Archive for October 2008

3 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Use Any Powerpoint Slides In Your Presentation

October 29, 2008

I was impressed when The National University of Singapore Toastmasters Club initiated a discussion group last night to talk about issues regarding public speaking. A substantial number of people turned up for the event and participated in airing their views. This shows that our members do take ardent interest in the act of continuous improvement and learning.

As we know, there were way too many questions to answer regarding giving presentation. Needless to say, that short period of time during the discussion certainly well utilized and uplifted everyone’s spirit.

One of the key topics that were being brought up, to a large extend, involved using Powerpoint slides during presentations. The participants were concerned about how the slides will impact them.

Adding on, here are the crucial questions that will help you regarding the use of slides:

1. What is the purpose of this Powerpoint slide?

2. Does the use of this aid you or distract you from your presentation?

3. What is the take-home message for the audience after viewing the slides?

Use these questions to further streamline between to use slides ot not, as well as how to use them suitably. This will sure make your presentation sparkle.

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5 Useful And Proven Ways To Start The Next Round Of Your Negotiations Excellently

October 26, 2008

After a few days of heavily packed seminar sessions, I’m updating this blog again. However, the next round of super intensive training is just about to come up soon. Nonetheless, I know that my life is just about to get even more exciting and the ride has just become more sensational. *Wink 😉

I was pleased that the participants remembered what I taught them a week ago. This particular run of “Effective Negotiation Skills” training was slightly different from the usual in the sense that it had a one week break. Both sessions were conducted on Saturdays, full day. Hence, with the one week break, participants were requested to review and practice their skills. I glad they had displayed how to apply the negotiation skills and strategies taught in my training.

And since negotiation can, from time to time, take more than one meeting; it becomes imperative that we understand how to restart the negotiation talks effectively and excellently.

Here are some proven ways you can begin your next round impressively:

1. Rebuild the rapport.

2. Review the previous agreement with tact and diplomacy.

3. Attribute credits to your counterparts when credits are due.

4. Start the session with sincerity.

5. Promote the sharing of long term views for mutual benefits.

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5 Simple Steps To Better Emotional Management

October 23, 2008

It had almost been like clockwork for the past few days. I’ve been conducting one training after another, not to mention the personal coaching after the day-time training sessions. The schedule was packed, energy demanding, but highly satisfying.

During the training and personal sharing, the inner personalities of the participants emerge. They expressed different emotional thoughts and the varying body language become tell-tale signs of their feelings.

There are always times when we wish to acquire better and more purposeful emotions. Here are some of the steps that will enable you to do so:

1. Determine what your current emotion is.

2. Decide what your ideal emotion is.

3. Create a strong enough reason to have that intended emotion.

4. Immerse in that situation which produces this emotion.

5. Integrate yourself fully into this emotion.

(Source: wekie.com)

I Thirst For More

October 20, 2008

It’s often in learning that we progress. For today, an enthusiastic Toastmaster, Gerald Ong, sent me an article for posting. I’m sure the eager learners will be hungry for more and thirsting for more knowledge.

Here’s what Gerald had share:

I Thirst for More

Are you thirsty after having a spicy meal?

Are you thirsty for better speaking skills?

Do you hunger for more a lively club environment?

What should we do?

— Share the benefits of Toastmasters to the public!

Benefits of Toastmasters are:

— Unlimited opportunities for personal growth and career advancement

— Improved Abilities and Broadened experience

— Learning points in Leadership development through club administration and club management

— Self-Confidence and Self-esteem in public speaking

— Better interpersonal communication skills and human relationships

“If you can dream it, you can do it” — Walt Disney

Why do members leave the club?

— Commitments to other voluntary organizations

— Work Commitments

— Change of personal interests

— Family Matters

— Differences in club atmosphere as compared to their heydays.

“Altitude does wonders”

— Revive the atmosphere by involving your club coach, club mentors and club sponsors.

— Have a positive mindset. Nothing is impossible. Look at “impossible” as “I-M-Possible”

— With the right mindset, you can achieve anything you dream.

“Focus Bring Power”

When you are down, you will rise up at the end of the day. “Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” Helen Keller

Only time will tell that it would be successful.

A quote to ponder:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” Helen Keller

With the right attitude, mindset, you can excel beyond excellence!

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5 Truths You Must Know About Winning The Inner Game OF Negotiation And Deals Making

October 18, 2008

Yesterday saw the completion of the 2 day Negotiation and Conflict Resolution training for a very popular multi-national corporation. I’ve always enjoyed conducting such trainings and handling the questions because they are usually challenging, tough yet so prevalent in our lives.

It’s never an easy task especially when negotiation skills seem to be needed almost at every turn and nearly every facade of our life. This requires us to raise our game of bargaining to a much higher level, especially for the ambitious. For it is through negotiation that many productive and profitable deals can be made. Progress is therefore dependent on your bargaining success.

To set you on a winning negotiation advantage, you’ve have to know the truth in playing the inner game:

1. Negotiation is a test of your mental strength and dexterity.

2. Negotiation requires you to compete on thinking speed and pushes creativity limits.

3. You have to possess superior sensory awareness and acuity to win the game.

4. Negotiation demands of you to attain emotional balance.

5. The one who can exercise greater linguistic fluency wins the game.

(Source: wekie.com)

5 Practical Ways To Build Up Your Quality Interpersonal Relationships And Network

October 16, 2008

When I completed the 2 day training on “Up Your Image with Power Dressing and Interpersonal Skills” yesterday, I had a strong sense of satisfaction and elation. I was truly happy to see how determined the participants were in wanting to make a progress change in their lives. They participated in the activities with enthusiasms and initiated several ideas of their own, from sharing how to relate with others to networking on their own.

I also liked how the class was filled with an air of tranquility and anticipated excitement, eager to go forth to make that change in their own lives. I look forward to hearing more news of how they have created even more positive relationships through their interaction with others.

Adding on, here are some of the ways that you can build your interpersonal relationship with quality and better tap on your network.

1. Maintain regular contact with each other.

2. Ensure that time is spent meaningfully.

3. Seek values agreement and acknowledgment of each other.

4. Show empathy and experience in your interaction.

5. Provide a chance for mutual progress in various aspects of your interpersonal relationships.

(Source: wekie.com)

3 Ways To Make Yourself Heard For The First Time As A Speaker

October 14, 2008

Tonight’s meeting at The National University of Singapore Toastmasters Club saw 7 new Toastmasters presenting their Project 1 speakers. It was heartening and encouraging to see how much effort they had put into ensure their maiden speech was well presented. Congratulations to all the speakers tonight!

With regular practice, your commitment to becoming a better speaker will bear fruits soon.

Here are some of the ways you can create an impact as a first-time public speaker:

1. It’s always interesting to share with your audience the culture you come from.

2. Provide your audience a more vivid account and highlight the background to how you embarked unto this path of self-improvement.

3. Seek to pepper your speech with interesting incidents you’ve encountered.

Welcome to the journey of speech competence. May you always Excel Beyond Excellence!

(Source: wekie.com)