Business Presentations – For Greater Clarity Use Child’s Play

When presenting data or analysis to senior executives or committees it’s obvious that if they don’t understand your message then they won’t your concept. But something equally important is the issue of actually understanding the presenter e.g. the speed at which you talk, the way you pronounce words, or a strong regional accent can all influence the clarity of your message. One easy way to fix this problem is to articulate every word.

I’ve presented at a small conference – 90 people – the presenter before me was a Doctor. She was presenting some very important research about the need to use sustainable materials in the construction of public sector housing. A very important message; Al Gore, after-all, got a Nobel Prize for work on a similar theme.

But she mumbled her way through the presentation, mostly with her back to the audience reading her slides. Despite having a microphone the audience struggled to hear or understand what she was saying. Amongst her worst faults were dropping the ends of her words, especially when the letters, T or D, or ING were involved. This had the effect of making her mumble even more difficult to understand. And then when she noticed that the audience were losing interest she started to rush, which made comprehension even worse.

If she’d asked here’s the advice I would have given her: ANNUNCIATE! Specifically, pronounce every single word properly. The effect it has is to:

1. Slow you down so that you are better understood by your audience
2. Allow you to breath properly because you have slowed down, hence you don’t swallow your words
3. Allow you to think, so you can go off-script and really react to your audience
4. Make your facial muscles congruent with what you are saying.

Don’t underestimate the power of proper pronunciation it can have a dramatic effect on your presentation. Here’s how you do it.

The minute you close this article go to your nearest bookshop and buy “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr Seuss. Read it out loud for at least three consecutive nights before a presentation. Re-read it again just before your presentation. Then marvel at how much more time you seem to have and how much better your audience rates to what you say.

Remember if they can’t understand you, they won’t buy your ideas.

Top Five Birthday Presents to Give to a Hardworking Mom

Moms are very caring, understanding and patient. They make sure that their families are in great disposition in life. They always take care of the needs of everyone in the family and on top of that, they still find the time to work in the office to help provide for the family. Now, Wonder Woman will surely get intimidated in front of a super mom like your mom – most moms. However, sometimes, it is also alarming how hardworking or workaholic she could be. Is your mom like this? Do you feel that she is working so hard that she does not have enough time to take care of herself? Well, maybe it is best to do something about it. Make sure to prepare presents for mom that will enable her to relax and unwind. Here are some examples of birthday gift for your hardworking mom:

1. Cruise ship travel – the luxury of a cruising on a cruise ship will surely make your mom feel calm and happy. She will be able to forget about the things that stress her out. She will finally have the time to enjoy and take a break from her busy schedule. This is definitely one great example birthday present for mom who is so workaholic. If you do not have much budget for a cruise ship travel then a simple trip to the beach will do. There’s something about beach, sea or any other form of bodies of water that makes a person calm and relaxed. This is a great opportunity to reflect and unwind with your loved ones.

2. Spa treatment – another great gift for your mom is a Spa treatment. You should bring her to a Spa salon and make her feel like a queen. The nice feeling of massage and body treatment will surely take away body aches or pains that she might be experiencing due to fatigue.

3. Massage chair – for a long term or easy access to relaxation, it is recommendable to buy a massage chair for your mom. This way, she will easily have access to a great massage after hectic day at work.

4. Home-cooked meal – for a change, why don’t you cook for your mom? She’s always the one in-charge in the kitchen so on her birthday, it would be nice and sweet of you to prepare a home-cooked meal for her.

5. Hair makeover – when your mom is too busy at home and in the office, she may find no time to go to a salon even for a quick haircut so it would great to treat her to a hair makeover on her birthday. A new look specifically hairstyle will definitely make her feel rejuvenated.

Your present for mom may be simple but you should at least aim to take her worries and stresses away. The best gift for mom that you could offer is your love. She has always been caring, understanding and loving so you should now give back all the good things that she’s done for you. Hopefully you picked up some ideas from this article on what to give to your mom on her birthday.

A Look At The Processor And Media Features Present On The New Motorola Razr

When casting your eyes over the Motorola Razr for the first time it is evident that you are looking at a premium smartphone thanks to its thin chassis and extremely high quality screen. Here we delve a little deeper on this new model and take a look under the bonnet to see what specification it offers to help it compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung in the ever changing smartphone market.

Media fans will love what the features that the Motorola Razr offers. As a digital still camera the phones provides great quality photographs thanks to it being able to capture images at a very high 8 million pixel resolution. This quality is the benchmark for premium models and is offered on other reputable handsets such as the iPhone 4S and the HTC Sensation XL. As you would expect a wealth of useful features are present in the camera mode to help you achieve fantastic results. These features include auto focus to help reduce the likelihood of a blurred image and an LED flash for those tricky shots when lighting is not ideal. If you would rather capture video footage the Razr offers the highest level of HD capture from its 1080P resolution facility. The video facility incorporates image stabilisation technology to help the results look smooth and professional whether you are watching on the phones own screen or transferring to a larger display. A secondary camera is also featured on this model which enables HD video calls to be conducted as well as self portraits.

The Motorola Razr offers a powerful 1.2Ghz dual core processor together with a hefty 1GB of RAM memory. This processor allows the phone to operate at lightening speeds and the dual cores ensure that multi tasking does not hinder the phones performance in anyway. These figures certainly look impressive and eclipse the sort of processor specification that is offered on the iPhone 4S which is a very fast phone. Last year Motorola launched the Atrix phone which benefitted from a range of accessories that helped the device perform a variety of tasks. The Razr offers similar facilities and the most useful may prove to be the new Webtop station. This links to a High Definition TV and enables you to use the phone like a media centre on the big screen. This is great for browsing the web, sending messages or streaming video. All of these tasks can be performed whilst the phone is charging.

The Motorola Razr impressed us with its looks and continues to do so with its excellent specification and features. The powerful processor makes this one of the fastest phones around whilst the great multi media features ensure this phone competes with some of the best models currently available.