Archive for: June, 2023

Presentation – It’s Not About Being Posh

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When I watch the chef contests on television, I am sometimes amazed that they score as highly on how the food is presented on the plate as on how it tastes. At first that may seem odd and it may even give the impression that presentation is about being posh (snotty for my American readers). We may think of presentation only in terms of fine restaurants or fancy dinner parties. But I have discovered a secret… presentation is another way of saying ‘I care about you,’ and of taking pride in what we do and make.

I will not forget a couple for whom I was their birth doula (it was their first baby and mine…as a doula anyway). After a wonderful birth that occurred late at night, the midwives and I stayed to get the beautiful new family settled. Any woman that has given birth can tell you, it is hard work and leaves you hungry. They did not want a full meal in the middle of night, so I prepared a plate of toast and biscuits. It was a simple snack, but I took the time to quarter the toast and arrange it all on the plate before serving them. She made the comment that she had eaten at many fine restaurants, but that she would remember this plate. Something that had taken me only a couple of more minutes to do had made this couple feel special on their special night as a new family. And it made me proud of my work.

In a previous article I talked about re-defining ‘Let’s Celebrate’ to be more home centred. A big part of that is how we present the food we prepare. Now you may scream…I don’t have time for all this crap. I can empathise. But the truth is that presentation takes seconds or at most less than five minutes to complete. At our big family celebration, I took the time to set the table…semi-formal to be exact. But I added unique family touches as well; such as my daughter’s Mr Men plates, bowls and cups. I also used the opportunity to spend time with her and teach her about knives, forks and spoon. In the end, she sat her own place at our family table. Like her mummy, she too took pride in doing this simple thing. The total time to set the table and plate the food elegantly was less than five minutes, even with our little lesson.

Another night I served duck leg in hoi-son sauce with rice on a plate of stir fried greens. It may sound terribly fancy, but it was simple. It took me five minutes to prepare the greens and layer them on the plates. I scooped a serving of rice on top and grated a tad of raw carrot. I then placed the duck leg on top and drizzled sauce over it all. The total time for presentation was less than two minutes. I also served shortcake with double cream and fresh fruit. But to make it a tad more special, I used a glass to press the cake into circle shapes before plating; it only took an extra minutes to make plain cake appear special.

So let’s rate this one against our Frugal Family core values:

Family first. Of all the things, this one may rank the absolute highest on this. Not only is it another way of saying ‘I love you’ to your family, but as with my daughter it offers learning opportunities.

Saving money. At the very least, presentation is something that you can do to make everyone feel special without spending money. But if you use disposable serving dishes, then it is also a chance to save money.

Environmentally friendly. Using our ceramic plates, bowls and glasses instead of paper or plastic is always a more environmentally friendly option.

Healthier. By taking the extra time to present our food, we are encouraging our families to slow down their meals. This allows for better chewing and ultimately better digestion. Not to mention the mental health improvements of being treated like the special people they are to us.

I know in the age of ready-meals and take-out it is easy to just grab food on the go or throw something on the plate. And I am not advocating making every meal into a formal dining experience, but I challenge you to once a week or so spend the few extra minutes it takes to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. You may be surprised, especially at how it can encourage picky eaters to enjoy the adventure of food.

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A Guide to the Most Effective Use of PowerPoint to Improve Your Presentation

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Presenting an effective talk to a big audience is an art and a very powerful skill. This skill does not have to be one you are born with and can be mastered with the right attitude and practice. Any presentation can be made more interesting with the use visual materials. One example is the use of PowerPoint to improve your presentation. With the help of PowerPoint you will be able to hold the attention and interest of your audience more effectively, and help your audience have a clearer understanding of the subject.

Using PowerPoint to improve your presentation: Use Limited Text per Slide

PowerPoint presentations are one of the most popular tools for all kinds of presenters, and it is used to make their talks more interesting and colorful. To be effective a slide should not include too much text. It should include key points and a summary of what you want to talk about. This will help the audience stay focused. Use bullet points to highlight the points you want to make. Bullet points will make it easy for the audience to remember your most important points.

Using PowerPoint to improve your presentation: Create Interesting Slides

Since the role of PowerPoint is to improve your presentation it is very important to keep the audience alert and engaged. Spice up your slides by using a variety of colors and images that help emphasize your key points to make the topic more understandable for the audience. This can include pictures, graphs and charts. Having visuals will help the audience better understand what you are talking about.

Using PowerPoint to improve your presentation: Audience Involvement Is Key

When you are presenting any topic to your audience, the role played by PowerPoint to improve your presentation cannot be over emphasized. Getting your audience involved will sustain their interest in your presentation. Calling on volunteers to comment on a certain slide will give the presenter additional information about what else needs to covered or how to share the information more effectively.

By doing this you are establishing two-way communication which is important in whether or not the presentation was a success or a failure. Involving your audience in any way will also give them the impression that they are important and that the presenter is establishing rapport with them to ensure a positive outcome.

Simply put, the use of PowerPoint to improve your presentation is important. It provides the needed visuals to emphasize a point, give further details and to establish the essential message of your presentation.

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Proper Posture and Professional Presentation for Singers, Public Speakers and Actors

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Before we can Breathe, Sing, Speak or just walk around, we need to create good posture in our body. Good posture is demonstrated when your body is standing straight up with no “hunch back.” Imagine standing or walking while balancing a book on your head and this will create the effect I am talking about. This type of posture provides a few positive things for you. The most important result is an open Lower Abdominal Cage so you can consistently inhale a full breath and an Erect Stance that communicates to others that you are Confident and Positive.

Posture – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The word “posture” is derived from the latin verb “ponere” which is defined as “to put or place.” The general concept of human posture refers to “the carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of the limbs (the arms and legs).”

Good posture is the stance which is attained, “when the joints are not bent and the spine is aligned and not twisted.” In this position, a person is thus able to completely and optimally attain balance and proportion of the body mass and framework. Good posture optimizes breathing and affects the circulation of bodily fluids. Padmasana or the Lotus Position is a central stance in yoga which
is used to enhance breathing through good posture. The word padmasana is a combination of the sanskrit words padma (lotus) and asana (posture).

During my 26 years of private coaching Singing Voices in all styles, directing Choirs, working with Rock and Pop vocalists and coaching Public Speakers and Actors, here is one simple physical attribute which is often lacking and can easily be improved. That is the performance of Correct Posture. When I make mention of the need to improve to many students when I see they have bad posture, I often get that “look” like “are you kidding?”

No, I am not. How often do you see people when you are out and about walking around that are walking, sitting or standing with dropped shoulders, a slouched back and a dropped chin with the head tilted forward? Be honest about how you perceive somebody like this. Does this person appear confident, happy, interesting, important, friendly or approachable? Are they somebody you would like to get to know? Probably not. How about taking a personal inventory of yourself, because maybe you are doing the same thing. When was the last time that you watched yourself walk, stand or sit. I suggest that you do and if your posture is not good, make some changes. Because, if this condition is unchanged, it can become a permanent condition as we age.

For Singers, Speakers and Actors, it is even more critical that the body perform good posture. It is not only for the prior mentioned important reasons; it is also because it is more difficult to breathe properly when our abdominal cage is compressed and not erect. Try this. To breathe correctly, you should know that the style of “belly breathing” is the correct one. This is when your lower abdomen is extended when you inhale oxygen. Try to do this with slouched posture. You will find that you can’t extend your abdomen as far. If you straighten up, you will be able to. As you will learn in my book “Singing and Speaking on the Edge of a Grunt,” the amount of oxygen we breathe in and the position of our abdomen prior to coordinating our abdominal muscles to expel the air in a controlled and power manner is probably the most critical aspect of singing of speaking properly.

Let’s first define good posture. Do you remember the old technique that was used by models to work on their posture as they were told to walk while balancing a book on their head? The truth is that this “old” technique is still a “great” technique. Try it. Stand in front of a full-length mirror, put a book on your head and try to stand and walk. It’s a real challenge, isn’t it? While you are doing this, look at how your body responds and creates good posture. Don’t you look great? Sure you do. The trick is to file away this memory into your subconscious so that it becomes an automatic way of presenting yourself and not a conscious way that you always have to think of. That can only be accomplished through dedicated practice.

What is good posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.

Proper posture.

1) Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.

2) Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.

3) Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.

4) Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.

5) Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.

6) Prevents strain or overuse problems.

7) Prevents backache and muscular pain.

8)Contributes to a good appearance.

What contributes to bad posture?

1) Bad attitude

2) Obesity

3) Depression

4) Lack of Confidence

5) Pregnancy

6) Weak muscles

7) High-heeled shoes

8)Tight muscles; decreased flexibility

9) Poor work environment

10) Poor sitting and standing habits

Let’s review the negative aspects of performing poor posture.

1) You look ill

2) You look depressed

3) You don’t appear confident

4) You do not appear approachable

5) You look shy

Let’s review the positive aspects of performing good posture.

1) You look confident

2) You look happy

3) You look approachable

4) You look healthy

Correct posture is obviously a very important part of presenting yourself. Think of all the things we do that will be affected.

1) Talking with your boss or co-workers with personal power.

2) Speaking to one person or a group with confidence.

3) Singing or performing in general with confident energy.

4) Standing or walking with confidence.

5) Communicating to others that your are approachable.

And what does it cost you to receive all these incredible benefits? Nothing! It is entirely free. But, it will take a lot of practice and hard work to change old habits.

I hope that you will begin today to improve your image with such a simple thing as improving your posture.

For more information, watch my latest YouTube video on Correct Posture by clicking below.

Thank you again for reading!

Jonathan Morgan Jenkins

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Presentation Skills – Don’t Take Chances With Your Speaker Introduction

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Imagine your are about to give a speech. You’ve done months of research. The meeting room is filled to capacity. You wait anxiously as the Master of Ceremonies (MC) begins to introduce you.

The MC says, “Ladies and gentleman, I’d like to introduce our next speaker. I don’t know much about him. But, I think his speech has something to do with public speaking skills.”

Imagine how you feel as the speaker. What might be going through your mind as you take the stage? How do you think the audience feels? Does it make a good first impression?

The words used during your introduction need to create a positive first impression.

Don’t leave that introduction to chance. Take control and write a powerful introduction for your speech. By writing a proper introduction, you make it easy for the Conference Organizer or Master of Ceremonies to introduce you.

The purpose of an introduction is to give the audience a few key points about yourself, and create enthusiasm for your presentation.

A speaker’s introduction is not a “bio.” It shouldn’t tell your entire life story. I once saw an MC tell several humorous life stories about their friend, the speaker. By the time the MC was done, there was only 30 minutes left in the speaker’s original 45 minute time slot. But worse, the MC used several stories the speaker was planning to tell for himself!

A speaker’s introduction is also not a “resume.” I once saw a speaker submit an “intro” filled with every company, every degree/designation and every minor award, they had ever earned. It was five minutes long. Worse, it basically told the audience, “I’m smart. Your dumb. Listen to me.” That hardened the audience against him, before he even took the stage.

Here are 7 key tips (and some bonus advice) for writing an effective speaker’s introduction:

1) Your introduction should be written word for word to make it easy for the MC to read

2) It should be less than 1 minute long (that’s less than 120 words)

3) It should start with your name and speech title

4) Include how to pronounce your name, if it’s difficult to say

5) Briefly list a reason why you have credibility on your topic. For example, “Author of…”, “Experience in….” or “Past clients include…”

6) Briefly list one personal item about you. For example, “Mike recently got married to the woman of his dreams.”

7) End with your name again, and speech title. For example, “It’s my pleasure to introduce Mike Aoki, who will give us secrets to, ‘Designing and Delivering Persuasive Presentations.’”

Bonus advice:

8) Send your intro to the MC in advance so they can study it ahead of time

9) Take a copy with you, in case the MC forgets their copy

10) Ask the MC to read it word-for-word from your printout. That will avoid any awkward or unnecessary ad-libbing by the introducer

Use these tips to create a great first impression before your next speech.

© Copyright 2010 Reflective Keynotes Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Seizing the Day – How to Achieve Mindfulness to Enjoy the Present Moment

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

How many of us are letting life whiz by? How many of us are letting irretrievable time pass us, as we continue to look over the horizon, waiting to live for that magical wonderland which is to come? How many years will be wasted before we are enlightened and realize that our waiting-to-live is such a tragic farce?

Stephan Leacock’s Famous Quote

An explosive illustration of the above can be seen in this quote by Stephan Leacock: “How strange it is, our little procession of life! The child says, ‘When I am a big boy.’ But what is that? The big boy says, ‘When I grow up.” And then, grown up, he says, ‘When I get married.’ But to be married, what is that after all? The thought changes to ‘When I’m able to retire.’ And then, when retirement comes, he looks back over the landscape traversed; a cold wind seems to sweep over it; somehow he has missed it all, and it is gone. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.”

Life is a Movement We Must Capture

Life must be captured in its movement. Life lies in its progression, not after the fulfillment of goals, because once all goals are fulfilled there is no more life.

Enjoyment is the Core Concept of Life

Implicit within the concept of life is its central purpose: enjoyment. Every activity a human being engages in is goal-oriented consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, everything one does should be either potentially or immediately directed to enjoyment.

Life’s Panoramic Journey

Life is like a trip on a train. We either look out the window and enjoy the colors, sights and panorama of the landscape as we pass them by, or we sleep throughout the entire ride, only to awaken at the end of our road. Is it that the trip is as important as the reaching of the destination?

Savoring Life Moment by Moment

Life is like an exquisite and sumptuously prepared banquet placed before us. The individual who races through the appetizers and entree, to be able to quickly get to and finish with the dessert, has overlooked that the pleasure of the banquet, and that life is in the savoring of it, bite by bite, each and every part of it. We cannot listen to a completed piece of music – all at once; we can only enjoy it as it moves through us – note by note. Fulfillment should not be exalted to the near exclusion of the progression. Progression and fulfillment should be considered as one on an ever intensifying continuum, that is, fulfillment is progression at its highest and most glorious stage.

Present Moment Living

We should try to approach life as a never-ending progression of enjoyment. We should think more of the present moment. We should begin to live more within the present moment. Since the progression or movement toward a goal is usually longer than the experience of its fulfillment, then one should be aware of and try to experience the joy of the progression as well as the fulfillment.

The Concept of Stimulus Variation

An important concept to the understanding of enjoying the progression of life lies within the concept of stimulus variation, or simply “experience”. In 1954, a group of scientists, by the names of Benton, Heron and Scott, did an experiment at McGill University where college students were paid $20.00 a day (a lot of money in 1954) to do absolutely nothing.

The Benton, Heron and Scott Experiment

For 24 hours a day, the participants of the experiment laid on comfortable beds in a room kept at an even temperature. Their eyes, ears and hands were shielded to minimize stimulus variation. Whereas some individuals chronically complaining of the drudgery of having to get up and go to work every morning would consider this situation a Utopian means of making a living. The fact was that under the conditions of the experiment, few subjects could endure more than 2 or 3 days! The craving for stimulus variation was overwhelming!

What is Stimulus Variation?

Stimulus variation is anything that can be experienced. It could be eating an ice cream cone, being depressed through a love lost, attending a church revival or meditating on life. Stimulus variation means experience. Experience is the synonym for life, for living implies experiencing. Life should be a continuum of achieving higher and higher levels of experience. Variety is indeed the spice of life, and stimulus variation is necessary for the emotional satisfaction and happiness of the human organism. Inertia is anathema. One is happiest when he is vitally absorbed in something which interests him. Even pain can deepen and mature, sometimes opening consciousness to a more profound understanding of life.

A World Without Problems?

I often thought that a world completely without any problems or needs would be Utopia, but now I wonder. If there are no problems or needs, there can be no goals. If there are no goals, there is no life, activity or stimulus variation toward its fulfillment. If there is no stimulus variation, as was noted above, there will be no emotional satisfaction, therefore no enjoyment, therefore no happiness. Is then suffering, pain and problems a reflection of the infinite intelligence and benevolence of the universe?

To Enjoy Your Work is to Enjoy Your Life

Since absorption and activity are so vital to the emotional well-being of the individual, we are naturally led into what forms the core of all our activity: our daily work. Alas, far too many people find their daily “work” a less-than-enjoyable or just a very unpleasant experience. As I once read: “Nothing is really work, unless you would rather be doing something else.”

How Do You Choose Your Life’s Work?

Too many jobs are ill-chosen on the basis of the salary alone. Sorry is the man or woman who lives only from payday to payday at a job which he or she despises. The majority of our lives are spent on the jobs or in the careers we have chosen. Can we really afford such a waste? For all we know the life we have may end tomorrow.

Sporadic Living is Not True Living

I find that sadly too many of us live sporadically and in pieces by finding life only when we “go out and have a ball” instead of also living, enjoying and experiencing life – right now.

What Price Success?

A happy gardener who enjoys the jokes, laughter and conversation of his co-workers, the beauty of the landscape and has the appreciation in his heart of being able to express his joy through his work is much more “successful” in life than the pressured executive who has gone for the third time for the treatment of his stress-induced ulcers.

Mindfulness of the Present Moment is the Key to Enjoyment of Life

So let us stop putting off the living and loving of life, for living and loving and enjoying life can only be in the present moment. Let us capture it. Let us awake from our stupor. Let us at last silence the echoing laughter of the tyrant Time, who devours our lives as endlessly wait for him to bring us into an impossible experience of the receding future.

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Choosing Presents For Men

Jun 09 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It seems that for some, choosing wonderful presents for men is a bit of a challenge. Although it is a somewhat safe alternative, buying yet another necktie for the man you care about does not really show very much inspiration or imagination. Even if you are buying for a man who seems to have everything, with just a bit of thought, there are ways that you can make the next present you buy him extra special.

It does not matter whether you are buying for a boyfriend, husband or any other man, the important thing is to remember that each present should be suited to the individual. No man, or person for that matter, is going to be overly thrilled with receiving a gift that is actually just a tool for doing a mundane chore such as painting the house. Instead, think about what the man actually enjoys doing and then make the gift fit that activity. The exception to this rule is finding a gift that significantly reduced the amount of time needed to complete a dreaded task. That usually will bring a thankful smile.

It may seem like common sense, but take a close look at what the person you are buying for likes to do in their free time. Once you have figured this out, now all you have to do is look for ways to do something just a little bit unusual related to the activity. It does not matter whether you are buying for a birthday or some other special event. Just make a connection between the gift and something the man likes. If the man enjoys an activity like golf for example, you could tailor your present toward that end. Look for things that he would not normally purchase for himself. A golfer might enjoy private lessons, or an all expense paid trip to a very nice course that he has always dreamed of playing on. Of course your budget may be a concern, but imagination is free, so use it.

You can also contact people, like his friends, who might give you a slightly different perspective on what he seems to enjoy. Doing this can help you to get to know the man you are buying for a little bit better which will make it even easier to come up with gift ideas later.

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Overcome Public Speaking Fears: Tips to Calm Your Nerves and Put You in Control of Your Presentation

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

For most presenters, whether they are relatively experienced or completely new to the game, the biggest challenge is overcoming public speaking fears. The fear of public speaking is so strong in some people that they would rather intentionally crash their car instead of making a presentation or speech. Calming nerves is essential to speaking success, so here are some tips to put you in control:

1. Take a deep breath – in fact, take several deep, calming breaths.

A couple of minutes before you are going to be introduced, start deep breathing: breathe in, count to three, breathe out. Continue until you are introduced, and repeat every time you change your presentation focus, e.g. between examples.

2. Move.

Nerves make you jittery. Your feet want to move, so work out the jitters by planned movement. As you prepare your text, write a note to move across the stage or to turn to the other side of the podium each time you start a new segment.

3. Be prepared.

This is a compound suggestion:

i.) Prior to your presentation, review the physical set-up. Actually walk through being called to the podium or lectern, moving to either side of the platform, and getting off.

ii.) Prepare in advance how you are going to keep track of time and how you will keep track of your text.

iii.) Be ready for changes in program time, people and content. Have a contingency for them.

iv.) Test and set out all your props as much ahead of time as possible. Carry extra batteries, bulbs and cords for electronics, and be prepared to go without them in extreme cases.

4. Use your physical props as memory tags. Line up your props on a table, then pick each one up as it leads you through your speech.

5. Use your flip chart or whiteboard as a place to write your outline in advance.

Cover the individual items, then either remove the covering paper on the whiteboard or turn to the new flip chart page to remind you of the next section of your presentation.

6. Practice your opening so you can start confidently.

This is the one area of your speech we recommend you actually memorize. It is also a major hurdle in overcoming public speaking fears. Once you get started you will find that you just keep rolling.

7. Remember that no one else knows what you had planned to say, so it doesn’t matter if you forget something or get examples out of order.

Try these calming methods to take the edge off your nerves and overcome your public speaking fears. You will give a more relaxed and therefore more enjoyable and effective presentation.

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Promote Your Local Business With Live Skype Presentations

Jun 07 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

A great technique to promote your business is to hold presentations given by famous or well credentialed individuals. You can easily hold them at your place of business. This technique can be used for authors, local politicians, celebrities, athletes, etc. Anyone who wants a platform to interact and will get customers to visit your store is a possible candidate.

I originally discussed this technique for holding presentations at your local business in my book “Finding Your Place: How to Increase Your Local Bookstores Ranking in Google“. It was written for bookstore owners but it applies to any business that has a physical location. Here is part of that section.

I am sure that at one time or another you have had an author do a signing at your store. The author gives a short talk on their book, answers the audience questions, and signs his or her book that the customer has purchased at your store. It’s a great way to promote a book and a well established practice.

An author signing is great, but it can cost money. The author only has so much time available to travel and attend a book signing at bookstores. And the more famous the author, the less likely you are to book him or her for a book signing. It just isn’t worth their time.

The solution? How about a video presentation using Skype was originally developed with the consumers use in mind, mainly for international calling of friends and family, but many businesses and schools are using it now as a video conferencing tool. Skype is free, online, and uses video, audio, and chat to connect its members. All you need to connect with an author and hold a half to one hour presentation for your customers is a laptop, and a big screen TV or digital projector. The author will need a computer and a webcam. Simply contact the publicist or author directly, and schedule a time for the Skype call. The author never has to leave his home, office, or hotel room. Be sure to schedule far enough in advance so that you can promote it and ensure a big turnout.

Cost to Implement

You probably already have a pc or laptop. In addition, you will need to;

-Install Skype on your computer.

-Have an external microphone ($30) so the audience can ask questions

-Have a digital projector ($300 used, $600 new) and a screen or blank wall to project on to. Or you can use a big screen TV. I recommend at least a 52 inch LCD TV ($850). This is big enough for a large group to be able to view it and light enough to lift up onto a table or stand if you do not have it wall mounted.

-Cables to connect the TV or projector to your computer ($60)

Record the Event

If you want to record the presentation, there is a free program called Vodburner. Download and install.

Equipment Setup

Most of the questions I receive when I talk about this technique are about how to set up the equipment to conduct the presentation.

First, make sure the individual being interviewed has downloaded Skype and knows how to use it. The will need;

* A computer (desktop or laptop)

* A webcam

* A microphone (USB with sound card works best)

* Skype installed

You can conduct a trial run with them if it is their first call with Skype by simply calling them. If you can see their video and hear them in your Skype window, then they are set to go.

On your end you will need to do a little bit more.

If you are using a TV, be sure that the computer you are using has the correct outlets to connect to it, like RCA jacks, USB ports, S-video, VGA, etc. Make sure that you have the right cables to connect the TV to the computer. The same applies if you are using a digital projector.

Set up your computer for an external monitor.

* Right click on the desktop screen

* Select Properties

* Click on Settings

* Click on Display #2

* Check the box “Extend my desktop onto this monitor”

* Click Apply

* Click OK

You should now see the background image of your desktop on the TV or projector, and your mouse pointer should be able to be seen as you move it over to the external monitor/screen.

Next, enable Skype. With your mouse, left click on the upper border of the Skype window and drag it over to the external monitor/screen.

Now, you are ready. Test your setup by video calling someone, either the person being interviewed or another contact.

When you have that person on the line, click on the maximize screen button on the Skype video window and the video of the person you have called should fill the whole screen.

And there you go! You are all set do to a remote interview/presentation.

Be sure you have selected the external microphone in Skype. You can then use it to have the audience ask questions at the end of the presentation. That is lot more effective than trying to use the computers installed mic or the webcam mic if it has one.

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Tips to Give a Motivational Presentation

Jun 07 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Presentation can be delivered with several purposes. One of the most common purposes of delivering a presentation is to give motivation for the audience. At this time, this article is going to give you some tips to give a motivational presentation so that your audience can obtain the benefit from the most form of your experience.

As the first step, you can start with an introduction. You have to tell your audience about your name, your occupation, and also the place of your work. It is important for you to give a happy expression for having the opportunity to address the audience.

The second step that you should do is to give a brief summary about your life’s journey. In the summary, you need to talk briefly about your childhood, your education, and also your work experience. You can also mention here the significant or relevant associations that you are involved in.

The third step that you have to do is to emphasize one or two values or principles that you have already followed which helped to get you to where you are today. The values can be anything from taking risks, hard work, or even from maximizing the opportunities. Besides, you can also give examples for your audience on how these values or principles have affected your life.

The fourth step is to be prepared for answering the questions based on your speech that may appear from your audience. The questions may be about your worst experience and how you could overcame it.

The fifth step that you should keep in mind is to be honest. It can be the best policy if you can make your communication to be honest. In order to establish the confidence from your audience, it would be the best way if you admit the pitfalls and overcome them. Lastly, you have to thank your audience for spending their time to listen to you.

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Presentations – Stand Out Tip – Be Purposeful

Jun 05 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Being purposeful is immensely powerful in presentations.The more purposeful you are as a speaker — in your gestures, visuals, movement, and organization of your thoughts — the more powerful you are and, an extra bonus, the less nervous you’ll be. 

When you’re purposeful — when you have something deliberate and intentional to do, a reason for doing it — then this purpose is going to help you be less focused on yourself and your anxiety.

Here are some examples of having purpose in your presentation:

Nonverbals: When you have a prop to demonstrate, a slide to step back and refer to, a physical description to make with your hands, some deliberate steps to take from the screen to the lectern, these are all purposeful. It’s purposeful when you look at audience members as if you’re talking directly to them. And when you minimize the uhs and ums, it’s getting rid of those fillers that serve no purpose. Can you envision what a confident, engaging appearance all this would give you?

Content: When you’re clearly going somewhere with your points — they’re logically arranged, not rambling thoughts, and they’re set up with a road map (where you tell the audience where you’re going with your talk) — this kind of purposeful organization is easier for the audience to follow and gives you an organized, put-together air of confidence and ease.

Visuals: When you rigorously assess every PowerPoint slide in your presentation by applying the “UR” rule – does it help the audience Understand or Remember anything – then your visuals will have a purpose. And if a slide has no purpose – because it’s way too busy, or it’s an uninformative title slide, or it has non-relevant clip art – then the presentation is better served with a black slide.

Give yourself a reason for everything you do and say in your presentations, and you’ll find that sense of purpose will give you more stand out poise and power.

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