The Mirage Called “There” – Living in the Present

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

As I’ve worked diligently this last year and a half towards realizing some major dreams and goals, there have been days when I’ve become so frustrated with this place called “here” that I didn’t think I could wait another minute to get “there.”

You know about “there”; the “promised land”-the perfect place where the problems of today magically disappear.

“There” is the new job; “there” is losing those last twenty pounds; “there” is the wedding ring.

Whatever your “there” is -for most folk-it can’t arrive soon enough.

Unfortunately, some of us have become so consumed with “there” that we’ve started to neglect “here.” In doing so, “here” has become the grass that we haven’t watered, but are intent on comparing to the lush green blades on the other side of the fence.

Are you taking care of “here?” Because if you aren’t you will NEVER get “there.”

Worse, if you allow your “here” to fall apart, you’ll be more susceptible to latch onto a distorted and ill-conceived “there.” Like that woman on your job who you think looks soooo much better than your wife-she’s so sweet and sexy. And your wife has taken to wearing over sized t-shirts and is too tired after work and caring for the kids to tend to your needs.

Well, when was the last time you took your wife out on a date; when was the last time you lifted some of the pressure off her by cleaning up the kitchen or doing a load of laundry; when was the last time you told her you still think she’s beautiful?

I’ll tell you a secret: that “grass” on your job has to be mowed and watered too or it will grow weeds, turn brown and start dying just like your marriage. A wise man I know has a saying, “All grass has to be cut.”

Are you tending to your own yard? Are you taking care of “here?” Or are you so focused on “there” that “here” is falling apart.

The last couple of months I’ve been yearning for “there.” So much so, I wasn’t enjoying “here” very much. I was so focused on the future that I was dropping the ball on a lot of the stuff in my present. Then I realized if I wasn’t careful, I might end up sacrificing my “here” in the quest to get “there” –and that’s too high a price to pay.

In our glorification of “there,” we often ignore the fact that the place called “there” will have problems and challenges of its own. In this state of mental delusion, we convince ourselves that “there” is our “happily ever after”.

How many people left “here” to move into their dream house; a Mac-Mansion with more space than they could ever use and which now has become an albatross around their necks with a huge mortgage payment, soaring utility bills, and high maintenance requirements.

The truth is, “there” is a mirage. As we travel through life there will always be problems we’ll have to face; challenges we’ll have to meet; another “there” to strive for. That’s why you have to “enjoy the journey.” That’s why you have to enjoy the place called “here.”

“Here” is where we’re at and even though we may not realize it, there’s often something that we have to learn, accomplish, or complete before we’re ready to move from “here” to “there.”

I’ve learned to accept the fact that getting “there” is a process and the only way to it is through “here”. So I’ve been working on looking for the pleasure in “here.” I’ve been working on trying to savor each step of my journey-even the frustrating ones.

Yesterday morning as I was headed out to work, I just laughed when my three year old son -in giving his mommy a hug and kiss–smeared jelly all over my freshly washed and ironed shirt. I thought to myself: when I get “there” he won’t be three anymore; when I get “there” I may have to beg for a hug and a kiss.

In our quest for the perfect “there,” we must remember that “here” is a gift; that’s why we call it “the present.”

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How to Purchase Christmas Presents Online?

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

As lots of people are rightfully complaining about, Christmas has become increasingly commercialized, and the social tradition of giving gifts makes retail sales surge in December. The holiday season is a point when brick-and-mortar shops are more crowded than ever.

In order to stay away from all this hassle, why not do your holiday shopping on the net this year? This way you escape the long queues, you are no longer tied to the shop’s opening hours, and the assortment is often much wider. In case you are new to online shopping, here are just a few tips to make sure you have a good experience.

First, do some planning. If you just begin to browse around, chances are you let yourself carried away. There are countless great presents out there, and you can’t possibly buy them all. Make a preliminary list of who you need to buy presents for, what you would like to get and what your budget is. Keep the list in front of you while you do your shopping.

Don’t leave it to the last minute. Just as mortar-and-brick stores, online shops are also the busiest during the holiday season. Give yourself sufficient time to pick something nice, and have your order mailed to your door before Christmas. Be sure you check delivery times, but add in a few extra days just to be safe – those estimates are normally for regular periods.

Try to shop only with reliable, well-known retailers, and not some obscure little shop. However, if you do find something excellent on one e-shop you haven’t heard about, you shouldn’t just drop it. Try to do a little research, you may still be able to get some information and figure out if it is trustworthy or not. Check their address and give them a call.

Before you enter your credit card info, look for the VeriSign symbol – this means that your transaction is secure. Also, print out the receipt and keep it for a while, just in case something happens with your order. The retailer will probably need to know your order number, which is always on the receipt.

Make sure you check their return policy too. You never know what could happen. Usually you can return any product free of charge within a reasonable time frame, but it’s always good to be sure. Also, consider adding a few extra days to your initial estimate in case you must return a gift and get something else.

One of the best things about online shops is that their offers are very diverse, and you may find the same item at very different prices. This is why it is often better to use a comparison shopping engine instead of a normal shop. Comparison shopping engines look at several shops to find you the best deals. United Tech Store is a very good technology-oriented comparison shopping engine. If you are looking for gifts for tech enthusiasts, this is a good place to shop. You can find anything, from camera accessories to laptop bags, and you can compare offers from several tech shops around the web.

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Presentation Pitfalls Series: Top 10 Content Mangement Mistakes

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Here, David Letterman style, are what I consider to be the Top 10 most common mistakes presenters make when organizing and preparing their content:

10) Not setting the stage.

An introduction should be more than just “Hello. Today we’ll be discussing _____.” If you just jump into the content without setting up the presentation, it can get you off to a jumpy, disjointed start. An introduction should give the audience a sense of who you are, what you’re there to do, and what’s in it for them to listen.

9) Using ineffective notes.

It’s almost always wise to have some notes handy to make sure you don’t forget anything important, but if your notes are hard to follow or are distracting for the audience, they defeat the purpose. Trying to read from a crowded page of word-for-word narrative is a killer because you look down and have trouble looking up for fear that you’ll never find your place again. Disorganized papers or cards can be cumbersome and messy. Keep clear, concise, key-word-or-key-phrase-only notes handy to simply jog your memory, not serve as an unnecessary crutch.

8) Using jargon or acronyms that leave the audience bewildered.

When a listener hears a word or phrase he/she is not familiar with it causes what I call a “cerebral derailment”. The listener’s mind is chugging along happily with you until he/she hears an unfamiliar term and suddenly the mind jumps the tracks to wonder, “What does that mean?” Always define acronyms (even if you’re sure they know what the letters stand for) and, when in doubt, define any terms that could possibly be unfamiliar.

7) Planning backwards.

Many people begin to prepare a presentation by thinking, “What do I have that’s cool?” (meaning visual aids, support points, stories, examples, etc.) Then they ask themselves, “How can I work it in?” This is backwards. Decide on what you want to accomplish and then ask “What do I have in the way of support that would help me meet that objective?” If you plan backwards you may very well end up with a bunch of interesting information that is of no value to the listeners.

6) Not knowing your objective and/or not sharing it.

In addition to being clear on the point you want to make, you should also be clear on the objective you wish to achieve. Do you want the audience to make a decision? Show them the options and ask for a decision. If you need their cooperation, make sure you explain why you need them and how they can help you. If your goal is to familiarize them with a topic, make that clear so you don’t get bogged down in excess detail. Both you and your audience should be clear on what you’re there to accomplish.

5) Not providing “signposts”.

Imagine that you can get a new set of information two ways: 1) you can read it in a report or 2) you can listen to it in a presentation. What advantages do you have when you’re reading that you don’t have when you’re listening?

  • You can go at your own pace
  • You can re-read things that you found confusing
  • You can skip sections that don’t interest you
  • You can see when a new topic begins (because of section titles or white space)
  • You can make notes
  • You can file it away for future reference.

None of these options are available to your listeners. To the audience, your ideas are just sounds in the ether, so to make up for the lack of these advantages, you need to provide signposts to let us know where you are. Visual aids can help, but remember to include phrases like “Now, let’s move on to point #2″, “That’s all for the background, now let’s move on to the current status,” or “Let me just wrap up.” These little phrases take very little time but do wonders for helping your audience stay with you.

4) Having complex, hard-to-read visual aids.

Your visual aids should be just that–aids. They should HELP you get your message across. Complicated, crowded, hard-to-read visual aids compete with you for your audience’s attention. Keep them simple enough that listeners have a reason to stick around and listen to YOU.

3) Not having an obvious, logical structure.

Meandering from point to point can be very frustrating to a listener. Have your information laid out in a logical structure and share that structure with the listeners up front so they know where you’re headed.

2) Not making the POINT clear up front.

There’s nothing more frustrating to a listener than to sit there thinking, “OK, so what’s your point?!” Remember, you know your material cold. The listeners don’t. Sometimes you have to smack them between the eyes with the point, as in, “If you only remember one thing from my presentation, I want it to be __________________.” Don’t wait until the end to present your point with a dramatic flourish. Make your point right up front and spend the rest of the time supporting that point.

And the #1 content management mistake. . .

1) Including too much information.

It’s tempting to want to cram all the information possible into the heads of your listeners, but ironically, it’s possible that the more information you include, the less they learn. Think of a rainstorm. When rain is pouring down, much of it runs off before it can soak into the soil. The water is wasted because there was simply too much of it to take in. Whereas, a slow, steady rain has a chance to soak in thoroughly. It’s far better to include half as much information and have them retain most of it, than to squeeze in every imaginable tidbit and have 90% of the information wind up as runoff.

All of these problems are common. Luckily, with awareness and a few simple adjustments, they are easily overcome.

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Developing a Balanced Scorecard PowerPoint Presentation

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The balanced scorecard was first introduced in the year 1992 by Robert Kaplan and David Norton. This is now a widely known performance management tool that is utilized by the managers to keep track of the execution of the processes and activities of the staffs. Together with a strong design and programs that enable automation of the performance measurement, the entire company will be able to control the way they implement their plans and therefore, they will have a great chance of hindering the bad consequences which may affect the organization’s growth. The problem today is that most of the employees do not know anything about the balanced scorecard. It is important that the people at the higher positions should conduct meetings or seminars, which will help the workers understand just what the BSC is and how this can aid them in improving their efficiency towards the success of the company.

One of the best methods of educating your employees about this excellent managerial tool is through the balanced scorecard PowerPoint presentation. This is just like any other presentation during meetings expect for the fact that you will be talking about the balanced scorecard and not the financial matters or projects that are currently under development. In order to start the BSC PPT presentation, you will need to know the contents of your report. Choose those that are essential and will really aid your employees in understanding what the scorecard really is.

Among the techniques that will allow you to assist your workers in the balanced scorecard application is by means of knowing the main questions about the BSC and the answers behind them. Usually, the chief inquiry that is posed to you when you are planning a balanced scorecard PowerPoint is about the application of the BSC principles to the situations in the real world. You can have a good discussion if you have stated the agenda of the meeting. You can have there the reason as to why your company needs to measure the performance. Along with this, you will be able to form other goals, including which performance should be measured, the method of measuring such activity, the development of the corporate scorecard and many others.

The balanced scorecard PowerPoint presentation should engage your audience and should captivate their interest. Thus, you should include how the BSC can help them in delivering a good performance for the company. One of the things that you should not forget about telling them is that there is a need to manage and control the productivity of the company. To do this, information is crucial since the measurement process is the way of knowing what is actually going on in the company rather than guessing which will lead to missing the important things that should be focused on.

When you have a god system for measurement, you will be able to make the right decisions regarding a particular instance. Aside from that, you will be given the opportunity to identify the possibilities for changes and even motivate the workers. This is possible with the balanced scorecard PowerPoint presentation.

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How To Buy Considerate Presents Such As Engraved Gifts

Jun 07 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Dad has everything. Grandpa does not like anything. Mum can pick out whatever she wants. These are common statements or excuses heard when someone needs to buy a gift for someone else. Rather than taking the time and purchasing a gift, money or a gift card is given. However, this is truly not a gift at all. Finding engraved gifts and other presents for mum or another loved one is easy, since you have a lot of options, like engraved photo frames and other things.

A gift card or giving money is not meaningful or special. It requires minimal thought. A person picks up a gift card when he or she is buying groceries. Someone writes a check when he or she is paying other bills. A person stops at the ATM on his or her way home. Basically, by giving a gift card or money, people are taking the easy way out. They are looking for convenience. People want to quickly cross off another item from their to-do lists. They are showing the other person that he or she is not worth the time, effort, or thought. This is not a very good gift.

Gifting

Gifting is defined as giving voluntarily to honour a person or an occasion. A gift should be personal, meaningful, and something special. It should be original in thought. While many people believe that figuring out what to give takes an enormous amount of time and energy, gifting does not have to take such a long time. For a personalised, customised gift, adding engraving is a great option.

Engraving gifts

A wide variety of items can be engraved. A silver locket or a sterling keepsake box are wonderful presents for a new mum. Purchase a photo frame and add pictures for a best friend. Buy wine glasses for a newly married couple or a baby blanket to commemorate a baptism. The list can go on and on. All of these items can be personalised with engraving. In addition, they do not have to break the bank in the process.

Engraving types

As there are numerous items that can be engraved, there are also a vast number of ways it can be done. From monograms, to initials, to dates, to logos, to original art, all can be engraved. Engraving can be big or small, take up a lot of room or be very discreet. It can be more fancy or simple. A person can choose the font, style, and placement of where something is engraved. Basically, though, if a person wants something engraved, it most likely can be done.

Purchasing gifts

There are many places where someone can go to have an item engraved. However, most places will only engrave an item that was purchased from their store. Regardless, when shopping, choose a reputable store that has a wide and varied selection of gifts from which to choose.

It is also important that the store has knowledgeable employees. Because there are so many options with engraving, the assistance of a professional may prove to be invaluable. He or she can help the buyer choose the right engraving and help develop a good design. An employee with engraving experience can advise on what looks good or does not look good, what can and cannot be done, and what works and does not work. A good employee will be honest and upfront, but will also provide ideas and suggestions and lend his or her creativity to the engraving. By buying from a reputable, experienced store, the buyer can feel comfortable that he or she has made a good decision and is buying a beautifully designed, personalised gift.

So, yes, it will take a little more time picking out a gift. However, the thought and effort put into it will greatly outweigh the costs. Giving thoughtful presents for mum or anyone special is definitely worth it, more so than another common gift card or extra cash. By giving engraved gifts, the buyer is able to make the gift something that is customised and meaningful. The person receiving the gift is shown that he or she is important, and that he or she is worth the effort. Regardless of the item engraved, whether silver gifts or simply engraved photo frames, the person receiving it will appreciate it a great deal. Truly, it is the thought that counts. Actions speak louder than words.

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Are Business Presentations Important in Network Marketing?

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When working with a multilevel marketing company, many business owners wonder if business presentations are valuable in network marketing. Generally, a business presentation is referred to as an opportunity session, and is one of the most important aspects of multilevel marketing.

It is a regular event that is typically held every week, or several times a week by someone in the organization. Multilevel marketing presentations are most often free of charge. They offer the opportunity to invite likely customers or prospects to take a good look at the details of the opportunities offered by the network marketing company. Generally speaking, it is not given by the person that actually owns the multilevel marketing company, but one of the many partners.

An opportunity session is open for anyone to attend. Those that become highly successful in multilevel marketing usually hold a business presentation one or more times a week. This is to yield the greatest opportunity for generating new prospects, and expanding the sales force.

If you are new to the business, and simply are unable to comprehend how an effective marketing plan operates, you can generally find out everything you need to know through the multilevel marketing business presentation. Attending one of the regular sessions will give insight at becoming knowledgeable of exactly how you can climb the ladder of success.

Typically, any prospects who attend the meetings, will have their first taste of the products and services that are offered, and will start to discern exactly how much money and success they can acquire. These sessions are also a convenient time for those that are already building a successful network marketing business to move up to a higher level in the company. Actually, the session is for everyone to help make the business stronger.

As a guest, you were presumably invited by a member of the organization that brought you there. It was their anticipation that you would find inspiration by listening to the details of how the multilevel marketing system works. As a network marketing system, it depends on creating strong relationships with one another in an effort to sell the services and products the company provides.

Most often, these meetings are open to everyone, It does not matter how old you are, what your work experience is or how much education you have. It is the starting point into the business that can be used as a roadmap to build your way to the top. The whole system is already built in place, and is working well,

For the most part, many multilevel marketing opportunities necessitate only a small initial start-up fee. This is far easier than creating and starting up a company of your own. You already have the facilities, sales aids, training, and full-time support of your sponsor and every member on their team in assisting you to gain your success within the company.

The business presentation will show precisely how working for the multilevel marketing company will allow you to achieve the freedom to work anytime or anywhere. To be successful, you will need to be your own boss, and establish the avenue for unlimited income. Yes, business presentations are vital in network marketing.

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5 Tips On How to Stay in the Present

Jun 05 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The purpose of life is to live. If you allow yourself to not treasure the simple things, you fail to take advantage of the gift of life. I will give you five tips on how to stay in the present.

Forgive and forget the past

We often get caught up in thinking about the past. Regardless if it is positive or negative situations, living in the past prevents us from experiencing the present. We have already been through that time. Forgive the past if it is a negative situation. This will allow you to move on. Forget the past if it is a positive situation. Reliving past glories does nothing but keep you out of the present. Time has moved on and so must you.

Do not live in the future

We all have goals of what we want to achieve. One method of achieving success is to envision you achieving the goal. What you do not want to do is neglect the work that needs to be done in the present. If you live in the future, fantasying about your success, you fail to make progress right now. Dream, set goals from your dreams, plan and execute. This will enable you to stay in the present so that your future will eventually become the now.

Cherish the moment

Life is full of surprises and events that cannot be repeated. A child’s first walk or first word. Watching a sunrise or sunset with someone you love. Experiencing a funny moment with friends or family. All of these are just examples of things that happen in everyday life. The feeling that you experience when they occur is real for that moment. You can try to get that feeling back but it is never the same. When you live in the present, every moment is a gift. A gift you must cherish.

Don’t take things for granted

Just as you should cherish every moment that you live, so should you not take things or people for granted. We never know how long we will live. It is important to let those that we care for know how we feel. If your attitude is that they will always be around then you really are not thankful for having them in your life. To live in the present is to be thankful for not only what you have but who is with you.

Live for the day

Each day that we wake up to is a blessing. Live each day to the fullest. Do not leave for tomorrow, what you can do today. Tomorrow is not promised. Realize that you have to take advantage of every second that you have. Every minute should be treasured. Every moment should count.

“If you are looking in the past, you can’t see the future thus you are not living in the present” – Osric V. Baugham

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Finding Father’s Day Presents With Sentiment

Jun 04 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Even on Father’s Day, most of us would admit we rarely get sentimental with our dads. As the rock of the family, he’s always with us through thick and thin, playing his role as provider and keeping family life on an even keel, seldom showing his weaknesses, and letting his fatherly strength lead the way. If you count the ways your dad has helped you along, getting you through your driving test and teaching you to organise your finances are sure to figure highly on the list. Yet what are the chances he’s still giving you lifts and you’re still spending his money!

Thankfully, Fathers Day presents provide us with an opportunity to give dad something back for all the sacrifices he’s made. But it’s important when choosing a gift to decide exactly what sort of message we really want it to convey. When we choose a bouquet of flowers for our mum, by the very nature of the flowers it’s obvious that we’re expressing our love and thanks. With Father’s Day presents it’s never that easy, as we’re always focussed on more masculine gifts that satisfy our dads need for practical and useful solutions. So when Father’s Day is heading our way, it’s always worth investing some time in finding some unique gifts that communicate our love and thanks. After all he’s done for us, most of us would agree it’s high time we got sentimental with our Father’s Day presents.

Expressing Your Feelings

If you’re really looking for extra special Fathers Day presents that will bring feelings to the forefront, the ‘From you to me – Dear Dad’ journal is something that says it all. Winner of ‘gift of the year 2008′, it’s a unique journal with pointers designed to help your dad create his own little mementos, anecdotes and memories of you, his children.

If he takes the time to fill it, this is a gift that will take him on a journey down memory lane and he’ll end up with a precious story book which will last for generations. If you prefer Father’s Day presents that give out your messages of love in a simple and minimalistic way, the range of luxury polished glass paperweights, engraved with a selection of messages such as ‘Dad you’re a star’ and ‘I love you daddy’, make stunning ornaments for his desk or bedside table, and are an everlasting reminder of how much he means to you.

Saying Thank You

If you’ve never really had the courage to say thank you to your dad for all the love he’s given you over the years, Father’s Day presents give you the opportunity to do just that. The specially compiled ‘Thank you’ music CD is a soothing collection of easy-listening jazz tracks for dad to relax to after his chores. Saying thanks with music is an emotional message and one that never goes out of fashion.

If you prefer to present him with something he can look at again and again, why not consider the gorgeous glass paperweight engraved with those words ‘Thanks for being a great dad’. Its stunning black and white stripes make it a centrepiece in any setting with just the right masculine tone. Of course, you can choose your own words of thanks if you opt instead for an engraved silver star. Timeless and original, this tactile piece can be engraved with your most heartfelt words of thanks, and is sure to make your dad feel like the star he is.

Thinking Ahead

Buying a bottle of whisky or a box of chocolates as Fathers Day presents can often seem like a bit of a cop-out and lacking in sentiment. When you’re trying to find inspiration for Father’s Day presents, it’s always a good idea to think ahead at what your dad plans to be doing in the coming months, as a gift related to his plans will show just how much thought you’ve put into the occasion. If your dad is coming up to retirement, the book ’101 things to do in a shed’ is packed full of all those little project ideas that he hasn’t had time to put his mind to until now, and will keep him amused for months and years to come.

If he’s planning a special trip abroad, why not buy him the classic leather travel journal, and give him the ideal opportunity to record the special moments from his journey and store all his keepsakes? And how about a specially engraved travel clock to accompany him on his trip? These are gifts which are both practical and sentimental at the same time, and any gift that is personalised with an engraved message will always remind him of you.

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5 Tips To Start Your Next Business Presentation

May 31 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Funny thing. One of the biggest questions in presenting is not the content, the PowerPoint or the delivery. It’s more primal: “how the heck should I start?” Learn 5 tips so you can have a strong start to your presentation.

My guess is you’ve got a big presentation looming — so without further ado, here are the five things to do to start strong!

Tip 1: Do Your Prework

Even if you are short on time, be sure to do the necessary prework to connect with your contact. In many cases someone else will be introducing you. In a hectic work schedule, getting together with your introducer is often pushed to the last minute — or doesn’t occur until you walk into the room.

To be proactive, send an email saying you’re coming to present. Give the introducer 3 key points to help him or her prepare. If you don’t have time to write, leave a brief voice mail. This alerts the person that you are on your way and will connect at the event.

Tip 2: Help Out!

Coach the person who is doing the introduction. If you have a chance, print out a copy of the introduction in advance.

Hint: one page maximum! Write it in a large, easy to read font. Emphasize key points that are specific to each audience.

This shows that you care about the success of your presentation.

Tip 3: Emphasize Tone

With or without a written introduction, take a moment to meet with your introducer. Emphasize the tone you want to create. Should the person introduce you with humor or more formally? Highlight key principles so you can guarantee a strong start for your presentation.

Tip 4: Do It Yourself

In many settings, you will introduce yourself. This requires the same kind of attention to detail that you’ve been doing when working with a contact.

Plan your introduction and specifically focus on the tone, mood, and connection to your specific audience. When you start strong and set a warm, friendly tone, your audience is much more willing to listen to the rest of your talk.

Tip 5: Be Brief

Being brief is one of the best ways to start! Instead of droning on and on about your topic or your expertise — be concise. A short and punchy opening alerts the crowd to the value of your presentation.

Practice the art of being brief by doing 3 things:

a. Write out your introduction.

Do this the old-fashioned way – with pen and paper. This helps you connect with a more conversational tone and style.

b. Practice speaking your introduction out loud.

Do any of the words sound stilted or pompous? Notice if what you have written is how you speak naturally.

c. Edit out any words that do not ‘sound the way you speak.’

Go ahead. Be ruthless. Even surgical. Eliminate any long words that are not how you naturally speak to a friend or non-expert colleague.

With these 5 tips, you can start strong and give a powerful presentation to any crowd.

Develop professional skills to give phenomenal business presentations. Start strong, tell the right story, and end strong to reach more customers and grow your business.

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3 Killer Mobile Applications That Can Bring Your Presentations and Speeches to the Next Level

May 31 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you find yourself frequently delivering presentations and speeches to an audience, you might want to consider making technology your friend. Leverage on the latest technology, software and mobile applications to take your public speaking game to the next level, and look cool in the process.

Here are 3 applications that you can download and use immediately for your next presentation.

Application #1: SpeakerClock for iPhone

SpeakerClock is a practical and easy way to track the timing of your speeches and make sure you don’t go overtime. With its bright red LED digits, you can easily spot the timer even while speaking. This allows you to move around freely as the timer can be seen from a great distance. Better still, SpeakerClock uses the famous countdown clock similar to those used by TED speakers. By using this app, your timings are definitely well controlled.

Application #2: Infonet Presenter for iPhone

Infonet Presenter is an integrated presentation system and multi-purpose platform that allows speakers the luxury of displaying a buffet spread of files in a few clicks, from web content, to images, videos, podcasts, documents created by your office software, and documents sitting on your intranets. You can organize all these presentation assets in presentation folders so that during the presentation you can focus on the message, and not on technology.

Application #3: Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere allows you to engage your audience with a real-time poll. It aggregates responses from mobile phones, Twitter and web browsers. You can employ it either as a standalone polling app alongside your presentation. But if you will like to integrate it with your PowerPoint slides, all you have to do is just to download and use Poll Everywhere’s PollEv Presenter App.

Conclusion

Whether you are a busy business executive, a public speaker, or a student that delivers speeches and conducts presentations on a frequent basis, these 3 applications can help you deliver higher quality speeches. This list is non-exhaustive; there are many more software and mobile applications out there that you might find useful. Therefore, go out and explore the wonderful world of technology. The power for enhanced public speaking performance is now at your finger tips.

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