My Favourite Place to Escape Has No Tangible Location

Unlike a lot of people I know I still appreciate those rectangular objects with paper in the middle of them and a hard shell holding it together. Yes I am talking about books, those things that hardly anyone reads these days!

I don’t know if it’s just my inner nerd shining through but I think people need to appreciate books, novels and stories more than Facebook, fake tans and cats (totally kidding cats are highly important and should be given full attention).

Seriously though there is no better (or worse) feeling than holding the last page of the book you have just spent the last couple of months, weeks, or hours reading and finally knowing who dies, who falls in love, who wins, who loses or learning that there is definitely a sequel.

The pages are probably curled and ripped due to ferociously folding it in ways it should not be folded. They probably have dirty finger prints on them from when you were eating some greased up, deep fried, ‘diet starts Monday’ kind of snack and a couple or majority of the pages probably have make up smudges from the tears you shed out of sadness or joy at the journey that book has taken you on.

No worse feeling you ask? Well yeah duh, what are you going to do with the rest of your life now that the series you have vested all your time, emotions and sleep into has ended?

Numerous times before I have closed the final pages to a book, reminisced the good times I had, the places I went, the people I met and then it dawns on me, what do I do now? I’ve been in a whole other world since picking up that book and now its over.

It doesn’t matter what kind of book it is whether it’s an extremely long and confusing series about wizards or a steamy series about some sexy rich man who wears grey ties (let’s not get distracted now), regardless of what book you are reading: You. Will. Get. Attached.

Those characters have become your best friends, you either want to be with them or be them. It all seemed so real and now it’s over, the end of an era… even if it only took a day to read it seems like a lifetime.

But at the end remember: don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened… and then start reading it again.

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/Zoe Keenan

Speaking Eye to Eye

Since we are all getting to the pointy end of semseter that means but one thing… the dreaded oral presentation!

Presentation slides…check!

Presentation Notes…check!

Sweaty palms…check!

Being uncomfortably aware of the dozens of eyes staring at you expecctantly …check!

Wanting to run and hide in the crowd… check!

Sound familiar? Well there is no shame if it does!

These are definitely some of the usual reactions people have when it comes to public speaking. It’s not everyones cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean you will be able to get off scott-free when you say that you just don’t want to present!

That’s life.. doing things we don’t want to do.

So instead of fighting it (which is no doubt is going to be an uphill battle) have a read of this article from Toastmasters. It provides some great tips on engaging your audience and a little bit of insight into the psychology of effective presenting.

I thought it might be helpful if you are one of the unlucky ones that just can’t bear public speaking. Or even for those that love it, but may want to brush up on your skills before the big class presentation.

So have a read and hopefully it can help give you that extra bit of confidence you may need to go in all guns blazing and give a truly confident presentation that results in the great mark you had been aiming for!

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Good Luck with presenting!

/Lynsey Brady