Presents Ideas

Throughout the year there are multiple occasions were a husband may give their wife a gift. These days’ gifts are commonly given for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Despite the fact that many husbands have been married to their wives for multiple years some husbands have no idea what to give their wives as present.

When buying a Christmas present for a man you have to remember that men are not like women when it comes to receiving a gift. You have probably seen a women react to a gift you gave and wondered what you chose wrong because she had that look on her face that said “this is not the perfect gift.” Men generally, are not that way. Most men will just be thrilled that you thought to give them a gift. You just need to find a Christmas present for a man that he will use. That’s the difference between men and women when it comes to receiving gifts. Men love to get something they can use while women like to receive the perfect gift such as the perfect accessories for an outfit.

Many women feel special when they get flowers especially if it isn’t for a particular reason at all. Many people feel that because flowers die so quickly it isn’t a good gift, but it is important to remember that it is the thought that counts. There are many women who love having flowers delivered to their work because they feel special and often get to show off your love to their co-worker.

Another hint for buying a Christmas present for a man is to get a few different gifts. In other words quantity sometimes is better than quality or expense. You know how you always check a bag for more gifts? It’s like you kind of expect more gifts to be in there and it’s slightly disappointing when there’s only one, right? Guys are the same when it comes to gifts. They usually prefer receiving a few smaller gifts than receiving one large gift. So you don’t have to feel bad if you can’t figure out one large Christmas present to get for a man, instead buy a few small gifts to put into one package.

How to Control the Butterflies and Survive Your Next Workshop Presentation

Feeling some nervousness before and during your workshop is a natural thing. Actually, I rather have some butterflies than a bumblebee flying around in my stomach. It protects me from getting stung with the venom of cocky. But, too much nervousness can be harmful. Here’s how you can control your nervousness and conduct effective, memorable presentations:

1. Know the room.

Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early.
I usually suggest no less than 6o minutes before the start of your session.
Practice using the microphone and any other audiovisual equipment you plan to use.

2. Know the audience.

Greet your participants as they arrive. It’s easier to
speak to a group of new friends than to a group of strangers.

3. Know your material.

If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice the delivery of your workshop. If you must refer to a prepared script than practice reading sections and maximize eye contact with your audience.

4. Relax.

Ease tension by doing exercises and stretches. Simple push-ups on the wall can work wonders. However, you do other things like practicing your smile and stretching your face muscles. Don’t forget to stretch those neck muscles too. Oops did I mention deep breathing?

5. Visualize yourself giving your workshop the days before and as you travel to the workshop site.

Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and confident. See your participants looking attentive and interactive. When you visualize yourself doing a good job, you will be successful.

6. Believe that people want you to succeed.

Most workshop participants want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining.
They don’t want you to fail. Don’t you feel the same way about your trainer and facilitator when you are a workshop participant?

7. Don’t apologize.

If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your presentation, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they may not have noticed. Keep silent. Remember -if you point to the sweat, they will see it!

8. FOCUS on your important messages.

Focus your attention away from your own inner anxieties, and outwardly toward your messages and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.

9. Gain experience by presenting as often as you can.

Experience builds confidence. Like any skills set -the more you do it the better you will get! That includes mistakes. Also, check out a Toastmasters club in your area. It is a great place to build your confidence for workshops and speeches. (www.Toastmasters.org)
10. Put your butterflies into a flying formation by turning your nervousness into positive energy.

Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm. Allow your passion to ooze out whenever possible.

5 Ways Project Managers Can Improve Their Presentation Skills

It is imperative for project managers to have effective communication and presentation skills. This is because how you present your project and your ideas to decision makers create an impression of yourself and establish your credibility as a project manager early on. Regardless of the purpose of your presentation, you will know you made an excellent presentation when you’ve made an impact on your audience.

1. Be prepared. Your preparation can mean the difference between a good presentation and an excellent project presentation. Give yourself ample time to research your product or project as well as your audience and your competition. In depth knowledge will help you formulate answers and rebuttals in a way that will give value to your audience. Most importantly, knowing and understanding your audience will help you build rapport and catch their interest; making it easier for you to relate to them and vice versa.

As part of your preparation, learn how to use your tools and props to avoid awkward pauses in the middle of the presentation. Use notes with outlines of your key points to keep you from losing track of the ideas you want to convey.

2. Set proper expectations. When you give your audience an insight on what you are going to discuss, you are getting them in tune to what you wish to achieve with your presentation. The best time to do this is during your opening. You are subconsciously directing their minds not to stray to different topics but to focus on what you have to say.

3. Engage the audience and keep it interesting. Adults have short attention spans. If your audience finds your presentation uninteresting, you will soon lose their interest and ruin your chance of getting a positive outcome. If you are using PowerPoint in your presentation, use images that tell a story and keep texts in the slides to a minimum. Use bullet points and not whole sentences. Take time to pause and ask your audience a few questions every now and then, making sure you establish eye contact when you do. Walk around the podium or switch positions to avoid coming off as robotic and stiff.

4. Practice, practice, practice. Your goal is not to memorize your presentation but to muster the flow of ideas, gestures and your timing. Watching your presentation on video is one of the most effective ways of evaluating yourself. Watch for your pace, timing, facial expression, movement and body language. Watch out for areas for improvements and work on sounding more natural and less tensed. Rehearsing in front of peers will help you get a feel of what it’s like to present in front of a crowd.

5. Enjoy. Whether you are pitching to request for additional funds or are aiming to close an event organizing project, it is important to stay confident and enjoy the moment. Enjoying doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make your audience laugh with jokes and antics. It could simply mean giving your audience a positive experience by smiling and staying positive. It is important to remember that your composure is equally important to the information you are presenting. Staying positive in a stressful environment makes it easier for your audience to ease up to the idea that you’re selling them.