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.

Five Strategies to Connect With the Present

It is difficult to stay focused on the present when we continue to allow the past to be a distraction. The past only takes place in our mind through our memories and only has the power we give it. In fact, most of our breakdowns come from just that place of memories and since we think in form of images, remembering is like experiencing the moment again.

This is what happens: we cancel the creative energy with fear that prevents us from exposing ourselves by creating stationary brakes. As a result, we invest more time defending ourselves from life, repairing circumstances – instead of investing our life preparing ourselves and experiencing it in its entire splendor.

So, what to do? How can we stay in the present, empowering our dreams?

Invest your thought energy in what you love not in what you fear. This supports you to focus as much as possible on winning both intelligent and creative solutions in a challenging situation. Where your attention goes, your energy goes. Where your thoughts go, your words and your actions go. Make sure you cultivate good thinking, invest only in your growth because your focus defines your direction.

Ask yourself the difficult questions. Do not depend on someone else to formulate them for you. This gives you an advantage and keeps you alert in the present, making it easier to start with what you have at hand.

The difficult questions are the questions that take us away from our comfort zone, focus our commitment and challenge our will. They bring awareness and usually point us in the right direction.

So ask!

Use the question as a tool of awareness and change for your life.

Correct. Make changes before the change becomes necessary. If you change your strategies but do not make adjustments in your choices (and priorities) you will still have the same results. The most relevant corrections usually are not about strategy but about character. The higher quality of our character, the better quality of our choices – consequently – the greater the possibility of realizing our dreams.

Avoid “Shortcuts”. The longest distance between you and your dreams are the shortcuts. Nothing will be simple if we keep choosing the easy way of doing things. The process is what gives us experience, influence, understanding and relevance. There is no other way. Live the process! Take the lead! Do not underestimate the potential of either.

Eliminate from your agenda everything you should not be doing and eliminate from your life people who do not add you in any way. The sources of influence in your life matter. Why? Because impact your thinking style and your results. That’s a lot of influence! Take care of the relationships that add to your well-being and learn to say “no” to those that drain you.

With this in mind, be sure to keep your focus where it matters and what matters in your present! When the opportunity comes to our life there is no time to prepare. We better be ready, alert and aware to choose the right path. Put it into practice and the past will no longer be a distraction to develop your greatest potential!

Silver Jewelry As a Present For Different Occasions

Holidays and special occasions are fast approaching, It is indeed a perfect idea to start looking for your present for your special someone, friend, relatives and family. Silver jewelry, I can say is one of the most valuable and surprising gift your love one can receive. For any occasion, silver jewelry will never be outdated.

Silver jewelry works for any types of clothing and skin tone, with its huge available supply and affordability from head to toe surely you can get a set of jewelry without compromising its quality. Like silver earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches, watches, necklaces and anklets.

In terms of present or giveaway for wedding occasion, a piece of silver bracelet engraved with “thank you” is a very sentimental piece your visitor or sponsor could received. It is a sign of appreciating their presence, witnessing one of the most important part your life. Your next chapter of building your own family.

Silver jewelry such pendant and chains of bracelet is another appreciative present for parent to receive for their new born child, a”Christening Present”. The parent can let their child grow up with your bracelet, always remembering you as the child’s godparent. Who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner.

Regardless of the cost, any woman will be delightful to receive a silver jewelry for her birthday. It is the nature of women to put sentimental value to a gift from someone who appreciates her, especially if its something you personalized or “something given with effort”.

There is a wide collection of silver jewelry you can choose from to be a birthday present, but mostly for a friend, they prefer a bracelet engraved with words they can’t personally say how much that person means to them. Silver bracelets ranges from simple to a more decorative styles with crystals, diamonds, semi-precious stones or silver pendant as well.

For a Silver Wedding Anniversary present, a silver ring is a meaningful present you can give to your wife. Spending a quarter of a century or 25 years in love with one person is to be celebrated. Make it a memorable anniversary full of silver by making use of silver decorations.

Christmas and Valentines are fast approaching everyone is busy looking after with their gift to be wrapped for their families, friends and special someone. A stunning silver ring, earring, bracelet, watch, anklet, pendant and necklace are few of the many things you can wrap as a present of love. Make it a habit of giving a present, without expecting something in return, you may never know until when you will be together. So start to appreciate that person today. Even a small piece of pendant stringed on a simple ribbon can be a stunning present. Make everyday Christmas.