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Days that involve travel to an event followed by a presentation are often the most stressful.

It is helpful if you can arrive the evening before a presentation to give you, and your body, a chance to unwind prior to the event and eliminate the stress that some transportation delay will disrupt your schedule. Regardless of what you might feel about the material that you are to present, unforeseeable events like accidents, flat tires, flights diverted to alternate airports, airline schedule changes and bad weather can prevent your timely arrival. In addition, there is the possibility that luggage might be lost or that your pre-shipped materials might be delayed in customs.

Home issues

Besides packing for the trip, there are always home issues to be taken care of before you leave. Your spouse will want contact information, the kids will…

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Wrap Up Wednesdays

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Gorilla MarketingConsolidate Plans for End of Week Presentations.

Everything regarding your coming presentation to the public or company officials needs to be checked and finalized. If postponed until the day before there is a danger that in the rush to pack up that a needed piece of equipment will be left behind, handout materials incompletely assembled or some aspect of your room or travel reservations left undone. This is also the day to have a practice for your presentation whether it is required or not. If an omission or change needs to be made, there is still time to incorporate it smoothly into the presentation and become mentally prepared to deliver it.

Physical Aspects of Your Presentation

  • If you need to take your presentation equipment with you do have?

Projector

Screen

Control unit

Computer

Microphone

Microphone cord

Speaker

Power cords

Ten to 15-foot connection cord between computer and projector

Presentation on…

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Wrap Up Wednesdays

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Consolidate Plans for End of Week Presentations.

Everything regarding your coming presentation to the public or company officials needs to be checked and finalized. If postponed until the day before there is a danger that in the rush to pack up that a needed piece of equipment will be left behind, handout materials incompletely assembled or some aspect of your room or travel reservations left undone. This is also the day to have a practice for your presentation whether it is required or not. If an omission or change needs to be made, there is still time to incorporate it smoothly into the presentation and become mentally prepared to deliver it.

Physical Aspects of Your Presentation

  • If you need to take your presentation equipment with you do have?

Projector

Screen

Control unit

Computer

Microphone

Microphone cord

Speaker

Power cords

Ten to 15-foot connection cord between computer and projector

Presentation on thumb drive to be used with another computer

Hand-out materials

Video camera

Camera tripod

Battery charger

Audio recorder

Signs

Business cards

Books

Signe in sheets

Stick on name tags

Roll on carry bag or bags

Pencils or pens

Paper for audience member

Your notebook for taking down private information

The Location

  • If you are going to an off-site location have you?

Called to confirm your space

Reconfirmed with your caterer for any food or beverage delivery

Checked the seating arrangement for your room

Contacted any co-presenters or guests that you will have on stage

Confirmed the name of the sponsoring organization

Contacted the person who will be introducing you

Arranged for your overnight stay or transportation home

Made reservations for any post-event meals

Sent any press releases to local news media including newspapers, TV or Radio

  • Do your pre-presentation checks and practices.

Set up the equipment that you are going to use in an empty room

Deliver your full presentation

Record your talk for self-review

If possible, make any changes and deliver it a second time before an audience

Pack everything related to the delivery and presentation in roll-away bag/s

Stash everything related to the presentation in one location prior to loading

Check plane or other transportation reservations

Rather than slinging everything together at the last minute, this pre-presentation gathering and review period will help consolidate the material in your mind, allow time to purchase/gather anything new that might be needed and check out your projection and sound equipment. As you may use these pieces of equipment only occasionally, their prior testing helps insure that the set-up will be worry free when you start your presentation.

It is possible to over-rehearse your presentation to the point where you start to lose your voice and it takes on a strained quality. As you have a microphone, you can speak in a normal conversational voice and your words will be heard if well enunciated and you do not speak at too rapid a pace. You want to keep within your allotted time, without rushing which might require some interesting, but not strictly necessary, parts of the presentation to be eliminated.

Consider the aftermath

  • Is a post lecture Q-A period to be allowed?

How is that going to be recorded?

  • What are you attempting to get out of your presentation?

Are you trying to increase your client base? If so, how are you going to capture their addresses?

If attempting to make sales, do you have the materials necessary to complete transactions?

What is the company’s purpose in making this presentation? Was it accomplished?

If you were required to write a review of this event, what would you say?

How are you going to document attendance?

What is going to happen to any videos of the events? Will they be published or distributed?

  • How do you judge success?

Attendance

Sales

New clients

Audience interests

After expending the time and money to hold an event, an analysis needs to be made to determine if it was worthwhile. If the response in attendance was lacking, what was wrong? Was this lack of interests due to the product, the timing of its introduction, the venue or lack of pre-event publicity? Each presentation is, in reality, a product test. You, the presenter, are also being tested; but the message has much more significance than the person who is delivering it.

Give any presenter a message that is more useful to its intended audience, then the response will be proportionate to the interest, given the same publicity.

Much more information is available on business topics in my most recent book, Create Your Own Job Security: Plan to Start Your Own Business at Midlife. In this book I advocate starting a series of businesses throughout one’s life to raise immediate cash as needed and plan for medium and long-term goals. The ideal result will be to help you discover your business of passion that will carry you through the remainder of your working life. Create Your Own Job Security is available from Amazon.com in either softcover or an e-book, from other on-line book retailers and from your local bookstore of by using the PayPal box below.

I will be giving a free two-hour seminar “Create our  Own Job,” at the Salvation Army Center at 1833 Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia, on March 15, 2019.  The seminar will start at 7:00 PM and last until 9:00. For more information go to:  https://createyourownjobsecurity.com   If you wish to receive further information about this and and other seminars that may be given in other locations, please indicate by using the reply box.

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March 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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Pick Up Tuesdays

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Placeholder ImageMost creative people who are not endowed with the “neatness gene” live a messy existence. Pick Up Tuesdays budgets one day a week to restore a degree of order to their environments.

To the frequent dismay of those whose motto is, “Everything has its place and everything is in its’ place,” many creative people had rather create than clean up after themselves. Their desks are often messy, their houses are cluttered and their workshops often have half-finished projects on the workbench.

Pick Up Tuesday designates one day a week where time is allocated to taking care of those 15-minute tasks that have often gone undone for perhaps a month or more. Tuesday is selected because Mondays often bring unexpected work from events that transpired over the weekend and Wednesday through Friday allows sufficient time to receive new tasks and hopefully complete them.

Setting Up Your Pick Up Tuesday

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Writing Fiction while Sitting By the Bogwood Fire

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One of thousands of abandoned croft houses in Ireland.

One of many thousands of abandoned stone croft houses that still dot the landscape which millions of Irish left to try for new lives elsewhere in the world.

Bogwood.n. Darkly colored wood that may be 10s of thousands of years old recovered from marshes and bogs in typically northern latitudes that is dried and used for fuel in areas where other wood is scarce or absent.

 Just as the captive Jews sat by the rivers of Babylon and dreamed of Zion, so the Irish displaced by eviction and starvation in their own land kept their fires in the United States, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, India and China. Scattered in countries of the expanding British Empire, those descended kept ingrained cultural ties with Ireland, even though it might be generations before any of them might return. Like any assimilating population their ties were stronger with the first generation of immigrants…

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March 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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Starting Another Business While Working for Someone Else

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Hovey at schoolEthical ways to start another company or create a new job while working for someone else.

 “When you take the King’s shilling, you are the King’s man.” Is a quote from Old English that still resonates today. When you are employed by a company you are expected to abide by company policies and to the best of your ability promote the company’s interests. This practice is enforceable not only by company policies, but also in many circumstances by law. You may be prosecuted for the theft of real or intellectual property. You will, as a condition of your employment, often have signed a non-disclosure agreement where you agree not to disclose a company’s trade secrets, patent information, etc.

Given this constraint, how does a person ethically seek to start his own company while being employed by another?   I strongly advocate this policy in my new business book, “Create Your…

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March 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm

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Working Through Sick Days

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Tax stuffHow you can continue productive work through your annual bout with colds, flu and sinus infections.

An annual debilitating fight with colds and other respiratory diseases is something that impacts everyone from the CEO to the worker who is contracted to clean the toilets with each employee losing an average of five day’s work a year. The pressure is on to continue work, either because of taxes, project requirements or to pay bills; even though you may be feeling more dead than alive.

Coping with Infectious Diseases

At its worst stages the only one in your household that might not be impacted by the latest crop of infectious bugs may be your fish. This is the time that you really need a Jewish Grandmother. If you don’t have one, adopt one. Besides being good Christian practice to look after your neighbors, extending a cross-cultural bond between religious and ethnic groups…

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March 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

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