Your Role As a Presenter

Think about your favorite restaurant, why do you keep going back? After all there are hundreds of different eating places within easy reach, all of which serve meat and vegetables.  So what makes you favorite the best?  Is it the raw materials, they way they are combined, the way they are cooked or is it nothing to do with the food, maybe it is the ambiance of the establishment, the decor, the level of service you receive, or there again it could just be the price, but I think that is unlikely.

In all likelihood it is a combination of things which make it your favorite; it is unlikely just to be the raw materials the chef uses, although this obviously has a role to play.

The same applies to presentations, it is not just the bare facts conveyed that make a presentation interesting and enjoyable. The basis of the presentation is important. You want to use the best ingredients for your presentation, but the effectiveness of a presentation has a lot to do with the way the information is delivered. When you are giving a presentation you need to behave like the staff of your favorite restaurant.

To start with, when you are planning the menu as the chef, you want to offer some variety which will make it appeal to a wide range of different people.  There will be members of your audience who are looking for a light lunch who just need an overview and those who are ready to tuck in and want the real meat of the subject.

When you are cooking your presentation add some spice and seasoning, plain food never won a Michelin star. Think how you can weave some stories around your subject, introduce some light hearted humor and make the contents of your presentation look interesting as well as tasting delicious.

When you are delivering your presentation, you need to be in the role of the amiable waiter. Start by looking like you are enjoying what you do, remember to smile. Nobody likes being served by a dour waiter. You want to be friendly but not over familiar, your role is to serve not to be part of the group who are dining. The customer is always right, so don’t talk down to the audience or start an argument with them.

For a business presentation the presenter should always be dressed as smartly if not more smartly then their audience. You don’t find many good restaurants where the waiters have dress down Fridays.

One of the first tasks a waiter always undertakes is to ask his clients what they would like to eat, and how they would like their steak cooked. The same hold true for presentations, if you don’t already know what your audience would like to hear and how they like their information presented, then ask them. Make the presentation interactive.

Remember that you audience are your customers and that you are there to serve them, to give them what they asked for not what you want to serve. Nobody would return to a restaurant that just shoved what the chef had cooked in front of the diners and expected them to eat it.

Finally, give the audience the time to enjoy the presentation, don’t rush them but be attentive and look out for any signals that you are taking too long. Talking too quickly makes it hard for your audience to keep up with you and some may switch off and stop listening. On the other hand you always want to make sure that you have stopped talking before your audience have stopped listening.

To make people come back for more remember to serve them well.

How To Find Unusual Christmas Presents

Finding unusual Christmas presents can be a good way to make your gift stand out from the crowd. They show that you have put some thought into your Christmas gift rather than simply bought another DVD or sweater.

Here are some ideas that will get your mind thinking about some of the more unusual Christmas presents that you could give.

1. Adopt an animal or bird. Many zoos and wildlife parks offer this as an option. You can choose from almost any creature from a humble squirrel right the way up to whales. Look for the option of a regular newsletter to keep the gift recipient informed of the progress of their adopted animal during the year.

2. Compile an unusual Christmas present from photographs, audio files and anything else you have to hand. This takes a bit longer to create than buying a present off the shelf but has the advantage that your Christmas gift is guaranteed to be unique and will be treasured for life.

3. Give the gift of a title. You can buy titles such as Lord and Lady online and then you have the added advantage that you can address your unusual Christmas present to the “Lord” or “Lady” to build up intrigue.

4. Buy a minute in time that means something to the person receiving the present. Any special moment from any time in their life can be registered and honored with a framed certificate. This is bound to be a talking point!

5. Give an experience. Anything from driving a Formula One motor car through to “boys toys” such as JCBs and diggers or a leisurely pamper day at a spa.

Once you start thinking about unusual Christmas presents, you’re sure to find weird ideas popping into your head at all times of the day and night. Use the to-do list on your cell phone to jot them down so that you remember them!

Tabletop Easel – Excellent For Art Classes Or Presentations

A tabletop easel is the perfect companion to a business presentation for a stockholders meeting in which the state of the economy is going to be discussed and graphs and charts would help convey the magnitude of the problems the company may be facing or the importance of the solutions the presenter has arisen at and is now wanting to convey to the board of directors. Visuals are important and when everyone is sitting down, including the presenter and the information is also at a level with the audience then people are more receptive to it.

Art classes, for both young and older students would benefit from a tabletop easel to hold their drawing paper. Art classes are typically longer than an hour and no one wants to stand that long when they are creating something unique.Children may need to stand in order to reach the very top of the easel, however for the most part a table top easel works for them as well.

Tabletop Easel by KidKraft
This is a child’s tabletop easel that is made of sturdy natural wood and sits 20 inches high with a width of 14.5 inches. One side is for painting and dry erase creations with a large wooden clip to hold papers, while the flip side is a caulk board for caulk doodling. There is a generous tray at the bottom for holding large cups of paint, water, markers, caulk or pens. This folds for easy storage, transportation and carrying.

American Easel Wahkeena
This made of a natural finish fir and stands 18.5 inches tall in a triangular shape with an adjustable ‘back leg’ it is perfect for holding a canvas for painting or book to display for story time. There are four different angled settings on this ‘tripod’ shaped tabletop easel and the tray is the length of the bottom of the easel at 17 inches. The entire unit, which comes full assembled, folds flat for easy transportation, storage and carrying.

Post-it Note® Super Sticky 20″x23″ Tabletop Easel
This is the largest Post-it Note® ever made! A tabletop easel size Post-it Note® which could be used to write formulas, math problems, sentences or just about anything for schools and or businesses so that they can be displayed to everyone at the table and then tore off the easel and posted to a large dry erase board, wall or high traffic area such as the break room where everyone will see them. This is a great tool for planning, brainstorming, creating storylines for a book or play.

Best-Rite Tabletop Flannel easel
This portable, flannel covered tabletop easel is prefect for small children who like to work with letters, numbers or other cutouts, perhaps playing school against a black background on this aluminum framed tabletop easel. It measures 36″W x 24″H and the aluminum legs snap on and off for easy storage or transportation. This board could also be used by adults as a ‘greater board’ at a fundraiser or buffet of all kinds.