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Discover How to Develop Siddhis – The Pscychic Mind Powers of the Yogis

While most Americans consider Yoga as a form of exercise to increase flexibility and stamina, the yogis use it as a spiritual technique to become one with the universe. Yoga is not just a series of breathing techniques, strange body movements and mantras but takes on a deeper level for those involved in the more advanced techniques. For those that achieve the ultimate level of Yoga they develop siddhis. These siddhis are psychic powers that only a few have. They come from raising the spirit and perfecting the purity of body, mind and soul.

The abilities that encompass the siddhis are clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, telepathy, levitation, bilocation and the materialization of objects. In case you don’t recognize all the terms, let me explain just a few of them. Most people understand what clairvoyance is but don’t recognize clairaudience or clairsentience. Clairaudience is the ability to hear information in a paranormal fashion. It uses hearing instead of vision, like clairvoyance, for the transmission of the information. Clairsentience is also known as psychometry and touch is the key to receiving messages or information in a paranormal fashion. Bilocation is the ability to be two places at the same time. While many working parents feel like they might have conquered this ability, the Yogis are seen in one location meditating and another location speaking with others.

In order to develop the skills the Yogis master their bodies and take years to tap into the full force of the kundalini, the life force present in all individuals. The gradual guided awakening is important. Even though most people experience this force as some time in their life, and all have the life force, the unprepared person that taps into the kundalini with out clearing the energy channels or knowledge of the dramatic force that prevails, often finds themselves ill, confused and not prepared to take on the full force of the power.

You may wonder how someone could unlock this force accidentally. It happens when people dabble in the supernatural and the occult, have had an accident, near death experience, or even through the use of drugs. Some advanced meditators find that they begin to experience the power of the kundalini and it creates thousands of different illnesses. Even though these practitioners are advanced, it’s still best to seek the guidance of the masters when going through the awakening or release of the power.

Even though advanced, many unexpectedly release the awesome power and express a number of different symptoms that span changes in their thought, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, spirit and body. Some of the symptoms include twitches, spasms; energy rushes tingling, involuntary body movements such as jerking or shaking in the sleep, intense heat or cold. It can alter the sleeping pattern, make you tired or hyperactive, increase or diminish the sexual drive, cause dramatic changes of mood and cause problems wit the digestive system. The opening of the Kundalini also may include a racing heartbeat, headaches and pressure on the skull, and mental confusion. They may experience psychic phenomena and often feel that they are going mad, if they are unaware of the side effects. Without the knowledge of the kundalini awakening, these symptoms can send the recipient from doctor to doctor to no avail.

Luckily, those are the bad side affects and with guidance and slowly allowing the energy to emerge, the bliss and ecstasy felt is also part of the awakening. The increased sensitivity, oneness with the universe and mankind, and new creativity and forms of self expression make the advancement to the higher level worth the work.

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Using Yoga to Reduce Excessive Sweating

Although sweating is a normal human function, excessive sweating occurs when the body is over-compensating for a certain problem. For this reason, it can be helpful to find ways of rebalancing your body’s systems. There is one form of exercise which aims to do just that. Yoga. Yoga is an ancient discipline which combines breathing and movement. The aim of yoga is to harmonise your body and correct any imbalances. So it’s possible that the regular practice of yoga could address the underlying cause of your symptoms – even if you don’t know what the cause is.

Although most yoga is a slow and gentle practice, is it still a valid form of exercise and as such, brings about the positive benefits that come from any physical activity. These include a more efficient metabolism, improved overall fitness and the release of endorphins. All of these effects combine to make you feel good – physically, mentally and emotionally. These benefits will continue even after the session and help your body perform better, heal itself and boost your self-esteem. Like all exercise, yoga is also an effective stress-buster. But when it comes to hyperhidrosis, yoga has an additional advantage. Regular yoga practice is great at inducing inner calm and emotional stability. So, if your excessive sweating is related to stress or anxiety, yoga could help immensely in reducing those occasions when you feel stressed. It will also help to reduce the severity of your anxiety when unavoidable stressful situations arise.

Although yoga can be a powerful exercise, it isn’t normally associated with the frantic and sweaty workout of more aerobic exercises like step, circuits or spinning. For this reason, yoga classes may appeal more to those who want to avoid public situations where they are likely to perspire heavily. However, there are forms of yoga that are more vigorous and fast-paced. Ashtanga is one of these (and Madonna’s exercise of choice). There is also a type of yoga called Bikram yoga (or Hot Yoga) which is performed in heated rooms – precisely to encourage your body to sweat more. But this could actually be a good thing for sufferers of excessive sweating. Firstly, everyone will be soaked through, so you needn’t feel self-conscious. And secondly, sweating is one way the body tries to expel toxins. So, if you ‘work up a sweat’ during your exercise regime, you will be speeding up this elimination. Then your body is under less pressure to ‘sweat out’ the toxins the rest of the time.

Yoga is far more than a series of random positions. The stretching, twisting, holding and breathing all have specific effects of different parts of your body. You can affect not just your muscles but your organs and immune system, too. So yoga is particularly effective at stimulating the digestive system. This is useful for sufferers of hyperhidrosis that is linked to weight issues, food intolerance or poor diet. Also, there are certain positions that help your body flush out toxins. This is helpful if your excessive sweating is a symptom of toxin-overload. In short, yoga will improve your overall fitness, detoxify your system, boost your well being and stabilise your anxiety. Since it addresses many of the health issues that lead to excessive sweating, yoga can be an effective route to not only reducing the symptoms, but also treating the cause.

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Autofellatio and the Common Man – Is it Really So Difficult to Perform This Form of Masturbation?

Autofellatio is a form of autosexualism. This means that the person engages, with themselves, in sex. The most common form of autosexuality is masturbation. Masturbation is practised by Men and Women all over the world and is no stranger to most other animals on the planet.

One controversial form of masturbation is Autofellatio. This is the act where a man performs masturbation on his own penis via oral stimulation (by himself). Does that sound a bit impossible? Perhaps… Then, consider this: When women stimulate their vulva orally (by themselves) this is called Autocunnilingus. Understandably, this seems even more of an impossibility.

However, both certain men and women are capable of this form of autosexual stimulation. A simple search on the Internet will reveal some surprising photos of these acts. The photographs are “untouched” and real. That leaves us with the knowledge that this form of autosexuality is possible and is practised all over the world.

Most men have an interest in being able to autofellate. I think it’s just a natural form of sexual curiosity that awakens at puberty. Most men will admit that they’ve tried to autofellate; that is if they’re being honest. The men who typically respond that they would never think of such a thing are the same men that won’t admit to masturbating.

As most men have tried to autofellate and have been disappointed in their attempts, it brings us back to the question if it is, indeed, so hard to accomplish?

The truth is: Not Really. The key is to train the body to respond in such a way that it can perform this task. I’m sure we’ve all seen contortionists at work. I’ve seen videos of men folding and bending themselves to such a great degree that they can fit in a small suitcase! (BTW, I always thought that would be a great plot for any crime/drama movie. That is, to have a crime committed by someone who can hide in a bank, after hours, by folding themselves up in a small suitcase and go unnoticed.)

While contortionists can accomplish the seemingly impossible, the truth is that in order to autofellate, one does not have to have the flexibility of these extremes to accomplish such a task. Just look at what people are able to do with Yoga postures. Truly amazing contortions that any person can practise and learn to do. It’s like riding a bicycle for the first time. At first it seems impossible, but with a little training it becomes so simplistic and second natured.

Which brings us to the answer of the question posed in the Title of this article. And that is that, yes, autofellatio is not that difficult for the common man. The key is to learn how to ride that bicycle, or perform autofellatio, properly.

Men with an interest in autofellatio would be advised to seek out books and information on Yoga. Many simple Yoga techniques can help men get closer to their autofellational goals. There is plenty of information, actually, on the Internet that is free for men to explore. However, always cross-check your data and information, as not every Yoga site has accurate and concise information.

Good luck.

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7 Skin Care Rules You Must Swear By In 2017

If you think those celebrities are just blessed with flawless and fabulous-looking skin, think again. In this post, we have compiled a list of 7 most effective skin care tips that will help you get perfect skin in 2017.

Follow these 7 skin care tips for flawless skin

  1. Give your skin some time to absorb one product before you layer another

If you are using multiple skin care products simultaneously, you must know how to apply them right to leverage maximum benefit for your skin. Don’t apply all skin care products one after one without any time gap. It is important to provide your skin a considerable amount of time to absorb first product before you apply next.

  1. Keep your makeup brushes clean ALWAYS

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? If you are using them regularly, it is important to clean them once in each week. If you continue using the same brush for months and months without cleaning them, they can be a home to bacteria and use them can give you skin problems like acne. The residue on those brushes will make your makeup application less effective resulting it poor finish. Keep your makeup brushes clean!

  1. Take vitamin rich diet

If you are determined to have healthy and naturally glowing skin, focus on what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. Consume vitamin-rich food in your diet. You can also take essential vitamin supplements after consulting your physician. Say goodbye to unhealthy junk food in 2017!

  1. Apply moisturizer after bath

When you take a hot water bath, the skin loses some natural oils from within. This is why it is important to apply moisturizing lotion right after a shower when your skin is slightly moist. It is a good idea to keep your moisturizer in a bathroom so you don’t skip on using it post shower.

  1. Learn the importance of skin exfoliation

Many of us underestimate the importance of regular skin exfoliation. It’s an essential part of your skin care routine. It helps remove the dead skin cells so your skin looks young and glowing. The presence of dead skin makes your skin look dull and older. Use a good skin exfoliator scrub for 2 times a week for beautiful skin all 365 days a year.

  1. Choose your skin care products carefully

If the skin care products you use contain misfit ingredients or harsh chemicals, it can do more harm than good to your skin. There are numerous skin care products available off-the-shelf. But not all can deliver quality results for your skin. Read the ingredients carefully instead of picking any random product based on the brand name, advertisement or packaging. Find out your skin type and know what types of products are recommended for your skin type. Look for more natural products that are gentle on your skin. Spare a good amount of time to do your research before you purchase your beauty products. You can check ingredients, read reviews and take an informed decision.

  1. Say NO to stress in 2017!

Be it your hair, skin or overall physical health, stress is the biggest threat for their wellness. Taking too much stress can give your more acne, dark under-eye circles, and dull-looking skin. Practice yoga and meditation to kick out stress in this New Year. Have not you heard that happier people are the healthier? It goes true for your skin too.

What’s more? Drink plenty of water to keep your skin well-hydrated and take good night sleep every day! Follow this skin care routine and soon you are flaunting radiant skin!

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Natural Yoga Mat

What is the most recommended yoga mat and what are the advantages of using one? Well this article will endeavor which is best suited for you and why it is so. The natural mat is the best one so far. It is getting many of good reviews ever since its first appearance in the market. The materials used in this are pure rubber extracts.

Thus, it has no harmful chemicals that can cause irritations in your skin unlike most of the mats of today that contain Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Prolonged contact with PVC contents can have various effects on the health of the user. A natural mat is therefore good for the body since it does not cause any negative side effects.

If you are going to make a research about the natural rubber yoga mat, you will find out that they are actually the one recommended by yoga professionals. The composition is solely 100% rubber and free from any synthetic materials. A drawback of using a natural rubber one is its rubber smell. However, if you can tolerate a slight odor of rubber while you are doing yoga, then this will suit you best.

Another drawback of the rubber yoga mat is its quite heavy compared to other mats. For this reason, it is not suitable for travelling yoga practitioners. Unlike the travelling version, the natural rubber mat cannot be folded or rolled thus it cannot fit in small bags. In addition, carrying it around for transport is a little exhausting.

Some of the advantages of using the all-natural yoga mat is it can allow the user to be more daring in practicing yoga positions. Being 100% pure rubber, has a high traction giving the yoga practitioner a better grip of the supporting surface. This is actually necessary because if the mat is slippery chances are the practitioner will sustain an injury due to accidental slips.

Another great thing with the natural rubber yoga mat is its thick enough to give support and comfort to the user. This is good for practitioners who want to remain in the lotus position and meditate for several hours. The comfort is for lessening the amount of stress the body of the practitioner is going through. This would allow him or her to practice yoga for as long as the yogi likes it.

There are many places that you can buy a natural rubber mat. Most sport stores keep a stock of mats for yoga however, not all of them have the natural rubber version available. Thus, if you are looking for an all-natural one, you may want to try to look through the Internet.

To sum it all, a natural rubber yoga mat has many benefits to the user. With the current pace of advancement in technology, soon, all the drawbacks of the natural version will also be gone. Thus, if you want to start practicing yoga, take into consideration the mat that you are going to use.

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The Order of Things – What Happens in a Kundalini Yoga Class?

“Keep the teachings as given. Each kriya is whole unto itself, a perfect jewel that acts to create a flow. [Kriyas] are perfectly designed sets meant to produce predictable and subtle impacts on the total Self.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga is more than just exercise to stimulate the body. This yoga moves energy! KY is all about having an energetic experience. It is important to deliver the teachings correctly to produce expected results. How can we be pure vessels for the teachings if we mess around with the formula? It is specific and proven. It ain’t called a science for nothing!

To give you a bit of background, Kundalini Yoga classes have a specific 6-part teaching structure to follow, as outlined below.

  1. Tune in with the Adi Mantra
  2. Pranayam (breath work) and/or appropriate warm-up
  3. The Kriya (the exercise set)
  4. Relaxation
  5. Meditation
  6. Ending prayer and Long Sat Naams

Within this teaching structure is a critical piece involving the third point, the Kriya. The critical piece is not to omit or alter the Kriya in any way other than duration.

That means that we teach the exact sequence of exercises in each set. We do not change the order or add or subtract poses. Kundalini Yoga is a science to bring a specific outcome. Don’t mess with what works.

Another important point to acknowledge is that we really are honor-bound to maintain the integrity and sacredness of the Kundalini Yoga Teachings, especially now that Yogi Bhajan has passed on. It is the legacy of every teacher to preserve the purity of the teachings.

The system and techniques are proven to work. Period. Why be so arrogant as to think that you should change them? Can you do any better than perfection? Yogi Bhajan tells us, “It is a three-thousand-year-old proven path – it’s not going to stop.” So stick with the program…because it works. The only way you’ll reach Infinity is to give yourself the capacity to experience the teachings as they were meant to be taught.

┬ęCopyright 2010 Kundalini Yoga With Sharlene Starr. All Rights Reserved.

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Increase Your Height Naturally

There are many people in our society who lack proper growth but have desire to grow taller. They use different medicines to increase their height which are costlier but yet not effective to increase their height. If you are one of them using such medicine then, it’s time to think wisely. The medicines that are used to increase your height have various side effects to your health. Thus, we suggest you to use alternative methods to increase you height naturally which don’t have any side effects.

Yes, we are speaking the truth you can gain height naturally using different natural means. The gland responsible for human growth is pituitary gland. The pituitary gland produces the hormones essential for human growth, but in some people the pituitary glands might not be active much to produce those growth hormones as a result people have poor height.

Thus, if you are able to make the pituitary gland active then, you can grow taller. Factors that help pituitary gland produce enough growth hormones are balanced diet, right exercise and sound sleep. Hence, if you want to grow taller then you must pay more attention in your dietary schedule.

Balanced Diet:

If you want to grow taller then you should be conscious about food you eat. It is highly recommended to have foods containing protein, calcium and minerals. You need to consume enough amount of food like cereals, meat products which are rich sources of proteins.

Sound Sleep:

Sound sleep means good health and good health means proper height thus, it is beneficial to have sound and proper sleep for proper growth. Certain hormones in human beings responsible for human growth are active when people are asleep. Hence, proper sleep also determines your height.

Exercise:

Doing all of above mentioned things only help you get proper height if and only if you perform proper exercise on daily basis. There are many exercises that help to make the pituitary gland active in human being which is responsible for simulating growth hormones. The regular practice of various yoga postures can be the best option for you.

So, always have positive attitude do as we have suggested and grow taller and look smarter.

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8 Great Ideas For Pizza Shop Signs

Pizza shops are always looking for a way to attract attention and motivate customers to order their new products and turn in to happy repeat customers. Adding unique signage and pure creativity is a great way to grab the attention of the hungry and weary and, if nothing else, build recognition. Here is a rundown of the top 8 great ideas for pizza shop signs.

Yard Signs

Placing yard signs throughout your neighborhoods and around local shopping spots like grocery stores, is a great way to build your name and direct potential customers. Include your business name and phone number, and your website if available. Make sure to have a mouth-watering pizza on your sign to really motivate new customers.

Vinyl Banner

Hang a bold, bright advertising banner over your pizzeria to really grab attention. The vibrant colors grab attention, and the large text is easy to read from a distance, making your message clear and effective. Keep your message simple so you text can be large and readable. A giant banner is the perfect way to announce a grand opening or great new promotion.

Car Magnets

Delivery drivers need a little recognition, right? Why let your pizza travel all around the neighborhood without putting your name on it! Most delivery drivers drive personal vehicles, making car magnets the perfect solution. They can easily be removed and reapplied without any damage to the vehicle, and help to build awareness of your pizza shop. Mobile advertising is one of the most effective forms of signage.

Wall Decals

Add some style to the inside of your pizza shop using wall decals. Also known as reusable decals, wall decals are fabric decal that can be reused on literally any surface without damaging it. This is a great way to add full-color menu items to your walls, Italian photos that look painted on, or even menu items for a unique look.

Vinyl Lettering

A traditional necessity for any pizza shop is vinyl lettering. This is the professional and traditional choice for your store hours and the name of your pizza shop. You can also list your menu categories on your window in lettering to entice customers to try your pizza, wings, pastas, and desserts.

Vinyl Decals

Add color to your storefront windows using vinyl decals. These full color signs can be printed at any size and the full-color printing is super vibrant. The can be applied inside or outside, and cut to any shape. Custom cut a decal to the shape of your pizza shop logo or show an amazingly appetizing menu collection.

Window Clings

Short-term promotion signs are a great way to bring is customers out looking for a great deal to feed the whole family. Put your announcements on window clings in your front windows so potential customers can easily see your offer and you can quickly give them a reason to stop on in.

Refrigerator Magnets

Send out refrigerator magnets with every pickup or delivery order. This is a great way to keep your name close as customers are in search of what’s for dinner. Customers are always happy to receive another useful magnet, and the full color design is quick to grab attention.

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5 Powerful Grow Taller Exercises to Help You Gain Height

Don’t be surprised if someone tells you that you can gain height by doing grow taller exercises. Many people who approach the end of growth spurt phase perform these exercises to make sure they attain the maximum possible height. In fact even if you have already attained puberty, you can add a few inches by performing some of these grow taller exercises.

1) High on the list are the exercises that help in elongating the spinal column. Your spinal column has some disks that can be expanded with exercises. Standing on your toes and lifting your hands up fully to stretch your body helps in making the spinal column more linear. Swimming also is a good activity to help elongate the spinal disks.

2) Running at a high speed with lot of intensity helps you to gain height. You may have noticed that athletes who run tiring marathons are long and tall. This is because running helps in release of good amount of growth hormone. The effect of this kind of growth hormone release normally stays for more than 24 hours. This is the reason high speed running is one of the best grow taller exercises.

3) Do you know that any activity that can remove any curvature on your spinal cord can help you gain height? If you can learn yoga for correcting your posture you would benefit immensely.

4) Another good method to gain height is by attaching weights to your ankle and then doing cycling. You can do this on a static cycle that is found in most gyms. This activity can help you elongate the leg bones.

5) Resistance training grow taller exercises also help you to gain height. These exercises help by increasing the length of leg bones by a small amount. This happens because of the bone remodeling that takes place after you do resistance training.

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10 Tips on Creating the Gift of Gab For Fun And Profit

Yeah! We all know them. Those disgusting people who can walk into any situation and seem to fit right into the conversation. They seem to feel at home with any crowd, and they can turn a bunch of strangers into friends in moments. In fact, they can do it in the time it takes you and me to munch a couple of dainty sandwiches, drink a glass of punch, and fade into the wall paper.

I guess it’s one of those things you are either born with, or brought up to do.

Or is it?

Like many things in life, being able to feel comfortable among strangers, make conversation on topics you know little about, and come out on the other end with new friends or business contacts is a skill that can be learned. While being born with certain genes or having been raised a certain way can surely help, you can learn how to get around those presumed limitations, and might even wind up being better at carrying it off than those who seem to have a head start on you.

While entire courses and training programs could be committed to turning the most insipid wallflower into a blossoming conversationalist and bon vivant, here are a few tips to help you ratchet up your “gift” of gab to a point where you too can join the crowd in the corner and discourse wittily on the subject at hand…usually.

1. Start with who you are. Don’t ever fake it. If you’re a gardener and the topic is rocket science, listen and learn. When the garden crowd drifts over, there’s YOUR chance to shine. You are simply not going to be the center of attention, or even a small fountain of wit and wisdom in every conversation.

2. Listen and learn. Since we mentioned it above, let’s explore this a little. First of all, you can often seem wiser than you are by keeping your mouth shut. While it’s shut, listen to that rocket scientist. Maybe the dry, technical details are over your head, but he may say something that makes sense to you and you can use the info in a conversation later. He may whet your interest in the topic, and what better source of reference than to ask the learned speaker what his, or her, advice would be on how to learn more.

3. Be patient. We have already established that you don’t want to jump in over your head and that you may benefit from the discourse anyway. However, no matter how elevated the topic, any conversation may often drift to other, more mundane topics, particularly if there are others, like yourself, who are in the dark on some highly technical issue.

4. Be curious. As mentioned above, asking a pertinent question or even professing to ignorance in hope of enlightenment will generate sparks of familiarity with the speakers. More than once, I have watched several experts practically compete with one another in their attempts to simplify and communicate a difficult subject to someone who seemed genuinely interested. Anyway, people like to have their egos stroked, and giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their command of the subject, or asking them for their opinion can really get the juices flowing. In the middle of all this, you learn more, create new friendships, and grow more comfortable within the group.

5. Admit mistakes and ignorance, take blame, laugh at yourself. One of the easiest ways to put others at ease is to admit your own ignorance. When you begin a statement or question by letting the others know that you might not know what you are talking about, they feel less “threatened” if that is a good word. It is a tension breaker in all directions when someone owns up to ignorance or error. Most people feel inclined to forgive those who can own up to their errors or lack of knowledge. They will also feel more comfortable if you can laugh at yourself.

6. Have a sense of humor. While many subjects are serious and do not allow a lot of leeway for humor, most people in a conversation are generally open to humor as long as it is not mocking or of the keystone cops variety. Of course, if the group is just cutting up, then cut up with them.

7. Educate yourself. The essence of feeling comfortable in a group is knowing that you are as knowledgeable as anybody else there. While you may regularly feel this way at work, where you are among peers, it may be quite different at a party or on a date where your counterpart may be from some other field or social group. Keeping up with the basics on current events in the fields of politics, economics, sports, science, health, and entertainment gives you toeholds on which to stand above the crowd in many conversational venues.

It also helps to keep up with popular books and movies of the moment. Even if you can only get around to actually reading or seeing one, and that one is NOT the one under discussion, you will at least have some concept of what many other popular books (or movies, or TV shows) of the moment are about, and you will possibly be able to ask rational questions which gives those who ARE familiar with the subject the opportunity to shine.

8. Prepare yourself. While education as mentioned above is a daily process, and might not have much depth, preparation can go much deeper. There are two ways that this can turn you into a conversational powerhouse.

** Become an expert on a particular subject or area. It could be a hobby, or you could just find something that interests you and might be of interest to others. For example, if you were an expert on precious stones, politics, antique coins, rare books, health, or physical fitness, there will be opportunities for you to discourse learnedly on your subject. If it is a subject that you feel deeply about, the depth of your feelings will often mold your presentation and manner of speech in such a way as to leave an impression on your listeners.

** Cram before the event if possible. If you are going to be among investors, learn some investing terminology. If as you read you have questions that the books or tapes don’t seem to answer, save those. You may have a chance to ask a genuine (or assumed) expert.

9. Encourage others to speak. If Jane is commenting on a subject and seems to reach an end, encourage her to go on. You can simply say, “tell me more”, or you can ask a question as mentioned above. If Jane is standing in the crowd and you know she is itching to say something, ask something like, “Jane! Didn’t I hear you talking about that earlier?” Of course, if you have no idea what Jane is thinking, shut up and leave her in peace.

10. Follow up. If the people are of interest to you, or you want to learn more about the subjects discussed, get names and numbers, ask for business cards, and carry some of your own. Call them up later to tell them how much you enjoyed the conversation, invite them to meet you for a lunch or cup of coffee, or send them a small gift that in some way relates to the experience.

A few months ago, I attended a presentation given by a local newspaper editorial writer. In the process of his presentation, I realized that many of his points were similar to, though not the same as, some points made in a book that I had enjoyed. I chatted with him after the presentation for just a couple of minutes, but managed to ask him if he had ever read the book. He admitted that he had not but seemed interested in it, even taking a moment to get a business card and write down the title of the book and the name of the author.

Later, when I was checking it out on Amazon, I realized that I could get a copy sent to him for a few dollars and did so. A few days later, he contacted me, thanking me for the book. He and I have communicated occasionally since then, and he has offered me encouragement and advice on my writing, and has even suggested I join a professional organization I had not even known existed.

One of the most important investments you can make in any “growth stock” is in the quantity and quality of your personal and business contacts AND your friends. Life is much easier for those who have invested wisely and widely in these. With a good list of friends and professional contacts, the next job is easier to find, the solution to the next problem is in your address book, the right contact is a phone call away, and life is a pleasant passage indeed.

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