The Danger of Present Tense in Writing

One area of great contention among modern writers is the use of the present tense in stories. While some authors emphatically rebuke this writing form, many modern writers are starting to use this form more and more aggressively, to the point that it’s starting to show up frequently on book shelves. Despite the growing endorsement of present tense storytelling, it’s important to recognize the dangers of writing in this manner.

The problem with present tense writing is that in many cases, this format is very disorienting for readers. When someone tells you a story about something that has happened to them, they revert to the past tense. “John was walking down the street when the bus swung around the corner and came speeding down the street after him.” As a result of this standard, most stories are told in this style of voice.

However, a bucking trend in writing is to include the present tense. “John is walking down the street when a bus swings around the corner and comes racing towards him.” This form of storytelling invokes the feeling of fireside chats and a greater immediacy to the tale. As such, there are some cases where this style of story can be beneficial. Stories that have a great weight towards the finish can work well with the power of now as the story presses forward.

As such, there is no clear answer on whether present tense is right or wrong. There are cases where it works, but there are also many cases where this method of storytelling is disjointed and hard for the reader to follow. As such, like every rule of writing, be cautious of the present tense, but don’t be afraid to use it if you think you can make it work.

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The Addict’s Curse: Not Being Present

Woody Allen once said that whenever he was somewhere, he always wanted to be somewhere else.

We are never satisfied, it seems, to be where we are. There is always some other goal to attain, some other fantasy to fulfill, some other dessert we haven’t tried.

I say that to all my twitter friends because right now I would rather be conversing with all of you. But today I must engage myself in the beautiful discipline of expression, to dip my feet into the pool of some thoughts I have been having about my own addiction (alcohol was the addiction of my choice).

When did I really discover that I was an alcoholic? I mean, when did I really know in my gut that there was no way I could have come to any other conclusion about my drinking.

That no brainer, of course, in spite of all the evidence-not being able to find my car after a night out, even though it was parked right in front of the bar I just came out of; unexplained dents in that same car that I only discovered when a potential buyer commented on them; waking up with strangers; placing myself in homicidal and suicidal situations hoping to be annihilated into some weird state of ultimate freedom; finding opponents in the friendliest of environments (friends and family, of course, were always suspect because they were “too near,” as the poet says); diving deep into depression as my covert way of gaining more sympathy as a new-age sensitive guy; missing classes-conveniently on Monday and Friday (you know, the addict’s perfect four-day weekend); not showing up at a child’s birthday party, or worse, leaving a family get-together and not returning home for a couple of days.

The silences after all of these events were enough to hush a barking Labrador.

And what about all those fuzzy, London-fog days of walking ever-so-deftly through the hangovers when my tongue felt like a braided carpet, my eyes red as a carotid-artery scar, my sinus-muffled voice sounding like a row of cars, engines quietly revving, underneath a huge air-tight-tent of canvass.

And yet I never made the connection between any of those events and my addiction to alcohol. Yeah, I inherently knew that all of my bouts of drunkenness had collateral damage. But that was the price I thought had to be paid for that claustrophobic, suffocating feeling of being held hostage by a world that wanted me to be someone I wasn’t (mind you, most of the social pressure I was feeling from the world around me had very little to do with an objective world that really had that much control over me; it was merely – I hesitate to use the word “merely,” but merely a product of my own perceptions).

What I really wanted to be, of course, I had no clue. I just knew what I didn’t want-that old negative-default mode of rejecting the known without knowing what I would accept as the me-of-my-understanding, if you’ll excuse the bad pun.

Let me tell you up front that during all of my drinking, I believed that I had mastered the art of self-knowledge. I read volumes of books on deep, really, really, really deep stuff. But it was all a compost pile with no seeds. I had the pile. But what I was to plant? I thought I was planting me inside the soil of what I was reading, that I would come out of the pile fertilized into a new me, a mountain-top guy morphed from ignorance into total, I mean total, awareness. Think again, masked man.

As I look back-over twenty-five years ago-at that early beginning of my slow recovery process (and I am always in process), I realize that the most glaring evidence of my alcoholic addiction and behavior was that I just was not present. “Never there,” wherever “there” happened to be, could have been my motto.

And how can one ever “not be there,” as the saying goes. Yeah, I showed up when I chose to show up. I wandered around a lot from here to there. I read student papers. I cut the grass. I changed Dijon-mustard-colored diapers. I went to marriage counseling on Friday afternoons. I performed sexually (and sex was always a performance, after all, a kind of vaudeville act where I would mentally dress up as someone else, the sexual Kermit-the-frog guy who always had someone else’s pleasure voice – I don’t think I’m fooling myself here, but I really wasn’t good at it, no matter what my fantasies were telling me).

Many of my friends have told me to read “The Power of Now” (Sorry guys, I threw out my copy before reading it-maybe it’s this fear that if I’m reading the book, I really can’t be present, even though I know damn well I’ve suspended a whole lot of important stuff before to indulge myself in other worlds).

Buddhists love talking about “being present.” And there was a novel, “Being There” about Chauncey Gardner, the mentally challenged guy, who spouted garden cliches about growing and planting and who loved to “watch” people having sex (he became a guru among the intelligentsia and the corporate guys who mistook his disarming simple-mindedness for some kind of ancient, unadorned, simplicity).

I am afraid of the Chauncey Gardners among the rabble of simple folk out there who seem to have all the answers, the instant-solution guys who blame complexity for all the problems in the world-after all, they tell us, it’s all really here in front of us and only needs to be discovered.

Well, I continue to recover. I don’t have all the solutions. But I have opened up-warts and all. And I think I’m aware. I seem to listen more, except on those days when my stomach gurgles or my mind is in a caffeine rush, or I’m on a twitter roll or I’m engaged in a conversation with a raving conservative who just doesn’t do his homework.

I’d like to believe I’m present most of the time. But I can tell you now that I can easily drift into the cave of fear when I start to become afraid of not being able to make it. I mean make the whole nine-yards-of-it-all-that gripping, choke-hold existential panic that my entire world just might implode, that I’ll melt into some catatonic state where I won’t recognize familiar faces, I’ll forget my daughter’s name, or I’ll be in the middle of 5th Avenue in NY and have no clue where my hotel is.

Then I move quietly into caring about myself. Not the caring of the “I’ve-got-an-agenda” narcissist but the gentle care of the nurturer-the kind I always believed the ideal, earth-mother would have for her child. The kind of care an old man would have for his favorite dog. The kind of care I have watched in a hospital when a smiling nurse walks in and asks me how I’m doing. The kind of care a friend gives me when she gives me permission to be who I am.

And then I am truly here. Sober. In process. More to come.

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Past, Present and the Future

Whenever we talk of time, particularly the time periods, these are the three different frames, which occupy our mind. The Past- which signifies the time which is already gone and will never come back, the Present- which is being experienced by all at the current moment, the moment which we all are living in real time and the Future- that unforeseen time which holds to be unfolded and which contains a store of unknown surprises. Today, it becomes most important to understand this because it gives a meaningful insight into the evolution of various things, studying their nature and intensity and developing an idea of how their future will be.

The importance of time has been taught to all of us since childhood. Whenever we were told to make the most of the time we were living, it had a deeper meaning. It directly pointed to the fact that the time once gone will never return. We might not have understood the deep underlying meaning at that time, but today none of us can deny this hardcore fact. Now let’s have a greater understanding of each of these time periods.

The Past

Thus anything that has already happened is said to be a thing of past. This element of time holds great importance especially for the historians. The entire work of theirs depends upon the happenings of past. It becomes important to unfold the past to see what was done to tackle a specific situation during that time. This will further help to decide the current course of action so that an improvised measure can be taken which turns out to be more effective.

The past is meant to learn from. It gives us various such instances where we were wrong and we required correction. We must learn from the mistakes that we committed in the past and try to rectify them in the time to come.

The Present

The time which is being experienced by us is called present time. It is advisable to make sure that you spend every second of your time in the best possible manner because it is irreversible and irrecoverable. Make sure that every fraction of the present time spent is such that we later don’t have to repent to get those moments back because that is never possible, until man actually invents this thing called Time Machine.

The Future

Future always denotes the uncertain tomorrow which no one has seen. It is said to be uncertain because, no one on earth can say with perfect certainty as to what will happen in the time to come. Many of us would have come across the Fortune Tellers who claim of being capable to predict the future, but ultimately whatever has to happen tomorrow is a reflection of what we do today. It simply means that no matter what, our actions at present will have a bearing on the days to come.

Thus, here it’s safe to draw a conclusion that all these three elements of time are interlinked. Past gives us learning and much valuable experience, which improves our Present as we implement that learning and avoid the already committed mistakes and in this process, we grow each day. Future is yet a surprise. It has to unfold and reveal whatever it has in store for us. We make plans for the future based on what all we have experienced and lived and how we want to shape our tomorrow.

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Useful Ideas For Christmas Presents

Christmas Gift Shopping Tips

One of the most crucial parts, when picking a Christmas present, is matching it closely to the person that you’re buying it for. If you buy the very first thing you come across it is not the wisest choice that you could make.

You’ll want to consider the particular person you’ll be buying for as well as their likes and dislikes. Take into consideration their passions and also what they love to do using leisure time.

Buying presents for a wife or girlfriend

If you’re searching for something for your girlfriend then be certain you get her an item which SHE wants. It is not as complicated as it may seem. It’s winter! (unless you’re in Australia!). So buy her a gift that will keep her warm. Hats and gloves as well as festive sweaters are especially good choices. Ensure that they are brightly colored and festive and you will be safe.

Scented candles, chocolates, a bouquet of flowers will be a good idea or you could pick up tickets for the cinema or theatre, a romantic restaurant or even both of them. They are all great ideas for Xmas gifts and are likely to be received well. Just be sure the film or show is actually one that she will like.

Don’t buy Home tools and appliances except in cases where they’re specifically requested, not only will you have to return them right after Christmas but the truth is they will not be popular when they unwrap them.

Do think about jewelry, it’s always loved by the women and they will never have too much. Always be sure that you’ll be able to take it back if it’s not really what they wanted, especially when it is high-priced. Something that pampers them is also a great idea which could be anything from beauty treatments to a day at a spa

Buying a Christmas present for a man

If you’re thinking of purchasing a Christmas present for a man, you want to first check if he is keen on sport and has a favorite team. A sport gift item is usually well received and you are able to find an incredible array of things that are branded for their team. It is possible to pick anything from hats, sweaters as well as other items of attire. If he plays a sport perhaps you can try to look for a piece of apparatus he needs or maybe a biography of a sporting hero.

If he’s a do-it-yourself type of guy then he would likely enjoy getting equipment. Try to remember any work he has previously finished or even if he’s previously mentioned wanting a specific tool which he needed. Even a set of storage boxes for all the parts left over once the job is finished. If he has a specific interest, you can pick a book related to his favourite topics.

Just about all men are partial to gadgets and everything original and distinct will definitely capture their imagination and make a good present. The favorite gizmos are, of course, Smartphones, tablet computers, e-readers and video game consoles. It simply is dependent upon your budget.

You don’t need to be too extravagant

A gift does not need to be costly. By applying some thought to the person you happen to be shopping for, the present would be far more personalized and that is exactly what makes for the perfect Christmas surprise.

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Are You Presenting For Your Client Or to Yourself?

Have you ever left a presentation you made to list a home and thought you left connecting really well with one member of a couple, but not the other? I think we’ve all had this experience. Why does this happen? There are a million reasons why it might happen, but one reason why it definitely happens a lot. It’s because most people make decisions in different ways. I would buy a car differently than my wife would buy a car.

I think its important to have ABC in my car and she wants XYZ. You want ACY. It’s a simple fact of life that even great couples make buying decisions differently right? Then why do so few of us take this into consideration when making presentations to couples? The secret reality is that most of us make presentations with who in mind? Our self! We present what we would like to see if we were on the other side because we mistakenly believe that everyone makes decisions like us.

Yes, a lot of times we get lucky and one member of a couple, or even both actually do make decisions like us. But what if we were conscience of this and could make presentations with both spouses in mind? Here’s what you do: Before you start your presentation, make a list of concerns that each member has and make sure you effectively address each concern in your presentation. It’s that simple. But it’s not easy.

Why? Because it’s hard to find out the concerns of each spouse if you are not properly qualifying them from the beginning and asking great questions right? Even so, if you can avoid presenting to yourself and focus on presenting for your client, it will go a long way in helping make your next presentation a successful one.

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5 Tips For Visual Impact In Marketing Presentations

 Big presentation coming up? Are you confident that you visual message is clear and compelling?

Visual impact is a key factor in whether your presentation will be a winner. Take a moment right now and ask a single question…

Is your message instantly clear?

If you have to think too long – more than a couple seconds – the answer is: no.

The visual message of your presentation should be immediately obvious. If you are in doubt and think maybe there’s something you don’t know that you should – use these 5 tips to give your presentation a quick visual tune up.

Tip 1: Are The Visuals Attractive?

People don’t love looking at ugly icky stuff. They want to see pretty pictures and bright colors. If your pictures are drab, ugly or visually disgusting, you are shooting yourself in the foot.

Don’t risk this. It’s not worth it — unless you are marketing and selling something extremely ugly. If you aren’t, then make sure your pictures, charts and diagrams are aesthetic and visually pleasing.

Tip 2: Are The Pictures Simple?

Complicated charts and diagrams are, well…complicated. Maybe they tell an important story. But most viewers are too busy to wade through the mud and quagmire to find out what you are trying to say.

It’s not that your research or story is at fault. It’s just that the depiction is too complicated. If you want to have the most impact, keep the pictures extremely simple.

Recently, I coached a client who was preparing a presentation for his public speaking class. I told him about this principle. Here’s how he said it back to me, “Oh – you mean I should over-simplify everything?”

Yes. That’s exactly what I mean.

Don’t overload your audience with details. Provide a simple and easy to understand picture. You can always show more levels of detail in a handout or follow-up presentation.

Tip 3: Show Pictures of What You Provide

If you provide a service, show a picture of the service you provide. If you sell a product, show photos of people using the product, or photos of the product itself.

Keep in mind that your audience is preoccupied, distracted, and focused on many urgent business matters. It’s up to you to refocus their attention towards your important presentation. Spell it out. Make it profoundly obvious what you are offering. Use pictures to show your viewers what you are talking about.

Tip 4: Show Emotion With Pictures

While you deliver your presentation, use pictures to add a dimension of emotion. Most participants make emotional decisions to buy – whether they are buying a product, service, or strategy. When your pictures show emotion, you are building a powerful connection to your audience.

Speak the language of emotion — in pictures.

Tip 5: Use Visuals To Show Process Steps

In addition to showing pictures of your product or service, show a visual step-by-step view of the process. This may be the buying process or a project process.

The most powerful process steps are short and simple. Think of one-two-three as the most effective picture to show step one, step two and step three of any process.

When you use pictures, icons and color to emphasize steps in a process, it’s easier for people to understand your message.

To make information more accessible to your audience, use these 5 visual impact tips. If you are in doubt, look around. Look at websites, advertising, and printed material. You will see that people spend a fortune defining their visual message.

Shouldn’t you do the same in your presentation? With these 5 tips, you have a dynamic starter kit for successful presenting.

Develop visual impact to connect directly with your audience. Show and tell visual stories, so you can reach more customers and grow your business

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Present Moment & Life Experiences

Recently, I had to cancel my vacation trip to Puerto Rico for personal reasons. For months I was looking forward to this trip. On the same day that I cancelled my vacation trip, I temporarily lost my wallet. In the past, I have lost my wallet before. It is such a hassle to replace all debit cards, identification cards, social security card, membership identification cards, etc. So I was dreading the fact of having to replace my wallet. Luckily though, I was able to retrace my steps and find my wallet. That particular day I had so many “problems” that occurred one after the other.

You cannot let your problems take you out of the present moment. Even if the present moment is where your “problems” lie, if that makes sense. The present moment is where your greatest Joy resides. When you zoom out, you will see that you were built for all that life throws at you. There is a well of perseverance seated deep within you. Meaning you have dealt with so much in your life and you have chosen to have it build you up positively and prepare you for life’s curve balls. Having this perception in life will make you prepared for anything that life brings to your front door. Trust me. You will look back at what may be perceived a ‘negative experience’ and be thankful that you ever experienced it. There will be plenty of challenging experiences that will test what is at the core of your existence. It is these experiences that you demonstrate to life and even yourself that you have all that you need to “pass” the tests that present to you in life.

You have to look closely at what you name or call your experiences. Were the problems that occurred that particular day: “problems” or “an experience to show how to handle certain experiences” or “an experience to show perseverance” or “an experience to show my faith” or “an experience to show how to live” or “an experience to show my personal power” or “an experience to show how not to be moved out of the present moment”? My point is this, monitor your thoughts and monitor what you name or how you classify your present experiences. Everything is connected to how we perceive our lives and how we perceive what occurs in our lives. Our perception of our experiences are often overlooked. Some of us move so quickly in our lives that we forget to look at our experiences from a “Zoomed-out” perception. We forget to look closely at what we call our experiences. Remember that everything is inter-connected to how we perceive our experiences. Think about it.

Once you perceive a certain experience your emotions are attached to your perception of that experience. Your emotions of that specific experience are carried over and directly affect your next choices made in the present moment. Let’s say you have what you perceive a “Negative experience” and you have “Negative” emotions, those “Negative” emotions will have a huge impact on the next choices you make. Due to that “Negative experience” you may be impolite or pass on that negativity to someone else who crosses your path all because of your “Negative” emotions that you had from a previous experience. That is why I find that it is helpful to leave all emotions tied to an experience to the experience. Meaning if something happens in a certain experience, leave all of your emotions with that experience. This is when living in the present or living in the moment comes into the picture. When you live in the moment, you fully experience everything that happens at that one particular time. Once that moment is over, you move on to the next moment in time.

Earlier I stated that the present moment is where your greatest Joy resides. You see your Joy resides within you all day long. When you’re in the present moment your joy is active beneath the surface. Believe it or not everlasting Joy sits in the heart of all human beings and is our natural state. With being in the moment and realizing this Joy beneath the surface, you will find it easier to stay detached from what goes on above the surface also known as your “Life experiences”. Now do not get wrapped around the axle with the word “Detached”. What I mean by “Detached” is staying in the moment and experiencing the constant Joy and not allowing your outer experiences to consume you to the point where you are removed from the present moment. If you can stay in the moment no matter what goes on in your life, then you will feel so much at peace in life. Everything in life is inter-connected beneath the surface. So the next experience that you find yourself in, try your best to monitor how you perceive what has happened to you and the emotions that you feel. Make an effort to stay in the present moment with your joy and not allow your experiences to rob you of your Divine right, Joy.

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Birthday Presents – Making a Person Feel Loved Without Spending a Fortune

People are used to buying gifts or giving money as birthday presents. They thought that spending a lot on presents or giving a good amount of money would equate to the love that they have for the person that they’re giving the present to. Handmade presents are more valuable than expensive presents or money because it shows the person that you took some time to think about the present and exerted some effort in making that gift.

Giving a handmade gift is difficult because it’s hard to think about what gift to give. Here are some ideas on the perfect handmade gift to give that special person in your life.

Create a personalised CD

This kind of gift is great for friends or spouses. Choose songs that have special meaning in your relationship. If you’re giving the CD to a spouse, include the song that played when you first danced or the song that played when you proposed. If it’s for a friend, put songs that you both like listening to when you are in the car or compile the songs that your friend likes but are included in different CDs, you can also put songs that your friend haven’t heard of before, but you’re sure that your friend would love. Just remember that it is the other person’s CD and not yours, so be sure that the selection of songs is to the person’s liking.

The presentation of the personalised CD is also important. Create an artistic and unique cover. You can put a note explaining why you chose each track. Some people put comic strips at the back of the cover to show that they took some extra effort in creating the cover.

Slideshow Presentation

This type of gift is helpful to elderly people or those who have a hard time in organising their photographs. This takes a lot of time when scanning the pictures but once you have the pictures stored in your computer, it’ll be easier to make a slideshow. There are programs that help in making a slideshow. You can make the slideshow more interesting by zooming some of the pictures and creating good transitions in between photographs. You can also add the person’s favourite songs as background music. This type of birthday present is one of the few homemade presents that the whole family could enjoy together.

Writing a poem

A poem is one of the most unique birthdays present. It’s very personal and shows pure love and thoughtfulness. It can be very simple and doesn’t have to rhyme or follow the rules in poetry. It should simply come from the heart and show your true feelings for the person.

A handmade birthday present can be difficult to make but it is a sure way to show your love for the person that you’re giving the present to and it’s more valuable than any present that’s bought in stores.

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The Four S’s of Presentations

Have you ever been to a presentation that you thought would never end? It seems as if some people have mastered the art of saying very little in a long time. It’s those people who seem to keep popping up in high-profile situations in which you and I are members of the audience. It’s time to get some things straight about presentations!

Let’s face it… life is one huge presentation! When you go for a job interview, you are making a presentation. When you state your opinion in a gathering of friends, you are making a presentation. For some reason, there is a lot of anxiety about standing up in front of a group of people and talking. Let’s take a look at four things that can make your presentations better… the Four S’s of Presentations.

1. Stand up! This isn’t just a reference to your posture, though your posture does count for something. The real issue here is confidence. When you have something to present, say it as if you believe what you’re saying. You wouldn’t buy a car from a salesperson who doubted the quality of the vehicle, so why would anyone buy what you have to say if you say it with an underlying apology? If you can’t speak with confidence about the subject, change subjects!

2. Speak up! This refers to your diction and voice inflection. Speak clearly using words that can be easily understood by the audience. Some presenters attempt to impress their audiences by using words that aren’t part of everyday conversation. There’s no need to complicate the simple things! Say what you have to say using the lowest common denominator. If you sprinkle your presentation with 8-syllable words that are intended to impress people, you might discover they stopped listening long before you made your main point! Also take into consideration the room size and acoustics. If the room is hollow, you will need to slow your speech so as to accommodate the echoes in the room. Finally, speak more deliberately than normal. People need time to process what you say, so slow down.

3. Shut up! When you’re done, stop talking! Plan the conclusion to your presentation as carefully as you plan the opening. The last thing you say will be the last thing in the minds of the audience members. Be methodical in your presentation. It is better to make two points that are understood than five points that are confusing. If you know your material, it will be easier to ad lib details. Yet, if you begin to ad lib, you will be pushed for time at the end. A well-planned presentation is more effective than a random conversation!

4. Sit down! If you are one of many presenters, it is important that you show the same respect to the others as you expect from them. If you have been assigned five minutes for your presentation, then use five minutes! Don’t ramble on infringing on the time of the presenters who come after you. If there are additional presenters after you, join the audience and listen. Not only will you learn something about the topics being discussed, but you will learn some additional strategies for making powerful presentations.

Remember, you don’t have to tell everything you know in the five minutes you have been given. When your presentation is over, do you want your audience to wish you had told them more or be relieved that you finally stopped talking? Think about it!

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A Challenge To Women Who Would Never Dream Of Presenting

Academic and business presentations can be scary. Job interviews, investor pitches, sales calls all involve presenting. Presenting on video, in person, at a conference or as part of a panel discussion can be nerve wracking.

To ace any and all of these situations, one must find out how to feel confident, be at ease and communicate with power. Ready to take the challenge?

Recently, I coached a brilliant consultant. She needed to present in front of a tough interview committee. Competition was stiff. Stakes were high. Time was short.

I’m going to tell you what I told her.

By the way, this works for men and women. But I find that many professional women struggle to find an approach for presenting that ‘makes sense.’ Try this out and see how it works for you.

Presenting ideas is a lot like stringing a necklace. Each key point must make a visual impact. It’s the same thing you want to do with each beautiful jewel. But each jewel on it’s own does not have the same impact as when joined together. Like beautiful jewels sitting alone, your ideas do not make sense… without the thread of connection.

Building a presentation, like making a necklace, requires a few things: the jewels, the thread and the clasp. Let’s look at each part of this artful equation.

The Jewels

My hunch is you have the jewels. You know a lot and you have a lot to share. Your ideas are sparkling brightly…the only thing is which ones to pick and which order to place them.

The Thread

In public speaking and presentation skills training, the thread is often placed under delivery skills. This is only partly true.

Delivery skills are where your personal passion, energy and vitality come into play. It’s how you ‘wear the necklace’ to keep with this metaphor.

But there is also a core thread that needs to be built before you deliver your talk. This is where storyboard planning comes into play. A presentation storyboard is how you can organize the thread to strongly connect all the sparkling jewels.

What many presenters forget is: plan the thread in advance. Then, you can confidently glow in delivery. If you have to rely only on delivery skills, you are essentially ‘winging it’ and leaving your success up to chance.

The Clasp

Like a golden clasp to a fine necklace, the beginning and end of your presentation must be strong. If you’ve ever had a necklace with a weak clasp, you know how frustrating this is. You want to wear it, but it keeps coming apart.

Don’t let this happen to your presentation. A clasp has two parts and these are equally crucial to a successful talk. How you begin. How you end. Pay particular attention to the start and finish of your presentation.

The Mystery

My guess is you have a favorite necklace or piece of jewelry. Take a look at it. It’s perfect for you, right?

That’s exactly how you want your audience to feel. A perfect fit. When your audience feels this way, here is what they will say:

“She knew exactly what was important to me.”

“I don’t know how she did it…it was brilliant.”

“That was better than I ever imagined.”

The rewards are great. Build your presentation to match your audience and you will reap the rewards.

Now, if you aren’t sure about these steps, don’t worry. An expert presentation coach can show you the steps, help with story flow and help you find your personal best.

If you’re in a similar situation-tough competition, high stakes and short time, working with an objective coach is one of the fastest ways to get ready.

Whether you work with a coach or not, use this blend of creativity and logic to craft a terrific presentation. Do the work and you’ll win all the rewards.

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