Is Alcohol a Good Idea Before Your Presentation?

Imagine you have been invited as the after dinner speaker at a local club or organization and they are serving wine with the meal. Should you partake? I would tell you to stick to water or coffee or tea. While you may find one alcoholic drink or one glass of wine relaxing and a good means of settling your nerves, I beg to differ.

Some years ago, I was invited to speak to a group of female insurance agents at their monthly meeting. Wine was being served with the meal. I had one glass. Admittedly, I drink very little alcohol but I could not imagine that one glass of wine would hurt.

Hurt it did because I lost my edge. When I rose to speak, I was overly confident and I experienced no nervousness. Prior to that engagement and in all the others that have followed, I experience nervousness. I like nervousness; I want you, as the public speaker, nervous because if you aren’t nervous, then I am concerned.

You can never be that confident in a live performance – that one glass of wine gave me a confidence I did not deserve and I did not want. I was not as focused and I lost my passion for my topic because the adrenaline was not rushing to do its job. While I count on nervousness to give me an edge, to help take my presentation to a whole new level, the secret in dealing with it is learning how to control it. When you are in control of your nervousness, you will discover how to let it work for you and not against you.

Later in my career, I was invited to speak to the executives at Labatt’s Beer in London, Ontario. I was offered a beer to drink during my presentation. (That was a first!) I declined, however, remembering well my experience with the insurance women.

Having that edge in public speaking, experiencing the rush of adrenaline is truly a blessing when facing an audience. Avoid the alcohol so to keep that edge. Trust me, your audience will appreciate your delivery so much more so.

Using iMindMap for Powerful Presentations – The Basics

The capability to deliver impressive presentations and talks is held in high regard whether you are in business, working for a firm or involved in education. To be able to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely and in a way that your viewers appreciates, understands and ideally applauds is extremely valued.

iMindMap has a seriously potent and effective presentation mode that will enable you to create stunning visual displays to accompany your talk. However don’t think that just by flashing up the software and selecting “Presentation Mode” that you will give a fantastic delivery.  There are some distinct stages that must come first before sharing your thoughts with the world by using iMindMap.  I have seen it many times where people jump on a piece of technology they suppose will improve their skills in front of an audience only to see that the technology is blamed when the audience reaction isn’t one of resounding applause and praise.

Microsoft PowerPoint is actually a classic example of that. The phrase “death by PowerPoint” is one you are going to hear over and over again but the truth is that PowerPoint is not to blame. It’s how it’s utilized that has created its terrible reputation. I heard recently the Pentagon has banned PowerPoint presentations which to me is ludicrous and completely unnecessary – it is dangerous presenters ought to be banned!  So it is the same with iMindMap and its remarkable presentation mode – if it’s utilized in the wrong way it will get a terrible reputation.

Before you take advantage of iMindMap to deliver your presentations, you should first of all have a well thought out and designed session that contains the best message for the target audience. You also ought to be comfortable speaking to the target audience and have practiced delivering your session so you are very confident with it and your ability to deliver it.  When all of these are in place, then look at what tools can supplement your performance.

But before that, let’s get the fundamentals right and give you a checklist to dramatically improve the probability of delivering a remarkable and well received presentation.

1. Who is your target audience?

This will be a key thing to get right and you must remember you are there for them and not just for you. You will have to have a clear idea of who they are, what their concerns or issues are, what sort of individuals they are, how they are as a collective, their demographics (age, sex etc) and what they expect from you the speaker.

2. What exactly is the purpose of your talk?

Primarily there can be three key varieties of presentation – ones designed to influence, others whose purpose is to inform and those that inspire. Be particularly clear on which you are delivering. You’ll eventually be able to blend the three types but that only comes with experience so if you’re new to presenting you might consider which of those three approaches you are going to focus on.  There is another sort of presentation and that one that entertains. I suggest you steer clear of trying to be funny as a stated aim of your talk since jokes and one liners that seem perfect in the cold light of day, rarely hit the mark with a living and breathing audience. For those who present a lot, you’ll uncover that the very best humor will naturally seep out from you when you are live in front of the audience, so don’t try and force it in the scripting phase of your preparations.

3. Exactly where and when will you be delivering your presentation?

This should be commonsense but is worth reminding you of it.  Aside from the logistics of turning up at the right place and right time you should be aware that individual rooms have totally different dynamics and usually unique facilities. So it is crucial you know what you might be faced with and prepare accordingly.

4. What is your most important message?

If you’ve ever sat in an audience at a seminar or workshop and heard somebody drone on and on, then you can appreciate the importance of being able to present your point, justify your position, argue your stance and support your views without deviating from your main message. So get really clear on what your essential message is – and stick to it!

5. What’s the most effective way of communicating your message?

Will you be including stories or case studies? Is there data or information and facts that it’s worthwhile to impart? Will you be utilizing visual aids? Are there any props you will need?  Much of this last question will be affected by who the target audience is, which is why you must get a very good feel of who they are ahead of time when you begin putting your presentation together.

Presents For Him – Why Acrylic Photo Frames Are A Great Idea

Looking for a great present for the man in your life? Acrylic photo frames make great presents for him. You can find these frames in a wide range of styles and sizes to match any preference. Not only do these frames work for flat items like photos and artwork, but they come in styles that will allow you to create collectible displays with items like clothing, sporting items, film collectibles, collages, and other extremely personal displays. No matter what they are called, from plastic to perspex, from acrylic to Lucite, these frames will house your memories in just the right style.

Beautiful and uniquely stylish modern acrylic frames for your photos can enhance and embellish any image to the fullest extent. These frames look expensive, but are durable and a great value. Since men often prefer a sleek design, low fuss and dust free ease, acrylic photo frames fit the bill perfectly. They often have a simple elegant flow to them that will not detract from the images or collectibles they house. You can select from matte, pearl and highly glossed finishes in transparencies that range from totally clear to completely opaque. No matter how thick or thin you need the frame to be, or the edge you prefer, there is bound to be a frame in the proper shape and size for your ideal gift.

Good presents for him need to match his need, and modern acrylic frames can be found in many sizes, from album (LP) displays to posters and from desktop to full wall art size. They can be ordered in custom sizes to fit any special order, and you can even get specific colours to enhance your image or artwork, making the acrylic frame outstanding as special present. From glassy clear to flat black or metallic to marbled, these frames can just about match anything you need and do it at the fraction of the cost and weight of other frames.

Some makers will even work with you to create a one of a kind unique frame for the extra special gift. If you happen to have the perfect photo to capture that extremely special moment, the acrylic frame will do nothing but enhance that memory. With the ability to work with a manufacturer directly to create a one of a kind frame, there is no way you can go wrong with this idea. These durable items promise to help you protect or preserve that extremely priceless collectible.

Acrylic photo frames are the ideal gift. When seeking presents for him and you have an eye for something special and unique, the modern style of acrylic frames will not steer you wrong. Enhancing that special memory or impressing upon the man in your life how much you care has never been easier. No matter what your need you can find the correct size, finish, and style to enhance that special memento, be it a photograph, a poster, a record album collectible, film mementos, or a piece of art.