How To Make An Impressive Presentation

“Genius, a power that dazzles humans, is oft but perserverence in disguise.” H. W. Austin. I would also add the word ‘preparation’ to that quote from one of Britain’s successful tennis players back in the 30s.

Often the difference between a successful presentation and an unsuccessful one is the level of preparation that comes before. So it is imperative you prepare, and indeed very important when attending an interview or presenting to a prospective client.

You may be familiar with the Dragon’s Den, the tv series which has entrepreneurs present their business plans and ideas to already highly successful business men and women who form a panel of judges deciding on whether to invest in the products/services being shown to them. Well, i had a thought about what was the main difference between those that got what they came for, which was the investment of cash into their business and those that did not do so well.

And you probably guessed, those that managed to get the cash they needed were those that had prepared thoroughly before coming onto the show, making sure they knew their business inside and out, numbers included. After all, if you are going to ask for an investment of £100,000 or more, it makes sense to prepare in advance.

There is no difference when attending a job interview or when making a speech in front of an audience, the differentiating factor is the preparation. You must do your research, find out about the customer, as I have said in the past you are the product, a solution to their problem, and so how can you solve their issues if you do not know what it is. How would you react if you went to see a doctor, and he/she without asking you or knowing your problem or at least attempting to identify the problem the doctor just by sheer looking at you suddenly gives you a written prescription! Would you be doubtful of such act? Of course you would.

Any interviewer is not going to be impressed and is going to have doubt in you if you have not done your research about them, if you do not have an idea about their business, their problem, their issues, what they do etc etc…You see, as we use to say a few years ago when i worked in the financial markets industry, my boss back then would say, stoploss, stoploss, stoploss as this was important for investors to take heed if they did not want to lose their shirts trading in the risky business of the stock market. And so, I will coin something similar, you may have heard this before, but success in an interview or any presentation is down to 3 things: research, research, research. Nothing more, nothing less.

I myself have noticed the difference in my presentations, in the early days when I made a speech to an audience i did not prepare as perhaps I should have done, and my performances in my opinion have not been up to what I would have liked. But since I have begun to put more work and preparation into my research and presentation I feel I have got more confident, amazing how this works, and there is another tip for you, confidence comes from preparation.

So when next you have to make a presentation of any kind, make sure you have done your research beforehand and you too will soon notice the marked improvements in your new found confidence.

Public Speaking – Six Things to Be Aware of When Making a Presentation Or Giving a Speech

Sometime in your career you will be asked to give a talk. It may be in a small meeting of peers and coworkers or it may be in front of a large audience of strangers.

Here are six things to be aware of when making a presentation or giving a speech.

1. Grammar – Use correct grammar. Duh! Of course we need to use correct grammar but you would be surprised at how many times I’ve heard people use verb tenses that don’t agree with the subject of the sentence. Write out your speech beforehand and read it aloud a few times. This will help you catch most of the mistakes privately. Ask a roommate or friend to listen to the speech and give you feedback or note any grammatical errors.

2. Filler Words - Unnecessary words that do not help convey your point can be distracting. Avoid the use of “uh, ah, you know, like, and I mean.” In order to avoid run-on sentences, insert a one-second pause between sentences instead of using “and” or “so” to connect two or more sentences. Take a short breath between longer sentences, and allow your audience to take in what you have said. Articulate clearly and pronounce words correctly. Before you take the stage practice saying any difficult words you plan to use.

3. Body Language - By this, I am referring to unintentional cues you give such as looking at your notes, not making eye contact, slumped shoulders, hands in pockets jingling money, or slouching on the lectern. Practicing in front of a mirror will help you discover your own quirky movements.

4. Gestures – These are intentional movements you use to make a point or illustrate the importance of a word. Make your gestures large enough to be seen by the person sitting in the back of the room. Step away from the lectern when using the lower part of your body; otherwise your movement will not be seen.

5. Vocal Variety - Avoid monotone and jazz up your presentation by varying your tone (emphasis or emotion), pitch (high or low voice), and rate (fast or slow). All these help keep an audience interested in what you are saying.

6. Your Topic- Your focus should be on your audience. An interesting topic is important, but should be relevant to your listener’s needs. Prepare ahead of time. Write key points on small 3×5 note cards to remind you of what is next. Only use them if necessary.

7. Props - Not every presentation will have or need props. However, visual aids and paper handouts make a talk more interesting, help the audience follow along and give them notes, email addresses or website URLs to refer to later.

I know this is a lot to remember-especially for a beginner. You may want to start by giving your presentation at home by focusing on only one aspect at a time. Go through your presentation the first time listening for grammar usage and filler words, then go through it again noticing body language and gestures; on the third time through pay attention to your voice. By the time you have gone through your speech the fourth time, you will feel at ease, know your material well and be able to manage props effectively.

How to Choose Presents for Older Bride?

More often, there can be some differences for you to choose a present for the older bride than the younger one. As people of different ages will have different needs. For younger bride, the necessaries for the house may be essential; however, the older one may not consider them to be as important as the younger one believe to be. Their personal interests will be the most essential elements you need to think about when you are planning to send the older bride presents.

If the bride likes to taste various kinds of chocolate, you may buy some chocolate of special taste for her. Or, you may make her to be the member of the chocolate of the month club which will send a pound of delicious chocolate to its members. And these chocolate are of different taste. Some of the tastes are unable to get in the stores because they are all handcrafted of natural ingredients. There are the memberships of different periods for you to choose.

If you want to give the bride a big surprise, you may choose to print the photos of the bride on a canvas. You should do the preparation beforehand so that you will have enough time to finish all the work before the wedding. As the process of preparing for the wedding is memorable and meaningful for the bride, you may take some photos for her and then select the better ones to be printed on a large canvas. The bride will be very happy to receive this special present.

Generally speaking, you may choose or make your presents according to the needs of the bride. More often, you can know the needs of the bride very clearly if you know her very well or when you are of the same age as here. However, if you do not know her real needs, you may ask your friends who are of the same age as the bride. And then, select the proper present for her.