All Presentations Should Tell Good Stories

When you think about it, the end goal of most presentations is to convince, whether that means convincing your audience to agree with your point of view, or convincing them to take the action you want them to take. Professional presenters with vast amounts of public speaking experience are usually great story tellers. In order for your presentations to come across convincingly to your audiences, they require the focus, logic and sequence of any engaging story.

You might or might not be aware of falling victim to some or all of the common mistakes that initially trip up novice presenters. Most of these learners’ mistakes relate directly back to the ethos of story telling in presentations – or lack of it. When preparing for forthcoming presentations, or looking back retrospectively at old ones, you might give yourself a confidence boost by answering a few hypothetical questions honestly.

Are you prepared to offer appropriate answers to the broad range of questions that might be posed by your audience?

If not, might your inability to appropriately answer audience questions be due to a lack of flow in your presentation?

Are your slides truly sequentially ordered?

Are you sometimes guilty of randomly leaping from one aspect of your subject matter to another without any logical connection between the two?

Do you put yourself in danger of leaving gaping holes in your presentations by trying to sound too clever, for example, by presenting answers and conclusions that lack supporting evidence?

Do you try too hard to amplify your knowledge of your subject matter by including information that is indirectly related but not directly relevant to your presentations?

Searching questions indeed and you might be wondering how they relate to the harnessing of your story telling skills to enhance your public speaking effectiveness. They do, as they are all about focus, logic and sequence:-

Focus – keep to the point. Identify information that seem interesting and smart, but realistically bears little relevance to the core messages you aim to send. Once you have identified these curve balls, eradicate them, even if you desperately want to include them because you think they sound good.

Logic – tempting as it is to provide answers and conclusions first, followed by rhyme and reason afterwards, it is illogical. Notice how the stories contained in your presentations flow so much more smoothly when you simply reverse the order of certain slides. Questions first, arguments and evidence in the middle, answers and solutions last but not least.

Sequence – stories lacking in sequential orderliness are confusing, often to the degree that they might initially capture attention, but ultimately fail to retain it. It is impossible for you to over check that your presentations are sequentially correct. When going to the time and trouble that preparation for successful presentations demands, it is a crying shame if your subject matter is right, but the sequence in which you present it is erratic and disjointed.

Your ability to recognise the mistakes you are prone to making, coupled with your willingness to improve your public speaking performances, equates to half your battle being won. So sit tight with a copy of your presentation in front of you and see how you can make instantaneously dramatic differences.

The Different Ways of Investing in a Mutual Fund Online

A mutual fund means a fund established in the form of a trust to raise monies through the sale of units to the public or a section of the pubic under one or more schemes for investing in securities, money market instruments, gold or gold related instruments, real estate assets and such other assets

In the past, the way for the mutual fund investor to make investments was through AMC agents or distributors.

Thanks to internet banking, the mutual fund online investor can start investing in mutual funds online any time of the day.

Even on the internet, there are multiple ways for investing in mutual funds online.

AMC Website
The simplest way to start investing in mutual funds online is through the website of AMC (Asset Management Company) or fund house. Most of the fund houses in India operate an online portal. The mutual fund investor can now make any mutual fund investment online. It KYC is mandatory for the investors to invest in mutual fund online.

Mobile App
Nowadays, most of the AMC’s have mobile apps from where the mutual fund online investor can invest in a fund of her/his choice in no time. In case of an Android or iOS device, download the AMC app, complete the KYC if not done already and start making mutual fund investments online.

The mobile app is also highly convenient. One can invest a lump sum amount or start a SIP. By investing through the official website or mobile app of the AMC,

Demat Account
Another well-known way to invest online in mutual funds is through your DEMAT account. You need to contact a stockbroker to open a demat and trading account. Most brokers allow you to open a demat account online.

The mutual fund online investor can easily buy and sell units of any mutual fund schemes. However, do remember that brokers charge a DEMAT Charges .

Third Party Web Portals
There are also third party web portals that allow the investor to make mutual fund investments online. These portals are normally registered with the AMCs as distributors. They earn a commission when you invest through them. Some of them also have mobile apps that allow you to invest in mutual funds online.

Bank Website
In the present day, many of the banks too are registered as distributors of several AMCs. You can visit the official website or your bank and start investing in mutual funds online. Just like third party portals, the banks too earn a commission when one invests through them. Stock exchanges

Investors can invest in mutual funds directly through recognised stock exchanges Whichever mode of investment is used to make online mutual fund investments, do not forget to take the help of a mutual fund calculator to calculate your returns. A mutual fund calculator is a financial mechanism that enables investors to calculate the estimated returns on their mutual fund investments.

This mechanism guides you in your future planning based on estimated returns and your investment objectives.

Expressions That Always Use The Spanish Present Subjunctive

There are some expressions in Spanish where the present subjunctive is always used. These expressions start with “que”, because there is implicit expression of a desire. “Deseo que….”/ “Espero que”, etc. (I wish/ I hope that). These phrases are very common in Spanish, so let’s take a look at some of the most common ones so you can start incorporating them into your Spanish vocabulary today.

Please note that the translations won’t be exactly literal, but more closely what we would say in English to express the exact same meaning.

Something to say to someone if they are sick:
¡Que te mejores! (I hope you get better)

Something to say to someone who is going to have an exam or is going on a job interview:
¡Que te vaya bien! (I hope it goes well for you!)

Something to say to someone who is going on vacation or who is going to a concert:
¡Que te diviertas! (I hope you have fun!)

Something to say to someone who is going to sleep:
¡Que descanses! (I hope you get some rest!)

Something that most grandmothers say:
¡Que Dios te bendiga! (God bless you!)

Something to say to someone who has to do something they don’t want to do:
¡Que te sea leve! (It won’t be that bad!)

Something to say to a kid who is going to bed:
¡Que sueñes con los angelitos! (“Sweet dreams!” The literal translation would be “I hope you dream with angels!)

Something to say to someone who is receiving a present:
¡Que lo disfrutes! (I hope you enjoy/like it!)

Remember that it is always necessary to use Subjunctive when there are desires from one subject but another subject will do the action.

“Espero que mi jefe tenga un buen día” (I hope that my boss has a good day.)
“¿Quieres que prepare la cena?”(Do you want that I prepare dinner?)
When the subject is the same we only need to use Infinitive.
“Juan quiere comprar una casa”(Juan wants to buy a house)

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Spanish grammar lesson on the topic of expressions that always use the present subjunctive. So now e you have some very common expressions in Spanish that you can start using right away that use the present subjunctive. With that said, we will leave you with one more very common expression: ¡Que tengas un buen dia! (Have a good day!)