We all know that to get maximum sharpness its best to use a tripod. However, lugging around a tripod isn't always an option. In such cases, a monopod might allow you to stabilize your camera without weighing you down. I've personally found that when using a monopod I am only marginally more stable than hand held. There is apparently a knack to shooting with a them. What's the trick? How do you shoot with a monopod? This links explains:
My monopod is this one for those interested by the way.