Improving Your Presentation Skills: Handling Unexpected Speaking Requests

“Could you say a few words on… ?”

Whenever you attend a meeting at work or in the community, you may well hear those words: an unexpected request. This is especially true if you have been improving your presentation skills. So, now what?

Let’s take it back a bit, because we hope one of the skills you have acquired as part of your public speaking training is preparation… in this case, preparation for the unexpected. The request is ‘un’-expected because you can’t know for sure that someone will ask you; the request is expected because you are the type of involved and articulate person you are. So, always be prepared – yes, for every meeting you attend. Still, it isn’t as bad as it sounds!

There are four main areas to work on:

Issues, projects and situations relevant to the listeners.

As a practitioner of your field, you try to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. What you might not do is to make a note of the source of new information. Even though it may be a pain in the neck to take the time to record that source, knowing it will increase your credibility, both in a speech and in your workplace or community.

A short, versatile format on which you can hang almost any content.

Develop a few variations on the following framework: set a positive mood, establish your credibility, go into a few details, and conclude with an action-oriented comment. Once you’ve come up with a few outlines, try them out on your family or staff, then put them to the real test. We are sure you will find them infinitely and quickly adaptable for a truly effective ‘spontaneous’ presentation.

A positive, action-oriented approach – especially in the conclusion.

We always recommend a positive approach to your presentations, even if you are giving bad news – maybe especially if you are. Your conclusion is the most powerful point in your talk to get the audience members to do what you would like them to. Give them a specific action, so they can get on board, as well as perhaps a positive quote, saying or colourful phrase appropriate to the group.

Now, if this sounds like the formula for any good speech, it is. The difference is primarily in the length. Remember the chairperson asked for a ‘few’ words. So, without spending all your spare time preparing, just to go to a meeting, what can you put in your speaking ‘kit bag’ that will make you shine through any number of these impromptu presentations?

Your presentation kit bag should always be overflowing with colourful quotes and phrases you have selected for the various groups you speak to. In fact, one of them may even become your signature poem, line, joke or clever comment. Just remember to credit any previous author, then use all your tools to make a truly creative and memorable speech which hangs neatly on our recommended formats.

If you simply remain conscious of all these elements, you can improve your presentation skills and always be prepared for any unexpected request or question. Stay on your toes, and you’ll be sure to impress!

Hanoi’s Old Quarters – A Reflection of the Past and Present

If you are looking for a city that is a shadow of the past, then you should visit the capital city of Vietnam during your Vietnam tour. Hanoi is bustling with activity and displays modernity, but within the heart of the city is the Old Quarter that represents the glory of the past. The Old Quarter is comprised of thirty-six antique streets and guilds that seduce a huge number of tourists that want to fascinate themselves with archaic architecture and check the history of the city. The classic setting of the city is also the main reason why travel companies include Hanoi in their Vietnam tour packages.

Hanoi’s Old Quarters – The Past

The origins of the Old Quarter can be traced back to year 1010 when it was founded by King Ly Thai To and decided to make Thang Long (Hanoi) as the capital of the country and it became one of the most active and crowded city of Vietnam in the 15th century. As of now the streets as well as the undying charm of 15th century architecture that can be seen in the Old Quarter is more than a thousand years old and became the top Vietnam tour attraction of the country.

It is obvious that this part of the city is named the “36th Old Streets or simply “Old Quarter” due to its old age. In the past, the magnificence of the “Old Quarter” has encouraged skilled artisans to immigrate in the city and sell their goods. This explains why most of the streets are named after the crafts they have sold such as Pho Hang Ma (paper product), Pho Hang Bac (silver), etc.

Although the “Old Quarter” is also referred as “Old 36th streets”, the actual streets are more than thirty-six. The issue about how this part of Hanoi got its nickname remains a mystery. Some researchers conclude that the number 36 represents the guild location rather than streets. There is also a theory that number symbolizes an abstract concept. For Asian people number 9 is a symbol of the word “plenty” and multiplying it by four is equal to 36 which mean many streets.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter – The Present

Strolling around the intertwined streets of the Old Quarters during your best Vietnam tour will surely amuse you. Some of the streets narrow down to smaller alleys then lead you again to wider pathways. It may sound funny, but the tax systems of the city are the reason why the area is crowded with unusual tube houses or tunnel houses. The tax rates of the city is based on the width of the frontage of the house and that’s why the local residents build houses with smaller front width but try to gain space by making their houses longer. Before, the citizens of Vietnam are prohibited to build more than two storey houses in respect of the king when the country is under the feudal law. However, today there are already 7-8 storeys buildings standing erect at the Old Quarter but most of the houses are still limited to one or two storeys.

You can begin your Vietnam tour in the Old Quarter by choosing the historical Ngoc Son Temple as a starting point. After you have crossed the extraordinary red Huc Bridge, you can take a rest and have a quick glance of the Martyr’s that is erected to honor the Vietnamese people who have died fighting for the independence of their country. After that, you can continue walking and make your way to the north. Once you reached Pho Hang Dau, you can either entertain yourself by watching an interesting show at the Water Puppet Theatre or continue walking and be surrounded by shoe shops that are selling a variety of meticulously designed footwear that you can purchase as souvenirs. There are still lots of historical landmarks and spectacular buildings that can fill your eyes with amazement so if you really want to see all of them you need to plan your route carefully when you decide to make the old quarters as your Vietnam tour destination.

Plant Phenotyping Market worth $268.1 million by 2023

The plant phenotyping market is estimated to be USD 158.2 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 268.1 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 11.14%. The market growth is driven by factors such as the growing demand for sustainable crop production using improved crop varieties and significant advancements in imaging sensors.

Different types of plant phenotyping equipment include conveyor-based/modular systems, bench-based systems, portable/handheld systems, and drones. Conveyor-based systems are mostly preferred by plant breeders as there is a high demand for high-throughput phenotyping systems. The use of drones is projected to grow in the future as they have high demand in countries with limited manpower and higher ease in the procurement of data.

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Flexible and extendable computational tools are required to address the diversity of plant phenotyping problems. Thus, the demand for software tools is projected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period as they help to measure and provide reliable data about plant traits in a non-destructive manner through image analysis, data acquisition, and system controls.

Europe accounted for the largest share of the plant phenotyping market in 2017; followed by North America and Asia Pacific. High emphasis on the funding of plant phenotyping experiments from governments and other organizations in Europe and North America has played a vital role in the growth of the market in these regions. Additionally, key players in the global market are located in the European region, which makes it the dominant market with effective phenotyping research and services over other regions.

This report includes a study of marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It also includes the profiles of key companies such as LemnaTec (Germany), Delta-T Devices (UK), CropDesign – BASF SE (Germany), Heinz Walz (Germany), Phenospex (Netherlands), WPS (Netherlands), Photon Systems Instruments (Czech Republic), Qubit Systems (Canada), KeyGene (Netherlands), Rothamsted Research (UK), The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (Austria), and Phenomix (France).