Blended families are just like any other family when it comes to seeing and getting autographs from famous celebrities. One Charleston blended family got a real treat this weekend when they got to hang out with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were in town to do some training this weekend.

Who wants to be approached by a guy with a straight face and aggressive or closed off body language when they are out and about? No one. Especially not a good looking woman who is just out doing her thing. You will get a much warmer and receptive response when you are smiling, have open body language and just come across like a friendly guy looking to make some small talk.

Practice All the Time, In every Venue Imaginable. Use your speech material as you have casual conversations with people the weeks before your talk, in the coffee shop, lobby, stores, malls, etc. They won’t know you are practicing your speech. You’ll be able to practice the pronunciations, phrasing, inflection, timing, jokes and all else, just as you will do it from the platform.

Teachers spend their own money on their classroom–and spend it often. This year, try giving a gift to the class you know the teacher will appreciate as well. A pack of pencils, a few extra folders, or even some treats for the goody jar are all simple, inexpensive ways to show your thoughtfulness. The items themselves need not be expensive or large in volume. The gift is not only the supplies you’re giving but the time you’ll save the teacher when she doesn’t have to run out and replenish the classroom’s coffer.