Do you have the "gift of gab" and want to put your money where your mouth is, somewhat literally? Using your voice to help you career-wise is perfect for those who love to talk and do it well. There are specific careers that are well-suited for folks who thrive on inter-personal communication done the old-fashioned way, you know, before texting was the norm. No more keeping quiet on the job front when you can talk your way to the top.

Advertising Sales Representative

Communication is key wirthconsulting.org

If you are a big talker with genuine charisma and trustworthiness, ad sales may be your calling. Being a rep will put you in front of lots of potential clients, or at least on the phone with them. You will need to not only know the ins and outs of what you are selling, but how to convince people to buy into your marketing.

As Monster notes, "A key to their (ad sales reps') success? Developing solid relationships with their clients, which, of course, means having lots of conversations."

Career Builder adds, "Even after a sale, staying upbeat is a huge part of the job, so non-talkers need not apply."

Customer Service

Being able to speak with customers is a valuable skillvceplus.com

If you are not only the chit-chatty type but also enjoy solving problems and helping others, customer service would serve you well. As per Monster, "Customer service reps are constantly fielding questions and concerns from customers, either over the phone or face-to-face. Customer service reps are expected to have all the answers and be able to communicate clearly."

You will need plenty of patience when customers call in with a gripe, but if you can put your top-notch talking skills to task, both parties will wind up satisfied in the end.

Teacher/Professor

Effective communication is an essential part of teaching dreamstop.com

Teachers and professors talk nearly all day long. Communicating with students clearly and impactfully is a must in order for the lessons to be well-presented and powerful. Monster notes, "Teachers must have the stamina to talk throughout the day, often repeating the same material to different classes of students."

As Career Builder points out, "No matter what age you teach, your speaking skills are crucial to being a successful mentor and inspiring your students. Teachers are some of the best communicators around." Have you thanked a teacher lately?

Lawyer

Persuasive talker? this could be the career for you! sciencenews.org

A quiet lawyer in the courtroom is not the one you'd want to represent you. As Business Insider explains, "The ability to communicate well is crucial to any lawyer's success. They need to be able to talk with clients, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial. Many also have to present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation — and how they do so, verbally, can determine the outcome of a case."

There is a load of preliminary work, back and forth communication, following up, and following through. Attention to detail is of the essence along with confidence and compassion that must come through when speaking.

Public Relations

Being the face of a brand or campaign takes A+ communication mediabistro.com

In PR, you are representing someone else, so not only will you need to come forth as well-versed and outgoing, but you will need to leave a lasting impression. A positive one.

According to Career Builder, "Most public relations executives need to spend a great deal of time communicating their clients' messages to media. Pitching journalists is a large part of the job, which is perfect for talkers."

Monster adds, "They're constantly meeting with people and making phone calls." If you consider yourself a "Chatty Cathy" or "Chad," then public relations can be fulfilling. Talk up your clients… and talk some more!

Be heard on the job front. Mimes need not apply.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.