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The Paradoxical Leader – Be In The Present, But Look To The Future

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Much like the Charles Dickens character Ebenezer Scrooge, leaders also have to deal with ghosts. The leader’s ghosts are of things present and things yet to come…and how to link the two. Don’t worry though, these ghosts are like Casper and quite friendly. As a matter of fact, for any coach to be successful, they’ve got to learn to manage the ghosts of Present and Future…but also the Transition ghost-who happens to be particularly important. Of course you know that these aren’t really ghosts, but phases that teams go through, and the effective leader will be there to guide their team through it all. A successful coach and leader will be able to manage their team’s current reality while simultaneously pushing them forward to reach some future goal. Here are the…

3 Essential Phases Every Leader Must Guide Their Team Through

Present: Appreciate Current Talent

All coaches face this dichotomy of existence…how to motivate and develop one’s current team while going out and recruiting “the next best thing”. The most important thing we can do as coaches is to make sure that our current teams feel the love and that they don’t think you’ve got one eye on the newbie who’s going to replace her the following year. The bonus of this strategy is that your team will become the world’s best recruiters for you because they’ve enjoyed their experience in your program so much.

Transition: Leading From Present To Future

Being an effective leader means that you have to see your team as two entities: who they are and who they want to be and equip them with the tools they need to get from one place to another. The ways in which the coach accomplishes this can take many forms: soothsayer to calm rattled nerves, cattle-prodder to spur action, or even spiritual guide to induce the faith necessary to dream big and then work to accomplish those dreams. The coach has to become all things to all people, because what works for one won’t work for another and worked yesterday may not work today.

Future: Accomplishing Goals

At its essence, a sports season means uncertainty. There could be injuries, unexpected losses, all sorts of unforeseen things. Therefore the motivational efforts of a coach have to have an element of faith to them. We have to sell our teams on the fact that a + b = c, and if they do “a + b” like crazy people that “c” will come to them in the future. And “c” is where uncertainty comes in, because it’s possible that your team can do “a + b” like crazy and still won’t accomplish “c”…but it’s the coach’s job to encourage the effort. Teams may not reach their goal no matter how hard they try…but they certainly won’t reach them if they don’t try at all.

I believe that teaching how to enjoy the moment while continuously pushing for some future goal is the role of every coach and leader…what do you think?

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The Three Biggest Mistakes of Presentation Preparation

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Knowing just what you should do and knowing how to do a thing is important. Knowing the details of the easiest method to actually do it is important too. Nevertheless, that’s just part of the picture; it is necessary, however it is not sufficient. It is also important to understand what you should NOT do, what mistakes to avoid. The simplest way to accomplish that is to find out what mistakes others have made to make sure that you avoid them.

For presenting and public speaking, this also is applicable. A great many succeed there, but many others make some mistakes and fail. Offered below are the three most commonly seen mistakes that people make with presentation.

Number 1. They don’t get the exact speech text. You’ll find this important because that as much as listing key points you wish to speak about may be beneficial using this method you make use of your mood during presentation for the selection of exact words. In case you are not for your best, what you decide on may not be the most effective ones. For avoiding this concern you should get the exact full speech text.

2nd, They do not rehearse their speech. Getting this right is important since so as to deliver the best speech possible you should own it, understand it by heart so well that you could start delivering it irrespective of where you’re and what time during the day it can be. What you ought to do to avoid this mistake is to rehearse your speech, ideally as you’re watching mirror. Another good idea is to record yourself rehearsing and listen returning to the recording to discover more small errors and miused words which you wouldn’t normally notice yourself..

To finish, They don’t organize themselves for the inevitable. This can be a common problem when you walk on stage not being ready for small errors or unpredictable situations to happen. This can be avoided by to acknowledge that something will certainly happen. Your slides is certain to get stuck, a lights should go down or something like that similar can happen. Naturally it not necessarily might but when you are prepared because of it anyway, you will end up prepared to react properly to them.

Analyze these presentation mistakes and very carefully avoid them. Instead, keep to the suggestions preceding for doing it correctly. Much better results will then be your reward!

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Dog Care – When Your Dog’s Eyes Appear Different, An Infection May Be Present

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The dog’s eyes are his most attractive feature. They are the “tie that binds” him to mankind. The expression of the normal dog is bright, intelligent, knowing. A dog’s healthy eyes are clear, clean, lustrous; naturally and adequately moistened by tears. The moment the eyes appear at all different, there is the possibility that something is wrong, or an infection present.

A discharge from the eyes indicates an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane lining the eyelids and, in modified form, covering the visible part of the eye.

Conjunctivitis

From personal experience, we all know that conjunctivitis leads to ‘watering’ of the eyes. Also, it often causes the eyelids or their edges to be reddened and swollen. Sometimes, it leads to a sticky and thicker discharge, and the eyes become tender and swollen, and you find the dog reluctant to keep the eyes open in a bright light.

A lot of factors cause conjunctivitis, some of which are local infections with viruses, mycoplasmas, bacteria, fungi; exposure to draughts (like when the dog looks out of the window of a moving car); exposure to dust, lime or smoke. In some dogs, a hyper-sensitivity to inhaled pollen or to other particles of foreign protein gives rise to atopic disease (hay fever) with conjunctivitis. The latter can also be a symptom of some generalized illness such as canine distemper, and of canine herpes virus infection.

Severe inflammation and ‘watering’ of one eye may also occur if there is a blocked tear duct, or a grass seed or piece of grit present. As a result of pain and irritation, the dog may paw the face or rub it along the ground.

You can flush out this piece of grit by using a piece of cotton wool soaked in warm saline and held close to the eye so that a few drops fall on to its surface. You can also use an eye-dropper intended for human use, but be careful so as not to allow the end of the dropper come into violent contact with the eye if the dog jerks his head. If the grit has been moved by the liquid and becomes visible, it can often been removed by a piece of moistened cotton wool.

More difficult to remove is a grass seed or awn. Usually, a local anesthetic is indicated and then removal by a veterinary surgeon. But as a first-aid measure, you can apply a drop of castor or olive oil to reduce friction and discomfort.

Keratitis

This is an inflammation of the cornea (which could be referred to as window of the eye, which admits light through the pupil of the retina). Keratitis often follows conjunctivitis, especially if there is a severe infection present. Keratitis may also occur as a result of injury to the dog’s eyes caused by a whip lash or a cat’s claw; or to a thorn, a small piece of glass, or some irritant chemical. It may also be sequel to canine viral hepatitis.

Symptoms of keratitis include the profuse watering seen with conjunctivitis and a tendency to keep the eye closed, but then there follows an opacity which at first may be only pin-head in size. This pin-head size opacity may be a clue to the presence of a thorn embedded in the eye. It must be removed by a veterinary surgeon under anesthesia.

Pannus

This is a complication of keratitis, and the term implies the appearance of very small blood vessel which grows out from the margins of the cornea, stopping at the edges of an ulcer – if one is present.

Ulceration

It is another sequel to keratitis and is always potentially dangerous, since penetration may occur, leading sometimes to a hernia of the iris, sometimes to infection of the anterior chamber and permanent blindness.

Trichiasis and Entropion

These refer to the turning in of the eyelashes and eyelids respectively, and they are sometimes the result of a chronic inflammation, but they are far more often inherited defects which appear during puppyhood. The eyelashes irritate the cornea and, if not treated, keratitis with opacity will follow. A minor surgical operation is needed to correct the defect and prevents further trouble.

Ectropion

This means the turning outward of the eyelids – a condition virtually normal in Bloodhounds and St. Bernards, but which usually needs correcting in order breeds by means of a minor operation.

Blue Eye

This is another quite usual condition of the dog’s eye, and may set in with distemper, a lack of riboflavin, continual weeping or injury. The cornea changes from its original color to an opaque blue. This causes the dog to be temporarily blind in the affected eye, and unable to see. After several days, the blue gradually fades from the edges inward until only a tiny spot remains. Several months may pass before this scar disappears; possibly it will never disappear. Modern ointments are excellent in preventing infection of the cornea, but it is advisable to see your veterinary surgeon before the sight is permanently damaged.

Cataract

Cataract is a cloudy appearance of the lens and it may also form in the elderly or diabetic dog, impairing vision. Cataracts are often bilateral. An inherited predisposition to cataract is said to exist within some breed. There is no effective treatment for cataract other than surgical removal of the lens.

Other conditions of the dog’s eyes may include:

Dislocation of the Lens

This is seen mainly in wire-haired Fox Terriers, Sealyhams, or terriers with similar ancestry, and this condition is often hereditary.

The eyeball becomes swollen and bulgy; but first the pupil is larger than normal, and the white of the eye shows some redness. If observed carefully, the lens may be seen to wobble, if it is still attached to some of its supporting fibers and not yet completely dislocated. A veterinary surgeon who specializes in ophthalmic work can carry out an operation for the removal of the dislocated lens.

Glaucoma

This is the swelling of the eyeball due to intra-ocular pressure. It may follow the lens dislocation mentioned above, and also atrophy of the retina.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (P.R.A.)

The P.R.A. is an inherited condition which develops in certain breeds, in which the dog suffers from ‘night blindness’, being unable to see properly in conditions of poor light. The pupil dilates widely, even in daylight, and the dog appears to stare. The useful advice is not to breed from a dog or bitch with P.R.A.

Detachment of the Retina

This condition also has a hereditary basis. It is one feature of the so-called ‘collie eye anomaly’. Bleeding within the eyeball and/or detachment of the retina may occur. If the latter is extensive, the dog is likely to be partially or totally blind.

Filarial Worms

This may infest the interior of the eye, and they can rarely be seen moving in the anterior chamber. There have been cases of filarial worms been removed surgically.

Blindness

Blindness in dogs could be either a symptom or a sequel to other conditions. A tumor or brain disease of some kind may cause blindness; while some poisons, such as metaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and quinine (to which the dog is very susceptible) cause temporary blindness. In old age, vision is apt to become impaired, and a few old dogs do go blind.

There are many abnormal eye conditions, some due to hereditary factor; some diet (like lack of Vitamin A); some to infections such as distemper (involving the retina and optic nerve), toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis, and various fungal infections.

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Now to Present an Award

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Recognizing an employee, student or athlete is not complicated, but there are some basic principles that should be followed to achieve the maximum impact. There is no doubt that people like money – raises, bonuses and the like, but the most memorable recognition has always been a tangible award or trophy. Most people remember awards and trophies that were given years after the fact, and many save them for decades. Ask a fifty-year old man about his first award, perhaps a small plaque or an award medal given for his participation in a little league baseball game – not only will he likely remember it, but he quite possibly still has it on a shelf or in a box, tucked away in a safe place for later viewing. These mementos serve to bring back memories and provide conversation pieces for a lifetime.

While there is no “rule book” for how do present an award, there are some proven techniques that should be considered:

Whenever possible, present an award in front of the recipients peers. In the case of an employee, this could be done with a simple department meeting or a more formal recognition event. In the case of a volunteer, it might take place during a scheduled meeting or event. With a student, it could be in the classroom or in the auditorium. The point is, putting the recipient in the spotlight makes it more memorable.

Secondly, whoever presents the award should not only hand it to the recipient with a “congratulations”, but also should tell a story to drive home the accomplishment, however small or large. A story told by a coach about the most-improved player or best fielder goes a long way towards making the receiver of the trophy feel even better about themselves.

Thirdly, do not forget to add a date to the award. While it may seem meaningless at the time of the presentation, it helps serve as another reminder of related events down the road.

Lastly, taking a picture of the person receiving the award not only adds a special touch, it provides an opportunity to share the accomplishment with others, through a newsletter, newspaper or email. It also allows the recipient to relive the moment at a future date.

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How to Do Good Cop Bad Cop in a Sales Presentation

Jun 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When it comes to a sales presentation the toughest part is the closing statements and getting the customer to give at least a verbal commitment, but with the good cop bad cop routine you can pull the commitment right out of them. The tricky part of the good cop bad cop routine is if you are doing it by yourself because you will need to be the bad cop first in order for the customer to start asking questions and responding and then follow up with the good cop and answer any questions and get your closing commitment.

No matter what it is you are trying to sell whether it is a product or a service you will want to make sure that you always are the good guy at the end and the reason why is because if you save the bad cop for the end you will lose the customer and have nothing to fall back on. Make sure that when doing the good cop bad cop in a sales presentation that you prepare completely for it because if not your customer will see right through you and therefore ruin that relationship and any further business they could have brought.

In all my times of doing the good cop bad cop routine in a sales presentation it has only not worked 2 times out of around 40 because I practice what I will say and what their response will be because there is no point for me to go into a sales presentation not knowing what will happened and what the outcome will be. If athletes practice what they will do in a game they why don’t all sales people practice what they will say and how they want their game to play out? If you can master this method you will have the search to make money quickly in all aspects of sales.

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How to Choose Perfect PowerPoint Templates for Presentations?

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

PowerPoint has now become a necessity in every organization and for every individual. People make lots of PowerPoint presentations and use PowerPoint design templates to make them attractive. It is very simple and easy to browse PPT templates on internet as there are many websites which are providing beautiful and creative PowerPoint templates.

How to choose the perfect PowerPoint Templates

• Choose a topic of presentation
• Use synonyms in case the topic is difficult to browse
• Browse amongst different templates
• Choose the best image/PPT template relevant to your presentation
• Better if you choose category wise.

Internet makes you available lots of PowerPoint templates of varied categories on different topics. Most common categories are business, education, maps, animated, medical etc. Animated ppt templates are just awesome. They catch the interest of the audience and especially in case of medical templates it plays a very important role. By using animated templates in medical PowerPoint presentations you can easily explain your concepts in a wider way to your potential audience. Like if you are ready to make a presentation on heart and its functions than it would be easy to explain if you use animated template in your presentation because the image used in the template will show the pumping of heart and how the blood is flowing etc.

Due to excessive competition in the online market in designing there are lots of websites which are serving its customers with a wide variety of PowerPoint design templates which are especially designed in order to make unique ppt presentations. So you have a lot of options of choosing the perfect template of your choice. Also there are numerous topics which have lots of PowerPoint templates to choose from.

Why not to create an amazing and unique presentation to present in conferences, meetings and seminars and to surprise your audience with great and attractive ppt templates. The choice is ultimately yours that to download the free ppt template or premium PowerPoint templates. Yes the quality does matter but you should choose them according to your requirements and needs.

In fact there are lots of advantages which are provided to you in using PowerPoint template like they are editable i.e. you can change the colour, image, size and fonts in each slide to make it suitable for your PowerPoint presentation. These templates change the overall look of the presentation and you can increase the slides as many as you want to add in the presentation. So start using wonderful PowerPoint templates? to make mind blowing PowerPoint presentations.

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US Energy Strategy Needs Decision Making, Long Term Thinking, and Action in the Present

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Okay so, the Obama Administration wishes to hold-off on making a decision on the oil pipeline from Canada into the US. But, why I ask, and why is the Obama Administration even involved in this, after all, if the company clears it with the regulatory agencies, it should be allowed to get it done. However, due to the protests outside the White House, mostly of anti-oil, global-warming alarmists, and green peace type environmentalists who normally are Obama supporters, his administration has decided to intervene.

There was an interesting article in the New York Times on November 11, 2011 titled; “U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election,” by John M Broder and Dan Frosch with an interesting picture below with a caption which stated; “Protesters in Washington on Sunday called for the project’s cancellation.” The article stated;

“The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.”

But, gee wheelickers, you know isn’t that a lot like voting “present” I ask my reader? First, why is “he” making this decision, secondly, why wait on our energy infrastructure, which will be paid for by private enterprise, and why not build it now, create jobs, and get first dibs on that oil, so that they don’t go and ship all that North American Oil out to China? China is on a world-wide scavenger hunt, and they are all over the Western Hemisphere in case you haven’t been watching.

China has made deals with Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, and Canada in the last six months to set up infrastructure and give them the resources they need. Further, China has oil deals in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and several African nations. Oh, so you didn’t know that did you? Well, it must be nice to support a rag-tag group of oil pipeline protestors, who better get used to riding their bicycles if this sort of non-sense continues.

We need a strong energy strategy in the US, and all we have is an anti-carbon emissions campaign built on false promises of pie-in-the-sky alternative energy and petty pandering populist politics if you ask me. Someone in the Obama Administration needs to wake up, otherwise, they just aren’t needed, and thus, we need them to leave office ASAP, and that election coming up, can’t come soon enough from where I am standing. Please consider all this.

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Christmas Presents for the Romantic Woman

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Christmas comes and you want to give her a really nice present. Something she likes. Is she very romantic? You will find out the key for success is not in spending a fortune, but on making the right choices when it comes to deciding what to get for her. Let’s start by considering that, for the romantic woman, all these aspects will be important:

-Packaging.

Packaging is more than just paper. It is responsible for your gift’s first impression. The present should be carefully wrapped in nice good looking paper, with a ribbon or some nice decoration. You can be sure that creative packaging will be appreciated.

-Card

A small card with a handwritten message, attached to the package, will also cause a very good impression. Be creative and think of something else than just Merry Christmas. She will enjoy this and most probably treasure the card inside some book for years to come.

-Gift

Finally we arrive to the gift. This leads to the question of what to get for her. There are several possible options, depending on your available budget and her personal tastes. Romantic women will most probably enjoy these:

  • A necklace, earrings or bracelet. Try to find something that matches her personality, the colors she likes. If you are not sure, pay attention to those she already owns and they will provide a clue.
  • A special dress or blouse, something out of the ordinary.
  • A bottle of her favorite perfume.
  • Makeup.
  • An elegant wristwatch with a feminine touch.
  • A box of chocolates. The box should be nice itself so she keeps it once the chocolates are gone.
  • Lingerie.
  • A romantic novel, if she enjoys reading.
  • Music or Movies. A DVD of an old classic you know she likes watching over and over. An entire season set of that TV series she loves.
  • A book of poems.
  • A small trip to get a break from work and routine. She will surely love this present but you must already be wondering what about packaging here? No problem. Put some information about the trip, could be brochures and a handwritten voucher, or a nice handwritten note, inside an envelope, put the envelope inside a box and have it nicely wrapped in red paper with a golden ribbon.
  • A day at a spa.
  • A nice sweater.

Want to surprise her even more? Some beautiful flowers or a special breakfast in bed are always welcome.

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Spectacular Content Presentation With Your Market in Mind

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Understanding how people receive information…

Understanding how people receive information is imperative for optimizing the reach of your content. If they are struggling to absorb your message, they won’t find any value in it and they sure won’t find any success in implementation.

Here’s how people receive information – also known as their learning modalities:

  1. Visually: (55% – 75% of the population) These people learn by seeing. Reading text, charts, graphs and watching any type of video are some of the ways by which these people learn or consume information.
  2. Auditory: (20% – 30% of the population) These people learn by listening or speaking. Listening to recorded audio, hearing a live speech or reciting are ways by which auditory learners consume information.
  3. Kinesthetic: (5% – 15% of the population) People in this group learn by doing or touching. By writing, typing, clicking the mouse, or any other type of physical action, information will make way more sense to these individuals.

The Message…

The message here is… don’t put your content out in one format only. If all of your content is presented as audio files, then over 60% of your market will not be able to effectively take in what you are saying. That’s a huge number of people that won’t “get it”.

So look at many different means to present your content. For example, there are Spectacular Presentations, teleseminars with PDF handouts, DVD’s, questionnaires, live workshops, seminars, etc… the ideas are virtually endless.

If you visit www.HubAndSpokeVideo.com, not only will you experience a great marketing message, you will discover many interesting and effective ways to present your content.

What your market wants

Remember, it’s not what you want, it’s what your market wants… and adding value for your market is what it’s all about.

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Selecting a Topic For the Persuasive Presentation

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

While my last two articles dealt with subjects for the informative presentation, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss those forms of oral discourse which are persuasive in nature. The idea with the persuasive is to take your 5, 10, 20 or 40-minute presentation and convince your audience to agree with what you are saying. In other words, to persuade your audience to agree with your ideas, theories, values or beliefs. In business, this may mean selling a product, your client’s innocence, a contract, or even your motivational CD’s in the back of the room.

For many people involved with Toastmasters or attending a public speaking class or workshop, however, selecting a topic for a persuasive presentation can be daunting. Because your club or your coach may not allow a business topic, you may be required to voice your opinion on something with which others may disagree. Whereas with the informative presentation you are essentially providing a descriptive account, the persuasive requires you to try to convince your listeners to see things the way you do. The difference between the two is that the informative does not require your listeners to agree with you – only to listen.

Do you hold an opinion on a controversial subject that you would like to share with others? Do you agree or disagree with abortion, same-sex marriage, global warming, or socialized medicine? Perhaps you have an opinion on the lowering or the raising of the drinking age. If you feel strongly on a particular subject, do your research and then talk about it.

Blogs, forums, and websites that provide articles for commentary are excellent avenues to explore for topics. I constantly think of new topics for articles when I read commentaries and opinion pieces. And, in some of those cases, I disagree with the writer and will publish a rebuttal. Once you have your topic, create your presentation by listing your information, your facts, your figures, or your beliefs and then either defend it or dispute it.

The persuasive is really no more difficult to create or to deliver than the informative; however, you need to be prepared for some to disagree no matter what you say, no matter how good your evidence, and no matter what the media says. Everyone is in entitled to his/her opinion and it your job to respect that. Don’t be at a loss for a topic the next time you are required to give a persuasive presentation. Life is full of topical debate. Select something you believe in and then defend it.

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