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Dominique Issermann Presents Photographs of Model Laetitia Casta in Paris

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

There’s no denying in the current Maison Europenne de la Photographie exhibition that Laetitia Casta is extremely beautiful and that the photographs of Dominique Issermann are done very professionally and are themselves visually quite beautiful. Likewise, the installation is quite pleasing and dramatic.

Sadly, for all the beauty of the model and the talent for capturing light and composition of the photographer, the series is not particularly interesting and falls prey to the common weakness of fashion photography–notably that there’s nothing there beyond the decorative aspect. I’m being a little harsh as there are some clear efforts to create a sense of mystery in some of the shots. However, there is no in-depth research in this project and little true inspiration and even less passion.

Dominique Issermann is a very talented technician, she even has a nice feel for creating a mood. The final images are quite beautiful, the installation in the galleries of the MEP are very professional. However, the work–and especially the model–is presented with such a reverence (there are as many as twenty stools left in the gallery to offer all the worshippers a comfortable opportunity to spend as much time as they need to take in the beauty of Casta and the genius of Issermann. This is a truly laughable choice in the gallery–and almost as ridiculous as having installed a map at the entrance to show all the special spots in the thermal baths where the photos were taken so that each visitor can take note so they might, themselves, make a pilgrimage to the sacred location where the photos were taken. Pathetic!

Naturally the MEP wanted to focus some of this period’s exhibitions in the fashion realm to coincide with Fashion Week in Paris. But it would have been nice, instead of seeing a weak performance by a big headliner, to see something fresh by an up and coming photographer that might push beyond the standard fashion/beauty imagery.

As a side note, while on the surface I’ve always appreciated how the MEP dedicates its various spaces to artists at different stages in their careers, I must admit to some real disappointment when I see the museum devote its precious space to displaying work by a non-photographer like Marc Fumaroli who presents truly and embarrassingly weak photographs. He’s an intellectual and critic, not a visual artist! With all the remarkable talents there are out in the world that never get a chance to present their work in such a context, it’s a shame to waste it like this.

The MEP is a museum and while much of the time it presents an interesting cross section of exhibitions it often seems to fall short of upholding what seems to be the mission of a museum which would be to present a full cross section of photographic work that is of high quality and interest.

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Basic English Grammar: Certain Techniques Used by an Indian Teacher Presented to Share the Pleasure

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

INTRODUCTION:

Indians have great love and admiration for English language. This is, in spite of the onslaught by various Governments in Independent India, giving importance to native languages. English teachers are one of the most respected lots among the society. Each teacher has his technique in teaching English. The author of this article, as a freelance teacher to adults has some methods to teach Grammar. Nine of them are listed in the following paragraphs.

I. Parts of Speech compared to Parts of Human Body:

The author used to compare the 8 parts of speech to a gorgeously dressed woman as follows:

1. Nouns and Pronouns: Head.

2 adjectives and adverbs: Garments and ornaments.

3. Prepositions and conjunctions: Various joints of the body.

4. Interjections: Footwear.

5. Verbs: The LIFE in the human body…

Head is the most important part of the physical body. Likewise nouns (and pronouns) form the subject and object of a sentence and lead the sentences in active and passive voices respectively. The subject noun is the Karta (doer, owner) of the sentence which it leads. & it determines the nature of the verb depending on numbers (singular or plural),

Adjectives and adverbs are like ornaments and garments adding lustre and beauty to a sentence. A garment is not a part of the physical body but required to glorify a sentence. A person who knows the best use of adjectives stands unique in writing and speaking English. The problem with Indians lies mainly with usage of adjectives. They wish to speak impressive English and most of the time they fail because of lack of vocabulary in adjectives and adverbs.

Prepositions and conjunctions are like internal joints, joining various parts and positioning them. The body cannot function properly without these joints. A sentence will be complete only when conjunctions and prepositions are properly formed. Otherwise one has to depend upon sign language only.

Thus, we have briefly seen a comparison of parts of speech to parts of human body leaving discussions about VERBS to the following paragraphs.

II. Verbs Play the Vital Role in Forming the Sentences:

This article mainly considers the role of verbs in English language. The verb formulates a complete sentence. Sometimes, it may be hidden. But without a verb there is no sentence. So, let us consider some interesting aspects of verbs in this brief article.

Hidden Verbs:

There are three helping verbs which are hidden in most of the times, occasionally coming out. They are ‘do’, ‘does’ and ‘did’.

Examples using the helping verb ‘do’:

‘I take my daily food in hotels’ implies that ‘I do take my daily food in hotel. Here the word ‘do’ is hidden. Rarely it comes out in the open like ‘I do take my food in hotels’ only when I wish to stress that I take food in hotels emphasizing the fact.

The following sentences may be stressed by separating ‘do’:

They (do) assist poor students.

I (do) complete my homework in time.

You (do) watch sky every night.

Another place where ‘do’ comes to open is when making it a question.

Do they assist poor students?

Do (not) I complete my homework in time?

Do you watch sky every night?

Examples’ using the hidden verb ‘does’:

The verb does is used only for third person singular subjects,

My son (does) go to school by 9 A.M.

She (does) sing very well.

He (does) like hot coffee.

Here also the word ‘does’ is separated from the main verb for emphasising and for asking questions.

In the same way the helping verb ‘did’ is used in past tense in all the nouns. Readers may try a few sentences using this past tense helping verb.

These simple examples were given to drive home the point that in simple present tense and simple past tense the helping verbs ‘do’, ‘does’ and ‘did’ are hidden and in all other tenses, the helping verbs precede the main verbs. This implies the fact that in English language all verbs are accompanied by helping verbs. Examples of other helping verbs are ‘may, can, will’ etc. Readers may refer to any text book and note that action verbs are always preceded by a helping verb or by a hidden verb as explained above.

This aspect of English language is very much recognised by English teachers in India.

III. Use of ‘An’, Striking Resemblance in English and Tamil Pronunciations:

Indian students are very much aware that the article ‘an’ is to be used before any singular noun starting with a vowel. They promptly answer that a,e,i,o,u are the five vowels in English equivalent to 12 vowels in Tamil language. Some teachers explain that there is another alphabet which does the work of vowel and that letter is ‘y’. This is because, combined with alphabets the letter ‘y’ forms consonants (like my, why, gym, rhyme etc).

What interests us more is use of the article ‘an’. The rule is that, a singular noun starting with a vowel is preceded by ‘an’. That is true in the cases of a, e, i, o. But not so in ‘u’, because it has two ways of pronunciation: first like ‘yu’ (United Nations) and the second as ‘a’ (American) in umbrella. When it is true that an umbrella is right, the phrase ‘an useful idea’ is wrong. (It is a useful idea)

It leads us to the conclusion that pronunciation is the criterion to select between ‘a’ and ‘an’ and not the syllable and that is why it is pronounced ‘an hour, an honest man’ etc (because ‘h’ is silent)

In other words, whenever a singular noun starts with the sound of a Tamil vowel. We should use ‘an’. This is because all the 12 vowels of Tamil language can be contained in the pronunciation of 4 vowels a, e, i, o of English language.

This fact is very much appreciated by English teachers who speak Tamil and Tamil students who learn English are pleasantly surprised over this striking similarity.

IV: Genders: Similarity between Tamil and English

There is another striking similarity between Tamil and English in formation of nouns representing genders. In Tamil there are two broad categories. The first is ‘higher’ category and the second is ‘lower’ category. The higher category is further divided into two as masculine and feminine genders. There is no gender for the lower category. The same formula is followed in English also. There are masculine, feminine and neuter genders (neither masculine nor feminine). In other words, in both the languages, gender is fixed only for living beings depending on the sex and inanimate beings are only neuter genders (save exceptional circumstances like Motherland etc). It is not so in the case of most of the languages like French, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi etc.wherein Gender is fixed for inanimate objects also depending upon the pronunciation. This is a one reason why Indians prefer learning English to other languages.

V. Silent letters:

There are several interesting aspects in English teaching admired by native Indian, especially Tamil speaking teachers. Normally an Indian student starts learning English from the tender age of three. Hence the grammar rules are very deeply inscribed in them. One such rule students learn from the beginning of school days is ‘Silent letters’ in some English words. Both the teachers and the students derive lot of pleasure in locating the silent letters as the case may be.

Some examples of words with silent letters are: Apostle, coup, corps, Wednesday, handkerchief, listen, castle, and whistle.

Readers may collect any number of words with silent letters as a hobby.

VI. Subject, predicate, object compared to an electric locomotive train:

The subject of any sentence is compared to the ENGINE of a locomotive and the entire predicate forms the carriages attached to the engine. The object is compared to the guard van which is the last compartment of the train.

This example is used to explain active and passive voices. In active voice the subject (engine) carries the entire train whereas in passive voice, the guard van becomes the engine and carries the wagon (like a local train which reverses its sides in the terminus). Conversion of object into subject is explained using various examples. In passive voice the object of the active is converted as the subject and the subject is converted as adjective phrase

E.g.: The newspapers flashed the news: Active

The news was flashed by the newspapers: Passive)

‘The news’ is the object in active form and it becomes the engine in passive form and ‘flashed by the newspapers’ is an adjective phrase in passive forms. Dozens of sentences of this type are explained to the students to impress upon them how passive voice is an important technique in English language to form more emphatic and impressive sentences than active voice.

The term ‘adjective phrase’ requires further explanation. The word ‘flashed’ is not past tense but it is a past participle. Past Participles are used in all perfect tenses and passive voice sentences. Sometimes they form the sentences independently (subject and verbs hidden) like: killed, passed, liberated etc. These forms of sentences are used in Newspaper headings, telegrams, sports etc. “Bowled’, ‘caught’ are the two very famous slogans in cricket, meaning that somebody is caught or bowled out.

VII. Uses of Participles:

The concept that past participles are adjectives leads us to another important conclusion. In fact there are three participles: Present, past and perfect. Present participles are derived by adding ‘ing’ to a verb. Added with an auxiliary verb it does the work of forming a continuous tense. & secondly it does the work of adjectives like: drinking water, writing table, swimming pool, dancing girl etc. The third work is that they do the work of nouns which are named as ‘gerunds’. Examples are: Smoking is injurious to health, Swimming is good for health, seeing is believing etc.

Perfect participle is adding, ‘having’ with the past participle.

Having come to India, I wish to see Tajmahal. Having seen the film once, I do not wish to see it again.

VIII. ‘Frozen’ VERBS and ‘Melted’ NOUNS:

The author is glad to submit these two concepts which may be new for some of the readers. We know that the main function of a verb is to convey the tense in which an action takes place which no other part of speech does. That is why verbs are defined as the ‘life’ of a sentence in the sense that verbs keep the time of action felt. School students learn present and past tenses of a verb and normally another form known as past participle is given. (E.g.: do-did-done). The third form does not represent any tense but they are adjectives. In the above paragraph, it was explained how they perform the function of adjectives and how do they form the sentences independently.

Another use of past participle is that the verbs become NOUNS in the form of past participles. That is what the author describes as ‘frozen’ verbs because they no longer represent tenses. Let a few examples be given as follows:

dig, drink, set, shake, slit, stand, strike, hit, leave, aim, act, clash, lift, permit, report, comb,
award, help, pay, answer, ban, cheat, deposit, digest, control, curse etc.

These verbs show various tenses when used with appropriate helping verbs, function as adjectives and in addition, they act as nouns also. It may be noted that the above are nouns though their root form are verbs. In other words they are frozen to become nouns.

When verbs are frozen to make nouns as above, some nouns are ‘melted’ to make verbs. Please note the following sentences:

The murder convict was ‘sentenced’ to life imprisonment. (Sentence)

The gangster was knifed to death. (Knife)

He penned a letter to his girlfriend. (Pen)

Several heads were guillotined. (Guillotine)

It is a doctored report. (Doctor)

He engineered a master plan to usurp the wealth. (Engineer)

The extra cautious father policed his daughter’s movement. (Police)

Readers can identify hundreds of nouns formed out of verbs known as perfect nouns and also verbs made up of nouns as above. Usage of such nouns and verbs will add lustre to the beauty of the language used.

IX. Origin and root of words:

Another most useful exercise for English learners is to go deep into origin of any word including its root, spellings etc along with equivalent words. For this purpose, a learner should always possess a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopaedia. The student should always refer the above till he is fully confirmed about a word’s usage.

It is a very useful and interesting exercise to find out the origin of English word, sometimes from other languages too. A very few examples are given here below:

addenda, agenda, alma mater, de facto, errata,ibidem, ipso facto, prima facie are some of the words borrowed from Latin and Greek,

Adieu, chauffeur, coup, elite, octroi are from French.

There are some Sanskrit and Tamil words also converted as perfect English. It will be a fruitful exercise to go through a dictionary to find out such words.

Likewise, English has mixed in India to such an extent that even the most illiterate people use pure English words totally forgetting original native equivalent words. In Indian bus stands, it will be a common sight to see rustic ladies selling, ‘distilled water, seedless fruits, sugarless tea’ shouting the same phrases. For most of the English words, they do not know vernacular equivalents.

Other useful exercises suggested by this author are to go through the newspapers regularly and also watch English channels. It should be followed by noting unknown words and consulting dictionary to know the meanings. Only this exercise will improve the vocabulary and it is a permanent asset for a learner.

CONCLUSION:

This article is a condensation of an Indian teacher who teaches English as adult education. Certain essential aspects of grammar with special reference to various parts of speech were explained. It was insisted to refer to the dictionary on all the occasions. No doubt, the article deals with basic grammar only, but a strong base is required to construct a strong building. We may be able to see more advanced topics in days to come.

It is sincerely hoped that readers will surely share the pleasure which the teacher enjoyed in teaching Basic English grammar.

Dr B.Sathyanarayanan (65) is an experienced administrator, teacher and writer. He is M.Sc(Physics) from Annamalai University. He studied Psychology and Philosophy as two additional subjects for graduation. He worked as a PHYSICS LECTURER for 2 years (1969-1971). Later, he had to take up a bank job and continued Physics and Philosophy research privately. At the age of 50, he got voluntary retirement from banking service to devote more time for social, educational and research activities. In 2005, he took up Physics teaching once again and is continuously teaching for the past 8 years as a regular professor of Physics.

He continued his interest in Psychology and got his PhD in Psychological counselling in 2000 and is counselling on HIV/AIDS matters. He teaches English for adults. He is a well known writer in English in fiction and article writing. His writing is recognised internationally by listing in the directory of World Philosophers, Bowling Green State University, U.S.A.

All along his life so far, he remained a scientific philosopher in thought and deeds. He considers Albert Einstein as his role model in Science and J.Krishnamurti, in Philosophy. His first book ‘The Simple Truth”, a comparative study of Religion and Science, was published in 1987. He is publishing the annual magazine ‘Philosophy of Science’ (since re-started). He founded Holistic Philosophy Society for the study of Physics and Philosophy. His latest book ‘Glimpses of Holistic Philosophy’ has been widely acclaimed. He conducts regular meetings on various topics on Physics and Philosophy in Chennai. He recently conducted a “Two days seminar on Religion, Science and Social Services” in Chennai, India which was attended by senior Professors of Physics and Philosophy. As an experienced author, he is glad to present the above article for the kind attention of readers.

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Mastering Movement While Presenting

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

A problem you may have in public speaking is how to move effectively and what to do with your hands. There are no absolutes in being expressive in your delivery aside from exhibiting no expression, the latter of which is boring and most certainly the fastest way to put your audience to sleep.

So how do you move when your nervousness is in control? Let’s look at the situation from a different point of view. When you are in conversation with your friends, your family, or your colleagues, do you move? Do you smile when you speak or possibly frown when in doubt? Do you move your hands or gesture while talking? If you are standing, do you move your weight from one leg to the other from time to time?

The above scenarios are all normal means of expression when in conversation. If you are not sure whether you move or not, it would be a good idea to video record yourself while in conversation. You may feel awkward in the beginning but after a couple of minutes, you will forget the camera is there.

Study the playback and watch yourself. If, like most people, you are speaking with some life, some emotion, some form of expression, then I suggest you do the same thing while presenting. Remember, your audience is there to here you speak, not someone else. In that sense, they came to hear the real you: the person you are in conversation – not some stiff, expressionless individual, spitting out some words in front an audience.

Color or speaking with emotion is very individual and that includes your facial expression and body movement as well. Some people with speak with more color, some less. There is no right or wrong with color aside from having no color which I mentioned earlier. What I do not suggest is to make movement for the sake of movement. Whatever you do on stage should look natural.

I worked with a woman who kept throwing her left arm into the air when she gave her presentation. Afterwards, I asked her what she was doing with her arm. She said that she was a member of Toastmasters and that they had told her that she did not move enough. Unfortunately, Toastmasters did not show her how to move her body correctly. This is where a video camera can be most beneficial.

If you don’t move while speaking, your audience will. And, that is not what you want. Keep them mesmerized and focused on you and your words by treating them as if you were having a conversation in your living room with your family or friends or standing around the water cooler in your office.

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Who’s Present At The House Closing

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Though the house closing may be rather simple transaction that one lawyer could effectively handle it is advisable the seller and the buyer bring a lawyer at the closing to represent them. This is very important especially for low or no money down transactions for home buying.

Below are the people who are expected to be present at the house closing:

1. Seller’s Lawyer

The seller’s lawyer should be present at the closing to represent the seller’s interests. Documents that may not have been available before the closing might have to be reviewed. Often minor last-minute decisions must be made.

2. Buyer’s Lawyer

Your lawyer will have to be present for the same reasons that the seller’s lawyer attends the closing. In some states the buyer’s lawyer represents the mortgagee/lender and possibly the title company (which insures the buyer’s title to your home). In these instances the buyer’s lawyer may have to be approved by the lender and/or the title company to perform the necessary functions.

3. Seller’s Mortgagee

If the seller has a mortgage outstanding, the seller’s bank may require that its representative (perhaps it’s a lawyer) attend the closing to obtain the check from the home buyer for the amount of outstanding mortgage balance due. In some instances it may be possible to avoid having the seller’s bank’s representative present and simply have the buyer’s lawyer represent that bank and forward documents and payments to your bank at a later date.

4. Escrow Agent

This is usually an independent party, perhaps a representative of the title insurance company. Whether you’ll use an escrow agent depends on the custom in your part of the country. The escrow agent will handle all of the money and paperwork associated with the closing. The escrow agent will generally use the sales contract as a guide to assure that all the terms of the contract are adhered to, the monies are appropriately applied (e.g., to pay outstanding real estate taxes, utility bills). Sometimes a list of steps to be taken by the escrow agent, perhaps called as the escrow instructions, is prepared to summarize the escrow agent’s responsibility and the money and documents the buyer and seller must each furnish to the escrow agent. The escrow agent may arrange for the recording of documents, payment of repair or insurance costs, proration of insurance or taxes, and other matters necessary for the closing.

5. Real Estate Broker

To pick up the commission check and provide you a statement indicating the commission has been paid in full. To assist in resolving any questions or disputes between the buyer and seller concerning the condition of the property, personal property involved, or other matters.

6. Title Insurance Company

A representative may be present to provide the buyer with the title insurance binder, to clear up any title exceptions, and to collect the payment due to the title company.

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Creating Effective Presentations Using a Full-Featured Conference Calling Service

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

From good public speaking skills to the effective presentation of visual aids, clear communication between participants is the most important factor in any business meeting. This fact is emphasized when using a conference calling service. Since the meeting will be conducted remotely, it’s important to make sure that all discussions are heard loud and clear; otherwise, misunderstandings can escalate from simple internal inaccuracies to critical mistakes.

Typically used for conducting client meetings, sales presentations, project meetings and updates, training, and other forms of corporate communication, conference calling services have made it more convenient for companies to hold meetings without getting in the way of productivity. Such a service eliminates the need for employees outside the main office to travel and attend meetings, especially if they are located in different parts of the world.

Given the role of such services in a company’s daily operations, it’s essential that the chosen conference call service offers tools that do not only make the message clear and comprehensible, but also easily retained by members of the audience. Examples of such features include desktop sharing and call recording.

Desktop sharing, also known as screen sharing, provides you with the ability to share your computer screen with other participants during live conference calls. With this, you can increase the effectiveness of your presentations, as visual aids enable your audience to understand your message better. In fact, based on a study by the Wharton Research Group, conference calling with visual aids increases message retention by as much as 400 percent, compared to verbal discussions that only have retention rates of approximately 10 percent.

Furthermore, Doug Malouf, one of the country’s most outstanding keynote speakers, explains that 75 percent of all environmental stimuli are received through the eyes. This clearly shows that adding desktop sharing can increase the effectiveness of your presentations.

Call recording is also an important feature your chosen conference calling service should offer. It allows participants to easily download and play back previous meetings, and also enables them to review the points discussed and clarify details that you, or your associate, may have missed during the meeting. You can also email these recordings to participants or save them for future use.

By making sure that your service provider offers features like desktop sharing and call recording, you can rest assured that every presentation you deliver will effectively explain all the important details you aim to discuss and leave no room for error in terms of how your associates, employees, business partners, and other corporate parties understand your message.

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How To Deliver Top-Notch Presentations – No Matter What the Topic

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Learning how to give an interesting and top-notch presentation is a skill that is acquired through practice. The key to presentations is that it isn’t always what you say. Sometimes it is how you say it. If you don’t believe it, then try a little experiment with yourself. Turn your television on but mute the sound. Flip through the channels and watch shows, movies and commercials without the sound. While you don’t know exactly what is happening without the sound, you do get a perspective from some of the scenes that you can see but not hear.

Here’s a little more reinforcement of the point. You walk into class one day and your professor doesn’t say anything but he starts a DVD that is flashing still photos on the screen one at a time. The first photo is that of a German guard standing watch over a humongous pile of emaciated bodies. The next photo is that of a mass grave filled with more emaciated bodies. After going through about 15 of these photos, the professor walks over to the TV and switches it off. Does he have your attention? Did he have your attention from the time that the first photo flashed on the screen?

Top-notch presentations and top-notch presenters are those that are able to keep their audience’s attention. A great way to keep your audience focused and also to reinforce your points is to use visual aids. Visual aids can be in the forms of photos, handouts, maps, charts, graphs, videos, or DVDs. You do not need to have a visual aid for every single point, but be sure to spread them out throughout your presentation at appropriate intervals.

Another great way to present is by getting your audience involved. Interacting with your audience keeps things fresh and moving. And depending on how you interact with them it keeps your presentation from being a monologue since it won’t only be of you talking, talking and talking. One way that you can interact with your audience is by asking questions of them:

“How many of you here have…?”

“Has anyone here…?”

Another way you can interact with your audience is by having them become part of an example. You’ve seen a magician’s act at least once in your life, right? For certain tricks the magician always asks for a volunteer from the audience. You can do the same thing with your audience, without doing magic tricks of course. Ask for someone to help you prove a point by doing whatever it is that you need them to do.

Handouts and games are a couple of other options to getting your audience involved and interacting with them.

The most important aspect of giving a top-notch presentation is to be prepared. Preparation happens before the presentation ever begins. Prepare an outline or speaking points for you to follow along during your presentation. Do not write your presentation out in complete sentences and then try to memorize it or read it word for word.

Speaking points or bullet points are memory prompts that will allow you to move from one speaking point to another with a smooth transition. Even if you have visual aids like PowerPoint slides or transparencies, have a copy of your speaking points written or typed out on a piece of paper or on index cards.

Another way to prepare for your presentation is to practice it as if you are really giving it to an audience. Once you have your presentation prepared stand in front of a mirror and practice. Give your presentation as if you are speaking to your audience. Saying it out loud will help you to refine and edit your presentation where necessary. You should practice giving your presentation over and over again until you feel very comfortable with it.

So the key to giving a top-notch presentation is to:

1. Be creative

2. Be prepared

3. Use visuals

4. Interact with your audience

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Coaching Tips For Powerful Presentations

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Tip #1 – The purpose of your speech is to get results; to help people make changes and think or act differently. So start with the end in mind. What do you want people to do as a result of your speech? What do they need to know to do this? What do they need to feel to do this?

Tip #2 – Show your audience that coaching is a process. It is different from consulting. Do some coaching (role playing) during your presentation. Let audience members see what it would be like to have you as their coach.

Tip #3 – Determine what kind of coaching the client wants and needs. Interview a few people before you give your program to find out what challenges they are experiencing. The program chair can provide you with a few names to contact. Then use this information in your speech content.

Tip #4 – People learn in three ways: Visual (what they can see), Auditory (what they can hear), and Kinesthetic (what they can touch). Try to include all three ways in your speech. Most of your audience will be visual and need to “see” what they “hear” from you. So tell your personal stories to support your points. When the audience hears your story(ies) they will feel connected to you.

Tip #5 – People have short attention spans. Review your main points before you end your speech. Don’t give them too much information. Most people only remember one or two concepts – so provide your best one or two ideas that will have the most significance to that particular audience.

Tip #6 – Be conversational by engaging the audience. Don’t lecture the audience. Adults love to learn but don’t like to think they are in school. Be interactive. Remember, the audience that gets involved with your material will learn something they can use immediately. A great speaker wants the audience to “own” his/her material.

Tip #7 – Use humor. This keeps the audience interested and they learn better. I don’t mean telling jokes. Use deprecating humor or make comments on common every day events, you know, the human condition. Bill Cosby is great at this. Think of others who do this well and emulate their style.

Tip #8 – Use strong openings. Examples: a story, a significant statement, a quotation, a challenging question. You really only have 60 seconds to connect with your audience. Then you must provide a speech that engages them. Using personal stories and sprinkling your remarks with humor will keep them interested

Tip #9 – Use Strong Closings. Examples: Provide a summary. (Tell ‘em what you told them) Review the main points, make a statement, tell an anecdote. Finally challenge them to take some action… immediately, in the next 48 hours, in one week, by the end of the year.

Tip #10 – Use an evaluation form. This will provide you with feedback to grow and make course corrections as needed. Keep it short and always ask, “Who else would benefit from this program?” “May I call you to get this information?” Then follow up!

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How to Develop a Winning Virtual Presentation

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It is not unusual in today’s economic climate for businesses to scale back on travel costs and to look for ways to reduce business expenditures. Even the recent Swine Flu Pandemic has many large and small businesses eliminating business travel entirely for non-essential staff. Some people will be overjoyed with this news – ah now I get to spend more time with my family, or more time on those work projects that get shoved to the bottom of the pile when I am away on business. Wrong! Now more than ever we have to manage our work time wisely. Online meetings are replacing face-2-face meetings for many workers. Not only is it a cost-effective solution but it is also time efficient when managed correctly. If it is not managed correctly, well I probably don’t have to tell you, but I will because we have all sat through those boring teleconferences where no one says anything and we all just kind of sit there.

So you might be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? I won’t have a problem running a virtual meeting because I am very successful at face-2-face meetings.” Well that may very well be the case and for your sake I hope you do find the same success at leading a virtual meeting. But to err on the side of safety you might want to review a few key steps that will help ensure that you are a success rather than a bore that makes everyone roll their eyes -because if the air on the line goes dead you really don’t want to have to guess if your audience is sleeping do you?

The following steps have been compiled through research, mine and my colleagues, and feedback from participants.

Top Tips for Developing a Virtual Meeting

1. Have a game plan – create a one-page agenda that outlines the topics to be discussed and who is responsible for leading that discussion. Try to create a logical order for the meeting’s progression and cut-out non-essential information.

2. Set a time limit – limit your meeting time to no more than 1 hour and less if possible. Be respectful of everyone’s time and remember that nobody likes meetings no matter how charismatic you think you are.

3. Incorporate visual aids if appropriate- whenever possible try to incorporate visual aids that may help in facilitating the points of your presentation or illustrate a new concept for the group. These can be created in MS PowerPoint(TM) and then e-mailed to participants prior to the meeting. Alternatively, you might use a meeting/screen sharing program such as WebEx, Acrobat ConnectPro or GoToMeeting to share your presentation slides.

4. Behave yourself- adhere to the same business manners and behaviors that you would in a face-2-face meeting. If you are meeting with a client remember to address them and treat them with the same courtesy you would in a face-2-face meeting. Off-color jokes should always be avoided and don’t fall victim to such inappropriate gestures as eye-rolling – though your client may not be able to see you, your colleagues will, and it sets a bad example.

5. Say it first…and then say it last – take advantage of the fact that people remember best what they hear first and last. Tell them what you want them to know twice–once when you start and once when you finish the meeting.

6. Answer questions and say thank you- Before closing out your meeting ask your audience if anyone has any questions. And remember to say thanks – everyone likes to feel appreciated!

Use these six tips and you will be well on your way to a successful virtual meeting!

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How Much to Spend on Holiday Presents

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The holiday season is almost here. Now, what are you going to get your nieces, nephews, sibling-in-laws, parents and all other members of the extended family? With all the built in excitement of family gatherings comes the fun, yet sometimes stressful, component of gift-giving. A common set of thoughts on all of our minds revolve around how much we should spend on each family member’s gift. When it comes to selecting who to give gifts to, it is important to make sure you have a little something for everyone you will actually be celebrating the holidays with. So, what do you get a baby, teenager or adult and how much should you spend? According to recent studies and polls, the average amount of money spent on gifts varies by age, but generally the amounts tend to be around the $20 range.

Several parents submitted their thoughts about giving gifts to children in the 3-5 year old range and suggested the range of $10-15 as acceptable. These parents are all part of the Berkely Parent Network and the majority of contributing moms and dads stated that no more than $20 should be spent on such young children who will probably only use a particular toy once or twice before moving onto the next $20 item.

When it comes to purchasing presents for teenagers, $20-$25 is an acceptable range, however aside from gift cards, it can sometimes be difficult to find suitable presents in this range. According to one Web site’s findings, one of the top ten gift ideas for teenage girls this season is “Stickr Frames.” These frames are perfect for mounting pictures without the hassle of using nails, measuring or leveling; and they cost less than $20 for a set of eight. Other great ideas for teenage girls around the $20 range include bath and body product gift sets and perfumes. Teenage boys have been known to boggle the human mind for years; what is an appropriate gift for a boy who’s personality just can’t be read very easily? One interesting gift idea that has actually made the “Top Ten Gifts for Teen Guys” this season is a duct tape wallet. This gift is only $15 at some places and is definitely a creative idea. I’ve never seen one before, nor would I ever carry one, but I am sure my teenage brother would get a kick out of it, as would his friends.

Adults are fun to shop for because there are so many different routes you can take. If you are buying for a married couple, a smart idea is to buy a “couple gift” instead of singling out each individual and purchasing one present for both the man and woman. Giving singular gifts may lead to a silent comparing of each other’s gifts and the thoughtfulness behind them. I know my mom called me the other day to request what my husband and I wanted as a couple for Christmas because she would hate for either of us, more than likely my husband, to feel as if my family bought me a more sincere or valuable gift than they bought him. By giving a couple gift-one gift two people share-you have a larger budget to work with and you can still stick to the $20-$25 per person range. Some thoughtful ideas could be giving a “Dinner and a Movie Date Night” gift; this gift could consist of a $30 gift certificate for dinner and a $20 movie theatre gift card inside of a real popcorn bucket.

Giving gifts does not have to be stressful and you do not have to break the bank to make someone’s eyes light up this holiday season. And just remember, spending $20 is totally acceptable as it is the current national average for not only holiday gifts, but for birthday presents as well. Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Secrets Of Making Better PowerPoint Presentations

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Presentation has been one of the working experiences where the employees will display certain of data to the bosses or possible ideas and proposals are being brainstormed to bring across the message to the future co-operative investors. PowerPoint presentation can be a wonderful tool to enhance the ideas and attract attention span in just a short period of time. But, it could also influence how people perceive from the presentation; either mends if a good one is applauded and breaks if a bad one is despised. Sometimes, don’t you wish that the presenters just ditched the PowerPoint and just speak as it would be more compelling?

There are no recipes to make a better presentation but there are certain so called secrets. The most important rules are we must not put focus on the PowerPoint. It is a tool designed to augment their presentation and not be their presentation. You are the focus role and always are, never use slides and props to compete with your ideas. If you have fewer ideas, PowerPoint can’t save you and could just worsen the overall presentation.

A logical flow is needed for your presentation. The last thing on your mind is your preference to turn the outcome into a random assortment of bulleted lists. A good flow is a must, and better yet, do tell a good story to the viewers. If you manage to bring the people with the ride, they will follow you easily and you win their hearts over. In contrast, frustration and agitation will take over.

A readable presentation is essential, and yet hard to implement practically. We must always think of the viewers’ opinion, those near to the screen or far across the room. Do consider the content and not long blocks of test, appropriate fonts, no detailed report and no ‘title capitalization’ unless it’s a title.

People always stress that less is more. It is applicable as a basic dissolve from slide to another is sufficient as people will only remember the major points anyway. A handout can help them to stay focused as some tend to take notes.

The more you work at it, the better you can be with PowerPoint presentation. It’s an essential working skill to be mastered or to be useless, based on your opinion.

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