Using Visual Aids and Props for Giving More Powerful Presentations

Visual aids and props can go a long way in lending interest and depth to your presentation. Many people are highly visual in nature. “Did you see that!” Audiences tend to remember visually presented information more clearly and in more detail. If you’re still a bit nervous, a small “prop” will help you to keep your hands “busy”, so you can avoid a number of unconscious “nervous habits”. Some props and visual aids I’ve found useful during my presentations include these items.

Small stuffed animals

I’ve used “Winnie the Pooh”, “Tigger” and “Piglet” on more occasions than I can count. I also have successfully used “generic” stuffed rabbits, frogs, puppies and mice. Be creative and imaginative in coming up with ways to use them to help make your point and your audiences will eat it up.

Hand outs

Hand outs are still an effective means of keeping your audience in tow. Use them to reinforce your main points, as an outline for your audience to follow your presentation and as additional information they can take away. If you have additional services or a product to offer, be sure to include a flyer as part of your handout package. I’ve actually had seminar attendees almost literally fight over handouts, climbing over one another in their quest to get the handout package.

Photographs

Photographs make great visual aids – When I recently gave presentations to group of fellow teachers, I included slides which not only quoted some of them but used a photo of them as well. In another presentation, I used a collage of photos to illustrate the upcoming themes and topics of my presentation. One of my most memorable “Thank You for attending” slides featured a collage of photos I’d taken previously of persons who were in the audience. Needless to say, it went over quite well.

Charts and graphs

Charts and graphs put verbal information into a visual form that is much more easily digested and remembered by audiences. They can also add a more colorful dimension to your presentation statistics and key facts.

Demonstrations

By all means don’t miss an opportunity to include a short demonstration in your presentation. Use volunteers from the audience, mini-competitions, etc. to deeply involve attendees of your presentation. It’ll be all the more memorable not only for them, but for their fellow attendees as well. Have them give a brief comment, relate an experience or offer up a relevant anecdote during your presentation. Ask for volunteers, “Has anyone had an experience with …” or “Has this ever happened to anyone here?” I always get at least a couple of eager volunteers. They sure can liven things up.

Video

Video is a marvelous tool that is being included more and more into all kinds of presentations. Digital video clips needn’t be lengthy or excessively large and can be inserted into a Power Point slide. These include full color, motion and sound to introduce, illustrate or deepen a key point. Their use should be controlled if not limited as they can cause “technical problems” if the equipment you’re using isn’t yours. A differently configured computer can wreak havoc on your carefully crafted presentation.

Don’t leave out sound

Don’t leave out sound in your presentations either. Some ideas include using a bell, whistle, rattle, Kazoo, slide whistle, flute, rhythm sticks or some other little noise maker. Leave the Klaxon horns and foghorns for New Year’s Eve. Sound can be used as prompts for attention-getting, cueing slides or activities or audience participation – “Now at the sound of the bell, everybody say …

Use more audio visual aids and props in your presentations. You too will then have more attendees approaching after your presentation to shake your hand and say, “Thanks, I really enjoyed your presentation.”

A Helping Guide to Choosing Presents For Men

When it comes to gifts for men, things become a little tougher. Gifts for men have little scope for improvisation as compared to women. But, it does not mean that you cannot find gifts for them, you just need to consider some aspects before you go shopping.

How to choose gifts and presents for men:

First thing you need to consider is his choices, likes and dislikes. It is always a good idea to gift a person of his/ her own choice. So, try to know about his likes and dislikes before choosing any gift. This point becomes important when you are picking up a gift for him.
If he is more interested in sports and different games, then try to guess the sport he is just crazy about. If it is golf, then you can gift him different accessories of golf like golf drivers, ball, golf cap, shoes, golf gear cleaning kit etc.
Mostly boys are crazy about motocross race, so if your friend or boyfriend is also one of them, then you have a wide range of gifts to choose from. You can gift him motocross gear, helmet, shoes, cloths, gloves, goggles, hand bands etc. And you will see how he will adore your gifts and show gratitude for your love and care.
Perfumes are all time hit gift items. So, if it is the birthday of your male friend or his marriage anniversary or you want to congratulate him on his success, gift him a bottle of perfume bottles come in stylish shapes and designs along with various kinds of fragrances.
On this anniversary why not gift him a silver photo frame with a beautiful photo of yours. Photo frames are available in different colours and materials. You can get him a designer or a handmade photo frame for gift. If you want to make your gift personalized, you can make a photo frame instead of buying a one. Handmade photo frames have a personal touch, so are more loving and special
Other gifts can be designer wallets, wrist-lets, watches, key rings, sunglasses and cuff links. In choosing any gift one should keep in mind the taste of the recipient and his choices.

Better Present Your Sales Or Business Plan With Tension Banner Stands

Tension banner stands are an excellent tool for companies that are seeking to improve their performance at exhibitions and presentations. Banners are a viable way for companies to present sales and their business plan to new and old customers alike. No matter whether you are in need of a permanent stand solution or one for travelling, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind if you want to make the most of your investment. Not all banner stands are created equal. Because of this, it is important that you take your time in selecting the best possible stand for your needs. There are many factors that determine how good a stand is for you.

The first step in selecting tension banner stands is to identify how often you will need to move the stand. The more often that the stand must be packed away and moved, the higher the level of quality that the stand must be in order to function without breaking. Picking the ideal type of banner stand can prevent wasted money and ensure the best appearance possible. When you are considering the type of stand and its portability, consider aspects such as the tensioning mechanism, the base and the basic materials that the stand is made of. All of these things factor into how portable the stand is. In addition to this, the materials and construction can also give you a good idea of how easy the stand is to take apart and move. Stands that are meant to be transported will typically come with a carrying case. When you order your stand, make certain that you have a suitable case for it so that it is not damaged during transit.

If you plan on moving your tension banner stands often, confirm how much the banner stand weighs. The weight of the banner stand will be affected by the size of the stand you purchase as well as by how large of a banner it can support. When you are judging the weight of the banner stand, keep in mind that your banners will typically be stored with the stand. The weight of the banners you use with the stand should be factored in. When you order your stand, you should find out how much weight the stand can support. This will ensure that the stand is stable once it is installed and the banner is affixed to the stand.

When you order your tension banner stands, you will often be given the option to order banners with your stand. Doing this is often a wise choice as it allows you to order banners guaranteed to fit with your specific stand. If you are interested in ordering banners at the same time that you order your stand, you will want to have an idea of what you want printed on your banner. While you can receive design assistance for your banner, you want to have a general idea of what sort of banner will best advertise to your target audience. This can help ensure your investment does not go to waste.