we all do mistakes

anonymous asked:

No. 40, with angsty NovaHD? If you're interested 😚

I’m just going to wing this and see what happens. Thank you for sending me one of these, Anon :)


40. “we all make mistakes; we’re human. it’s what we do.”

“We all make mistakes.”

“Not me.”

“C’mon, dude, we’re human. It’s what we do.”

“It’s what we do?” James lets out a frustrated breath and stands up. “I shot you!”

“It was an accident. It’s no big deal.”

“I shot you, Aleks! It is a big deal!”

“But I’m fine!” Aleks gets up, moving across the room. He grabs James’ hand, pulling him forward, and presses his palm to his chest. “Do you feel that? I’m alive, and that’s all that matters.”

“But you…”

“It’s all that matters.”

retail etiquette

alternatively titled, “how to be a decent human being to people who are suffering enough as it is to help your supposedly entitled ass”

1. get off your cell phone.  
      - cashiers ( not to mention the people patiently waiting in line ) don’t need to hear about how little Kelsey’s doing on the soccer team, or how your mother-in-law is coming into town for her birthday and you’re just SO INCONVENIENCED by having to purchase paper plates and cheap napkins before her arrival.  just tell them you’ll call them back when you’re done.
      - if you can’t be assed to think about other people, at least acknowledge the cashier with a smile or a wave.  if they speak to you or ask you a question, don’t shush them.  tell your BFF Tanisha to hold on for what might be a total of four seconds. 

2.  when an item doesn’t immediately scan, please say anything but “oh, it must be free!”  please, dear god, anything but that.  you’re not being funny.  or clever.  or original.  they hear this at least ten times a day.  

3.  the number of items listed on the express lane is not a suggestion.  if you know that you have more items, don’t go there.  it’s that simple.  the express lanes have to be kept open for people who have small orders, so they’re not stuck behind someone with a cart piled high with what’s maybe a week’s worth of food and clothes you’ll inevitably be returning. 

4.  while unloading your cart, put the big items ( i.e., packages of toilet paper, crates of water bottles ) last.  there’s very little room for the cashiers to work with.  when you’re done unloading your cart, pull it up to the loading space and start putting the bags and other items into your cart instead of standing there and staring off into space or fiddling with your phone. 

5.  when you ask a cashier a store-related question ( i.e., how many coupons are allowed per order, whether or not you’re getting the right BOGO deal, etc. ), and they answer you politely and confidently, don’t challenge them.  they work there.  you don’t.  they know the way the store works.  you don’t.  if they’ve forgotten something or made a mistake, by all means, ask them about it – but do it politely.  we all make mistakes.  

6.  do not – i repeat, do not – put your money down on the counter or conveyor belt, especially if the cashier is visibly ready to take it.  hand it over to them.  if you need to count out some change, tell them so they can wait.  oh, and if they’ve already cashed you out, don’t hand over some random amount of change after the drawer’s open.  

7.  if your card’s declined, it’s not their fault.  don’t ask them why it wasn’t accepted.  they don’t know.  and don’t get angry or impatient with them, or insist you have money because you just deposited a check – they do not care.  they cannot help you with problems that are clearly on your end.  

8.  do not yell at a cashier.  once again, for the people in the back:  do not yell at a cashier, especially someone who’s clearly new to the job.  would you appreciate being yelled at for something beyond your control, or a simple, fixable mistake?  no.  so don’t do it to them.  

9.  if you get an answer you don’t like from a cashier and ask to speak to a manager, guess what?  you’re most likely gonna get the same answer from them.  here’s a news flash: the customer is not always right, the company will not always pander to your temper tantrums, and making a scene in front of a line of people with quickly-diminishing patience will not change their minds. 

10.  overall, please just be polite.  these people are working their asses off to help their customers, most of which don’t appreciate their efforts at all.  they’re constantly ignored, mistreated, questioned and degraded, and over time, it really does a number on their emotional state.  just be kind and courteous.  they’re human beings, not mindless drones.  smiles and nice conversations go a long way.  

if anyone else has anything to add, feel free.  floor associates, back room / production workers – go crazy.  share your woes and pet peeves.  

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trade mistakes // panic! at the disco

You’re doing an absolutely amazing job. You really are. Sometimes you may screw up, or make mistakes, but we all do sometimes. Just keep up all of your amazing work, friend, and remember that one setback does not erase all of the good that you’ve accomplished.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

This is a small post to say, I appreciate all your positive words & criticisms too.
Feedback is an opportunity to learn.
In particular, I believe being open to criticism can make our journey through life a lot smoother. Whether it’s constructively intended or not, you have the option to use it, or ignore it. I want to let you all know, I am open to any concerns you have, with how I stream or jokes I make. The streamers & I all use this tag to interact with the community and to share positivity. We all try our best at being easily approachable, reading our emails & answering our asks as promptly as possible. Communication is important  to all of us & it’s something I value highly.

This year I have set my values around sharing as much positivity as possible. To say the least, it’s what we all need right now. Even as a Video Game Streamer, this is something we can all get behind- that sharing happiness is one of the only things that lasts in the world and in the end connects us all.

My stream is not a place for vitriol or spreading hatred. I don’t want you to think about negativity in my stream, well all have enough of it in our own lives- whoever you are. I owe this to you & anyone that looks toward my content for a laugh.

I try to grow each year as a person, as do we all, however I still make mistakes. I’m constantly learning about people and how to better myself. If there’s anything I can improve upon in my streams send me a mail or an ask.

John Lennon said “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

I count my life by smiles- you have all brought me thousands. This year, I’m going to try my best to give it back and spread as much positivity and love as possible.

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This is Cody Christian. From what I know, he hasn’t done anything BAD that he deserves the shit he is getting. 

So just let him live his life, he’s young, he makes some mistakes, we all do. That doesn’t mean that we should torture ppl for them. 

And I’m not sorry for this long as post, this isn’t even a part of how much I appreciate and Love him💖

 look

i’m not saying you should idolize larry murphy, i’m not saying you should love him. but i think before you go bash on him, you need to understand him.

the charcters in dear evan hansen are incredibily three dimensional, we all know that and we all acknowledge that. do they fuck up? yes, of course. everyone makes mistakes, and DEH focuses on the why. why does it happen? why do they do it? what makes them do the things they do?

we already know evan’s story well, we’ve seen many glimpses of jared’s, connor’s, heidi’s, cynthia’s. they’ve all made some mistakes. excpet everyone is so keen on blaming one person for this. that person is larry murphy. it might be because he has such a minor role in the musical (compared to characters like evan or heidi) or he just doesn’t do anything. he doesn’t do much, he doesn’t say much about connor and apprently people are angry with that. everyone’s so keen on bashing larry murphy, and i mean bashing. i’ve seen some pretty horrific attempts on humour circling around larry and the hate on him. ‘he should’ve taken care o his son like he did with his glove’. you hate on him because he ‘wasn’t there’ for connor.

but isn’t that exaclty what connor did? isolate himself? cause grief to his family, push himself away from cynthia, abuse zoe and ignore larry? you all see to forgive connor to easily, that you aren’t aware of what larry is trying to do? he’s quiet, he seemingly ‘doesn’t’ care’ about his son, but maybe because… he doesn’t know how? just like connor didn’t know how to talk to zoe, or make friends at school? how brash connor and evan’s first interaction was? larry murphy doesn’t know HOW to deal with anything. but he’s trying, and y’all just ignore that.

in ‘to break in a glove’, larry says:

‘or you’re just trying to do what’s best for a kid who’s lost control,’

he’s not trying to say that he did everything he could for connor and it’s CONNOR’S fault that their family is broken, he’s not trying to justify his lack of communication and say ‘it was the right thing for connor but connor didn’t listen’

he’s trying to say that he’s tried HIS best to help connor but his best wasn’t enough, and he KNOWS that it wasn’t enough. and he’s quiet, maybe not as close to connor and maybe that’s viewed as neglection. maybe he wants to talk to connor but he can’t. maybe he just doesn’t know what to say and is scared of screwing the entire thing up even further. or maybe, just like connor, he doesn’t know HOW to talk to someone. maybe, he’s just like connor. 

i’m not trying to justify his actions. i’m not trying to say that what he did wasn’t wrong. 

i’m just trying to get you to understand that there isn’t ‘one villain’ in this story. there’s more than one. villains are actions, villains are words, but in DEH, villains are not people. 

anonymous asked:

I used to be super interested in witchcraft when I was little, but now I'm pretty curious about practicing it and where I should start??

Ultimately, you start wherever you want to.

Think about why you were interested in witchcraft as a kid. What drew you to it? What did you want to do? Do some research on modern witchcraft, what it is now. What can you do? What can you not do? Are your childhood interests still possible? Are they even still relevant to you as an adult? As an adult, what do you want; and, subsequently, can you do that with with craft? What would you like to do with magic? Is it possible? What would you like to stay away from? Why?

Answer those questions, really look down and figure out what it is you want, and even who you are, and you should get a good idea of where you should go. For example, say you want to get into witchcraft to feel closer to nature, particularly the ocean, and channel that chaotic gorgeous energy; that might be a good sign to study sea magic. Or, perhaps, you have a supply limit, but you want to be able to do all sorts of things with minimal supplies; energy work is relevant in most forms of magic, and can do a lot with minimal / no other ingredients. Or, maybe you want to be more creative with your magic; sigil work is wonderful for that, while still being low on supplies and discreet. Maybe you want to do everything you can; well, welcome to eclectic witchcraft.

Some varieties of magic, to give you an idea and get you started: 

energy work ; candle magic ; crystal magic ; sachet magic ; knot magic ; poppet magic ; jar magic ; kitchen magic ; bath magic ; traditional magic ; urban magic ; glamour magic ; chaos magic ; sigil magic ; tech magic ; pop culture magic ; green magic ; elemental magic ; cottage magic ; sea magic ; storm magic ; space magic ; hedgework ; spirit work ; dragon magic ; shadow work ; blood magic ; sex magic ; death magic

Once you figure out a direction you want to go in, get some paper, find some reading material, and take notes. Research is one of the big things in witchcraft, and you’re going to be doing a bunch of it, particularly in the beginning, but honestly it never ends. Write what you want to know, or what you think you’ll want to use. Take what you read with a grain of salt; cross referencing is useful. 

[Here] is a list of authors you should try to avoid - trigger warning for mention of various disturbing topics. [Here] is a post that talks about why your book on witchcraft might be full of it; if you have any questions as to why that might be, feel free to ask the OP or even myself. [Here] is a post that explains using discretion and critical reading in regards to witchcraft books.

When you feel you’re prepared to start doing spells, do some. It might be easier to start with a premade spell, and they still work if you didn’t write them yourself, but if you feel you wanna write your own, go for it. Take notes of what you do during your castings, particularly in the beginning, so when mistakes happen (and they will), you can go back and read and see where it might have gone wrong to try to fix it or avoid in the future.

And yes, you will make mistakes. We all did, and still do. The best part of magic is experimentation, finding what works for you. You’re not gonna get everything perfect; some things also just won’t work for you. Try to fix it, but if it isn’t working, just move on. Keep your confidence in yourself - remember we all screw up and had to go through this period of finding who we are as magic users within the craft. You will find it in your own time, no rush, do it at your own pace. It is YOUR magic, after all.

And that’s what I’ve got for right now (starting to feel a bit drained, so I can’t flesh this out like I want to, but I’m thinking of writing down topics to work on more posts later). For things I didn’t cover, here are some more posts to read through:

If you have any more specific questions, I will do what I can. :)

Normal Horoscope:

Aries: What you seek lies within the corn. Any kind of corn really.

Taurus: You are a complicated set of meat telegraphs and you will buy yourself something nice goddammit.

Gemini: It is surprising how easy it is to get through the day by not speaking and mimicking people. 

Cancer: Life is short have a hot dog and apologize.

Leo: Financial wealth is in your future when a rich woman hits you with her car and attempts to hide you from the police by covering you in twenties.

Virgo: Cocoa butter is useful for many things! I understand! It will not give you silky smooth organs. The Walgreens workers will ask you to leave. 

Libra: You are worth your salt. Salt has inflated in value since roman times. You are worth a lot of fuckin salt.

Scorpio: Stop hitting yourself. Ask someone else to do it for you.

Ophiuchus: The arcane disrupts the normal functioning of technology. There is a ghost in the windows shell.

Sagittarius: We all make mistakes, there are always things you can do to give yourself a leg up. They used to launch plague infested bodies over the walls of cities.

Capricorn: How fucked up would it be if jellyfish could live on air?

Aquarius: We are unkillable cockroaches and some monuments will last forever. Fuck Ozymandias, everything he built pales in comparison to the Waffle House.

Pisces: Drink the sauce.

starters

idk i’ll just keep adding to this every now and then

1. “i’m not here because i want to be. i’m here because i made a promise, and i keep my promises.”
2. “i remember; we did that all the time when we were younger.”
3. “i didn’t mean to break your heart.”
4. “i didn’t mean for it to go this far.”
5. “i hate you. you’re everywhere, and i can’t escape you. i can’t go anywhere without being reminded of you.”
6. “i know you don’t love me, but please, just lie to me once more.”
7. “no matter what, i’ll always remember you this way.”
8. “let’s go for a drive.”
9. “because even if it hurts, i can’t bear to see you unhappy.”
10. “save me a dance, will you?”
11. “but everyone’s watching”
12. “even after everything, i don’t regret loving you.”
13. “i can’t believe you just said that.”
14. “i wish you didn’t have to go.”
15. “remind me again of how much you love me.”
16. “teach me.”
17. “can i hold your hand?”
18. “would you mind? i just need someone right now.”
19. “you never let anyone in, and that’s why everyone leaves.”
20. “i promise i won’t let you fall.”
21. “please don’t ever do that again.”
22. “what’s wrong with me?”
23. “how did we get here?”
24. “i love you today, and i’ll love you tomorrow and everyday after that.”
25. “pretty please”
26. “look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t love him/her anymore.”
27. “i’ll go if that’s what’ll make you happy.”
28. “i don’t need you. i don’t need anyone.”
29. “now, don’t tell me you’ve fallen in love with me already.”
30. “you’re so pretty.”
31. “help me understand.”
32. “i can’t live like this anymore!”
33. “why do you keep lying to me?”
34. “it hurts to look at you.”
35. “she/he and i were friends once.”
36. “that’s bullshit and you know it!”
37. “it’s 3 am. wanna go get some pizza?”
38. “a milkshake with two straws? how romantic!”
39. “someone once told me that we fall in love with beauty.”
40. “we all make mistakes; we’re human. it’s what we do.”
41. “prove me wrong.”
42. “i’ll do it myself if i have to.”
43. “take me anywhere but here.”
44. “you already have all of me.”
45. “all i know is that the stars have never looked brighter than in this moment with you.”
46. “for you sake, i hope you’re wrong.”
47. “i did everything for you.”
48. “i’d give away everything i own if it meant i could be with you.”
49. “i wish i could capture this moment in a bottle and keep it forever.”
50. “i wish we could go back to when you could be you and i could be me.”
51. “you’ve never looked more beautiful than you are in this moment.”
52. “yeah, my heart does that when i’m around you.”
53. “keep it in your pants!”
54. “is that a drawing of me?”
55. “sing for me?”
56. “will you be here when i wake up?”
57. “tell me, did you even love me?”
58. “will you think about someone else for once?”
59. “i can’t believe you thought i ever loved you.”
60. “people always leave me. you’re the only constant person in my life.”
61. “you’ll leave me eventually; they all do.”
62. “hypothetically speaking, what would you say if i asked you to marry me?”
63. “oh cmon, everyone’s got a story.”
64. “i know your secret.”
65. “i’d be careful if i were you.”
66. “what’s wrong with guys/girls like me?”
67. “it’s so easy to fall in love with you.”
68. “you got what you wanted; now go!”
69. “i wish we could go back to the way things used to be.”
70. “congratulations, you’ve finally managed to break my heart.”
71. “would you like an award for that?”
72. “i’m completely and utterly in love with you, and i wouldn’t have it any other way.”
73. “thanks for, you know, sticking with me.”
74. “it’s you and me against the world, kid.”
75. “i hate you, and i wish we never met.”

I feel like I have the most pessimistic views of the Silmarillion characters

I always see these posts romanticizing and glorifying the characters, giving long details about how much of a badass they are, while I’m just over here like–


Feanor: was a conceited asshole with either extreme narcissism or deep-rooted self hatred who literally started wars over three jewels he lost.

Fingolfin: Probably had an identity crisis by being stuck under Feanor’s shadow which lead him to overcompensating and getting his own ass killed.

Galadriel: Undoubtingly a power-hungry individual dissatisfied with restricted role in society and probably low-key liked the fact she got a ring of power. 

Celebrimbor: Also undoubtingly a power-hungry individual who didn’t give a damn what anyone else thought as long as he got what he wanted.

Sons of Feanor: Only two of them really accomplished anything and the rest were either unimportant or really bad company to invite into your kingdom.

Morgoth: One-dimensional, over-used high fantasy antagonist archetype glorified by the fandom and overall mediocre within the text. 

Sauron: For a big badie, he made a lot of mistakes and all of his schemes are pretty much like a college student preparing a presentation last minute.

Beren: He was a man. He probably had a beard. Decided to punch evil in the face so also a meme. But I mean, he got laid so I guess he’s cool.

Luthien: Tolkien’s attempt at feminism. Honestly too pretty to like. Princess archetype overdone but she had a talking dog and we love dogs.

Turin: All of his problems he could have avoided if he just stopped being elbow-deep in his own angst and just accept help from others or calm the fuck down.

Glaurung: Nothing. He’s the only example of perfection in this book.

Business and Pleasure - Part 18

Summary:  Bucky AU. After a major deal falls through, your father’s business almost falls apart. In a desperate attempt to save his livelihood, he seeks the help of his oldest friend, George Barnes, who happens to be the CEO of one of the most influential businesses in New York. He agrees, but on one condition. You have to marry his son.

Word Count: 2,059

Warnings: Swearing

A/N: I’m so so sorry it’s taken me so long to get this written, guys. I’m in my last semester of college and these last few weeks have been absolute hell. I’m slowly trying to catch up with life, while also trying to just make it through finals alive. Anyway, I’m not super thrilled with how this chapter came out, but I feel like I owe it to you guys to at least post it. I’m sorry if it’s not up to my usual standards, but I’m doing my best. Hopefully by the next chapter, I’ll be back to being my usual self. 


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“Y/N? Are you almost ready doll? We should get going. The appointment’s in an hour and you know how unpredictable traffic can be around this time,” Bucky smiled at you from the doorway, watching as you pulled on your shoes.

“Yup! Just let me grab my purse and I’ll be ready to go!” You nodded, blushing slightly as you felt his eyes trailing over your figure.

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How to be a Genuine and Fun-Loving Person

1. Value and respect the fact that you are a totally unique individual, with your own destiny to fulfill. Believe in who you are, what you think and believe, your gifts and talents, and what you have to offer to those around you.
2. Refuse to give into negative feelings of anxiety, self doubt or insecurity. In fact, “fake it till you make it” is often good advice … So, ignore how you feel, and act the way you want to be. Choose to switch off the old tapes that keep on playing in your head, and try to visualize your goals and then push on and seek to reach them.
3. Don’t pay any attention to what others think about you. The most important judgment should be yours, and yours alone. If you live in constant fear of what others think about you, it will only hold you back from realizing your potential. Also, you’re not a clone of others as each of us is different. Don’t be afraid to be unique or to stand out against the crowd.
4. Accept that you have good points, and areas for growth. We’re all a mix of different qualities, and flaws, and traits. We all make mistakes – it’s what you do with them matters – so embrace the fact you’re human and won’t always get it right.
5. Also, develop a tough skin and don’t take insults personally. Look back and laugh – don’t cower – or criticise yourself. It won’t help if you’re sensitive or worried all the time. It’s better to forgive yourself, and then move on again.
6. Develop your ability to think creatively. Try out those new ideas, and choose to live outside the box.
7. Seek to enjoy this moment, and to live life in the present. Be grateful for the small things, and savour all you have.

after peter’s finally settled, steve finds tony in the kitchen, looking miserably down at a tablet. tony slaps it down when he sees him, attempting to smile up at steve, and failing. his nose is slightly pink, his eyelashes a little damp.

it’s been a long day, but for different reasons to the usual.

steve sinks down next to him, resting a gentle hand on the dip in the centre of tony’s back and rubbing in small circles. he doesn’t say anything, because tony will talk when he’s ready.

‘it’s fine,’ tony says after a bit. his voice is very small, and he sounds more as though he’s trying to persuade himself than steve. ‘it’s - it’s fine, honestly, it’s nothing. just - i just…’ he sniffs, fiercely, and turns his face away so steve can only see the line of his cheek.

'sweetheart,’ steve says, very gently. 'tony. tell me,’ and it’s as though his gentleness cracks something in tony, so that he starts shaking and turns and then somehow he’s in steve’s arms, pressing his face into steve’s shoulder as his fingers clutch at the back of steve’s neck. steve wraps his arms firmly around him, feeling tony shiver against his chest.

the tablet’s still lying there, face down where tony had slapped it, and steve reaches for it and flips it over, still running his hand over tony’s back and through his hair, calming him with the loving touches that tony soaks up like water. it takes him a few tries to unlock the device one-handed, but he manages it.

it’s an online news page, and the main picture is - them. it was obviously taken during today’s fiasco with peter, and it shows mostly steve’s own broad back, with peter’s furious three-year-old face slung over his shoulder, small fists clawing at steve’s back. tony’s half-hidden behind steve, but they’ve caught most of his grim, worried face, looking up at steve with every line of his body tensed, fists clenching at his sides.

SUPER DYSFUNCTION, the headline reads, and then in big letters, WHY IRON MAN AND CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TRENDY GAY PARENTING HURTS US ALL TO WATCH.

the article is horrible, horrible and vicious and not-so-subtly homophobic, and it sends a sharp pain twisting into steve’s chest. in a single paragraph, the article manages to paint them as both overindulgent and abusive, steve as a rigid, plodding oaf and tony as a hard-edged absentee parent who is most likely unfaithful and ready to wash his hands of his husband and son. it’s so wrong it makes steve want to punch something, make them see what a wonderful partner and parent tony is, gentle and funny and sweet and sacrificing.

steve closes the browser, putting the tablet down with a small definite clack. tony isn’t shaking so much, now, but his fingers are still twisted in steve’s shirt. 'i know it’s just - their usual shit, right,’ tony says in a quiet, tired voice. 'i know, i know, but, god, i’m just so - so tired, steve - steve,’ and he sucks in a shaky breath.

steve’s heart hurts again. he runs his hands in under the back of tony’s shirt, up his sleeve, because sometimes when tony goes weary and quiet like this, he needs skin-to-skin contact to soothe him. sure enough, tony lets out a little breath of relief at the touch of steve’s hands on his skin, going soft and yielding. steve runs his hands gently across tony’s skin, covering as much area as he can, feeling the tension drain out of tony’s body beneath his fingers.

'shhh,’ he murmurs. 'shh, darling, it’s okay. we’re okay, tony. we’ve got a three-year-old, and we’re doing our best, and we have to make all our mistakes in the public eye.’ he runs his thumb softly over tony’s shoulderblade, pressing a kiss into his hair. 'this is shitty, i know, but i got your back,’ he says, and tony makes a funny little snuffly noise that’s half a laugh and half a sob.

’m'glad you’re here,’ he mumbles against steve’s collarbone, and then, muffled quiet into his skin, ’my steve. love you.’

steve’s heart feels too big for his chest. he curls his head over tony’s, pressing his cheek into soft dark hair and closing his eyes, breathing in tony’s soft tired scent. 'i love you too,’ he says, trying to put his whole heart into the words, and then, softly, 'my tony.’

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(more ficlets under the 'stevetony ficlet’ tag on my blog)

haha yea those two WOULD be cute together wouldn’t they? I don’t think I’ll end up making that canon though hahaha
—  Famous last words of a writer before a pairing consumes their life

Hello there everyone! It’s me, Aini and today, I will be sharing with you some tips and tricks on how to do presentations in class without being nervous. Well, most of these tips are given by one of my class facilitators as she would give the class some pointers about presenting and I want to share some of these with the studyblr community.

1.     Review your slides before the actual presentation.

Firstly, before you go in front of the class and start your presentation, make sure to review your slides once more to ensure that all the materials are in your presentation. Not when you are halfway through the slides and you realised that you are missing one important information. Reviewing the slides would also ensure that you know what to say in your presentation. If you are presenting as a group, make sure the entire group know which slides they are taking.

2.     Use graphs and tables in your slides.

This tip is helpful as it was the first tip that my facilitator said to my team during our very first presentation. My team were the first team to present and we were new to presenting and thus, our slides are made up of lengthy words trying to define the theory. She mentioned that it would be better for us to use tables to organise the slides and my team did what she had advice and I can totally see some difference. It makes readers and the presenters an easier time to read.

3.     Don’t make your slides wordy.

As a reference to the previous point, do not make your slides wordy as it would make you tend to read off the slides. Instead, use bullet points and make your slides as direct as possible. Include key words in your slides and you can explain it more verbally instead of dumping everything in the slides.

4.     Calm yourself down before presenting.

You are nervous, your heart beats faster. Then, you would forget what you are going to say. Make sure to always calm yourself down before presenting. Personally, I have a rough time during my first few presentation, since I am an introvert and I would tend to avoid the attention from others. Thus, I would tend to stutter and have a soft voice when presenting which, to be honest, is a big no-no! However, as weeks flew, and I have more experience in presenting in front of the class since we have presentation almost every single day, I became calmer and less nervous when speaking in front of my classmates.

5.     Have eye contact with your audience.

I guess having eye contact with your audience makes them feel that you are confident and ready. It’s like you are telling them that you know what you are explaining about the topic given. Having eye contact with them is crucial since you somehow want to convince them that you understand the topic.

6.     Pace yourself with the presentation.

If you have roughly had 12 slides excluding the first, reference and last page, my facilitator would tell us to at least use 10 to 15 minutes on the presentation itself. You do not want your presentation to be very long despite the short slides you have unless you really have a lot of things to explain or say. But make sure to always pace yourself with the presentation so that your presentation is not too slow or not too fast.

7.     Have a piece of paper to refer to instead of reading off the slides.

Sometimes, having a piece of paper would be useful for you to refer. Because sometimes, when you are standing in front of the crowd, you might tend to forget what you want to say and having a piece of paper with you can be your lifesaver. Also, if your slides are filled with key words, definitions or even theory, you can use the piece of paper to write down examples of these so that your examples would not go off the point.

8.     Ask the audience.

Asking the audience is optional but it sort of shows that you are interacting with them, which makes them less bored. Ask them questions or ask them for questions. Having some little interaction like these make the presentation more ‘fun’ and less bored in some sense.

9.     Don’t forget the reference page.

I do not know about you all but I always tend to have a reference page or slide at the second last slide before the closing slide. I would dump links on where I found the information from so that when you submit the presentation (for my case, I have to submit my presentation to my facilitator to get my daily grades), they can check the links whether the links or infographics is suitable for your presentation or lesson. (Two of my facilitators said this to my class so I think that it is important to have a reference slide)

10.  Have some pictures in your slides.

Having pictures in your slides gives colour to your presentation. Because who would not be bored to have slides over slides with words and no pictures. Use pictures that are relevant to your presentations and it is like the icing on the cake!

I really hope that these tips would be helpful to those who are still nervous when presenting or it is their first time presenting in front of the class. Remember that we all start from the bottom and we learn through mistakes so do not be alarmed when your lecturer or teacher give you some pointers to improve on your presentation. Use those pointers in your next presentation to further improve yourself!

- Aini ꒰*ॢ´꒳`*ॢ꒱♡

anonymous asked:

uhhhh just bc none of your gay friends believe that h*m*sexual is a slur, that doesn't mean that every single gay person ever doesn't consider it such. h*m*sexual is a slur, and i would suggest you use gay instead. you made a mistake, and that's 100% ok, we all make mistakes! you didn't know, but now you do. simple as that. please just acknowledge your mistake, apologize, and move on. that's all you can do rn, unless you believe you can use a slur that isn't yours to use...?

I am fine with changing it to gay but I had people telling me that was also a slur so thats why I put it as homosexual as a base term not to offend anyone. I am sorry if it did offend people but what can I possibly do if there are people on either side both claiming that it is a slur whatever I put on that form and even the results will get me called out for using a slur due to me being straight.