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10 Questions

“Inside The Actors Studio” has been a show that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching for the past 10 years. Host James Lipton does a masterful job of bringing the best out of every guest who appears on the show. Towards the end of each episode, James asks each guest a series of 10 questions. This questionnaire concept was originated from a French television program. Never the less, I thought it would be fun if I answered each of these questions. Here’s an opportunity to learn more about your friendly neighbourhood Chris.
 

What is your favourite word?

Incognito

What is your least favourite word?

Fungus

What turns you on?

Humour

What turns you off?

Big egos

What sound or noise do you love?

Uncontrollable laughter

What sound or noise do you hate?

Sirens

What is your favourite curse word?

F%#*

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Television Producer 

What profession would you not like to do?

Politician or Oil Rig Worker 

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“The self-serve frozen yogurt bar is located directly beside our comedy club. Unlimited toppings. You earned it.” 

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Anger Management

A car has just blatantly cut you off and you are forced slam on the breaks. How do you react? Do you honk the horn? Swear? Shake your fist? It’s safe to assume that you are probably irritated. Anger is completely normal and a typical human emotion. While anger can be considered healthy, it can also spiral out of control into fits of rage. This is far from healthy and could affect several aspects of your life. But how does one deal with anger?

Here are some crucial tips:

Don’t Bottle It Up: The admission of anger is a very important step. Otherwise, the bottle could crack and all of those suppressed angry moments could leak out and snowball out of control.

Exercise: This is perhaps the best outlet to relieve any feelings of anger. Something as simple as a walk could put your mind and body at ease.

Recognize Solutions: Go to the source of what causes your anger and attempt to find common solutions. Does the traffic on the way to work drive you mad? Allow yourself extra travel time in the morning or choose an alternate route.

Laugh: Learn to laugh instead of lash. It’s often the most trivial and silly things that make us angry.

Do Not Overreact: Take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this situation really as bad as I am making it out to be?”

Ask a Professional: Learning to control your anger is an ongoing challenge. If it seems out of control, perhaps seeking the help of a professional would be an ideal avenue to venture down. Anger management classes and counseling is surprisingly inexpensive and extremely beneficial.

 

Information Provided By:

www.mayoclinic.com

www.cmha.ca

 

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Be Curious. Not Judgemental

Whether we would like to admit it or not, we can all be a tad judgemental. Perhaps we are simply creatures of habit and continue to unknowingly mimic previous actions and thought patterns. Being judgemental does not make you a bad person, but it does show evidence that you may lack the art of acceptance and understanding.

Here is something that I was taught at a very young age.

 

“If you judge others, prepare to be judged yourself.” It’s a simple, self explanatory and effective statement. I have carried those words through every path I have crossed in life.

Walt Whitman once said, “Be Curious. Not Judgemental.” To dig a little deeper into this quote, Walt is implying that it’s okay to question things or be curious, but don’t be closed minded or judgemental.

You know that grumpy old woman down the hall who never smiles? Perhaps she just lost her husband. Or that neighbor who walks with a limp? Perhaps he just had a hip replacement. It’s easy to judge before you know their situation.

The art of acceptance and understanding is quite simple. Put yourself in another person’s shoes, listen, and try to accept their situation. No, you don’t have to love every person that you encounter or constantly pretend to be someone’s best friend. It’s simply about opening your mind and heart and avoiding that one habit that seems all too natural. We breathe the same air; we take the same steps and our hearts all beat. I firmly believe that we have just one shot at this life, so let’s try our very best to live the remainder of it “judgement free.”

 

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Valentine’s Day

Do the chocolates, flowers or romantic dinners really matter on Feb 14th? No. It’s a thoughtful gesture, but what really matters is expressing your love and appreciation to the most important individuals in your life rather than celebrating the bells and whistles. Perhaps you don’t have a significant other, well express those feelings towards your closest friends and family.

Sure, Valentine’s Day is just another corporate holiday meant to make an extra dollar off of us, but the least you can do is phone, text, email or visit those who have truly made an impact in your life and simply say, “I love you.” You just never know when it might be your last opportunity to say those 3 little words.

And by the way, you don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to share those loving thoughts. These power messages tend to mean a great deal more when they are delivered unexpectedly. 

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5 Ways To De-Stress

You just received another bill in the mail, you’re starting to feel under the weather, the car isn’t running properly and you are under constant pressure at work. Does this sound familiar? In one form or another, stress tends to affect us all. Is there a way to de-stress? Yes!  Here are my personal tips to the rescue!

Laugh – A little laugher may not solve your problems, but it will certainly distract you from them. Perhaps a funny movie or YouTube video will do the trick.

Go For A Walk – The combination of exercise and fresh air is one of the most effective forms of de-stressing. Speaking of which…

Get Some Sunlight – I’m talking about natural sunlight, not the artificial type. It’s a common fact that serotonin levels are increased in the presence of the sun. These levels are responsible for mood elevation. Simply put, a little Vitamin D could easily boost your spirits.

Breathe – Taking deep breaths can be an instant stress reliever. I tend to practice these from a laying position.

Listen To Music – Listening to music tends to have a very relaxing effect on our mind and body. Don’t be afraid to sing along to your favourite song either as it can also release tension.

The next time you are stressed out, which could be at this very moment, try out these tips out and let me know if they worked for you! 

 

 

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How I Build My Confidence

Confidence can be defined in several different manners, but I sum it up with just one simple statement, confidence is all about believing in your self. As you have likely experienced, building up confidence can be a rather daunting challenge. There have been several occasions where I have doubted my abilities or lacked confidence as a whole. Can you boost confidence with time? Absolutely. I didn’t truly begin to feel confident until I was 18. Whenever I am full of doubt, I go back to the tips that were always effective.

 

Be Positive – Simply put, a positive attitude can work wonders for your confidence. 

Talk To Your Friends And Family – Your friends and family always have your back. They will always be the first to cheer you up and bring you back to reality. The reality is, they care about you for a reason.

Acknowledge Your Insecurities – We all have flaws. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life. By addressing your insecurities, you can either work on them or move on.

Don’t Obsess Over Perfection – There is no such thing as perfection. Michael Jordan missed thousands of basketball shots and Donald Trump doesn’t close every deal.  Greatness is an achievable feat, but perfection is not.

Recognize Your Accomplishments – Yes, you do have an accomplishment to be proud of. Go back into those memories, dig them out and then pat yourself on the back.

Focus On Your Goals – When you focus on a goal, you are more likely to achieve some form of satisfaction.

Life is an unpredictable storm. In order to weather that storm, you need to believe in your self. 

 

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Why Competition Is A Good Thing

Over the course of my life, I have heard more than just a few individuals argue that competition is a horrible aspect in society. I personally found this argument to be rather vague as the reasons given were nearly non-existent. What’s so wrong about competition? In fact, I am firm believer that competition brings out the best in a person.

Here are my 3 reasons: 

 

It Keeps You Motivated: What better way to keep you motivated than a fellow competitor vying for your spot in the office. If this doesn’t make you perform at your absolute best, then I’m not sure what will.

It Encourages Creativity: Let’s pretend for a second that you and your fellow co-workers are pitching an idea to the big boss. Everyone around you has the same thing in mind “stand out above the rest!” This will have you firing on all cylinders and force yourself to be creative.

It Keeps You Focused: If a competitor is nipping at your heels in any aspect of life, you will be more focused than ever for the task at hand.

Just as animals compete for pray, we compete on a daily basis with each other. Whether it be at the hockey rink, in the workplace or at school, competition is something that has become all too natural and common. Rather than shun competition and call it repulsive, convert it into something positive by allowing it to bring out the best in you. 

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Voice Over Work

I have been an independent voice over artist for nearly two years and thoroughly enjoy providing quality service to my clientele. As opposed to many other artists, I work strictly by word of mouth and referrals. This allows me more time to focus on each task at hand and to get it done in both an effective and timely manner. 

I have been contracted to provide voice over material for commercials, promos, instructional videos, educational videos and public service announcements.

If you or anyone you know of is need of voice over work, feel free to listen to my voice over samples. I also have samples on YouTube. 

Send me an email on the Contact Me page for more information.

 

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My Tips For Public Speaking

Universally, public speaking remains one of the most prominent fears that human beings confess to having. The official term is called Glossophobia: “An intense anxiety prior to, or simply at the thought of having to verbally communicate with any group.”

Can this fear be overcome? Yes!

Before I provide my tips, I want to share with you my thoughts on the subject. I honestly use to despise speaking in public. Despite making others smile and laugh throughout my childhood, public speaking did little to appeal to me. And much like everyone else, it made me quite nervous. These are the tips that allowed me to not only conquer my nerves, but also help turn public speaking into my most valuable asset.

Slow Down – The quicker you speak, the more likely you are to make mistakes. Speak at a comfortable pace and never leave that comfort zone.

Know Your Material – Choose a topic that interests you and do plenty of research.

Don’t Obsess Over Mistakes – Even the professionals make errors. Stay composed and keep moving forward. 

Speak With Confidence – Make eye contact, smile, project your voice, choose your words carefully and enunciate.

Practice – Rehearsing in front of the mirror is a tried, tested and true method of perfecting a speech or presentation. Attempting to “wing it” is a recipe for disaster.

These tips allowed me to successfully host my own radio programs with thousands listening at any given time, present important material in front of business professionals and even speak on stage in front of 15,000 people and feel completely at home. Sure I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but that fear was non-existent. 

I hope these tips help! 

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