Custom Notebooks Ready for Sales Presentations

A lot of factors play a role in whether or not you are able to land a sale with a new client. From your reputation to your experience in the industry, there isn’t just one solid thing that will determine whether or not a sale is successful. One way to increase your chances of landing a sale with a client is to ensure that your company looks professional. There is nothing worse than an unprofessional company trying to sell their product to new clients. Professionalism is important when it comes to gaining profit and gaining new clients. An easy but noticeable way to appear more professional is to have notebooks ready to be used during your sales presentations. These notebooks will show that your company is ready and prepared to do business. Having a notebook in hand proves that you take your work seriously which is always a great way to start off a sales presentation.

When it comes time to use custom notebooks you’ll want to ensure that you have enough notebooks for those on your team and possibly some for the client you will be speaking to. This way, even if your sale doesn’t go through successfully, the client still has access to your company’s name. Visibility is still important no matter if you get the sale you’re hoping for or not.

Finding the right notebooks

However, before you can provide any type of custom notebooks to your company or the client, you’ll first have to buy them. The quickest and most widely assorted place to find notebooks is online. Online vendors sell hundreds of different types of notebooks that can be customized to fit your sales presentation needs. Remember that the notebooks should look very professional. This means using neutral colors and nothing too flashy. It helps to have your company’s name, logo, and possible even contact information customized on the notebooks especially if you have plans to provide some of the notebooks to the clients you are presenting your sale to.

When buying your notebooks, be sure that you always have your budget in mind. You don’t want to over spend on notebooks. Find a high-quality professional looking notebook that can be customized at a decent price. Buying notebooks to use at your sales presentation doesn’t have to be a bank breaker. Many companies also offer discounts when buying items in bulk, saving you plenty of time and money.

Before buying be sure you have a clear idea of the design you want to have placed on the notebooks.

Custom notebooks can increase your success!

Remember that a successful sales presentation is combined of all sorts of factors. One factor to really focus on is how professional your company looks. A company that comes to a sales presentation well-prepared with notebooks in hand is sure to set the stage for a quality meeting. Professional companies are often seen as reputable and dependable, two important parts of a company that is destined to be successful.

The Presence Is in the Present

Happy New Year!

We’re halfway through our 12 days of Illumination and I’m so happy we decided to take this journey together.  Already I find myself more open, more present to my thoughts and emotions (and thus less vulnerable to letting them take me somewhere without my awareness!)  That’s one of the gifts of the holy days, if we approach them mindfully.  They call us into a deeper level of awareness.

Yesterday we were preparing for some friends to come over to ring in the New Year with us.  Our daughter Bridget was helping me make a 7 layer dip.  She loves to cook and often helps me in the kitchen.  Suddenly I was overwhelmed with a feeling of joy and gratitude for her and for her life.  I gave her a big hug (Bridget may be the world’s best hugger) and as I held her in my arms I felt tears coming.  David looked over his shoulder and caught my eye as he wiped down the counter.  “Are you ok?” he asked.  “Yes,” I told him, “I’m actually doing really well.”

Joy is not an emotion.  It is a state of being that bubbles up without effort when we regularly bring our awareness back to the moment and choose, over and over again, to be present to what is.  You might even experience it during some of your most painful moments.   It is a natural response to being in the presence of the Presence.  When we bring our full awareness into any given moment, we touch the Timeless.

That’s why when I noticed my thoughts today slipping into Monday and thinking “I’m going to be so busy next week! I have two articles to write and I need to send my CV off to that organization that is considering me to speak, I have to get talking points to Great Day St.  Louis, there’s the final edit of my book and the freelance writing assignments…” I stopped.

I decided I want to bring this feeling of timelessness and presence with me into next week.  And yet, paradoxically, planning to be present doesn’t work.   I can’t really make a resolution to be more alive.  I can only choose to be more alive in each moment, as it comes.  As soon as I try to hold on to the exquisite joy that arises from mindfulness, it slips away.

I can only find The Presence in the present.

So, Happy New Year, my friend on the journey.  I’m wishing you many moments of presence.

Peace of this moment to you,

Kimberly Schneider

The Manifestation Maven

How To Use Slides During A Presentation

Pick up just about any book that you find at the store about how to become a better speaker and you’ll probably find a chapter (or two!) that talk about the dangers of using PowerPoint or Keynote slides as a part of your next speech. I agree that there are a lot of different things that you can do incorrectly when you use these tools; however, they are so valuable that because of the importance of public speaking we all end up using them in the end. Now the big question that you are going to have to find an answer to is just exactly how you can make your slides work for you and not against you during your next presentation?

How To Make Sure Your Presentation Doesn’t Use You

When we decide to use slides as a part of our presentation we open up a door to complexity that we may not be well positioned to deal with. When we agree to give a speech and we decide to use slides with that speech, we will often spend a great deal of time making sure that our slides are perfect. What this means is that we may end up spending less time that we should preparing the speech itself.

One of the biggest problems that I see speakers dealing with is the simple fact that they forget who the star of their presentation is. The answer is that it is them. However, they forget this and they agree to take backstage to their slides. You need to make sure that you don’t end up doing this.

The first thing that you’ll need to do is to turn off the projector before you begin your speech. You want your audience to have their attention focused on you, not your slides. What this means is that you’ll need to either turn off the projector or you’ll need to display a black slide. This removes a visual distraction and allows your audience to focus on you. Don’t be afraid to turn the projector off (or display another black slide) during your presentation if you want to make sure that your audience is paying very close attention to what you have to tell them.

Movement And Presentations

Once you’ve got the mastery of slides thing taken care of, the next issue that we need to have a discussion about is just exactly what you need to do with that body of yours during the presentation.

The addition of slides to a presentation can have a dramatic impact on just exactly where you can stand and move. In most speaking situations, the projector will be placed on a table in front of you and will be shining on a screen that is located behind you. What this means for you is that a great deal of the space in front of you is now taken up by the light beam coming from the projector and going to the screen.

This is important to understand so that you know where you can go during your presentation. I always think that it is a good idea to move around while delivering a speech because it is a great way to show your audience when you have completed one idea and are now moving on to another idea. However, the addition of a large light beam to your presentation is going to narrow your options here.

I have attended some presentations where the presenter crossed in front of their display multiple times. Each time that they did this, it was rather jarring. All of suddenly they were lit up with bright colors and then just as suddenly they were not as they emerged on the other side of the slides. I’m going to suggest that you decide to never move in front of the screen. Stay on one side of the display and feel free to move around there. By doing this you’ll keep your audience’s attention and not lose it by becoming part of your slides as you move in front of the screen.

What All Of This Means For You

In a modern presentation the use of slides to communicate the benefits of public speaking no matter if they’ve been created with PowerPoint or Keynote is almost a given. However, all too often speakers have not been provided with any training on how to use this powerful tool. The key is to make sure that you end up using your slides and you don’t let them use you!

In order to make sure that you don’t allow your presentation to use you, you’ll need to take control of your speech from the start. What this may mean is starting your speech with the projector off (or displaying a black slide), standing in front of the projector and turning the projector off when you don’t need it to be on. You are also going to have to make a decision on where you’ll want to stand during your presentation because you don’t want to pass in front of your slides while the projector is on.

Slides can provide a speaker with a powerful way to support the message that they are delivering. However, if you are not careful your audience can end up spending their time during your speech simply staring at your slides and not watching (or listening to) you. Use these suggestions to make sure that the next time that you present using slides you control the speech – not your slides!