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Presentation Skills Seminar Or Toastmasters Club

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Have you ever asked yourself this question…”Can an active participation within toastmasters replace traditional presentations skills training?”

When answering this question. I had to assume this person is asking if one should either take a speaking seminar OR invest in a Toastmasters membership? I would suggest to anyone asking this question, “Go for the Toastmasters membership,” but why choose one or the other? Why not choose both? Most Toastmasters members eventually do choose both.

One or two seminars would not even touch the experience and continuous learning benefits of a ongoing Toastmasters membership. Can it be argued that a seminar is a more comprehensive and professionally presented event. Certainly, there are Toastmasters who provide just that type of seminar. And there are Toastmasters who have been members for decades who still attend those types of seminars. However, they give and attend them on a regular basis. Even professional speakers know that the value of a seminar is in time invested in practicing what you have learned.

As they practice, they know that one seminar will not make you a great presenter. Only continuous practice and (more importantly) continuous feedback will reap you the best improvements. They will continue to attend other seminars, not just one. Which is why they probably wouldn’t ask this question. But even experienced presenters will take both. Attend many seminars and join a Toastmasters club. Toastmasters is a place you can get continuous membership and training and, more importantly, practice that is not in front of your clients, bosses, or prospects. You can get feedback before it really counts.

By the way, you can also get continuous training and feedback from World Champions Edge. A subscription service run by some of the most renowned professional speakers around. Do you have some suggestion on improving presentation skills?

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5 Tips That Will Make PowerPoint Business Presentations More Effective

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

You do have the option of convincing people who matter with a tilting visual presentation. For that, one often thanks Window’s gift to the world- PowerPoint. PowerPoint presentations have been part and parcel of many seminars and meetings to drive the point home.

However, you need to follow certain rules, regulations and a subtle presence of mind to make your PowerPoint business presentation more effective. A steady analogy is a movie that has all the spice, brilliant storyline and star cast but still doesn’t run well because it is not presented well.

Five thorough points that will help you immensely to create a startling presentation follow:

Know and shortlist the matter of your presentation

You should previously make a note of what points you need to highlight to gain grounds. How to convince viewers about the eligibility of your products? You need to shortlist points and then create deft slideshows around these points. There is no point beating around the bush and go astray from your actual path. Viewers should understand that you really know your stuff and are serious about its spread.

Make your presentation crisp and short

No one loves a distended turkey. Cutting a long story short is the essence of PowerPoint presentations. Champions of this presentation business have often stated that you shouldn’t make too long a presentation. Even the best shows may get a bit boring after some time. In that case, the initial magic is lost.

Tuning the fine points

It would be great if you ensure that certain points in your presentation aren’t ignored. First of all, don’t just stuff matter on slides to make it appear as having content. Slides that have appealing matter even if less in number won’t harm your presentation. Every slide should be in continuation.

Let your presentation talk and animate

Proper color patterns for text and backgrounds; listing main points at the top for better visibility and use of animations add to the impression. Interesting animations keep eyes focused, easy-going fonts keep eyes cool and simple yet crisp sentences keep eyes twinkling. You test it on close ones and deduce whether the presentation is making them curios or not. You shouldn’t be repetitive in successive slides.

Never miss the focus of your story

Don’t forget that the object of presentation was to market your product. Thus, the underlining motive of the show should revolve around your central point.

These points will make your presentations effective surely.

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Laugh It Up! The Top 4 Checks To Adding Humour To Speeches And Presentations

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you are able to use humor in a speech or presentation you will automatically be able to make your audience listen to you and assert your authority. Making people laugh is a definite attention-getter.

The thing to be aware of is using humor appropriately in your speech or presentation. There are two ways to use humor: the first is to react to material that you already have written using your own sense of humor. The second way is to add appropriate jokes, quotes and stories that relate to your speech topic.

Whichever method you use you need to run through the following checklist before you speak:

1) Is it funny? If you find a line genuinely funny then it will make things a lot easier when you come to deliver the humor to your listeners. The thing to be aware of though is that not every line will make you fall down with laughter. If you have trouble in this area it might be worth researching a quip or humorous line from another speaker or comedian and quoting them in your speech. You cannot pass the line off as your own. If you have to give them credit! You could phrase it as follows: “…and as the comedian Jerry Seinfeld said…”

2) Can you say the line comfortably? If you find a joke that fits in with the material rehearse the line out loud and edit it so that you’re comfortable saying the joke. Make elisions if necessary turning “you are” into “you’re” and so on. Make sure you don’t leave out the punchline though, that bit is crucial.

3) Will you offend anybody? This following may sound stuffy, but the best thing to do is avoid the following areas because not everybody can appreciate humorous lines in these areas. Avoid jokes on: religion, sex, physical appearance, politics and disabilities. Granted someone who is Jewish can deliver Jewish jokes, but even then not everyone in the audience might be Jewish so you could come across as racist. The best thing to do is poke fun at yourself. If in doubt, leave it out!

4) Will you be understood? If you’re speaking to a room full of unfamiliar faces then you have to make sure that jokes that are specific to your job or company might not go over. In that situation make sure that there are no in-jokes, or lines based in specifics of your job title.

If the humorous lines that you find are able to pass these four checks then you are well on your way to having an engaging and memorable speech!

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Are You Choosing a Dog For a Christmas Present?

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Choosing a dog or choosing a puppy as a Christmas or Holiday gift simply doesn’t make for a good first day of an every day commitment to your new pet. Puppies and dogs are living beings, not toys that can be played with, put away, and forgotten – you can’t turn them off. Don’t give in to the impulse button the pet store chains would like to see you push. There is much to think of if you are choosing a dog and want that choice to be the perfect Christmas dog present.

Here are 5 important considerations for if you are choosing a dog to be a Christmas dog or Christmas puppy under your holiday tree.

1. There will be a lot of competition for the attention your new Christmas puppy will require. How can a puppy compete with a video game console, or with any of the latest commercialized gifts? Choosing a Christmas dog might mean you will have to sacrifice or make special considerations to your holiday schedule. Never leave you new puppy or dog alone for extended periods of time – make a schedule for potty routines, feeding, playing, and attention.

2. Holidays are not normal household routine days. Choosing a dog as a Christmas present will mean your new dog will begin orientation to your household under conditions that won’t be typical of the rest of the year, and the rest of their life. That could cause a Christmas dog or puppy confusion and anxiety that can negatively affect your success with every stage of dog training and orientation to a typical daily schedule.

3. Will you be home to care for your puppy? Or, will the hustle and bustle of the holiday season require you to visit your family and friends? Your Christmas puppy won’t fair well if left alone – and neither will you. Nor is it a good idea to take your new pet with you. Invite people come to your home if they want to see your new puppy. Don’t take your puppy visiting or traveling.

4. Lots of visitors translates into often open doors – maybe a chance for your new dog to run away, possibly out of fear. Lots of visitors also means lots of human feet competing for the floor space that your new dog or puppy requires. Some guests may not like puppies or dogs as much as you do. Don’t let your opportunity to train and orient your new puppy or dog be negatively affected by holiday guest traffic.

5. Beware of the holiday hazards of food, decorations, and plants. Don’t put your pet in danger because you won’t be able to supervise all of your guests and your puppy as you entertain. Never allow anyone to give a dog chocolate, dough of any kind, alcohol, watch for poisonous plants, dispose of gift wrappings and ribbons right away, and never allow a guest to leave a food plate within your pet’s reach.

Don’t let yourself be pushed into desperately choosing a dog as a present. If you do bring home a Christmas dog, learn how to prepare yourself, your family, and your guests for your new Christmas dog.

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Top 5 Tips To Stay in the Present Moment and Avoid Future Tripping

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

This past weekend as I was headed down to the beach with a friend I had a MAJOR ah-ha moment. As we were catching up on business talk, and of course our love life stories, it hit me, I was totally future tripping about my business and a boy! If you do not know what future tripping is the definition is to worry/be consumed/freak-out about the future instead of enjoying the present. As I was “catching up” my friend on what had been going on with me I started to speak out loud all of the thoughts and stories that I had been thinking for the past week and bam it hit me (this was my ah-ha moment) I was totally consumed by my thoughts and stories that I had created in my head ~ I was clearly future tripping. While my friend appreciated my updating her on my life she totally called me out on my future tripping which is one of the many reasons why I love her! While it is totally easy and comfortable to get stuck in our own stories and future trip about certain outcomes that we would like to see in our business, finances or relationships; future tripping can drain your energy, consume your thoughts, fog your awareness and could lead to a decrease in your daily productivity level.

We are all guilty of future tripping in one area of our life whether it be in relationships, business or finances; however if we can learn to reduce the future tripping and increase living in the present moment it has many benefits like increasing your energy, productivity, and overall happiness!
Here are the top 5 tips to staying in the present moment and avoiding going down future tripping lane:

1. First, I want you to stop whatever you are doing right now and take a breath and I mean really stop and take a breath! Take a moment, close your eyes, stop and breathe. Many of us are going, going, going throughout the day that we do not take enough time to just stop and breathe. I want you to know that you are exactly where you are suppose to be so enjoy this moment! Try honoring yourself throughout the day by stopping every so often to take a breather break.

2. Secondly, I want you to listen and experience everything that is going on around you. Take a moment to close your eyes and just listen and become aware of every single sound around you. If you cannot close your eyes at the moment, I want you to really notice every little thing that you are doing currently, look at your surroundings and even notice any smells. When you really start to notice what you are doing, even if it is washing the dishes, all of your focus is in the present moment and not focused on any past or future thoughts.

3. Next, I want you to simply notice your thoughts. What are you currently thinking? Do not put judgment on any of your thoughts; just simply notice what you are thinking. By just simply noticing the thoughts and not putting judgments on them your mind chatter will slowly decrease; and the less mind chatter you have the more living in the moment you will experience.

4. The fourth thing I want you to do is when you do begin to start feeling the fear of what may happen in the future and what has happened in the past I want you to stop and let go of those thoughts. This might be hard at first so to help you I want you to ask yourself the follow 2 questions, “are my needs being met right now” and “what in my life can I be totally grateful for?” These questions will help you to refocus and shift any negative thoughts or future tripping that might start to pop up.

5. Finally, I want you to pick an affirmation that you will say silently or out loud throughout the day to yourself like, “I am exactly where I am suppose to be in this moment”, “this moment is perfect,” or any affirmation that will help you realize that in this moment this is exactly where you are suppose to be and that the Universe is supporting you in every way that is for your greatest and highest good.
While living in the present moment can sometimes be challenging once you practice and put these 5 tips into action you will create a new habit for yourself. Your thoughts, your life, and your energy will dramatically take a turn for the better!!

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5 Words Presenters Shouldn’t Say

Jun 09 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

NO, I’m not talking about George Carlin’s “words you can’t say on television”. (Ahem). I’m talking about plain ol’ every day garden variety words that are BAD because they’re wishy-washy and weak. When introducing yourself, your business, product, or service you want to use BIG BOLD BRAVE words. Words that bespeak confidence about you and what you offer.

Maybe: (might, perhaps, etc): This is no time for indecision or wavering. It’s not “Maybe we can help.”, or “You might want to give us a call.” Take a deep breath and say, “We can help.” Or “Give us a call.” Be definitive, be certain. If you say “maybe” the audience thinks “maybe not”. In an elevator speech or persuasive presentation we don’t want to leave wiggle room.

Hopefully: Not that there isn’t a leap of faith involved in just about every business undertaking, but we certainly don’t want our audience to know that. “Hopefully you’ll contact us.” Sounds like you’re living on a wing and a prayer, not on sound products and services. HOPE has nothing to do with the prospect, employer, or client contacting you, hiring you, buying your stuff. It’s the SOLID earthly benefits of you, your product or service that sells. You must sound positive so that they are positive about you.

Sort of: Ay yi yi. Are you or aren’t you? Is it or isn’t it? Do you have a good handle on what it is you’re selling or not?? HELLO. If you don’t absolutely know your product or service in absolute language you may as well stay home. Seriously. You may be offering the greatest thing since pockets, but if in telling about it you use mushy half-committed words then your audience will be left with a mushy half-committed feeling about it. You can’t expect them to be more sure of or excited about your product or service than you are, right? If you aren’t gaga-over-the-moon-certain about it, how will anyone else sign on?

Sorry: My mother-in-law is a gourmet cook who had a bad habit of critiquing her meals OUT LOUD while we were eating them. “When I made this for the Capetula’s I added more salt and it tasted better.” Huh? As far as I was concerned the dish was delicious! Her self-criticism diminished my enjoyment, (albeit only slightly – the woman can cook).

In presentations, “sorry” should not escape your lips. What in the world are you apologizing for? Unless you’re two hours late because your flight was delayed or you were in a terrible traffic jam, or the thermostat’s broken in the room, you have NOTHING to apologize for. This means if your slides are messed up, or you forgot something, or your notes are too small for you to read KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. Don’t distract the audience with something about which they wouldn’t have known and don’t really care.

Try: As in “We try and help our clients…” You’re kidding, right? Potential clients don’t want to hear about “trying“, they want to hear about DOING. They want to hear words like GUARANTEE. They want to hear words like CONSISTENT. Try? People try to do things all day long; your prospects and clients want to hear about SUCCEEDING. Remember, your audience is looking to you to assure them in no uncertain terms that you CAN deliver. Period

It may take some conscious effort to move out of the land of wishy-washy and into the solid sanctuary of BIG BOLD and BRAVE. Give your audience the assurance and confidence they’re looking for in something they want to “buy”. They are counting on you to be your own unequivocal cheerleader. Toss those weak words; adopt the BIG, BOLD BRAVE ones instead, and you’ll be heard.

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Green Christmas Presents: Gift Wraps, Cards And More

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Getting eco-friendly gifts does not only mean that you need to pick out the most environmentally friendly items; sometimes, Green Christmas Presents would require you to exert a little more effort to ultimately help in saving the environment. In fact, considering that cards and gift wraps are made from paper, and manufacturing of which takes up too much of our resources, the use of these items when giving gifts might potentially have a great impact on the environment as well.

Therefore, if you were to give out gift items, make sure that you have looked into every possible chance you have in making it more eco-friendly. With this, the following are some gift ideas that you might find useful.

Create Your Own Cards

Saving the trees can be done by using recycled paper for your cards. You can purchase cards made from recycled paper from certain stores, but why not make cards on your own? If you want to personalize your gifts to the fullest, then using scrap papers or used cardboards to make your own card for your Green Christmas Presents would surely be a wise decision.

If you have children, then you can take this opportunity to spend some time with them and practice your arts and crafts skills. This way, you are making the endeavor more enjoyable as you help save the environment.

Choose Your Gift Wrap

Instead of buying wrapping paper, you can reuse the ones that are still intact from the gifts that you have received from previous year. If you have not saved any gift wrap from the presents that were given to you, you can make use of any kind of paper you can find in your own home. You can use old magazines, newspapers, or even shoe boxes to wrap your gifts. To accentuate your gift wraps, you can add some buttons or ribbons to make them look nice – all you need is just a little creativity.

After Christmas

Once the holidays are over, you might have a pile of cards or wrapping paper lying around in your house. If so, try to salvage as many as you can by keeping the ones that are still in good shape. Envelopes can be reused multiple times, and you can keep them for use next year for your Green Christmas Presents or for some other purpose. As for the cards, you can bring them to a store that recycles them to make sure that they can be reused. If you want, you can keep them as well for use by your kids in their art projects in school.

Some envelopes might appear a bit tattered, but you can turn on your creative mind and put it to good use. You can glue cutouts from old magazines to patch some torn parts, or you can simply draw on the envelopes to make it look nice. People appreciate the art (and the effort) that you put into your gifts, so do not worry about the gifts looking “recycled”.

Remember that the Green Christmas Presents would not only achieve your goal in reaching out to the people who are important to you, but they would also help (no matter how little) in saving the environment.

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Finding a Great Present That Will Delight Anyone

Jun 07 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Do you have trouble picking presents for friends and family? Some people are very difficult to choose a gift for, especially if you don’t know a great deal about their day to day life. Perhaps they live some distance away and without knowing their hobbies and interests, choosing a gift can really make you scratch your head.

But don’t despair! Rather than copping out and buying a CD they won’t like, a book they won’t read, or a tie that will be straight down to the charity ship, there is an alternative. And I don’t mean tokens. When you get a gift voucher or money it’s just not the same, is it? You don’t get that warm feeling of gratitude and the giver doesn’t have that feeling that their present will really hit the spot.

Cast your mind back. What was the present that had that wow factor? Which gift springs to mind? When I was a child, that magical feeling happened when I got a present with my name on it! It really meant something and made the present really personal. Many years later, if I get a personalised gift, it takes me right back to childhood and I can’t help but get the same thrill.

And, of course, the better the present, the more special it is. Many personalised gifts are disappointing, being cheaply and crudely done, which defeats the object. Cheap T-shirts and tacky imports don’t cut it, so what a relief to discover that beautifully made, personalised gifts can still be found, thanks to the internet, which is perfectly suited to this kind of gift. Shops can’t keep the stocks of everybody’s name, but websites can take your order for any name and swiftly supply you with a wonderful present.

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“Boring” Presentation Topics – How to Make Any Subject Interesting

Jun 07 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

There is no such thing as a boring subject. I’ll grant some subjects are more difficult to make interesting but I can’t think of one that’s actually impossible. Knowing how to make any subject interesting is, fortunately, one of the easier presentation skills to learn.

If you have to talk about the worlds most boring widget then your secret weapon is simple. Talk about the problems it solves. Get your audience to imagine the world without your widget or anything like it. If it has special features talk about the problems associated with not having that special feature. Impress on the audience the difficulties they would face without your widget.

The key here is to make it relevant to your audience. Make them see the benefit that they get from having your widget by showing them the perils of not having it. This makes use of the pain/pleasure principle. People instinctively move away from pain and towards pleasure.

Show them the “pain” of life without your widget and they will soon be interested in finding out about the “pleasure” of life with your widget. The key here is to make the widget (or concept or any other subject) directly relevant to your audience. Anything that makes the subject relevant and personal to your audience will definitely keep them interested.

The other secret is to approach the subject from the mindset that YOU find it interesting and are enthusiastic about it. If you decide that a subject IS interesting then you will make it interesting. Nothing is more infectious than enthusiasm, if you can drum up your own enthusiasm it will generate enough goodwill from your audience that you can talk about almost anything.

The interest and enthusiasm come from you not your subject. Be interested to be interesting.

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To Read Or Not to Read? – A Power Point Presenter’s Predicament (or Quandary)

Jun 05 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

“Stop reading the slides to us. We all know how to read!” The loud remark came from a man in the third row of my audience. More than a little embarrassed, I remember stumbling through the rest of the presentation – one of my first using Power Point.

That was just after Power Point was introduced, and it seemed like a magic tool. Of course, now decades later, most Power Point presentations have become a deadly weapon, boring tens of thousands of unwilling participants around the world.

I never forgot the lesson from my outspoken participant-and very soon came to be irritated whenever anyone read the slides in a Power Point presentation to me. Eventually, I also figured out that “less is more.” In all of my presentations, I tried to reduce each slide to the widely-accepted standard of excellence: no more than four bullets on a slide and 5 words or less in a bullet.

Last week, I gave a presentation to a group of professionals where the majority were disabled. Because I am aware of the sensitivities around certain words and phrases, I invited them to indicate with a wave if I was in any way being insensitive. Because there were at least three people with impaired vision in the room, I knew intuitively that I needed to explain some of the slides. However, very quickly I realized that two participants, both in wheelchairs and fully sighted, had been waving at me. When I paused, one woman said, “When speakers use powerpoint with people who are disabled, it is important to read every slide so that everyone can fully participate. In addition, you need to describe any graphics or pictures in detail…”

Wait a minute. That’s the opposite of what I had been told by the man in the third row. And, I thought I was doing a pretty good job of summarizing the slides and describing some of the graphics. When I told her of my earlier experience, she said something very interesting: “In many audiences that are not predominantly composed of people with disabilities, several in the room may be struggling with their contacts or forgot their glasses. It’s not only a courtesy but a way to educate people about the need for sensitivity.”

“Yes,” I said. “But what about the other people in the room that are bored with being read to?” I confess that I can’t remember her response. I think it was something about that fact that they needed to learn to accommodate others who are different from them.

What I should have added was that many are totally bored but will also give the speaker negative ratings-guaranteeing that no future invitation will be forthcoming.

There is a simple solution of course: the speaker emails the Power Point presentation in advance. And that would end the discussion for most. For me, however, I make alterations in my presentation some times up to the last minute. But more than that, I don’t want the audience to have read the Power Point slides in advance. I use them as an adjunct to my presentation. Almost like a garnish for a good meal.

I suppose I could ask for a list of all of the people attending who have a vision problem. That’s a little awkward, never mind confusing, and perhaps even insulting. Or, I could invite those with vision impairment to bring their laptops and supply them with a copy to follow along with on their adaptive software. The problem with that is that not everybody owns a laptop-and its use during a presentation is distracting to say the least. Or, I could make an announcement at the beginning that I would be reading slides to accommodate people who a vision impairment but that still leaves the problem of boring the rest of the group to distraction. And then there is the issue of accommodating people whose hearing is impaired.

Fortunately, society has come a long way in recognizing that there has to be accommodation for our colleagues who are disabled. However, for either side to draw a line in the sand saying, “This is the way it has to be,” is counterproductive.

As usual, compromise is the only option. The speaker can read some of the shorter slides (and all of them should be shorter) but summarize the more complicated ones. The fully-sighted people need to get better at handling some slides being read to them. The visually-impaired people need to accept being read to periodically. And the speaker needs to remember to consider the needs and desires of both.

A challenge? Of course. But isn’t that what makes life interesting? And, maybe, when both needs are considered, we can actually begin to learn from each other.

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