The Three WORST Pieces of Advice Given to Presenters (and How Best to Ignore Them)

Ever hear the one about picturing your audience naked to overcome your fear of presenting to them? How about the one about practicing in front of a mirror? Anyone who has ever tried either of those well-meaning tropes knows how futile they are. Deluding ourselves that we can calm fears by laughing at our audience, or that we can convince them of anything by faking authenticity, is worse than a waste of time. It prevents us from using our greatest power as presenters: our true selves. Try ignoring the “worst advice” and substituting powerful communication instead.

Worst Advice:

Memorize Your Presentation

Now this one sounds reasonable enough on the surface. After all, much of our fear about presenting is wrapped up in our fear of looking foolish in front of others. Some of that comes from our fear of drawing a blank when all eyes are on us. If we memorize our presentation, that won’t happen, right? Perhaps, but what will certainly happen is that we’ll be taken out of “the moment” as we put all of our energy and attention on recalling the least significant portion of our presentation: the literal words. Suddenly, we’re not focused on the immediate reaction we’re getting from the audience or on making sure we’re connecting with them. We’re focusing instead on making sure the words keep coming. That sets the bar too low: surviving the presentation until the end isn’t your goal. CONNECTING to your audience is.

Instead: Know Your Presentation

Focus on the essence of what you’re presenting: namely your key messages. This is what’s most important for your audience to understand. If the worst happens and all of your materials and notes disappeared, how would you summarize what you came to say? Put those bigger ideas up front and build your presentation around them. Your audience won’t likely remember all of the supporting details, but they should remember your key points. Worry less about repeating the exact words you intended and more about making sure you’re connecting. If you see heads nodding, react. If you see puzzled looks, don’t just plow through. Stop and make sure you’re not rushing ahead of your audience just to fill space. Slow yourself down and make sure you really see your audience and gauge their reactions. Remember, no one knows what you were supposed to say, so don’t let a pause or different phrasing than you’d planned throw you.

Use a Lot of Bullets

For some reason, lots of presenters think they can take a long, dry presentation and suddenly make it come alive if they can just add enough bullets to the screen. Ever sit through one of those presentations where the bullets don’t in any way indicate an abbreviated point? Heck, they may not even indicate a point! Here’s the thing: TEXT ON A SLIDE IS NOT A VISUAL AID. There is nothing about text that makes it more understandable, or illustrative, than the spoken word, by itself.

Instead: Put the Visual Back in Visual Aid

Are there actual visuals that would help illustrate your points? Can you bring in relevant charts, graphs, photos, illustrations to help your audience “see” your points? If you must use bullets, greatly reduce them and the words you use. Your audience didn’t come to read and they didn’t come to listen to YOU read to them. (Hint: if you use punctuation in your bulleted information, you’re using too many words.)

More is Better

Ever sit through a presentation that’s a product of many hands? More detail, more slides, with the presenter intoning something like… “..and here you can see again… ” or “this is just yet another example of… ” Yes, you want to prove your key points. Data does help you do that. However, information overload may quickly confuse your audience and actually mask your key points.

Online Training & Certification Courses for Analytics

‘Analytics’ is probably the new word being used when discussing hot topics in business. Data or business analytics is all about the collection, processing, analysis and interpretation of data in order to derive insights. Data is collected from various sources and is processed in specified ways. Various questions are developed on the information and answers are found. The data analyst position offers a handsome salary and requires a skilled candidate who can work with the increasingly complex data.

THE EVER INCREASING SCOPE OF ANALYTICS

There is an ever increasing amount of raw information. Almost every field we examine incorporates huge quantities of data with which the companies need to work. Everything from retail shops to hospitals, schools, hotels, small scale factories to big production houses, educational institutes, sports and entertainment incorporates a huge quantity of unprocessed information which needs to be processed and interpreted in order to arrive at a meaningful result. An upward trajectory has been seen in recorded number of jobs available for the job profile of data scientist. Candidates for data scientist positions need to have deep knowledge of how to deal with raw facts and figures and should be either certified or trained by a well-known, reputable institute. Knowledge of appropriate analytic tools and software are not enough. Candidates should choose a particular sector or field and should have deep knowledge of analytics associated with their chosen sector.

THE REVOLUTION BROUGHT BY E-CLASSES

With the advent of computers and the internet there is nothing to hinder a student from learning. The best application the internet ever had is in the education system. There are thousands of online courses which are reaching individuals in far off places. E-classes have brought about a real revolution in the educational field. Online courses and training programs from well-known companies have increased the number of students dramatically. There are many pros to online certification courses such as you determining what time of day you take the class. You can be comfortable in your home learning what you want.

The best thing about online certification courses and training is that there is a highly trained faculty. You can actually choose whose lectures you wish to attend online. There are more than a thousand students enrolled for such e-courses and training, so special emphasis and effort is made to provide the best faculty. There are a certain number of lectures covering all what you need to know. These e-learning and training programs have fees which are comparatively much lower than that charged by ordinary schools and universities for offline classes.

With the ever increasing scope of analytics, there are many e-learning sites which are popping up almost every day to educate and train today’s youth to do the jobs in this field. Many of them have attractive offers to get students to enroll such as deep discounts, extra classes, free trials, free papers, etc. They provide certification which is more than sufficient to fetch a decent job in this field.

(Ruby 2.5.1) Windows Fix – “Cannot Load Such File – Sqlite3/Sqlite3_native (LoadError)”

If you use Windows, you must appreciate that there are several gems which require external libraries in order to be “built” properly.

These external libraries are generally not present on your system and are required to be installed (and referenced) to get them working. This is why the likes of the MYSQL2 and RMagick gems are seen as “difficult” to install.

If you’re using SQLite3, things are slightly different.

This gem has several “builds” which are meant to provide functionality across a number of platforms (Windows included). Whilst this works in earlier versions of Ruby, it doesn’t work for Ruby 2.5.1+ – hence the error you’re seeing…

cannot load such file — sqlite3/sqlite3_native (LoadError)

The error is caused by the installation & attempted usage of the “mingw32” version of the gem. This version of the gem is pre-compiled with the SQLite core files, but has issues when being used with the later versions of Ruby.

The solution is to install the gem for the “ruby” platform (which still works fine in Windows):

gem install sqlite3 –platform=ruby

This will install the “native” version of the gem with all the appropriate files etc – but won’t use any of the platform-specific functionality that comes with the likes of the mingw32 version.

This will work 100% out of the box.

However, there’s another problem. If you use “bundler”, it will often override the native gem installation in favour of a platform-specific one. This means that if you run bundle update / bundle install, it will likely install the sqlite3 gem with mingw32 platform.

In this instance, you need to uninstall *any* references to the latter by using “gem uninstall”. Here’s what typically happens (for us):

bundle update [installs sqlite3]
gem uninstall sqlite3 [shows selection]
remove “mingw32” variant
rails s [should work 100%]

This will get the system working with the gem.

The big problem is that whenever you use the “mingw32” version of the gem, it will have a set of references/calls which are designed specifically to call particular elements of the gem.

In Ruby 2.5.1+ – for whatever reason – these calls are not entirely used to ensure that the system is able to make the most progress, hence the error you’re seeing. To fix this, you need to be able to essentially “force” your system to only use the “ruby” variant of the gem.

Relationships: What Can Happen To Someone When Their Partner Denies That They Are Cheating?

When someone is in relationship, they will have the opportunity to grow and to heal any wounds that they may have. This can mean that there will be moments that are deeply fulfilling and moments that are extremely painful pain.

What will play a big part here is how much pain one is carrying. If they have a lot of baggage, they could be used to experiencing more downs than ups in their relationship.

Unaware

However, even if one is carrying a lot of baggage, it doesn’t mean that they will realise this. Instead, they could believe that the other person is causing them to feel the way they do, believing that they are to blame.

If they have this outlook, it is not going to be possible for them to take responsibility for their own pain. The other person could put up with this, thereby causing them to be weighed down by issues that don’t belong to them.

The Defining Factor

What this will show is that they lack self-awareness, with this being the reason why they can’t own their own issues. The reason why the other person goes along with this could be because this is what feels comfortable.

Perhaps they grew up in an environment where their caregiver didn’t take responsibility either, causing them to have a false sense of responsibility and to lack boundaries. This then stops them from standing their ground.

A Battle

The energy that one person uses to blame the other could aid their own development, as opposed to being wasted in this manner. This is then going to be a relationship that will drain both of them.

Before long, one of them could decide that enough is enough and walk away, and this could be the person who doesn’t want to work through their issues. They could soon find someone else and the same thing could happen all over again.

One Problem

Conversely, one could be in a position where one issue is making it hard for them to relax around their partner, and this could cold be something that consumes their attention when they are apart. One may believe that their partner is cheating on them and this could cause them experience a lot of pain.

They could talk to their partner, or they could end up talking to their friends about what is going on for them. If they speak directly to their partner, it might allow them to allay their fears but if they speak to their fiends, it could make things worse.

Another Approach

Alternatively, one could take a step back and reflect on what is taking place internally and externally. This will give them the chance to see if there is anything to what they believe or if they are just overreacting.

During this time, they may find that something from their past has been triggered. Maybe they feel worthless and have a fear of being abandoned, which is why they have come to believe that their partner is straying.

The Past is Present

At the beginning of their life, they may have been neglected by their caregivers, and this would have caused them to believe that they were worthless. The years would then have passed, but they will still fear that they will be left.

Through being egocentric at this age, they would have believed that they were only left since they had no value. In reality, they were left due to the issues that their caregiver/s had; that’s all there is to it.

External Support

What they could then do is to find someone who can assist them, such as a therapist or a healer. Once they have worked though their pain, it will be easier for them to live in the present moment.

Yet, if they were to find that what is taking place within them is not having an effect on how they are perceiving reality, they could believe that it would be a good idea for them to speak to their partner. After talking about this with them, they could find that there is nothing for them to worry about.

Denial

At the same time, one could have clear evidence that something is going on and they could sense that something is not right, but their partner could deny it. If their partner is not willing to admit to what is taking place, they might wonder if the time has come to end the relationship.

On the other hand, they could go along with what their partner says and start to question themselves. As time goes by, they could disconnect from themselves and only pay attention to what comes out of their partner’s mouth.

Out of Touch

One will have allowed their partner to tell them what is or what isn’t taking place, and this will cause them to ignore their own feelings and instincts. Their partner is then going to have a lot of power over them.

Taking this into account, the sooner one gets back in touch with their inner world the better their life will be. The person they are with is not going to have their best interests at heart, so they will probably need to cut their ties with them.

Awareness

If one can relate to this, and they want to change their life, they may need to reach out for external assistance. This is something that can be provided by a therapist or healer, and the support of their friends and family may also be needed.

Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand seven hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice.

Postmodern Film Approach: CBC’s Othello

If I understand Othello correctly the viewer is supposed to be enveloped in a sense of suffocation, a feeling of being smothered, as Iago’s box closes around the others, capturing them. That doesn’t happen in this production at all, and one of the reasons it doesn’t is that the production is so beautiful. The sets, the costumes, the cinematography, all of it – it’s excellent, even breathtaking, to the point of distraction. (Compare the sense of asphyxiation in Trevor Nunn’s film with Ian McKellen and Willard White and the BBC film with Bob Hoskins and Anthony Hopkins – in those we feel really choked.)

I’m a firm believer that the “style over substance” type of aesthetic can go a long way, and justify a lot, but it usually can’t go all the way and justify everything. The true stars of this production are the costume designer Debra Hanson; the cinematographer Glen Keenan; the production designer Callum Maclachlan; and even the composer of the haunting theme, Philip J. Bennett. So – what of everything else?

I understand the necessity of time limitations in a television adaptation of Shakespeare, and I understand Orson Welles edited this work enormously also, but that isn’t justification. Chopping this play to two hours from its true three and a half is too much. It turns the play into Shakespeare for adolescents. Too many key speeches and scenes have to go. In particular the bawdy jesting between Iago and Desdemona as they leave the ship cannot be hacked off, as it gives too much insight into both of those critical characters. The cuts hurt.

Too: showing the corpses at the very start, and then flashing back, is a mistake. (It was a mistake when Welles did it as well; it will always be a mistake.) I can’t get behind this kind of re-writing of Shakespeare in any way, shape, or form. And this isn’t the only way Zaib Shaikh re-writes. He gives Roderigo the line “… this Muslim” (meaning Othello) at one point, which Shakespeare certainly didn’t write. The point is reinforced by having Othello exchange his necklace (a star and crescent) with Desdemona for hers (a cross) at the beginning, when they’re married. I don’t see anything wrong with the visual message of the necklaces, but again, re-writing the Bard, putting in words he didn’t write? A no no! Show, don’t tell.

The camera here is relatively bland. What about the acting? Christine Horne as Desdemona and Peter Donaldson as her father are sensational; I’ve not seen earnest, wholesome goodness just ooze out of Desdemona like this before. In the thankless role of Bianca Nazneen Contractor isn’t bad, and Ryan Hollyman looks like a great Roderigo. No one else is a Shakespearean heavyweight, to say the least. Compare Frank Finlay’s “Are you mad?” in the final scene to Matthew DeSlippe’s here and you’ll know most of what you need to know.