Forex Market Workshop Lesson II – Finding a Trading System

The first step to become a successful Forex trader is to find a good system. You need to look for a strategy that fits your trader personality. Although different trader types means different trading approaches there are some basics that apply for everyone, and you should take into consideration when selecting your Forex system.

1.- Money management.

It doesn’t matter if you are an aggressive or a conservative trader. You need to know how much you are going to risk on each trade. How much are you willing to lose if things go wrong? Money management is, no doubt, an essential par of any system of value. Before you consider to purchase any type of system confirm money management is an integral part of its design.

2.- How much can you realistically expect to make.

Although past performance is not guarantee of future profits it is a good start. If a system have performed well in the past it is reasonable to expect it will perform the same way in the future. There is no system that can win 100% of the time but if it has a high win-to-lose ratio; and you apply good money management rules you can expect to profit from it.

When you buy a system look for one that has a money back guarantee and use your trial period to test it. Although 30 to 60 days won’t be enough to know much about a system’s performance you can use this time to back-test it an get a general feeling of its effectiveness.

3.- Always trade demo first.

You should always try your system on a demo account. One of the beauties of the Forex market is that you can trade live with virtual money. If your system performs well on a demo account you can expect it will work when you trade for real.

4.- How often will you take positions.

Before you buy any system try to find out how often does the system trade. Does it enter positions once a day? Once a week? Several times during the day? Personally I only trade high time frames (In my experience this is a more profitable approach) but you may not be comfortable with this. Finding a system that fits your personality is very important.

Homework:

1.- Look at least for 5 different Forex systems that consider money management as an integral
part of its design.

2.- Look for reviews of as many Forex systems as you can.

3.- Try to find out if the seller trades his system.

Manifest Your Desires: A Virtual Workshop

I love giving Joyful Manifestation workshops. Amazing things
happen when you step into your magnificence and become more
and more true to yourself.

Of course, not everyone can make it to a live session. That’s why
I’ve decided
to write out a formula for a YOFA(TM) Joyful Manifestation
Workshop
that you can do wherever you are, whenever you like.

Manifestation

The only way to have a desire become manifest is for you to
become as you would be once you have it.

Paradoxically, you must become it before you have it, in order
to
have it.

If there is anything you want that has not yet come into your
experience, here’s a process you can use to attract the joyful
relationships, beautiful things, and satisfying experiences you
seek.

You can use this process in the privacy of your own awareness or
you can get together with one or more friends and have a YOFA(TM)
manifestation party.

Sharing after each numbered segment can lead to greater insight.
Also, the authentic conversation cultivated by these processes
deepens friendships.

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VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed for
about 20 minutes. If you are doing this in a group, allow for
more time for sharing and conversation — about an hour depending
on the size of the group.

Whether you are alone or in a group, you may want to journal
your process as you go. A little notebook in your back pocket
or your purse is always a good idea.

Approach each step with a contemplative spirit.

1 – Begin by considering the distinction between Being and
Doing.

==> Close your eyes and consider how it
feels to do something that you desire to do.

==> Open your eyes and stretch.

==> Close your eyes and consider how it feels
to be someone who is expert at doing that
same thing.

==> Feel that difference between doing and being and
bring that distinction into your experiential vocabulary.

2 – Notice if your desire is to

==> do something

==> have something

==> or be something.

3 – Regardless of which category your desire falls
into, imagine who you would be if your desire
were fulfilled.

==> Close your eyes and consider how it feels.
to be the person for whom that desire is reality.

==> Be that person.

4 – If you are happy with the feeling of that,
revisit it often.

5 – Imagine that you ARE it.

6 – If you are in a group, talk to the others about any subject
(your daily activities, what you’re making for dinner, where
you’re going on vacation) as if your desire were already manifest.

7 – If you are alone, talk to imaginary people or write from this reality.

8 – If you feel any static while pondering this desire as already fulfilled,
tweak it until it feels good.

9 – Meditate on this person who you are morphing into.

10 – Modify it if necessary.

11 – Like a whittler, keep carving, perfecting, and
purifying your notion of your desire.

==> The idea here is not to change your desire,
but to discover the true nature of the desire
of your heart and come into greater awareness
of it.

12 – Continue to be who you would be if that evolving desire
became manifest right now.

13 – Do this as often as is fun.

14 – Close your session with gratitude for the
coming realization and fulfillment of your heart’s desire.

This basic format will take you far. Do it with sincerity and
compassion for yourself. Make it fun and let it be easy.

The better it feels as you do this process, the happier you will be
with your manifestation.

© 2005 Rebbie Straubing All Rights Reserved

Virtual Book Tours – Being Part of a Team Means Commitment and Consideration

I recently created a yahoo group, Virtual Book Tours. It was created as a direct result of the Muse Online Conference in October of this year. One of the workshops I joined was Book Marketing by Denise Cassino. This workshop was jammed packed with very useful information and Ms. Cassino suggested the attendees of the workshop do virtual book tours for each other. She even went so far as to create a list of interested attendees.

After the conference I decided I would initiate the virtual tours so I contacted the other attendees and even posted notices in other groups I belong to.

The group is a win-win marketing tool for every member. We host each other and use other marketing tools and strategies to help one another get our names and books out there. While no member can lose anything you do become a part of a team and it does take a bit of commitment and time. As with any team, the members depend on each other to follow through. We have new rotation schedules partnering members twice a month. Within each rotation every member is a guest to another member and every member is host to another member. There are new members joining our group fairly regularly and there is no problem adding them into an upcoming rotation. A problem does arise when a member leaves abruptly.

November 15th was our first tour and after the schedule was prepared and each member worked on preparing their guest’s information, a member quit the group. This member’s guest was left without a host. Fortunately, I was able to work around it.

Our next rotation is December 1st and the schedule was prepared several days ago. After its preparation four members quit the group. These members were all responsible for hosting another member of the group. Only one had the consideration to offer to follow through with her hosting commitment for this rotation. It made me begin to wonder what being part of a team, any team, should mean to its members. The two words that immediately came to mind were commitment and consideration.

Commitment is a pledge or promise to do something and dedication to a course of action. As a member of a group or team, commitment means fulfilling your responsibilities to the group and its members. Consideration means to give careful thought to something, to be thoughtful and sympathetic in regard to others. As a teammate, consideration means thinking of the other members of the group and what effect your actions will have on them.

It is understandable that everyone is busy today and may not be able to keep up with a group. It may be wise to learn about a group before you join. At the very least, if you choose to leave a group, you might be considerate and if at all possible leave at a time that you won’t be letting the other members or the group as a whole down.

Creative Fiction Writing Workshop: How to Start Your Story

How do I get started and where do I get ideas for my story?

Get ideas from virtually any common, ordinary situation. Get out of your house to see real people and the real world and ideas will come from the most random places. Be sure to jot down these ideas so as not to forget them. Furthermore, be thinking about what kind of a story you want to write so that you can slant your descriptions in that direction.

1. First, simply DESCRIBE A NORMAL SCENE you witnessed in a store:

The man put the socks down, took the girl by the hand and walked out.

2. Now, CHANGE the sentence. Make it involve more of the senses. Play around with how different words can completely change the mood of the situation. Use adjectives and adverbs:

The man forcefully threw his purchase at the Target clerk, grabbed the 5-year-old girl roughly by the arm and jerked her toward the door.

3. ADD ANOTHER SENTENCE or three to more completely describe what happened next, or its results. Use adjectives so you more fully portray the characters. Vary your sentence length–sometimes long, sometimes short. CHANGE the event. It’s fiction. Be creative:

She continued screaming at the top of her lungs all the way out. The hem of the girl’s tattered Sunday dress soaked up the bright red blood dripping from her broken lip. The man pushed his long brown hair roughly from his eyes, wiped his calloused hand on his dirt-stained pants, and dragged her resisting, squirming form into the rusty 1980′s Ford.

4. ADD SOME DIALOGUE, SOME QUOTES and CONFLICT. Add a TWIST so that what the reader first thought is changed a little:

“Shut up. Shut up. Do you hear me!” he yelled as he buckled her seatbelt and tried ineffectually to wipe her face gently with a tissue. “Don’t you ever do that again! I saw you put candy in your pocket. We don’t do that, ever. That’s stealing, and I will pay for whatever we need. No child of mine will ever steal anything, ever.”

Here, we have him buckling her seatbelt and gently wiping her face. Those are not the actions of an uncaring father. You have now grabbed the reader’s attention so he or she wants to know more. Things are too interesting and too confusing for the reader to stop now.

Use proper grammar in the dialogue to show he is educated, and use poor grammar to show lack of education, or, perhaps, low intelligence or even frustration level. How people say things is very revealing about them, their ideas, their moods, etc.

5. EXPAND THE DESCRIPTIONS of what’s going on AROUND THIS SCENE. Describe what others are saying in the store. Use dialogue for their conversation:

The clerk stood still staring at the candy the man had pulled from little Megan’s pocket. Jonathan was a proud father and always talked about how he could take care of his family.

“Did you see that?” the older man said in a disapproving tone as he plunked his shampoo and potato chips on the counter. “People like that shouldn’t have kids.”

Marie shook her head and commented, “I have never seen him get that angry before. Maybe I should have my manager call the police. But I don’t want to get him in trouble. He is usually so kind, and I’ve seen him a lot over the last two years, him and his handicapped son. You know, the one who’s different.”

Now you have a great beginning for your story. It’s your turn to keep writing.

5 Reasons Women Entrepreneurs Need Online Writing Workshops

Women business leaders want to hear from the people they serve. They want to know their clients’ problems so they can offer strategic solutions. If they’re marketing savvy, they try to speak directly to the problem and its remedy. But sometimes, what to say and how to say it isn’t as clear as it could be. Maybe the writing is stuck, or feels stale or inauthentic. Sometimes, a bit of help in the form of an online writing workshop or retreat is needed to get everything moving in the right direction.

How does an entrepreneur know it’s time to reach out? Here are 5 common factors identifying the ways entrepreneurs know it’s time to admit the absolute need for a virtual writing workshop.

Reason #1: Individuals Learn Faster In Social Settings

Writing, once considered something to do in complete, inspired isolation, today focuses on socially constructed meanings. The emerging practice of learning to write in a social context as a way of building community means it is now possible to grow craft and skill at a faster rate than has ever been possible. If one learns more quickly through direct experience and sharing, a virtual writing workshop is a viable option.

Reason #2: The Need to Feel Heard When Addressing A Problem

How do entrepreneurs get off track in their business writing? It’s the curse of the poisoned pen.

Frankly, it’s hard to focus on creating income when fear of “not enough,” scarcity and lack are everywhere. Offers underperform when the leader’s focus is distracted. Perhaps she forgets to partner with others who can help get the word out. Or worse yet, maybe she missed what her community really wants. If women business leaders, like their clients, need to feel heard when addressing a problem, a virtual writing retreat can show them how to speak directly into the problem to identify and offer solutions.

Reason #3: Direct the Client’s Attention Effortlessly

Does it sound impossible, like something brought about by a magic potion? The missing ingredient is the ‘how’ of the situation. The truth is, good marketing writing directs the client’s attention effortlessly by reflecting her priorities. Too often, business owners make the mistake of telling the client their priorities, instead of mirroring hers. If help is needed to imagine walking in the other girl’s Italian loafers, metaphorically speaking, a virtual writing workshop can help with point of view.

Reason #4: Trouble Articulating the Benefits of “What You Do”

Purposeful procrastination is not our friend. When it comes to offering work to the world, it makes some business owners hesitate to send an email, maybe even hesitate to build their list. Some entrepreneurs don’t want to bother people or clutter their in-box. They may hear things about “benefits driven” writing and “calls to action” and wonder what in the heck that is – then do nothing to find out. Most frequently, women say they have real trouble articulating the benefits of what they do. And even if they can articulate the benefits, they don’t know what to write. If a decision-maker is arm wrestling with benefits driven writing, a virtual writing workshop can put their perfunctory paragraphs on the road to perfection.

Reason #5: One’s Brilliance is Dimmed by Indecision and Playing Small

Playing small and being indecisive doesn’t serve anyone well. It doesn’t serve the soul’s purpose and its expression in the world, and it certainly doesn’t serve clients. For some feminine entrepreneurs, their brilliance is dimmed like a magic lamp hidden inside a cave of insecurity. Instead, for those who are ready to allow that brilliance to shine like Aladdin’s lamp, a virtual writing workshop can help them create authentic offers which showcase the magical experience of working with someone who is truly gifted at what they do.