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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Are you honest? I heard a clip on the radio that caught my attention in a hurry. The woman said, “we are all lyers!”

How many times in a presentation do you tend to stretch the truth or take a comment out of context in order to prove a point?

How many times in a day do we all tell a little white lie in order not to hurt someone.

Sometime our integrity is all we have. When our integrity is true and honest we can always back up what we are saying or presenting. Tell even those few little white lies and it becomes more and more impossible to remember what you did say. It is your integrity in how you present yourself and your business that will set you a head above the rest in the long run.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Potato Jokes

Why did the potato cross the road?
He saw a fork up ahead.

How do you describe an angry potato?
Boiling Mad.

Why didn’t the mother potato want her daughter to marry the famous newscaster?
Because he was a commontater.

Why wouldn’t the reporter leave the mashed potatoes alone?
He desperately wanted a scoop.

What do you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato?
Anything, just butter him up.

What does a ! British potato say when it thinks something is wonderful?
It’s mashing!

What do you call a baby potato?
A small fry!

Thought for Today:

“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”

-Alice Mackenzie Swaim

Tips and Techniques

How long has it been since you wrote an outline?

Most of my presentations are done online in the conference room. I use Net Objects Fusion to make my outline as well as define and publish the presentation. The site structure makes it easy to outline the key points to cover.

Happy designing!

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Visuals

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Have you ever tried to sit down and do an entire presentation in one sitting? I have an belive me the stress is just not worth it. Like most projects it is best done in pieces. And, like most projects it is done backwards.

We have already talked about the first three

1. Getting the idea or topic
2. Gathering information and resources
3. Develop an outline of the key points

The next step is to gather the visuals. Almost every presentation will have visuals of some kind from graphics to charts and maybe even handouts that will need to be prepared. Remember one picture is worth a thousand words. The right pictures will help tell the story, they will also help to organize your thoughts and organize them in the thoughts of your audience.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Duelling Barbers

A new hair salon opened up for business right across the street from the old established hair cutters’ place.

They put up a big bold sign which read:

“WE GIVE SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS!”

Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign:

“WE FIX SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS”

Thought for Today:

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
-Voltaire

Tips and Techniques

I think sometimes that most people are quite visual. It is at times very difficult to visualize a concept. When gathering visuals – or creating them let the picture tell the story in such a way that people would understand without you’re saying a word.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

I am sure that I dont have to tell any of you how important key words are. Keywords are a search tool that you use on the web to do research, to find the products you want to be affiliated with and more.

I have used several key word tools over the years loved overture and was crushed when it went away. I have a gift for you my readers. One of the easiest straghtforward keyword tools ever.

You can download it right now with no strings attached, but if you do find it as good and as easy to use as I believe it is, you could take a minute and tell me so at the blog.

http://www.iswinning4u.com/downl oads/KWT.exe.zip

Go ahead, go get it. then search for all the keywords you want. You can even save the output to a .csv file to help make your life easier.

Before I forget you can even buy the branding rights to this one so cheap I couldnt believe it! Just please use the link at the bottom of the application not the button at the top.

I think you are gonna like it!

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

For Only Fifty Cents?

Our minister announced that admission to a church social event would be six dollars per person. “However, if you’re over 65,” he said, “the price will be only $5.50.”

From the back of the congregation, a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give you that information for only 50 cents?”

Thought for Today:

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. -Leo Aikman

Tips and Techniques

How about that keyword analysis tool, pretty cool isn’t it? We have been talking about researching presentations in the last few days. Now it is time to do something with it.
1. Do a keyword search for a topic you may be interested in
2. Save the list to a .csv file
3. Import the .csv file to Open Office Calc (spread sheet program)
4. Choose 3 – 4 of the keywords to write a presentation or article
5. Practice doing this until you are totally comfortable with the process

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Are you doing research for a presentation?

The one item on the to-do list that seems to take the longes when putting together facts and figures or even find resources for the topic can take a hugh amount of time.

There certainly is an easier way to do it. There are two tools that I am using to make this task just a little easier.

I mentioned the other day the use of keywords. I cant emphasis enough how important they are.

When you go to http://www.google.com to enter a search term, depending on the search term you might be faced with hundreds if not thousands of links. If you want to narrow down that search put quotation marks around your key word. The results are much narrower and somewhat easier to manage. You can save the search in favorites. I use a folder I have simply named – checkitout -. That saves from having to go back and do the search again.

Next time you go to http://www.google.com look for google alerts http://www.google.com/alerts/ to create a subject you want to monitor. Google does hte search for you and sends you a handy email. I cant even begin to tell you what a time saver this is.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Classified Information

While standing watch in the Coast Guard station in Juneau, Alaska, I got a call from the Navy in the nearby city of Adak.

They’d lost contact with one of their planes and needed the Coast Guard to send an aircraft to find it.

I asked the man where the Navy aircraft had last been spotted so we would know where to search.

“I can’t tell you,” the Navy man said. “That’s classified.”

Thought for Today:

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. -John McEnroe

Tips and Techniques

Always, always, always start with a checklist!
Have a list handy when you are doing research. Begin with your topic. Make several lines to write you resources (remember give credit where credit is due)

Happy designing

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Preparation

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

What is the Boy Scout motto?

Oh I remember – “Be Prepared.” There is never a time that is more real then when putting together a presentation no matter what kind it is. Any and every kind of presentation requires that you be prepared.

Knowing your audience is a primary concern in making your preparations. While it isn’t always good to label people there is good common sense in labeling groups. Groups of people have common interests.

What is the lowest common denominator? This is a good starting point for the presentation. Unfortunately most of us know what point we want to get across, but if we want the audience to act on it – it has to appeal to the audience.

What will peak their attention and stay tuned?

Yes, you guessed it. It is the common denominator. Fit the presentation to the group, not the group to the presentation.

This takes us back to one basic – know your audience.

If you are doing your presentation in the form of ads, flyers and web pages, you can begin to understand why the concept of niches is so important. The presentation may not interest the broad majority, but it will cause that niche group to sit up and take notice.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

X-Ray

Colin, my six-year-old cousin, hurt his head so badly that his dad took him to the hospital. On the way, his dad prepared him for what would happen.

“The nurse will take a picture of your bones to see if any are broken,” her said reassuringly.

“Dad,” he worriedly asked, “how’s the nurse gonna get my skin off to see my bones?”

Thought for Today:

Life has many good things, but if we walk with Jesus Christ and look at God’s best, it’s a level higher than just “good.” -Luis Palau

Tips and Techniques

What are the steps to take to get ready to put together any presentation?
1. Analyze your audience or niche
2. Decide the message you want to get across
3. Research – data gathering
4. Qualify your research
5. Plan the presentation
6. Decide how you will keep your audience’s attention (audio, visual, kenetic)
7. Put order into the presentation in such a way that it a) proves your point and b) causes the audience to act.

Happy designing!

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Involvement

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

There is a proverb and I am afraid that I am going to have to paraphrase this one: Tell me, and I will forget… Show me, and I might remember… Involve me, and I will understand.

Have you ever heard that one? Nothing could be more applicable to presentation than this!

With the information age, you know you are exposed to so much it is IMPOSSIBLE to take it all in. We do we have to pick and choose what we want to see, to hear and unfortunately that leads to making mistakes.

It has been estimated that the average person is exposed to 2600 messages each and every day. I honestly believe it could be a whole lot more than that. I know I must trash at least 1000 UCE every day.

Can you involve people in your presentations? How?

This is very much a reason that VOIP conferences are becoming more popular than the old phone conferences. This is very much a reason videos for training are becomeing more and more abundant. It is so much easier to show you than it is to tell you. When I train, I get my student in the conference room as the moderator then I can walk them through “fixing” the problem – that does involve them and they remember.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

The Double-Cross

A bunch of lawyers were sitting around the office playing poker. “I win!” said Johnson, at which point Henderson threw down his cards.

“That’s it! I’ve had it! Johnson is cheating!!!”

“How can you tell?” Phillips asked.

“Those aren’t the cards I dealt him!”

Thought for Today:

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” Muhammad Ali World Champion Boxer

Tips and Techniques

The basic principles to remember
1. What do I want my audience to do
2. What perceptions can I build into this presentation
3. How can I make the presentation attention getting, meaningful, and memorable
4. People forget FAST, what can I do to make them think of me each time they think of _____.

Happy designing!

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Involvement

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

There is a proverb and I am afraid that I am going to have to paraphrase this one: Tell me, and I will forget Show me, and I might remember Involve me, and I will understand.

Have you ever heard that one? Nothing could be more applicable to presentation than this!

With the information age, you know you are exposed to so much it is IMPOSSIBLE to take it all in. We do we have to pick and choose what we want to see, to hear and unfortunately that leads to making mistakes.

It has been estimated that the average person is exposed to 2600 messages each and every day. I honestly believe it could be a whole lot more than that. I know I must trash at least 1000 UCE every day.

Can you involve people in your presentations? How?

This is very much a reason that VOIP conferences are becoming more popular than the old phone conferences. This is very much a reason videos for training are becomeing more and more abundant. It is so much easier to show you than it is to tell you. When I train, I get my student in the conference room as the moderator then I can walk them through “fixing” the problem – that does involve them and they remember.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

The Double-Cross

A bunch of lawyers were sitting around the office playing poker. “I win!” said Johnson, at which point Henderson threw down his cards.

“That’s it! I’ve had it! Johnson is cheating!!!”

“How can you tell?” Phillips asked.

“Those aren’t the cards I dealt him!”

Thought for Today:

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” Muhammad Ali World Champion Boxer

Tips and Techniques

Begin another list. Get out your journal and start writing a list on – Oh somewhere around 100 ways that you can involve people in your presentation(s).

Happy designing!

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