Adding Humor to a Grief Presentation: Challenges and Benefits

Jun 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Every presentation needs variety. Without variety the speaker risks losing his or her audience. Humor is one of the best ways to retain audience attention. Because I’m an experienced speaker, I know this. Still, I struggled to find ways to insert humor into a workshop about growing from grief.

Why did I want to add humor? One reason was the healing power of laughter. Laughter relieves tension and can energize us. I also think people who are grieving need to give themselves permission to laugh. Laughter lightens the mood and helps us to believe in the future again. When people laugh together they come together.

So I reviewed my workshop outline and looked for places to add funny stories. This process made me think of the actor Eddie Albert, who was a close friend of my father-in-law’s. Dad and Eddie were both Minnesota “boys” and attended the University of Minnesota together. Years ago, Eddie called to thank me for a book I had sent him.

During our conversation he mentioned he was giving a talk that afternoon. He said his talk was done, but he hadn’t added humor yet. “You have to entertain in order to educate,” he explained. I have thought of his comment many times.

Adding humor to a talk can be tricky because humor varies from region to region. I am originally from Long Island, New York, and have a New York sense of humor. Would this humor appeal to my audience? The only way to know was to add some funny stories and give the talk.

First, I brainstormed on potential stories I could tell. Second, I made sure the stories fit the points I was making. Third, I reviewed the words I would use to tell the stories — action verbs, unusual word choices, and some of my favorite words. Fourth and finally, I practiced the talk with the stories and determined if the stories added energy.

As Edward P. Bailey, Jr. writes in his book, A Practical Guide for Business Speaking, boosting the speaker’s energy can boost audience energy. “Just act within your own personality,” he advises, and how you behave then you really care.

The first time I gave the talk I gave it to a group of grief professionals. They loved the stories and laughed when I hoped they would. The next time I gave the talk I shorted one story and impulsively added another. Again, the audience members “got” my humor and the stories lightened the mood. Humor can’t be added to all of your talks, but I think it can be added to most.

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Online Marketing: King Of Business Marketing Strategies At Present

Jun 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Business entails a lot of marketing strategies. Business marketing implies any plan and activity that is associated to the acquisition of sales over and above the invested money or capital. And this is what we call as profit, which serves as the core of every business endeavor.

The present generation has a transition when it comes to marketing application in every business. Since internet has been widely used, most businessmen have practiced the so-called ‘online marketing.’ The question now is: how does this marketing strategy realizes the promise of every business profit which is to amass profit for the business owner? The answer is emphasized one by one in the following elucidations:

1. The use of internet implies greater market to hit. Based on the recent survey of the United Nations, there are already more than 2 billion people worldwide who are hooked to use this World Wide Web. The reasons of usage are numerous, from communication to finding friends and new acquaintances. With this figure at hand, it might be legitimate to consider that internet could be an effective medium to hit the greater number of people for a particular business.

2. The presence of social networking sites plays a vital role not just for socialization purpose but also for economic drive. Today, people are addicted in Facebook, Twitter and Google +. Try to imagine a figure that constitutes hundreds of millions of people who are using FB alone in the whole wide world. Hence, applying social media strategies in relation to internet marketing might bring a substantial impact to business.

3. The popularity of search engine optimization (SEO) contributes positive benefits for most businessmen worldwide. Here’s the thing. When internet had surfaced several years back, different business websites have been created to showcase products and services online. Then, SEO has co-existed to aid the businessmen to rank their websites in the search engines like Google and Yahoo.

4. Online writing plays an important role in promoting the business products and services in the internet. Both off-page and on-page articles have become popular to push business online. In addition, people have learned to write blogs favorable to specific business websites. And when there’s a need to produce newsworthy articles, some writers are tasked to write and submit press releases with focus on business launching and promotion via online.

5. The usefulness of communication online tools like e-mail has a greater value in business. Today, all businessmen use email as a way to relay communications to other partners and clients. This brings positive impact as the communication is done instantaneously.

6. Most people have reckoned the internet as a source of workable remedies. The consumers and users of products and services would tend to use for instance the search engines when they’re in need for something.

The trajectory is going towards an upward direction. As the number of internet users increases, the feasibility of every business that employs internet marketing also increases.Simply put, online marketing is the king of all business marketing strategies at present.

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The Top 4 Unique Golf Gifts To Present

Jun 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you are thinking of giving a gift to somebody who is an avid player of golf, it’s a good idea to look for some unique golf gifts to give. The person will certainly be delighted to receive such a special present from you. So here’s a list of four unique gifts to give to somebody who loves the game of golf.

• Set of golf-themed stationery

If you are giving the gift to a golfer who loves to write letters and jot down notes, then a set of golf-themed stationery is the most unique gift to give. This is one of the most unique golf gifts to give to someone who is an avid fan of the sport. It clearly represents one’s passion for golf and it is very useful as well.

• Stylish lamp with a golf player base

You will find a lot of stylish lamps being sold in the Internet these days, but one of the most stylish of them all, which a golfer would certainly love, is the lamp that comes with a golf player base. Such item is truly unique and is perfect for a golfer who loves to read before going to sleep at night. The lamp can be placed perfectly on a bedside table.

• Engraved golf balls

If you want your gift to have a personal touch, you can give a set of golf balls that were engraved with the recipient’s name or initials. There are so many of these balls online that you can buy now and the great thing is that they do not come with a hefty price tag. You can even save a whole lot more if you choose to purchase these unique golf gifts in bulk. Aside from giving it as a present to someone, you can also order these balls for company or wedding giveaways.

• A golf-themed shoe bag

Another unique and functional gift to give to any golfer is the shoe bag. The bag is certainly very useful because the golfer can use it to store his or her precious shoes and can be carried along during the game.

The bag comes with golf themed designs and imprints and anyone who loves golf will certainly be delighted to receive such unique golf gifts from you. You can find these bags in some golf supplies stores or if you want a convenient way of shopping, simply browse online.

Remember that you’ll have to consider a lot of things before you decide to buy a gift for your golfer friend. There are absolutely so many online stores that sell all sorts of golf gifts these days so do not be too overwhelmed by purchasing whatever it is that you find attractive.

You should first ask yourself if the person you are giving the gift too would love such gift. Moreover, you should also take into consideration your budget particularly since some online stores is going to charge you for additional fees if you choose to have the item customized. So always do your research when it comes to buying some unique golf gifts to give.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Timeline and Faction Presentation

Jun 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized


Time in The Elder Scrolls universe is primarily divided into Eras. The Dawn era marks the birth of this fantasy universe and continues with the Mythic Era further advancing from the First Era to the fourth one.

TESO takes place in the Second Era, specifically in a period of time known as Interregnum. As its name suggests (between kingdoms), it was a time of political instability. It began with the end of the Second Empire, marked by the assassination of Savirien Chorak, the last Akaviri Potentate and lasted until Tiber Septim founded the Third Empire. While The Elder Scrolls Online is currently in beta stage, there is plenty of information concerning the game’s timeline, included in TESO guides available online, but not only.


The game has three major playable factions: the Aldmeri Dominion, the Daggerfall Covenant and the Ebonheart Pact.

The Aldmeri Dominion is an alliance formed by three different races to fight against Men (humans). The Altmer, also known as High Elves are the first one that colonized Tamriel. They see themselves as a superior race and their high level of civilization is shown through their impressive architecture and extensive libraries. The Altmer are also very skilled in battle and have powerful mage abilities, which is why they are the leaders of this alliance. The Bosmer or the Wood elves are an agile and curious race. There are known to be highly proficient hunters and guides. Thanks to their curiosity and swiftness, the Bosmer became adroit thieves and masters of stealth. The feline race of Khajiit, was significantly crippled during the Knahaten Flu outbreak. As the Altmerians offered great support for restoring the order in Khajiit’s territory they are now loyal to them and can be seen in the first lines of Aldmeri Dominion’s armies.

The Daggerfall Covenant includes the Bretons, the Redguards and the Orcs. These three races, which had been enemies for a long time, managed to unite mainly forced by harsh economic conditions caused by the chaos following the assassination of the last Akavi Potentate. The Breton race are leading this alliance as King Emeric, the ruler of Daggerfall Covenant is one of their own. The elven blood that still runs through the veins of Breton people shows in their inclination towards magic. However, Bretons are also known for their craftsmanship and merchant skills. The Redguards are desert warriors that highly value their traditions and survival abilities. Honor and dignity are the most important value for this race, and even if they have the utmost belief in the divine, magical things are seen as suspicious. Last, but not least the third race included in the Daggerfall Covenant is the Orcs. While other races see them as cruel beasts, the Orcs are noble warriors with a history forged in bloody battles carried across their mountain homelands with harsh climate. As the Orc nation fought its way to the present, they have learned to forge amazing weapons and armors and are some of the most skilled smiths.

The third major faction that will be playable in TESO universe is the Ebonheart Pact. This fragile alliance was formed during the second Akaviri Invasion when the Nords where fighting the Akaviri army and the Dunmer and the Argonians joined their cause for yet to be explained reasons. Nevertheless, these three races which previously considered each other enemies are now united as the Ebonheart Pact. The Nords are the leading nation of this alliance and they are seen as fierce warriors and conquerors. As highly capable diplomats, the Dunmer have repeatedly used this skill along with their strategic ability and subterfuges to defend against provincial invasions. During the long period spent as slaves of the Dunmer, the Argonians have become experts in guerrilla-style warfare and managed to defend their borders from significantly larger armies.

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And Now, Introducing To Some And Presenting To Others

Jun 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

I made the decision many years ago that I was going to set an against-the-grain trend for my life. In many cases, you don’t want to be a statistic such as an irresponsible father or a person that is a repeat offender of breaking laws. I have come to the clear cognitive conclusion that I need to reinvent myself and re-introduce myself to the WORLD. I have had many ups and downs in my life, but the full definition of my life is not predicated on my last moment. However, I am defined by the endless amount of potential that is being released.

Imagine for a moment, a roller coaster. Living in the Carolinas, it is a yearly event to go to Carowinds at the border of South Carolina and North Carolina. One of the scariest rides to me was the Carolina Cyclone. This ride had a very high point and two loops with quickly approaching turns. I can remember going up to the top of the highest point. It seemed as if it was going to take forever. I could see for miles as the ride’s pulling devices pulled the weight of the carts and participants towards the climax of its peak. Then, without notice, the ride would drop down this never ending hill, lap two loops and meet a sharp turn with increased speeds before arriving at our destination. The purpose of the hill was to create a high level of expectancy before using all of its might to gain accelerated momentum throughout the remainder of the ride. If the ride didn’t reach a certain speed, it wouldn’t be able to go through the loops and then continue through sharp turns and then finally reach its destination.

Such is life!

There are moments in life wherein it seems as if things are going slow. You may feel as if you are climbing a steep hill or mountain. These times are preparing you for the ultimate goal of complete satisfaction. We all have visions and dreams to live a life of complete fulfillment, doing what we want to do, but that comes with a price. It is comparable to a four stage business cycle. The stages are introduction, incline, climax, and decline. The introduction stage starts from the incipience of vision creation. Incline serves as a breeding ground with lots of phone calls, meetings, and planning. Then, you reach your climax (or as Oprah would say, your AHA moment!). This is the time wherein your money is making money for you. You are no longer making the phone calls, but the phones are ringing for you. Then, you may reach a moment of decline. This is not down time. This is when you are allowed to be even more creative and innovative and present even better ideas to the audience that is eagerly awaiting your NEW INTRODUCTION!

It’s never too late for your introduction. And now… I introduce to some and present to others… your new book, your great idea, your life changing invention, your new wealthy place!

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MLM Training – What To Do When Presenting Your Business To Your Prospect

Jun 14 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In my recent articles I have trained you how to invite. Now I want to move to the topic of presenting your business. Read this MLM training tip as I explain step by step what is the BEST way to present your business to your prospect.

As you know I’ve divided the MLM training process into three steps – Invite, Present and Train. You invite your prospect to look at something that will help them, you present your product or business to them and you train those who want to do the business… that’s Invite, Present and Train.

Over the past two years I’ve focused my MLM training on Inviting – it’s now time for me to teach you Presenting.

I’m focusing on Presenting now primarily because of a survey that I sent out asking you what objections you’re getting. Your response has told me that you’ve worked through the big barrier of getting on the phone and are now having difficulty getting prospects to join; that’s where presenting comes in.

You personally may not see your progress, but I do. You know I spend very little time the past… but please allow me to point out some things. With “Professional Inviter” you heard live how to make calls. This gave you the very important “I can do that” idea in your head. You learned that you’re not “born” with the ability to communicate – you learn it. And, you learned words that describe different sections of inviting.

This is perhaps more important than you know and it’s worth the space in this article to explain it fully.

You see, every subject has “components” that make up that subject. (A component is a part which combines with other parts to form something bigger.) If you know all the components – you KNOW that subject. Take the very simple subject of a pencil. The components are lead, wood and eraser. Now, you could break each of those components into “sub-components.” The lead has different levels of hardness and shades, the wood has different colors and shapes and the erasers come in different textures.

The point I’m making is that we’ve taken a an MLM training subject, Inviting, and broken it down into its components (Ten Communication Qualities and six-step Inviting Formula) so that we can now IDENTIFY which part of Inviting we’re good at and which parts we need to work on. We never had that before. Two years ago, either a person was good at it… or they weren’t.

When a person doesn’t know the components that make up their subject, they are going to have big problems trying to diagnose problems. All they know is “inviting”, for instance and if it’s not going well, this normally results in a feeling of “I can’t do it.”

Ultimately where are we headed? Training. You’re paid in this industry for being great at training – not recruiting and not presenting. If I have 100,000 people in my downline and I personally brought in 1000 of them (I didn’t by the way, but just to make the math simple, let’s say I brought in 1000), that means that I brought in 1% of my downline. Are you starting to get the impact of what good MLM training means, versus good recruiting?

Now let me go back to subjects, components and sub-components. If you can’t IDENTIFY the exact component or sub-component where a person needs help, you will have big problems helping people and your only advice will be “just find more people” or “just do the numbers.” But, knowing your subject and the components that make up the subject gives you the ability to drill down and find the exact thing that needs fixing and help YOURSELF and help others.

What’s the difference between a mechanic and someone who knows very little about cars? The person who knows little will make a statement like, “It won’t start.” A mechanic (who knows his components) will immediately know WHY it won’t start – and therefore can fix it.

I’m explaining this to you because I was recently interviewed and the gentleman who interviewed me called me a “systems” guy. And he labeled himself an “artist.” It was said in a way to show the differences between the two of us. But you know…I’ve never met a painter who didn’t know the components of RGB (red, green and blue) colors. I’ve never met a musician who couldn’t tell the difference between a C and G note. How does a music teacher teach music anyway? By teaching the components that make up music! Someone (long ago) had to IDENTIFY and label each note before it could be taught to others.

So, please do not resist learning something because you’ve categorized yourself as a NON-systems person!

There is no other way to teach you than to break things into components and sub-components so you can see what makes up a good inviter, a good presenter and a good trainer. Once you know all the components, it’s like knowing all the keys on the piano. You can play any tune.

So the first thing you would need to understand about Presenting is that once you know your components – you can do anything – as long as you know all the components and how they relate to each other. Never would I suppress someone’s freedom to be fun, exciting, riveting and just all out funky… as long as they don’t leave out some vital component.

As an example, when presenting, you can be wild on the stage – as long as you always keep in the Communication Quality/component of staying interested in your prospect. As long as you do that – you can be wild. But violate that and you’ll be viewed as a nut or at best arrogant.

Simply follow this MLM training tip – and the many more to come – and in no time you will become more comfortable and effective with your presenting skills.

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BOB Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray Review

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

It has been a couple of weeks since B.O.B released his first studio album called B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray that was supposed to launch in 2009 but was pushed back to 2010. Let’s look at some of the tracks and the overall album in detail.

The album sold 84 000 copies in the first week in USA and it also hit number one on the Billboards. I Believe that it will continue to do well as more people hear it on the radio ( some of the songs are very catchy ).

The CD spawned 2 singles “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes”. They are both good songs but to me personally there are even better tracks on the CD. Actually I cant believe that “Don’t Let me Fall” and “Airplanes part 2 ” are not 2 more singles ( give them time they will get there ).

The biggest names on the album are Eminem and T.I. The T.I song is not bad but the Eminem track is amazing B.O.B and Eminem’s styles mixes very well, both of them have “clear” voices you can hear exactly what they are saying at all times ( unlike some of the other big rappers out there ).

B.O.B actually produced 3 of the songs and helped produce a fourth one, impressive for his first album. So he Produces raps and sings well, what more can we ask for?

The Album is defiantly worth it, if you are into hip hop at all you will love The Adventures of Bobby Ray.

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Introducing New Hobbies As 60th Birthday Presents

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

When shopping for 60th birthday presents, one may need to bear in mind the life changes a person of that age faces. With the approach of retirement, priorities and interests change. While some may have been looking forward to exploring new horizons, others face bewilderment at the mere thought of letting go of a lifetime of routines and commitments. Your gift could help them make a positive change.

Exploring the wonders of Mother Nature requires an investment of time, but can be hugely rewarding. Bird watching quickly enthralls any amateur. To begin with, setting up a birdbath or bird feeder will attract a variety of birds. Equipping the enthusiast with binoculars or a camera will be appreciated. Books on birds will be equally welcome. A few modern tools can also be adapted to benefit this interest. Some online applications created for birdwatchers can be activated on an iPod touch or iPhone.

Artistic pursuits are also popular with the sixty plus age group. You could enroll them for lessons in painting or sketching, or just buy them some paints and other art supplies. They may end up surprising you. Watercolor paints are fairly user-friendly for the beginner and do not require a huge cash outlay. The person would also need brushes and watercolor specific paper. A handbook on how to paint would also prove helpful.

Craft and hobby shops should provide plenty of clues on other activities that involve making or decorating things. Scrap booking, mosaic making, beading, decoupage, quilting and collages provide hours of pleasure and crafting kits and other accessories would make brilliant gifts.

Is there a budding writer waiting to be let out within the soul of the person celebrating his or her birthday? Give them the key towards achieving this. There is so much high quality material available to aid the aspirant author. Or perhaps an attractive journal book will provide enough temptation to put pen to paper. Who knows, you could start that person off on a successful new career.

Doctors and researchers have stated repeatedly that keeping the brain cells active helps combat aging. For this, word puzzles, a daily dose of Sudoku or cracking a few brain teasing riddles all help. Jigsaw puzzles and the construction of miniature models are also popular pastimes.

With the thoughtful selection of 60th birthday presents, you can demonstrate that any stage in life could signal a new beginning.

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Presenting Workshops that Are Memorable and Action Oriented

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

I have discovered that the majority of people prefer the hands-on workshop as their choice of presentation type. As a presenter, I also prefer leading workshops. I enjoy the interaction with participants and I feel that attendees tend to retain and use more of the material and procedures covered. In this article I share some workshop tips that I have learned over the years.

Assume the attitude of a learner. There is nothing worse than attending a workshop where the leader has a condescending attitude – i.e. a “know-it-all.” Yes, as workshop presenters we are expected to be knowledgeable. This doesn’t mean, however, that we know the answer to every question or that we can’t learn something new from participants.

If you are asked a question for which you don’t have an answer, admit it, but say that you will do some research and get back to them with an answer. I have had attendees recommend books and tapes that I am unfamiliar with, so I can broaden my knowledge base. And, if a participant answers a question in an off-beat way, remember that no answer is ever “wrong.” It may possibly trigger some interesting give-and-take and even put a different twist on the subject.

People learn best when they are having fun. Everyone learns best if he or she is having fun. So, as a presenter it is important for us to work on injecting some humor and enjoyable games and/or activities into our workshops.

Being a storyteller, I use stories to keep the group energy high. I often tell stories of mishaps and embarrassing situations. Another speaker once shared that some days we are the “windshield” and some days we are the “bug.” Our listeners like us and our stories the best when we are the “bug.” Activities that make the group feel good or have a good laugh guarantee a dynamic workshop.

In my “How to Discover Your Core Passion” workshop, I always have participants write down descriptions of three times when they felt like a “success” and then share one with the group. I see them smiling as they write, and then “beam” as the rest of the group shows respect and appreciation as they relate a success.

The more hands-on involvement, the more information will be retained and be useful to participants. Confucius said, “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.” That statement says it all. I know, for example, with computer learning, I can attend all sorts of lectures about how to do something, but if I don’t see it done and then get onto my computer and do it, it becomes a complete waste of time. When planning a workshop, I ask myself, “What hands-on activities can I plan to make sure that the attendees really understand?”

This is the reason I prefer to give assignments with some time in-between meetings. One fun assignment is to have those in my “Core Passion” group make colorful collages using illustrations that appeal to them that they have cut from magazines, or photos they have taken, postcards they have saved, etc. and then arrange and paste on a colorful poster board. It is amazing when they bring these art pieces to the next session how much we all learn about them and their passions.

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How To Make Powerpoint Templates To Present Your Business Ideas

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Most working people are too busy with their work and have little time on preparing their Powerpoint presentation. Certainly, there is a better way to solve this particular problem. Is it wonderful to create a stunning template for frequent use. Thus, you do not have to spend extra time on making new slides. In addition, you will also be able to create simple slides that can make your audiences put extra focus on your your speech and your slide text-area and layouts.

Before we proceed further, you need to know how to use the slide master. Slide master is commonly used to create Powerpoint template in which you can standardized the slide format (including type of fonts, font-size, alignments and so and so forth) and slide layouts (including color background, adding picture and many more).

Let’s create slides that have a stunning landing page-like slide. This includes embedding of hyperlinks on the landing page that link to other remaining slides.

Initially, based on the main menu, choose View/Master/Slide Master and you will see a plain white-colored slide and a small “Slide Master View” menu. Then, press and hold Ctrl+A buttons to select the whole title and text boxes. After that, select fonts and formating based on your preferences. When you are done, click the “Close Master View” from the “Slide Master View” menu.

From the main menu, click Insert/Picture/AutoShapes. As soon you select it, a small “AutoShapes” menu appears on your screen. Within the menu bar, point at the icon (without clicking on it), it will show the features that you can apply on your slide. Click the “Action Buttons” icon and select the home icon. Immediately, click and hold your mouse left-button at the bottom right corner of the slide; and drag the home icon and place it on the slide. An “Action Settings” menu will appear on your screen, then click “OK”.

Before you start adding pictures and text-contents on your slides, it is preferable to use “Title Only” text layouts. Leave the first slide blank. Once you have done that, it is time to start inserting pictures and adding text-contents into your slides except the first one. You have to align your pictures and text-contents as tidy as possible. For more convenience, use text box to put text-contents into your slides, so that you can drag and position them easily according to your own preferences.

My suggestion is that pictures are better situated at the left-side of the slide, whereas the text-contents are better viewed at the right-side of the slide.

After you have creating your brand new slides, save your work twice – first, as in “ppt” file format, while the second, as in “jpeg” file format. In order to save your Powerpoint presentations as “jpeg” file format, click “File” from the menu bar, and then click “Save As”. Soon the “Save As” menu box appears, you will see “Save as type” text-line at the bottom of the menu box. Click the pull-down menu and choose “JPEG File Interchange Format” and press “OK” button.

After that, a “Microsoft Office Powerpoint” menu appears and choose “Every Slide”. Then, click “OK” button when another menu appears.

Now, you can insert those newly saved jpeg-files (or pictures) into the first slide which you have left it blank earlier. Adjust the size of these pictures so that you can fit all of it into the first empty slide. Then, add hyperlinks to all these pictures in order to link them to remaining slides within this Powerpoint presentation.

Finally, you will be able to allow audience to experience “website-surfing” from your presentation as if you are bringing the whole entourage to an exciting trip to Neverland.

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