Beware the Ides of March…Which is Today

Beware the Ides of March” is the famous line that was written by William Shakespear in his play “Julius Caesar.” The phrase marks the day of Caesar’s death, March 15, 44 B.C. After 500 years, Shakespeare’s words remain – branding the iconic phrase with negative connotations and foreboding.

In brief, Julius Caesar was known as one of the greatest military commanders of history and he rose to power rapidly. The Roman Dictator was assassinated by conspiring senators, being stabbed 23 times.

According to Twitter, “The infamous backstabbing of 2060 years ago has inspired countless cultural references, memes, classroom parties and jokes about “Et Tu, Brute?

Below you can view the various posts that people have tweeted in remembrance of Caesar’s death.

 

As you can see, the majority of posts are memes and jokes. Digging a little deeper, I found that Caesar was a talented (some would say gifted) speaker from an early age. Some memorable sayings in association with Caesar are the short phrases, “I came, I saw, I conquered” and “In most cases, men willingly believe what they wish.”

On RedditAskHistorians,  atmdk7 posted:

In response, Celebreth addressed atmdk7’s question with a vivid, lengthy yet entertaining answer:

Images pulled from https://www.reddit.com

Hopefully, this entertaining insight has given you an idea just how great a public speaker Julius Caesar was.

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

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Book Fairies Worldwide United on International Women’s Day – Emma Watson is a Fairy!

Emma Watson has evolved from our favorite witch (Hermione Jean Granger) to fairy status, and with the use of her new fairy wings she’s making a difference by spreading the magic of books to all.

The renowned actress belongs to a book club called Our Shared Shelf that began a partnership with The Book Fairies as well as Books On The Underground back in 2016 when Watson hid Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom in the London Tube Network for commuters to discover.

For International Women’s Day, Watson was spotted at these various places:

  1. The Gertrude Stein statue
  2. The Joan of Arc statue
  3. Blue Stockings
  4. Harriet Tubman memorial
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Monument 

Check out Watson’s Instagram and Twitter to see where and how she left books for people!

The books Watson hid were:

The Book Fairies mission for International Women’s Day was to:

To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women through the power of literature.

The span of The Book Fairies is vast:

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Image Credit: The Book Fairies. Map pulled from ibelieveinbookfairies.com

This is a clever campaign because, by hiding books new and old, the fairies are spreading literature, and reading literature will help to increase literacy. Literacy is defined as

the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, compute, and communicate using visual, audible, and digital materials across disciplines and in any context. 

Literature would be considered visual material because it’s text. People can increase literacy by practicing reading skills. Such skills that would often be taught in an educational setting; yet, millions of people don’t have access to literacy education.

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Image Credit: source: UIS, 2014. Graph pulled from http://www.literacyworldwide.org

Increasing literacy increases communication skills which in turn can lead to an increase in public speaking skills. Furthermore, increasing reading has benefits such as mental stimulation, vocabulary expansion and knowledge, stress reducer, and memory improvement – to name a few. So in reality, The Book Fairies do more than just leave behind hidden treasures. They’re passing on the chance to learn, to grow, and to then gift the same experience to another – spreading the magic.

My new project, starting today, is to become a Book Fairy. Books have had a positive impact on my life – I want to share their impact with other people and make a difference in someone’s life. Would you do the same?

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

Mardi Gras: Bringing Soapboxes Back

Take me down to New Orleans, where the people merge and there’s more behind the scenes. Beyond the partying on Bourbon Street (wait, there’s more than Bourbon Street…), you’ll find people who use the celebration as a way to engage an audience en mass.

You’ll know who they are when you pass them on the street. They’re the person who will be giving the impromptu speech with the intentions of stilling your moving feet. They’re probably standing on something, so that they can be seen by all, and speaking loud enough for you to hear them above the gazillion other voices shouting their calls.

The term coin for this way of addressing the public is known as giving a soapbox speech. Often the topics being spoken about are related to issues regarding politics, religion, or an appeal. This unofficial form of public speaking dates back to 19th century when people would use old, discarded crates (empty soap boxes) to elevate themselves when addressing a crowd.

Big events like Mari Gras are an opportunity for public speakers such as preachers because the massive audience is already gathered to celebrate, granting speakers with a guaranteed audience and the chance to exercise their 1st Amendment Rights.

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The video below, created by Joseph Lillie, depicts a few street preachers from Mardi Gras, 2017. Since the video is long, I suggest jumping around to see a bit of everything:

Some people stop, expressing animosity, while others pass by ignoring the preachers. At one point in the video, around 21:20, a man approaches the preachers to express that they’re being disrespectful to other performers. In this case, the man is referring to musicians like himself. Eventually, they come to a resolution and part ways.

When visiting New Orleans this past weekend I was able to witness these soapbox speeches. There were speakers and performers on every corner and balcony vying for attention. I’d never been in a city that was so rich in art, culture, and literature. I stopped and listened to most before winding my way through the French Quarter. The city was alive from dawn-to-dawn and it was a never-ending flurry of novelties. One can learn a lot from one visit to New Orleans.

I’d love to hear about your Mardi Gras experiences! Comment or Tweet @cayla_redlon.

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

Image Credit: Cayla Nolder

Image Credit: Cayla Nolder

 

Oscars: Moana’s Performance (The Show Must Go On).

Singers are some of the greatest public speakers when you think about it. They perform in front of millions of onlookers regardless of distractions, malfunctions, and mishaps.

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‘Moana’ Oscars Performance Video 2017 – Watch Auli’i Cravalho Sing ‘How Far I’ll Go’ Image Credit: JustJared.com

Auli’i Cravalho, the 16-year singer and voice of Moana, sang “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars on February 27, 2016.

Cravalho’s performance was stunning with a flurry of choreographed blue flags waving in the background. The flags complimented the song beautifully but there was a point during Cravalho’s performance when a flag twirler accidentally hit the top of her head.

Luckily, this didn’t phase her enough to halt her singing. In fact, Cravalho finished her performance, barely batting an eyelash, and was met with applause from the audience.

If you haven’t watched the video of her performance, click the video below:

If you skip to 3:17 you can see how she flinches briefly before powering through her solo. Many performers, as well as public speakers, have had distractions, malfunctions, and mishaps that they’ve experienced. The difference is whether or not the audience notices enough to care about the hiccup.

According to Trish Springsteen, in an article about what to do when your mind goes blank during a speech, she said,

“Don’t apologize or draw attention to the fact that you have had a momentary lapse. The audience will never know. Nor will they know what you were going to say so if you pick up your presentation and have left out a bit they will not know.  As you get back into the flow you may remember what you were going to say or realize that you want to add something – just slot it into your next point and continue.”

Making your mistakes obvious and apparent to the audience will distract from the message you’re trying to deliver. More often than not, what seems like a huge mistake to the speaker isn’t even recognized by the audience because they don’t know the speech you’re delivering word-for-word. Only you do.

Over 74% of people suffer from glossophobia – fear of public speaking – which can cause certain hindrances during a speech. Business Insider lists 13  mistakes most commonly made by those who fear public speaking. Check them out and see if you make these mistakes. Recognizing your nervous tics can help you work on moving forward toward a great performance.

Share your distraction, malfunction, or mishap with me on Twitter @cayla_redlon

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

Personable People On A Plane

Today I find myself in Biloxi, Mississippi at Keesler Air Force Base.

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Admittedly, it was my first time flying alone and I was nervous about missing my flight or getting lost during the layover in Atlanta. Needless to say, I made it safe and sound with no problems whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly the passengers sitting around me were, I half-expected us all to blatantly ignore each other with our headphones in or pretending to nap to avoid conversation.

This was not the case.

All the passengers seated around me engaged in candid conversation with me, and it made the flight more fun at 6:00 a.m.! And for a mere few hours, we became friends only to part ways as we deboarded the plane. Although my experience was pleasant, most people prefer to remain silent during plane rides and keep to themselves.

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Image Credit: Cayla Nolder

In part, this could be because we’re wired as children to think “stranger danger” when approached by someone unknown to us. However, striking up conversations with complete strangers proves to have positive benefits such as increasing your mental health. Meaning that connecting with people, engaging in a social interaction, can lead to happiness. Humans experience happiness through social engagements because it satisfies our need to connect to our surrounding social environment.

So, why do strangers often avoid talking to one another? A study conducted in 2014, proposed this exact question:

Connecting with others increases happiness, but strangers in close proximity routinely ignore each other. Why? Two reasons seem likely: Either solitude is a more positive experience than interacting with strangers, or people misunderstand the consequences of distant social connections.

At the end of the study, it was found that

Mistaken preference for solitude stems partly from underestimating others’ interest in connecting, which in turn keeps people from learning the actual consequences of social interaction.

Furthermore, people will turn from communicating due to fear of speaking to a complete stranger. This is not necessarily a bad habit but it can limit a person’s ability to connect which in turn causes isolation. Another reason for being silent is that some people are introverts. Meaning, they prefer to keep to themselves and are typically shy in character but that doesn’t mean they aren’t attentive to their social surroundings.

Keeping yourself open to communication will lead to health benefits, encourage social interactions, and help you met some interesting people along the way.

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Image Credit: Cayla Nolder (left) and Seth Garland (right)

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

David Cassidy Comes Clean About Dementia: How The Illnesses Can Affect Speech/Communication

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David Cassidy shed light on his battle with dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s Disease defined as the decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

The famous “Partridge Family” actor relayed in an interview with People the hardships of having to watch both his grandfather and mother suffer from dementia. The inevitability of gradually losing the ability to remember things, communicate, and reason are a few symptoms of dementia. Cassidy

Cassidy was in denial that he had the mental disease but has come to realize he can no longer ignore the effects of dementia. TMZ had released a video of Cassidy’s concert in Los Angeles on Saturday 18, 2017, showing Cassidy slurring his words and forgetting lyrics.

People reported: 

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Now that he’s come to terms with his condition, Cassidy has made the decision to stop touring as a musician to concentrate on his health and happiness. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he says. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Dementia has caused language disturbances in Cassiday’s speech, as shown in the video from his most recent concert, and unfortunately there is no way to cure Alzheimer’s Disease. The disease is progressive in nature, starting with mild memory loss in individuals before eventually losing the ability to have conversations and respond to their environments.

Furthermore, Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th most common cause of death in the United States. Depending on various factors and health conditions, survival can range from 20 years depending on the individual’s age.

Recognizing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, catching them in advance, will aid in temporarily slow the progression of dementia and improve the remaining quality of life for the individual as well as their caregiver. In sum, people who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s have no control over losing their ability to communicate because the disease strips them of their voice, their memory, and eventually their life.

Help is available

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association is the trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.

Call our 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
Locate a chapter in your community
Use our Virtual Library
Go to Alzheimer’s Navigator to create customized action plans and connect with local support services

Warmest Regards & Mahalo

 

 

LG’s G6 Smartphone Screen: Wide Enough To Capture Your Selfies

LG’s G6 smartphone, being released on February 26, has a 13-megapixel screen that’s 5.7 inches wide! Capturing and sharing images is not only a part of our social culture but often an image can speak louder than words. 

Image Credit:  Vlad Savov at http://www.theverge.com

Image Credit: Vlad Savov at http://www.theverge.com

The LG’s front camera has a 100-degree angle while the back has a 125-degree angle that allows for a wider angle, letting you get the perfect selfie that includes all your friends, family, and loved ones. And most importantly the moment.

With this in mind, looking past the wider angle feature, LG is offering users the experience of being able to capture moments that are important to them. People crave connection and data shows that when we’re shaped by our social environments and we suffer when it is threatened or nonexistent.

In turn, cultivating a social environment leads people to use images to express various emotions and messages. Visual modes allow people to communicate without necessarily using linguistic modes; rather, visual modes portray key messages by altering design tactics such as emphasis, proximity, contrast, organization, and alignment. A combination of elements aid the designer in conveying the purpose of the image being shared.

Image Credit: geralt at https://pixabay.com

Image Credit: geralt at https://pixabay.com

There is a power to using visuals because 90% of information sent to the brain is visual. Considering the impact of how humans perceive images, communicating through visual modes allow us to deliver and convey messages in a way that our audience will process differently (perhaps making the message more memorable). Ethos 3 summed up this concept in a way that really depicts how visuals can be used to communicate and convey a deeper meaning.

How do you use images to communicate? They say an image can speak louder than words, what’s your opinion? Tweet @cayla_redlon with your comments!
Warmest Regards & Mahalo