Presentation Skills – 7 Top Tips

Here are my 7 tips for polishing your presentations and giving maximum value to your audience:

1. Involve the audience by asking them questions and for their own stories and experiences to support what you are saying. However, only ask a question if you know they will get the answer right! You are not there to test them and a series of wrong answers will take you off-track and begin to irritate.

2. Talk for about 15 minutes at most without audience participation, or you will lose their attention. People always start to perk up if they think they may be asked for a contribution!

3. Use plenty of anecdotes and human interest to engage your audience’s imagination. Human beings love stories and they will be more inspired to think about what you are saying.

4. Don’t be afraid to repeat important points several times or to allow a pause for something vital to sink in. Even the most quick-witted amongst us welcomes the opportunity to mentally catch up and really appreciate a point before you move on.

5. Use plenty of visuals, whether that be PowerPoint, props or visual imagery. Being able to see or imagine something brings it alive in a fresh and powerful way.

6. You will probably need to speak more slowly, more clearly and more loudly than you would naturally. A normal conversational pace can come across as a gabble in a presentation.

7. And most importantly of all – look as though you are enjoying yourself! Moods and emotions are catching, and if you look as though you are happy to be there, talking to them, your audience will be more responsive.

Enjoy putting these tips into practice and you will become a popular presenter!

Credit Card Debt Negotiation Process Explained

A common misconception amongst many consumers is that the only way to get rid of credit card debt is by either paying it off or by filing for bankruptcy. Many times paying it off just isn’t possible due to financial constraints and declaring bankruptcy can hurt an individual many more ways than just financially so that should be avoided at all costs.

Another alternative that makes sense for a great many people is credit card debt negotiation. This is accomplished by working with a well-trained representative of a reputable debt settlement company who will work directly with the credit card companies that are owed money in order to reach a viable solution that is agreeable to both the creditor and debtor.

How It Works

When dealing with debt it’s all about the numbers. What happens in credit debt negotiation is the debt negotiator or debt arbitrator will work out a financial settlement price as a percentage of the whole. For example; if the cardholder is $25,000 in debt the negotiator works with the bank or financial institution to reduce it to $12,000 and the remaining $13,000 is then written off or forgiven.

That is of course a simplified explanation of how it works but I believe it conveys the general idea behind credit card debt negotiation. Another positive is that it will stop the collectors from contacting the debtor at home or at work through phone calls and threatening letters. All correspondence automatically goes through the debt settlement company.

Finding a Reputable Company

It is absolutely imperative that any individual interested in working with an organization to negotiate their credit card debt does their homework in advance to make sure that that company is in fact reputable. The very first thing to do is to contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure that there are no outstanding complaints.

The next thing you want to do is go online and do thorough research. I’m talking about spending hours and doing it right. Search consumer watchdog sites, forums and any and all other information sources that you can find. Don’t be afraid to use the search box on Google. That’s what it’s there for.

Questions to Ask

Asking questions is a big deal when it comes to finding the right debt negotiation company. You’re going to want to know what the training and credentials of the negotiator that will be assigned to you are. You’re also going to want to get a guarantee that they will do exactly what they claim they will do.

Because this is new to you you will no doubt have a great many questions to ask about how the program works. Write them down in advance so you do not forget them. If you feel as though the representative is evasive or does not answer your questions to your satisfaction then move on to another company.

It is your financial future that is at stake so take the time to educate yourself as much as you possibly can about how the credit card debt negotiation process works. The more you know the better off you’ll be and the quicker you will become debt free.

Substance, Humor, Style of Presenting – Which is More Important When It Comes to Delivering a Speech

It really depends on the purpose of the speech. If it is for entertainment, then humor will be more important than substance. An after dinner speech is one such example. People would expect you to make them laugh more than to make them learn. Can you imagine someone preaching about the seven effective habits of highly successful people after a six-course meal?

However, if your purpose is to inform, persuade or inspire, substance will be indispensable. Patricia Fripp, a well-respected speaker in the industry defined substance as “what makes an audience’s business and personal life better if they act on it”. It could come in the form of a three-step strategy, a recommended book to read or tips to solve a particular problem. If there is no substance in your speech, then there is really no point wasting your audience’s time delivering it.

As a rule of thumb, focus on substance and then tweak the humor level according to your competence and appropriateness. For someone who has a knack for making his audience laugh at cue, he can leverage on humor to increase memorability of his message or even disarm the tough nuts and persuade them to his way of thinking. Otherwise, concentrate on increasing value for your audience. It is a sure-fire way to win your audience over, even without humor!

Style of presenting a speech, on the other hand, lies outside the humor-substance pie. You cannot switch on and off a style since it is part of who you are. However, your style can be polished with more stage time. The more you get up to the platform to speak, the more comfortable and aware you become of your style. And it can inevitably become a weapon you use to personalize your speech. If you are interested to learn how you can “find” and hone your style of speaking, refer to this online entry:

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