Presentations – Secrets to Using PowerPoint More Effectively

Poor use of PowerPoint is rampant in presentations. And to be fair, it’s an awkward business. You’re trapped in a corner trying to read the visual and juggling a keyboard, the mouse, or a pointer while making sure you don’t trip over any wires and your audience can see the screen. Yet there are definitely some ways you can manage this process to be effective and professional. Here are some effective usage guidelines:

*STAY WITH THE VISUAL.  When you separate yourself from the visual — whether by standing at the lectern or the computer or off to the side — you split the audience’s attention. You don’t want them to have to choose between looking at you or looking at the visual. Step back to the screen and put yourself in the picture. Stepping all the way back to the screen first of all ensures that you’re not blocking the view of the screen for some audience members. Plus, it keeps you out of the projector’s light. In addition, it gives you a chance for purposeful movement, as you can refer to the visual and help direct your audience’s attention to the specific item you want them to focus on. Remember though, don’t talk to the screen. You can glance at it and refer to it, but always make sure you turn and talk to your audience.

*USE A CORDLESS REMOTE. This is a wonderful tool, allowing you to stay at the screen while you advance your slides. If the option isn’t available, however, and you have to use your laptop keyboard or a mouse with a cord to advance your slides, then just remember that the simpler your visuals are — fewer mouse clicks, less information that you can talk more about — the less you’ll look like a jack-in-the-box, constantly jumping from the screen to the computer.

*LEAVE THE LASER POINTER BEHIND. Please. It doesn’t help. First, if your visuals are done with a good color contrast, which means with a dark background, it’s extremely difficult to even see that little red beam. Secondly, the very nature of its use requires the speaker to face the slide, which means his back is turned on the audience and he’s talking to the screen, not the people in the room. You can be the pointer.

*AVOID PRE-SET TIMED TRANSITIONS. This may seem like a great option since you don’t have to worry about advancing the slides yourself. You can be free of the laptop and stay with the visual as your slides automatically move ahead. However, it is extremely rare that this feature works well. No matter how much you practice in front of your computer screen, it’s almost impossible to perfectly time your remarks in front of a group to coordinate with your transitions. You’ll invariably find that either the slide show will get ahead of you or you’ll have to pause uncomfortably waiting for the next bullet point or slide to come up. 

*DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS IN THE ROOM. This implies that the visuals are more important than you, and that’s not a good message to send. You may have to sacrifice the readability of your visuals a little – although most projectors today are very bright and allow great visibility of slides – but it’s still better to sacrifice the visibility of your slides instead of you.

*DON’T RUN A CONTINUOUS SLIDE SHOW. Let go of the need to have to have a visual up all the time. Go to black from time to time, either by blacking out the screen with the remote or with the B key on keyboard or by inserting the occasional black slide. This is a powerful technique that prevents PowerPoint overload and allows some of the focus to shift back to you. 
*END ON A BLACK SLIDE.   This is a nice way to end your presentation-nothing on the screen to distract from you during your close or the Q&A session. Leave your black slide there and don’t exit the “Slide Show” mode until you are completely done with your presentation, ready to leave. If you exit Slide Show before you’re done, the audience has to look at the “Slide Sorter View” of your program, which is busy and distracting.

*FINALLY, MAKE SURE YOU CAN GIVE YOUR TALK WITH IT. Stuff happens — light bulbs blow out, the computer crashes, there’s no electrical outlet to be found. Don’t take up your presentation time fiddling with the equipment or bemoaning your bad luck. Go forward as if nothing’s amiss. If visuals are crucial to your presentation, have hard copies on hand to distribute so that your audience will have something to refer to. 

Credit Card Debt Negotiation – Tips For Using Negotiation Tactics to Eliminate Debt

Credit card debt negotiation can aid you in getting out all of your financial troubles. Credit card debt negotiation can be done by your self or you can hire a negotiation service providing company. Through debt settlement; you try to gain a discount on the amount of funds you have borrowed. If you have borrowed more than $10,000 and you are facing difficulties in repaying the amount then you can use liability settlement to solve your issues. According to debt negotiation; you gain a discount and then repay the remaining amount through installments with low interest rate and additional repayment tenure.

You can negotiate by using your own skills or you can negotiate using aid from a settlement agency. It is better top hire a settlement firm because they have the appropriate skills and tactics that can help you in earning a huge discount. These companies hire professional lawyers and negotiators who are very persuasive and have highly polished negotiation skills and a lot of experience to tackle negotiation processes. They tackle the creditor for you and use their knowledge and experience to aid you. By hiring a settlement organization you do not have to take care about all the technicalities of paper work that are necessary.

Before hiring a settlement service providing firm you need to make sure that the company you have chosen is the best and is legal and uses legal practices to assist you. To make sure you are selecting the right one; you have to first visit the online website of the liability relief network. This website maintains and monitors a list of settlement firm; companies in this list can be trusted and are very well recognized for their legitimacy. After selecting a company from the list you have obtained; you need top contact the company and check for their experience and background.

Selecting a legitimate settlement company has become very easy due to the new laws that have been introduced in the debt settlement industry. According to this new policy; a settlement firm has been banned from charging upfront fee. The fee can only be charged if the complete service has been provided by the settlement firm. Due to this policy; the fraud companies who were charging before providing service and then later not providing any service at all have been sacked out of the economy. This industry has become more transparent and more successful due to the aid of the government.

Santa Online – Making Unwanted Presents, Wanted

December arrives, the weather takes a turn for the worse, relatives’ and loved-ones’ Christmas lists arrive by the dozens, and since you’ve grown up, Santa doesn’t seem to be pulling his weight. All in all the winter months have a tendency to be a time to dread rather than a time for cheer.

Once again, however, technology has come to our aid. Now, instead of trawling around the shops, weighed down by bag after bag of presents, Christmas shopping is no further than a mouse-click away. From the comfort of your own home you can purchase a set of floral tea towels for your dear old Nan and a new Nintendo Wii for your favourite Nephew (or the other way ’round!) all from the same source – the Internet.

With the ease of the process, and increased user familiarity with the Internet, it is little wonder that online Christmas sales figures have soared in recent years. Indeed, one national newspaper estimated a record-breaking £14bn worth of Christmas shopping being spent online in the UK this year – making the UK Europe’s most dedicated online shoppers during the festive period.

However, like the risk of buying your dear old Nan a games console, the reception of the gift is something the Internet cannot guarantee. And so not all the money spent this Christmas will have been money well spent. A recent survey showed four out of five people are likely to receive presents that they either don’t want or don’t like, while Abbey Bank estimated the total money spent on unwanted or novelty gifts this Christmas as being a whopping £1.3bn.

Again, however, the Internet has come to the rescue; working from the belief that ‘one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure’ (or that one person’s weird white box with a weird white stick is another’s prized gaming machine), people up and down the country have started using online UK classifieds as a way of sorting out the problem of unwanted Christmas presents. Rather than braving the shops during the January sales in order to return unwanted items to a variety of stores that may only offer an exchange for something else that you don’t want, online classifieds offer users the opportunity to sell all of their unwanted gifts – again from the comfort of their own homes.

It could be said, then, that with the help of UK classifieds and the Internet, Santa Claus can work right into the New Year, making unwanted presents, wanted.