Are Slides Required To Be Used In A Presentation?

There are 2 conflicting thought schools, about using slides, both with studies to prove them right.

The first set of studies show that when doing two things simultaneously, you don’t do either well. For example, if a person is talking on the phone and driving, then he loses his ability to concentrate on processing visual information. This is why it is unsafe to drive when listening on the phone. ( Ref: ERP Study 2010).

For presenters this means that if you provide a lot of information to process on slides as well as talk at the same time, your audience will not be able to process both at the same time. This happens when what you are talking a lot and there is a lot to be processed on the slides as well.

On the other hand, there are studies that show that sight is the most used sense with over 75% of stimuli being received through visual perception. There are new studies which also show this – that listening skills improve when strong visual stimuli are provided. That is, the eyes and ears work together to make the stimuli received faster. (BMC Neuroscience (2008, August 12). Sound Adds Speed To Visual Perception. )

What do all these studies mean to us as presenters? They are not really as conflicting as they sound. Here are some conclusions:

1. Use Slides: It is important to use slides or other visual media as it helps process and retain information better.

2. Ensure co-ordination: Processing information happens when there is a clear link between what is being said and what is being shown. So content on slides needs to be well-coordinated with what is being said.

3. Reduce words: Visual elements on slides do not mean words. A large number of sentences are more difficult to process. In that case, audience either hears what you are saying or just read the slides.

4. Use more images: Images and diagrams are easier to process while listening at the same time. this is because they work in conjunction.

5. Pause when required: When there is a slide that is slightly complex, it helps to stop for a few moments to allow the audience to absorb what is written. Then continue with your presentation.

6. Use the power of speech and visuals: As trainers and salespeople, it is critical when we present for audience to understand and remember what we say. The technique we use is to first talk and explain the concept. Then we quickly run through the slides on the same. This ensures that what was said is also ‘seen’ and revised. This aids memory without causing conflict between listening and viewing.

Lastly and most importantly, don’t put everything you want to say on the slides and then read them. This just irritates the audience since they can read what is written on the slides themselves.

Happy presenting!

Newborn Babies and Experts’ Tips to Find the Best Present For Them

A new life born at your family or at the family of your friends or colleagues makes you feel happy for them, and embarrassed as it is high time for you to find any presents for newborn babies.

It goes without saying that new parents have their eyes on every single present given them at the baby shower party and later. If it is the first baby at the family they need dramatically everything: a baby crib, baby outfits, baby toys and a baby tub, a baby car seat and many more. That’s why even a small and cheap but practical present like a pack of diapers or two packs is a good present for newborn babies and their families.

However, new parents need everything for newborn babies badly after the baby shower parties they’ve got some newborn baby gift baskets or baby gifts that are absolutely useless or of little use. All the experience and useless gifts were thoroughly studied and naming the mistakes I can give a tip presenters can follow when they want to impress the parents.

Lets’ start from the very beginning, tip number one. In most cases the useless presents were given by people who don’t have their own children, yet. And it is no wonder. Of course when such a person hears the news about a baby birth and thinks about a newborn baby gift – sorry, but there aren’t any associations. The ideas in the head of such a person flow like this “Baby??? Errrr, baby?! Baby present? – What is a baby present?” I know this perfectly well because the fist time when I heard the news about a baby birth I was stunned.

To ease your pain nowadays the parents make a list of the basic things they need for newborn babies. And the easiest way to do JUST ASK THEM! There is nothing wrong in asking, and at least you might be sure – your present is wanted, treasured and practical.

Secondly, babies grow very fast. And what? You ask: “What is there for me?” It is just perfect for you I’ll answer. If you want to make your newborn baby gift basket unique there isn’t anything better. But we would talk about basket uniqueness a little bit later.

So babies grow quickly and in several weeks all the clothes become small. That is why give a preference to the clothes of 3 up to 6 month size. How many people will present at a baby shower party the clothes not for newborns? The same for toys. After the baby party parents and their newborn baby are just showered with different toys for newborns. And what happens 3 months later, the baby doesn’t want to play any more with these toys. A baby is growing and develops so it needs other toys to play and to develop.

And the second tip slowly turns into the third one. Be unique and present unique newborn baby gift basket. And this simple idea to combine the gifts for newborns and presents for a 3 month old baby will be unique and appreciated by parents when time comes.

Last but not least, always be curious about presents’ quality. If it is baby clothes, make sure it is produced without usage of dyes. If it is a baby toy, make sure that the paint is covered with will not cause any poisoning and etc. The main idea of gifts for newborn babies is to bring happiness but not disappointment.

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.