The Glory of the Past and the Commotion of the Present

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

We are a distracted people – and by distracted, I don’t merely mean that we are momentarily preoccupied, rather we are incapable of focus. A recent study from Microsoft measures the modern human attention span at a mere 8 seconds… less than that of a goldfish and more akin to a bee or a fruit fly.

Our ability to concentrate has deteriorated in proportion to our obsession with digital devices and applications which have had a pronounced effect on the human brain. Modern attempts at coherent thought are regularly disrupted by texts, emails, social media alerts, or some other restless and twitchy digital distraction.

This sets forth the question of our time… how shall we preserve the glory of our past when we are preoccupied with the commotion of our present?

Consider those fundamental things that required more than 8 seconds of coherent thought… The American Revolution, the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, Space Travel, and The Internet. And then there are the great works of literature that are neither character-limited nor condensed: The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, The Red Badge of Courage, Middlemarch, Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, The Fountainhead, Brave New World, The Catcher in the Rye, etc.

These enduring masterworks capture the conversations of their time, but what about our time? In what section of what library will they house our collections? In what galleries will they display our still-lifes and landscapes? In what halls will they play our sonatas and concertos?

Our moment in time is fraught with disruption, detachment and the transmission of so much information that we have lost our words, masked our canvas, and silenced our symphonies. We have forfeited precious, human relationships for vapid, digital connections and snubbed a mortal embrace for the cold tap of a soulless automaton. While we walk in the shadow of the inspired minds of Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Bronte, Dickens, Nabokov, Woolf and Eliot – our progress has come at the price of creative expression. The poetry of our time has been deadened by touchpads and dumbed down by smartphones as our metaphors and allegories have slipped somewhere beneath the protective film of our iPad Air and the haptic engine of our Apple Watch.

Every generation seeks to escape the limitations of the human condition by crafting a unique story. There are no short-cuts… not even for us. Siri is not going to chronicle our times. We cannot Roomba through the halls of modern consciousness or Uber our heart back home. We will not find our “mind’s eye” shared on Instagram or our heart’s desire booked into a $99/per night spare bedroom on Airbnb.

At some point, we have to address the meaning of life and the emotion of existence as so many societies, generations and civilizations have before us… or our very short stint on planet earth and our very small moment on the human stage may very well be deemed inconsequential.

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The Cufflink Past and Present – A Movie Star History

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall one of the best moments is when Daniel Craig jumps on to a moving train. James Bond is pursuing a bad guy and is desperate to get his hands on some classified information which his adversary holds. Bond’s first thought when he lands on the train is to adjust his cufflinks. It’s classic James Bond. A memorable moment.

Everyone’s favorite British hero can be in the fight of his life and still find time to make sure his shirt looks good. Of course his Tom Ford suit and custom made Striped T Cylinder Cufflinks portray the very essence of the modern day man. Such a sophisticated man of today would not be seen with mere buttons on his cuffs. It simply isn’t done.

But what about the origin of the cufflink? Well it goes back way further than our hero James Bond.

The cufflink has a long, interesting past which is entwined with the evolution of the shirt. We have to go back to the middle ages to see how cufflinks developed to solve the fundamental problem – how do you deal with shirt cuffs?

At first the answer was strings or buttons. But that was never really a long term solution. Fashion had to intervene somehow.

Legend would have you believe that the cufflink was first introduced to the masses in the book, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas. One of the characters he created always wore huge diamonds on his shirt cuffs. The effect on the fashion direction of the people was unprecedented. Legend would have us believe that this book inspired the French cuff. Of course the cufflink is tailor made for the French cuff – and the rest is history.

Envy got the better of the readers of The Count of Monte Cristo and tailors had a great idea of how to incorporate this into their designs. The combination of the popular media and consumer demand meant that the modern cufflink was born.

Cufflinks have always been associated with a man’s wish to keep up with fashion but also to be an individual. In the 18th century shirts started becoming stiffer to keep up with the new fashions. Buttons and strings just didn’t help much with the stiffer fabrics. Cufflinks offered the best solution and were a stylish addition for the fashion conscious.

The greatest popularity of the cufflink was in Victorian times. Stiff formal fabric was the height of fashion for the middle and upper classes and cufflinks were very popular.

The 1970s saw a big decline in the popularity of the cufflink. The fashions of the time were very much about moving away from tradition and the cufflink went into a decline for a while. The Hippy Generation simply did not embrace the cufflink and it went out of fashion for a while.

Good ideas always come back and the cufflink was not out of favor for very long. Television and film has played a huge role in the revival of the popularity of this iconic fashion accessory.

Many say that it was the highly popular British television series of the 1980s “Brideshead Revisited” that sparked the revival of interest in the cufflink. Evelyn Waugh’s story of the lives of two men who meet at Oxford University in the 1920s captured the imagination of millions of television viewers around the world. The costumes were outstanding and the lure of the upper class fashions lead, some would say, to a revival of the cufflink.

Which brings us back to James Bond and his long history of cuff links. They appeared in the very first Bond movie, “Doctor No” and take us right up to the present day with the much anticipated “Spectre”. First worn by many people’s idea of the perfect Bond – Sean Connery, the British spy has always made formal dress look cool. Very cool.

The popularity of the cufflink is even linked to the British Royal Family. Prince George is said to have received a monogrammed pair of cufflinks to mark his Christening from India Hicks. Prince George has a very special pair of cufflinks monogrammed with the letter G. You may remember the socialite turned fashion designer India Hicks as one of the bridesmaids from the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

But you don’t have to be a royal or James Bond to enjoy the sophistication of wearing a great pair of cufflinks. They say so much about your individuality. There are so many to choose from that you will surely find your niche.

Consider a special engraved cufflink to make a special occasion. Maybe a wedding, a christening or a promotion at work. Or a Star Wars cufflink to celebrate the release of The Force Awakens. Sports fans will love our range of cufflinks to suit everyone’s special interests. You can even choose a USB flash drive cufflink. The choices are endless.

We can’t promise that you will be quite as cool as James Bond but you will be wearing something your friends will secretly envy.

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Present Role of Search Engine Optimization Services

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

We are living in a world of tough competition. Here every business is trying to be far ahead of its competitors. Digital marketing has made the job easier for them. Needless to say, by the grace of digital marketing a small business can easily compete with their giant competitors. Taking the advantage of web marketing, small and medium-sized enterprises can get more exposure. They can get more traffic and customers than the giant companies. This is why the importance of internet marketing is increasing day by day.

There are various ways of digital marketing. SEO is probably the most significant among all digital marketing methods. As SEO is a non-paid digital marketing method, web marketing executives and digital marketing experts like it over the other online marketing methods. It allows a website get higher ranks for a longer period of time without spending significantly for it. Unlike, PPC and display ad, SEO does not need to pay Google for online promotion. Your website stays longer on SERPs (search engine result pages).

Roles of search engine optimization services in the present business scenario:

It never stops working suddenly

Search engine optimization services help your website come at the very first pages of Google against your targeted keywords and other relevant search terms. The process is slow but steady. This is why it never disappears suddenly. Apart from web searches, you can indulge in image, audio and video searches to get more traffic on your website. Consequently, you can easily reach your target market and targeted customers.

It is cost-effective

Compared to the costs of other online marketing methods, the cost of search engine optimization services is lower when you get it done by a service provider. When you do it by yourself, you need not spend a single farthing for it. PPC may drive more traffic for sometimes but your ad disappears as soon as your account balance ends. Social media may be beneficial for your images, but SEO can give you more business. It can help you sell and market your products and services over the internet. This is why the importance of organic SEO remains bedrock till date.

It is highly useful

SEO is highly useful for grabbing more market share. As the web analysts say more than 80% customers come on your website through organic SEO, you should ensure it for your website. Another important thing is that nowadays a vast majority of customers look for reviews and testimonials about a company before purchasing anything from it. This is why if you do not ensure ORM factors and SEO works perfectly, you may not be successful in selling and marketing products over the internet.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Looking at Microbes Present in Diabetes and Heart and Blood Vessel Disease

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In November of 2016, the Journal of Medicinal Food reported on a study showing people diagnosed with diabetes and/or heart problems, as well as healthy people, have distinctly different types of bacteria predominating in their intestines. Scientists at the University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine and the University of Bucharest in Romania analyzed the different bacteria taken from the intestines of the three groups…
1. The diabetic group showed higher levels of aerobic bacteria and coliforms, and low levels of bifidobacteria. Clostridia was present in large numbers, and there were different numbers of each species of bacteria throughout the intestines of the diabetic group.

2. The heart and blood vessel disease group showed a more nearly normal bacterial content, with a higher number of beneficial bacteria than were seen in the people in the diabetes group.

Some bacteria make lactic acid, or lactate, which changes the acid balance in the colon. The three groups showed different levels of the molecule, suggesting acid levels could play a part in colonic health.

Another molecule, ammonium, linked with colon cancer, was found in high concentrations in gram-positive bacteria, a type of bacteria found in quantity in Type 2 diabetics. Could this be the reason for the high risk of some types of cancer in diabetes?

The researchers concluded these discoveries could lead to important treatments for the two serious diseases.

The types of bacteria usually found in the colon are as follows…

1. Aerobic bacteria are those that use oxygen to “breathe.” Anaerobic bacteria do not use oxygen.

2. Clostridia are commonly found in the gut of many species, including humans. There is some research showing this particular bacteria might help protect against the development of food allergies. Clostridia can cause illness if it overgrows.

3. Bifidobacteria are classed as being helpful bacteria because they produce an acid that blocks harmful bacteria.

4. Coliforms include E. coli, harmless strains which are typically found in the human gut. Rare strains can cause severe disease. Other species include Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Citrobacter.

5. Lactate-forming bacteria are often given as probiotics and can be found in yogurt. There is some concern about the overgrowth of these bacteria causing lactic acidosis.

6. Gram-positive bacteria refers to the gram-stain test, used to help identify the species. Bacteria can be either gram-positive or gram-negative depending upon their cell wall compositions. Ammonium is usually found in the small intestine and is harmless in small quantities.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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Relationships: Is It The Future And Not The Present That Holds Some Relationships Together?

Jul 02 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If one was to think about why they are a relationship with someone, they could begin to list what they like about them. This is then going to be a time when they will go over what they bring to their life.

Having them in their life is not simply going to give them someone to spend time with; it is going to allow their life far more fulfilling than it would be if this wasn’t the case. What they bring to the table, so to speak, is not going to be something that the average person can offer them.

A Special Connection

Perhaps one could describe this person as being the one, or they might even see them as their soul mate. At the same time, they could just believe that they are with the right person.

In addition to this, the people around then could also have the same outlook as they do. This might have a positive effect on what they believe, or they could see it as being something that doesn’t have a big effect on their outlook.

Looking Back

On one hand, there will be what their connection is like in present moment, and on the other hand, there will be what has taken place in the past. When thinks about the past, there could a number of memories that come to the surface.

This doesn’t mean that the only memories that arise will cause them to have a big smile on their face and a warm feeling in their heart, as this is unlikely to take place. There can be times when they remember experiencing some kind of conflict, for instance.

Going Through It

During these moments, they may have taken the time to work though what took place, as opposed to allowing it to build-up. There would then have been no reason for one negative moment to have a lasting effect on their relationship.

This could even have been a time where they agreed to disagree, and this would have shown the level of respect they have for each other. And as there are two people in the relationship, it is to be expected that there will be moments when conflict arises.

The Opposite

If this didn’t happen, it could show that they are not paying attention to what is taking place within them. They could then have moments when they are focused on pleasing the other person, and this would mean that there are no longer two people in the relationship.

In the short-term this would allow one to avoid pain, but as time passes this pain will gradually being it appear. One could then explode for no apparent reason, and this could create even more damage.

Looking Ahead

However, one won’t need to think about what their relationship is like or to think about what has taken place in the past in order to feel good about their relationship. What they will also be able to do is to think about what will happen in the future.

This could be a time when they will think about moving in together, and they may even imagine what it will be like to get married and/or to have children, amongst other things. One is then going to have three places to visit when it comes to their relationship.

Caught Up In The Past

Yet, even though one might be in this position, there is also the chance that their attention is focused on what took place in the past. What this can show is that their relationship is no longer alive, and that they are holding onto the past as a way to avoid what is currently taking place.

Through focusing on how things were, they can delude themselves into believe that it will only be a matter of time before everything will return to how it was, or they could actually believe that their relationship is still as good as it was.


One could even think about future, and see this as a time when everything will change for the better. Now, there is always the chance that this could take place, but it could be said that it is highly unlikely.

It might be better for one to get in touch with reality and to face the pain the pain that will arise. As if the relationship is finished, the sooner they walk away the sooner they will be able to find someone who is right for them.

Caught Up In The Future

Alternatively, one could find that they are so caught up in the future that it stops them from being able to see that their relationship is over. In fact, one could be oblivious to what is actually going on.

What they are looking forward to is then going to distract them from reality, and this will be what gives them the energy to continue. The idea of getting married and/or having children could be what keeps them going.

Stepping Back

Unless one is able to take their focus away from the future, it is going to be possible for them to face reality. This is not going to be easy, and they will have to let go of the future they had created in their mind.

What they can focus on is that they are not going to live forever and the longer they are caught up in an illusion, the less time they will have to meet someone who actually wants what they want. The pain that they have to go through will be nothing like the pain they would have to face if they were to wait until it was too late.


This is not something that was has to do by themselves, as they can reach out for external support. This can be provided by a trusted friend and/or a therapist.

Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice. His current projects include ‘A Dialogue With The Heart’ and ‘Communication Made Easy’.

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How To Make An Impressive Presentation With WPF Chart

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you are planning to cinch that elusive project for quite some time now, then you might want to consider using WPF charts the next time you are assigned to present to a prospective client. WPF chart tools provide several business scenarios which you can use not only to impress the client, but also to make your ideas come across. The platform provides several real-time features that you might want to check out and this article can help you have a brief overview of the platform and why using it can be to your advantage.

Key Features of WPF Charts

If you happen to be more comfortable with the traditional bars/lines or point charts, the platform takes the traditional up a different level. Real time charting and analysis of data or information are made easier with traditional charts available for those who want a more laid back look. For advanced users, they can present the data using 2D charts and 3D charts without compromising data.

In terms of chart types, a presenter has a wide array of chart types that they can use with their project. Aside from bar charts, one also has the option to use line, candlestick and mountain charts in their presentation. Customizations are also available in some WPF platforms allowing one to modify the theme to meet the expectations of the end user.

The platform is also engineered to meet the requirements of users whatever their skill level or.NET platform they may be using. An example would be binding of documents or data from various.NET providers. WPF can bind the data into one project, thus making it easier for various users to work on it without worrying about compatibility issues among software or platform used.

Another issue that seems to crop up during presentation is the inability to update information to reflect real time changes without affecting the whole presentation. With WPF chart controls, presenters can easily download large data files and process these without distressing about changing labels or other problems as the newest data can be immediately uploaded to the chart without affecting the whole presentation. This prevents time waste and improves productivity.

At the end of the day, the best feature that one can maximize with this platform is its intelligent dashboard, which allows the user to have a clean interface while being provided with the necessary tools. Users would find most WPF chart platforms with integrated multi-dimension analysis which makes it easier for one to perform calculations, summaries and other data information that are crucial to make the presentation a success.

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Presentation Lessons From “An Inconvenient Truth”

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Whether you agree or disagree with the viewpoint of former Vice-President Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” presentation and movie, as a presenter there are some key lessons you should take away from a presentation that has become more popular than almost any other presentation in recent memory, even winning an Academy Award.

Lesson 1: Visuals Rule

One thing you will notice as you watch Al Gore’s presentation is that most of his slides have no text on them, they are visuals. There is a mix of photographs, diagrams, data graphs and added video clips in the movie. When he does use a slide with text on it, there is very little text compared to the typical text overloaded corporate presentation slide. And many of his visuals, especially the graphs, use motion to make the point clear. What does this mean for you as a corporate presenter? Since so many people have seen Mr. Gore’s presentation, either live, on Oprah or in the movie, your audience will now expect you to use visuals instead of endless bullet point slides. The expectations of your audience have risen and your mostly text based slides with outdated clip art won’t cut it any more. You will need to start thinking visually and learn how to prepare and deliver visuals that engage the audience.

Lesson 2: The Number of Slides Doesn’t Matter

After watching the presentation, few people would be able to tell that there are 266 slides in the presentation. They would also say that they didn’t feel like Mr. Gore was rushing through slides. So the old lesson of one slide every one to two minutes has been thrown out the window. The new rule is to use visuals for however long you need in order to make your point. That may be as little as a few seconds and as much as a few minutes, or anywhere in between. One outstanding sales presentation used 155 slides in 35 minutes – an unheard of number in that time frame for most corporate presenters. The reason it was effective is that almost every slide was a visual, used for sometimes a fraction of a second as a product feature was built in a series of photographs.

Lesson 3: Focus on the Audience, Not Yourself

As he explains in the movie, Al Gore has spent considerable time addressing the objections the audience may have to his message. As he encounters another one in an audience, he goes back and works the answer into his new talk. He has recognized the value of focusing on what the audience needs to hear instead of what he wants to say. Too many corporate presenters think only about what they want to say and lose the audience along the way. Mr. Gore has a clear goal with his presentation – individual action to change the climate change problems. And with calculated precision he steps the audience through the arguments that lead them to the conclusion he wants them to make. Presenters should spend more time analyzing their audience and determining what the audience needs to hear in order for them to understand and act upon the message of the presentation.

Lesson 4: Direct the Audience to Your Point

When you watch Mr. Gore present in the movie, he has a small screen close by that he will use to point to a part of the image to focus the audience’s attention on the key point of the visual. He also sometimes walks over to the large screen and motions towards a part of the visual. In both cases he is demonstrating that a visual by itself is not sufficient to make your point. You must direct the attention of the audience to the specific part of the visual that illustrates the point you are making. You can do it physically like Mr. Gore does, but a sometimes even more effective technique is to build callout boxes or arrows on the slide that have the same effect of directing attention to a certain spot. A common technique used by many presenters is to use a laser pointer. This is a bad idea. It is almost impossible for many people to see the small red dot on a large screen and when they do find it, you won’t be able to keep it steady and it will be annoyingly jiggling around while you speak. Build callouts on visuals to emphasize the points for your audience.

Lesson 5: Use a Remote

You will notice that during his presentation, Mr. Gore never touches his computer. Even when he appeared on Oprah, you never saw the computer. He uses a remote control to advance his slides. This allows him to get closer and connect with his audience, an important component of getting audience members to understand and commit to acting on your message. Too many corporate presenters are glued to their laptop to change slides, are stuck behind a podium that separates them from their audience or they use slides that don’t build the points or visuals, leaving the audience guessing at what is being talked about now. If you are serious about delivering outstanding presentations, don’t be cheap. Get your own remote and learn how to use it. For a small investment of under $200, you can reap the rewards of better connection with your audience.

Lesson 6: Reading Someone Else’s Deck Doesn’t Cut It

To spread the message of the presentation and movie, a related organization is training others to present it. This is similar to a Marketing department who creates a presentation for the sales force around the country or across different regions. But the approach to spreading the message is very different. Most corporations simply e-mail the presentation out with perhaps some notes and ask the staff to start using it. And most of the time the presentation is simply read off the slides because the presenter isn’t invested in the presentation. But not with the “An Inconvenient Truth” presentation. They run a two full day event. It starts with Al Gore doing the presentation, so everyone sees how he does it and catches the fire from the person for whom this burns brightest. Then they explain the background for each slide so everyone understands and buys into the information. Then they help each person put their own emotion into the presentation so that when it is delivered, it is done with passion. Now each person in the group is equipped to go out and present the message with personal understanding and passion – a winning combination. How many organizations could be more successful if they used this model for distributing important presentations?

When a presentation is so powerful that it appears on the Oprah Winfrey show, in theatres, is turned into a best selling DVD and wins an Oscar, presenters should sit up and pay attention to why it works. If you learn the six lessons discussed above, you will be able to better engage audiences and help them understand and act on the important messages you share.

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Why Free Disney Tickets Aren’t Worth the Time Spent at a Timeshare Presentation

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

You can find promotions for free Disney World tickets either online or just by driving up and down International Drive in Orlando. The problem is those free tickets come with strings attached. You have to go to a timeshare presentation. That’s a precious few hours away from your vacation.

Disney tickets aren’t cheap so you might decide that a few hours listening to a timeshare salesperson is worth the time spent. But if you crunch the numbers you will usually find that it isn’t. The most common types of Disney tickets that you can get from a timeshare promotion are called “Touch of Magic” tickets. These are special promotional tickets that include two single day admissions to any one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. So you can spend the day at Epcot or Magic Kingdom or one of the other two parks, but you cannot hop between parks.

Because Touch of Magic tickets are special promotional admissions media, they cannot be upgraded to multi-day tickets. Now if you are only looking to spend a day at one of the parks, this isn’t a problem. It only becomes a disadvantage if you are planning several days at the parks.

The reason why is that admission to Disney World gets cheaper as you add more days. Going to WDW for four days is only $8 more than going for three days. Want to spend five days in the parks? That costs $11 more than going for three days. So if you go to Disney World for three days that will cost you almost $75.00 per day. Go for five days and your price drops to less than $50 per day.

Now I’m assuming you don’t live in Orlando and so you just can’t run off to Disney World whenever you feel like it. So if you are in Orlando for a week long vacation, you will probably spend four to five days at the parks. Once you use up the free ticket the timeshare company gave you, you still need to buy passes for the rest of your trip.

Since you’ve already had one day at the park, you decide to buy a three day ticket. Your total savings from using that free ticket in this case is $8.00, or $11.00 if you go with a four day ticket. To save that $11 you probably need to spend two to three hours resisting being cajoled into buying a timeshare.

So ask yourself, what’s your time worth? Would you rather spend the extra few bucks and get to the park early to ride Space Mountain, or would you rather spend your entire morning with someone who is trying to get you to buy something you don’t actually want?

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Effective Presentations – Introduction of the Term Friction

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

One of the innovative contributions of Carl von Clausewitz to the theory of the military organization is the introduction of the term Friction, a phenomenon which is without doubt much observed in the execution of corporate and marketing plans.

“Friction”, he writes, “is the only concept that more or less corresponds to the factors that distinguish real war from war on paper. The conduct of war resembles the workings of an intricate machine with tremendous friction, so that combinations which are easily planned on paper can be executed only with great effort. Action in war is like movement in a resistant element.”

In one form or another friction is always present. Friction manifests itself in unexpected events and in factors that are difficult to control but that can delay the progress and realization of every military or business plan. Besides normal wear and tear, friction is made-up of factors like sudden rains changing the condition of the roads over which to advance, spare parts not arriving in time, misunderstood orders, messages not arriving in time (or not at all), a sudden outbreak of influenza, etc. Friction is inevitable and appears in every organization. While formulating a plan – strategic or tactical – a manager must always be prepared for friction and should always take this phenomenon into account.

Especially when changes in the organization are implemented all kind of problems pop up – friction- this is inevitable. Experienced commanders and senior managers often have a good sense of friction; they instinctively spot the time and place where delays (i.e. friction) might occur and how they could be avoided. Therefore a requirement of every Corporate Plan or Effective Presentation is always to include a margin of error, a reserve for inevitable and unpredictable friction.

Case I:

Arnhem 1944

The attempted allied conquest of the bridge at Arnhem in the Netherlands by airborne troops in 1944 was a bold plan, with many weaknesses, not only strategically but also by applying a too tight margin of error. There was hardly any room for “friction”. The time given for the advancing British divisions to reach their objectives was by far too little. Just three days!

The planning staff did not take into account the low capacity of the narrow Dutch roads, mostly built on dykes lying in the middle of swampy meadows. The roads were soon overcrowded with the long British mechanized columns and even the weakened German troops could easily block the British columns in their march from the South to the North, from Eindhoven to the bridges at Nijmegen and Arnhem. One shot up tank would easily interrupt the advance of a column as the dykes were too narrow to go around the destroyed vehicle. That was one reason why the march to Arnhem lasted eleven days instead of three!

Meanwhile, the German troops, scattered over the whole of Holland, could soon be concentrated at the right place under the command of a few experienced officers.

And at the Arnhem Bridge, the only lightly armed brave ‘Airbornes’ could not hold out eleven days against the fiercely attacking, heavily armed Germans.

Another example of unexpected friction was that from the first day of the landings no communication was possible, neither with headquarters nor between the troops, due to the supply of the wrong transmitting crystals and thus direction and coordination of the airborne army was lost. For instance the second wave of paratroopers landed on territory that was (again) in German hands.

The use of the wrong transmitting crystals created a serious communication problem. It was a critical success factor that led the operation into disaster.

Case II:

Jobbers – living from friction

Building oil-exploration rigs at sea is a very complex and precise undertaking. All kinds of parts have to be transported by ship and helicopter to the construction site. All parts needed have been planned beforehand and have to be delivered complete and exactly in time to be fitted on the rig. A delay in the agreed delivery time of the rig is heavily punished and hence will cost a lot of money.

But all kinds of mishaps can delay the delivery time. For instance in every oil rig nearly a hundred hydraulic pumps are mounted. But it often happens that pumps arrive broken, have been damaged during transport or have fallen into the sea. Notwithstanding the spare pumps that experienced construction managers always plan as a margin of error, new ones may still be needed. Ordering new pumps takes much time because the production capacity of manufacturers will have been taken up by other orders and it takes time to switch from one batch to another. In such cases the oil rig construction company seeks help from specialized ‘jobbers’, small specialized firms equipped with specialized machines like computer driven lathes, precision drills, laser cutting machines and so on.

They work by the piece and can build made-to-order all kinds of parts. They can make the few pumps needed quickly or recondition faulty ones. To fulfil such an emergency order they often work day and night. Of course building the few pumps needed is quite expensive, but not completing the oil rig in time is much more expensive. Some ‘Jobbers’ are specialized to fulfil the demands of the oil exploration industry and choose a location near their clients, like oil exploration centres in Northern Scotland and around the Gulf of Mexico. In this case ‘friction’ is the source of income for these firms.

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Never Fizzle Out: Present a Purposeful and Definite Ending

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When a speaker fizzles with the following types of sentences, the messages in your presentation are replaced with an unforgivable feeling of disappointment. How do these sentences make you feel?

  • ‘Well, that’s about it really… ‘
  • ‘There’s more stuff in the notes if you want to read up later… ‘
  • ‘I think I’m probably out of time, so I’d better stop… ‘

Endings require attention and it is up to you to wrap your message in a memorable way. You want to go for applause. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, you have worked hard to write, rehearse and deliver this presentation. You deserve some reward. Second, and this is vital, applause makes the audience feel better. They are sharing with their fellow delegates in a positive feeling, brought about by what you have just told them.

Optimism is the key.

Even if the content has been doom and gloom, you have to leave your audience believing things will be better tomorrow and the future is filled with exciting opportunities. Often, it is in the face of adversity that great orators emerge. I think this is related to their ability to make the audience believe things can only get better.

Leave yourself a minute right at the end to deliver your well-written, carefully rehearsed, tightly packaged finale. Build towards it and at the appropriate moment, stop, and applause will follow.

Good lead ins to your last few sentences go something like this:

  • ‘I’ve talked about some serious issues today. We have, without doubt, some exceptionally difficult challenges to meet, but I’d ask you to remember one thing… ‘
  • ‘Out of everything I’ve said today, there is one issue that stands out for me as more important than anything, and that is… ‘

Choose the single, most important point from your presentation to finish. A good strong ending keeps you in control, and it will help to make you look assertive and confident, plus the applause resulting from a strong ending generates a positive feeling throughout the room.

From a structural point of view, plan the last five minutes of the presentation. Summarize and then move into managing expectation, like this:

  1. Manage expectations: ‘This has been a complex issue and I’m happy to take some questions in our run-up to the coffee break at 11 o’clock, but before that I want to finish by reiterating one important point… ‘
  2. Passionate ending-call to action, rallying cry, or plea for support.
  3. Say ‘Thank You!’ and shut up.
  4. Applause.
  5. Question and answer session.
  6. Round off the question and answer session with a final rallying cry.
  7. Next step (in this case, coffee).

Speak from the heart and your audience is bound to warm to you as a person. It’s the look in your eye as much as the tone in your voice that carries your passion. If you really mean what you are saying, you don’t need to worry about how the ending will come across. Your natural feelings will carry you through.

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