Skip the Apology – Retain Your Presentation Credibility

An accomplished physician and researcher from Puerto Rico was presenting at a conference of her peers in the United States. “First,” the doctor began, “I want to apologize for my English.” Sitting in the audience, I felt the energy drain out of the room. Audience members collectively caught their breath, preparing to sit through a problematic presentation.

I wanted to rewind the tape and skip the apology. Apologizing in a speech, especially in the introduction, automatically decreases your effectiveness.

A primary goal of an introduction is to establish the speaker’s credibility. To begin with an apology is to begin by undermining your own credibility and set a negative tone for the presentation. Not only did the doctor’s apology expose a lack of confidence, it diverted attention from her expertise. The apology was entirely unnecessary-the doctor’s skills as a clinician and a researcher had earned her the right to present.

It is appropriate to acknowledge an obvious difference that might distract audience members from your content, something like a heavy accent or the presence of a wheelchair. The doctor might have begun, “I’ve come from Puerto Rico to report significant findings from my research. These findings may impact your clinical practice in substantial ways. As we work together today, you might notice that English is not my first language. Sometimes my brain goes faster in Spanish than my tongue can translate.

The same is true if you should encounter a problem with the room, with the equipment, or with another speaker failing to arrive on time. If the audience knows about the problem, acknowledge it. Then confidently report how you are going to handle the situation and get on with it. If you appear to take the situation in stride, the audience will as well.

Acknowledge differences and problems that arise, but skip the apology. Your credibility-and often the success of your presentation-depend on it.

Speeches and Presentations – Guidelines on How to Say it Best

Everyone can find the right words – all it takes is practice and some guidelines to help you structure an effective presentation.

Firstly, and most importantly, start with the end in mind. Set aside enough time to determine your purpose and intention in preparing and presenting your speech. Your purpose may be to entertain, to educate, to inform, to persuade or even a combination of the fore mentioned. A clearly defined purpose is a blueprint or a template that structures a meaningful and focused speech.

Your second step to finding the right words will be to brainstorm the topic by spontaneously writing down your keyword ideas.

The third step is the planning phase. People tend to rush through this important phase, but it is time well spent. Plan your speech here. You may wish to use a mind-map, a flow chart or even a horizontal plot-line to help structure your thoughts. Concentrate on the introduction, the development of the body of your speech and finally the conclusion.

These three phases can be likened to a sausage dog. Picture a sausage dog in your mind.

The head is your introduction. It should introduce your topic, capture your audience’s attention and lead the audience into the purpose of the presentation. Remember, that the sausage dog’s head is relatively small in comparison the rest of its body – so short, pertinent and gripping work well here.

The introduction is followed by the body of your address. A visual reminder is the long body of the sausage dog. This section of your speech should consist of four or five paragraphs that individually develop a different aspect of your speech, but at the same time are all linked to a common purpose – pretty much like the body of our dog.

Finally, the tail – possibly with a twist or a loop? The conclusion should sum up your speech. It may tie up loose ends, finalize an argument or highlight the end of your speech. Either way, your audience should clearly see that this is the end of your speech, just like the tail is the end of our dog!

It is only now that the planning phase is over, that you will choose your words to achieve your initial aim and the purpose of writing your speech.

This is the easy part. There are so many resources out there to help you to find the right words to say it best. The Internet, book stores, friends, magazines and libraries are all invaluable resources at your disposal. Finding the resources is relatively easy, but it is very important that you personalize the content.

Negotiating Debt Settlements – How to Use the Threat of Bankruptcy to Eliminate Unsecured Debt

Any kind of negotiation needs appealing skills. To negotiate debt settlements with the creditors one has to be up to date with his arrears, interest and principal amount. So, gather all the information for liability payment from the card organisation, chart out the stats and have the information on the tips of your finger to appeal to the creditors and negotiate debt settlements.

Write down the negotiation in the form of a letter, though conversations are always better. Talk to the creditors on phone and be appealing leaving a good first impression. Do not rely on verbal agreement, they are insecure and cannot be counted upon. Have the agreements on paper with clear drawn out ideas. Do not show the eagerness to negotiate debt settlement early in stage.

Keep a track of all the investments, expenses done. Cut down on the habitual spending; assess the rate of interest and any fees that have to be paid on the regular agenda to negotiate debt settlements. Maintain equilibrium between the amount of money at hand and the arrear amount to be paid.

Pay the liabilities intelligently, have priorities, pay off the arrears with higher rate of interest giving them more attention than the amount with lower rate as they might stack up to a huge amount in the future. Use the money at hand wisely keeping future in mind. Few of the debit negotiating companies place trust on the borrowers by collecting a minimal amount of fee monthly on a condition that the borrower will pay the arrear amount in full on a future date mentioned in the agreement.

Hire a professional negotiator if affordable and put forth a proposal of repayment of liability in front of the creditors clearly charted out. Initially, one would face rejection but then the most appealing ones are always opted for. Ask for any schemes available in the organisation to negotiate debt settlements, include the same (if any) in the charted out plan. Show the creditors if opting for any loans, take help from different funding organisations or any financial sources and make sure borrowing from them is not adding up to more arrears.

Finally keep the words said, commit to the negotiation done. Check for the genuineness of the lending organisation, if they are following to the agreed requisites. Follow the agreed terms, keep up with them for future financial security.