Why a Fishing Chair is a Great Present

Unless you are springing for an expensive luxury lounger, the idea of giving someone a chair as a present may seem a bit odd. If you know someone who loves the outdoors however, a fishing chair may be one of the most appreciated and well used presents they will ever receive.

There are a lot of items that fishermen take with them when they head to the great outdoors. Besides the fishing basics like fishing rods, bait and tackle, there are a host of other small conveniences that the experienced outdoorsman knows to take along to make things more enjoyable. It only takes one trip to the riverbank or shoreline, sitting on an uncomfortable rock or stump, to convince most people that taking some type of chair along might be a good idea for the next visit. Spending several hours crouched uncomfortably makes it tough to be patient, especially if the fish are not particularly interested in what you are presenting that day. The most basic function of a fishing chair comes into play here. They are a simple yet sturdy place to plant your backside while you tend to the business of getting some proper fishing done!

Beyond this basic service the chair provides however, there are some extra perks that fishermen (or women) might come to appreciate after a short time of sitting along the water’s edge. Many of the chairs available today offer some built in perks that some people might wish were available on their living room recliners. The biggest one of these is a built in cooler. Yes, some wonderful person working in the product design lab realized that people can get pretty thirsty when they go fishing. Some of these chairs actually come equipped with a cooler which can hang from the back of the chair and accommodate a six pack of refreshing beverages for every person with a chair.

If the already mentioned features are not enough to convince you that a fishing chair would be a wonderful present for someone special in your life, the practical features go on. These chairs are not only collapsible. Some are even designed to fold down to the form of a backpack that a fisherman or hiker can carry with them and still keep their hands free during the trip.

If you have been stumped about what to give some special person in your life as a gift, a fishing chair could be the special present that gets the job done for you. It is practical, functional and fun. Best of all, the person you give it to will almost certainly put it to good use the next time they head out to go fishing or camping. If you want to tag along, you might even want to get one for yourself.

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A Powerful Presentation Technique – Story Telling

Appealing to emotions is the most powerful way to transfer learning in an information cluttered training or presentation. A compelling story woven with a lot of information in the telling with a conclusion that appeals to the emotion can permanently etch the learning in an otherwise unresponsive training or meeting fatigued audience.

Right from childhood the best learning we have had has taken place through grandma tales, or reading stories through books or stories narrated to us in schools and by friends. We remember them better than the thousands of lectures and classes we have attended.

So what are the elements of a powerful story and how does it work.

A story is woven around a situation

You need an interesting situation where the protagonist is up against seemingly insurmountable odds. The story should leave out mundane details of what our heroes dress or the chronology and focus solely on the situation he is confronted with, which throws his life out of balance. The focus should be on the emotional elements, the struggle and stratagem to overcome the adversity and how he wins in the end. Don’t we all like the prince to fight the dragon and carry away the princess and live happily ever afterwards.

The situation need not always be good against evil or win vs. lose. They could be funny, humorous, tragic, situational, or just a corporate incident. It only needs to be infused with the right emotion.

Establish the situation quickly

If it takes ages for you to come to the point, you have lost the audience. The situation must be established in the first minute. Remember you are not writing for a magazine or a blockbuster novel. You are narrating to a live audience already on the borderlines of boredom. If you do not kindle their interest immediately you would have pushed them over the edge with negative consequences.

Bring emotion into your own presentation

The story must be narrated with all emotion and drama. If you drone on in a flat monotone howsoever powerful the story might be the impact is lost. Bring variation with voice pitch, right pauses and modulation. The right pauses should make your audience hang on to every word with anticipation and excitement.

Be creative

Telling the right story to the right audience at the right moment is the key. Don’t tell a story just for variation or a little diversion. Plan your presentation and design the story creatively to drive home the message. This perhaps is the difference between an excellent trainer and an average one. The top trainers plan their stories and weave it perfectly into the presentation. The average trainers know a lot of stories and tell one whenever he feels the audience is bored without creating the desired impact. The story becomes more of a filler than a powerful tool.

The Closing

The closing is the key to create impact. If you go into lengthy explanations about the morale the impact may be lost. Leave it with a dramatic end leaving the audience to come to their own inferences. Right from a child of a few years humankind is bestowed with a brilliant and interpretative mind and they come to the right conclusions. The best way to close is with a bit of mystery or a one line explanation leaving the lessons to sink in.

Here’s an illustrative story with most of the elements described.

The Story of the Fierce Giant once upon a time in a land far away, there lived an enormous giant. He was at least ten feet tall, with a mop of red hair and a beard, and in his hand he carried a mighty axe. Every year on the same day, at the same time, the giant would walk down from the mountains which were his home, to stand outside the castle walls, terrorizing the inhabitants.

‘Come send me your bravest man, and I will fight him,’ the giant would shout, towering over the wall and waving his axe menacingly. ‘Send me someone to fight,or I will knock down your castle walls and kill everyone with my axe.’ And every year, the gate in the castle wall would open slowly and fearfully, and one poor, valiant soul would walk out to Face the foe and certain death.

‘Is this the best you can do?’ the giant would laugh mockingly. The poor wretch would stand, mesmerized by the enormity of the giant and the task in hand. Not one person had even managed to draw his sword, before the giant would crush him with his mighty fist, and chop them into tiny pieces with his axe.

But then one day, a young prince arrived in the town. ‘Why does everyone here look so frightened and sad?’ he asked a fellow traveler.

‘You haven’t seen the giant yet,’ replied the traveler.

‘What giant?’ asked the young prince, intrigued.

The traveler told him the tale.

‘Every year, on this very day, the giant arrives and challenges our bravest to a duel. And every year, he slays them exactly where they stand. They don’t even move or draw their swords. It’s as though the giant hypnotizes them.’

‘We’ll see about that.’ Said the young prince

When the giant arrived later that day, he was waiting for him.

‘Come send me your bravest man, and I will fight him,’ the giant shouted.

‘I am here,’ said the young prince, throwing open the gate and striding out towards him.

For a moment they stood and faced each other. Although he was still a long way from him, the young prince was instantly struck by the sheer size and shocking appearance of his opponent.

But summoning up all his courage, he started to walk towards the giant, brandishing his sword, and never taking his eyes off that dreadful face with the red hair and the red beard. Suddenly he realized that as he was walking, the giant-rather than appearing larger – actually began to shrink before his very eyes. He stopped and stared. The giant was only five feet tall.

He walked closer to him still then stopped and stared. Now the giant was only two feet tall. He continued walking until he was face to face with the giant, and each step he took, he saw the giant shrink. By now the giant was so small, that he looked up at the young prince. He was only 12 inches tall.

The young prince took his sword, and plunged it into the giant ‘s heart.

As the giant lay dying on the ground, the young prince bent down and whispered to him, ‘who are you?’

With his dyeing breath, the giant replied, ‘My name is Fear.’

The aim of all presentation and training is to bring about change. There is no better method of creating at least the acceptance of the idea of change than a dramatic powerful story told well.

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Present Value of Future Payments

Studies have revealed that a number of people prefer to cash in on their future payments rather than wait for monthly installments. This growing trend is attributed to two major factors. Firstly future payment owners may need a lump sum to fund immediate needs. Others have gone a step further by determining the present value of future payments. People consider that immediate realization of cash from future payments compensates the diminishing effects of inflation on the present value of a future payment.

In simple terms, present value of future payments refers to their actual worth today. At times the present value of future payments tends to be notably higher than the expected value of future payments. The concept of future payments is simple to understand. Insurance or liable companies pay a monthly payment to the bearer. The payments made are actually realized from interests earned through annuities by these companies.

In most cases, these future payments are purchased for a lesser value than the actual settlement amount by paying companies. People therefore are actually receiving a discounted percentage of the settlement over a period of time. In due course of time these equal monthly payments will be of a diminished value. There are many variables involved.

If a person decides to cash in on future payments, the present value of future payments is based on a few factors. These include rating of the insurance company making future payments, the amount that is still payable, period for which future payments are structured and the amount the buying company will deduct for its service charge. Present value of future payments is greater than, when structured over a period of time.

Payments that are due are basically interest that has not been earned yet. When a case is settled, at times the insurance company invests the settlement amount in an annuity. This funds monthly payments, which is a combination of principal and interest. It is for this present value factor that insurance companies pay in installments rather than pay the whole amount. This makes the insurance companies the most profitable in a settlement case.

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Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Training – 3 More Presentation Power Techniques

You want to grow in your career.

And you want to feel confidence, pride and, yes, even relief, that you are able to reliably and confidently present to your audiences: whether from a stage, conference room or office.

Here are three more skills that are imperative to owning your stage and wowing your audience

During a speech, don’t speak for the first 5 – 10 seconds (if appropriate, and it almost always is). Simply take in the audience. Look individuals in the eyes and briefly connect.

Also, strategically, albeit organically and naturally, take pauses during your speech or presentation. This is particularly powerful and beneficial at key message points in your presentation.

Power through natural inhibition and fear of silence and you will likely feel the exhilaration and power in such moments. So will your audience.

Pause for several seconds or more after impact questions, points or moments in stories to allow people to feel and think about it.

Smile. Literally; but also metaphorically. This can be especially powerful if you do so in moments of silence, connecting one-on-one with individuals with whom you feel empathy and connection.

Nerves are indeed your friend. They heighten your energy and you absolutely want energy to connect with, inspire, wow and influence your audience to action.

Accept that you almost certainly will feel nervous. It is a given. And it is a positive.

Breathe deeply, feel your feet fully grounded to the earth (stage) and channel your nervousness up through your feet, into your trunk, arms, hands and face and through your body and voice into passion for and expression of your message, as well as a caring passion for your audience.

Again, breathe deeply — so important that it bears repeating — and focus on your deep breath for a moment when you feel nerves getting the best of you. Do so, as just suggested, in silence. You will naturally fear silence especially in these moments of fear. But if you allow, rather than fight, the moment, you will likely be amazed at the peace and power that comes with this allowance.

Then gently, and with focused passion and energy for your message and your audience, reach out to them: with your words, your body and your heart.

a. Before you begin your speech or presentation:
Stand with your feet shoulder length apart. Lightly bounce up and down while standing in place as a way to get a sense of your feet’s solid connection with the platform and your body’s life force as it flows up from your feet, through your legs, your pelvis, your core and the rest of your body, exiting your face, head, arms and hands and flowing directly to the audience.
b. Breathe deeply as you do this.
c. Raise your arms above your head, with your hands open. Then spread your arms out wide to your sides. Then back up above your head. And do on…
d. Maintain awareness of your energy flow during the exercise and while you do your speech or presentation. Feel your energy flow through your entire physiology and to each audience member with whom you make eye contact.

Maintain an awareness of your connection with the platform, your body, individual audience members and your energy flow to the individual audience members.

Make eye contact with many people.

Truly connect. Feel the connection.

Send each person positive energy. Smile at them.

Spend a few seconds in eye contact with many people.

Don’t scan over them, not really connecting with them. On the other hand, don’t stare anyone down.

Have a conversation with one person at a time, traveling from person to person throughout your presentation.

Dismiss any and all judgment of the audience. Assume they all support you. There have been many a time when I thought an audience member disagreed or flat out disliked me. Only to have them later come up to me and tell me they were incredibly moved and grateful.

Peace, power and prosperity friends.

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Stay in the Present For Golf – How Will You Know If You Are Playing in the Present?

When you are completely in the present, the here and now, playing moment by moment, shot by shot, absorbed in the actual doing of the task you will have complete emotional control. You can appreciate that if you are so absorbed in process that your mind does not wander to thoughts of “what if” or think about things that happened in the past, you will be emotionally neutral. You cannot be angry if you are not thinking about a bad shot you hit. You cannot be fearful or worried if you are not thinking about hitting a bad shot.

When thinking about and worrying over your swing because you are worried about the possibility of hitting a bad shot and what it will mean to you score, ego or both then you are not in the present moment and it is highly likely that you will hit the very shot you are trying to avoid.

You have options with your thinking that are either side of present moment thinking.

You can go forward in time (in your mind) to the future and you can think about that future in either a positive or negative manner or alternatively you can go back with your thinking and recall your past good performances or your past bad performances.

When you are in the present then you are fully immersed in what is going on at that very moment in time, (the process) and there can be no thoughts of what happened in the past or might happen again in the future.

If you allow your thinking to go back to shots in the past which were poor, upsetting, annoying, embarrassing, disappointing or made you angry with yourself, you are just revisiting the past and reliving a negative event that may have happened a few minutes or perhaps months or years previously. Is there any point reliving these bad performances? Will they help you play better here and now in the moment? Of course not! We could learn from them when they occur, feedback information on why the shot was not as planned, but learn without emotional attachment to the event and then just walk away.Remember that reliving past poor performances is just dooming yourself to repeat history.

Worrying about the possibility of making a poor swing means you are living (creating) a negative future which is likely to send the suggestion (command) to your unconscious mind to produce the very shot you are trying to avoid. In addition and just to make matters worse, worrying about hitting a bad shot will cause anxiety and muscle tension restricting your free movement and automatic performance, increasing the likelihood of a bad shot even further.

In understanding that you may be commanding your mind to perform poorly just by dwelling on negative past performances and imagining possible bad future shots I would like you to appreciate the following. Your unconscious mind is not logical which can be witnessed by the fact that if you have a nightmare it has real physical effects on your body even though, when it is analysed by your conscious mind, the nightmare makes absolutely no sense. It is not logical to have a nightmare which is complete rubbish and yet you still experienced real emotional and physical reaction. So please be in no doubt that your unconscious will have a big influence on your performance as a golfer.

To be in the present means that you play freely and with confidence on every swing, regardless of the previous swing even if it was bad because playing in the moment you will have no thoughts other than what is happening in that precise moment. To be in the present is to have no concern about the result of a swing because the moment your thinking moves forward to the outcome you will have shifted your thinking to the future again. This you must learn to stop and bring it back to the present swing process once more.

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Entering a Competitive Business Presentation Contest – Study Audience, Try to Present Last

Perhaps, you want to get your new concept for a business funded and maybe you have heard that there are Angle and Venture Capital presentation contests you can go to. These are fun to participate in, but don’t get your hopes up too soon, the competition is tough and many of the participants are almost professional presenters, meaning they never get funded, always make it to the final rounds, and have lots of practice. Heck, next stop Broadway.

Personally, and this is just my opinion, but having sat in on many of the angle investor presentation contests for new entrepreneurs to get their business funded, it appears to me that most of the presenters really are a little wet between the ears. That they understand very little about free-markets, or even their own industries. In fact, I often felt I knew more about their sector than they did when presenting, so well, obviously, I wouldn’t invest in their little startups, or even suggest any of my friends touch them with a ten-foot pole.

Now then, let’s say you do know your business and industry quite well and you have a great innovation, concept, or design for new business. Should you participate? That’s totally up to you, but if you do I have some advice for you. If you do happen to make it to the final rounds, it is important to sit in the audience and study the other contestants, and try to go last.

Watch the crowd and how they respond to each presenter.

Look at their body language are they skeptical, fidgety, and what perks up their interest.

Are they fully engaged, or mildly disinterested?

When they perk up – what was it that the presenters said which caused their attention and interest?

What types of jokes or one-liners do they respond to, and which ones draw absolutely no emotion at all?

You need to know all these things, and that’s why if you are going to enter a Competitive Business Presentation Contest, you must study the audience, and it’s best to be the last presenter. Please consider all this.

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Powerful Presentations — The Six Ps

In today’s fast paced world, being able to present our messages powerfully is not just an asset, but has become a necessity. Whether we are presenting one-on-one or to a large group, we will be successful if we make use of what I term as the Six Necessary Ps.

The first “P” stands for Passion. If we are not passionate about our topic, our ideas, and/or our products, our presentation will lack enthusiasm and sincerity. No one loses credibility more quickly than the presenter/speaker who appears to be giving a canned speech that doesn’t come from the heart.

The second “P” stands for Preparation. Some presenters pride themselves on “winging it” which quickly becomes obvious to the audience. I am not advising memorization of your presentation, but I suggest knowing your topic thoroughly, having more material than you need, and creating an outline or roadmap to follow. A suggestion that works well, however, is to have a strong opening and closing, and memorizing both of them.

The third “P” stands for Partnership. As presenters, we become most effective when we form partnerships with those who are experiencing our presentations. We can achieve this by pre-presentation contact and by caring about those in the audience. The beginning speaker is most concerned about him or herself, whereas the professional cares about the listeners.

And that takes us to the fourth “P” which stands for Professional. The effective presenter acts, looks, and talks like a professional. The professional is early to arrive, makes sure that everything is in place, and that any technical equipment is in working order. The professional returns phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion and sends requested information immediately.

The fifth “P” stands for Props. These include handouts, visuals, Power Point programming, music, and objects that serve as metaphors or examples. Not only do visuals help enhance the information being presented, they help the audience remember our points. The warning is to not overdo in this area and not depend upon them to do our work for us. Otherwise, props can detract from the message.

The sixth “P” stands for Practice. The more we practice our stories, our ideas, and speaking to groups of all sizes, the more effective we will become as powerful presenters. Some presenters practice in front of a mirror. Some tape themselves and listen to the tapes. Some practice their stories on friends and family. I do a lot of my practicing while driving.

When we put all of the “Ps” together, we will not only give powerful presentations, we will also enjoy doing it and our audiences, in turn, will enjoy listening to us. We will achieve Power, Persuasion, Polish, and Pizzazz!

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Looking for Presentation Tips? PowerPoint Is Where You Should Begin!

People in the business field almost always conduct presentations regularly. For presentation tips, PowerPoint will be able to help you begin. Making your presentations in PowerPoint is really easy through the help or Wizard options. The following are a few pointers for professionals in the business field on how to improve their presentations.

Each slide should contain your Company Logo

1. On the View menu, select Master view and then Slide Master. What you can also try is to hold down the Shift key and Select the Slide View button.
2. Then, select the Insert option and choose the picture from your file
3. Make sure to select your company logo or the picture you want in each of your slides
4. The size handles around the picture will also help you resize the picture as you please
5. Make sure to choose properly where you want the image to be placed
6. Should you want to go over your presentation, select the Slide View button
7. If your image blocks a certain part of your presentation, choose to slide it to back

Master View

Start your Presentation Properly

Avoid making your audience sit and wait while you start your software and open your presentation file in edit mode. Instead, save your presentation as a PPS file. In this way, when you double-click the icon, it will open directly in slideshow presentation mode.

Direct the Audience’ Attention

In almost all Presentation Tips, PowerPoint is the recommended tool as it allows presenters to direct your audience’s attention. For instance, every time you start talking it is best to leave the screen blank. There is a quick method on how to switch to a black or white screen. Take note of these tips:

When in Slideshow mode, try to go back to the active slide.

1. Select the shortcut menu->choose screen. Then, decide if you want either the black or white screen.
2. Left-click on the slide when you are ready to keep going with the presentation and redirect everyone’s attention back to the screen.

Should you need more presentation tips, PowerPoint offers everything you need. This program is easy to use and efficient.

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Learn Effective Presentation Tips

If you are due to make a presentation and the anxiety is getting on your nerves, the following presentation tips can help you. These tips can also be learned through presentation skills training course but here is an overview.

Some of the suggestions that you must remember to make your presentation a smashing hit are given below:

Practice before the D-Day

Practice is the keyword. Always practice your presentation before the D-Day. This would help you avoid the common mistakes while giving the oration for the first time. A complex presentation that includes multimedia must be practiced several times before the actual shot. Try practicing in the same room you have to give the lecture. Make sure your projector is fitted to the measurements of the screen. This will spare you from fumbling with the equipment later.

Keep a backup plan handy at all times

You might do everything in your power to avoid a sticky spot. Regardless of this, problems do tend to arise out of nowhere sometimes. For instance, your projector might not work due to some technical error. Make sure you are ready to make a presentation even without it. Keep your notes handy and memorize the points of your slides just in case the system shuts down.

Write down your speech

It is always safer to write down your speech or at least the pointers. These notes will be extremely helpful when you forget your key notes. In such a situation, simply go back to your notes and pick up from where you left. Avoid reading from your notes throughout. It will leave a bad impression on your audience as they might think you have not prepared enough for the presentation.

Memorize your oration

A good presenter is the one who does not read from the notes. Reading makes your presentation sound stilted and flat. Learning your speech by heart would make your lecture sound natural and give you the liberty to add in a few extra points according to the situation.

Check out the presentation room

Make it a habit to inspect the room before you go in for the actual lecture. Always confirm that all the things that you require are present in the room. This way you will be able to avoid any unwanted surprises in your first lecture.

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Presentation Format Ideas – Part 2

Prerecorded Webinars:

There has been a surge of technology solutions for delivering prerecorded webinars that may appear to be “live” webinars. Regardless of whether you approve of this “little white lie” or not, the fact remains that the limited audience feedback during a live webinar is reduced even further with the prerecorded webinar format.

The success of this type of persuasive presentation relies heavily on 3 factors: a) the appeal of whatever is being offered and how much the audience desires it; b) the proper design of a persuasive presentation to convince the audience of the problem and of the solution being offered; and c) an offer that promises more value than what it will cost.

Slideshows with no Sound Track:

Web-based, unnarrated slideshows are a growing part of the online marketer’s arsenal, especially with the current emphasis on content marketing strategies. There is a growing number of slide sharing sites on the internet encouraging this trend.

However, many presentations posted on sites like Slideshare.net are not optomized for this delivery format. Taking the slides from a live presentation and uploading them to Slideshare is not very effective. The audience reading these slides online is missing all the verbal narration included in a live presentation or even in a prerecorded webinar.

Even if the slides are full of bullet point text, those bullet points are often cryptic and hard to understand due to the common practice of deleting “unnecessary” words to shorten the bullet points. Without a speaker or narrator to explain, the reader will almost certainly have to guess at the author’s intended meaning for many of the bullet points.

Slides designed for viewing without any narration need to be designed differently than slides for a live presentation or webinar. All the information associated with the presentation must be carried in the text on the slides themselves.

Yet the audience is not interested in reading extensive text, like a white paper or an e-book, spread across the slides. A slideshow is NOT intended to be a text document!

Slideshows with Music:

Music can add an emotional setting or an entertainment factor to a slideshow, but it does nothing to change the communication problem described in the previous section. If anything, it can make the problem worse by distracting the audience with the music and making it more difficult for them to concentrate on reading and thinking about the text on the slides.

The solution is not necessarily to avoid using music. The better solution is to streamline the amount of information presented in the slideshow. Make the slideshow easy to read and make it easy for the readers to grasp the main points being presented. If they want to know more, they can search for the next slideshow to continue their learning.

Conclusions for Self-Running Presentations:

In summary, different guidelines should be followed to optomize each type of presentation using different delivery methods. Think about the environment in which your audience will be watching a presentation and provide them the support they will need to process and evaluate the information.

Without any live or recorded narration, the written text on the slides must carry all the responsibility for communication and persuasion. Most internet users do not like to spend a lot of time reading long amounts of text on the screen, so it is still best to limit the amount of information in the presentation overall, as well as limiting the text to one idea per slide. This helps to chunk the information into bite-sized sections for easy digestion.

Strong and relevant images can help to keep the audience engaged in any type of presentation. In addition, visual images can sometimes explain an idea more readily than words. Slides are a visual medium so take full advantage of the visual element, regardless of the type of presentation.

Planning and structuring your content before you begin creating slides is another good way to ensure that the audience will remain interested in the presentation and will be able to process the information you present and make a decision on any offer. Think of ways that you can help the audience keep track of where they are in the overall presentation; this will keep them engaged and not wondering whether all the slides will be like the first ones and whether they really want to click through all of them.

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