The Secret to Studying with Ease and Getting Awesome Grades
Blog / 08/18/2015

The Secret to Studying with Ease and Getting Awesome Grades By Robert F. Locke (MSc. Psychology)   Say Goodbye To All Your Study Problems! You might be surprised to hear that most people in school and college are working too hard. Even people studying at home are usually working much harder than they need to. But guess what . . . What most people don’t realize is that studying and learning should never be too difficult. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what it’s like. You know the feeling: you go to class, get a ton of homework, then spend hours and hours reading over your notes, trying to memorize everything in a mad panic before your next exam. Not only is this stressful, but studying this way is both time consuming and a huge waste of energy. But the good news is, studying doesn’t have to be this difficult. In fact, if done correctly studying and learning should be a pleasurable experience. It shouldn’t be hard and it should probably take you less than half the time you’re already spending. So how is all this possible? I’d like to introduce you to a former student of mine,…

Groom Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 09/27/2014

Groom Wedding Speeches Book Review Speaking to a large group of people is always at least a trifle daunting, no matter what the occasion. When you think about the fact that wedding crowds are considered by professional speech-makers to be among the most diverse and difficult audiences around (all different ages, all different stages of inebriation, hardly anybody knows each other or really has much in common except an acquaintance with the happy couple, and – without exception – every single person present is highly significant to either the bride, the groom, or both), is it any wonder that the prospect of making a wedding speech is almost universally dreaded? Now consider all this from the point of view of the groom. Everything you’ve just read still applies; but in addition, now factor in the points that: – most grooms aren’t professional speech makers – most grooms are already considerably bogged down with other responsibilities (such as getting ready for the rest of his life with his bride-to-be!) – most grooms want to overcome their natural nervousness and inability to verbalize their heartfelt emotions, and deliver a speech that’s warm, witty, meaningful, reflects the significance of the occasion, and –…

Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 09/23/2014

Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review As the father of the Bride, you already have a lot of responsibility on your plate: not just on the wedding day itself, but in the days and weeks that lead up to the event. Aside from all the organization and orchestration of the wedding and reception details, your number-one duty is to provide your daughter with a solid shoulder to lean upon as her Big Day approaches. This is your time to really be her rock – you’re the one she’ll be turning to when things get a little chaotic (as they undoubtedly will do!) On top of all these caring, altruistic responsibilities, there’s also the not-so-small matter of keeping yourself sane and as stress-free as possible. And when you’re expected to make a speech that’s warm, witty, significant, meaningful, and funny – in front of all the people who really matter to you, your family, your new son-in-law, and (most importantly) your daughter, that’s a pretty big ask. This is where Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches: How to be Witty and Well Prepared comes in: a comprehensive how-to guide by Dan Stevens, experienced public speaker and speech-writer extraordinaire, to…

Mother of the Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 09/01/2014

Mother of the Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review When your daughter asks you to be the Mother of the Bride at her wedding, you know it’s a huge honor. She’s asking you to take a major role in her wedding day, and to publicly and privately support her as she embarks on her new life with her husband-to-be. But aside from the sense of honor, there’s also an almost crippling sense of responsibility. As the Mother of the Bride, you’ll be expected to play a significant role in the wedding, the reception, and to invest a lot of time and emotion in supporting your daughter adequately throughout the (sure-to-be-stressful) days and weeks leading up to the big day. It’s a time when you’ll need to be very, very supportive of your little girl, and do your utmost to ensure that she finds the transition to her new home and new life an easy one. As well as playing the role of the number-one emotional cheerleader, you’ll also be required to take an active part in the more hands-on aspects of the wedding: helping to choose the wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ outfits, finding and helping to decide upon the wedding’s…

Best Man Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 07/27/2014

Best Man Wedding Speeches Book Review A wedding speech is an incredibly big deal. Even if the most self-confident people, who are reasonably well versed at public speaking, get the jitters when they’re asked to speak at somebody’s wedding: the weight of expectation resting on you, as the speech-maker, is pretty huge. After all, you’re being asked to make a major contribution to the course of the day: a day that these two people (as well as scores of their relatives and close friends) will remember for the rest of their lives. And when you’re the Best Man, the responsibility is even bigger: not only do you have to make a speech, but you make the speech (as the person who knows the groom better than anyone else) and the toast to the bride and groom. On top of this – a sobering reality in itself! – you’re also one of the main orchestrators of the event. You’ll help to organize the wedding and reception so that it all runs smoothly and heads in the right direction; you’re expected to look after the groom, make sure his breath smells fresh and that he’s not drinking too much; and it’s up…

Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 12/01/2013

Bride Wedding Speeches Book Review For most people, giving a speech – any speech, for any occasion – is pretty big news. Statistics show that public speaking consistently ranks in the top 3 major phobias for the average American (and incidentally, those same statistics would also indicate that the average American is more afraid of making a speech than they are of death -!) Even someone who considers themselves reasonably well practiced at making speeches will often quail from the very idea of making a speech at someone’s wedding. Wedding speeches are the very epitome of what’s terrifying about public speaking: not only do you have to cater for an extremely diverse audience, but the weight of expectation on you to improve the day even more is positively staggering. So imagine all this from the perspective of the bride -! As the focus of the day, the pressure’s on to give a speech that’s warm, witty, personal, meaningful, and that complements her position as the queen of the day. That’s no small task! Fortunately, help is at hand: Sally Samuels, a professional speech-writer with a palpable gift for humor, has written a book that caters specifically to the speech-making needs…

Maid of Honor Wedding Speeches Book Review
Blog / 03/14/2013

Maid of Honor Wedding Speeches Book Review The Maid of Honor is an integral part of the wedding – the Bride’s mainstay. And, as somebody who knows the Bride better than anybody else present (even, arguably, the Groom!), it falls to you, as the Maid of Honor, to ensure that the wedding day is as perfect as it can possibly be. This responsibility isn’t just limited to the big day itself: it entails a huge number of things. For example, you’re expected to help the bride with all the pre-wedding jobs too, like deciding on venues and themes, shopping for the bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses (and giving sincere feedback on all of them!), arranging and attending all the pre-wedding parties, and in general making sure the bride doesn’t get too stressed and is coping OK with all the demands on her. And that’s not even counting the wedding day itself! The Maid of Honor typically has a myriad of responsibilities on the wedding day (from decorating the venue to welcoming the groom’s mom and dad to making sure that all the reception guests are enjoying themselves), but in general, the one that causes the most universal distress is The…