Presentation Skills – You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Have An Impact!

Are you worried about giving the perfect speech? Does the thought of having a minor typo on your Power Point slides or saying, “Uhm” once or twice, terrify you?

Don’t worry. You do not have to be perfect from a “speech contest” point of view, in order to make a positive impact on most audiences. Instead, think about the best speakers you have seen. What impresses you about them?

Usually, the best speakers are passionate and care deeply about their message. They may not be technically perfect in their delivery. But, it does not matter. Their passion and connection to the audience makes the difference.

Focus on your message, not your mechanics:

I have studied presentation skills for the past 20 years. I have learned dozens of great techniques. But, I got trapped into trying to be “technically perfect.” I worried about using the perfect gesture or Power Point slide rather than focusing on my message. I became too mechanical. I looked wooden on stage.

I needed to focus on my “message”, not my “mechanics.” Once I started focusing on my audience members, I was more passionate and had greater impact.

Your message is what counts:

Your message is more important than being technically proficient from a “speech contest” viewpoint. What is your message? Why is it important for your audience to hear it? Why are you the best one to deliver this message? Once you answer these questions, your passion will shine through to your audience.

Make a connection with your audience:

One of the most important skills I teach in my “Delivering Persuasive Presentations” seminar is how to connect with an audience. Your passion shows in your eye contact, voice and body language.

Don’t read from a script. Instead, talk to your audience. Don’t hide behind a podium. Instead, step in front of the podium and connect with your listeners. The more passion you show, the more you will connect with your audience.

Go to as many training courses as possible. Learn new skills. Practice your techniques ahead of time so they become second nature to you. Then in front of a group, deliver your message with passion!

Remember, “You don’t have to be perfect to have an impact!”

© 2008 Reflective Keynotes Inc., Toronto, Canada

Carriage Clocks Past and Present

HTC have unveiled their new One series of mobile phones for 2012. The range consists of three new models with the flagship handset being the impressive new HTC One X. Previously we took a look at the design of this new model along with the software that it incorporates. Here we examine the camera features that are present on this exciting new model.

The HTC One X features a superb camera facility. The company are not renowned for producing models with excellent photography and video features so we were pleasantly surprised with what we found on this handset. The model incorporates an 8 million pixel camera which is accompanied by an LED flash. This is the first model released by HTC to incorporate the new HTC Image Chip and BSI sensor which helps the phone to produce stunning images. It is not only the hardware that has been improved on this model and the software also boasts some impressive new functionality. In addition to the normal features that we expect from a premium device such as face detection and touch focus there are some genuinely useful new facilities. The new Burst feature can capture a series of shots in quick succession. By holding their finger on the shutter button the user can take up to 99 individual photograph snapped at just 0.7 seconds distance apart. Once these photographs have been captured the user can look and see which one is the most suitable and discard the ones that are not needed.

The new HTC One X also feature a very high quality video capture facility. The device can record video footage at a resolution of 1080P which is the highest resolution currently available from any device. Not only does footage of this standard look superb on the excellent phone display but it also works well when transferred to a home computer or a compatible television. An impressive aspect of the video recording facility on this model is that it enables users to capture still photographs while they are recording video. This is a new feature that cannot be found on any other model and could prove very useful. Imagine recording a segment of video and while filming you notice a shot that would make an excellent photograph. Normally you would have to stop recording and switch to camera mode in order to capture the image. With the excellent One X you can simply press the camera button while recording and the image is saved with no interruption of your footage.

The HTC One X includes a superb photography and video package that eclipses what many of its rivals can offer. The quality is very high in both areas and a number of useful new features add to the appeal of this excellent model.

How to Start a Home Business Online and Make Money on the Internet

Everyone dreams about leaving the daily grind and their nine to five jobs behind in favor of a home bases online business. You may be one of the many who is thinking about this day in and day out, but the problem lies in knowing how to get started. Before you can have a successful online business you do in fact have to start one and knowing the process of doing so will help you realize your eventual dream of being self-employed.

There are number of steps that should be taken in order to start your home business online. Here are some steps you will need to complete in order to get your business rolling:

1. Decide what you want to do: How do you propose to make a living online? While there are many avenues that you can take you must first decide what you will do in order to know where to go. For example, if you decide you are going to start a business selling items online you need to decide whether or not you will have a website to sell your items, sell on eBay, or do a combination of both. But again, you need to first determine your plan for a business.

2. Decide to incorporate or not: Depending on the business you set up you may want to incorporate as a C Corp or an S Corp. Then again you may want to stay as a sole proprietor. Whatever you decide, you do have to pick something. The best thing to do when making this decision is to make an appointment with your accountant and have them explain to you the pros and cons for each in regards to the business you are planning on opening up online.

3. Find out about licensing: With whatever business you decide to do online you will more than likely at least need to obtain an occupational license. Furthermore you may have to get licenses specific to your state or even your county and city. There may even be additional licenses that are required by the industry in which you will be participating in accordance to the law. The point is you need to find out what licenses you will have to obtain in order to do legitimate business online.

4. Promote Yourself: The last step in staring your home business online is to promote yourself and let it be known by all that you are coming out of the gates with thunder. It isn’t enough to just have a plan, but you also need to let others know that you are out there and let them know exactly what it is that you will have to offer them.

While working for yourself is probably the most rewarding job of all, if not started properly you can be in for a big disappointment. By taking the appropriate steps to start the business off the right way you too can be up and running with a home business conducted online that will allow you to leave the rat race far in your rear view mirror.