May
18
2015

The Three Speaking Circuits of Motivational Speakers

Unlike what most beginners think, beginning a career in the speaking industry isn’t as easy as it sounds. And just like any other job, there are levels to it.

Since motivational speakers start off on their own, they choose where they talk. This will depend on who’s willing to pay them their asking prices for an appearance. And when they start out, they may not have a lot of experience to give them the confidence to claim a fee of $6,000 just for a few hours on the microphone.

This is why they start in the free circuit. This is considered as a training ground for those who just quit their day jobs and decided that they want to speak for a living. And just like its name implies, they do it for free.

motivational speakersBecause of the very “affordable” rates in the free circuit, speakers will never run out of opportunities to speak for free. These could range from office meetings, school graduation ceremonies and even local seminars that the government provides. And as depressing at it may sound, motivational speakers get very valuable experience and are able to develop their skills and build their reputation, which is what every beginner speaker needs.

When they’ve gotten a bit of experience and they’ve decided that they want to earn more, they head on to the cheap circuit. Naturally, this is where they can start asking for fees before they agree to participate in an event. And because there are fees involved, these are naturally bigger events wherein the event organizers have the budget to spare for hiring a motivational speaker. These could be company gatherings of medium-sized organizations or business clubs. Motivational speakers usually move on to this circuit when they’ve had a couple of years honing their craft. Also, some speakers stay on this circuit for good, especially when they have books, programs, seminars and other products that they can sell.

The transition from the cheap circuit to the last circuit is what takes a lot of effort and time. This is because the last circuit is called the pro circuit. This is the final circuit wherein names like Zig Ziglar and Rene Godefroy show up. These are the people who get huge fees that almost never go below $3,000 per session and could even go as high as $20,000!

The reason that the transition takes time is because the speakers in this circuit have long lists of satisfied clients and numerous success stories attributed to their help. It takes some time to develop that sort of record. These speakers could spend years trying to help people and make a change through their talks. It may take some time but it will be all worth it when the time comes.

It may be the most lucrative circuit but it doesn’t mean it’s the easiest. Since the rates are high, motivational speakers face some of the most discerning audiences like CEOs and successful business owners who are considered experts in their own fields. That makes things more complicated yet rewarding. Some of the most highly-paid speakers are known to ask for $30,000 just for a session. And there would be clients who would be more than happy to pay that amount just to hear what they have to say about success.

The best part about these circuits is the fact that there are always speakers who are in them. They may not be motivational speakers but they are speakers nonetheless. Participating in these circuits and forming bonds with other speakers is one of the very few ways beginners will be able to take their speaking careers to the next circuit.

 

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motivational speakersMotivational speakers get very valuable experience and are able to develop their skills and build their reputation, which is what every beginner speaker needs.

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Feb
13
2015

The Military Coin Challenge Tradition

There is a special tradition being followed in the military which promotes not only the unity among all the military units but also to boost the morale of each soldier – and that is to give out and collect custom military coins. These custom military coins, which are fully customizable, differ between branches and units. These coins show which military unit a soldier came from.

custom military coinsCustom military coins are also known as challenge coins or memorial coins. These coins can range from inexpensive ones to coins which are made of the highest quality of materials possible. Nowadays, these coins are not only collected in the military, it is also becoming popular in the general public as well. Some organizations and clubs are now using these coins in their own ways but with the same concept and meaning – to show recognition and gratitude to a group or individual.

Most custom military coins are bigger than an ordinary coin. These coins’ sizes range from 1.5 inches to two inches in diameter. They can go as thick as 1/10 inches with designs which vary from the preferences of the designer. Contrary to what others think, these coins can be made not only in a round shape but also in different shapes as well, with shapes like shield, star, pentagon and even in a dog tag shape too.

These coins can be made out of different kinds of metals (which also give each coin a different kind of finishing) such as brass, nickel, copper, silver and even gold. Military coins made from gold are considered as limited kinds and are usually given to people with the highest award and recognition as possible. Adding different designs is also an option with military coins; some coins have an engraving of the military unit on one side and the logo at the other; some even have the picture of the military unit they are in on both sides. Almost any kind of symbol can be engraved onto the coin and adding different colors is possible with these kinds of coins.

The Military Coin Challenge

There is a special traditional game being played by all coin bearers in the military – the Military Coin Challenge. This game was believed to start during the First World War. American soldiers were known to play a game called “pfennig check”. Once a call out was made, each soldier would need to check if they have a pfennig (an old coin in Germany with the lowest monetary value) with them. Any soldier who will not be able to show a pfennig would need to buy some drinks (mostly alcoholic beverages) for those who were able to show a pfennig during the check.

The tradition was passed on and later changed from passing of pfennig to passing of military coins. This tradition was practiced by all members of the military who bear a coin to make sure that each coin bearer brings their military coin all the time. Any member of the military or unit can initiate the challenge of coin check-up. This challenge can be made in a bar, in a restaurant, in the field, in the locker room, and even in the sleeping area. If a soldier cannot show or do not have his or her military coin, then, that person would need to buy a round of drinks for all the soldiers who were able to show their military coins. Moreover, if all challenged soldiers were able to show their military coin, then, the challenger who initiated the game would need to buy a round of drinks for all the soldiers who participated in the challenge.

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Feb
12
2015

Making your Golf shoes walk a little farther: maintenance and cleaning

Golf shoes may be the most important golfing equipment any golfer has. More than his own set of clubs, his personal caddy or even if he owns a golf cart, his shoes is perhaps his most vital weapon every time he plays golf. Most of the times, people only have one pair of golf shoes and use it every time they play golf. It is therefore no surprise that most golf shoes wear off over time. Usually, soles get destroyed, or insoles grow molds and make the golf shoes just unusable after a certain amount of time. It is therefore no surprise that golf shoes get destroyed after only a few months of buying them. And add that to the fact that shoes are a bit on the pricey side and that results to a problem especially to any golf enthusiast.

There are however ways in which one can take care of their golf shoe to extend its life span to its maximum. Here are some simple tips that you can use to take care of your golf shoes:

golf shoesFirst, always use a shoe horn when storing your shoes. Golf shoes are pretty soft, especially the toe part, and therefore get out of shape very easily. That’s why it is highly recommended to always store your shoes with shoe horns at the end in order to avoid the golf shoes getting misshapen.

Next, always remember to put foot powder on your shoes. Especially when you have really sweaty feet, the shoes have a strong possibility of retaining the odor of the feet that last wore them. The same holds true for the advice to wear socks especially when wearing them. When the feet sweats, the soles usually stick to the insoles of the shoe and might remove the insole from the base. Dried sweat on the insoles left untreated is what causes the foul smell on the shoes.

Third, you can scrub the debris and mud off by just using an old toothbrush and water. There is no need to scrub vigorously when cleaning the shoes as it has the possibility of ruining or scraping the outer material off the shoes. Always remember that golf shoes are mostly leather and so vigorous and reckless scrubbing of the outside can really damage the leather easily.

Moreover, always remember to store your golf shoes in a cool and airy place. Most golfers tend to keep their shoes inside their golf bags. This is a wrong move as there is a high possibility of mold growing inside the shoe as molds thrive in a damp and sweaty environment. Storing the shoes in a cool and airy area allows the sweat to evaporate and air to circulate inside the shoe which also releases any unwanted odors inside them.

If the shoes were used when trudging in the pond or any other wet areas, be sure to stuff them with paper immediately. This is to dry the insides faster and also to avoid mold growth inside the shoes.

Finally, never use a hair dryer or put your shoes inside the washer or dryer. Remember that these shoes are leather and so placing them inside the washer can damage the material. Using the hair dryer to dry them can also damage the material. Air drying is always a good way to dry your shoes. There is no shortcut to drying your golfing shoes.

Golf shoe might be very expensive and delicate, but with the proper care and maintenance, their lifespan and use can really go a long way. It’s all a matter of patience and extra attention on them.

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Feb
04
2015

Neck Lanyards and Its Uses

Neck lanyards are narrow pieces of materials worn around the neck. It is used to hold small objects close by for accessibility and safekeeping. These are usually used to hold identification cards, keys, whistles, and even cellphones.

Lanyards consist of two loops: a small one and a large one. The large loop allows you to wear the lanyard, fitting over your head. The small loops hangs down, holding the object secured. All in all, the lanyard is around 17 inches long.

Back then, the smaller loop has a bulldog clip or snaphook to hold the object. At present it now has other means to hold items such as a string. At times, it permanently holds items like pens. Lanyards are more commonly used by schools, government agencies, businesses, and organizations and clubs.

Components of a Lanyard

wholesalelanyardsNeck lanyards have two main components: the material or cord, and the hardware. Materials used for lanyards are cotton, nylon, and polyester. These ranges from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch, 5/8 inch, ½ inch and 1 wide. The hardware materials are the attachments used to hold the items. These can be snaphools, o-rings, and clips.

The first lanyards were made of continuous materials with no breaks. Due to safety reasons, it became a neck accessory with a breakaway connector. The connector allows the object to be removed when needed without removing the lanyard from the neck. This is also in the event it gets snagged or caught.

Customizing Lanyards

Neck lanyards today are used also as part of a student or employee’s uniform. It carries the name of the school on the cord with a small logo attached to the connector. These are to carry IDs or simply used for other office items such as flash disks.

At present, the most available type of lanyard is blank or non-printed cord. These are usually made of cotton and nylon and are available in variety of colors. To know more about the lanyards visit www.wholesalelanyards.com. The metal ball chains, another type of lanyard, are sold with silver nickel finish.

These customized printed lanyards first came during the early 90’s. Since then it has been used by groups, foundations, and organizations to place name, messages, and logos. The 3/8 to ¾ inch nylon is the most suitable material for printing. These are commonly used for school IDs, tradeshows, fundraisers, and even companies. They are also used in certain events such as class reunions where it also serves as tokens participants can keep. More than these, organizers use this to help identify those who are part of their event.

There are different imprinting methods used on neck lanyards. Each of these produces different printing quality and durability. Of course, depending on the output, expenses may become cheaper or it may rise. Today, the most economical printing means is hot stamped.

Lanyards which are hot stamped are great for employees and student IDs. It is also used to print for tradeshow name badges.

Another form of printing is screen printing. It is commonly used for t-shirt printing and jacket printing. These are suitable for lanyards for keys, IDs and other small objects.

The dye sublimation is the most quality type of printing. While both hot stamping and screen printing has imprint remnants on the surface, the dye penetrates on the lanyard’s material. In this printing the yarn used in the cord is dyed. This makes it less subjective to wear. Another advantage of opting for this printing is you can use more than one color on one or both sides.

Popularity of Lanyards

Neck lanyards are growing more popular today, especially as it incorporates pop-culture to its printing designs. Materials are now designed to fit children and teen’s preferences which make it more attractive. While these may be incorporated in lanyard design, government agencies and schools still use this for security purposes. These are not just to carry items around but to identify them as part of the foundation.

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