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Safe harbor toastmasters in North Pole, Alaska.

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For anyone who has enjoyed giving speeches or would like to keep giving them (& improving) I HIGHLY recommend toastmasters. They give great feedback after each speech, they are also very clap happy and extremely friendly. If anyone is interested feel free to send me a message about it! Toastmasters is designed to help you become comfortable speaking in front of others along with creating leadership skills. Here is my speech evaluation by, Jeffrey Howe.

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With my experience with athletics, stress CAN be your friend. Of course too much of it isn’t a good thing, but athletes are trained to preform under stress because there is no way to avoid stressful situations. Also putting a good amount of pressure on yourself because something is important, requires an ability to preform under stress. So stress helps you prepare for many things. This also goes for everyday activities. If you are faced with a stressful situation never having been presented with stress before, you will crumble. It’s a fact. This TED talk was very interesting because of the way it portrayed stress. Normally people preach on how to avoid stress but I think it is very important to embrace, and conquer it.

I really liked this TED talk. I listened to Olivia give her speech on stress. Stress is mostly depicted as a negative thing, but I think it’s important to make it known that it isn’t all bad.

I would say stress is not or ever will be my best friend, because of the feeling of impending trouble. However, I tend to do better work in a shorter time span when I’m stressed.

Chapter 11 talks about conflict. On page 384 it talks about how conflicts can be beneficial. This is similar to the TED talk because McGonigal talks about how handling and thinking about stress in a positive way will be helpful to a person. This relates to public speaking because in my opinion public speaking causes a great deal of stress. I used to and continue to dread presentations. I’m getting better at being less stressed and more fluid and confident.

I enjoyed the TED talks this week about stress. I think stress when you have to reach a deadline or write a paper is good and can be beneficial to making you get going. But stress that makes you feel bad or affects your health can never be good for you. I also don't feel that just because I don't think stress will hurt me then it won't. I can think bullets won't hurt me either but the fact still remains that bullets do hurt and so does stress. I've been in many conflicts and most of them have been stressful situations. I've avoided conflict the most. This is a style I'm comfortable and very familiar with. I've tried the styles of accommodating, competing, and compromising. Even these produce some level of stress but avoiding takes most if not all the unwanted stress out of it. At least for me it does. I've never been put in a situation where compromising was even an option so I wonder how that style might work out. I really don't like confrontation and conflict is some sort of confrontation with a person or a problem. I guess when you encounter a situation of conflict you have to use the style that best suites you.
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