Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
When it comes to exercise, women have many choices. A whole slew of gym classes: yoga, jogging, cycling, karate and more offer something for everyone. Yet while any exercise is better than no exercise, one workout stands out when it comes to benefits for women’s bodies: strength-training.
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, an indentured girl who talks to mice and mops floors on her hands and knees receives a fairy godmother who turns a pumpkin into a carriage. There is sparkly glitter and some Bibbidi-bobbidies, and the whole scene is just swell. In real life, I—a regular girl who rarely touches a mop—get a quick lesson from a glass-blowing aficionado who shows me how to turn a big blob of clear glass into an adorable pumpkin. There are warnings not to burn myself, quite a bit of sweating and brightly colored bits of glass. Put quite simply, it is enchanting.
Toastmasters is an international organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries. It is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
After 33 years as a veterinary practitioner, I've come to realize just how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true pet emergency.
Perhaps you purchased the right painting at the right time. That is a possible outcome of investing in collectibles—and so is having a basement full of Beanie Babies.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Fall is in the air—or it is at Neiman Marcus, at least! The Saint Louis Fashion Fund was celebrated at the recent Neiman Marcus Trend Event, during which the organization's board members acted as stylists and created fall looks on mannequins on display.
How many times have you heard the master of ceremonies of an event read an introduction for a guest speaker that had absolutely nothing to do with the presenter’s topic? More times than not, that is the way it is done.
Q&As can be an important part of a presentation. It is an opportunity to interact with your audience. Questions give you—the speaker—an opportunity to show more of your expertise, as well as feedback on what you can better cover in your next presentation.
Parents thrill to the sight and sound of their baby’s first smiles and babbles, and these natural expressions of joy are important developmental milestones. For this reason, parents and physicians pay attention to these earliest social cues. When an infant fails to exhibit them within the first year of life, it can be among the earliest signs of an autism spectrum disorder.
If You’re a Presenter, It’s Time to De-Clutter!
If you’re like every bride, you’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day.
Summer travel season is here, and for pets not joining the adventure, I encourage pet owners to discuss one or more options with their veterinarian.
Story: Ten down-on-their-luck contestants vie for the ownership of a new ‘hardbody’ pick-up truck being given away at a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. The trick is for a contestant to keep at least one hand on the vehicle at all times (apart from brief, infrequent breaks) until the other nine contestants drop out. It’s every man for himself, every woman for herself and everybody for the keys to a fresh start to their troubled lives.
The 2014 Winter Olympics were recently held in Sochi, Russia. Does anyone think those great athletes just ‘showed Up’ for their big game? Absolutely not!
Almost everyone is impacted at some point in their life by cancer—either personally, or through a friend or family member. “There’s a tie that people have when they have survived something like that,” says Cheri Fromm, co-chair of this year’s Sing for Siteman event. “They see everyone as a part of their sisterhood or brotherhood.”
When Lisa Roberts was 28, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Through her treatment journey, Roberts sought and benefited from a variety of complementary and alternative therapies. That experience opened the door to Roberts’ passion for sharing her knowledge with others as a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
Spring is in the air. While for most of us, that means worrying about covering your bulbs at night or purging a closet, the past few weeks of my life have been consumed by—well, consumed is a strong word—preoccupied by one thing: prom.
It’s hard to believe it, but summer is almost here! We sat down with MAC senior makeup artist Gina Bettelli to talk about what’s exciting in the beauty world this season. Bettelli, a native of Seattle who is now based in New York, was in St. Louis recently to teach a master class at MAC’s Plaza Frontenac location.
Story: Louise Seger, a single mother with two young children, becomes an instant fan of rising young country singer Patsy Cline when she hears the latter perform on The Arthur Godfrey Talent Show on CBS in 1957.
For many, speaking before an audience is a challenge. That difficult task can be made tougher by those seated in front of the presenter. They are sometimes inattentive, or talk among themselves or do worse. Attendees can make the most confident and experienced presenter deliver less than their best. The speaker doesn’t like this, and the audience does not benefit as they should.
From the ice cream cone to hot dogs, hamburgers and even iced tea, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has long been lauded for many firsts of the food industry. While those claims mostly are myths, as local author Pam Vaccaro explains in her book, Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis certainly served as an international stage for the jumping-off point of these food items' popularity during that memorable early 20th century spring and summer.