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No matter who you are or what you do the ability to present yourself and your ideas powerfully is vital in todays dynamic information age. Speaking well can influence others views, close a deal, motivate your team, enhance your business, and elevate your reputation. This article outlines 7 key action areas to guarantee you give your best presentation each and every time.

Expressing You! - Bringing your Presentation to Life

Expressing You! - Bringing your Presentation to LifeCopyright 2006 Deborah Torres PatelWhether you are an investor, entrepreneur, employee, self-employed or unemployed the ability to present yourself and your ideas powerfully has never been more important than in todays dynamic information age. Speaking well can influence others views, close a deal, motivate your team, enhance your business, and elevate your reputation.Many people get jitters speaking in public. Lilly Walters author of Secrets of Successful Speakers says 75% of stage fright can be reduced by rehearsal and preparation, 15% by deep breathing, and 10% by mental preparation. Thorough preparation alleviates anxiety and ultimately provides a consistent structure for achieving extraordinary results.PREPARECreate template presentations before you need them. If you use power point, keep text to a minimum with only one idea, no more than six lines per slide, large, readable, and consistent fonts. Most business people prefer little to no slide animation. Summarize often. Never read from your slides/flipcharts and always face your audience. Remember, you are the star not your visual aids.Customize for your audience. Go to websites and printed materials to gather information like vision, mission and values first. Then interview relevant people to find out where the pain is in relation to your product, service, or topic. Ask questions like, what are the internal/external challenges/changes your organization is currently facing? What is the objective/purpose for the meeting? What result would you like to see achieved? Are there others presenting? If so, who are they and where are they on the schedule? How much time will I have? How much Q&A should be included in my total presentation time? Is there anything else you could add to help me do an even better job?Get details like the date, directions to venue, meeting start/end times, presentation start/end times, dress code, attendees, VIPs, agenda, equipment availability, etc. If youre flying in, ask about the closest airport and number of miles/kilometers to venue, recommended transport from airport to meeting site or hotel and all contact phone numbers. If you are meeting overseas, inquire about business and cultural etiquette.Organize memorable openings and closings by asking a question, mentioning something relevant in the news, using a quotation or audio/video clip. Most adults are visual so be creative. Weave humor throughout your talk. If you dont consider yourself to be funny, use humorous photos, drawings, unusual clip art, quotes or media clips. Never tell a story or joke that would remotely offend anyone. Relate your closing to your opening coming full circle. Answer questions. End with a strong summary and a compelling call to action.PRACTICEWhen your content is ready, start practicing aloud. Pay special attention to or memorize your beginning, key points, and ending. If you need insurance, use note cards or visual cues. During this process, you will inevitably make revisions and improvements. After rehearsing aloud several times, record yourself on video. Time yourself. Watch your practice session and make adjustments until you are comfortable with your content and delivery.PLANPlan what to wear in advance choosing clothes that make you look and feel great. Dress appropriately. To gain instant respect and boost your confidence, dress a bit better than your audience does.Reconfirm date, time, venue, and agenda. If you are traveling for your meeting, pack early including a checklist for last minute items. Always have a multimedia CD backup, wireless remote and carry everything you will need for your presentation with you. To be safe, carry an extension cable, a power strip, adaptors, and backup batteries.PROTECTThe day before and the day of an important presentation, avoid alcohol, smoke, caffeine, chocolate, and antihistamines because of their drying effects. If flying, recycled air in planes is dehydrating and speaking above engine noise can put a strain on your voice so talk as little as possible in-flight. A moist vocal tract will give you the best sound with the least amount of physical exertion. To stay hydrated, consume eight to ten glasses of water daily.To prevent excess mucus, avoid dairy products and sugar. Grain alcohol, vodka, beer, and red wine can also increase mucus. If you cannot avoid alcohol, choose white wine before a presentation.Sufficient sleep is absolutely essential to maximum performance.PRIME1. In the morning, do a good physical workout to give you energy and focus for the day.2. Do some self-massage and vocal warm ups in the shower. Massage the base of your tongue, the temporomandibular joint (just by your ears between your cheeks and jaw) and neck and shoulders. Make funny faces to exercise facial muscles, do your favorite tongue twisters, and sing an uplifting song.3. Before and during your presentation, drinks should be without carbonation and not too hot or too cold. Avoid combining protein and starch in the same meal and only eat fruit on an empty stomach.4. Run through your presentation physically if you have the time.5. Arrive early. Set up well in advance. Test and double-check all equipment.6. Own the room imagining your energy fills the entire space extending to all walls and corners. State your intention aloud four times facing a different wall or direction each time. (i.e. to win the business)7. Close your eyes. In your minds eye, imagine a person, place, or thing that you love. If you are religious or spiritual, you may want to connect with your higher power. Allow six or more deep breaths. Breathe in love on the inhale and on the exhale, let go of any tension, anxiety, or stress.8. With your eyes still closed, mentally run through your presentation. Visualize success seeing your desired outcome.9. Play a fast piece of music you love, dance, or walk briskly around the presentation room to pump yourself up and burn excess adrenaline. If its not possible for you to do this, run in place or jump up and down for 20-30 seconds somewhere private. If neither is possible, do simple isometric exercises, tensing and releasing muscles while sitting or standing.10. Acknowledge yourself for the time and energy you have invested to do your best. Trust and BE yourself.PRESENTStart and stop on time. Address audience comfort before you begin. Be flexible and able to cut your presentation short, if necessary. Make direct eye contact and speak to your audience as if you were having a conversation with a friend. Move around and gesture freely. Smile, have fun, and be enthusiastic about what you are saying. Focus on delivering maximum value to your listeners. Now, it is all about them.PLAYBACKIf you can, record all of your presentations on video for playback and feedback. A discreet alternative is a pocket-sized audio recorder. Recordings are especially useful for capturing questions, objections, comments, and action items. Always leave a handout, flyer, brochure, or business card making it easy for people to contact you.The path to mastery is practice. Confucius said, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Enjoy the journey.

Save Money - Use Projector Bulbs

Save Money - Use Projector Bulbs

Halogen lights have become popular as an overhead projector light. These projector bulbs provide high-intensity light that gives the presentation better lighting and dimming that ensure positive image precision. Here are the characteristics of the projector bulbs that you should consider in purchasing one. The projector bulb comes in many design, brand names, model, wattage and voltage. To identify whether the projector bulbs would fit your projector equipment, make sure learn your projector bulbs before purchasing. These bulbs have been used in:- Business presentations- School reporting- Home-based cinema1. Type and ShapeCheck the base and note its type and shape. Make sure you know what the brand and model number of the projector bulbs for your projector - they should be listed in the user manual. If you happen to have lost your user manual, try the company website - they likely offer for download the user manuals that you can print off. This would ensure you don't go to the store and end up coming back with an incompatable bulb. If you are not aware of the brand, describe the shape of the projector bulbs base to the attendant at the light store. You could specify by telling the assistant about the shape of the bulb itself. 2. Size MattersThe size of the glass bulb is important. Basically, projector bulbs differ in the sizes of the bulbs' envelope or casing. The size of the projector bulbs would distinguish your bulb purchase if it is a foreign brand, if your projector is used in movie projectors or for slide show projector alone. 3. Knowing Is Half The BattleThe tungsten filament is a wire that reacts to the heat that occurs when the lamp is turned on. The shape of the filament would help you ask for the exact model or projector bulbs. Since each model makes use of varieties of wires and places the wire in different locations on the bulb, it would be easier for you to break down your choices for your projector bulbs purchase.4. The voltage and wattageThese items determine the overall output of the projector bulbs. The projector bulb that gives out brighter light does not necessarily mean that the wattage is higher than the bulb that produces a dimmer light. Make sure that you are aware of the consuming voltage and wattage of your projector bulbs. Note: All of the bulbs that are purchased for projectors are coded into three letters (e.g. ELH, DEK). These letters are assigned to all models that have the same filament reactivity, wattage and voltage. Since the material of the glass base does not have anything to do with the codes, you could choose your own style and could still purchase the exact bulb needed. These codes have no connection with the brand of the projector bulbs. This is done because choosing the perfect projector bulbs is vital in the handling of the projector, the bulb manufacturers follow a coding for their costumers to purchase easily and avoid confusion. Knowing this three letter code would be an advantage for you and the assistant at the store. - It is advisable to purchase a lower-powered projector bulb- Bulbs last up to 2,000 to 4,000 hours, depending on the usage amount of the projector- Projector bulbs are made up of halogen lights

Finding Easy ways to make money online without going broke!

Finding Easy ways to make money online without going broke!

Copyright 2006 llbglobalIf youre like me then you are probably wondering how you can make a living working from home. I want to warn you on the dangers involved in starting your own Internet business. If you plan on starting a website then you had better know what youre doing. Simply creating a website does not mean that you will become rich. If fact, its usually the exact opposite. There is a growing trend of people wishing to work for themselves and why not really? Wouldnt it be nice if you could be your own boss, make your own time schedule. Set your own rules? You can do all of these things but just like with any business you must first have a plan. There are so many scams out there that it can really cloud your judgement when it comes to selecting the right tools for the job. Oh and anyone that thinks they can start an Internet business without tools is crazy. Just because your business will be online doesnt mean that you will get out of making some kind of investment.The hard part is really deciding which tools you are going to need and which tools you can live without. Obviously you are going to need accounting software. You are going to need a business license and a business checking or savings account. I would shop around before going to your local bank to see if you can get free business checking. Youll need to watch expenses and this is one thing you shouldnt have to worry about.Youll also be needing some other tools for instance, a computer or one! Hey if youre gonna have an Internet business you better be able to get to it right? You will also need to decide if you are going to build your own website. Now I must issue a word of caution, stay away from cookie cutter sites that build a website for you.Like I said earlier, simply building a website will not bring traffic to your site. This is were it stops being easy and starts getting very diffecult. Youll have to submit your site to search engines which sounds easy until you understand the rules for how you need to accomplish this. You cant simply submit a website to a search engine and consider it done. As a matter of fact, youll never be done submitting. Most search engines need to be submitted to on a regular basis at least twice a month.If you arent building a website and you have thought of other ways to make money online then good for you! Here are a couple other ways to "make money online" . You can take surveys online, this can be a decent passion income if you are hooked up with the right company that will show you the ropes. You can try selling on Ebay but remember Ebay may not be right for you because of the added fees and charges you will be required to pay.Whatever you decide to do I would make sure you look at all of your options. Its ok to try new things to see if they will work for you. Just be careful and make smart decisions and you will be on your way to a successful business.

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Direct Sales Is Changing -- Why You Should Get Involved

Direct Sales used to mean trying to talk your friends and relatives into joining the business. There were all kinds of tricks and strategies you were supposed to use to get prospects to come to your home for a meeting, spend time with you on the phone, or read your faxes and mailed sales letters.Pretty soon a lot of the people you knew would start avoiding you. They weren't interested in the business and didn't like being pressured to join.Not only that, but you had to purchase all the marketing materials from the Direct Sales company. The cost of brochures, mailers, slick sales letters, envelopes, stamps, and endless long distance phone calls really added up.And remember the piles of product you had to store in your garage? How many people reading this still have an unused box of supplements that's been sitting in the basement for years?If that's your view of Direct Sales, you should take a fresh look. The industry is changing very rapidly and for the better. Gone are the days of having to lick stamps and spending your evenings on the phone or holding home meetings.These days highly sophisticated online marketing systems pull in thousands of warm leads almost automatically. Search engine advertising is used to send very large numbers of targeted prospects to professionally designed web sites. These sites fire up the prospects and send the most promising and enthusiastic to a top-notch sales team. The team talks with each prospect, separating the genuine leaders from those who are merely looking. Then only the best new customers are sent to you ready to buy.Sound easy? You bet it is. Your web site can be completely automated right along with your hands-off marketing system. I know people, including myself, who spend as little as 7 minutes a week attending to their Direct Sales business. All we do is check our stats to see how much money we're making, the rest -- from advertising, to selling, to product delivery -- is ALL done AUTOMATICALLY.But I haven't mentioned the most exciting aspect of today's Direct Sales. Commissions are now MUCH higher than they were with $20 bottles of potions and lotions. Today, when I make a single sale, I receive $1,100 to $3,000 per order!The key to these huge commissions is the superb automatic marketing and selling system. When you've got this kind of high powered selling capability, there is no point in wasting it on low-cost pills. Instead, Direct Sales is very easily selling expensive products and services that earn a much larger commission.I learned a long time ago that the key to making big money in business is to find a way to increase your prices. The guy who makes a lot of $1,000 sales is going to be earning a much better income than the guy who is making the same number of $20 sales.Today's high-powered marketing and high-value products make Direct Sales the best and easiest way to earn a very good part-time or full-time income from home. Do yourself a big favor and get involved!

Business Cards with a Big Bang

Ever felt how wonderful it is to have your name in print for the first time? This is not just any ordinary printing with you name and details in them. They are your own business cards. Any other of these cards would contain names, addresses and contact numbers. That would be the typical business card. These days, business cards are made into marketing tools to promote the owners business and a source of advertisement that serves as reminders for people reading them. As small as these cards may see, they have been a necessity for information getting since then. These have become the perfect equipment for entrepreneurs to be able to get clients and stay of their competitors. As a marketing tool, these small prints need all the marketing strategy they can get to maintain effectiveness. Using all the right techniques with the modern machines, you have made the perfect business card. This would mean that you have gotten the attention of the holder. The next big thing to be considered is the content of the card. Does it appeal as much as the designs do? The most commonly overlooked marketing factor in business cards is the message that the card conveys. What does it say to the people reading them?Having the perfect look and designs does not always guarantee customer response using these cards. It is important to note the words that are used to describe the business, its products and the services rendered. To begin with, the slogan or logo should be able to make the reader isolate your card from others. People tend to just set aside these cards along with other cards and files, to be searched on later when the need arises. Making your card as unique and a standout would distinguish it from those others. When the time comes for it to be of use, something about the card that the readers have seen would come to mind and they would remember that certain card. It could be the printed words, or the drawings that are inherent in them, or a design that was stuck to memory. Or the contents. It gives them a good reason to choose and call you.A bottom line that is irresistible would definitely arouse enough interest to set you apart from the rest. An example is phrases that offers discounts, new products and promos. These can guarantee customers coming and going back to know more. Putting motivational lines that opens the door for them to respond to you is also a must. It is best to not let customers left hanging in confusion as to what to do next after reading your cards. Guide them on what to do next by giving hints about it in your cards. There is always no harm in a bit of guidance.Business cards may be small and seemingly insignificant, but they are also easy carriages. Whats more, they are continuously being passed on. You never know who its next holder would be.

Summary

No matter who you are or what you do the ability to present yourself and your ideas powerfully is vital in todays dynamic information age. Speaking well can influence others views, close a deal, motivate your team, enhance your business, and elevate your reputation. This article outlines 7 key action areas to guarantee you give your best presentation each and every time.