Adds Value With Purposeful Presentations

Think Through Purpose

What’s the reason for the presentation in the first place? Figure out the main reason and stay focused on it. You might ask yourself whether any of these purposes fit:

o To provide status

o To obtain approval

o To sell a product

o To communicate a program

o To propose a new business opportunity

o To convince management to fund a project

Know Your Audience

What does the audience need to know? Keep your information fine-tuned to your audience’s needs. When presenting to executive management don’t focus on the nitty-gritty details. Instead focus on the bigger picture. Present the return on investment and any obstacles you need management’s help to overcome. However, presenting to a project team focuses on the detailed and action-oriented items. The purpose of this type of presentation is to answer questions such as what needs to happen by when and who’s responsible.

Get to the Point

Keep it brief. Use only as many slides as needed to convey your message. Avoid presentations more than twenty slides long. If you can’t say what’s needed in twenty slides, you had better work on refining your message. The longer your presentation the less it will be remembered. You don’t want your audience to tune you out. Keep it short and straight to the point. People will appreciate you not wasting their time.

Let’s review what we have learned about presentations with purpose. First we determine the reason and purpose for the presentation so you can stay true to the main points. Second we think about the audience so the message is tailored to them. Lastly, we keep it brief by saying only what is necessary to convey the message clearly.

Yoga Wants You To Forget The Past And Concentrate On The Present

Yoga wants you to live in the present. It teaches us to respect and trust yourself. It also teaches us to pay more attention to where we are presently. Many of us still think of our past life. We still think of mistakes that we have made in the past that can hinder us from moving forward in life. This will cause some set back, because all your thoughts and focus will be in the past that you will forget to concentrate on the future. Yoga wants you to respect as well as accept your body for the moment that it is in, and not where it was before. It also teaches us to forget about the past, live in the present, and concentrate much on the future.

When you start learning how to appreciate life for what it is and not force yourself in any way or make goals that are unreasonable, you will start enjoying your life and appreciate what you have. Most relationships have crashed because they lacked the basics or did not concentrate on things that are necessary for growth. Successful relationships stem from having respect and trust for one another. If you take these lessons in your life, you will attract a healthy and loving relationship as well.

Reducing Tension

In yoga, in most cases you will find out that your body feels stiff and tight. This indicates the areas where you are holding tension and energy stagnates. This will not lead to growth or deepening of your experience. You will notice that every part of your joints, limbs as well as your muscles feels useless, and everything seems to be difficult as well. The same thing can be said about our relationships with other people, as they can also feel like too much work and be entirely difficult.

The only way to be free from this is to let your guard down and soften your defenses as well. These defenses took a lot of years to develop to that level, starting with your relationships you have with your parents, brothers, sisters, as well as friends. Sometimes, all it takes for us to be happy or keep our relationship is to let go. Letting go sometimes and becoming soft is one of the best ways we can become stronger and improve our relationships.

It does not really matter how you practice yoga. Whether you do it on your own or engage in partner yoga, it is important to know that it is not about perfection. Remember that in a relationship, no one is completely perfect, as everyone is unique and brings different energy to the union. Everything is a process that continues to grow if you are responsible and on the right path.

5 Negotiations That Save You Money on Equipment Leases

While companies slug through this financial crisis, their equipment ages, frequently breaks down and needs replacement. Business owners and customers want technology that runs faster and leaps tall buildings in a single bound.

How do you pay for these Superman wonders? What financing is best for your business?

After you decide to replace the five-year-old “antique” digital press, add new production capacity or update your computers, you enter the confusing finance world. Traditional payment options are cash, the bank or leasing.

What’s right for your business? You want to invest your money wisely. No surprises! No “Gotchas.”

There are five negotiations in every equipment decision that will save you money.

1. Equipment Cash Purchase Price. Focus on the right equipment, not the monthly payment. Keep your eye on the total cash purchase price. Every $1,000 discount reduces the lease payment. The lease negotiation is the fourth step not the first. To receive the biggest discounts, negotiate as if you are a cash buyer.

2. Trade-In. Check out used equipment dealers, online sites or talk with  industry experts to determine values. Face the hard facts. The used market is flooded with equipment, so don’t expect much for yours. Do not mix the trade-in negotiation with the new purchase.

3. Existing Lease. If you still owe on the old equipment, negotiate the payoff yourself. Do not allow the new equipment supplier to negotiate with the incumbent leasing company.  Early termination payoff discounts may be possible if you negotiate yourself. Reread the old lease contract to uncover possible discounts.

4. New Equipment Lease. All leases contain “Gotchas.” All leases are negotiable, if you only ask. If you are uncomfortable negotiating complex lease lingo, find an advocate to negotiate for you. The negotiator who will save the most money will be familiar with your equipment, current market lease rates and equipment lease contracts. After ink is on paper, options shrink.

5. Maintenance Agreement. Some leasing companies bundle the lease and maintenance costs into one payment. This can cloud early lease buyout and termination payoffs. Keep maintenance payments on separate contracts. Ask questions if service is not satisfactorily defined.