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Let Your Appearance Speak for You, Not Against You!
Every 7 seconds another baby boomer turns 50. What does an aging workforce mean? It means that the average age of your seminar attendee if getting older. Health is becoming the most precious asset and they are having less and less of it. It means that if you are talking about reaching your dreams, achieving successful career, or making a lot of money and you are not exhibiting glowing health, you are not believable. It also means that the underlying interest of your audience, no matter what you are speaking about, is the universal search for how to deal with aging. The relation of one's age to one's appearance is more important than ever before. To look and feel younger than one's age has increasingly become a yardstick of success.
Aging would not be so bad if it did not tell on us in every encounter with others, as we take each other's measure. As we hug one another, we register the love handles on the other's waist, the flab on their arms, and the sag on their cheeks. We stare in each other's faces. After all, only saints find no pleasure in the wrinkles of their peers. But we are not inexcusable sinners, either; we check on others only to find out how we, ourselves, are doing.
We always want to know the age of the person we meet. Estimating one's age and deciding whether or not she has worn it well tells a lot about a person. Nowadays, it is as important as reading her resume. It used to be that we would buy a book and not know how the writer looked or how old he was. His credentials were all that mattered. Now it is the custom, whether in an article or a book, to picture the author and reveal his age. We want to know how the author looks and his age before we read his book. We want to compare these two pieces of information and decide whether the author is knowledgeable about something we want to know. With about half of the population being over 35, this is not an unexpected trend. Preoccupation with age is a reality for our rapidly aging society.
Health and beauty are considered to be chronological losses. In my books Your Right to Be Beautiful and Beautiful On Raw I will convince you they don't have to be. It is biologically possible to look beautiful at any age. I intend to prove that beauty is not an accident; beauty is your birthright, it can be yours through the right daily choices, food you put in your mouth being the most important one. You can dramatically improve your appearance and do it 100 percent on your own without expensive products, plastic surgery or costly cosmetics.
Interviewers often ask me this?Can anybody can be beautiful through a raw food diet? Or do you have to possess some basic beauty characteristics to begin with? The fact is, all the things we think are basic-high cheekbones, certain body proportions, all the things we label "bone structure," really only hold a minute advantage. As you get older, how tall or how blonde you were born becomes irrelevant. After 40, a glowing complexion is far more important than long legs. Shining and full hair is more important than its color. Clear eyes become a much bigger asset than their size. After 40, any waistline is an achievement, not just 36-24-36.
I can't promise you'll look 20 years old. If you really want a tiara, try Tiffany's. You'll have better luck there than the Miss America pageant. But I can promise you one thing. I promise this? you will be very pleased at how beautiful you could be. Should be. Can be. Nothing is more gratifying than looking your very best.
Most of us know that what we eat affects how we feel. But what the food we put into our mouth has to do with how we look. EVERYTHING! At any moment in time, you are either degenerating or rejuvenating. You are either going one way or the other depending on the lifestyle choices you make.
Hereditary characteristics are determined by our family lineage, the food choices our mothers made during pregnancy, and our environment. Oriental diagnosis has noted small eyes are caused by the consumption of cooked vegetables and animal products during pregnancy and early childhood. Large eyes, on the other hand, are caused by intake of foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, and fruit juices. Long eyelashes in a child indicate the intake of substantial amounts of liquids, raw vegetables, and fruits by the pregnant mother.
Some physical characteristics of our face and body we cannot change--they were determined prior to our birth. But the consumption of the raw plant diet as an adult will make a difference in the texture of skin and hair, the health of nails, weight and complexion. All of these traits and more are determined by daily choices, with food being one of the most important and, luckily, the one we have full control of.
People who have been on the raw food lifestyle for several years begin to have a glow, the kind not often seen in middle-aged people. Optimal health is recognized by an emerging radiance. Glow is hard to fake because it is internal. It comes from an abundance of clear, pink, almost transparent cells that light up the face. Only superior blood circulation can bring this transfiguring glow. I have seen people in their 60s and 70s glowing with health. You cannot take your eyes off their faces they are so beautiful.
The body becomes transcended and will unfold from the inside out. While your non-raw eating peers discover new blemishes, blotches, and moles on a nearly daily basis, you will see your own skin irregularities gradually fade or disappear. Feeding your body raw food will make eyes, once sunken in bulbous flesh, look larger and more round by eliminating the surrounding puffiness and by firming the eyelids. Eyebrows that were beginning to form an awning over the eyes will regain their youthful arch. As natural collagen production improves, it will fill in the places where it is needed as in hollow cheeks. It will not just patch your face, but every one of your 3,000 square inches of skin will improve.
Raw food eating will clarify and refine your features and bring delicacy to your face. This diet will give the impression of high cheekbones. In fact, it will give the effect of a cheek implant, by providing a subtle contour to the cheek area. The blurred chin-to-neck curve will become sharper and more pronounced. Broad jaws and square jowls will gradually give way to the more desirable oval shape. Sagging and hanging cheeks will gradually become more taut and tight. Incidentally, the oval-shaped face, higher cheekbones, thinner jaws, and larger eyes are features universally considered to be the major characteristics of a beautiful face.
Dissatisfaction with one's appearance arises not from perceiving our bodies inaccurately but because subconsciously we are aware we haven't achieved our optimal look. Unhappiness results when your perceived self, the one you see in the mirror, and the ideal self, the one you feel you can be, differ. Absence of internal physical integrity results in a faulty body image and lack of self-esteem. The body is experienced as alien, an imposter, or as non-self when there is a discrepancy between your real self and your ideal self. This makes even models feel unhappy about their looks. On the contrary, the raw food diet gives one the feeling of authenticity, an assurance we have become what we were meant to be. And your speaking abilities will strive on this acquired self- confidence.
This diet has been embraced by many models (Carol Alt), actresses (Demi Moore) and others who rely on maintaining their looks to maintain their careers. Public speakers are no less reliant on their immediate personal impact to retain their viability. Health message has been included in their presentations by the most famous speakers of the past and present such as Napoleon Hills and Tony Robins. You change your speaking material, your wardrobe, your presentation, why not the way you live as well? So how do you look your best without distracting everyone by tons of make-up or plastic self? Try relying on a complete lifestyle change.
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Tonya Zavasta is the raw food lifestyle expert, the author of the books Beautiful On Raw: UnCooked Creations and Your Right to Be Beautiful: How to Halt the Train of Aging and Meet the Most Beautiful You, named a 2004 Health Book of the Year Award finalist by ForeWord Magazine.
Afflicted from birth with hip problems that have required extensive surgeries to enable her to walk, Tonya sought a way to offset the devastating effects of anesthetics on her health and appearance. She found the solution to her quest for health and beauty in the raw food lifestyle or the Rawsome diet as she calls it. In her seminars, author Tonya Zavasta- a dynamic motivational speaker and standup comedienne- delivers unforgettable messages about possibilities available in personal transformation. Visit: http://www.beautifulonraw.com or call: 866-STAY-RAW
The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Speakers
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I am terrified of heights. The thought of skydiving, for example makes my stomach do somersaults. I am also very nervous about closed spaces, claustrophobia. People and what they are afraid of is a fascinating subject. Fear itself is a funny thing. For example, in a survey respondents indicated that even more than death, they were afraid of public speaking!
Public Speaking for Scaredy Cats
Business communications researchers have studied the phenomenon of stage fright experienced by would-be public speakers. Let me summarize most of the findings in very down-to-earth terms: Most people would rather die than stand up before an audience and deliver a speech.
Conquer Presentation Anxiety: Olympic Athletes Show Us How
Whether going for the gold or giving a presentation, the beast of performance anxiety rears its ugly head. Your hands are clammy, your knees wobbly and your heart is pounding. You've developed a shortness of breath and your breakfast is staging an uprising. The pressure is on, and you want to succeed and perform at the top of your game.
Internet Marketing and Public Speaking: Seven Steps to a Successful Murder Board
I recently posted an article providing tips on public speaking for internet marketers, and was bombarded with Emails asking me to expand on one tip in particular-how to conduct a Murder Board, a realistic simulated practice. I did so in a follow-up article providing a more detailed explanation of this practice method, which has its origins in the US military. Now, below, I provide the seven step method to conduct this invaluable practice. This is excerpted from Chapter 14 of my book, The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations.
Giving Presentations: Public Speaking Secrets in a Nutshell
A high level manager contacted me in a panic. He was upset that his supervisor had asked him to give an important presentation in three days. He needed help - fast.
Speech Training - Building Your Voice, Tips from a Professional
Having a clear and confident voice is an essential business skill to be an effective leader, manager and communicator.
On a recent Sunday evening, I watched a friend 'graduate' from a beginner's class for stand-up comedians.
A Short Guide to Effective Public Speaking
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I believe that asking for and acting on objective feedback is the best way to improve your speaking skills. In our Excellence in Speaking Institute (ESI), we call this 20/20 feedback.
Start Conversations as Easily as You Start a Car
Starting a car is easy. Put the key in, turn it, and the car starts. Would it not be great if starting a conversation was this easy? It can be--if you know how!
Ten Tips on Speaking with Authority and Power
No matter how good you are as a presenter, there will be times when you need to make sure you exude power and authority. If you are 'the boss' and want to be certain the staff will do your bidding you will need to come across with power and authority. You will also have to come across authoritatively when presenting at a large conference when your competitors will also be present. Equally you will need to be seen as powerful if you are wishing to make a name for yourself within your industry. However, even though you may want power and authority in these settings, you will not wish to appear arrogant or bossy. Using these ten tips you'll achieve the right balance.
How To Start With Public Speaking
I don't know how many books, articles, manuals and scripts have been written on that topic. But, I am sure that now there is one more. So why do I dare to write another one? Because I have to contribute a different perspective. I found that all these "how-to" writings about speaking focus on 2 basic things:
For Speaking Ease, Forgive Your Younger Self
I love the Disney movie The Kid with Bruce Willis. In it he plays a stressed-out, high-power image consultant. He wears expensive suits, lives in a chic, elegantly furnished home and has all the money he can spend. His biggest challenge comes when a young boy--his younger self--comes to stay with him. He doesn't recognize himself at first, but then comes to see that he can heal himself by comforting the boy he was and accepting the man he is. (Don't worry, there's still a lot of other fun, surprising stuff that happens so I haven't TOTALLY given the plot away.)
A Quick Tip for Delivering a Great Speech
Does speaking in public leave you tongue-tied? Do you stumble over your words? Do you want to learn how to speak more eloquently in front of a crowed?
For Speakers: Ten Tips on How to Increase Your Fees
One of the most important tools speakers use is their FEE SCHEDULE. Here are ten tips to help you increase your attractiveness and income, while communicating exactly what you offer and clarify your fees for your programs, products, and services.
How to Promote yourself as a Speaker on the Web
Why use the web for promoting your speaking engagements?
So Youre Going to Make a Speech
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How to Answer Questions Your Audience Will Ask
In elementary school, most of us asked questions which were for purely informational purposes. A raise of the hand usually got the attention of the teacher and the question was treated matter-of-factly. In training however, questions from the audience are rarely asked and when they are, they don't get the attention they deserve. However, these questions, along with other indicators, can give a trainer an abundance of information to analyze their audience. It is crucial that trainers take these questions and other indicators seriously to avoid having their presentations become one-sided.
Etiquette - An Essential Ingredient to Your Success As a Public Speaker
Sadly, the public speaking circle has its fair share of individuals who think they have a right to be treated better than anyone else. Conventions of public speakers are quite a sight. It's like battle of the egos, and to be perfectly honest the really big names tend to stay away from such gatherings. I know of a number of speakers who at one time threw a tantrum or acted in a very demanding way while being paid to speak, word subsequently spread like wildfire, and they found themselves waiting a very long time before receiving any more bookings.
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