memos.

Keep in mind that this presentation is for giving information, it is not all about you.

During a lecture offer a story or anecdote.

Switch it up after five minutes, change tone, ask for feedback.

  • Big picture
  • Collaboration
  • Build constant variation
  • Water/stretch break
  • Feedback

Dealing with the unexpected

There may be challenging people during presentations but the best way to deal with them is to not be combative but embrace the tough questions.

Involve other audience members for their view.

Be persuasive but not combative-postpone disagreement

  • Remain calm
  • Utilize backup plan
  • Generate and discuss questions

Lateral persuasion

It is imperative to be successful in communication, both verbal and non verbal.

Once a person obtains good communication skills they can master their presentation skills.

This can be achieved by keeping in mind that the audience are collaborators and they can have a positive impact on your presentation.

Pay attention  to cues and nonverbal communication

Less is more-use handouts-memos

  • Informative approach
  • non defensive-examples, personal stories, testimonials

-Maya

Hidden Colors 1-4

The day I learned my history did not start with slaves arriving in America, my life changed.

Having a new, different, and better perspective of myself, my history, and my people has had such a positive impact on my life thus far.

The more I learn about my history, before African enslavement, the more I want to spread that knowledge.

I was sleep, now I am aware, I am seeking consciousness to be fully WOKE.

I’m not entirely WOKE now because I still have so many questions, and there is still so much to learn…

  1. Sleep
  2. Aware
  3. Conscious
  4. Woke

Where are you on this list?

Tariq Nasheed is beyond brave for exposing the truth and breaking the stereotypes which surround people who have melanin, admirable for taking the time to fact check, gather evidence, and spreading the real history of this world.

For so long, black people, African Americans, Africans,  people with melanin have remained under a state of oppression, my question is how can we change that?

How can we change a system set in place to ensure our failure?

It begins with knowing yourself, and your history, gaining a better appreciation for yourself and knowing your worth.

We need to stop getting spoon fed the wrong information which is leading us down the road of thinking that we are worthless which in reality or history was interrupted.

I would recommend that EVERYONE, not just melaninated individuals, to check out “Hidden Colors” to learn the true history of African people which is essentially the history of the world as we know it.

It is our history, all of the omissions from our grade school/high school history classes.

Please watch these videos, this is not someone voicing their emotional opinion; it’s FACTUAL!!!

In a world dominated by racism, it is your duty to find out what you want to know.

Your knowledge will not be handed to you on a silver platter.

It is in a security vault, not in a textbook.

-Maya

Afeni Shakur- More Than Just Tupac’s Mom

Black Panther, Activist, Philanthropist

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Mother, Teacher

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A Woman Who Overcame

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A Phenomenal Woman who taught us lessons in courage, determination, love and strength (at an early age).

Rest in Peace. 1947-2016

Look it up! http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/05/03/afeni-shakur-mother-rapper-tupac-dies-69/83863486/

 

 

Ain’t I a woman, too? Three lessons on womanhood from Sojourner Truth 

1. Women are powerful.

All through history woman have proved to be the foundation of this world.

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again… and now, they is asking to do it. The man better let em.”

-Sojourner Truth, 1851

I think about that quote often and wonder about the progress we have truly made as women.Women, especially African American women, have fought endlessly in the name of justice and equality and the fight in still going.

2. A woman’s self awareness is crucial for survival.

Sojourner Truth was sold with a flock of sheep for $100 at the age of 9, but she was determined to become much more than a girl sold with a flock of sheep. She was able to recognized her true worth and became an inspiration to generations of woman that came after.
So, how does a woman truly gain equality in America? Maybe first we have to recognize our worth. It sure isn’t a simple answer but a challenge to get to know yourself, love yourself, and begin to live life like you mean it.

Women are portrayed in many ways in media and entertainment. It is often less than strong, independent, or successful.

Taking a look at history, the discrepancies in our representation are apparent.

We can recognize our true worth. The scenario may be different, but the lesson is the same. We have to protect our virtue and realize we are not what someone says we are. We are not what reality television says we are. We are not easily manipulated.

We are worth much more than what is suggested.

3. A small act of bravery can be heroic.

Sojourner Truth was more than admirable for escaping slavery, a hero for not staying hidden.

Sojourner Truth went on to help others as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist using her voice and qualities and gift to help others.

How brave are you? Can you escape the confinement of your mind and remain in a state of awareness?

After all, we this same type of woman.

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(Photo Cred: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth)

Watch Kerry Washington recite the full speech “Ain’t I a Woman” by Sojourner Truth here 

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