Integrity is not a rare commodity

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Integrity, like honestly, can seem like a rare commodity to come by. But it still does exist and when it does, it should be lauded and emulated. Standing by one’s principles brings so much more good things in one’s life, even in business.

Let’s make an example out of Ellen Finkelstein’s story about her dad especially her experience with a product she purchased but failed to inspire much integrity:

“…They included creating “fake” Google accounts, including making up a name and choosing a profile picture from the Internet. It recommended deleting cookies in your browser before changing from one account to another so that Google didn’t know you had multiple accounts.”

What happened after was that Ellen asked for a refund of that product.

In know that business is nothing when you don’t make money out of it. But that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to do shady business while you’re at it. It’ still good to be honest and to do what is right. You will soon reap its rewards and the rewards are going to be ten-fold.

Find out what happened to the rest of Ellen’s story here: Speaking with integrity

Important Questions You Should Answer When Making Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re a seasoned speaker, and you are abut to give a talk at a summit of big convention, you must be able to stand out amidst all the other speakers are are also going to talk to the same audience. To help you stand out, there are questions you need to answer when you make your presentation. These questions are:

1. Who is my audience?

By knowing who your audience are, you would know what their stakes are, why they are attending the summit or convention and what they need from you. You can then tailor your speech to make it fit their needs.

2. What is my audience expecting from me?

By knowing what your audience expect from you, then you would be able to make theor experience of listening to you so much more meaningful.

3. What am I expecting from my audience? What are my desired outcomes?

Are you expecting them to buy from you? Are you expecting them to take action?

These are just some of the questions you need to answer. There are 13 more! To find out all, please head to: The 16 questions you must answer when you prepare a talk or a presentation

 

3 Great Ways to End a Presentation

movie-ending-screen-background-vector-eps-illustration-35427021When doing presentations, it’s not just advisable to begin with a bang but your ending should be able to catch your audience’s attention and stick with them even after your presentation is over.

Below are 3 amazing ways on how you can do this:

  1. End with a quote. – Use a quote that somehow summarizes the whole presentation, something that your audience will remember long after they left the room.
  2. End with a call to action. – Reinforce a call to action that you’ve been asking the audience to do. Make it definitive and instruction, something that your audience can do.
  3. End with a compelling story. – Tell a story that your audience can resonate with, something personal, something that they can bring with them as they leave the room.

To find out more about these tips, please head to: The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

5 Tips to Great Speechwriting

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????How can you write a great speech? What factors should be considered? Below are five basic tips you can follow to write great speeches:

•    Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical – the more you can evoke the emotions of your audience, the more they’ll get hooked on your speech and make it memorable for them.
•    Small shifts in tone make an enormous difference to the audience, so sweat the details – by varying the tone of your voice at certain points, you emphasize the important and crucial details of your speech.
•    A great speech has a clear voice speaking throughout – make sure that whatever tone and volume you use, your voice should be clear enough to be understood by everyone inside the room.
•    A great speech conveys one idea only, though it can have lots of supporting points – this one idea will tie everything together and make your speech cohesive
•    A great speech answers a great need – after all, it’s always about the audience and not you.

To know more about this, please head to: The Five Basic Secrets of Great Speechwriting

Collaboration in PowerPoint Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you know that there are two ways to collaborate with others on your presentation using PowerPoint? Emailing each other about updates and edits on your presentation can get pretty confusing fast because it’s hard to keep track of the latest changes. So what can you do instead? Below are two things you can do to make collaboration a lot easier when it comes to presentations.

1. Add comments to  presentation – By adding comments to a presentation, all parties involved can have a chance to write their opinions on how to make the presentation better. They can suggest changes and edits that need to be made.

2. Compare two presentations – Once you have two similar presentations that went through suggests, edits and changes, the Compare feature will show you the differences between the 2 presentations.

To find out more about the step-by-step process on how to add comments and compare two presentations, please head to this link: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

 

Presentation Lessons from Billy Wilder

film-award-clapperboard-d-image-41896180Academy Award winner producer, director and screenwriter Billy Wilder can teach us a thing or two about presentation. Below are some things we can apply to make our stories stick to our audience:

  1. The audience is fickle. What works for your audience today may not work for them tomorrow. So know your audience well. It may be your story your telling but be sure that your audience can resonate with it.
  2. Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go. Don’t dilly dally when you start. Begin with a bang! Get them immediately hooked.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. Make sure that the arc of change in your story is clear and meaningful.
  4. Know where you’re going. Just like what Stephen Covey wrote in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in mind.” You must know where your story is headed.

Learn the other tips you can get from Billy Wilder which you can apply in your presentations by going to this link: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

 

How to Fix Axis Labels in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-chart-axis-label-placement-1Do you know how to moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values? Well, by default PowerPoint will the horizontal axis labels near the axis. Typically, this is how it works. However, when there is a combination of positive and negative numbers, the bars get to interfere with the labels.

But don’t fret because you can do something to make this right. Here is what you do:

  1. Select the chart.

  2. Right-click the horizontal axis text and choose Format Axis.

  3. In PowerPoint 2013: In the taskpane on the right, click the arrow next to Labels to expand that section.

  4. In PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013: Click the Label Position or Axis Labels drop-down list and choose High. (Another option that works in some situations is Low.)

To get more insight about this, please head to this post:  Moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values