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Why Use A Confidence Monitor?

What’s one of the most important qualities to display while presenting? If you said “confidence” you’re absolutely right. There’s nothing worse than listening to somebody speak if they are timid or nervous and we’ve got the perfect solution for that! Having a confidence monitor in front of you while you present can make a world of difference.

What is a Confidence Monitor?

We’ve gone through the importance of making your event stand out with visuals – it’s a great way to connect with your audience and keep them engaged. While you’re displaying slides or photos on a large projection screen behind you, a confidence monitor will help you stay focused while keeping your eyes on the crowd. With a confidence monitor in front of you, you’ll be able to see exactly what your audience sees without turning around, which can be very distracting to the folks in front of you!

How can it Help?

Think of it as a larger scale note card or cheat sheet. With a confidence monitor you’ll be able to breeze through your presentation while staying on topic and you’ll be much less likely to overlook or skip important points.

Keep in mind that a confident delivery will help get your message across to the audience and can help make your event a success! Contact CitiView Audio Visual today to rent a confidence monitor and stay poised and in control during your next presentation.

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How To Prepare For Your Next Presentation

Practice. Practice. Practice. We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, right? Well, the more you prepare for anything in life, the more comfortable you will feel – and the same goes for your next presentation. Public speaking can be a daunting task for some us, so here are a few tips to make your next presentation fly:

Write It Down

Yes, reading from a script or a piece of paper can make for a very poor presentation, but it’s still a good idea to have it with you. Not only will writing down your speech help you to memorize it, if you happen to lose your place or dry up you can refer to it quickly to get you back on track.

Start Preparing Early

You should begin prepping as soon as you find out you have a presentation coming up. Don’t leave it until the last minute because you are bound to forget something. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to prepare, you’ll be glad you did.

Set Up The Room In Advance

Have projectors to set up? Screens to display? Speakers to test? Give yourself plenty of time to set up the room. It’s also a good idea to get familiar with the room and go over your slides as if there was an audience sitting in front of you.

Need presentation equipment for your next event or meeting? At CitiView Audio Visual, we’ve got you covered. We offer the latest technology from leading brands in the industry so give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to find out how we can help!

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Why Use Visual Aids?

Ditch the long paragraphs and even the bullet points – use images instead. How many times have you sat in on a presentation only to be bored to tears? Let’s face it, we’d rather look at pictures than stare at a screen full of text and that is why you need to use visual aids during your next presentation.

One of the most important things to do before planning an event or presentation is to come up with goals. Why are you putting on this presentation in the first place? Once you establish clear goals, you want to accomplish them right?  Research shows that you are twice as likely to accomplish your goals by using visual aids.

According to Professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of the information we take in is visual while only 7% is text. Believe it or not, we are 50% more likely to retain a visual message after 3 days compared to bullet points where we only remember about 10% of the message portrayed.

Remember the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” – the same idea holds true for presentations. Keep that in mind the next time you are preparing slides.

Need a projector or projector screens for your next event? Call CitiView Audio Visual today – we’ve got you covered!

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PowerPoint Presentation Tips

When it comes to PowerPoint presentations a little bit of preparation goes a long way. After all, who wants to sit through another boring slideshow? Want to learn how to add a little pep to your presentation? See below for a few tips:

  1. One Step At A Time: in order to keep your audience focused on what you are saying, it’s a bad idea to display multiple bullet points at once. If you put up the entire slide at the beginning, they will likely read the entire thing before you hit on each point. Stick to showing one topic or focal point and move on to the next only once you have finished the previous thought.
  2. Keep It Short And Sweet: stay away from paragraphs. Big chunks of text will cause your audience to lose attention and become bored. The slides are there to highlight important points, not to display your entire presentation.
  3. Ask Questions: provoke some thought, arouse interest and keep the people engaged. There’s no better way to do this than by asking questions. Give them a short quiz to test their knowledge.

Need a projector or HD projection screen for your next event? At CitiView Audio Visual we offer projectors from 2.5k lumens to 20k lumens and screens from 5ft to 20ft wide so give us a call today!

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Don’t Go To Your Presentation Without These Items

Have you ever put on a presentation or spoke in front of a crowd only to realize you forgot to bring a vital component with you? Standing up in front of an audience can be stressful enough, so make sure you prepare a presentation kit before the big day. Find out you need to have below:

The Accessories

Although specific items might change with each presentation, here’s a short list of accessories you won’t want to forget:

  • Handouts or notes for the audience
  • A copy of the presentation and notes for yourself
  • If it’s a visual presentation, bring a backup copy on a thumb drive
  • Evaluation forms to gather some feedback from the crowd

The Equipment

Don’t forget your laptop, that should go without saying. But you may need a reminder about a few of these items:

  • Remote
  • Microphone
  • Headphones (if you need them)
  • Any cables necessary for audio and visual
  • Video adapter

Presentation equipment is our specialty. This is one step you can eliminate from your preparation, or at least most of it, by counting on our experts to set up your event.

A few other items you may want to consider packing in your presentation kit include duct tape, spare batteries and a portable timer so you can stay on track. And remember, stay relaxed – you’re going to do just fine!

CitiView Audio Visual has the tools and expertise you need to help organize your event. We bring your presentation to life by administering state of the art audio, visual, staging, and video streaming services. CitiView Audio Visual offers cutting edge AV production and recording equipment to make your event a memorable one. Give us a call at 212-632-5196 the next time you’re preparing for an event.

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How To Make Your Presentation A Success

Get the sweats? Clammy palms? Can’t stop tapping your foot? If you have a fear of public speaking or presenting you know all about how stressful getting up in front of an audience can be. And while they may not completely cure your nervous symptoms, these three secrets can help make your presentation a successful one.

Make It Understandable

Have you ever listened to somebody speak to an audience where you weren’t able to understand their message? Your crowd will be much more engaged if your presentation is free of jargon, buzzwords, complexity and confusion. So how can you make it happen? Think of it like Twitter, you only have a 140 character limit (although this won’t actually be the case).

Make It Memorable

How can you say your presentation was a success if the audience can’t remember what you spoke about? Try to incorporate the rule of three. We tend to only remember three to seven points in the short term so if you can limit your presentation to three major points, or group your content into threes, there’s a much better chance they will be able to recall what you said down the road.

Make It Emotional

We don’t mean that you have to make every member of the audience leave in tears or have them laughing at everything you say. But you should appeal to their emotions – it’s a great way to get them to lock in on what you’re presenting. You can do this by telling a story, but make sure it relates in some way to a main point of your presentation.

While we can’t write the actual script for you, the experts at CitiView Audio Visual can supply you with everything else you need. From staging and lighting to screen rentals and audio/visual equipment – we’ve got you covered! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more about our services.

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How To Make A Business Presentation Stand Out

If you’re not the artistic type, coming up with visual aids for your business presentation can be a nightmare. But there’s a wide range of “good” visuals, from simple posters to complex videos, that can help make your presentation stand out. After all, nobody wants to sit there and hear you speak for hours with nothing to else to look at, right?

A simple speech is a great way to deliver a message, but it won’t necessary make it stand out. Presenting information with visuals can enhance any presentation and help to keep the audience’s attention. Some of the most effective ways to incorporate visual aids include PowerPoints, flip charts and posters.

PowerPoints

With hundreds of offerings including font, audio and images this is a great way to put together some visuals in an organized manner. There are however, a few things you should remember when creating a PowerPoint:

  • Just because there are hundreds of fonts, doesn’t mean you should use them all. Throwing in too many whacky ones can throw off the audience, so keep it consistent.
  • Choose font colors and backgrounds carefully. Colors like red and green can be difficult to see.
  • Don’t put too much information on the slides. Highlight 5 points at maximum and elaborate on them.

Flip Charts

Having a meeting that involves brainstorming ideas? Flip charts are the perfect way to organize your co-workers’ thoughts. Make sure to use a dark marker and write big enough so somebody thats 8 feet away will have no problem reading your notes.

Posters

Believe it or not, something as simple as a poster can help the audience remember a key point. You can keep it simple by adding a few graphics and some text or go all out and have it professionally printed and laminated. Just stay away from posters that are too busy and stick with something that catches the eye.

Need help setting up for a corporate meeting or presentation? The experts at CitiView Audio Visual have the skills and equipment for exceptional visual aids. Give us a call today at  212-632-5196 for more information.