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Want a NEW perspective? Join us Sept 7!

Want a new perspective? Join us Wed Sept 7

If you like many of us are tired of listening to the candidates bash each other, come to a fun, interactive evening with the Young Empowered Speakers and Debaters.  They will give you a fresh perspective!

You will have an opportunity to listen to and interact with some brave students who have released their fears and will share their ideas.

 Admission to this event will be in the form of one non-perishable food item, which we will then donate to a local food drive to help battle hunger.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016    7:00 – 8:30 PM EST @ BiZtract    255 Great Valley Pkwy, Suite #140    Malvern, PA 19355

Can’t make it out, here are 5 other ways to find a new perspective when you are having a bad moment:

  1. Use your lifeline – phone a friend – not a text or email, a real old-fashioned phone call where you actually connect to a caring human being and brainstorm alternative ways to view and solve your current situation.
  2. Connect to nature – step outside and look around.  If you are lucky enough to have this be the view from your front door like my dear friend Holly, enjoy it. water is so soothing!  No matter where you look outside think about how much bigger your world actually is beyond this moment, the beauty of nature can make you grateful and thankful for what you do have rather than what is annoying you at this moment.
  3. Listen to music – what’s your favorite song? Put on your headphones and turn it up, no matter where you are! I have so many it’s hard to choose but for today’s blog, I’m attaching my friend Francis Dunnery’s “Grateful & Thankful”. My favorite line from this song: “It’s a myth to say we block things out, when we really block them in”. Not blocking things in will help you gain a new perspective, think about it.
  4. Exercise – go for a walk or a run, head to the gym for a yoga class, stand up and stretch. Just move and feel those endorphins.
  5. All of the above – always the famous multiple-choice answer, did any of you believe, if it’s a choice it must be right, like I did?   Grab your headphones, put your sneakers on and your dog’s leashes on, go for a walk in a spot you love, call a friend, connect with the beauty of nature around you, and/or listen to your favorite song or simply enjoy the silence.

Grateful & Thankful – Francis Dunnery

I hope you enjoy Francis’ song and that it may change your perspective if it needs changing at this moment! Happy TBT!





The Beauty of Collaboration — marchforwardconsulting


In all careers, collaboration, as a skill and concept, is essential to success. Working with others is something we all must do in order to progress in society. Nothing would ever be accomplished if every human being thought independently and refused to accept ideas from others. High school students, such as myself, often struggle […]

via The Beauty of Collaboration — marchforwardconsulting

Being good @ anything takes Practice – lots of it!

Impromptu Speaking: A Personal Account -Olivia Hunt, high school student

Previously, I wrote about impromptu speaking and its format, along with how to become skilled at it. I figured that now that I’ve written about impromptu speaking in general, it’s time for me to share my personal experience with it.

I have had some practice with impromptu speaking exercises in English and writing classes before, but not much. At one of the Young Empowered Speaker’s Program meetings, I joined in with the other students and gave it a shot. As I sat and watched everybody go up to the front of the room, choose a topic and speak, it looked quite simple. I thought to myself, “this will be easy, I’ll just say the first thing that pops into my head and be completely honest”.

I approached the front of the room with confidence and proceeded to choose a topic. This is where I realized that impromptu speaking is anything BUT easy. It takes intense concentration and thought, as well as the ability to speak comfortably in front of a crowd. Once I knew what I wanted to say, the hardest part was getting my point across to the audience. I stumbled upon my own thoughts as I rambled words like ‘um’ ‘like’ and ‘you know’. It took me a while, but eventually I wrapped up my impromptu speech and distinctly restated my point.

Looking back on it, I think that restating my point at the end was the most important part of my speech. Whether anything I may have said made sense or not, I ultimately told the audience what I wanted them to know in a clear manner. When it comes to impromptu speaking, there are many, many parts to it that you can try to master, but that does take time. If you are a beginner to impromptu speaking my main advice to you would be to emphasize your point to the audience as many times as you can. This way, you leave them with a concrete idea stuck in their head.

Additionally, the more powerful your point is, the more of an impact you will have on the people you are speaking to. You should aim to make a difference in the lives of your audience members and to really make them think. Because, if you don’t, then what’s the point of speaking in the first place?

Thanks for reading ☺