Become a Better Presenter by Practicing Your Speech

In my line of work I do whole lot of presentations and speeches. I speak frequently at press conferences, and sales presentations. Back when I started I used to just fly by the seat of my pants. Generally, I was organised by would most often just figure it out as I went along. This worked out fairly well for me at the start, especially when I was talking to audiences of less than 50 people. But it started being less effective when I was talking to groups of people of four or 500 people at a time.

The pressure of talking to large groups of people makes a little harder to think on your feet. If such an important thing to do is to be done, then it should be done well and to the best of your ability. Often when you’re a presenting too much larger groups of people, it’s important to remember that there is often a lot more riding on the result of a presentation too.

it’s a recommendation of mind that you rehearse your presentation. But I feel quite nervous when I rehearsed my presentation in a room by myself in front of the mirror. So I didn’t do it. But then one day I had a very important presentation to do, and most decided that this is the time and the place amid a start rehearsing my skills before I present them in real life. Something strange happened that day. I started to discover holes in my presentation, where there had been done before. Well, in fact, there were holes in my presentation before, I just didn’t see them.

I went through my presentation. At least 10 times before, I felt comfortable with it. I fixed up the bits that needed fixing and put together a killer presentation that if executed would move my career forward in ways that I had only imagined. I went on to perform at presentation in front of approximately 1000 people, and it was amazing experience. I was contacted after the presentation by some of my peers and asked to speak within their companies and organisations. I realise that if I want to become the best at what I do I need to practise what I do often. I now apply this technique toward anything that I intend to become good at. I believe that if you rehearse anything you become good at it dramatically. Get a few friends together, let them know what your intention is, and have them point out areas where you can improve. Before you know it they will be consuming toward your success, and you will be contributing toward theirs.

15 Techniques for Winning Negotiations

As a small business startup or current owner, learning negotiating skills is very important. Believe it or not, there are literally thousands of negotiations that can affect your business and your bottom line. These can be items as simple as getting a discount for your business cards or as complicated as a facility lease. It might be negotiating pay plans with employees or payment terms with a supplier.

The bottom line is most schools do not teach the art of negotiating. And believe me, it is an art, a talent, a skill! For some small business owners it comes naturally. For most of us, learning the art of negotiations comes through necessity, effort, and experience.

Here are 15 techniques that you might consider as you become a master of negotiating:

  1. Always leave some money on the table.
  2. Never compromise on your principles.
  3. Try to judge what’s fair from the other side’s point of view.
  4. Write down your goals and scenarios before every negotiation.
  5. Ask questions.
  6. Information is power.
  7. Discuss only broad terms and conditions on the onset.
  8. Whenever possible, let the other person make the first offer.
  9. If you must make the first offer, make it high.
  10. Always encourage the other party that we are making a deal.
  11. Always come down very slowly if you are selling, and up very slowly if you are buying.
  12. Never give up a concession without getting one in return.
  13. Never lose track of how many concessions you have given up.
  14. Be skeptical about deadlines. Most are negotiable.
  15. Never let an issue be discussed unless you are prepared. Sleep on it.

The next time you are in a position of give and take, you are in negotiation. As a small business owner, this can happen more frequently than not. Most of the time there will be no clear winner but rather some manner of satisfaction on both sides. When this results, your negotiations have probably been successful. The important thing is to understand that the skill of negotiating is a learning process. The four Ps of negotiating: plan, patience, persistence, and practice are crucial to developing strong alliances and relationships that can continue in the future.

Think about these 15 principles and watch as you get the discount, free rent, the next sale, or extended payment terms. Then get ready to move on to the next negotiation, because there is always another one right around the corner.

Mercedes-Benz Classic Cars Past and Present Making the News

The much celebrated German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has always offered high quality motoring along with expertly engineered technical automotive design. Mercedes-Benz has always been competitive and had an active racing presence over the years, which has helped with the company’s car development and design.

This can still be seen today, with Mercedes having a major role in many areas of motorsport around the world, including the high-profile Formula 1 World Championship and the DTM (or Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters – German Touring Car Masters) race championships, as well as world-renowned races like Le Mans.

Ultimately, Mercedes-Benz is always in pursuit of driving and motoring excellence and that’s what can be found across their range of cars. Some of these classic Mercedes-Benz cars past and present are never far from the news and it is easy to see why this occurs.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Recently, an über rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing sold at an auction in Arizona for an amazing £2.95 million (or $4,620,000). This was a particularly rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, as it was only one of 29 built with aluminium bodies.

This special, alloy bodied 300 SL Gullwing represented cutting edge technical design at the time of its launch in the early 1950′s, as this was a car you could buy in a showroom but was powerful and lightweight compared to its counterparts that were seen on the race track at that time. This was the car that won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1952.

If you fancy purchasing a 300 SL Gullwing, you could always buy one of the less rare steel bodied models, as there were 1400 made during the time of its production from 1954 – 1957. In recent years, however, these famous Gullwing Mercedes cars have seen auction prices rising substantially and even a steel bodied 300 SL Gullwing will set you back well into a six figure sum.

SL-class Roadster 2012

Mercedes have just unveiled the all-new SL-class Roadster at the prestigious 2012 Detroit Motor Show. The new SL Roadster is a completely new design which features a chassis and body that is almost completely made from aluminium. This means the new SL-class model is up to 140kg lighter than its forerunner, with an added 20% increase of torsional strength. This is sure to improve the car’s handling, plus making it quicker off the mark and ultimately faster to the electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The S-Class

Once again, the S-Class Mercedes-Benz has won the prestigious ‘Best Luxury Car’ for an astounding seventh consecutive year at the recent 2012 What Car? awards in London. The S-Class managed to beat all of its rivals to the top award, as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was chosen again for building a quality luxury car whilst retaining good value.