Poem about change

We’ve changed, haven’t we?

We’ve come a long way from old sexist and fascist views,

We’ve made lots of changes, you can see in the news,

We’ve stood up to racism and discrimination too,

We’ve accepted all those of colour, and those less able than you,

We’ve changed our laws and taught our kids,

What was once before, is now forbid.

We’ve spoken out on streets and online forums,

We’ve rallied and protested with good will and decorum,

We’ve called out and challenged all their opinions,

We’ve got support groups and networks to break free of dominion.

But you are a fool to think we’re done, as the battle were fighting is yet to be won…

The problem today is its harder to see, the issues we have to just let people be,

So listen close as I spell it out, there’s still work to be done, without a doubt.

We’ve got mental health on the incline, and suicide rates rise,

Not to mention eating disorders of all types, and addictions are rife.

We’ve got fear mongering media and power-hungry leaders,

Telling people what to think so hate comes through the breeders

We’ve got people trying to be strong,

Ignoring true emotions as they are so wrong.

We’ve got hate and assault towards different communities,

I ask myself daily, where’s the unity?

We’ve got rape, domestic violence, and arranged marriages in families,

If you can’t be safe there, then where, we assume it only happens down dark alleys.

We’ve got girls who must wear skirts, and boys who must have short hair

And don’t forget pink for a girl, and blue for a boy, I cry with despair

We have gender pay gaps, and not enough women in senior roles,

We’ve got dads not taking paternity leave as the system is full of holes.

We’ve got kids who can’t cope with a changing world,

As the adults don’t see that the old ways need to be hurled.

We’ve got a society that thinks we’ve moved on, that the problem is solved,

and that their responsibilities for change are now dissolved.

I salute the brave souls who have stood together throughout history to create change,

to those who have pushed the boundaries and didn’t conform with the deranged.

But we can’t stop now, were only half way there,

Acceptance is our goal, for us all to feel whole, only then will we be free from a world under control.

Jessica Bentley. 2018

5 Tips to Successful Presentations

1) Know the message you want deliver.  What do you want your listener to walk away with?

2) To be confident, remember to breath.  A few deep breaths will make all the difference to your state of mind.

3) Remove your ego… It’s not about you; it’s about your listener and your job is to look after them.

4) Ignore distractions.  Pretend they are not there as they don’t matter.  Talk to the ones who are listening as if you get distracted by distractions, then you lose the attention of the listeners too.

5) Have fun! No one wants to listen to someone who is boring, so add a sprinkle of your personality

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10 Top Reasons why training is good for jobseekers

  1. Knowledge – As the saying goes: “Knowledge is power.” Gaining knowledge of the industry you would like to work in is a good way to decide if the job is the right one for you. You will learn so much that you can take away and put to great use in your new chosen career.
  2. Skills – Like with knowledge, you will learn the relevant skills required to do the job that you have chosen. These skills will make sure you feel well equipped and ready to take on a new challenge.   You will also discover that you already possess many skills, and these are not only useful for work but will also lend well in various aspects of your personal life.
  3. Confidence – Lacking confidence is very common and often stems out of a fear of the unknown. Training courses will help you to understand those fears and look at a solution to overcome them.  You will discover your own strengths and abilities and explore your limitations.  This will allow you to be more confident in your ability to do the job.   By stepping out of your comfort zone you will learn to grow as a person.
  4. Motivation – Motivation is the driving-force that pushes you to achieve what you want. It can be very difficult to be motivated if you are unsure of what it is that you want, or your environment and / or friends are having a negative effect on you.  During training you will be surrounded by motivated people who are excited about their next steps. This atmosphere is positive and by the end of the training course you too will be motivated to put into practice what you have learnt and push yourself onto the next level.
  5. Self-esteem – Self-esteem is your emotional state and how you judge yourself for what you are worth. By investing in your own personal development you are taking a big step to increasing your self-esteem.  When you realise your potential and see the value you can add to a workforce it will further increase feelings of self-worth.  You will feel that you have a sense of purpose and belonging, are giving back to society, making a difference and providing for your family.
  6. Resources – Training courses open up our desire to learn and often people instinctively want to find out more. Everyone has the resources they need to succeed!  When you tap in to these resources you will find that more opportunities present themselves.  Training courses will help unlock the ability to use your internal resources such as confidence or being organised or external resources such as extra reading materials or websites to research.
  7. Meeting new people – Many of you will have friends, whether through social media sites or in your address book, that you have collected and built up over time. Networking is very similar, as you are building a list of contacts that you can draw upon when you need them, they all will serve a purpose somehow.  Maybe not today, maybe not even tomorrow, but one day one of those great contacts could potentially change your life.   Not only are you building a useful set of contacts, you are expanding your friends list and many great friendships are formed through networking as you are mixing with like-minded people.
  8. Support – Making decisions to plan for your future can be difficult. By meeting like-minded people you will build a support network which can help you when you need it.   Having people around you who are supportive and who believe in you, whether it be family, friends or a complete stranger who crosses your path, they will motivate you to strive to be your best, thus allowing you to achieve your full potential.
  9. Goal setting – Setting goals is vital to being successful and moving forward. Many of us have goals and dreams which we want to achieve but because we don’t set them in a meaningful way we never achieve them, leaving them as far away tomorrow as they are today.  Training will help you will feel inspired and ready to plan your next steps using the right tools to do it.
  10. Take Action – Attending a training course is a great way to begin your journey to finding your new job. Once you have taken that first step and have completed the training course, you are in a really great position to move onto your next step. You will be feeling positive, motivated, confident and ready to put all of the points from above into action.  This is now the perfect opportunity to plan the goals that will guide you in the right direction to find the job that you deserve and to be successful.