Archive for: June, 2023

Improving Your Online Communications Process and Presentation – Combine Photo and Audio

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In the incredibly interesting land of internet marketing there are so many things to consider when communicating your product or service to your prospective customer-base. If they don’t already know your business and what it offers, then they have found you by searching for something specific that they are either interested in or that they want to know about. So, there you are in front of a prospective customer telling them about the topic they have searched and what you provide to help them in their quest for this product or service.

They have a read through your site information, click on a few links to see some more and perhaps even hit play on your YouTube message where they then watch as you impart what you want to say – with some hoping that they won’t have to watch those little spirals as you load at intervals during the presentation. You’ve told them, in your nicest presentation what you have to offer both in print and in person. All that is left is asking for and hoping that they buy your product or service. But wait, what have you actually told them? Most times, you’ve told them your name, they can see what you look like, and you’ve given them some information on what is on offer and perhaps why, what it will cost and how to pay for and obtain it.

On the ‘personality and hottie’ scale, an 8 and above usually garners some attention, but not necessarily for the product or service you are promoting. So how do you secure their attention towards the item you are promoting? The key to successful online transactions is the relationship that you can build with them. And how do you build relationships with anyone. Relationships are built on either trust or mutually beneficial arrangements, which in itself it built around a shared common interest or reason, and a level of trust.

So the key to obtaining and holding that attention is to have a great product, and to convey an element of trust in your presentation. The way to do this is to ‘put your best foot forward’ or present as appropriately and professionally as possible. What I mean by this is that you wouldn’t attend a wedding in your swimmers, or go for a run in a three piece suit. Whilst suit attire is a generally accepted standard of dress, this does not suit everyone, so don your “Sunday Best” appropriate to your topic.

Whilst your website presentation can be adjusted and adapted into a maximised format, what remains to be asked is, “What is the most effective form of communication for you to convey your message correctly?”

A photograph that shows you dressed according to your topical area, or as you would present to attend an interview, and a voice-over recording speaking to them is the most professional presentation you can provide — and the easiest. I say this because you are able to record, re-record and edit speaking much easier than you are able to record, re-record and edit video footage at such a level, (forgive me public speakers) and obtain professional presentation standards. It is also easier to control your voice than to control the visible signs of nervousness that can be very distracting for the viewer. – things like facial twitches, looking away from the recording, unfocussed eyes when your concentrating and trying to remember what to say., or the boredom element that loses their attention Oh, and remember, you wouldn’t like someone to enter without knocking, so don’t intrude, always give them the option to listen with a play button.

Inspiring and obtaining trust can be communicated and conveyed in a professional, yet very simple manner.

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Worried About Buying Xmas Presents During the Credit Crunch? – Here is a Good Strategy For You

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Now I know during this economic crisis, a lot of families and friends are worried about Christmas this year and the cost of buying all those presents.

Help is at hand for all those struggling families, why not buy wholesale. This might put off a lot of families who may think that wholesale immediately means that you have to buy in bulk. But this is not the case in fact their are lots of wholesale websites that enable you to purchase your items singlely, and still get the wholesale price. No catches, no hidden costs all you have to do is pay the postage and packaging. Again some families may be put off buy this, but wholesale websites largely source their items locally because why would they want to pay huge VAT taxes so that their would be no profit for them.

These websites also have a huge selection of products from Nintendo Wii’s, PlayStation 3′s, LCD TV’s to beauty products and kids toys. So why would you rush down the shops with all those hectic shoppers, or go on an internet site such as or when you can go on a wholesale website and get the item you want cheaper and also sent to your house within 5-15 days.

So you are not only saving money but also saving time and in this modern day and age those are invaluable to everyone.

Also you can go even further, why not start up and online business selling these wholesale products on eBay or on a custom made website for you. No overheads and they will send it straight to your customer, I would urge any family to try this.

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Inviting A Friend For Coffee – Remember That Presentation Matters A Lot

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It is one thing to invite a guest to have a cup of coffee in your house. However, it is a completely different thing to get this job done in such a manner that you get nothing but compliments and appreciation. Many people underestimate the level of work required to have a cup of coffee.

Presentation is very important when you are inviting somebody to have something in your house. This is very important in case of a cup of coffee. This is because the drink in itself has very little scope for improvement. Unless you go in for fancy additions like a hazelnut syrup or chocolate syrup, the actual drink remains the same.

In such a scenario, the cutlery and the trays used to serve the coffee automatically become important. Further, the level of presentation also matters. You have the option of preparing the coffee and simply serving the same or you have the option of preparing the constituents and offering to make the coffee right in front of the guest.

The latter option may seem very cumbersome and problematic but is certainly going to impress any guest who feels that he or she ought to be treated properly. On the other hand, a friend of yours who is more interested in talking to you and chatting with you will find all these formalities cumbersome.

It is very important to have something to eat with a cup of coffee. Whether the guest has something to eat or not is irrelevant. As a host, it is your duty to provide refreshments. That is a reason why snacks like biscuits and other such eatables are always offered with coffee.

Not only does this make a good impression, it also helps you balance the whole invitation. Calling somebody to your house just for a drink does not make sense. On the other hand, having something to nibble automatically rounds off the entire affair and makes you feel as if you have taken good care of your guest.

When you pay special attention to the requirements of your guests and when you focus on all these points, it is obvious that he or she is going to feel respected. That is the whole purpose of the affair, right? Just because you are having an informal gathering does not mean you should completely skip all these rules.

You can modify them to suit your requirements. However, a touch of formality in an informal interaction is always going to create a good impression.

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Polish Your Presentation Skills

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Modern audiences have short attention spans. In older cultures, the people would sit around together and tell stories. Then came letter writing. Individuals around the world would send lengthy and elaborate letters by post to friends and family members. Around the turn of the century, there were approximately 3 million telephones. This gave rise to shorter but more frequent conversations. With the invention of the television we were introduced to news clips and sound bites and eventually MTV. Computers and email took sound bites into written form. We then transitioned into social networking and texting, which has evolved into 140-character tweets. Not only has technology given us shorter and shorter communication abilities, we are inundated with a barrage of quick images and video. All of this leads to a shortened attention span. We want our information quick and we want it now!

As a speaker, you must keep this development in mind. In order to maintain the attention of their audiences, communicators must show that their message will benefit the audience members in some way. Simply presenting interesting information is no longer enough. There needs to be an attention grabbing “Wow” factor.

It is important to maintain our ancestral ability to tell a good story, which is personal and appealing to the audience. Dry facts from a talking head are not nearly as interesting as a heartfelt experience. At the same time, it is important to encapsulate the information, bullet point by bullet point into a memorable sound bite. Surely you have experienced attending a great talk, and came away with one or two powerful statements that really made an impression, and that you will remember long after the talk is over.

Prior to preparing a speech, the speaker should become familiar with the audience’s point of view. In other words, do some research to find out what aspect of a topic would most concern the audience members, and tailor the talk accordingly. Try to put yourself in their shoes, and give them what they want.

Online resources are often helpful in providing insight into the group’s focus and goals. The internet is an invaluable tool for designing a speech for a specific audience, making generic presentations seem outdated and obsolete.

If possible, arrive early at your venue, and chat with audience members to build rapport. Ask genuine, open-ended questions and really listen to the responses. Listen for key words, specific problem and jargon that are particular to your group. Then use that information to further refine your speech.

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Mercury and Aluminum Present in Flu Shots?

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Many people, including some health care practitioners are concerned about mercury and aluminum present in flu shots. This is not a new concern for those who are against flu shots, but it is relevant as the flu season approaches.

The major concern about mercury and aluminum present in flu shots arises from concerns about Alzheimer’s and autism. Even among those people who are not against flu shots, some are against mercury and aluminum present in flu shots. Recently, New York State passed a law banning the preservative thimerosal from flu shots and other vaccines meant for children and pregnant women. Thimerosal is mercury based and is known to cause allergic reactions in many people. On top of that, mercury is a known neurotoxin, meaning that it damages nerve cells, and has been linked to autism.

New York State is not against flu shots. In recent years, New York City and other areas of New York have had problems obtaining enough flu vaccine for high risk citizens. The ban came after several studies linked an increase in cases of autism (a condition which is first noted in childhood and is characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction as well as language and learning impairments) to vaccines and flu shots containing thimerosal. Some health care professionals still maintain that the risk of complications from the flu are greater than the risks that may be associated with mercury and aluminum present in flu shots.

Some people are against flu shots, in general, because they or someone close to them had a reaction to the flu shot. Sometimes it is a mild reaction, such as a mild case of the flu. Sometimes it is a more serious condition that may be due to mercury and aluminum present in flu shots. Several people blame the onset of their Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on mercury and aluminum present in flu shots.

It is important to note that these cases are rare. While complications arising form the flu, particularly pneumonia, caused over 60,000 deaths in 2003 in the United States, there were only a few reported cases of complications arising from the flu shot and none of those were life threatening. People who are against flu shots in general focus on the rare, but severe reactions to the vaccine and on the mercury and aluminum present in flu shots. People who are not against flu shots focus on the number of deaths each year that are caused by the flu virus.

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Four Workshop Presentation Tips For the Independent Consultant

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

As an independent consultant, unless you have a ton of clients, you have to be constantly on the lookout for opportunities to increase your business. Getting your message out in formats you feel comfortable with is what’s necessary. One format that I look for are opportunities to present workshops. This is an activity that I find both exhilarating and challenging. And, above all it brings in new clients.

Every workshop presentation puts you in front of a new audience – an audience that has specifically come to hear you and eagerly anticipate learning what you have to offer. You cannot let them down.

Each audience is different. Even if you have been speaking on the topic for years, you have to prepare each time even if it’s no more that updating your information and redesigning your topic to fit the new participants attending your workshop.

Here’s the preparation that’s necessary each time you are scheduled to present a workshop:

Never speak from notes. In all of my speaking engagements, I have never spoken from notes. I always wing it. Even though winging it has been given somewhat of a bad reputation from some self-styled experts, there is no better way to connect with your participants. If you have the teleprompter in your brain and not outside of it, you’ll be more at ease and effortless in your presentation. President Obama is described as being an eloquent speaker. However, what he really does is read eloquently from a teleprompter. Without the teleprompter, his eloquence is lacking. Forget notes, teleprompters, or anything else that reduces your connection with your participants.

Always engage your participants. Look regularly from someone with whom you can make eye contact and talk as if are talking directly to that individual. Do it with individuals throughout the audience during the course of conducting your workshop. Engaging someone in the audience works wonders in eliminating any nervousness you may have.

Encourage questions. At the beginning of the workshop, let the participants know that if they have a real burning question to feel free to interrupt and that you will have no problem returning to the topic. With small groups of up to 25 people, this strategy works quite well.

Do not use Power Point. When you use Power Point, it appears that you don’t know what you are talking about. It is similar to being a slave to notes or a teleprompter. If you are passionate and knowledgeable about the subject you are presenting, you will not want to feel locked in by following Power Point steps. Be ready to stray from the script if it enhances your participants’ experience.

In summary, seek out and maintain connection with your participants. Eliminate anything that diminishes that connection.

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Training / Presenting: Utilize Your Audience: To Your Advantage

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Regardless of what response technique may be convenient in a given situation, one thing is certain for the aware trainer: different techniques will drive you deeper and deeper into the realm of subtlety, which is precisely where the art of using response points belongs. For most trainers, these direct questions will be the best method to determine how well the idea presentation is progressing.

If possible, have a friend or associate sit in on the presentation for the express purpose of serving as a critic. They should divorce themselves as completely as possible from what would be the normal interaction of a regular audience member. Their job is to evaluate the feedback techniques clinically and objectively. They should observe both you and your audience, and note your effectiveness and their attention and reactions. In certain cases it might also be advisable to have prearranged signals similar to those used in broadcasting studios to tell speakers and performers to speed up, slow down, and how much time is left. The main aim is to get an objective evaluation of yourself for future reference and improvement.

After back-burnering your own feelings, you must observe the feelings of your audience. Observation is a very direct way of obtaining feedback, but your evaluation of the feedback must be objective and realistic. When trainers allow an audience member to disturb them through heckling or insults, they lose the ability to objectively analyze and control their group. Understand that it is by instinct that we take such affronts personally, but in training it is necessary to overcome this reaction. A look of disbelief or disapproval from a member in the front row should be duly registered, but don’t take it to heart. If you ask a rhetorical question and get an unexpected reaction, contain it and continue. Having fully analyzed your audience, the chances of your being thrown by such situations are reduced to a minimum.

In the final analysis, audience feedback will help you to walk away from your presentation with a much greater chance of knowing not only how good it was, but whether or not you’ve actually accomplished your stated objective. Above all else, you should remember that you always must be just as much an audience analyst as a trainer of ideas. In conversing with individual members of the audience, bear in mind that you owe them just as much attention and respect as you want from them.

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Teaching the Present Progressive Tense in the ESL Classroom

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When teaching low level students, we generally try to progressively introduce grammar points as and when we feel that previous points have been mastered. So a typical programme for beginners is to start with the present simple tense, I am, I go, I do, then add adverbs of frequency, I always go shopping on Saturday, I am sometimes late, I never do my homework. Next comes the tricky part: explaining to your students that there are two present tenses, the second one being the progressive tense, for actions happening now, or for fairly certain future events. How do you introduce it?

Perhaps you begin with a miming game: “can you guess what I am doing?” After miming the action, you elicit the form, “I am drinking a cup of tea”. This type of activity is generally a very good way to present this new tense.

My problem, however, is the “modelling” part of the lesson. As we were taught in our ESL training, a good lesson should be structured according using the formula “elicit, model and drill”. I can’t help feeling that as I was never taught that the present progressive is formed using the auxiliary, be, with verb plus -ing ending when I was a child, then there’s really no point in teaching it to adult learners of English.

Once you have started trying to explain structure, you will find yourself getting deeper and deeper into meaningless discussions about grammar. Most of your learners will already have some knowledge of English grammar, not all of it correct, from their school years. As their teachers were probably non-native English speakers, the information given was probably at best incomplete, if not totally misleading. Perhaps the word “gerund” may enter the discussion. As an English teaching professional, do you really know what a gerund is? What is the best way of explaining it to your students? If your lesson is on the present progressive tense, then you have let yourself get way off track, for the -ing verb is not a gerund, it’s the present participle.

As I’ve already said, when I was three years old and getting to grips with my mother tongue, English, I had no idea what a gerund or a present participle was. I just used them. So teachers, give your students a healthy amount of active communication, and keep the grammar as a necessary, but not overwhelming, sideline to your lessons.

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How to Introduce Yourself Before Giving a Presentation

Jun 05 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

While much goes into preparing the presentation, less attention is given to preparing the introduction. Big mistake! The introduction sets the stage for the presentation; it’s like the opening act. And, a less than stellar opening can wreck the entire production. Accordingly, this article proposes unique strategies to kick your introduction up a notch. In any event, you’ll breathe life into the presentation.

5 Tips

  • Allow someone else to introduce you.

You’re probably thinking, this tip doesn’t sound innovative. The presenter is always introduced by someone else. Here’s the twist. Recruit a familiar person to give the introduction. A person who knows you will bring more energy. For instance, I remember speaking at my nephew’s graduation; when he saw me moving towards the podium, his excitement led him to start telling the audience about me (it was a preschool graduation). Although his interjection was unexpected, it warmed the crowd up – adding a nice touch. Moreover, what he knew surprised me.

  • Use media.

Thank God for technology! It allows you to shake things up. For that purpose, why not use it to jumpstart your presentation? A short video presentation with graphics, color, photos, music, and a brief narration will wow any audience; the video introduction answers who am I? Just make sure your presentation is just as electrifying.

  • Resurrect your bio.

The information used for the introduction basically comes from your bio. Consequently, most read the same way. This is who I am. This is what I’ve done. This is where I received training/education. Boring! Change the sections of your bio to include topics like: Why I do what I do, what motivates me, my greatest fear, my favorite quote and/or scripture, my worst experience, or how I hope to be remembered. You get the idea. Avoid saying the same dreaded stuff as other speakers. Let the audience connect with the real you – not titles, degrees, and accolades.

  • Engage the audience.

Unlike the previous recommendations, this tip is bold and risky. For the most part, the speaker shares tidbits about his or her background. Switch it around; ask the audience to tell you what they know about you. Or, simply ask the audience what they’d like to know. This strategy engages the audience, eliminates rehashing old information, and builds rapport.

  • Be dramatic.

Drama has its place. With that said, turn your introduction into a cinematic production. This tip comes courtesy of the NBA, particularly the Chicago Bulls. They were the first team to introduce the players via a lighting show accompanied by the enthusiastic voice of an announcer. Likewise, your announcer does not have to be seen – only heard. With lights, music, and the voice, you create a certain mystique.

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How Not to Deliver a Presentation

Jun 04 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Public speaking is becoming an increasing part of our day to day lives even outside of the work place. Inevitably, you must have attended presentations where the speaker mumbled, went over time, fidgeted or simply was not able to captivate the audience.

Bad presentations are a waste of time, cost money and can damage reputations. So, if this is what you are aiming for here is the perfect guide for you. Follow these steps and you are sure to deliver a bad presentation.

9 Ways to Deliver a Bad Presentation

1 – No rehearsal
Do not practice. Just wing it. Your audience will never notice. Your time is too precious to spend practicing. You are much better off just wasting the time of your entire audience instead.

2 – Me, Me, Me
You are the one delivering the presentation so pay no attention to whom your audience is or what they are expecting from you. Tell them whatever you want and don’t bother trying to understand why they are there.

3 – Information packed slides
Ensure you write as much as possible on your slides. This way you can keep the audience busy reading and they don’t have to listen to what you are saying. Make the font really small so you can write even more and include additional information.

4 – Read
Read out your slides word for word. You are obviously a better reader so make their lives easier by reading your slides verbatim to ensure they don’t miss out on anything. Do not elaborate on what is written. Do not feel the need to explain anything, the audience should understand your thought process.

5 – No eye contact
Do not make eye contact or engage the audience in any way. After all, you want to keep them at a distance, it’s them versus you. Keep your eyes on your notes, handouts, the floor, the door, anywhere but the audience. If this makes it harder for your voice to project and for you to be heard they’ll just have to listen harder.

6 – Use jargon
Speak above the crowd to impress them. Use lots of complicated and unrecognisable words. This will make you sound clever. Try to use as many abbreviations as possible and jargon that is particular to your company only. This will show you really know what you’re talking about.

7 – Ramble
Do not stick to the subject and wander off course as often as possible. Be sure to tell many personal, unrelated and ideally sensitive and controversial stories. This will show your personality and the audience is more interested in you than the topic you are supposed to be talking about. Focus is overrated.

8 – Go over the time limit
The audience is there to see you so feel free to keep them there as long as you like. Your presentation is definitely the highlight of their day and they have nothing better to do with their time. If you realise you are running over time, do not worry. The audience paid good money to hear you, so give them their money’s worth.

9 – No questions
Don’t take any questions. Your presentation was perfect and speaks for itself.

What do you think makes a bad presentation? Please feel free to share any horror stories!

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