Tips on Presenting a Retirement Gift

Presenting an engraved gift at a retirement party is a great way to show gratitude for years of service. An engraved gift will be a treasured keep sake the retiree will display proudly for years to come.

This is a great opportunity to not only show the person leaving there hard work is appreciated. It is also a time to impress upon those still in your employ that there efforts are appreciated as well. Presenting the engraved retirement gift with dignity and honor will give the remaining employees the sense that the company really does care about their employees.

The gift should be presented at an event such as a retirement party or dinner. The recipient’s family and friends should be invited as well as a substantial number of staff. Especially those that worked closely with them. After Dinner a number of the upper management staff should say a few words on the retires behalf. These talks should be brief and include some appropriate humor or stories which those in attendance would appreciate. The event should come to an end with the presentation of the engraved retirement gift. The retiree should then have the opportunity to say a few words. This will make for a very memorial and special event.

The gift itself could be anything form a company award trophy, plaque, crystal bowl, clock, watch, engraved photo or silver tray. The store’s online have a large assortment of gifts and awards. It should be laser engraved using state of the art technology to insure a sharp clear impression.

The engraving should include the recipients name, title and date of retirement. You can also include the company name or logo and other information as space will allow. Logos and art work should be supplied to the engraving shop in the jpg format. You can sometimes save money and time by ordering from an online trophy store. If you do this make sure to allow enough time for production and shipping.

Follow these simple guidelines and you are sure to have an event that will show the appreciation and recognition the retiree deserves.

Professional PowerPoint Presentations With the Rules of Six and More

PowerPoint and all the bells and whistles that come with are being used more and more in business and other presentation venues. Before presenters became so attached to computers for visual aid production, a few rules existed for proper visual design that was often adhered to by the graphic design folks who built slides in the days before the personal computer. Now with everyone having access to a computer, those rules are often ignored during slide design. The result an unprofessional look and information overload. A return to some of the old rules, referred to as the rules of six, is in order. Also new rules are needed with the computer to keep slides with graphics and animations appropriate for professional use. Below are a few rules to consider when designing slides in PowerPoint.

Rules of Six for Slide Creation

  • Use meaningful titles as introduction and summary of slide contents. Be sure to limit the number of words in title to no more than 6.
  • Have no more than 6 bullets per text slide. Sub-bullets should be included in this count. Also it is preferable to have no more than 6 words per bullet.
  • For tables of data, plan no more than 6 rows of data on a table to make it easier to read. However, for most audiences charts or graphs are better than tables. No more than 6 data points (bars, slices, lines) should be on a graph or chart.
  • In relation to talk time on each slide consider for a 30 minute presentation to use 6 (5 minutes of talking per slide) slides or less that only highlight the key points of presentation. Or no more than 12 slides (averaging 2- 3 minutes talk time per slide) where you want to provide some details that might be hard for audience to capture in notes.

Rules for Graphics and Animation

  • Only use images and graphics that summarize key points as a replacement for text, such as charts and graphs. Mixing too much on a slide only makes it crowded and confusing. Remember cute cartoons, silly photos, or movies typically don’t add much to a professional presentation.
  • Use animation and sounds wisely and sparingly. A consistent transition between slides does not fall under the animation caution. Transitions help the audience get ready for what is coming next. Also consider design template to get a more professional look with little effort. If the template has a distracting movement in it or the color is not desirable, go to the master slide view to remove the animation or change the background.
  • Remember when it comes to a professional presentation, less really is more. The less the slide has on it, the more the presenter can illuminate on key points. The less words used, the more white space included, which marketing folks say readers find pleasing to the eye. The less the audience has to try to read on the screen, the more attention they can give to the presenter. If that is not convincing enough, consider that note-taking by audience, to supplement the slide contents, actually increases their retention of presented points by as much as 40%.
  • Presenters should consider the black screen option for discussion or activity times, which do not require referencing a slide. To turn black screen on, press the letter B on the computer keyboard during a PowerPoint presentation, the screen will go dark. When ready to continue with the slide show, press B again and the show will return to where it was before.

Please consider utilizing the above rules when designing slides in PowerPoint on the computer to give a more professional appearance to slides and presenter. Remember, just because the makers of PowerPoint include lots of bells and whistles with the software, that doesn’t mean that you have to use them. Reduce the chance of information overload on the audience by returning to the old rules of graphic design and adding the new rules offered here.

What Makes a Good MLM Presentation? – Part 3 of 3

This is Part 3 of a 3-part article which I’ll discuss what makes a good MLM presentation:

Part #1 – Your state of mind

Part #2 – The problem and solution approach

Part #3 – What is your offer to your prospects?

Let’s get started…

What is your offer to your prospects so that they would want to join your MLM business?

The products?

The compensation plan?

The company?

The training?

Let’s take a look at each of the above one by one.

Would you just join a MLM business just because the product is great? Possibly. In that case, all you need to do is find a business with a great product and your business will be unstoppable in no time! But I’m sure you know that’s not the case.

How about the compensation plan or what is commonly known as ‘comp plan’? I’ve seen people who want to ‘fight’ comp plan with me, saying that who has the better comp plan will win and the loser should join him. How ridiculous? In fact, the same argument above would apply. If your offer is just that your company has the best comp plan in the world, think again.

What about the company then? Sometimes, I come across people saying wonderful things about the company they are with. That’s a good thing. However, again, all you need to do is look for the best company to join and then you’ll immediately have a booming business. Period.

Last but not least, what about the training provided then? I guess this is quite a good one. Personally, I would join a good MLM business if they provide solid training. But then, I don’t think most people would look for that and then join a MLM business.

If all of the above does not come close to a good offer so that your prospects would want to join you in your MLM business, what should you offer?

Here’s my offer that I use personally that had proved to be successful most of the time:

I offer to help them succeed, through leading and guiding them, offering them support and assistance. And I walk the talk though I’m not perfect and had made some terrible blunders in my journey.

What I’m saying here is that you actually offer to help them and keep your promise.

If you’re in this business for awhile, you might have come across people who promised you a rosy picture and when you joined them and need assistance, they are always busy or nowhere to be found.

There is a saying that goes, “Treat prospects as people and not people as prospects.”

Yes, we want prospects and downline and as many of them as possible. But on the other hand, we want to be sincere people and treat others with respect and offer to help them shorten the learning curve as they start out in their business.

Why is it so important to offer your prospects good support and assistance?

Just imagine that your prospect is considering to join your MLM company and there are currently two other distributors from your company prospecting him or her. Who do you think he or she will join? The one who offers to help or the one who just tell them to join because the products are great, the comp plan is good and the company is wonderful?

With your offer of assistance to your prospects, you will stand a much higher chance of making a compelling close.

The above concludes Part 3 of what makes a good MLM presentation.