Can not Say Big Words

"Bob" (not his real name) is a salesman who has had difficulty all his life in saying long words. Unfortunately, many of the products he sells are multi-syllabic. A technical expert by training, Bob creatively came up with short nick-names for each product, and a sales pitch of one syllable words that he practiced until it was fluent. When he left a telephone message asking me to contact him to help him with his speech, I was puzzled; His speech on the message sounded fine to me. When I returned his call, however, Bob's speech sounded "mangled". Unprepared for my call, he could not pronounce common two syllable words correctly. When he tried to correct his speech, it sounded worse, and the variations were never the same. After a speech assessment, Bob was diagnosed with a little-known impairment called "verbal apraxia".

Verbal apraxia is a neurological impairment in which the signals from the brain to the mouth get out of sequence.

When there are two or three consonants together, such as "str" ​​in "strong", one or two consonants may be omitted, or they may be in the wrong order. Sometimes entire syllables in the middle are omitted. While a one syllable word such as "ban" may be spoken easily, a long word such as "bannister" is very hard to say. Each time the same longer word is spoken, the variations may be different. It may be difficult for someone to start speaking; however, this is definitely not stuttering. People are acutely aware that they have difficulty speaking, and are often quite frustrated.

Verbal apraxia can be congenital, occurring from early childhood when it is often called "childhood apraxia of speech", or it can occur later. Often it occurs after a head injury or a stroke. It has nothing to do with how smart a person is. Many people try to compensate for it by speaking as little as possible, and then only in short words.

Poor speech can affect self-esteem, career growth, and happiness. People with poor communication skills often withdrawn, and may become depressed due to social isolation.

There is no cure yet for verbal apraxia. However, there are some techniques that can help. People who can not speak at all can be provided with special devices that can talk for them, called Assistive and Augmentative Communication devices (AAC). A speech pathologist or augmentative communications specialist needs to assess a person for the correct device, as there are over 100 possibilities. The device, ranging from very simple to highly complex, can be programmed to speak for a person. There are also some speaking techniques that help many people.

A person with this problem needs to be acutely aware of safety issues. When stressed by an accident or other emergency, his speech could be worse. First, the person should carry a card with his ID that explains he has difficulty speaking, and gives his basic identification information. It should also list his medical information, such as any medical conditions, medication he is taking and his healthcare provider's name and phone number. Second, he should have a script written in words of one syllable if possible, and kept by his telephone for use in emergencies. If his telephone is a cell phone, the script could be kept in his wallet.

There are two strategies people with difficulty speaking can try. First, write out a word that is hard to say. While looking at it, say each sound individually. Then very slowly, try to say them together. Do this a total of three times.

Then try saying the word at a faster pace. This rehearsal strategy should be started with two syllable words, and then expanded for three syllable words. A second approach is to note which words are especially hard to say. Then go to a thesaurus, often found online at sites such as, to find synonyms. These other words that have the same meaning, such as talk for speak, may be easier to say.

If these strategies are not sufficient, people should go to a certified speech pathologist for a speech evaluation. More can be done by an expert in many cases to improve communication skills. Great speech makes business sense!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea – The Anatomy

Whilst dealing with exactly why sleep apnea comes about you need to assist some of the anatomy within the neck and throat as well as the air passes.

The air we need goes into your body by way of the air passes in your mouth and nose. The air then travels down inside the pharynx (neck) to the trachea (wind pipe), and following that to the lung area. The reverse applications after we let out the breath.

Typically this is not a problem, however in sleep apnea there will be hindrances to that effortless flow of fresh air. Now this is frequently a result of the muscle groups within the neck loosing up while we slumber, allowing the throat to collapse, in addition to the tongue dropping backward and barring the respiratory tract. Furthermore, you should be overweight this puts added stress on the throat causing it to collapse more readily. This situation is clearly much worse if you are resting on your back, since gravitational pressure makes it much simpler for your tongue and palate to slip back restricting or decreasing the dimensions of your air way.

This blockage therefore means you can not get the air into the lungs as you must. As a result your blood quantities of CO2 start to go up. This process increases the degree of input your brain directs to your respiratory muscle groups, and at the same time starts to wake you up. Sooner or later the brain delivers adequate drive to your respiratory muscles to overcome this obstruction, typically with a snort or even a splutter, and you receive the air to the lungs. Unfortunately the process repeats time and again, and each and every instance you get woken from a deer slumber to a light, significantly less nourishing sleep.

Precisely why does this situation take place?

Before we can easily reveal why the muscle groups collapse in the way they do, you must understand a bit of how muscle tone operates. Most people have a tendency to imagine muscle groups as being rather passive right up until we utilize them immediately after which they become extremely lively, yet, in reality they are really continuously active to a point. The resting tone of any muscle group is caused by all the input which it receives from its nerve supply. This nerve supply happens to come indirectly from a region of your brain referred to as cerebellum and also out of the frontal lobes.

The frontal lobes are the parts in the top and front of your brain. As just one of their several tasks they promote the tone of muscle groups within the body. Resting tone is additionally influenced by the cerebellum. Problems or maybe decline in activity in either of the above 2 parts will surely create a decline in muscle tone within the body.

However if you are sleeping, the processes in the frontal lobes diminishes and you also will not be keeping the equivalent amount of activity within your cerebellum as well. This will mean that the activation coming to the muscle groups becomes reduced in addition. As a consequence their particular tone will lower, which may mean they are going to be more floppy. This process is usual.

Now for some individuals this is not really a difficulty as the tone (which is the activity inside their brain) was in fact relatively good in the first place, then when they lowered their activity in deep sleep there is adequate tone left to help keep the air way unblocked. Yet a number of people are lacking enough tone inside the muscles in the first place and with the decline in brain activity they will not have adequate tone to help keep the respiratory tract altogether or maybe even somewhat open. Thus one of the several purposes of a sleep apnea exercise course must be to raise the levels of activity within your frontal lobes, the cerebellum as well as the brainstem locations where your nerve fibers to your throat muscles come out. This approach may help tackle the factors behind sleep apnea as opposed to merely the symptoms.

Profitable Home Based Businesses

There are a lot of people that are looking for profitable home based businesses. With the convenience of staying at home, comes a lifestyle second to none. Your time is your own and you can devote the amount of time to your business that you require to make it profitable. Perhaps the only downside to a home based business is that it does take time to get up and running and that when it becomes successful, it can end up taking too much of your time.

Divide your thinking into two categories. Service based and / or product based businesses. Service based businesses can mean smaller setup cost and better cash flow, but product based businesses can mean larger profits with higher turnover.

Here are some great ideas for a home based business.

Service Based Businesses

1) Provide an answering service for mobile salesmen. Most sales people are on the road and with the event of mobile phones, can find themselves under siege by telephone customers when they least need to be. Ring around the various sales people, introduce your business and give estimates on your cost. Arrange meetings to present your business on a professional level and to seal the deals.

2) Child thinking services are in high demand with more people moving into a work that is short on labor. This can mean some initial setup costs and licensing requirements, but can be very profitable for the provider.

3) Telephone translation services. If you have a second language you can provide this service with ease. If you do not, consider getting some training and learn the language of your choice. By providing a translation service you will find readily available work. To keep this at home you can advise your customers of a three way telephone conversation method. This skill and business can also take you may places if you like travel.

4) Medical practitioners often require voice to document translation services. They record their note on a voice recorder, email it to your service and you type the document out and return to the sender. This translation service does require some knowledge of medical terminology, but can grow into a large business. Check with your local medical centers as to the demand for this service. Check internet sources for services already operating.

Product Based Businesses.

1) Computer sales and repairs is a big area demand and to setup a local home based business can be easily done. You may require some computer skills but nothing that can not be learn from the internet or other service people. The great advantage of this type of business is that it does not cost a great amount to start up and has no large outgoing costs.

2) Small engine sales and repairs are something that can be made from your garage. Parts and service catalog's are relatively cheap. Advertising is a critical part of this business as you will not have direct street frontage for your business. Beware of local bylaws and upsetting neighbors.

3) Internet based buying and selling of goods is a newer type of business alternative. Make sure you investigate your products and know your markets before entering this area of ​​home based business.

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The Spear of Longinus

The prime mover in the assassination of Julius Caesar was married to a Brutus but I suspect he was less interested in restoring power to the Senate (and in some small way the people of Italy) than he was in his own power. The movie Spartacus does see it as I see it. His persona was played by Sir Laurence Olivier. Cassius, who is later called Longinus, dies at his own hand after a defeat in the homeland of Alexander at a city named after the father or another in the family of Alexander.

“The Spear of Destiny, also known as the Spear of Longinus and the Heilige Lance — Holy Lance — is one of the most important Christian relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ. As first described in John 19:31-37, the Spear was used by a Roman soldier (Gaius Cassius, later called Longinus) to pierce the side of Christ as he hung on the cross. The Spear, bathed in the blood of the Lamb and playing a significant role in the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, is believed to have acquired tremendous mystical power. The first sign of that power was the purported healing of Gaius Cassius’s failing eyesight by blood from the wound.

The centurion later become an early convert to Christianity. The Spear subsequently passed through a multitude of hands, coming into the possession of many of Europe’s most important political and military leaders, including Constantine I, Alaric (the Visigoth king who sacked Rome in the year 410), Frankish general Charles Martel, Charlemagne, Frederick of Barbarossa, and Frederick II. A leader who possessed the Spear was said to be invincible; Charlemagne and Frederick of Barbarossa were undefeated in battle until they let the Spear fall from their hands. A legend arose that whoever claimed the Spear ‘holds the destiny of the world in his hands for good or evil.’

As a young man Adolf Hitler was fascinated by the Spear of Destiny, which he first saw displayed in the Hofsburg museum in Vienna, Austria in 1909. Hitler was familiar with the legend of the Holy Lance. His interest in the relic was further amplified by its role in the 1882 opera Parsifal — by Hitler’s favorite composer, Richard Wagner — which concerned a group of ninth-century knights and their quest for the Holy Grail. Hitler’s fascination with the Spear was pivotal in sparking his interest in the occult, which gave birth to his ideas on the origins and purpose of the Germanic race and contributed to his belief in his own destiny as a world conqueror.

{This is the spearhead of the Holy Lance of Hapsburg and they spend millions trying to authenticate these things but always end up finding out they are not as the myths do tell us. History may soon have to answer to forensics, I hope.}

On October 12, 1938, not long after the German annexation of Austria, Hitler ordered the S.S. to seize the Spear and other artifacts from Vienna. They were taken by train to Nuremberg, where they were stored in St. Katherine’s Church. The Spear remained in St. Katherine’s until 1944, when it was moved to a specially constructed vault beneath the church, built in secret and at great expense, intended to protect it and the other stolen relics from Allied bombs. Nuremberg was captured by Allied troops in April of the following year. The vault was subsequently discovered by American Army officers. The Spear was confiscated by American forces on the afternoon of April 30, 1945, less than two hours before Hitler’s suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. Like the Spear’s previous owners, Hitler perished after the relic was taken from him.

Like most holy relics, the history of the Spear of Destiny is complex and difficult to authenticate. The earliest reports of the Spear were circa 570 A.D., when it was said to have been on display in the basilica of Mount Sion in Jerusalem alongside the Crown of Thorns. The point of the spear’s blade was apparently broken off following the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 615 A.D. The point, set into an icon, found its way to the church of Saint Sophia in Constantinople and later to France, where it remained in the Sainte Chapelle until the 18th century. It was briefly moved to the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris during the French Revolution, but it subsequently disappeared. Meanwhile, the rest of the spearhead was transferred from Jerusalem to Constantinople sometime in the eighth century. It was taken by the Turks in the 14th century and sent by Sultan Bajazet as a gift to Pope Innocent VIII in 1492. Innocent ordered the relic placed in Saint Peter’s in Rome, where it remains today, although the Catholic Church makes no great claim as to its authenticity.

There are several other competing relics in different locations. One such “Holy Lance” was allegedly unearthed by Crusader Peter Bartholomew in Antioch in 1098. That Lance is now at Etschmiadzin in Armenia; scholars believe that it is not actually a Roman lance but the head of a standard, although it may have an interesting history of its own, separate from the legend of the Lance. Another claimant has rested in Krakow for about eight hundred years.

Hitler’s lance was the fourth Spear, called the Lance of St. Maurice and the Holy Lance of Hapsburg, which is part of the Reichkleinodien (Imperial Regalia) of the house of Hapsburg. This spearhead is bound with gold, copper, and silver threads to a nail — purported to be one of the nails of the Crucifixion. The earliest verifiable account of this Spear was its use in a coronation ceremony in 1273. It rested in Nuremberg during the Middle Ages, but by the early 20th century it was placed on display at the Treasure House of the Hofsburg museum in Vienna, where Hitler saw it in 1909.

This Spear has no greater claim to authenticity than any of the others, although Hitler — who conducted his own less-than-rigorous investigation into its history — was firmly convinced that it was the genuine article, leading to its confiscation by the S.S. in 1938. In 1946 the Spear and the rest of the Imperial Regalia were returned to Austria. Today they are once again on public display at the Hofsburg museum.” (2)

The people mentioned as having had possession of the spear are all Merovingians (Family of Jesus) and they had built a ritual energy Construct around the spear regardless of whether or not it is or ever was authentic. I cannot expect academicians to understand that and I am not going to address it in this book. I will have to do a book called The Jesus Conspiracy. I have explained these things in other books as far as the ritual acts of these Merovingians.

I wonder why this Spear is called the Spear of Longinus in so many places. Maybe I just missed something but if Joseph of Arimathaea is the Roman Minister of Mines, (slavery) as well as a member of the Sanhedrin which was bought by Rome as was Herod, what is going on? When you know that Paul/Saul is a Roman from Tarshis and he was out stoning St. Stephen and he worked for the Sadducee Temple priests of the Sanhedrin you start to see things fall in place. Joseph takes the body of Jesus to his family crypt where Jesus had brought Lazarus back from the dead (or out of a near coma caused by drugs just as Jesus had been given when on the cross to appear dead. Joseph had to be related to Jesus or Pilate (From Scotland perhaps according to current archaeological digs there.) could not have released the body to him despite the fact that Pilate would be from the area Joseph’s tin mines had been central to an enormous money-making machine for his Benjaminite family. It is the Roman law that the body can only go to the family and that would include the father of Mary Magdalene/Bethany (same person – he owned homes in both cities plus in Egypt where Mary and Jesus had studied while growing up).

Do you think Gaius Cassius was stupid when he refused to do what other Senators wanted as he fought to defend Rome? Do you think he was in on the supposed death of Jesus or whatever actually happened there? There are many dots worth connecting here. I think there were powerful people who wanted to build the kind of Empire that Rome shortly became. Their purpose or plan was an Empire with ever fewer numbers of actual participants in the decision-making. It continues long after the so-called fall of Rome. Cassius knew the Senate was a paper tiger or mere façade.

Learn the Difference Between Welding, Brazing and Soldering

Welding, brazing and soldering are different techniques used to join multiple pieces of metal. It is also a useful practice to fill a gap between two metal parts for the strong joint. Here is an overview of the different techniques:


The welding method is most effective when the two metals joined are similar. For instance, it is not possible to weld steel to a piece of copper. Welding relies on a very high temperature to melt the parts. This type of joining process is very reliable and the joint can be just as strong as the two original pieces that have been combined together. In some situations it is possible to use a filler metal to improve on the all-round strength. But, it is essential to complete this work using the correct amount of heat. Using too much heat can lead to a weak weld and a change in the metal's properties. There are multiple welding methods, including stir friction, laser, electron beam, arc and metal inert gas. The welding process is also commonly used to cut through large metal structures simply by using heat to melt through.


Brazing is a process of joining two metals using alloy filler. The two parts are joined by heating and melting the filler. Any filler used must have a lower melting point compared to the main metal pieces. This is a practical method for joining different types of metals, such as nickel, gold, copper, silver and aluminum. Also, the brazing process relies on flux to make it easier to join the parts. This is a type of lubricant that makes it easier for the filler to flow and fill the appropriate join. A further benefit is its ability to clean the part surfaces that are being bonded together. Brazing is not quite as strong as welding, but is still a very reliable choice for joining two different types of metals.


Soldering is similar to blazing, but operates at a much lower temperature range. This method relatives on soldiers or fillers that are intended to melt at 450 ° C or below. There are plenty of metals that are easily soldered, including iron, brass, copper, silver and gold. Once the filler reaches the desired temperature to melt, it will quickly solidify to bond the metal parts. This type of joint does not have the strength of welding or brazing. The original solder was lead-based, but because of environmental concerns there are now safer alternatives.

Choosing The Best Grill Brush For Porcelain Enamel Coated Grill Grates

One typical issue when purchasing a barbecue grill brush is whether or not it will damage your cooking grid. The last thing you want is to scratch the grates of your expensive Weber BBQ. Thankfully, with just a bit of study it is really simple to ensure you purchase the best grill brush for your BBQ.

How toicate your grate is, and how possible it may be to damage and scratching, is based upon the material the grate is made from. The most tough material that is frequently used is stainless steel. These grates are really strong and resistant to rust and corrosion. Porcelain coated grates, on the other hand, are much more elaborate. The porcelain coat is reliably brittle and can chip and crack. No only does this minimize the non stick capacity of the grate, it also exposes the metal underneath the enamel to moisture. Cast iron grill grates are really tough, however must be kept oiled to stop rusting.

Many grill brushes are completely safe for use with most grills, however there is one noteworthy exception. NEVER EVER use a scraper on porcelain covered grill grates! That will definitely lead you to chipping the porcelain enamel. Apart from that, most brushes are fine with most grates.

The 2 most typical materials used to make the bristles for BBQ brushes are brass and stainless steel. Brass is softer, so less likely to scratch the grains, however this softness also means the bristles become flattered much more quickly. As a result, brass grill brushes need to be replaced regularly. Stainless steel grill brushes are much more long lasting, as a result of their stiffer bristles. Neverheless, this extra stiffness means that they can sometimes scratch the grate. This is why people often recommend brass brushes for porcelain enamel coated grill grates.

So which sort of brush should you purchase to clean your porcelain enamel coated grill grate?

My recommendation is to go for a stainless steel grill brush with bristles thin enough that they do not cause damage. The usual belief that you can only use brass bristled brushes for porcelain enamel coated grates is not in fact true. Many stainless steel grill brushes are completely safe to use. Because they will certainly last long compared to brass brushes, my recommendation is to go with one of these. That way, you get a brush that will not only safely clean your barbecue, but will also last a very long time. To get even more life out your BBQ brush, only use it when the grate is hot. This will make it easy to clean, enabling you to use much less pressure, which extremely means that your bristles will remain in great condition longer.

A Guide to Opening a Restaurant in Mexico

Authorization of the name of your restaurant

Choose 3 names for your business. Submit them with the Mexican Foreign Affairs Office.

Out of the three, the name that does not exist elsewhere, will receive an authorization for using it. It takes not more than 2 days to complete this process.

Incorporation of your business

Once you have an authorized name for your establishment, you should decide upon its business structure.

There are numerous options for you like Corporation, Persons Corporation, etc. Your restaurant will be taxed according to the business structure you choose for it. Here, you should read the tax implications for every business structure before selecting one for your establishment.

For the incorporation of your restaurant, there will be an incorporation deed. The deed will dismose the business structure and other important details of your venture.

Now, you should choose a notary public (Notario Público or Corredor Público), who will notarize it at the Mexican Department of Treasury. You should also collect your Tax registration number from the department.

Registration of the deed of incorporation

After notarization, you need to register the deed at the Public Registry of Commerce (Registro Público De Commercio) of the locality where your business is located.

Registration of the deed takes about 17 days.

Registration with IMSS and INFONAVIT

For the benefit of your employees, you have to register with a social security institute, which is known as Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. This institute is responsible for ensuring social security, pension, and good health of the employees.

You will also have to register with Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores (INFONAVIT). INFONAVIT monetarily helps employees buy homes. As an employer, you will have to donate a certain percentage toward it.

These two registrations will not cost you anything and take 1-2 days to be over.

Informing the Delegación

Before opening your restaurant, you will have to inform the local Delegación.

Prepare a notice that mentions your aim to start a business in the area. The notice should include your tax registration number.

Registration with the tax administration

As an entrepreneur in Mexico, you will be required to pay payroll tax. For this, you will have to register your venture with Secretaria de Finanzes Gobierno del Distrito Federal.

You will need to furnish the tax registration number and the postal code of your restaurant.

Informing the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to notify the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informática.

The notice that you will prepare for this matter should mention the type of your venture, its name, number of employees, etc.

This step will not take more than a day.

Registration with the National Business Information Registry

Every new business has to register itself with Sistema de Information Empresarial. The costs differ with each type of business. Here, you will have to check out the cost for running a restaurant.

Ways to Achieve Natural Home Lighting

Our home lighting usually depends on artificial lights. We have fluorescent bulbs, LED lights and incandescent bulbs. These artificial sources of light provide us with the necessary lighting we need especially at night. They are convenient sources of light which we can use with only a flick of the switch. These lights take up much of our household consumption of electricity that we should also find ways to bring some brightness into our home.

During the day, we have natural light coming from the sun. Our artificial lights need not function during this time of day. We can direct natural light into our home and use it as a free source of illumination.

Natural home lighting can be achieved in so many ways. We do not have to box ourselves in inside our homes. Windows and doorways can be opened up to let the light flood in. During the construction part of your home, study the pattern of the sun as it moves across the sky. You can use this knowledge to put your windows in an optimum position to bring in more light.

If you desire to wake up with sunshine streaming in your bedroom then you put your room to where the sun rises in the morning and position your windows in that direction. You can also have broken tiles or transparent glass on top of the wall if you want to provide more natural light into any room.

Skylights can also be placed on certain areas like bathrooms, kitchens and other parts of the home that is mostly used during the day. You need to plan carefully when installing skylights as they have to be included in your roofing. They are great sources of light because they come directly from above and can illuminate the room much like an artificial ceiling light. The skylights can also be given some tint to avoid too much glare.

SEO Article Writing 101

SEO writing is very different from content writing, article writing, story writing and news writing. When I first realized my innate talent for writing stuff and putting thoughts into words, I was still reading Mills and Boons, and it was during this time that my romance storybooks were confused by my classroom teacher because I was reading in class.

Writing is a very personal thing, I discovered. Some people have the talent for writing creative stuff. Some people have the talent for writing ads. Some write excellent factual stuff. Well, I fall into the factual stuff category. The boring-writing-technical-mumbo-jumbo writing stuff. How I fit into this category, I do not know.

Well, SEO article writing is very much like that. First, you decide what topic or keyword that you want. For instance, you're selling decorative lamps, right? in the SEO article writing process, list down 'decorative' and 'lamps'. Then think about other words that refers to 'decorative' and 'lamps' … words that people use all the time to describe them. This is a very important part of SEO article writing because these are common words that your potential site visitors will use to find you.

How about 'light', 'bright', 'pretty', 'lighting'?

Ok, now your SEO article writing keywords are: – decorative, lamps, light, bright, pretty and lighting, right? So, on to the SEO article writing process. First you write everything that you need to write down first. Beef up the article. As a general rule of thumb, SEO articles should be no less than 300 words and no more than 500 words. Any more than that, you're wasting your time writing a novel for your SEO article. Read through the SEO article now and replace words and reword sentences to fit in those keywords. Yes, you'll have to structure some SEO keywords here and there, but do it anyway.

Make sure the sentences make sense, ok? Because although the search engines will not know bad grammar from good grammar, your site visitors will. And most of them, site visitors who visit your website based on those SEO keywords DO mind the bad grammar. And once you turn them away, it's almost impossible to bring them back!

The final step to SEO article writing is ….. proofread your SEO article and make sure they flow. The problem with SEO writing is that your thoughts might come in buckets … a splash here and a splash there. So, during the SEO article proofreading process, you'll have to make sure one paragraph flows on to the next.

Good luck!

Storytelling Training Helps in Removing Communication Barriers

Are you passionate about storytelling? Do you want to inform command, motivate and integrate people through story telling? Opt for storytelling training and get the knowledge of the need of the individuals for guiding their actions. Moreover, with storytelling training, you will be able to make your audience aware of their obligations and provide them with additional guidance on the way to perform duties adequately. Storytelling training also helps to motivate people by encouraging individuals to perform or exhibit a certain behavior. Your message through storytelling can help to convince individuals that their actions can be beneficial personally and socially. In addition through proper storytelling training, you can communicate messages effectively and can properly handle ideas, so that your readers can relate the activities.

Now, remember that while you are communicating to your readers, you must get rid of all communication barriers. Whenever communication is delayed it becomes ineffective. Factors delaying or tempering communication are called barriers that could be personal barriers, semantic barriers, barriers from corporate climate and many more. Proficient storytelling training can actually help you to remove communication barriers.

Let’s check out how storytelling training can help you to remove communication barriers:

Barrier Identification & Analysis – If you get storytelling training, you will be able to find out the possible barriers that hinder effective communication and can also remove them.

Convincing Communication Needs – You must remember that effective communication means good human relations and good human relations mean good organizational and social operations and output. If you can communicate your message effectively to your target audience, more people will read your stories and you will be ultimately successful in your goal.

Emphasizing Main Topic – Storytelling training helps you to move towards the right course of action. You must create guidelines for communication in every story so that ambiguity is minimized.

Recognizing Communication to be a Two-Way Process – It is important to recognize that communication is a two way process and not a one way traffic. Hence, you should encourage response, questions and feedbacks in order that confusion is removed. Storytelling training shows you the right way of recognizing communication as a two-way process. Moreover, this helps to make your story consistent and coherent.

Removing distance barriers & using feedback – You can make use of online videos for story telling in order to cut down distances. Furthermore, you must keep in mind that communication is a continuous process of listening, reading and understanding. So, you should always encourage feedback from your audience and will try to tell your next story with the topics that your audience is looking for. Pay heed to the feedback of the audience and be a successful storyteller. This makes the communication process effective, minimizing the chances of transfer of wrong information.

Empathetic Speaking & Hearing – Good storytelling training helps you to know your audience and design message befitting their needs and feelings. Understanding the viewpoint of other person is known as empathy which wins friends, orders and develops good business image.

Optimum Timing & Message Repetition – Remember that optimum timing is important in communication. The message from your story is most likely to be considered and attended when that provides a solution to a problem affecting the receiver. Moreover, it is essential for repetition of messages. If you repeat your message second or third time, you may get the desired result. In addition, you must send your message whenever it is needed.

The art of storytelling is nothing but a healthy and result-oriented communication. Get storytelling training today and be a successful storyteller.

Fireproof File Cabinets – Top Tips Guide For First Time Buyers

Fireproof file cabinets are also known commonly as fire proof files which are also similar to fire safes. They all mean one thing, sometimes are designed to protect your documents and valuable items from fire or intense heat. Given the fact that 8.2 billion dollars are lost yearly on average due to fire hazards, it is important to have one at your office or home.

They are designed to look like your ordinary filing cabinets blending into the overall office furniture but is capable of withstanding high heat and hours in the event of fire. It also serves as a great alternative to your fireproof home safe if you have more than important documents to store away. In fact, fire proof filing cabinets are not limited to storing important files as they can be used to store many other types of items like jewelery, cash, passports, title deeds, insurance policies and even small hand guns. They not only prevent fire damage but also more importantly, burglary as well.

When buying your fireproof file cabinets you need to know certain terminologies which will affect your purchasing decision. Understanding the fact that a burglar has only a short time frame of about 6 minutes to size up his or her environment and break into whatever hint of prized possessions, you might wish to purchase one which blends into the overall background and look as less flaunting as possible, thereby appealing as little attention as possible. Compared to your standard burglary safe, or even a small one stashed away in a cabinet, the fire proof filing cabinet is much more demure looking.

You should ensure that the unit you intend to purchase has achieved a UL rating. UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, one of the most trusted testing standards within the industry. Should you have any concern with the ratios of your unit, always cross reference directly with the manufacturer for a copy of the certificate of UL rating approval. Take for instance, a 1 hour 350 degree Fahrenheit rating means that your unit is able to withstand any temperature lower than 350 degree F for about an hour.

In addition, apart from fire testing, you should also look out for impact tests as well as explosion testing. The more approvals from all the above tests, the more robust is your fire proof filing cabinet. Of course, life records no free lunch, and the more robust your units, the higher is the cost.

There are many sizes and types you can opt for, partly fire proof lateral and vertical filing cabinets. While the latter is the more popular version, it may not suit your filing purposes. The lateral models serves better when you have documents of various sizes as most come with adjustable bars.

Most fireproof file cabinets come in key lock system but you do have other options with customization. There is one key type which comes automatically in both combination lock and key lock systems, that is, the safe in a file. This is a safe stashed way inside your fire proof filing cabinet. Whichever your choice, it is important to ensure that you purchase from authentic and reputed manufacturers.

Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

More people than ever are investing in beautiful tile floors as they discover the durability, beauty and health benefits associated with one of the oldest flooring types in existence. Learn how to select and maintain Dallas tile and grout with these quick tips.

1. Density . Tile flooring comes in a wide variety of density to meet your every need including:

2. Ceramic : Ceramic tile is created by mixing clay and water then firing. Because the basic ingredients are "soft" the resulting ceramic tile also remains "softer" or less dense. Ceramic tile is a great option for almost any area and highly versatile although it is sooner to cracking under pressure and could scratch easier than other more options. Ceramic tile also has a tendency to remain more prone to stains due to the increased absorbency requiring the use of professional tile and grout services on a more frequent basis.

3. Porcelain Tile : Porcelain is created from combining very fine clay with other minerals to create a very dense and water resistant product that withstands heavy traffic while resisting scratches and stains. You will still need to perform regular tile and grout cleaning but on a more sporadic basis than associated with cleaning ceramic tile and grout. Select porcelain tile for outdoor or high traffic areas.

4. Mortar . When laying tile and grout the under "mud" that secures the tile in place is just as important as the type of tile. Even though it is not visible once the tile is in place, the underlining mortar must remain free of air bubbles, allow "breathing" due to tiny settlement and shifting in the floor and hold up over time. Newer forms of mortar are mixed with compounds that allow flexibility and expansion without deteriorating over long periods of time. Always make sure you use a reputable installer to avoid problems in the future.

5. Grout . The type of grout used can dramatically impact the quality of the flooring. Dirty grout is the most common cause for most tile and grout cleaning calls since it promises to be the most absorbent part of the flooring. Use a high quality grout and sealant to prevent stains and dirt from accumulating in between professional tile and grout services.

6. Sealant . Both tile and grout may require sealant to help reserve the luster and beauty of the flooring however, keep in mind that sealant wears away over time. Depending upon the traffic patterns, type of tile and sealant used it may be necessary to have the tiles professionally cleaned and re-sealed every two to three years.

It is simple when using a reputable company like Kiwi Services. With just one quick call you can have Dallas tile and grout cleaning services professionally.

Getting Help From Kitchen Manufacturers And Designers

When you were still younger, you do not actually care about the beauty of your home. You do not really care how things are arranged but once you ventured out on your own, on the other hand, you did learn to cook and enjoyed immersing yourself in it during the weekends, but had little time to do so during the work week, so it made little sense to have your kitchen fully modeled to your preference – after all, reheating meals was what you did the most, and those apartments were not your own, anyway, so you did do with the kind of food preparation activities allowed by the space you got.

Now that you're ready to build a family of your own, you discover that you can finally have the kitchen space you've always wanted. You can have the cabinets lined up exactly where you want them. You can point out where your work spaces need to be placed for a more efficient flow as you hover between the sink and the refrigerator and the countertop and back again. And you can have your say on the materials and design that will provide your kitchen with a cohesive look. By hiring experienced kitchen manufacturers and designers, people like you can finally have the right kitchen space for your particular needs and begin really enjoying the time you spend cooking up a storm for your family.

So how do you go about planning your desired outcome with professional kitchen designers? Typically, you can arrange an initial meeting wherein you can discuss important points. You can talk to them about your individual tastes, needs, lifestyle and other relevant details that can help narrow down the best possible design option. Based on this information, the designers can offer first-class advice on the ideal kitchen products such as color schemes, bench top materials, sinks, cabinetry and other necessary components. Once the designers will be in constant consultation with you to develop concept plans through to the final, complete plans, perspectives, and quotes, you can be sure to engage in thorough discussions until you have the final details in place for the commencement of the project .

It is now easier for you to plan the details of your kitchen. With careful attention to detail and commitment to quality, seasoned kitchen manufacturers can fit your home with a completely original look or one that's straight off of their impressive kitchen showrooms. Homeowners can now discover a new-found love for preparing meals and sharing warm moments with their families over food in a beautifully created kitchen space.

Different Types of Oak Flooring

Over the past few years it seams that everyone wants oak flooring but how do you know what is the right option for you home or business, if you go to any large DIY store or flooring store you will be meet by scores of different wood flooring from very cheap to very expensive this will depend upon the type of flooring it is and the sizes of the boards over the next few paragraphs I will explain the main differences and the best options for different projects.

Solid wood / solid oak flooring: –
This is what it says on the tin! Solid wood be it oak, walnut, or any other timber the boards should be 100% solid timber This is the most expensive option (in many cases) and the price will differ according to country of origin, length of the boards, width of the boards and thickness of the boards.

Solid flooring is great in nice size boards and if thick enough it can be used to replace existing floor boards or in new properties it can be laid on the joists (always consult a professional before taking on such projects) the other benefits of solid flooring are that it can be sanded down and re-finished over and over again.

The main draw backs with solid flooring are that when it is laid over under floor heating this can create problems.

Engineered solid wood flooring: –
There is much confusion with the word engineered flooring; These types of flooring are usually very good the engineered term coming from the construction of the flooring as apposed to 100% solid flooring these engineered boards are made up from a solid top part of the board (which can be up to 10mm thick) which is bonded on to another type of timber be it ply (birch etc) there are many benefits from this type of flooring, the base of the boards are usually very stable (there are less to consistent and cupping) and this type of flooring can also be used in rooms where under floor heating is present.

As with 100% solid wood flooring engineered flooring can also be sanded and re-finished (as long as the top solid wood is thick enough).

Some engineered floors can also be used to replace existing floorboards or for new properties that can be laid on joists (always consult a professional before taking on such projects).

Different types of finishes on solid and engineered wood flooring: –

As with the many different types of actual flooring there are also many different types of finishes on wood flooring, the most versatile is unfinished (natural timber) the unfinished option can be finished using a Variety of different finishes (ask your local flooring or wood working store for details) this option offers many different options and you can try different options before covering your new floor.

Pre-finished flooring (boards which are finished using different stains and varnishes) there are lots and lots of these pre-finished options on the market some of which contain different protective chemicals which will make your floor more restraint to the effects of the sun and general wear and tear, the only problem with these pre-finished floors is that although they look great id they are damaged while being laid it is very hard to match the finish and it is also hard to repair any future damage.

Sizes of wood flooring: –
Both 100% solid flooring and engineered flooring comes a number of different sizes, with solid flooring normally the smaller the boards the less likely you are to have any problems with consistent etc but large boards create a fantastic look if fitted be professionals.

Engineered oak floors also come a variety of sizes but with its construction there are less likely to have any problems when in larger sizes.

Thawing Frozen Pipes In Your Home

If you live in a cold climate where your area experiences freezing temperatures in the winter, especially temperatures below freezing, you may have experienced or one day have to deal with the problem of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes, if they should break, can cause significant water damage to your home and your property inside it, when the frozen water thaws and sprays out of the broken pipes. You not only have broken pipes and fixtures that need repair, you may also flood your home with water.

If your pipes have frozen and you notice indications that a pipe has broken, do not attempt to thaw the pipe. Call a plumber immediately. But if one or more of your pipes are frozen and do not appear broken, you can attempt to thaw them yourself.

Strategy 1: Thawing An Exposed Pipe
One way to thaw an exposed pipe is to take a heat gun or hair dryer and, turning them on and setting them to a high setting, aim one at the pipe in question a move it back and forth along the pipe until the water inside thaws . Another method involves heating water in a kettle to the boiling point. Wrap an area of ​​the frozen pipe in question with a rag or other cloth and secure it, for example, with wire. Pour the hot water on the rag. When the water on the cloth cools, pour on more hot water. Do this until the water thaws and move on to adjacent areas of the pipe that still have ice inside.

Strategy 2: Thawing a Pipe in a Wall
If you have a frozen pipe behind a wall and you are probably sure that the pipe is not broken, you can attempt to thaw it using another method. Set up an electric space heater or heat lamp near the wall with the frozen pipe behind it. Keep the space heater or heat lamp at least two feet from the wall, to reduce the chance of fire or wall damage. Aim the heater or lamp at the wall and turn it on, monitoring it constantly. Remember that safety should be your primary concern. While this method will take longer than those for exposed pipes, it can nonetheless be effective.

During the next cold spell, try to keep these areas warmer. Insulate piping you can access. Keep the home itself a bit warmer to maintain the warmth of the pipes.