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These Presentation Pointers Pack A Powerful Punch

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By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07 

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Just like public speaking, many people are frightened by the thought of making a presentation. Yet learning how to present your ideas well is a sure-fire way to advance in your career. Here are nine tips to make your next presentation unforgettable:

  • Define your purpose.
  • What is the desired outcome of your presentation? Once you know the answer to this question, you can start preparing for it. You’ll make a lot of choices as you get ready for your presentation. You’ll make better decisions with your purpose firmly in your mind.

  • Do your research.
  • Find out all you can about the person or persons to whom you will be presenting. What’s their background? What are their preferences? What has worked well for people who have made presentations to them before? What didn’t work? By knowing your audience, you’ll be more successful in designing your presentation for their needs.

  • Develop the appropriate collateral materials.
  • What are the right materials for your audience? What materials fit your content? For example, believe it or not, some people hate PowerPoint presentations. If you know that in advance, you might use flip charts or some other tool instead. Of course, your supporting documentation needs to fit your content as well.

  • Develop a back-up plan.
  • Ask yourself, “What if …?” For example, what if your computer crashes?

    We’re reminded of the entrepreneur who was scheduled to make a presentation to a venture capital firm. When he tried to start his computer, it wouldn’t come on. Which meant no PowerPoint presentation. Which meant no presentation at all.

    The financiers were put off by this because they felt that he should have prepared for such a possibility. They reasoned that, if he wasn’t prepared for something as simple as this, how could he be trusted to prepare for complex market situations?

    What could go wrong? Prepare for it in advance. Your show must go on!

  • Plan for interaction.
  • Think about questions or comments that might arise during your presentation. Prepare for questions that you want to answer then and there. Plan for questions that you may not want to answer (e.g. price discussions). Know how you’ll get back on track when a comment is made that strays from your focus.

  • Put yourself in the role.
  • Find someone who knows your audience and practice on them. By rehearsing your presentation beforehand, you’ll be better prepared when you’re doing it for real. You’ll be in familiar territory. For more information, see 24 The Role of Role Playing].

  • Focus on making a connection.
  • With most people, what you say and how you say it are less important than the perception they form of you during your presentation. Seek, most of all, to develop and build trust as you present. Relax. Let the real you shine through.

  • Don’t waste time.
  • Depending on the formality of the situation, a little small talk (no redundancy intended) may be appropriate. Then, get to your points. Don’t waste their time, or yours. Getting to your key points early in the presentation insures you get the most attention for them.

  • Call for action.
  • You started planning for your presentation by determining its purpose. Close by asking the person or persons to whom you’re presenting to do what you want them to do.

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Santa Shares Some Jolly Good Tips

Today we have a very special guest at Bigg Success…Santa Claus! Tis the season for stress and the winter blues, and we thought we’d find out from the man, who is the busiest of all of us this time of year, how he keeps a smile on his face.

We can’t really do this justice in type. We highly recommend you click on the play button above (just click the arrow), or, if you are viewing this in a reader, just click the mp3 button. You’ll definitely get a good laugh, which is just one of Santa’s secrets.

Here’s what else Santa told us:

  • You can be happy without being jolly, but you can’t be jolly without being happy
  • Happiness is a mindset. If you are happy, you become jolly. Happiness comes from the inside, and jolliness is what everyone sees on the outside as a result of your happiness.

    So, you’re jolly on the outside because you are happy on the inside.

  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • If you are having a less-than-jolly start to your day, think about something that makes you laugh, which leads to bigger and bigger laughs, and eventually a big belly laugh! Now you are jolly again.

  • Work up a big Santa belly laugh
  • Studies have shown that belly laughs actually improve your health!

    Here’s how Santa does it. Take a big, deep breath. Really fill up your lungs with lots of air. As you exhale, push all that air out with a big Ho-Ho-Ho! Now you are smiling, and those around you are too!

  • Santa’s secret to happiness
  • If you don’t feel jolly, then act jolly. Put motion to your emotions. Think happy thoughts, smile and laugh, and soon you’ll be jolly!

Our quote today is by author and scholar, Carolyn Birmingham.

“A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around.”

Again, we encourage you to listen to today’s Bigg Success Show, where you are sure to work up a bigg (with two g’s) belly laugh!

Next time, we’ll talk about Santa’s helpers. One man’s legacy of giving and how it’s being carried on. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Getting Aggressively Passive: Creating A Passive Income That Sets You Free

Last time, we offered some tips for networking your way through your upcoming holiday parties. Today, we want to talk about one of the most important gifts you can give yourself – a passive income.

Not along ago, we asked you to visualize your dream life – a life where time and money were not an issue. You may think that’s just for fun. It’s not! We’re serious. You can spend your time the way you want. You can be free!

You’re free when your passive income equals the costs of your desired lifestyle.

For the sake of clarity, we define passive income as your money making you money. If you have enough passive income, you can spend your time however you want. You don’t have to work at all, if you don’t want. Or, you can work on your passion.

So, let’s look at the four steps you can take to get aggressively passive and create a passive income that sets you free. The key is to constantly keep your goals in mind so you make the best choices each and every day. For example, if you want to be free sooner, rather than later, you may choose to spend your money differently. Now you have a reason to do so – that dream life you visualize.

Step 1: Purchase with purpose
What if buying that awesome plasma television that you just saw advertised on sale in today’s paper means you have to postpone your new life by a year? That status car may not mean as much as getting to spend your time how you want.

Step 2: Look at the cumulative effect of your decisions
Review your daily routine. $5 here, $5 there soon adds up to a lot of money. Do you eat out every day? Buy a cup of coffee? In his excellent book The Automatic Millionaire, David Bach calls this your “Latte Factor”.  Find one thing that you’re willing to give up now to get to the future you want sooner.

 Step 3: Pay off debt
The reason for the first two steps is to get the money to pay off your debt. Pick one account – ideally it’s your debt on which you’re paying the highest interest rate. Take the money you’re no longer spending from Steps 1 and 2 and use it to pay off your debt.

Don’t stop now … take the money you were using to pay off your first debt, plus the extra money you have from Steps 1 and 2, and use it to pay off your next debt. Repeat until all your debt is paid off.

Step 4: Jump start your passive income
Historically, the two best ways to do this are through owning your own business and investing in income-producing real estate. We’ll look at each of this, respectively, in our next two blogs.

Our quote today is by Groucho Marx.

“It frees you from doing things you dislike.
Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

Next time, we’ll look at how to build a passive income through your own business. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Mingle Bells: Tips For Networking At Your Holiday Party

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‘Tis the season for gatherings! It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with people, and make new connections. In today’s show, you’ll learn four tips to mingle and network your way through your holiday parties.

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Work Life Teeter-Totter

By Bigg Success Staff
November, 25 2007

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There’s a fantastic article by Stephanie N. Mehta with Fortune magazine. It’s entitled Confessions of a CEO, but it’s less CEO, more confession about one man’s dilemma to balance work and life.

The subject is Dominic Orr, who’s generally regarded as a very successful CEO. We admire Mr. Orr for sharing some of the difficulties he faced as he tried to become a complete man.

We also applaud Ms. Mehta for this piece. We’ll hit some highlights here, but you should check out the full article to gain insight from a person who has, and still is, struggling to strike the proper balance.

We refer to a teeter-totter, in the title to our article, because it seems we often are up on one side of the equation while being down on the other. This is evidenced by a common problem faced by many of us today.

When you’re home, do you ever find yourself catching up on all the work you didn’t get done that day? At work, do you find challenges from home spilling into your day? So what lessons can we learn from Mr. Orr?

Organize your day. One solution Mr. Orr discovered was to work different hours. He didn’t work less; instead, he organized his day so he could spend time with his kids when they were available.

Define success properly. Mr. Orr felt constant pressure to not screw anything up. That’s a tough standard to uphold. You should allow yourself to be human. Humans aren’t perfect. For a realistic standard, see 7 four things you must do to insure success.]

Do the right things right. First, determine what the right things to do are. In other words, 8 visualize the future you want.] Then, you can do the right things right. If it involves things, focus on efficiency. Find the shortest path to get your project completed. If it involves people, focus on effectiveness. Connect with the person you’re trying to reach. Mr. Orr’s vision was to die a complete man. This meant changing his ways.

Use balance to your advantage. Mr. Orr’s management style has changed as part of his journey. He’s more rounded now. That comes into play at work and home. Find ways to use lessons learned in one world to benefit the other. Now you’re using your balance to your advantage. Let your balance drive your success, rather than detract from it.

Get the cat out of the cradle. Note how Mr. Orr used the only model of parenthood he knew. What kind of a model are you setting for your kids? You’re creating your granchildrens’ childhoods now. Are you happy with how they’ll grow up?

Work your teeter-totter. Mr. Orr took time away from work after selling his business. He focused on his children. He tried going back to work and still found it difficult to balance his career and family. Make the teeter-totter your friend. Accept the fact that at times your work will be up, family down. Then make it reverse. Work the teeter-totter, don’t let it work you.

A balanced life is one of the most difficult challenges we face today. Following these tips will help you work toward a more balanced life. It’s a process. Take baby steps, but be sure you take at least one today.

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