5 Simple AV Tips For a Flawless Presentation

Have you ever been in a meeting where something went wrong with the A/V?  Most of us have, and may God have mercy on you if it just so happens to be YOU!  Nothing is more mortifying than standing in front of an audience trying to get your audio-visual equipment to behave itself or trying to overcome some technological short-coming.

With all this complex technology we use during presentations, you’d think it was something electronic at fault for most A/V snafus and faux pas.  Ironically, it’s just the opposite.  It’s the simple things that’ll kill you… or worse yet, your audience.

The following is a short list of some things to keep in mind when you’re coordinating the A/V needs for your next event or meeting:

  1. Overamplification is a common mistake.  Volume will not compensate for improperly mixed sound or poor audio equipment – it will only draw more attention to the issue.
  2. Screen Size should correspond with room size, set up and attendance.
  3. Images on the large screen might appear distorted and discolored on the large screen.  Be sure to test your presentations prior to the meeting to avoid this common mistake.
  4. Don’t forget about rehearsal time.  Make sure a technician from your A/V company is available to attend rehearsal.
  5. Don’t take the house lights down too much that it becomes a hazard for your guests.  Not to mention it puts them to sleep.

This is far from a complete list of things you can do to help make your presentation a success.  If I had only one tip to provide, it would be to practice, practice, practice with the equipment and in the venue you plan to use.  If this isn’t possible, arrive with plenty of time to iron out the bugs. 

If all else fails and you’re thrown into a presentation without prep time, all I can suggest is that you say a prayer before stepping on stage and simply hope for the best.

2011 Best Christmas Gifts for Men – Xmas Present Ideas for Him

It is the men of our lives that deserve nothing but the best during the biggest day of the year. Imagine them working all-year round just to give everything for us – unbelievable. That is why in giving Christmas gifts, it is important not to just give them the usual things because we know they deserve more than that. To help you think about great Christmas gifts for men 2011, here’s a list of the most wonderful items you can give.

• Leather Belt

If you want something useful and masculine, this is the perfect Christmas present because it fits for all type of personalities, because all men use belts for their jeans or shorts. Also, this would be perfect if you do not exactly know the interest of the person receiving your gift.

• A Stylish Polo Shirt

Men are naturally stylish and always want to look presentable on the eyes of everyone. Help him achieve this by giving him a simple yet very stylish Polo shirt which he can use in any occasion anywhere and anytime. This kind of Christmas gift will surely be highly appreciated by them; therefore it is one of the best Christmas gifts for him 2011.

• Men’s Pouch Bag

Nowadays, most men only want to bring a small and handy bag that will not make them look less of a guy. Well, if this is the case why not just give him a pouch which he can bring to put his important things in it. Handy and useful bags like this will be unique; hence will make him feel happier on Christmas.

• Gift Cards (GC)

If you do not know what he really likes or doesn’t have much time to personally look some gifts for him, then a gift card is the perfect Christmas present you could give. Gift checks are really famous now as the best Christmas gifts for men 2011. It is safer to give the receiver the opportunity to choose what he really wants to buy and have this yuletide season.

• Rubber shoes

Men are naturally adventurous that they always wear rubber shoes in going anywhere. Rubber shoes have always been the most wanted gifts men love to have. Give him what he wants on Christmas day! He deserves it anyway.

Those that are stated above are just some of the suggested gifts for him. But remember, it is still important to know the personality of the person you want to give the gift so you would know which suits him best.

How To Create Sensational Videos Out Of Your PowerPoint Presentations

Quite often I find myself spending a good amount of time on YouTube watching the latest video submissions. When I log on to CNN or NPR I always like to watch the iReports or news videos. Sometimes I would rather watch the video than read the report. Television commercials have been the gold standard of product marketing for decades. Now instead of spending millions to market our products, we can make a video and submit it to YouTube for next to nothing. All we need is a decent camera, a computer, and we are ready to go. My problem is that I am not comfortable in front of a camera. I know that video marketing reaches millions of people. As a Network Marketing business owner, I must take advantage of this medium.

A solution for someone like me is to make a PowerPoint video presentation. I can take advantage of video marketing without ever having to step in front of a camera. The process of making these videos is not as complicated as you might think. There are a couple pieces of software you will need to download, but the cost is minimal.

As part of our Internet Marketing strategy, we should be posting information on our blogs, submitting articles to the most popular directories, and yes, submitting videos to sites such as YouTube. All three of these activities require you to come up with interesting and original content. A good plan of action is to start by writing a blog post. I like my posts to be between 600-1000 words. Long enough to relate the information on my subject, but short enough that my readers will not lose interest. Next, take that same original content and write 2-3 articles that you can submit to the article directories. And finely, use one or two of the article and make PowerPoint presentations. If you are a MAC fanatic, KeyNote will be the program to use.

You will want to design a PowerPoint slide that has your business or company logo at the top. You can save that as a template to be used as your master slide. The logo will give the presentation a professional look. Next, take the content from your articles and simply copy and paste it onto the slides. Try to split the content evenly so that it looks good in the final presentation. It is that easy. In less than twenty minutes, you will have a presentation ready to turn into video. Now for the software programs that I mentioned. One will create the video and the other will help you submit the finished product.

1. CamStudio: CamStudio is free software that will record whatever is on your computer desktop as video and your voice as audio. Unfortunately, they do not offer a version that is compatible with Mac OS. This software has excellent video tutorials to help you get started.

• Camtasia: For the Mac user, Camtasia is the software that you will have to use. It can be purchased for about $100.00 and there is a 30-day trial period before you have to buy. 

2. TubeMogul: TubeMogul is a free service that will help you submit your finished video to the sites of your choice. You will have to establish accounts with the individual video submission sites, and log your user name and pass word with TubeMogul. 

• Traffic Geyser: As an alternative to TubeMogul, Traffic Geyser has a few more features and is more user-friendly, but charges a monthly fee. 

The last piece of hardware you will want to get is a good noise-canceling microphone. The sound quality will be much better than the microphones built into your computer. Open up the CamStudio or Camtasia software and start the record feature. Then just read your presentation into the microphone. Of course you will want to practice a few times to get a good recording. Try to put some personality into the presentation so your listeners will be more likely to watch the entire video. After you are satisfied with your creation, submit it using TubeMogul or Traffic Geyser. This is a fun and inexpensive way to get your content in front of millions of viewers.