4 Tips Regarding Superior Dollar Store Presentation

When it comes to owning a dollar store there are certain things that can not be denied. For example, a top location is better than a 2nd or 3rd tier location. Being well funded is certainly more likely to support success than being underfunded. If you want to stack the deck in your favor, one area requiring focused effort is store presentation. That includes everything from the layout of your store to the management of dollar store merchandise. In this article I present 4 tips regarding superior presentation.

Tip #1) Your store layout is crucial to your business success. Don’t attempt to shortcut the time you invest to create the right store layout for the space you have available. Be sure to maximize the amount of gondola display area without sacrificing the wide-open appearance that is crucial. Leave enough space in aisles for shopping carts to easily pass. Be sure you don’t jeopardize store safety by creating blind corners or tight spaces. Leave enough room so all of your dollar store merchandise can be displayed. Be sure to maintain clutter-free product displays and that it is easy for customers to reach the products they seek.

Tip #2) Cleanliness can never be sacrificed. Consider store cleanliness during the initial set up of your business. Make it easy for employees to see shoppers throughout the store. Make it easy for employees to see when sweeping or clean up needs to be done. Make it a practice for employees to be alert to items left on the floor; always make it a priority that nothing is allowed to sit on the floor. Make it a priority to make certain floors are always clean.

Tip #3) Dollar store merchandise quality is especially important for those who shop at a dollar store. No matter how attractive the display, selling inferior products will drive customers away. Don’t expect to achieve success by saving a few pennies on items that fall apart as soon as shoppers leave the store.

Tip #4) Effective merchandising requires ongoing focused time and effort when you own a dollar store. Make sure shelves, displays and racks are kept full of dollar store merchandise. Make it a practice to routinely rotate your store inventory. Always include clearly visible signage on end caps and displays to draw attention to specials. Finally, meet the needs of your customers by carrying merchandise that is in demand.

The Structure Of a Good Presentation

Great orators have always been a force to moving or influencing people. The world has seen its share of charismatic speakers that have made heads of nations, spiritual personalities, movie or music celebrities, company heads and even dictators. People are moved by the skill of a great orator or the effectiveness of his or her presentation skills. But what is it about their presentation that resonates with so many people? Or should we ask an even more important question – what is a Presentation skill?

While certain specific presentation techniques are universally common, Business Presentation Skills have a certain tried and tested method that anyone aspiring to be a good presenter in the corporate world, can learn from. In this article we will look at a few such aspects that make up the structure of a good presentation:

  1. An Agenda With a Purpose: The speaker needs to know where he or she wants to go with the presentation – what is the message that he or she wants to convey? Who is the target audience? These are questions that a presenter needs to know the answers to, well before they take the stage to give a presentation. Proceeding through a plan is much more effective if one has a map and a plan. That should be the primary objective of having an agenda.
  2. Meticulous Preparation: Regardless of the confidence of the speaker’s message, they must always prepare ahead of time to do justice to the goal of the presentation. Trying to stumble through the presentation without a plan doesn’t work and neither is it professional. The presenter must be prepared to clarify vague issues and also tackle troubleshooting questions. It also helps to arrive ahead of time in order to get a good feel for the environment.
  3. The ‘Sandwich’ Structure: Just like a sandwich, every presentation must have three distinct parts to it that requires slightly different approaches. Most speakers tend to focus only on the ‘body’ of the presentation but fail to make a good first impression or fail to end their message well once done with the body. Beginning with a good attention-grabbing introduction that makes a good impression is vital to starting off on the right note. A good opener sets the tone for a good presentation.

The body of the message is where most of the intended content is placed. The speaker must take his time in unpacking the major elements of the body in a clear and concise manner. Holding eye contact and keeping an ‘open’ body posture helps to relax the crowd and feel connected with the speaker. Often speakers rush through their presentation without proper pausing or spacing due to nervousness or haste and end up looking anxious and insecure. Well-timed pausing can be useful to the presenter and must be used tactfully to allow the depth of the content to sink in to the listeners’ minds and hearts.

Finally, ending a presentation well gives a good finishing touch to the presentation and ends with a note of closure for the listeners. If done well, the listeners will leave with a good appreciation for the value of the message. It helps to finish on a positive note while also thanking the listeners for their time and patience.

Presentation Skills Training is an important aspect of corporate training that helps companies equip their employees with good communication and presentation skills and make them effective speakers or presenters.

PowerPoint Tip – Turn Off Pop-Ups When Presenting

In a given day, or week, or month, how many messages pop up on your computer to:

* Update Java, RealPlayer, or Windows?

* Connect to a wireless network?

* Remind you of an upcoming meeting or birthday?

* Keep you up to date on your subscribed RSS feeds?

Warning: Some of these pop-ups may appear while you’re presenting in slide show view! Not a pretty picture!

After a few minutes of inactivity (let’s say you’re answering questions), does your screen saver kick in, or does your computer go into hibernation mode?

Before you get into such a situation, right now, start making a list of the pop-ups that you see, and research how to turn them off. It’s not always easy to find the answer, because the software companies want you to see those pop-ups!

One possible solution may be to disconnect from the Internet, or disable your wireless connection, if you don’t need it during the presentation. Remember that many meeting venues have wireless networks, so your computer may try to connect during your presentation. And disconnecting may disable many other pop-ups. The method depends on your operating system.

In Windows XP, you would probably choose Start> Control Panel> Network Connections. In Windows Vista, try Start> Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center.

You can configure Windows updates by choosing Start> Control Panel> System and clicking the Automatic Updates tab. In Windows Vista, choose Start> Control Panel> Security or Security Center> Windows Update. If you turn them off during your presentation, remember to turn them back on afterwards!

However, some pop-ups don’t depend on an Internet connection or may still pop up a message asking you to connect! For example, Outlook reminders may use your computer’s internal clock. Therefore, you should try disconnecting from the Internet and see whether or not you still get some pop-ups. Of course, you can’t do that for several times just to make sure – that would probably be going too far! But the more planning and testing you do, the less likely that embarrassing pop-up will show its ugly face during your presentation!