What Not To Say in a Presentation

March 9, 2007

what not to say in a presentation

Avoiding certain phrases during a talk or presentation means you’re not making particular mistakes. Preparation and staying on track during a talk allows you to engage the audience. A bad presentation makes people bored and restless. So don’t say…

  • 1. MAKE SOME NOISE!!! Unless you’re at the MTV Music Awards this isn’t much of a crowd pleaser. The key point is this: Know Thy Audience. Your audience should dictate your style, approach, the words you use, etc. If you can’t modify your pitch to your audience you’ll turn people off quicker than you can say…
  • 2. Um… The dreaded “um” is so commonplace in our speech we often overlook it. But when you’re standing in front of a crowd, selling ‘em whatever you’re selling ‘em (and don’t be mistaken: you ARE selling) too many “ums” shows a lack of preparedness and comfort.
  • 3. Did That Make Sense? Actually, it didn’t. And on top of that, because you had to ask me I’m so disengaged at this point that I’ve started playing a game on my BlackBerry. The key here: Practice. Do it in front of a mirror. Do it in the shower. Do it in front of others. Do it in public. If you present in front of friends and family who aren’t in your field of expertise and they get it, you’ve got yourself a winner.
  • 4. What Else Can I Show You? I don’t know, you tell me, that’s why you’re standing up there on the stage and I’m sitting here eagerly in the crowd. Presentations are stories – they need a beginning, middle and end. It doesn’t matter the setting, format or style of presentation/conference/meeting. If you’re standing in front of people and telling them something, you’re spinning a story. And that means it needs all the elements of a good one.
  • 5. I Guess That’s It. Well is that the end or not? You would know better than me. Blog professionals often talk about ending strongly, and the same holds true when giving a presentation. Even saying, “That’s the end” is kind of lame – your final point (and the entire presentation arc) should make it obvious enough, and you should be able to transition instantly into the next step – be it questions, slinking off the stage, hours of clapping…

It takes practice to be a good public speaker. Don’t just find different ways to say these things.

5 phrases you never want to hear in a presentation

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Calgoo Calendar

March 6, 2007

 

Calgoo officially launched their beta calendar sharing program today. Download Squad reviewed their second draft last October and while positive on the whole, we thought there were some key missing features like synchronization with Google calendar, Microsoft Outlook and iCal. Well, it looks like the folks at Calgoo have fixed that, enhanced speed, and added these features as well:

  • Updated the user interface by reducing clutter and adding functionality
  • Single click “Map it” to generate a Google map of your event or appointment location
  • Add reminders to your appointment
  • To do lists (does not currently synchronize tasks with Google Calendar and recurring tasks are not supported, although this will be added in the near future).

Calgoo is a Java-based desktop calendar application that works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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The 8 Principles of Having Fun

March 4, 2007

8 eight principles to fun

SlowLeadership.com came across an interesting site defining the 8 principles of fun, at eightprinciples.com. It’s a site that is so in love with a few simple rules to enjoy life more, that they’re selling screensavers and things promoting them.

However, SL did something nice and gave a little run down of the 8 rules, while adding an important one of their own.

  • 1. Stop hiding who you really are.
  • 2. Start being intensely selfish.
  • 3. Stop following the rules.
  • 4. Start scaring yourself.
  • 5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously.
  • 6. Start getting rid of the crap.
  • 7. Stop being busy.
  • 8. Start something.
  • 9. Don’t worry what others will think about you.

Read the complete article here.


Easy Ways to Create a Professional Image for Your Home-Based Business

March 4, 2007

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Running a business from home often carries the risk of being labeled as not being professional enough for the liking of your customers and / or clients. Rather than getting bogged down by criticism, an objective approach will help in not only removing this label but also promote your business.

Here are some ways:

Office Address

Using your residence address for business purpose will most likely give an impression to your clients that they are dealing with a novice. A simple way to correct this is to get a serviced address for your business. This will obviously serve the purpose of only a post office but you can put it on your business cards and letterhead for impression as some customers tend to believe that those who work from home are not good enough for them.

Separate Phone Line

The moment your child answers a business call, it sends a wrong signal to your prospective customer. Getting a second line or a cell phone which is dedicated to your business will not only help in maintaining privacy but also ensures that important business calls are not handled in unprofessional ways.

Email

Nowadays most of the mail and communication is done on the Internet via emails. Instead of using free emails like Yahoo!/Hotmail use one in the name of your company like you@yourcompany.com. Also, you can use the same website address on all your office stationery and in email signatures. This will go a long way in projecting a better image of your business.

Stationeries and Office Equipments

If you are sending out hard copies of letters, presentations, and brochures on cheap quality paper, you are indirectly portraying yourself in bad light. Ensure that what ever goes out of your office is printed on good quality paper and by good quality printing equipment like a laser printer. If you look hard enough you can get some of high end equipment at bargain prices.

Multiple Payment Options

Another mode of showing a professional approach is that of giving multiple paying options. Integrate options apart from checks, like credit cards and online payments. Companies like PayPal offer these services which are not only convenient but also hassle free. Their charges for transactions are a small price that you should be able to bear for the sake of the image of your business.

Apart from the above methods, the most efficient method to project your professionalism, however, is the way you work. Businesses that deliver in time and meet their commitments sincerely are the ones that flourish. One satisfied customer brings in another by word of mouth publicity and will in almost all cases project your professionalism in a much better manner than any other method will ever accomplish.


10 Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean

March 4, 2007

It’s really easy to slide on your work area cleanliness, especially if you work in a busy environment. Ian’s Messy Desk gives 10 tips on how to keep your workspace clean and organized. This is a guide “for the rest of us” on how to keep our desks organized and clean on a daily basis. Nothing too crazy here, just good simple advice:

  1. Sort your mail and toss junk as it arrives. Even with an in-basket, you need to process your mail daily to avoid accumulating a stack of paper.
  2. Get rid of sticky notes and scraps of paper. Get a single notebook and use it to record notes, phone numbers, web addresses, ideas, to-dos, etc.
  3. Create a list or binder of regularly referenced material, such as phone numbers, and keep it accessible in a desk drawer.
  4. Schedule filing time at least once per week.
  5. Add dated or calendar items to a tickler file system or a diary as soon as they arrive.
  6. When you stop working on something, put it away until the next time you need it. Don’t leave half-completed projects sitting on your desktop.
  7. Keep nothing on your desk unless you absolutely need them. If you aren’t joining sheets of paper with tape, move the dispenser off the desk. If you want personal photos in the office, have only one on the desk or better yet, hang them on the wall.
  8. Keep a reading folder for material you need to read. Schedule a regular reading time to clear that material.
  9. Create a “waiting for” or pending file to hold items dependent on outside action.
  10. Create a weekly appointment to clean your desk and this includes dusting or polishing. You might be less inclined to mess up a shiny desk.

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