Presents For Your Mother On Her Birthday

Moms will love anything from their children. They really don’t care about the present because cliché as it may sound; it’s the thought that counts. The fact that you remembered her birthday and opted to give birthday gift for your mom which is something will melt her. But this shouldn’t stop you from making your mom feel special on her birthday.

Make a birthday card. It will remind her of the times when you were in kindergarten and you’d go home to her with a star or a simple present. Don’t forget to mention that it’s her birthday! It will really bring tears of joy in her eyes.

Get her a bouquet of fresh flowers as a birthday gift for your mom. Just make sure she isn’t allergic to the ones you plan to give her. It will make her feel really special. Bear in mind that moms are still girls at hearts and flowers makes almost all girls feel giddy.

Cook for her. You don’t have to go all out, especially if you don’t know how to cook. Just prepare cookies or a cake for her and she’ll love you for it. Gather everyone and celebrate her birthday with her and she’ll overflow with happiness.

If you want to splurge on mommy dear, get her what she wants. Get her a new perfume, a bag or pumps. Give her whatever she likes as birthday gift for your mom. After all, it’s her birthday and it’s her turn to be spoiled.

You can also treat her to a day at the spa. Oh, she will love the feeling of being pampered! Give her a massage, get her hair done and whatever she wants. Just make sure she is relaxed. If you want, you can send her a certificate for a complete treatment on your local spa center as your birthday gift for you mom.

Remember kiddos, it’s the effort that counts here. So just think of what will make your mom happy. Follow your heart because deep inside I know as much as you do that your time is enough to make mom more than happy on her birthday.

Making Lemon-Aid Out of a Lemon PowerPoint Presentation

What do you do if your boss gives you a thoroughly lousy PowerPoint presentation to deliver and it has 50 bullet points on each slide, complicated graphs, and long sentences everywhere?

Don’t panic! In this case, your PowerPoint slides are not going to help your presentation. But they don’t have to hurt you or destroy the presentation either. Here is what I recommend you do in this tough situation:

1. Ask your boss what the desired result is from the speech.

2. Ask your boss what the 5 most important message points he/she wants the audience to remember.

3. Incorporating the info from your boss from the above two questions, go through the long, detail-intensive slides you have been given and select the one (and only one) most important idea from each slide.

4. Prepare to give examples, facts, details and preferably stories that flesh out the one key idea from each story.

5. Resolve that you are not going to read or even cover all of the other points or concepts covered on each slide.

6. Be familiar enough with the facts of the slides to answer questions that relate to them, but double your resolve not to cover every fact of number on the slides.

7. When you flash a slide up, close your mouth and give people a chance to read or absorb what is on it, even if it takes a minute.

8. Have a great opening for a minute or two that gives the audience an interesting and useful piece of information and a reason to listen to you before you show the first slide in your PowerPoint.

9. When you are finishing your presentation, remove your final slide and give a strong and powerful conclusion that is in no way dependent on your slide.

10. Remember, you aren’t really giving a PowerPoint presentation. You are giving a presentation where people are judging your skills, intelligence and long-term potential. So don’t let someone else’s bad PowerPoint handcuff you into giving a bad speech.

You can give a great speech regardless of the slides.

Presentation Skills – 5 Must Read Tips For New Presenters!

Ok, you have done the preparation, planning and practice so your presentation (or training session) should be fantastic, fun and fulfilling right? Maybe, but chances are you have not thought long and hard enough about managing the audience for results. Here are five tips you should read before presenting for the first time.

1. Focus on the audience

‘All about me’ is not going to invigorate your audience. Spend time understanding each of the audience members, asking them questions and getting to know their needs and motivations. Do not underestimate this step. This can make all the difference to how you present your information and how the audience responds.

2. Avoid speaking to fast

A common mistake when presenting is speaking to fast. This is often a result of presenters worrying that they will bore the audience. The problem is that the audience take time to digest new information. It might be easy to you; after all it is your area of specialty right? You have been doing it for years. Do yourself and the audience a favour and slow down, pause and allow them time to take on the new information. You will be surprised at the results.

3. Engage the audience

Get them involved. The techniques for this are endless. The basics include, asking them questions, doing activities, group work, using visuals, stories, quotes and humour to help keep their interest. Their understanding will greatly increase using this method so get creative!

4. Show enthusiasm

Is the audience bored, sending text messages or checking their watch? Perhaps you are not showing enthusiasm for a subject. If you are passionate about a subject (even if it is the hundredth time you have delivered the presentation, your voice tone will vary as you speak. This will make a world of difference. If you do not do it now, get practicing. Fake it if you have to! Your audience will be forever grateful.

5. Know the material

The best way to increase your confidence and ability to focus on the audience throughout a presentation is to know your material and your presentation inside out. Once you do this, the focus is back on the audience. See step 1.

Follow these tips and you will be five steps closer to a good presentation. It should be noted that these tips work very well for group training sessions as well. Good luck!