The Randy Pausch Last Lecture Powerpoint Presentation Tips

Some of you might heard of Randy Pausch – a dying pancreatic cancer sufferer and a Carnegie Mellon University Academician of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design; have inspired and attracted millions of audiences about his ‘Last Lecture’. We are not going to discuss about the speech content as we are pinpointing about his simple and captivating Powerpoint presentations.

First of all, presentation slide layout must be simple and clear. In his lecture, he had used black-colored background and light colored fonts. He regular uses two to three bullets for the text-contents. In some slides, he did not use any bullets at all. As for the image display, especially putting pictures about his childhood and also his rejection letters, he had included maximum of three pictures in one presentation slide. If it is only one picture in one slide, magnify this picture so that it fits exactly on the slide. Please make sure that the pictures included in these slides must have high resolution for better display.

Other than that, he had improvised his speech earlier in order to have a smooth delivering skills, in terms of clear pronunciation and suitable body language. He has used several suitable metaphors for instance – “there is an elephant in the room…”, that allows audiences to get along with his speech.

Besides the Powerpoint presentations, it is very important to have a positive mind in order to become a true presenter. You need to learn to put aside your problems quickly before your presentation starts – as if it is your ‘Last Lecture’. Perform your skills to the fullest without concerning much about the final outcome. In conclusion, Randy Pausch is a great presenter and he is able to make audiences listen to his speech – so can you!

3 Essential Rules For Successful Negotiating

Do you realize that we engage in some form or negotiation every day of our lives? Surprised? Think about it! Did you have to convince your kids to do their home work last night and get ready for school this morning? Did you discuss with your spouse who was going to make dinner tonight? Did you set completion goals for a new project at work? Did you talk with a disgruntled customer or employee today? How did it go? Did you achieve the results you desired?

These are all examples where a learned process of positive negotiation would be helpful. I was surprised the first time this was pointed out to me. I always thought of negotiation as a formal affair between high-powered professionals beating each other up to get what they wanted. That is a misconception held by many people. Every aspect of your life can be simplified just by understanding and implementing the essential elements of negotiation.

Here you will learn some of the essential negotiation elements to use when you are faced with situations that could become difficult if they’re not handled correctly.

1. Communicate Clearly

This is the most important element on the list. Your communication is the primary tool you have to express your thoughts, opinions and desires. If you don’t communicate effectively you will lose a critical advantage in your negotiations.

Also remember that speech is not the only form of communication. Your actions and body language, although silent, speak volumes. Make sure you are aware of how you are perceived by someone watching you. Your silent communications may be sending out a message entirely different from your intentions. A good way to identify this is to video tape yourself while speaking or during a meeting. You can also watch yourself in a mirror as you practice discussing the issues at hand.

2. Know your goals

Just like any project you start, it is important to know what your intended outcome or goals are at the end. Take some time before negotiating and decide what you want to achieve at the end of the negotiation. Additionally, think about what you are willing to give up to reach those goals. It is important to know your bottom line before the negotiation begins.

As you are making these decisions, remember your goals must be realistic. Stand in the other party’s shoes and think about whether your goals or requirements are something you could live with. If not, you must reassess your goals to be in line with what is realistic for you to achieve any success in your negotiation.

3. Treat everyone involved with respect.

Being the bully during a negotiation will not gain you any points. As soon as you start attacking the other parties, their defenses will go up and your chances of successful communication have been dashed. Instead, treat everyone involved with respect when addressing them, listen to what they are saying and take their situation into consideration.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should cave when someone doesn’t agree with you. It simply means that the goal is for everyone involved to act in a civilized and productive manner. Stand your ground, but do so without antagonizing the other parties involved. Now that you have read these rules, take some time to consider your past negotiations. Have you been breaking any of these rules? How can you make changes to your current negotiation style to improve your results?

To your success,

Swanie Brandt

When to Present Your Bridesmaid Gifts

As the bride, you have a long list of things to do including buy your dress, pay deposits to the caterer, meet with the photographer, and buy bridesmaid gifts, just to name a few. But, after you have completed these tasks, you realize that you never considered when and where you will present your bridesmaids with their gifts. The challenge is to find a specific time when your bridesmaids will be in one location at the same time. Before you panic, as all brides do, the following is a list of suggestions to help you decide on the best time to present your bridesmaid gifts.

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

By and far the most popular time to hand out bridesmaid gifts is at the bridesmaids’ luncheon. This luncheon may take place at any time preceding the wedding, but it is traditionally a couple of days or weeks before the wedding. Today, many brides have bridal parties that are spread out in many different places across the globe; therefore, the day before the wedding may be the most appropriate time to host it. For other brides who prefer to have a less eventful wedding weekend and most of the bridesmaids are local then they may choose to have a bridesmaid luncheon earlier in the week or a month preceding the wedding. This luncheon is in honor of the bridesmaids and it is the perfect time to honor them with their bridesmaid gifts.

During the Reception

Some brides have taken to giving their bridesmaids their bridesmaid gifts during the wedding reception. This is sort of odd timing, but it seems to work for some brides. Keep in mind that the reception is center stage for the bride and groom; therefore, it is best not to present the bridesmaids with their gifts publicly. Discreetly setting each gift at the bridesmaid’s place setting would probably be the best alternative.

After the Wedding

Another great time to present the bridesmaid gifts is after the wedding. The reason this is a good time to give out the gifts is because you will have some alone time with each bridesmaid and can even take more time to focus on what to buy. The wedding planning time is so busy and stressful that many brides just don’t have time to focus on what to buy their bridesmaids. Giving your bridesmaid gifts after the wedding has its benefits and is becoming more popular.

As a bride, you may choose to give your bridesmaid gifts at any time as long as it is within reason.