It’s More Than Just a Presentation

Your presentation reveals a lot about you. It shows your ability to plan, communicate, and think. Here’s how to make a good impression the next time that you speak.

1) When planning a presentation, identify and write the goal for your presentation. Then study it to make sure that this represents what is expected of you. If needed, survey others by asking if this meets their needs for your presentation.

2) Plan your presentation so that it supports your goal. Make sure every point moves the audience toward accepting your goal and discard all unrelated information. Unrelated information, however interesting, distracts the audience and wastes time.

3) Think through your presentation from the audience’s viewpoint. Consider what they know, understand, and expect. Similarly, consider what they need to know. Then plan a presentation that delivers this.

4) If possible, talk with key members of your audience to determine what they expect, know, and need from your presentation. These conversations will help you win support for your ideas, gain valuable insights, and practice parts of your talk.

5) Test your presentation with members of your audience, associates, or coworkers. Then pay attention to their reactions to your main points. If they’re different from what you wanted, make adjustments to increase the effectiveness of your presentation.

6) Rehearse your presentation everywhere, anywhere, and with anyone. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. An unprepared presentation always appears unprepared. And that upsets the audience because they know their time is being wasted.

7) Rehearse your presentation with a clock. This makes sure your presentation fits into the time allotted. People dislike presentations that exceed the time limit. It also ruins the schedule for the event where you are speaking.

8) When preparing slides, overheads, or other exhibits, show only one key idea on each. Too much information confuses and upsets people.

9) Make sure that the information on the exhibit can be seen by everyone in the room. An exhibit is useless if no one can read it. And you can’t rescue a useless slide by announcing, “I know that you can’t read this.” If the information is critical, then distribute copies as part of your notes.

10) When planning slides, test each slide by asking yourself, “Why am I showing this?” Make sure that each slide supports your talk. Otherwise, leave it out.

Shift towards shatterproof polymethyl methacrylate materials from glass to foster PMMA market for co

The PMMA market for construction application is projected to witness a lucrative growth rate over the forthcoming years due to key product attributes such as versatile coloring options, high light transmission, weathering, and UV light resistance. Shifting preference away from glass and towards shatterproof PMMA materials is also likely to propel the overall Polymethyl methacrylate market share from construction applications.

At present, key manufacturers and their respective R&D teams are developing new technologies and innovative products to enhance the PMMA market. Citing an instance, in October 2020, the Altuglas International research team in France, reportedly overcame a main technical hurdle of PMMA, that is known for its rigidity, so as to invent ShieldUp Flex sheet. This has been made flexible without having the requirement to add plasticizers as well as without changing the properties of the material.

ShieldUp Flex is known to be impact and chemical resistant, making this patented innovation one of the best solutions for projects that need transparency, durability, flexibility, shock resistance, and light weight. This kind of new innovation will be well suited for numerous applications.

Global Market Insights, Inc., forecasts that PMMA market for construction application size will be worth $3 billion by 2024.

Germany PMMA market for construction application is likely to surpass a valuation of approximately $125 million by the end of the analysis time period. This anticipated growth is ascribed to the increasing consumption of organic food, which is further increasing greenhouse construction activities. Properties including high insulation, longer life span, and easy installation have further supported the use of PMMA material for greenhouse construction, thereby favoring the industry growth.

Rapidly increasing construction activities across Saudi Arabia backed by Vision 2030 initiative is expected to drive the construction sector in Saud Arabia. Ongoing and upcoming projects such as Riyadh metro, Jeddah tower, and NEOM are likely to have a positive impact on the MEA construction sector, thereby amplifying the market size. Moreover, the product offers various useful key attributes including heat resistance, impact strength, tensile strength, and flexural strength which is anticipated to surge the PMMA market for construction application growth.

Companies are also engaged in strategic agreements to consolidate their industry position, which is likely to boost investments in extension of product line and capacity expansion. Citing an instance, in May 2020, Lucite International, a renowned leader, in acrylics, and Agilyx Corporation, reportedly started working to deliver a substantial contribution to the Circular Economy for polymethyl methacrylate materials with the support of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, parent company of Lucite International.

PMMA is among one of the few plastics which could be chemically de-polymerized as well as purified in order to form a virgin quality monomer. Forming a new agreement with Agilyx, Lucite International would be using Agilyx depolymerization technology to describe the most appropriate chemical recycling infrastructure for recycling of PMMA.

Polycasa NV, SABIC, Arkema Group, and Mitsubishi chemical group among many others are some of the key players operating in the PMMA market for construction application.

What Can Be Negotiated?

As a professional negotiator, who for more than three decades has negotiated hundreds of hotel and venue contracts, as well as numerous business contracts of a variety of different types, I have often been asked what can one negotiate, and why is negotiating meaningful. While this would require a far more extensive discussion to fully explore, the simple answer is that almost everything is, in fact negotiable (particularly under the correct set of circumstances and conditions), and that quality negotiations are very often the difference between a successful or less satisfying result. While this is true regarding many different aspects of our lives and activities, it is often most readily obvious when it comes to events.

1. In my experience, I have found that a quality, professional negotiator will save an organization a significant amount of time, aggravation and wasted resources. When negotiations are done correctly, not only should an organization save far more money than what they are paying for the negotiator’s services, but they should be able to count on the professional to make a series of meaningful recommendations that should provide more value, enhance marketing efforts, and locate additional areas of significant efficiencies. My personal policy is that I guarantee my clients a savings that will exceed the fee I charge by a significant percentage.

2. Many individuals negotiate, but only a quality professional negotiator will get an optimum deal made. Great negotiations come from had work and effort, an enormous amount of homework and research, emphasis on developing relationships based on mutual respect and integrity, attention to details, needs analysis, and knowing what can be asked for, and what cannot. I equate it to someone that wants to purchase a home. If someone really wants a house, he must know what other comparable properties go for, and then, whether he wants to be in a position to perhaps receive and entertain a counter – offer. If someone is only willing to pay a particular figure with no flexibility, then little strategy is needed. But, when someone wants the house and is somewhat flexible, he must be certain that his offer balances his ability to get a great deal, with a realistic possibility of at least receiving a counter – offer. If the offer is too little, the seller may merely consider it not to be serious, or even worse, insulting. That’s why an essential duty of a professional realtor is to be a quality negotiator. If someone is unrealistic in demands when negotiating with a hotel, the long term result is generally less than optimal.

Not everyone is a great negotiator. Not even every professional negotiator is. Before hiring a negotiator, you must feel conformance and confident in his abilities and performance. Great negotiators ask questions, but spend far more time listening than talking.