Learning about Presentations from Robin Williams

In the feature film RV, Robin Williams plays an advertising executive. His boss orders him around and it looks like Robin will be put out to pasture. Showing no respect to Robin, the boss orders him onto an assignment. To make a presentation in Colorado, Robin must cancel his family’s vacation plans. Hawaii is out. An RV trip to the mountains is in. He is ashamed to admit to his wife and kids that the trip is anything but an attempt to reestablish some quality time in a family that has become fragmented.

Robin stays up at night writing the presentation and fires it off from a mountain peak when he is able to find a signal strong enough. He abandons his family to make the presentation and only then finds out that his boss has brought along a replacement for Robin. Robin is only a backup. The first-string guy fumbles and Robin must step in.

After meeting the clients and noticing their reactions to the first-string guy’s emphasis on profits and money, Robin takes a different tact and talks about nostalgia, love and the environment. He saves the day, and the account.

Whenever I have to make a presentation, I always leave myself some wiggle room. I’ll switch horses in mid-stream if I have to . . . and sometimes I even plan it that way.

Recently, I was to review a fund-raising video with a client. I played the rough draft version of the video they had approved. They were happy. They loved it. I could have walked away and finished the production, but instead I said, “But, that’s not the video I recommend for your fundraising event.” In editing, I had fallen in love with a single interview. I was unable to use any “soundbites” from that interview for the approved video, but with a few simple edits, I was able to use the interview itself as a heartfelt fundraising presentation. There was not a dry eye in the conference room after I played the video.

I was confident with both videos, but if the client had hated the first video, I would have redeemed myself with the second. The client loved them both. The interview video was played at the big fundraising event and they were both distributed on DVD and placed on the web. My budget was increased slightly and the client was extremely pleased with their two fundraising videos.

When making presentations, you must know your clients, you must listen to your clients and by all means you must watch your clients during the presentation. If you need to make adjustments, don’t make them lightly. But if you sense that something else is needed to make the client happy, stay loose and try a little adjustment.

The Perfect Present – Canopy Bed Curtains, A Makeup Vanity, and You’re Set!

Whenever one of those special days approaches, men start to get nervous. You know what I’m talking about– anniversaries, birthdays… those times that you get landed with the formidable task of trying to pick the perfect present for your sweetheart.

Jewelry is always the first thought that comes to mind. But there are two major problems there. One is picking something that she’ll like. It’s always a downer to have your special woman open up that little jewelry box and say “Oh! It’s… uh, beautiful. Thanks honey,” and then never see her wear it.

The second problem with jewelry is that it’s expensive. At least if you really want to get her something impressive. And that’s exactly what you’re trying to do with an anniversary or birthday gift.

Here’s a simple two step gift that will sweep her off her feet: A romantic bedroom makeover.

1. Turn your bed into a canopied one. You don’t have to go out and buy a four poster to do this one. There are special “canopy bed” curtains available that attach to the ceiling with hooks, creating the look of a romantic canopy bed at minimal cost.

2. Buy a mirrored make up table– also called a vanity. These can cost anywhere from $60 to several hundred dollars, depending on your budget, and they are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find one that will be a perfect fit for both your budget and your bedroom.

Once the curtains and the vanity are in place, put a vase of red roses on the vanity, and place a single rose on the bedspread. Your sweetheart with be thrilled with this thoughtful, romantic present that she’ll be able to enjoy everyday.

Birthstone Jewelry – That Special One of a Kind Present

Diamonds are such an easy choice when deciding on jewelry. It’s classic, it always looks good, and it’s almost always the stone being advertised. But aren’t we forgetting some of the most beautiful stones available? What happened to those beautiful rubies, glowing amethysts and dazzling sapphires… just to name a few. These colourful palettes of striking gemstones are often overlooked but should be reconsidered because they make perfect presents!

Giving a personalized gift with a unique stone that is completely attuned to a special someone is so meaningful. Birthdays are one-of-a-kind. It’s about time we celebrate the intimitability of those we love most by cherishing them with something special! But these stones are great gifts for any special day! New mothers love to treasure the birth of their child with birthstone jewelry. Grandmothers can keep their family close to her heart at all times with a necklace that showcases the birthstones of all her children and grandchildren. Couples can embrace and cherish the love they share with a matching birthstone couples ring. We love birthstone jewelry for every occasion!

Birthstone jewelry is amazing because of the large range of styles and prices. Online stores tend to have a wide selection to help you pick the perfect piece, which is perfectly personalized for you. We’ve found that online jewelry stores have a huge assortment of rings, necklaces, and bracelets that can be customized to express individuality and unique birth months. Their personalized pieces make the perfect presents for mothers, daughters, sons, grandchildren, grandparents or husbands and wives.

Are you looking for pieces of jewelry to add some sparkle to your November? For this month, we think you should try out some jewelry with gorgeous November Topaz! Topaz ranges in so many different shades and hues of yellow, from a very light citrus colour to deeper browns. These stones go beautifully with the natural colours of November, and will brighten up your everyday outfits!