Public Speaking, No Problem!  

By Kurtis Tan


According to the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the number one fear in the United States. The fear of public speaking ranks number one, and surpasses the fear of the death, which is number two!  It is crazy to imagine that people have a greater fear of public speaking than they do of death.

In the business world, it is extremely important to be a confident and effective public speaker. That’s because public speaking is the best way to inspire masses of people and to invoke an emotional response within them. Most of the presentations we listen to in the business world are usually boring, lack passion and are completely dependent upon PowerPoint slides.

From my personally experience, being confident is the most important thing when it comes to public speaking. I listed some of the tips below that have helped me to become a better public speaker.

  1. Watch successful public speakers

One of the easiest ways to become a better public speaker is to learn from the best public speakers. If you want to be good at basketball, learn it from Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, learn from a person that is already good at it.  Do what people do, say what people say, you will get what people get every single time. We are living in a digital age and the world is flat, YouTube is one of the greatest resources for education on the Internet. Study successful public speakers, and learn from them.

  1. Look sharp and be confident

Often the better you look, the more ready and professional you will feel at the presentation. Dress confident and look sharp when you step in front of a crowd.

  1. Know your material

It is extremely important to understand your material in side out. The more you understand your material, the more confidants you will be. “Winging it” is never a good idea, and it is an awful habit to develop.

  1. Practice

Practice does not necessarily make your public speaking perfect, but practice will make your public speaking skill permanent. The more you practice your public speaking, the more refined skill is going to be.

  1. Fake it till you make it

No one was born to be a great public speaker so when you have zero confidence, try to act like you do. Also the longer you are faking it, the more comfortable you will feel in front of the group of people.

  1. Know your audience

It is important to have interaction with the audience, when you are speaking to a group of people. The only way to engage your audience effectively is to know them, and appeal to their interests. Spend some time to do some research on your audience, give a relatable presentation.

  1. Take the focus off yourself

The key to this tip is to focus on the message, and you are there to present a topic or sharing an idea. Focus on the message you are trying to deliver instead of talking about yourself.

The seven tips above have helped me to become a better public speaker, and it has helped me to relate to my audience more effectively. Lastly all the tips above are just simply suggestions, and the most important lesson to be a better public speaker is to have confidence in you.

In summary, everyone will have a different style of speaking. When you try to sound like someone else, you will come off as a recording, and you will never become a good public speaker. While trying to give the best presentation, try to enjoy the experience. The audience can feel if you are nervous, so try to relax and be positive because the audiences will feel that way as well.public-speaking

“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.”

-Somers White


How to Find Inspiration.

By Joshua D Smith

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If you are among the pool of students who will be graduating this spring and entering the job market, it is vital that you find inspiration during the process. Here are three guaranteed ways you can stay inspired and motivated to become the young professional you aspire to be when entering the world of commerce.

1.       Keeping a healthy, active lifestyle:

Holding a job, attending school, participating in extracurricular activities, all while trying to figure out what you’re going to do after graduation, can take a toll on your body, both physically and mentally. One way to ensure that you can handle the workload is to exercise regularly, get adequate sleep (try 7-8 hours/night), and keep a close eye on the foods you consume. The first step is to keep in mind that maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle will not only have benefits on your physical state, but will increase brain activity so that you can stay productive during this life transition.

2.       Finding a mentor:

Finding a mentor is a great way to find inspiration because this person can provide you with advice and resources that relate to your personal and professional goals. Since this person will have a lot more life experiences than you, you can discuss a variety of topics, whether personal or professional, and they will be able to guide you in the right direction or at least take the first step in doing so. The best place to look will be your university or alumni networks, a professor or young professional who was once in your shoes will be a great mentor. A great mentor relationship will be a two-way street. The mentor will provide you resources and/or advice, while you work on doing some kind of work or research for this person.  You will reap benefits if you can find a mentor. Not only will he/she be a great person to talk to about your personal and professional goals, but this person could write you a letter of recommendation, connect you to other professionals, and maybe even connect you to employers.

3.       Spending time with the right people:

This one is actually quite simple; surround yourself with people who will challenge you. My current roommate will be attending medical school later this Fall, another one of my friends is currently attending medical school in the Caribbean, and my best friend from high school is working on his master’s degree in psychology in Mississippi. If you truly aspire to make an impact in the professional world, surround yourself with people who have the same plans on making that kind of impact. While surrounding yourself with people who are passionate in their own fields is important, it is equally important to surround yourself with people who have always been there for you, the ones that you can laugh uncontrollably with, the ones who truly bring out the real you.

In summary, keeping a healthy and active lifestyle, finding a mentor, and spending time with the right people, are three great ways to find inspiration while you build your professional career. And remember, always shine your shoes and never button the bottom button.

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”

-Karl Marx, Economist

The Roshe Run.

By: Kurtis Tan

Sneaker: Nike Roshe Run
Year: 2012


The Nike Roshe Run, designed by Dylan Rassch, was introduced to the market in 2012. It has a simple and innovated design, which brings a huge hit to the sneaker world. In addition, with an attractive price of $69.99, it is just an icing on the cake. Throughout these past two years, the Nike Roshe Run not only continues to come out with new colorways, but innovates the design with different kinds of material as well. From 2012, with just the low top design, Nike continues improving with the release of the high top design in 2013. Overall, the comfort level of the shoe is unreal and it can be compared to just wearing a protective sock on your feet.

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Who We Are.

Kurtis Tan is a senior Marketing student at the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Kurtis enjoys being in a fast-paced environment, and being surrounded by driven and motivated people. His dream is to become a young professional and enjoy his time and financial freedom, while spending time with family and friends. He fell in love with sneakers since he was young, but he did not start collecting until his junior year of college, summer 2012. A quote that he lives by every single day:

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” -William H. Johnsen

Joshua D. Smith is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a major in Economics. Throughout his college tenure, he has dedicated his time to a variety of organizations and has also interned for a top firm in the financial service industry. Josh has learned a variety of professional skills to thrive in today’s fast-evolving business environment and his goal is to equip young professionals with the advice and resources for them to become respected assets in the world of commerce.

“There’s an art and science to success. The art is in the way a person looks, communicates, speaks, writes, and dresses. And that has to go with the science, which is competency- reading, studying, performance. I’ve always thought that one without the other makes you incomplete.”
-Jim Hansberger, Managing Director for Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg Businessweek

Derek Neff is a senior marketing student at the University of Nevada working in sports marketing. When he isn’t working or in class he loves to look at shoes and the newest releases. He lives by the quote “Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.”