The Different Types of Audio Visual Presentation Equipment

If you need help in being productive, the answer is the use of Audio Visual Presentation Equipment. There is a wide selection at most of the online web stores. These sites are user-friendly, and you can easily browse through and select the items you may need. These items range from the simple flip chart, to overhead projectors as well as the more complex LCD/DLP projectors.

Some business companies are yet comfortable using the olden day’s equipment – and these are yet freely available. However, with the advancement of technology there is a wide range of the latest models as well. These websites offer very competitive prices and a personalised service. You can always expect them to help you in choosing the most appropriate equipment depending on your presentation.

Given below is a list of some of the basic Audio Visual Presentation Equipment and its details:

LCD Projectors

There is a range of them with a wide choice of specifications. You can choose a projector based on the capacity of lighting that you will require, the clearness of the image, resolution, zooming power and so much more. The rental charge will depend on the quality and brand of the projector.

Overhead Projectors

An overhead projector is very basic but is one of the most reliable projectors which are widely used today. This projector displays an image to a much larger proportion onto a screen or onto any white surface, making it possible for the audience to view even from a distance. The prime function of this projector is to enlarge images for easy viewing by the participants/audience. These images are made on transparencies.

TV and Video

Televisions and videos are an important part of Audio Visual Presentation Equipment. They are available in a wide range with built-in DVD players.

Projection Screens

A projection screen is a surface and a support structure used to display a projected image so that the audience can conveniently view the image. These screens are available as wall screens and tripods.

AV Trolleys

AV Trolleys are required for overhead projectors, television and any other equipment.

Other Presentation Equipment

These include microphones, CD Radio Cassette players, remote controls, pointers, conference kits and much more.

Computer Based Displays

Computer based displays are also commonly used for audio visual presentations. These can be on the laptop and presented via data projectors. Computer-based presentations are more professional and modern. They are more modern and advanced than the slides that were used in the past; making a smooth transition. These visuals can be enhanced with the use of sounds and videos.

Designing Visuals

Good designs will give you good brand image and help get your marketing message across effectively. The preparation of audio visuals can be handed out to a professional, if you are facing time constraints. Design agencies are very competent in carrying out these types of jobs. A professional will always know how best to design your visual and it is best that they are kept simple and uncluttered.

Today the world expects more visual than audio. Many decades ago visual equipment were not very well known. Television, computers, films now play a vital role in every person’s daily lives.

Difficulties With the Present Continuous Tense

People who learn English as a second language have problems mastering the tenses. While the Present Perfect tense poses challenge at a cognitive level, the Present Continuous poses challenge in restraining them from over use.

Asian learners, especially, Indian, use this tense left, right and center.

I am coming out from the shopping mall, sir, I am meeting this man who is asking for money yesterday.

It is not difficult and it does not take much time either to understand the tense, but it does take some practice, a guided practice, to master it.

The primary usage of this tense is to speak about what is happening at the time of speaking-that is the ‘now’ of the speaker.

I am reading this article.

Are you listening to me?

It is not moving, is it?

The Present Continuous is also used for speaking about an action happening these days or nowadays.

What is he doing?

He is writing a new novel.

Where is papa? What is he doing?

He is in Canberra, attending a conference.

The examples above show that the tense is used for an action that you consider temporary. It is not an action that happens every day, every time, for which we use the Simple Present.

I read books. It is my hobby and it happens every time when I have time

I am reading books. Now.

I am reading a new book by Archer. Nowadays.

Unlike native speakers, speakers of English as a second language find it difficult to understand verbs that are seldom used in the Present Continuous even for actions happening now.

Are you seeing the bus there?

Speak, I am hearing you.

I am wanting money.

Are you understanding me?

He is not having any problems.

Verbs such as see and hear are involuntary actions. You cannot stop seeing if you keep your eyes open nor can you stop sounds entering your ears that are always open. They are always open and not under your control.

The Present Continuous is used only with actions that come under your control. Similar is the case with verbs that denote a state and not action. Have denotes possession or relationship. It speaks about no action. Therefore the sentence He is not having any problems is considered non-standard.

So next time when you use the Present Continuous, pause for a while and find out if you have got that sentence correct. This advice is for learners of English as second language.

How to Develop Great Presentation Skills – The 5 Sins Of Making Presentations

After many years of studying how people make their presentations, I’ve uncovered in my mind, the top 5 sins which many people commit when making presentations. Avoid them at all costs!

1. Starting like a caged mouse

Many presenters begin with a polite, “How is everyone” or “Thank you for giving me this opportunity” Rather trite, don’t you think? I am not saying that you should be rude. What I am saying is to get the formalities out of the way as quickly as possible and start with a bang not a whimper like a caged mouse. Give the audience a startling statistic, an “in your face” statement, an interesting quote, a news headline . . . something powerful that will grab their attention immediately!

2. Failing to “feel” your audience

If you fail to take advantage of the time before your presentation, you have lost a window of opportunity to enhance your credibility with your listeners. You should always arrive early to greet your audience prior to your presentation. Of course you would do this at your own functions. But when you are presenting to strangers, make it a point to “feel them ” – don’t arrive two minutes before your speech and leave immediately after it. Your audience wants to meet you, know you and understand the person behind that presentation. Give them this opportunity and you will connect with the audience better.

3. Making a presentation word for word from a prepared script

Can you recall when was the last time someone actually read to you? I bet it must have either been your Mother or Father and she/he was trying to get you to sleep! Instead of reading through a prepared script during your presentations, use a “keyword” outline. These keywords will prompt complete thoughts as you speak. Look down at the keyword, look into the eyes of the audience – then speak.

4. Speaking on a subject without passion

You want your audience to do something as a result of your presentation. Whatever you want them to do, there is a better chance that they will do it if you show that you are passionate about your subject. An added benefit is that your fears will dissipate when you are truly excited about your subject matter. Speak with passion . . . and you will inspire others.

5. Failing to adequately prepare

This is the mother of all cardinal presentation sins. It is amazing how many executives will take the stage without adequately preparing. They may have someone else prepare their slides and script for their presentation without their input. They may write their own rambling presentation that has no organization or purpose. Once on the stage, they fumble for their notes, they pause for a long time trying to remember what to say or they even go off tangent of what they are supposed to present. Don’t let this happen to you. You will lose credibility and worse become a laughing stock. Always PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE.

The good news is that these common presentation sins are easy to avoid if you recognize them. I am not saying that if you don’t commit the above sins, you would become a fantastic presenter, but rather, you will be much better off compared to most who refuse to make the effort to make adjustments to their presentations.