Role of Presentations in Education

The impact of technology, especially presentation technology, in education is not bypassed. Presentations have a very special role in education and their positive impact in the process of teaching and learning is not questionable. Today it is common to use PowerPoint presentations in education. Students depend on quality education to survive in today’s competitive global community. You as a teacher are responsible for preparing your pupils for this competitive environment.

Regardless of the objective significance of a particular activity or topic, if your students do not find it sufficiently engaging and interesting, chances are bleak that they will be motivated to expend their efforts. However, if you make the coursework engaging for them by connecting it to their goals and interests, they will be more likely to invest time and effort. You, as a teacher with engaging educational presentations, can make a big difference by influencing your pupils. Educational presentations, by providing you with the scope of including engaging illustrations, go a long way in achieving this objective of student engagement.

Don’t Lecture Your Pupils-Engage!

Do not just lecture your pupils, it is old-fashioned. Include the personal aspect of your knowledge to engage your students. Educational PowerPoint presentations have the scope to accommodate interesting activities to make the coursework interesting. It is of paramount importance to make your students personally and intellectually involve with education. It is only possible if you succeed in bequeathing your own experiences to your students. Educational PowerPoint presentations can successfully give your students a virtual tour of the area they are studying. And, if you succeed in conveying emotional involvement via educational presentations, you will increase the chances of motivating your students to get seriously involved and study.

PowerPoint Presentations are the daily rituals of modern teaching and learning. As educational PPT presentations adopt the approach of two way communication, your students feel involved and important. They promote the significance of self-study and questions. Questioning helps break the ice and build positive student-teacher relations.

Educational PowerPoint presentations are a good way give education a personal touch by virtue of effective communication. PowerPoint presentations provide you with an opportunity to talk to your students and get them involved. They encourage your pupils to participate by making the coursework interesting.

The benefit PowerPoint presentations in academic settings is that they help you engage your students not just through words, but also through powerful visuals. Remember, some students learn better by hearing, but most of them learn better by seeing. Presentations possess the power of engaging students through the visual means. Use PowerPoint with effective PowerPoint backgrounds and relevant visuals and see the difference!

The New Ultimate Listing Presentation – Secret to Finding New Listing Leads

Here is the best-kept secret about finding new listing leads.

Most agents know what to do when a customer fills out a CMA request on his website (or calls to ask for one). The problem is that those are few and far between. Right? Right. Another concern is that most sellers who ask you for a home valuation also ask several other agents at the same time.

Why do you think that you always seem to be competing with other agents on listing presentations, anyway? Here’s why. We all use the same two age-old favorite and often touted sources of seller leads: FSBO (for sale by owner) sellers and expired listings.

Just like the CMA requests, the problem with both FSBOs and expireds is the fact that you’ll be competing for those listings with the hungriest and most aggressive agents in your market. Have you noticed? I sure have.

And while both FSBO’s and expireds are good sources for listings, those properties tend to be tougher to sell, either because the seller is unrealistic or because the property has been stigmatized by having been on the market since well before you get to list it. That makes typical listing leads lower quality and harder to win. Not a great combination.

I like getting my seller leads from a place where nobody else is looking: from buyer leads! What?! That’s right – from my buyer leads! Let me explain. According to the National Association of REALTORS, first-time homebuyers account for 40% of all real estate purchases.

That 40% number has held constant for years and shows no indication of changing any time soon, although last year with the government sponsored first time home buyer incentives, it did spike up to 47%, but as soon as the program ended, so did the spike. One thing is for certain: none of these first-time homebuyers are listing leads!

Another 23% of homebuyers are looking for investments, while 13% are purchasing vacation homes. Of the investment properties, some are bought to “flip,” while others are bought to hold and rent. The same is true of vacation home sales: many are bought to hold, while many others are step-up purchases, resulting in potential listings as well.

That being said, the best numbers from the NAR tell us that 52% of all buyers are also selling – some in the same markets as their new purchases and some in other markets – so more than half of the buyer leads that you get will also be sellers.

Here’s the little-known secret that will give you the first, and hopefully only, shot at those sellers: Buyer leads almost always find a replacement home before thinking of selling.

As professionals we understand that this is not in the correct order, but our clients typically get it backwards. The human psyche is hard-wired with a security need. We don’t quit our job until we line up another. We don’t sell our car until we find the new one. The same is true with real estate.

The key to generating an unending supply of fresh listing leads is to generate lots of buyer leads and then find the half who are selling too. In most of those cases, you have the opportunity to list a home without anyone else’s knowing it’s going to be on the market. What a huge advantage!

So over half of the buyers will either have a home for you to list or – better yet – have a listing lead you can refer to an agent in another market, giving you a referral fee with very little work involved! No picked-over expireds. No FSBOs that know it all. Just an endless supply of new inbound seller leads with no competition.

And having that endless supply of inbound listing leads is the key to becoming the dominant listing agent in your market. Now I’m going to share an added benefit of generating your own inbound customers.

Never worry about violating the “do not call” regulations again.

In March of 2005, the FCC imposed a $770,000 fine on a Phoenix, Arizona, mortgage company for violating the Federal Do-Not-Call Law. The FCC alleged that Dynasty Mortgage made 70 calls to 50 homes in Arizona and California between March 2, 2004, and January 20, 2005. A fine of $11,000 per incident was imposed on 70 separate counts, and the company was given only 30 days to pay the fine.

Curtis White, Dynasty’s president, said that his company had extensive systems in place to try to ensure that any do-not-call numbers were not called. However, some calls may have been made mistakenly because of a “flaw in the system,” and the company is now working to fix the problem.

If this example doesn’t make you think twice about cold calling, nothing will! I can remember many days of cold calling when I would make more than 70 calls! It would be easy to violate the DNC laws accidentally by calling homes that “showed” to be “okay” on the latest list (which may have been out of date at the time of your calls). And $11,000 is a huge marketing cost to incur accidentally.

So how can you be certain that this kind of disaster never happens to you? By making only prospecting calls to inbound leads! How can you do that? With lead capture gateway technology, every lead is permission-based. By this, I mean that the lead has first contacted you and given you his phone number and, with it, implied consent to market to him.

The Federal Do-Not-Call Law is very clear on the fact that, in such instances, there’s a three-month window of exemption from the date of inquiry. And your innocence is very easy to prove if you have a time-and-date stamped inquiry on file for each lead. Inbound Internet leads are the safest of all leads to call – period.

So how safe is your marketing? Do you have efficient lead capture on your website? If you don’t, the first step to becoming a dominant real estate agent is having too many customers. You really have to start there. Everything else is second to that.

Today, the lead vendors and national real estate companies are spending lots of money tapping the Internet, and if you’re going to compete with them, you’re going to have to have technology that places you on the same level with them.

What’s next? In the next chapter, we’ll start discussing the actual listing presentation that I used to list 114 homes in a single year – all at 8% or more! What’s the key to building your credibility as a listing agent?

How can you go up against the top agents in your market and come out with the listing? How can you be totally confident walking into every single listing presentation? How can you make your presentation different from every other agent’s in your market?

All these questions will be answered in the next chapter, so you won’t want to miss it. In the meantime, work on getting your technology and your advertising in place. There’s never going to be a better time to start than right now.

Future News for Present Decisions

News in the traditional sense does not usually affect the day-to-day decisions of people. The weather forecast may lead you to bring a coat or umbrella to work, but it would rarely cause you to feel that you need to switch careers or make life-changing decisions. However, in the world of stocks, futures, and Forex trading, there is a type of news that can alter the fate (and profit) of trillions of dollars. If you are into investing, future news is something you should monitor consistently.

If you practice a passive approach to current events, weather forecasts, and showbiz news, it’s a totally different thing if you are involved in investments and get regularly updated with future news. If you do not wish to lose money by making poor investment decisions, you have to subscribe to a service that can deliver fresh future news and other updates that can help determine if you’re putting your money on the right investment tracks. Getting future news subscriptions has its advantages. You get to:

1. Familiarize yourself with patterns in Forex, futures, and stocks that may prove useful in making investment decisions
2. Be alerted for unfavorable trend patterns that can help you avoid investing at the wrong places
3. Establish a personal record of the “goings on” in the market that you can use for reference, and;
4. Gain information from trusted knowledge sources that are unlikely to report errors and, in turn, cause you to make ill-advised decisions.

There are many ways of getting future news on a regular basis. Executives and professional traders subscribe to trusted services that can deliver updates on a regular basis. Others prefer to hire a professional who will personally collect data and report what he/she has learned at the end of a trading day. Others rely on buying spreads of newspaper to check out the figures and learn a few finance-related headlines that might concern them.

Whatever your method of getting future news is, always remember that individuals who do not want to lose in investment deals should gather accurate information that he/she can use to make wise investment decisions. If you are not a professional and need help in interpreting stocks, futures and Forex trading facts, perhaps subscribing to an informational future news service is what is best for you. Thousands of people gain a considerable part of their income from stocks, futures, and Forex trading, so don’t let yourself be at the losing end because you don’t know enough about what you are trying to invest in.