Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shocking and Interesting Facts about Stuttering (part 2 of 2)

• For many people, stammering gives them a feeling that their speech is way beyond their control. Such a feeling makes them worry and disturbed about their self-image, causing them to feel ashamed of themselves and to be extremely anxious every time they speak. Their tendency to stutter also makes them fear talking in front of others.

• The anxiety that a person feels boosts the intensity and frequency of stammering. This creates a cycle that only escalates the condition.

• Stammering behaviors develop and change in a person’s entire lifespan. Most people who stutter experience variations in the level of their speech problem. There are times when they stutter frequently, while at other times, they stutter just a bit.

• In children, there are times when stammering seem to disappear on its own, but it goes back later on a more severe level.

• About 80 percent of toddlers who stutter will eventually outgrow their speech disfluency. The remaining 20 percent of these children continue the speech condition for the rest of their lives. These children tend to talk very fast and struggle to say words that seem to stuck. This behavior increases the likelihood of stammering in later years.

People with stuttering problems are often misunderstood, and this make the problem worse for them. It is important that you know how to deal with and help your family members or friends who stutter so that they will be able to cope better with their condition.

Shocking and Interesting Facts about Stuttering (part 1 of 2)

How do people usually react when they hear someone stutter? They most likely make fun of the stuttering person. And how do people usually perceive someone who stutters? Stupid, dumb, or even good for nothing. A person’s competence or personality is always judged based on how good a speaker he is. That is a sad reality for many people who tend to stutter. Whether you are among the 1 percent of the world’s population that stutters or not, it helps to know and understand the basic facts about this speech condition to put things in a better perspective. This is especially helpful for parents with children who stutter.

The following are some of the essential and interesting facts about stammering that people should know:

• Individuals who stutter are normal, as they lack only the ability to express words fluently. They are not mentally incapacitated as what others perceive them to be. Stutterers can be as smart as non-stutterers are.

• Speech disfluency typically begins at the age of two to five.

• Boys are four times more likely to stutter than girls.

• The real cause of stammering has not yet been determined.

• Speech disfluency runs in families, leading scientists to believe that this condition can be hereditary.

• A lot of well-known people in the field of politics and entertainment stuttered and were able to cope with their speech difficulties. The world’s famous stutterers include actress Marilyn Monroe, British politician Winston Churchill, King George VI, author Lewis Carroll, musician Carly Simon, and former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Credit Repair You Can Do Yourself (part 2 of 2)

Decide on a spending ceiling on your credit card. Putting a cap on how much you can spend is always a good thing. Having a record that you phoned your credit card issuer to limit your card's spending limit is often taken as a sign that you don't want to spend more than a certain limit. The limit is usually assumed to be how much you earn. This speaks of discipline and foresight. Definitely worth doing.

Up the limit on the credit card you're using. On the other end of the credit card spectrum is increasing your card's spending ceiling. When you successfully persuade your credit card issuer to jack up your limit, that is taken to mean that the issuer has decided you are trustworthy, which often means your income is stable and can support the needed payments. This will reflect nicely on your credit status.

Complain if you're paying a student loan. When paying up for a student loan, contact the student loan ombudsman, or the office handing your loan payments. You have to do this before you phone your creditor, because those who provide student loans have to make the payment choices convenient to those who borrow them. If you are persuasive enough, you might be fortunate to have the records of late payments removed from your account. This is a good thing. You want as few bad marks on your credit status, as much as possible.

The tips listed here are not at all exhaustive. You are encouraged to look for more tips in shouldering and pulling off your credit repair yourself, without resorting to paying off a company that offers to improve your credit report or standing for a fee.

As has been mentioned before, most likely they are scams. Visit government and non-government websites, which are non-profit in nature, for more information.

Credit Repair You Can Do Yourself (part 1 of 2)

There is something both the indulgent spenders and those caught up in dire need can both share: the need for credit repair. No one wants to sweep everyone under the rug, of dismissing them as people who can't plan a budget and stick to it. But the truth is both those who spend indulgently, more so than they can afford, and those with medical bills and family emergencies, both may end up with a bad credit rating. No one wants that.

The immediate thought of some is to look for credit repair solutions provided by some companies, most of which are probably scams. Anyone can improve his or her credit report, in the legal and legitimate way. But what most people want is some here and now instant solution. Naturally, some companies will jump on that need. Hence the proliferation of scam companies. But you can repair your credit standing yourself. Here are four ways to do just that, yourself. No a dime spent or scam involved.

Have someone add you as an authorized user on their credit card. A good and certain way to improve remarkably your credit status is to have your relatives, one or two of them, to add your name as on of the authorized users of the credit cards they actively use. Getting them to do may not be easy if you're known to them as someone irresponsible, so you'd have to promise them you're straightening out your life.

The benefit getting your name added to their card's allowed-to-use list is that this comes off as a positive mark on your credit report. The usual reason is that someone trusts you to not abuse their credit card. Just be sure that the relative you ask to have you added also has a commendable credit history. Otherwise, it's a little pointless to be added to their list. That would negatively affect your credit status, instead of helping.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

7 Ways to Leave Comments and Drive Traffic Back to Your Blog (part 2 of 2)

Know what you're saying

Before you leave a comment with the purpose of driving traffic to your blog, at least write one that is useful.  Your goal is to be noticed AND respected for your opinions so leaving useless and dead end comments such as 'Cool!' and 'Way to go!' just won't cut it.

If this is the best you can do, forget about leaving comments right now and focus on other strategies to drive traffic to your blog.  Better avoid this technique than be embarrassed or be viewed as lame or mediocre.

But if you can write and have something meaningful to say, by all means, do so.  With every comment you have, make sure you keep it short, concise, to the point and useful.  Talk about relevant topics and avoid those that will do nothing for your purpose.

Avoid strong language

Of course, some sites will probably allow you to leave comments that are strongly worded or at least camouflaged as symbols such as !#$%&*, but there are ways to get your point across, regardless of how angry, upset or argumentative you are.

Furthermore, majority of sites and blogs impose certain regulations that restrict the use of certain words.  Try to rephrase a sentence without losing its main thought.  Use an online thesaurus, if necessary.  Remember that once a comment is posted online, there's no way to get it back especially if it's not your site.  You can leave that comment there to rot but you can never take it back.

Do not be rude

Have a sense of humor.  The Internet is a vast expanse of space, currently limitless.  In fact, it's a whole universe unto itself.  If people leave comments on your post that seem to insult you or argue with you, don't fight back without thinking.

7 Ways to Leave Comments and Drive Traffic Back to Your Blog (part 1 of 2)

People say that to make an impression, you'll have to open your mouth.  While that is physically impossible in the virtual world of the Internet, saying your piece is not entirely difficult to do.  Thanks to forums and discussion boards, you can leave a comment or start a discussion thread about virtually any topic from anywhere in the world.  And yes, you can even leave comments to drive traffic to your blog and increase your readership.

Leaving effective comments

You're probably old enough to know that not every comment that gets thrown into an opportunity for interaction creates the desired effect, much less become appreciated by those who hear or read it.  If you don't use this technique carefully, you will either waste the opportunity or simply allow it to create the wrong impression.  Here are 7 ways you ought to do it:

Choose the sites you leave comments on

Ever wondered why Tiger Woods is great?  Because he chooses his battles well.  You'll never find Woods swinging his club at a lesser known tournament – not because he's a snob but because he focuses on the games that truly matter and on being on equal ground with other greats.

Keep this in mind before you leave comments on a website.  Just because you have the burning need to drive traffic to your blog doesn’t mean you can just drop by a site – any site – and write there.

Choose the sites and blogs whose forums you participate with.  Find out if the site deals with a topic or subject related to your very own blog.  Practice only purposeful commenting – the kind where you leave only well-crafted comments on sites that will help build the buzz about your blog.

If the site is completely irrelevant but you have the urge to leave a comment, do so only during your spare time.  Otherwise, focus your energies only on more productive activities.