|Congresswoman Maxine Waters|
By Michelby Coco Whitehead
Hands down Congresswoman Maxine Waters is the most adored woman in modern politics. CNN’s Angela Rye refers to her as her mentor, and when Mother Maxine delivers a speech, the people sit up and pay attention—haters and fans alike. When you’ve got the gift of gab, you have influence and the ability to create a platform that gets you paid!
And speaking of pay, speaking for pay is an excellent way for entrepreneurs to showcase their expertise, attract their tribe, and make more money. Authenticity is always a must, but so is willingness to learn. If you want to be a highly sought-after speaker, you've got to study the greats, like Mother Maxine. Here are 5 pointers to take from the ultimate teacher!
Confidence Is Key
Have you ever been to an event where the speaker made awkward jokes and fiddled around with her hair and clothes? Whether the behavior is done consciously or not, this denotes insecurity and anxiety. Maxine commands her audience at all times with direct eye contact.
Get To The Point
Ever been excited to watch someone’s Facebook Live only to log off because they spent too much time adjusting the camera angles or getting to the point? Maxine Waters does not come to play. She addresses the issues at hand and moves on to the next question like a boss. Don’t lose your audience by wasting their time.
Appeal To Your Audience
The reason we love Maxine Waters is because she speaks directly to our souls. To do this, a speaker must know who she is addressing. Ask yourself why did the audience sign up for the particular event you’re speaking at? What’s the conference theme? Answering these questions will help you to understand the audience’s concerns, and what they need to hear from you.
Know Your Stuff
Maxine Waters always comes with a stack of receipts to support her argument. You can tell that before any interview or debate, she is well rehearsed and armed with facts. You can’t convey an idea that you have little or fuzzy knowledge on. The more well-versed you are on the subject matter you speak on, the better you can express it in your speech.
If no one has ever seen you in action, how do they know you’re the right person to book for the gig? Share videos and sound bites from recent and past speaking engagements to showcase what you can do. Post pictures of yourself attending events and engaging with the crowd. Doing so shows you’re in demand and allows you to charge what you’re worth. Make sure there is a link for bookings inquiries on all your social media networks. Check out @repmaxinewaters on Instagram for some inspiration!How do you slay at the podium?
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Even if you're not a betting man, it's hard not to gamble on the fact that everyone's "beauty secret" is that they drink loads of water—or maybe lemon water. To prove the point, we gathered every water-related tip from every Top Shelf, After Dark, and The Face. By the end of the exercise, there were 14 pages of quotes. Here we've shared the more intriguing of the bunch—and categorized them, too. Enjoy and stay hydrated, kids.
Drink More Than You Think You Should
Michelle Monaghan: “In terms of what I eat, everything's pretty healthy. I drink so much water—at least 3 liters a day.”
Domino Kirke: “I have chronic dry skin. I went to a dermatologist and found out it was more about hydration, like drinking water. I was putting on the most expensive, thick, goopy stuff, but it just wasn’t sticking. I feel best when my skin is soft.”
Rose Bertram: “I used to have a problem with getting bags under my eyes, but I drink a lot of water now, which really helps.”
Cindy Crawford: “I mostly drink water because there are a lot of hidden calories in drinks.”
Wash Your Face A Little More
Charline De Luca: “One thing I do every night that might sound a little weird, but I can't get over, is that I wash my face with chilled water seven times—just out of the tap. The shock of the cold water on skin tones it. I do this after I cleanse. I don't know why seven, but I heard it should be seven, and I've been doing it day and night ever since.”
Occasionally Be Wary Of Tap Water
Claudia Kim: “I also try not to use tap water on my face—especially when I’m traveling. I’ll use bottled water to rinse instead. It just seems safer to me.”
Katie Nehra: “Not to keep ragging on LA, but the water here is tough for your hair. I did one of those water test with the drops, and LA water is five percent acid. I’m not crazy—LA water will turn your hair green, so I have a special filter on my shower.”
But Not Too Wary
Isamaya Ffrench: “Honestly though, for removing body paint, your best bet is just soap and water.”
Charlotte Tilbury: “I always wet the cotton pads with water, squeeze them, and hold them on my skin to let it soak, melting the makeup off. This way, I’m not just dragging my eyes around my face, and I won’t end up looking like a bag.”
You Can Be Clean And Also Environmentally Friendly About It
Athena Curry: “I usually take a shower because I don't like going to bed with makeup on my face. Because we're in LA and going through a drought, I have a little red bucket that I throw in the shower before I get in, so that it captures all my water as it's heating up. Then I use that water on my flowers out in the yard. I fill up a bucket every time.”
Hannah Sider: “I like to use really hot water to steam my face and then splash some cold water on afterward.”
Sheila Marquez: “So first, I wash my face. Then I bring a pot of water to boil and sprinkle in a handful of the loose leaf tea. Then I take the water off the heat, drape a towel over my head, and stick my face over the steam for about five minutes. It makes your pores feel open and detoxed.”
Mix It With Things
Andrea Mary Marshall: “If you put it in a spray bottle, with equal parts vinegar and filtered water, and spray it on your head every day after you shower, your scalp will have a perfect pH balance. I massage it in and just dry my hair normally.”
Camilla Blackett: “[My hairstylist] taught me how to make my own tea tree oil spray with pure tea tree oil and water—20 percent oil, 80 percent water. If I work out first thing in the morning and have to go straight to the office, I’ll just spray the mixture into my roots, and I'm good to go.”
Sidney Williams: “Yeah—me and my friend India would put hydrogen peroxide and a little water in a bottle and spray it on our hair right before we went surfing.”
And Keep In Mind...
Diane von Furstenberg, Book of Beauty: “You cannot have a healthy body without drinking a great deal of water. But remember, you can’t just drink a glass of water and tell a glass of water to please go straight to your skin and moisturize your complexion. Water has to be there all the time, doing what it does naturally in a healthy body.”
Leela G. (NEXT) photographed by Tom Newton.