Archive for July, 2010

Jul 18th, 2010

The Crop Over Festival

Spawning approximately fourteen weeks during the months of May, June, July and August, the Crop Over Festival celebrates the tradition of the last harvest and delivery of sugar canes for the season. Today, in its modern phase, the festival has evolved to become a series of activities involving both entertainment and heritage events.

Beginning with the Super Six Cavalcades in May, continuing with the Heritage Fairs which will highlight artists and crafts people in their respective villages, to the spectacle of the big stage shows with pyrotechnics, coloured and flashing lights and booming sound systems in August, the year’s festival will envelope locals and visitors in a Bajan cultural experience through its duration.

From tranquil rooms which house exhibitions, such as the Central Bank sponsored Visual Arts and Crafts exhibition showing off the diverse talents of Bajan artists, to the bustling Bridgetown Market on Spring Garden Highway, the frenzied setting of the explosive Party Monarch, and in between the innocence of the Junior Kadooment and Junior Monarch, the Crop Over Festival is truly more than a carnival.

The theme this year is “Celebrating we heritage”, with the focus on engaging people more at the community levels. Perhaps no where will this be more exemplified than in the four new events called the Heritage Fairs, and the new Heritage Gala. Patrons to the fairs will be treated to traditional food, art and craft, games and music in an environment geared specially for families in some of the island’s most historic sites.

Crop Over has something for everyone – locals and visitors alike. Its moments will prove memorable and true to its slogan: “More than a Carnival …Sweet fuh Days!”


Jul 18th, 2010

How to Tips on creating effective Power point presentations

Ta Da!

Many people are familiar with Power Point presentations. It is an effective and inexpensive way to showcase anything. However, I’ve seen many presentations that are great, but just need a bit more jazz to make it effective. There are tricks and tips out there that are not hard to do, yet make a huge difference on your Power Point presentations.

  1. Step 1

    Add more photographs to your slides. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve seen many Power Point presentations with one picture or no picture, just a bunch of bullets with information. Everyone learns differently. Some people by audio, some people by visual. Some are both. Just plain information is boring and will not attract a wider audience. Make your design work for different learners.

  2. Step 2

    Add borders to photographs or certain information to your design. Adding a border to your pictures is highly effective and attracts viewers. Not sure what color to use? Go by the color of your photograph. If you have a picture of a yellow house and greenery all around, make your border a similar shade of yellow to the house or a dark or lighter tone of yellow. The point is to create colors that match a part of your photograph. That way you can’t go wrong. Avoid extreme hot pink or neon colors unless you know how to utilize color well.

  3. Step 3

    Add a background color to your slides. It makes your design far more attractive. I’ve seen many Power Point presentations with just a white back ground. Adding a background color does not take a lot of time. In fact it will make your slides more powerful. Color makes the information on the slide jump at the viewer. It creates depth and dimension. If the border for your pictures is yellow, do not use yellow for the slide again. Try a different shade of yellow or a whole different color. You can adjust the light and dark  shades of your back ground as well. If you want to get really creative, you can even add shade gradation.

  4. Step 4

    Be humorous. Add animation to your slide. Your slide does not have to be too serious or boring. It doesn’t matter what the slide is about, you can still add some animation or humor to attract your audience. If your slide is about the subject of mileage or cars, you can insert clip art of a car. Then, add animation to the car by selecting the animation tools that Power Point has. You can make the car appear in your slide at a later time, after your text.

  5. Step 5

    Add audio to your slides. A lot of people I spoke to who use Power Point were unaware that they can add sounds and noises to their clip art or their slides. This is extremely important to do in your slides to make them more effective. Using the car clip art example again, you can search for engine sounds or sounds of a car. Some are already available in your Power Point software. So, when your animated car comes in to the slide, there will be engine sounds or car sounds as well. That will make the visual and audio learners more appreciative of your presentation.

  6. Step 6

    Add credits that roll after your final slide. This is a final and special touch to your presentation. You’ve seen movie credits after watching a movie. This is the same thing. Put who made the presentation, the title, and any other reference as credit. In Power point there is a credit tool to let you create this. Make the credit roll up by using the animation features. This will create a closure for your presentation like a movie, letting the audience know that this is the end of your presentation. Though doing this might take you extra time, it makes your work more professional.

Author: Miss Enna

Jul 18th, 2010

Strategies for a Successful Meeting

Even if you’re accustomed to daily meetings, you will discover that for business meetings with clients and contracting you need different types of strategies. Here are some tips that will help you successfully start your career with appropriate meetings. Do not go unprepared to such a meeting, because you can make a bad impression. These meetings can turn into opportunities to impress your colleagues and superiors.

  1. Collect additional information about your partners. You can anticipate clients’ needs just by making a simple phone call. Try to find out more about them. Prepare for the business meeting with your client by learning everything you can about his company. Then create a list containing all the benefits he will have, if he will call on your services.
  2. A meeting may be extremely important for the future of the company you are working in. It is therefore important that every meeting be effective and especially important to convince the customer to trust you. A first step would be to secure a date for a detailed presentation of the bid.
  3. Prepare your documents, ordered, printed on quality paper, spelt correctly, consistent and appropriate to the pursued aim. You need to have prepared business cards, brochures and presentation materials. Analyze well all the tools you will use in that meeting. Make a copy of the materials for each participant.
  4. Observe client behavior during the meeting. It is very important if he actively participates in the meeting or if he is uninterested. If he holds his head on one side and the arms crossed, it means he is bored, uninterested, and there is no connection between you. Pay attention to physical signals that your customer sends you and according to these things take the appropriate position.
  5. To successfully end any transaction, the client must be convinced that the service you provide is the answer to his problem. It is all about the opinion he gets about the product, the service and about how they will solve his problems. In conclusion, insist on the suggested solutions and answers to the questions that may help him determine  a final decision.

Author: Ed Raine

Jul 18th, 2010

Top 7 Tips to Search for a Conference Venue

Conference venues should be a mirror reflection of what the conference is all about, that is, just about the perfect first impression an organization can give to the audience. The problem is that such venues are just not easy to find. If, by chance, we do find them, the price is simply out of range for a normal company. But, to every problem, there are multiple solutions and so is the case with the venues. It is obviously not as easy as taking a Ferrari above 100 miles speed, but it is certainly not as hard as climbing Mount Everest either. Here are the 7 tips that we can use to find a good conference-venue.

(1) In these days, Internet is one of the best possible options to search for anything, and conference venues can be easily found as well, as there are many websites now, dedicated only for conference related information, venues, equipment, environment around etc. On internet, we can find any details regarding the conference venues, from their location to the markets around them.

(2) There are number of hotels around the globe that hold perfectly built conference venues. If the budget allows, it is the best choice to target these hotels, as they are mostly at the heart of cities and are known very well with all the facilities available as well. It is a fast and luxurious solution but a bit costly one.

(3) Another way to look for a conference-venue is to use media, as TV and magazines, which usually provide information regarding the venues. To check where the current conferences are being held and the response of the audience for a venue or conference, e-media is the best option to go for.

(4) Travel through the central city and check out all the buildings that provide facilities to make the conference a successful one. This option is the most suited one, when the target area or city is not large enough and can be traversed easily.

(5) Check the records of the previously successful held conferences, and try to find out the main theme of the venue that people appreciated the most; try to replicate something similar to it, but never try copying idea of someone else. This is more of a precautionary solution, but it works most of the time.

(6) When looking for conference-venues, we should be very much clear about the basic purpose and idea of the conference, and if the venue suits the conference then there should not be any delay or a second thought about it.

(7) Last but not the least, there are numerous guides available about the developed cities. You can check the ads of famous places and try to find a conference venue that the audience will like. In one way or the other, you will be promoting your culture and tradition but that goes mostly for the business/tourism oriented conferences.

These are the 7 basic tips to look for a good conference venue, but there are many other possibilities as well. If one goes through these 7 tips, he/she will surely find a conference venue according to his/her needs.

Author: Michael Nielsen