Effective Teaching & Lecturing Presentation

No matter how often you carried the position as a presenter, teacher or lecturer; being new doesn’t mean to be less capable. You’ll be able to perform an effective presentation as long as you know the basic ingredients in making your presentation, teaching or lecturing works well for you and your audience.

Master your subject or topic
The most important key is that you must master the knowledge that you are about to transfer, whatever the subject might be. The more prepared you are in understanding all the necessary aspect to support your subject, the more effective the knowledge would be transferred to your audience. The more you knew, the more they will learn (from you).

Know your personal style
Everyone have their own style based on their personal power and limitation. You should have a unique presentation style. But if you decide to expand your skills, you must prepare yourself with a powerful presentation tool. Remember that you should be careful when it comes to include a joke, because in the certain audience’s mood or perception — sometime it could become a boomerang for you.

Know your audience.
To make an effective presentation you must know your audience before you start your presentation. Relevant topics would make a better perception for your audience. If you haven’t got the chance to do it before the presentation occurred, you must get to know them by asking them what you want to know in the beginning of your presentation. This way you are set for a collaborative, two-way interactive meeting.

First impression does matter.
You always start with an impressive intro to catch their attention. Take half a minute to introduce yourself to all your audiences; you can also use it as an opportunity getting use to the new stage environment. You should also pay a serious attention to what you are wearing and how you are carrying yourself in front of audiences.

Make a catchy intro.
Make a brief & interesting intro on the subject of the presentation. Take a few minutes to talk about the background, history, related supporting topics, etc. It also a good thing if you spare the time to explain the bigger picture of your presentation. So it would be guidance through the topics you will cover — both for you and your audience to stay focus on the given roadmap.

Don’t under estimate an ice breaker.
With an icebreaker, you can bring more enjoyable & informative experience for your audience. As a presenter you can sneak in some witty words or inspirational motivation to your audience to keep their spirit high tuning into your word — until the last session of your presentation. An ice breaker would be more effective if you know your timing.

Make a necessary pause & punctuation.
When delivering your presentation, make sure to take necessary pauses & punctuations, so it won’t sound like you are rambling. It is essentially important if you are a fast talker by nature, or when you are easily carried away in enthusiasm explaining about other supporting topic. Even if you do this to cover up your nervousness, you should give your audience an opportunity to digest all the information while digesting it through for a minute or two.

You’re not suppose to do all the talking!
Just because you are the presenter, teacher or lecturer — it doesn’t mean that you are the only one to do all the talking. By making a two-way interactive conversation you could prevent your audience getting bored by your speech. It is a good way to make an organic interactive presentation, because it means your audience is getting little closer in understanding what you explained earlier to them. You can use it as a brief moment to help you relax and refocus to the next topic in your roadmap.

Invite questions from your audience.
A good presenter would always find a way to invite audience to ask some questions & let everyone participate. You can also pass the wild ball around the audience to measure how much they keep up with what you were saying. It also makes them to pay a better attention & keep them away from sleepiness.

There is a never ending process to be a great presenter, teacher or lecturer — because all great one is come from ongoing practices to shape their perfection.

Birthday Present Ideas for the Trickiest of Customers

I couldn’t tell you what we got him for his 50th birthday, or his 40th for that matter. There was probably a spirit level thrown in there somewhere. Perhaps a new drill. Some quality gardening gloves maybe. All instantly forgettable, and the reason we wanted to get this one right. So there we were. My brother went in first, carrying the guitar by its neck. I followed with the amp. It was our Dad’s 60th and we were determined that this time round we’d buy him a birthday present to remember. I think we did alright – he certainly seemed pretty chuffed. And I’m fairly sure that in the years to come, we’ll all be able to recall what we bought him when he hit six-and-o.

Mind you, our efforts – certainly on a financial level – pale into insignificance when compared to today’s celebs. Take Katy Perry, for example, who spent $200,000 on a birthday present for her beau. In exchange for this serious wedge, our Russ is booked onboard a Virgin Galactic flight into space. We’ve no idea when Mr Brand will be heading into the mesosphere, but as birthday present ideas go, it’s definitely memorable. Or how about husband and wife, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles? With earnings to make Perry and Brand look like Twist and Fagin, the R&B star forked out $2.6-million on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport for her rap-star hubby’s 41st. Yikes! It wasn’t even his 40th!

Okay, so it’d be a little ‘naive’ of us to assume you’ve got a spare few million down the back of the sofa. But that doesn’t mean to say you can’t buy friends and family some fantastic personalised birthday presents – I certainly remember getting a couple of things for my 18th that had been engraved on my behalf. So if you’ve found yourself wracking your brains for birthday present ideas, take a look through these suggestions. It might just give you that little spark you need…

For 18th and 21st birthday ideas, how about personalising a bottle of Champagne or vodka? You’ve got lots of label designs to pick from, all of which can be customised with their name and a message. It might be a gift that disappears rather sharpish, but keeping the bottle still makes for a great memento. Footie fans, meanwhile, provide no end of possibilities, with everything from personalised football books to spoof footie magazine covers. And as for the girls, you’ll find personalised charm bracelets, handbag mirrors, pampering days and everything in between.

Fast forward two or three decades, and both 40th and 50th birthday ideas are in no short supply either. If some gentle ribbing seems appropriate, you can’t go wrong with a spoof newspaper cover, whether you have them sweeping into Downing Street, being knighted or simply throwing the mother of all parties. And because they’re all produced in association with The Mirror, they really do look like the real McCoy. Failing that, other big hitters also tend to revolve around newspapers – only this time, real ones. There’s the option of buying an original newspaper from the day they were born, or buying one of the brilliant newspaper books that feature reprints from your chosen date, or dates. Trinkets, gift days and any number of other fun ideas complete the line-up.

And it doesn’t stop there. If you’re after inspiration for a 60th, 70th, 80th or any other birthday for that matter, simply get online and have a look round. Remember, everything can be personalised for that extra special touch.

The Power of Being Present Now

I just lost what I considered an inspired blog post by pushing a wrong button on my computer. Poof- gone, no thanks to autosave. I have to decide whether to reconstruct it or not. I know what it said and what message it conveyed, but I now get to reconsider whether I should rewrite it… Is the message worth conveying enough to take the time to do it?

Sometimes in life things, opportunities and people disappear- poof! and we don’t get that chance to interact with them again. Then we are left to wonder whether we have done enough so far anyway, or whether it’s worth doing it over again, if we can.

I guess to live a life with fewest regrets it comes down to living as fully in each moment as possible. Not always easy, even if we know the formula. It takes a fair amount of personal focus, mental discipline and emotional steadiness. And just plain old not being distracted; not an easy feat in our uber-tantalizing consumer oriented sound-bite society. I know in my case I can be fully present- in fact for me it’s part of getting into my creative flow zone….except I’m often present at multiple things at once. So….does that dilute the formula? Yes, AND I also experience lots more than many people. But I suspect there are trade-offs over time in depth of certain experiences. Mostly in relationships, or in any area where you desire mastery, because they take consistent investments of attention and intention over time.

Maybe I’m thinking of this because we recently passed the birthday of my now deceased older brother. He died rather suddenly, poof, and we never got a chance to say goodbye. No second chance, except in the vibrational world. Worse, we had assumed we’d both be there for each other for a long time, so unwittingly squandered the time we had. Oh well. I can’t rectify that relationship, but I bet I can do something with the ones in front of me now.

Regret is best designed out ahead of time and involves investment in being present in your chosen focus areas, be they relationships or projects. It takes mental discipline which must be built up over time, but the rewards are rich and well worth the investment.

Right now, set your timer for 2 minutes, then close your eyes, sit still, and breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose then slowly out your mouth. Pay attention to your body sensations, notice what sounds your hear in your environment, and tune in to how your mind is behaving. If you actually concentrate like this for 2 minutes a day, very soon you are thinking and acting from a more grounded position of power. Now that’s worth investing in!