Monday, March 30, 2020

Zoom Meetings are the go to tool for collaboration on line

If there is one single platform that is on everyone's mind at the moment it is Zoom. I'm using it for work meetings, online classes and family get-togethers!  With Covid-19 having such an impact and many people working from home we are forced to learn new skills and new ways to work.

I must say, it has been a fun and interesting journey so far! Meeting up with work colleagues once a week and seeing their smiling faces is a nice tonic. But I definitely notice that there are a few online skills that are missing and this results in wasted time, and as we've seen on social media lately some embarrassing results when it comes to cameras and where they follow us!

With this in mind, I decided to create a step by step training manual that will help people that are a bit nervous about this new technology and enable teachers and professionals to feel more confident about either attending or hosting an online classroom or meeting. I know that there are lots of videos that can give you help but I do find that many people like to be able to print out a hard copy of easy, step by step instructions.

And here's a Freebie of shortcut keys

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Presentation Skills

The ability to share information with groups of people verbally, whether that be management, colleagues, classmates or other learners in a confident manner is a skill that will be immeasurably useful in your chosen career.

Many people shy away from taking part in public speaking activities and in some cases avoid them at all costs. It is known to be the number one fear of grown adults! In reality, it is simply another skill set that is worth mastering and will only get better with practice.

When we share information with an audience and do so with confidence, we gain the respect of peers and management alike. It is an effective way to get our message across to groups of people and once we have mastered the skill of public speaking, it can only be helpful for our career prospects.

There are many tools that can aid us when we are planning a presentation, and the most common one in business is Microsoft Powerpoint. When this software application is used effectively, it can indeed enhance our presentation and add value to the delivery of our message.

Examples of presentations may include:
·     Persuading people to come on board with a new idea you have
·     introducing a product to potential buyers
·     introducing a new idea such as a sales strategy or advertising campaign
·     informing others of an update to rules or policies
·     training / updating peoples knowledge in a specific area
·     introducing yourself and your company to prospective buyers.

Use this Presentation Check list to ensure you are ready and prepared to deliver your presentation. For most people the success of the presentation is all in the planning. When you plan effectively and ensure all boxes are ticked, this gives you confidence and you will be less nervous when presenting. 

For more in depth training resources on this topic click the link below:

Presentation Skills and Microsoft Powerpoint