Presentation Skills 101 – Three Tips for Using PowerPoint Effectively

PowerPoint presentations may be the curse of our age, while it can be an effective tool for backing up your talk all too often it becomes an ugly distraction from what you are going to say. The best presenters always remember their audience is there to listen to them and not watch a slideshow. Here are three simple tips for making sure your audience is with you and not flinching at your visuals.

Keep the Slides to a Minimum

The first key is to make sure you aren’t overdoing the visual information, if your audience has to keep up with an endless procession of slides they simply cannot concentrate on what you are saying. You should have no more than one slide for every 5 minutes you speak, excluding the cover page and the thank you/goodbye page. More than that and you won’t be the focus of attention and your message will be lost.

Keep Content to a Minimum

Let’s be blunt about this, your visuals should be visual. That means get rid of any unnecessary wording, and at most if you want to include words you should have no more than seven bullet points on a slide and no more than seven words per bullet point. The objective is to highlight key content, not to replicate your speech, if you really feel you need to churn out the whole content of your talk – then create handouts and don’t give them to people until you’ve finished speaking. The more you write down, the more your audience will be reading and not listening.

Wherever possible make sure your visuals are pictorial instead, use graphs, pie charts, pictures, flow diagrams, to enhance your points and reveal key data and trends. Audiences can then relate to your speech, which should explain what they see and add to it.

Lose the Effects

Yes, you can do amazing things with PowerPoint – graphics can swoop onto the screen, slide onto it, bounce, etc. and yet none of this adds any value to your talk at all. If you really must use effects, then be consistent, only use one and use it all the way through. It’s always better not to use them at all though, they are distracting and in the long run a huge source (of unintended) mirth for the audience.

Making a presentation can be nerve wracking enough without spending forever developing an all encompassing PowerPoint display which only detracts from your talk, keep it simple by following these three rules and you’ll always be better received.

Buyer’s Guide: 5 Incredible Baby Shower Presents

Baby showers are as usual as birthday events. You are to attend one from time to time. While that is not a problem, selecting the best present for the expectant might definitely be one. Right here we have five of the most awesome concepts to consist of in your present registry for moms-to-be, to impress every time!

Mommy’s Me-Time Supplies

If you have had a kid, you will know why this one topped the list. While baby shower presents are mostly for the new baby, the thing moms really value is something for themselves, to make them feel vital too. When the baby comes, everything will become a challenge for her. She will then thank you much more for the time you thought of her. Include pamper items, day spa passes, aroma therapy oils, cozy bathrobe, and everything else you can think that she might require.

Baby Diapers and Changing Goods

It is undoubtedly the most clich├ęd present for a baby shower, however it never ever goes unappreciated. No parents can refute exactly how vital the baby diapers are. You can be a bit innovative, and make a diaper cake or something else to present your present. You can also include other products required for changing time to fill your present basket.

Cost savings Bonds for Future

This is another present that can never ever go wrong. The kid will ultimately pass the diaper age and mature, and your present will come in helpful even long after that. Doing this, you are also spending for the kid’s future, with a belief in the parents and their parenting capabilities.

Present Certificates

If you are way too confused about what to get and what not, you can always get some present certifications, so that the parents can get what they want to have. Your selections become restricted when the parents set a present registry. If there is no such obligation, you can offer them with shopping choices for regular child requirements in child stores, to play safe.

Toy Pacifier Holder

If your plan is to stand apart off the crowd with a special yet budget-friendly present, make sure that you get one of those stuffed toy pacifier holders. It is a stuffed toy with a pacifier connected to it, to keep the kid calm. You can get the one that allows any types of pacifiers to be connected instead of a particular kind. You can include a couple of even more products to accompany the pacifier holder which parents would definitely love and make use of for a some time!

Success Secret – What’s More Important, The Present Or The Future?

Successful people have found a success secret that allows them to reach unprecedented levels of success. It’s time that you know just what this success secret is so that you can begin to apply it to your own life.

The first thing that you need to know is that most successful people don’t have any more talents or abilities than you do. The reason why they are so successful is because they know and apply certain success secrets in their lives. So if you found out what these secrets are and begin to apply them to your own life you will be able to reach great levels of success in your own life.

One success secret that almost all successful people understand can be found in a quote by Jerry Seinfeld who said, ‘I was in the drug store the other day trying to get a cold medication…Not easy. There’s an entire wall of products you need. You stand there going, Well, this one is quick acting but this is long lasting… Which is more important, the present or the future?’

Here’s the success secret: most unsuccessful people focus on the quick acting, quick fix, remedies that merely put a band-aid on it, where successful people are more concerned about the long-lasting well being of not only their own life, but the lives of their families as well. Successful people are willing to go through upfront discomfort and pain in able to have the long-term benefits of success. On the other hand, unsuccessful people don’t want to suffer so they find the quick fix only to find out the problem was merely covered up and will keep coming up again and again until it is dealt with properly.

An example of this success secret in action can be found in the way many people handle their finances. Many financially successful people today were willing to live below their means in the early parts of their life so that they could build true wealth. As a result, they can now buy whatever they want, live however they want, and travel wherever they want.

Other people just throw this success secret out the window because they want to have everything right now. So they buy the most expensive car, house, clothes, and vacations that they can but never get ahead financially in life. They are more focused on the present than they are on the future.

What will you do with this success secret? Will you throw it out so that you can enjoy the brief relief of success now or will you apply it to your life so that you can live a life full of success and leisure in the future?

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