How To Deliver A Vote Of Thanks

A vote of thanks is a short (2-3 minutes) expression of thanks to a speaker on behalf of the audience. Therefore it is not another speech, nor is it an evaluation, nor should it repeat the Chairman’s introduction of the speaker, nor may it be prepared in detail in advance. [all will become clear]

The initial statement (which can be mapped out!)could be of the following structure: “Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of Norwich Orators, I am very happy to thank Fred for giving his speech on ‘Promotion in the Mexican Navy’ to us this evening… and the concluding sentence might be along the following lines: “So, Mr Chairman, I say, once again, that we are all most grateful to Fred and I now ask the audience to express appreciation in the usual way.’ [Please note that they will be applauding the speaker (Fred) and not the proposer of the Vote of Thanks.]

With experience, the opening and closing formula may be modified, always provided that the principles that they embody are not forsaken. The person prosing the vote of thanks must listen attentively to the speech. The proposer should pick out two or three points that s/he and/or the audience found particularly interesting and, in the vote of thanks, refer and respond to these. Try not to repeat parts of the speech or enter into any kind of debate as to whether you agree or disagree with the speaker.

With practice, how to select some useful or illuminating points, and how to incorporate references to them in the vote of thanks, becomes easier and, with time, the proposer will produce a presentation that resembles an excellent dessert following – and in happy harmony with – a fine main course.

For the moment, consider these extracts from a hypothetical vote of thanks to Fred and decide which (if any) you consider suitable in the light of the above discussion.

‘The sinking of the destroyer Napolean reminded me of an incident during the battle of Jutland. My uncle was on Dog Watch in the Straights of Malacca. It was a dark and stormy night…

I was impressed particularly by the story of able seaman Chavez who was twice passed over for promotion because of his dreadful bad breath.

Thomas often speaks so quickly that I cannot always absorb the complex point that he is making.

I have to say that I disagree with him fundamentally regarding the role of Mexico in the American Civil War.

I have to say that, along with everyone else present, I was completely enrapt by his consideration of the role of Mexico in the American Civil War.

Fred’s tale of Ensign Gonzales and the attempted mutiny on board MNS Arrogant reminded us all, I sense, of Shakespeare’s reference to ‘vaulting ambition which overleaps itself.’

Do You Vote?

A few days ago, I received the following email message (I’ve edited out the personal details):

“Subject: Do You Vote?”

“Hi Tony,”

“I apologize ahead of time if this is in any way beyond the boundaries of our communication…”

“I don’t usually get into discussions where people have such high emotions linked to their opinions on a topic.”

“But, I made the mistake last night when provoked about voting…”

“I believe I might have lost the goodwill of some people last night due to my refusal to accept the fact that I ‘SHOULD’ vote.”

“I had no facts, just a mere ‘feeling’ of it not being for me… so I sounded pretty silly and even said a few erroneous things concerning voting.”

“I sounded like an uneducated idiot because of such ‘feeling’ based decision making.”

“So, because I look up to you and see you as a very wise person, I just wanted to know if you voted or not. So far, nothing presented to me through my research has convinced me that I “should”.

Although, as a rule, I stay away from discussions even remotely related to politics (at least publicly), the importance and timeliness of this question make it deserving of an answer.

Here it goes…

One of the many benefits of living in a free society is that the very same freedom that grants you the right to do something, grants you the right *not* to do it if you so choose.


I’m not going to address whether you should or shouldn’t vote, or why you should or shouldn’t vote, I’m going to merely answer the question of whether I vote or not and give you my reasoning behind it…

Feel free to take from it what you will. 🙂

Do I vote?

Sure do!

As a matter of fact, nowadays, Election Day is one of two days a year (the other being the Fourth of July/Independence Day) I use to “formally” discuss freedom, where it *really* comes from, and how it’s maintained with my son, who’s now ten years old, correcting the misinformation he’s taught in school.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that personal freedom (the freedom to do whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it, without money being the deciding factor) is way up there on my list of what’s *truly* important to me, it’s one of the things I cherish most.

My ability to enjoy personal freedom and to continue to do so flourishes best in a society where the freedom to do so is granted by the people, by way of a higher “authority”, *not* government.

Unfortunately, and sadly I might add, because of the apathy of the populace as a whole and the desire of some for more power for themselves, our freedoms here in the United States have been very slowing eroding over the years (and I’m not talking here about just the “last eight years”, so to speak, I’m talking about over a period of many, many, *many* years).

All that stands between further erosion and eventual loss of these freedoms (and to have any chance whatsoever of their being restored to what they once were), is people taking the time to become informed and voting for those who will work to protect those freedoms, as they were intended by the “founding fathers”, even though sometimes the choice may be limited to who will do the least amount of damage at any given time.

I think Ronald Reagan, former President of the United States and Governor of the State of California, said it best when he said:

“Freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we’re going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.”

I, for one, don’t want to spend my “sunset years” telling my son and my son’s children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free…


On November 4th (Election Day here in the United States)…

With my son standing proudly by my side…

As I have for many years…

I will be voting.

How To Create 20 Leads Per Day Using Article Marketing Strategies

Why can some online marketers can use any type of online marketing and get results? It is not complicated. They know the principles of what generates search engine traffic and utilize the same fundementals consistently.

Know this before you pick up your pen

These four fundementals are vital to understand before you begin writing your first article:

1. Relevant.Make sure your article is written for your target market. Your article should address the mlm company that you wish to target with your marketing. If not, visitors will realize you are not real and lose attention and so will the search engines.
2. Popularity.If more websites link to online content it is viewed and rated as popular. Content that has many incoming links will be more visible and viewers will vote it as popular – so will the search engines
3. Ooriginal and beneficial content.You have value to give and you have unique talents. Let you article exhibit that with original and unique content. Begin by writing about what you know and learn. The suggestion is, the content must be true, it must be unique for you and it must be constructive (if you do reviews)
4. Consistency.You will only get results with article marketing strategies if you are committed to be consistent. You can’t differentiate yourself from the hordes of other internet marketers out there by writing one article. Write many. Commit to writing one a day.

Links will bring you traffic

You can write articles with the most important and useful content and you can do this very consistently everyday. Unless people can find your articles on the internet, you will be the only reader of your own articles and you will not be able to convert visitors to leads for your network marketing business. A good article not being read is a wonderful isolated tropical island in the middle of the ocean.

Bridges (links) to your content from as many places as possible will bring you visitors. More visitors mean more traffic.

Do the linking like this

* Link your account to social websites by using bookmarks
* Promote your content through video sharing networks like Youtube
* Promote your original article in a promotion article. Link the promotion article back to the original article on the blog Submit the promotion article to as many as possible article directories.

How to convert the blog traffic into leads

Links to your article will ensure your article is read by your target market. You have created traffic! The purpose of the traffic is to generate leads.

Traffic converted equals leads. You can only convert visitors to your article content to leads if there is a means to capture their information and transfer them to your list. Your original article must always link back to your lead capture page.

A 5 step summary to explosion in traffic

1. Create an original article
2. Submit the article to social bookmarking sites
3. Promote the article through networks where videos are shared
4. Promote your content by submitting a promotion article to article directories
5. Do this consistent for 100 days

Follow these steps consistently and you will be stunned at the leads and traffic you can create within 8 weeks. Apply these article marketing tips to your article marketing campaign and you will find your blog will become a buzz and a lead generation tool for your mlm business.

Football World Cup: The Most Wanted Trophy

The World Cup is a small gold trophy representing the hopes and ambitions of every footballing nation on earth. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, there have been two trophies awarded to the winners.The
Jules Rimet Trophy was the original prize for winning the World Cup. Originally called simply the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, it was renamed in 1946 to honour the FIFA President Jules Rimet who in 1929 passed a vote to initiate the competition. Designed by Abel Lafleur and made of gold plated sterling silver on a blue base of lapis lazuli, it stood 35 cm high and weighed 3.8 kg. It was in the shape of an octagonal cup, supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory.

During World War II, the trophy was held by Italy. Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of FIFA, hid it from the Germans in a shoe-box under his bed.

Just before the 1966 World Cup Final in England the trophy was stolen during a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, but was found just seven days later, wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge in Norwood, South London, by a dog named “Pickles”. As a security measure, FIFA secretly manufactured a replica of the trophy for use in the post-match celebrations. The replica was also used on subsequent occasions until 1970. The replica was sold at an auction in 1997 for $425,015.There were many replicas on eBay at that time.

The Brazilian team won the trophy for the third time in 1970, and were rewarded by being allowed to keep it in perpetuity. However, the cup was stolen again in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro and never recovered; it may have been melted down. The Brazilian Football Confederation commissioned a replica of their own.

The replacement trophy, officially known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was first presented at the 1974 World Cup. Designed by Silvio Gazzaniga, it stands 36 cm tall and is made of 5 kg of 18 carat (75%) solid gold with a base containing two layers of malachite, and depicts two human figures holding up the Earth. The name of the country whose national team wins the tournament is engraved, together with the year, in the bottom side of the trophy. It is not known whether FIFA will retire the trophy after all of the name plaques at the base are filled in; this will occur after the 2038 World Cup.

FIFA’s regulations now state that the trophy, unlike its predecessor, cannot be won outright: the winners of the tournament receive it on loan for four years and receive a replica to keep.

How To Run A Successful Letter Writing Protest

One of the most important parts of any good letter writing protest is the letter itself.
The letter should be at least 300 words but not more then 500 words. It should be well written, and the point of the letter should be made clear from the start.

Avoid any long diatribes about the government and do not use scare tactics like saying that the Nazis are in control or things of this nature.

The letter should mention that you are of voting age and that in the next election you will not vote for someone who did not do there all to get the online gambling ban reversed.

The next thing is to get as many people as possible to sign and send the letter this can be a problem, but I have some suggestions.

The first thing you should do is make a website, myspace is a good place to do this, its free and is easy to bring many people to your site.

Many people are already using myspace to protest the online gambling ban. An example of one such page is He has decided to go with a petition rather then letter writing, but the general idea is the same.

Once you have your myspace page and the letter protesting the online gambling ban you want to have sent the next thing to do is start getting people to send it.

The best way to do this is with, and yahoo groups. Just do a search for gambling related groups. Many of the people in a group like this would be willing to send a letter

Just go into every group related to gambling and post the letter and ask them to forward the letter to everyone they know and by this means alone I guarantee if you go to enough groups you can get at least a 1000 people willing to send out your letter.

Besides yahoo and myspace groups there are thousands of websites out there that are gambling related that may want to add your letter to their page so there visitors can send out your letter protesting the online gambling ban.

Besides sending your protest letters to government officials you can also send them to newspapers and if you are a good writer you can write up a press release and post it on one of the many free pr websites. This will offer you a good chance to get your cause written about in a newspaper or online publication which would bring many people to your website to see what you have to say and to get a copy of your letter so they can send them out.

These are just suggestions on how to run a successful letter writing protest against the online gambling ban but you are only limited to your own imagination. Remember the more people who hear about your cause the better your chances are of finding like minded people, who will be willing to join your fight to reverse the unjust internet gambling ban.

Free Tips On How To Do Proper Seo On Your Own

It is hard to envision do-it-yourself seo truly working. It is even much more difficult to think that it can be done employing principally cost-free tools. But afterwards which is one of the seriously great points about the Industry Large Web – there are a lot distinct means of skinning a cat or executing the same matter and understanding can save you over simply a fortune.

Apart from the fact is which so many web sites which are big and common today got where they are by means of the do-it-yourself seo work and competencies of an individual.

Just before delving into the tactics that can be employed for seo, it is useful to appreciate which search engines actually look for and the reason why most web locations find it so tough to deliver.

What Do Search engines Glimpse For?
In a lot of the research engine articles you read these days, search engines are portrayed as becoming very similar to some serial-killing monster with no clear motives other than to destroy and destroy. For example shock outrage and puzzlement are always indicated once foremost search engines change their rules.

The problem is which a lot folks mostly they forget that the competition in between search engines today is so keen, such that their main motive can only be one factor – to get the main research engine, and when these folks get there. To retain which position for as extended as possible. It is rather apparent that to attain this goal these folks need to continue to be very targeted on the buyer. The research consumer or client, is the person using their preferred look engine to seek out all types of details. Everyone prefers to use a research engine that is as fast and helpful as possible in obtaining them the info which they seek. It’s actually that simple. All changes in policies and guidelines can only be powered by one factor and one matter alone – to turn out to be far better in the eyes of he purchaser.

In determining your web page ranking, search engines will look for hyperlinks to your locations and not just any hyperlinks, but top quality hyperlinks meaning sites which have a higher ranking than you do. It tells search engines which various locations these folks rank extremely are connected to you and thus you have to be an useful site and therefore are worthy of a high status.

The Most significant Obstacle To Obtaining Enough Excellent Hyperlinks To Satisfy Search engines

People are frequently advised to submit their locations to search engines and high pagerank websites. The difficulty is which a lot of of these locations should charge you dearly for the privilege of becoming outlined with them. Yahoo for instance prices regarding $299 yearly for a site to be listed in their elevated targeted traffic directory.

The secret to keep in mind here and what a lot folks do not know, is that a lot of of these locations which ask for such a lot of things cash could list you virtually immediately and for totally free if you have great high quality hyperlinks pointing to your site. It is that buyer pushed motive we were talking regarding again. Good high quality links are links from locations which the look engine currently ranks very. The assumption right here is which since you possess obtained a vote of self confidence from locations which are currently held in elevated look on as by the search engines, afterwards you are also sure to be a valuable site that potential consumers who use the look engine can find helpful. The greater web page rating you could receive, as an end result should mean much better look engine visibility for you and naturally, much greater targeted visitors.

Yet another technique used to try and acquire top quality links is to make an effort to submit your site to a variety of directories for totally free listing, but it will generally consider weeks for one directory to accept your site.

A Powerful Do-It-Yourself Search engine optimization Method
The way to do it is to begin by by creating a web web page on your site with a number of links. The concept here is to be adding hyperlinks to various locations on your links page in exchange for the locations doing the same for you. You can of course be careful to concentrate your endeavours on finding links from elevated web page standing web locations. It is suggested to discover locations that are associated to your product or service.

Typically, to make search engines happy, you must threshhold every single reciprocal hyperlinks page to 50 links solely.

A lot locations maintain their reciprocal hyperlink pages employing LinkMan script from PHPJunkYard. You can obtain it php script from The seriously amazing point about LinkMan script is which it enables a site’s guests to add their hyperlinks instantly soon after these folks add hyperlinks to the site on their own pages. Which his menas is which utilizing the LinkMan script you just want discover the desired sites, add their website link to your reciprocal links web page, and you can quickly add your hyperlink to theirs.

Be mindful to encounter the necessities of the LinkMan script one of that is to arrange a discover on your hyperlinks page stating: “Powered by Website link manager LinkMan 1.02 from PHPJunkYard – cost-free php scripts.”

The Easy Way To Locate Elevated Web page Standing Sites
You can quickly uncover sites employing Linkman by searching on Google for the precise expression; “Driven by Website link manager LinkMan 1.02 from PHPJunkYard.” You can also alter the statement to discover locations using previously versions of LinkMan.

Pay a visit to the hyperlink pages on the locations with a web browser exhibiting their Yahoo pagerank. Immediately after you arrive throughout a site using LinkMan which has a high Yahoo web page genre, merely add their link to your reciprocal hyperlinks page and then add your website link to theirs and you are done. You can afterwards transfer on to find yet an additional site which you may prefer to website link to.

It is hard to out do it exquisite, no cost and on the spot search engine optimization (SEO) process which is rapid, easy to use and extremely effective.

Practical Tips To Designing Your Own Flyers

“There is no doubt that flyers help boost your sales. They are undoubtedly one of the most useful marketing collaterals any business can ever use. You can either make the flyers yourself or have them designed professionally, which might be a little over the top for you. So if you want to stay on budget, why don’t you try your hand with designing your own flyer printing. Follow these tips and who knows, you might actually discover a dormant talent in you.

First, your flyer printing is aimed at capturing your target customers’ or clients’ attention and you would use all available means to achieve this end. You can start by choosing a paper that will stand out. You don’t want to use boring, standard white paper. You want to use bright, glossy and cheerful colors to get your audience ‘hooked’ to your wholesale flyers. Remember, the first thing that people will notice is how aesthetically appealing your flyer is and this could be achieved by using a paper fit to be recognized.

Second, your flyer printing is aimed at selling your business. Let it be clear that it is not a business card or a letter head with your name or your company’s name. Don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean that you cannot include your name or your company. But people would rather want to see first the benefit they can derive from your business. Use the limited space of your flyer by proclaiming what your business can do for them. Your business name or your name is secondary to the main theme. For example – “Do you have leaking pipes in your ceiling? Alpha and Omega Miscellaneous Services can fix your problem!” Through this example you can clearly see what is meant by coming up with a primary message and a secondary supporting message.

Third, make your flyer printing interactive. Your wholesale flyers should not just be static pieces of papers, they can actually become tools to interact with potential clients. You can achieve this by offering incentives by bringing the flyer in your customer’s next visit. Through this strategy, you can actually monitor the effectiveness of your flyers. This strategy can help count the number of new customers brought in by your flyers.

These tips can help you develop a good flyer which is worthy of wholesale flyers printing. This means that even if this was done by you, its quality is worthy to be printed by the thousands. You do not stop when you have already designed something that you like. You must try again and again because the strength of the design is in the revision. As a final tip, come up with several versions and then ask your friends or workers to vote. This way you get a sense of what is actually the best.