A Dubious Presentation

It is known fact and widely acknowledged
We are used to the life which is double edged
We do exactly the opposite and pretend
Presentation of rosy picture likely to send

No one should be blamed for this intentional act
It is inherently inbuilt with possible intention to react
No on may be prepared to accept it as exposure
They will resort to any avail means to make it sure

We laugh at our own folly
Don’t share the blame wholly
Pass the buck and defend on false pretext
Yield to irrelevance and quote out of context

No on e can this mean mentality
It is draw back and we can feel only pity
We may try to present it in dubious manner
It can’t be detected by any scanner

We have certainly mastered the art
Others are fool and we are only smart
It may be met with very good break and start
It will be equally painful when we are forced to part

The end result may be on expected lines
We all may be running after false shine
Who will prefer to be on gloomy side?
The difference in perception in very wide

We go on protecting the falsehood
The perceptional difference is not at all understood
It may give momentary joy or relief
You may know it well but won’t strengthen your belief

We realize the facts but pretend not to know
We also know it may prove as disastrous blow
We seriously go for it and prefer to grow
It is naturally a step forward to push us into gallows

Job Applications – Preparing Your Presentation

If you get to the second stage of the job application process and are invited for interview, you may well find that candidates are required to give a presentation – a prospect which terrifies many jobhunters! The presentation generally lasts for 5 or 10 minutes and usually applicants are warned before the interview, but sometimes it’s sprung upon them on arrival.

Whichever scenario you encounter, you can make sure you are well prepared. If you know the subject of your presentation in advance, this is obviously a great deal easier, but also means much more will be expected of you. So you must take the time to put together a professional presentation and practise it until you can do it in your sleep!

Let’s assume you know your subject in advance. Here are a few pointers to ensure a smooth presentation.

Read the Brief

You must make sure you understand exactly what you are required to talk about in your presentation and to whom it will be addressed. The subject matter is likely to be something specific about the company itself or an aspect of the job. Your audience could be anyone – staff members, clients, potential partners, students considering joining the organisation.

Be Aware of your Audience

It’s important to prepare a talk aimed at the audience, rather than the interviewers. For example, if you are being interviewed for a post in student services at a university or college, you may be asked to explain the student loans system and other sources of funding to a group of new students. The people facing you will all be managers and HR staff. Some of them will know the system and others won’t know or care to know. But you have to imagine that you are talking to a group of students, all of whom are really worried about how they are going to manage their finances. So prepare accordingly.

Timing

If you are asked to give a 5 minute presentation, make it 5 minutes, not 10. A few seconds over or under is fine and for a longer presentation, you’ll get away with a minute or two. But if you ramble on for 10 or 15 minutes in a supposedly 5 minute talk, you will not make a good impression. What will this say about you? That you are not good at managing time and/or you are not good at following instructions.

How can you ensure your presentation is the correct length?

You can practise!

In this case, practice does make perfect. So practise aloud, with actions, until you get it right. Perform to your friends, relatives, the cat or anyone else who will listen. They can also give you some feedback on content. Well, except the cat, perhaps. Although if it walks off in disgust, you might want to consider making a few changes!

The more presentations you give, the easier it gets in all respects, including timing. So if you are used to presenting, being put on the spot should not cause a problem with timing.

And What If You are Dropped in at the Deep End?

If you suspect you might be required to give a presentation without warning, you can still do plenty of preparation. Choose the topics which you think are likely to come up and prepare those. Think about the job and what will be expected of you – what sort of knowledge and skills will you be expected to have already? And make sure you do your research on the company – the presentation could be designed to test how much homework you’ve done. Come up with a few general points which would fit a presentation related to any job in the field you’re applying for and then before each interview, prepare one or two points which are specific to the post concerned.

Even if you don’t get an exact match with your prepared talk, you’ll be so used to presenting that you’ll able to put together an alternative very quickly.

© Waller Jamison 2005

Choosing an Artificial Flower Arrangement As a Present

Flowers always are a wonderful present for your friends but you can enhance their appreciation by the gift of a quality artificial flower arrangement which has been properly researched by you and has appropriate size and colour for their setting.

Too often we see flower arrangements which are given as gifts which are an in appropriate size for their setting or where the colours lack any coordination or indeed clash with the colours in the setting. An arrangement is appropriate if thought is taken regarding the size and height of the arrangement, colours of the setting, lighting in the setting and the size of the setting. Inappropriate sizing of the artificial flower arrangement could also be a problem, a small puny arrangement will have no place in a large room, similarly a large arrangement will be inappropriate in a smaller area.

If you are choosing an artificial flower arrangement to give to friend, try and envisage the setting, recall the colours and lighting from previous visits and decide on size and colours whilst reflecting on this information. Take your friends colour phobias in to account, do they dislike red or perhaps they just dislike pink. The big advantage of an artificial flower arrangement is that you can account for all these preferences and have a wonderful arrangement. Silk flowers are not season dependent like natural flowers, so all colours are always available, allowing you to choose appropriate colours.

If you are innovative, have a creative streak and an eye for colour coordination you can purchase individual silk flowers, greenery and a base to design your own artificial flower arrangement. Of course you also have to have the time available to put it together.

A vast array of beautiful artificial flowers arrangements is available on the internet. Arrangements are designed to suit every occasion and setting. It is unlikely that you will not find a ready made artificial flower arrangement suited to your requirement on the net.

If you purchase one of these arrangement, you have the advantage of a professionally prepared and presented arrangement. A good supplier will do a superb job in preparing and shipping the arrangement. This will add to the joy of receiving a valued gift that will have a long life, requires little maintenance and does not die off similar to natural flowers or carry any bugs.