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HOW TO DO A GREAT PRESENTATION
Public presentations can be very scary for a lot of folks. Whether it is in the classroom or the boardroom or at the PTA, public speaking and doing a presentation do not have to be inhibiting. Whether you are using PowerPoint or just speaking extemporaneously, there are seven simple rules that, if followed, can make the presentation so much easier. Just think PRESENT.
1) do your homework – Do research on your topic to be sure that you are stating the most up-to-date facts available on the issue.
2) know your industry/organization/cause – Become well-versed in the environment in which you are speaking in terms of its operations, its people, and its mission.
3) anticipate questions – Think about any questions you could be asked and be prepared to give reliable answers to each question you identify.
4) prepare notes, slides, and other visual aid devices for you and for the audience – The audience always loves to have something in front of them with which to follow along providing them with a point of reference for the issues you are addressing.
Cash-Strapped Companies, Recent Grads Find Each Other for a Win-Win Situation
Nancy Fine is a May 2009 business administration graduate of a major northeastern university. Despite an impressive final grade-point average and the completion of a very successful 15-week internship at a major regional advertising agency in her final semester, the 22-year old woman had not yet found full-time employment by September. Frustrated, yet determined that she could be a real asset to a company if she was just given the chance to prove herself in the areas of marketing, advertising, PR, or sales, Nancy began to write letters and emails to small and large companies within 50 miles of her home. After an exhausting summer of sending out resume after resume with no success, this time she was not looking for a salaried position, but rather, offering to work for free for up to four months. Within three days of her writing campaign, Nancy was offered opportunities at four companies. She now goes to work each morning at 8:00, five days a week, and fills the role of Assistant Director of Marketing
THE EXECUTIVE PROFILE
Suzy Welch is the wife of management icon Jack Welch, the former Chairman and CEO of General Electric. Recently, she has been making her way around the morning news programs and the lecture circuit to promote her new book, 10-10-10; A Life Transforming Idea (Simon & Schuster, April 2009). In a keynote address to the attendees of the 2009 NY XPo for Business on October 21 at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center, Ms. Welch explained her approach to making better life decisions.
“Basically, 10-10-10 is a way to look at a situation and consider its implications to you personally as well as those the decision will ultimately affect over the course of the next ten minutes, the next ten months, and the next ten years,” she explained to the capacity crowd. According to Ms. Welch, she had a wake-up call several years ago when she was working for Harvard Business Review (more)
THE "HOW TO" ARTICLE
How to Use Independent Contractors
in Your Business
In the course of any given month, you are probably dealing with a wide range of people who come into your company to perform work, but whom are not your employees. They may be plumbers, electricians, HVAC contractors, contract cleaning services that vacuum the rugs and polish the floors each night, consultants of all types, training companies, and a host of other folks who provide advice or labor to your company as outside contractors. Just as there are many guidelines when working with your employees, there are also many guidelines that must be followed when working with any of these individuals. The key is to know how to work with both categories of workers.
Who is an employee?
One of the most distinguishing differences between employees and independent contractors is a legal concept called the fiduciary relationship. Based on the law of agency, the fiduciary relationship places an obligation of loyalty upon each of your full-time and part-time employees. Your company employees must adhere to an assigned work schedule, they must keep company matters and strategic plans confidential, and they are obligated to perform their jobs with complete loyalty to the employer. The employer has the obligation to pay the employee on a pre-determined schedule, to make the workplace a safe and pleasant place to work, and to carry out the terms of an employment contract. This includes withholding certain taxes on behalf of the employee and sending those funds to the appropriate tax authorities, paying employer taxes like federal unemployment compensation and Workmen’s Compensation as well as the employer’s FICA contribution. In addition, this fiduciary relationship dictates that the employer is legally liable for whatever the employee does or says in the course of the workday, and so, in many industries, liability or malpractice insurance must be carried by the employer. Employers also see a need to offer some kind of benefits package to attract workers and retain them. While this is not a federal obligation, many companies do offer some level of healthcare coverage to their employees as well as other benefits like retirement plans, life insurance, child or adult daycare, tuition remission, and parking and/or transportation services. Employers are also obligated to reimburse employees for any out-of-pocket expenses related to work. At the end of the year, the employer provides the employee with a W-2, which is a legally required summary of gross wages and deductions. The W-2 form is then used by the employee to complete his or her personal tax return.
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P.O. Box 8562
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