Enhancing the Quality of a Power Point Presentation

A Power Point presentation provides information to a group in an effective way. It is useful in delivering the message with effectiveness and convenience. If a presenter uses it proficiently then the audiences grasps the information with ease. A Power Point presentation displays information on a large screen. A presenter can use sound effects and visual effects like animation for clear demonstration. You are able to hold the attention of the audiences.

With few steps, a presenter can make a Power Point presentation more appealing for the audiences. Power Point program provides the user with a wide array of templates to choose. You can select any template that is appropriate for your topic. You can upload and insert your images or graphics if necessary. However, there are a number of professional looking pictures, graphics and clip-art available for you. A person can also customize the graphics and clip-art by adding colors or trimming them. You can also insert graphs, pie charts and other such forms of presentation with data if the need arises. This can make your point of topic more elaborate and explicit. Graphs and pie charts also give additional information to a viewer. A person can use audio and video effects according to the subject of the topic.

There are various font colors and font types to choose. You can select these font colors and font types as per your theme. A presenter can also deploy flash in his presentation. The flash should not be too gaudy in appearance, as this will distract the audience. It should be attractive, as this will leave a deep impact on the mind of a viewer. There are many tools available in the market that helps a presenter to add flashes to the slide. Another vital point is the use of colors in the presentation. Each slide should have an exquisite shade that matches the theme. All slides should have the same template with the same shade. This will bring uniformity in the appearance of the presentation. For instance, if you want to talk about the sale of oranges in the market then you should have orange color as the primary one in your presentation.
You should make your presentation lively and vibrant. The audiences should enjoy going through your presentation and grasp important pieces of information that you want to communicate.

Presentation of Geographical Data Online Using an Interactive Flash Map

A clickable interactive map enables website visitors to get related information about a particular geographical location visually.

Flash interactive maps are replacing conventional image maps due to the fact that they not only offer more information, but also are highly interactive with the user.

Traditional image maps often only use static images and HTML code, are very basic and offer simple point and click function only. With flash interactive maps, users can get instantly relevant information about any part of a map he desires to see, with mouseover tooltip boxes, clickable points, regions, and also zooming functions which enable users to zoom in and out of the map to pinpoint a specific location or get further data on it.

There are various applications for flash interactive maps on the web, such as showing maps of a country, city or particular location, displaying demographic data, census data, branch office interactive maps, street maps, pretty much anything that can be mapped out.

As Flash is getting more and more popular and supported by most browsers on different OS platforms, webmasters have started embracing this technology more often, particularly due to the highly interactive nature and its ease of use.

For webmasters who do not have Adobe Flash programming, there are also interactive map software and creation tools available, for generating and presenting data graphically using interactive maps, with extremely simple learning curve.

Before you start creating an interactive map, you should firstly decide what kind of maps you want to create.

Many map making software come with pre-designed map templates for major countries of the world, as well as states maps (e.g. the 50 states in the US), postcode maps and county maps. If the map you are going to create is very geographically specific (e.g. your local town, suburb, floor plan of a local hospital, or shopping mall), it is unlikely to find a pre-designed template. In such case you could import a standard image file (in jpg/png or gif format) of your custom map, and convert it into your very own customized interactive flash map.

As most websites attract visitors globally and might have geographical specific information for different parts of the world, flash maps are truly a helpful navigation and data presentation tool not to be missed or disregarded.

Having such a flash map on a website is modern and presents a professional image to the visitor. Imagine that a visitor from Europe is landing to your website and is interested in getting additional information about your location in the United States. He will not only be able to see the state you are in, but also the city, within the city he can pinpoint with accuracy your exact location, and if you have created maps of your actual office with hotspots around interesting places, he will have a truly unique online virtual experience that will ensure his return over and over again!

General McChrystal and BP CEO Tony Hayward Forgot They Were Negotiating

Do you consider good negotiation skills to be important? If you don’t, you should. Do you realize that you’re always negotiating? Anytime you exchange information that gives insight into the way you think and/or the position you hold pertaining to situations, in reality you ‘are’ negotiating. General Stanley McChrystal, British Petroleum (BP) CEO Tony Hayward, and BP’s Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg all forgot this valuable insight, and they paid the price for their forgetfulness.

You might not consider yourself as negotiating during a ‘normal exchange of information’, but the exchange of such information gives insight into your character and highlights your beliefs on stances that you’ve adopted, or might adopt on certain positions.

Consider statements recently made by McChrystal, Hayward, and Svanberg. You would think people with their level of experience and position would know, you’re always negotiating. Thus, McChrystal should have known better than to trust comments he made to a reporter, in thinking those comments would not be printed or find its way to ‘other’ outlets. Hayward should have thought about the ramifications of saying, “I want my life back”, after the accident caused by BP disrupted the lives of so many people in the United States. Svanberg should have given thought to how his statement of, “the little people” would cast him and BP as elitist, detached from those of less fortunes and the doubts people would have about BP being genuinely concerned about the oil spill. Even if you harbor such thoughts, you keep such views to yourself. Through your words and actions, you’re always negotiating.

In McChrystal’s case, since the Rolling Stone article in which he made his disparaging remarks has not “hit the stands”, a lot of the backlash that he experienced came about as the result of the perception his remarks cast. Those remarks painted a perception of him being a soldier that was ‘out of touch’ with the administration to which he serves.

From a negotiation perspective, there are times when it’s appropriate to allow people to draw their own conclusions from what you’ve said, without correcting them. In so doing, you still have to manage their perception of your thoughts, actions, and words. Once those thoughts transition into a negative sphere, in which they become detrimental to your position, it behooves you to correct their perception.

Even worse, when speaking, since people can ‘hear faster’ than one speaks, people will ‘grab’ sound bites. Thus, if you say something provocative, or something that is truly out of character with what’s considered the norm, you open yourself to possible retribution.

One thing that everyone should keep in mind is the fact that the more status you possess, the more media savvy you must become. In addition, one should remember that status is perceptional and thus one should always mind one’s tongue. One errant word can destroy a career, a future, a life. Therefore, as you go throughout your daily activities, remember, you’re always negotiating… and everything will be right with the world.

The Negotiation Tips Are…

· When negotiating, your spoken words express your attitudes. Watch the actions to which your words commit, in order to be framed in the most positive light.

· Like alarm clocks kill dreams, a lack of negotiation skills kill future opportunities. Be aware of the impact your words have on others. Become a better negotiator.

· If you use words appropriately during a negotiation, you won’t have to settle for what you get, you can get what you want.