Powerpoint design is difficult and valuable

Sales presentations are the most crucial link in the line between research and development and turning an idea into reality. They can be the culmination of weeks or months of in-depth work, all resting on perhaps a single hour with potential investors or partners. Powerpoint presentations are often the chief way that the desired information is given, along with a verbal presentation, ideally giving the audience what they need to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, however, the material is only as good as you make it sound. Whatever the quality of research and soundness of principle behind it, if you lose your audience due to problems of presentation then it doesn’t matter. Lots of contracts have been lost this way, and it doesn’t need to happen. One of the main weak links in the chain is powerpoint design, which can massively add to your pitch or badly detract from it. The question is, are you confident enough to see which?

One of the problems with Powerpoint is that it is very user-friendly. It’s extremely simple to put together a presentation with very little experience. The powerful software allows you to make slides with different effects and transitions, embedding sound and video and much more. But therein lies another problem. It’s actually very complex, and it’s very easy to put together something that uses that complexity but doesn’t deliver to your audience. Just because a presentation includes some glossy effects doesn’t necessarily add to its persuasiveness. Worse, it can distract from what you are actually saying rather than inform or complement it. It’s not just what goes on the screen that’s important, it’s how it fits with what you are saying.

There are professional firms that will create your Powerpoint presentations for you, taking into account the precise needs of the situation and ensuring that they tailor the result to what you need. The alternative is making sales presentations using your own powerpoint design, which can be chancey. At the very least, some training can be useful, but what you really don’t want to do is end up sabotaging weeks of preparation because – although you’re able to use the software – you don’t really understand when is the time to employ particular devices. If a few hours of a professional’s time means that you end up securing a contract you otherwise would have lost, then it’s worth the investment.

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Accounts payable audit may save a fortune

Accounts can be a complicated business, which in terms of the bottom line means they can be an expensive business. There aren’t many companies that don’t have some kind of discrepancy in their books at the end of the year. That can have various consequences, some of them serious. On the one hand, it might just mean the numbers don’t quite add up, little more than a frustration to a bean counter somewhere. On the other, it could spell a substantial loss of funds for your organisation, or a problem with the taxman. An accounts payable audit can help you iron out many of the kinks in your accounts, enabling you to locate problems such as duplicate payments and other forms of overpayment. This is all possible using specialist recovery audit software, which trawls your accounts and finds sources of mistakes. The results can be surprising, particularly for larger organisations, and can represent a significant saving. In fact, the software could easily pay for itself the first time you use it.

Audit software is versatile enough to check for not only problems that occur due to negligence or accident – simple human error – but also more malicious cases, such as fraud, when a client deliberately overcharges you or keeps money that you have paid by mistake. (In fact, the Inland Revenue uses this kind of software to check returns, using the information to identify possible cases of fraud.) That’s important, because if your client list is long or complicated, there may well be opportunities to exploit that, costing you even more money. Running the software will flag up suspicious entries, enabling you to recover funds that you never should have paid in the first place. That’s got to be a good thing in tough times, when every little extra could mean the difference between balancing the books and wondering about ‘efficiencies’ – usually meaning layoffs – or even worse.

If you’re in need of convincing, start with the (not unreasonable) assumption that errors could account for 1 percent of turnover, perhaps more. What does that equal in cash terms, and is it worth pursuing – apart from any wider concerns such as tax returns and catching fraudsters? For most companies, the answer will be an emphatic ‘yes’ – recovery audit software is inherently worthwhile. Duplicate payments and other overpayments can be hugely and unnecessarily expensive, so an accounts payable audit is often highly illuminating.

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Social work jobs need not be excessively stressful if you know how to relax at the end of each day

social work jobs present many challenges to the committed professionals who are employed in them.  Those in social services jobs will typically encounter several people each week who are undergoing extremely stressful or upsetting situations, and the social worker will need to provide an emotional crutch, supporting the service user in every way possible.  This can be very fulfilling but it also means that anybody in social worker jobs needs to be aware that their work can place a strain on their own emotional wellbeing.  Having a few fail-safe ways of relaxing and regrouping after a stressful day or week at work can make a great deal of difference not only to you but to the people you are helping on a daily basis.

Perhaps the most important way to unwind if your job is emotionally straining is to have somebody to confide in.  Obviously confidentiality is an important consideration in social work jobs, so you may find it useful to have a friend or family member to whom you can talk in fairly general terms about what may be affecting you at work.  It is often the case that you do not need advice or specific guidance, but just somebody who will listen to your issues and understand why you feel stressed.  If your employer is doing his or her job properly, you should have a supervisor who you can speak to about all of your cases, and this is often a good way of helping you avoid feeling that you are holding the burden of everybody’s problems on your shoulders – nobody’s shoulders are strong enough for this.  They will generally be able to offer you professional advice as well, so if you are unsure about what to do about any aspect of your case you can turn to somebody above you.

It is often the case that physical activity can be very helpful in relieving mental stress.  After a tough day you may feel like all you want to do is sit in front of the television with a glass of wine, but this is often only a very short term solution to anxiety.  If you really want to boost your mental state, physical exercise is often the best thing to do.  Going for a run will release the endorphins that genuinely make you feel happier, and give you an energy boost that is always useful in social worker jobs.  If you are not a particularly sporty type, other forms of exercise may be more suitable. With its focus on mental and spiritual well-being, many people find that yoga is a highly effective way of dealing with stress.

Most jobs cause some stress and anxiety from time to time, but it is important for those in social work jobs to be aware that they might be more at risk of this than many other professionals.  Social services jobs demand a lot of us mentally, and we need to know how to unwind.  With the right strategies to stay in control of our body and mind, social worker jobs should provide an enjoyable and satisfying career.

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Phono stage means records sound like they used to

Most people are either LP lovers or not – you’re either sold on an old technology that was never bettered, or you’re not interested in vinyl. The difficulties start to come when you combine old with new. LPs were intended to be used with the record players and amps of their day. That means that they don’t work as they’re supposed to when you hook them up to modern stereo systems. The stereo you have that plays CDs perfectly happily might have other inputs that fit your turntable and can be plugged in, but the sound isn’t right. That’s because you’re missing a crucial bridge between old and new technologies: the phono stage, otherwise known as a phono preamp or phono amp.

Unfortunately, enjoying your old LP collection on current top-of-the-range stereo equipment isn’t as easy as it might be. The output from a record turntable is very different to the kind of output you get from a CD or MP3 player. The signal is much lower, which in practice means that you have to turn the volume right up before you can hear the music properly. But that means that all the additional noise – the interference, crackles and hiss – is also amplified. The subsequent playback quality is poor as a result. What you need is a unit that plugs in between the turntable and the stereo amplifier that converts the signal from the LP into something that the stereo can usefully send to the speakers.

That’s the point of the phono stage. It’s a gadget that interprets the signal coming out of the turntable and pre-prepares it for your stereo amplifier. A phono preamp can make all the difference to playback quality. Some modern stereos have the right circuit inside already, but not many, because there is little demand for them (few people listen to LPs any more). You’ll be able to check by looking on the back of your stereo and seeing whether there’s a turntable jack – if not, then you’ll almost certainly need the phono amp before you can listen to records properly. These components are available on the internet, but it’s worth doing a little research around them first. The overall sound quality is only going to be as good as the weakest link in the chain, so if you’re hoping to play your much-loved record collection on an expensive stereo set, it doesn’t make sense to economise on the phono stage.

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Cash Genie: tips for saving money

Cash Genie is committed to responsible lending practices, and it’s a business principle that customers should not have to come back and use the short-term loan services repeatedly. Apart from anything else, it’s not good commercial sense, because encouraging unwise financial practices means that clients are more likely to default on their debts! So a part of the service is helping customers to organise their money in such a way that they won’t need to go for such loans in the future.

The best way to do this is to examine your spending: all of it. It sounds like a big deal, but it can make a great difference. Break it down if it seems scary. First, check all of your major outgoings: rent or mortgage, bills, utilities, phone, internet, interest on loans, council tax and so on. It may be that you can save money already by moving providers for one of these. In the case of a mortgage, that could save you hundreds of pounds or more a year. Others might mean you have an extra ten or twenty quid at the end of the month – still worthwhile.

But the most surprising examples are likely to come from the expenses you barely notice. These are the little, cumulative expenditures you build up over the week. When you look at them over the course of the month and year, they can make a huge difference. Picking up a coffee on the way to work every morning? That’s only £2 or so, right? But that’s £10 a week, £40 a month or getting on for £500 a year. That could represent an instalment on your mortgage or a month’s rent. Similarly, buying a sandwich and drink every day instead of making the same at home? Easy another £1,000 a year. The same goes for the odd night out: it’s very easy to lose track.

Cash Genie recommends keeping an eye on these ‘trivial’ expenses. It doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself totally – no one’s saying that you shouldn’t enjoy the odd treat or lunch out. What’s important is that you see what these are actually costing you. Once you know that, you can decide whether the convenience or treat is really worth it, if the end result is staying in debt (and therefore having to pay more through interest) in the end. In addition, if you’ve got debts you need to pay off, this can be a great motivator. If a couple of coffees a week fewer means peace of mind in the long term, then it’s no contest.

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BACS software brings your firm up-to-date

In the days before BACS, payments were made in several ways – most typically by cheque or cash, in the last week of a month. Paying money by cash meant a number of problems, not least the presence of a substantial amount of money on the premises, and the need for workers to collect their wage settlements in person. Cheques were a huge improvement, but still relied on a degree of administration, as well as the inefficiencies of the mail system. In addition, any problems – a missed signature, a bad date – meant delays. BACS payments avoid all of these problems, and practically all larger businesses nowadays have some form of bacs software to facilitate all the payments they need to deliver – whether to clients, employees or suppliers.

Smaller businesses can also benefit from BACS software. Of course, the smallest companies may find it easier just to use online banking; if your company is just one or two people and a very small handful of clients, this may be all that is required. Payees can be set up and paid one at a time, as and when invoices appear. However, any degree of growth will soon demonstrate that such an ad hoc system can become unmanageable, if only through the sheer number of contacts and their various types. You might manage to keep track of a dozen payees, but what if that increases to a hundred? Sooner or later, it gets too easy to drop the ball. That’s when you start hearing complaints, and even lost business. Apart from anything else, there are the hours taken to deal with all of the accounts this way – it’s just not an efficient use of time.

bacs software can pay for itself fairly quickly in terms of efficiency and peace of mind. The programmes will integrate BACS payments with your existing accounts system, automating the process and ensuring that you pay people the required amount, on time. Payments are quick (three-day standard, or an expedited same-day payment for an additional fee) and secure, and the BACS setup will provide you with an audit trail so that you can track what is being paid when. Funds can be transferred to other countries, too, if you wish, so this is a solution suitable for the international company, of whatever extent. As the alternatives – cash and cheque – become less and less widely used, there are few reasons not to bring this capability to your business too.

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Find a kickboxing club where you live

Kickboxing – or the martial arts from which it derives – has been around for many, many years, but it has only really been popular in the West for the last few decades. The style you will find in a typical kickboxing club in the UK now may have various martial arts underpinning it, as the word is generally considered in a fairly catch-all way by people today. These could include Muay Thai (or ‘Thai Boxing’), various disciplines of karate (which can differ substantially between themselves) and other styles. Although the kickboxing London clubs teach may draw on any number of sources, it’s probably fair to say that the popularisation of punching and kicking-based martial arts occurred in the 1970s thanks to Bruce Lee, who developed the hybrid Jeet Kune Do style, having studied Wing Chun to a high level in his native China.

‘Kickboxing’ is presently used of many different styles, which are often undifferentiated by the public – to the uninitiated, one kind of kicking and hitting is much the same as another. Alongside this, there are different governing bodies overseeing different styles and clubs, which have different rules associated with them (the use of the elbow in sparring being one major distinction that people tend to focus on). This means that if you decide to attend kickboxing classes, you might find any number of different expressions – although the same would be true of other martial arts, too, because any style that has been around a while tends to have different offshoots, in the same way that a language will have different dialects.

If you are looking for a class to try kickboxing, London is an excellent city to start, since there are many different kickboxing clubs within a fairly small area. You will need to decide what it is you are looking for. Kickboxing is evidently a sparring style, but people often try it for self-defence too. In addition, a growing number of people are looking to kickboxing for its fitness properties. The number of techniques it involves means that it offers an exceptional all-round workout, bringing strength, stamina and flexibility pay-offs. Add to this the camaraderie that often exists when a group of people gather to learn such a style (training with others is an integral part of learning), and you have another good reason to give it a go. If you’re in any doubt, it’s often worth going to a few classes – most clubs will offer free taster sessions – and see if you like what you find.

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Nursing home manager jobs and your job search

Home manager jobs come in different types, though there is of course some overlap in the kinds of roles and work you will be expected to fulfil. Care home manager jobs, for example, could involve anyone in the spectrum of care, from young to old, disabled, badly ill, and so on. nursing home manager jobs will clearly need many of the same skills and training, with a slightly different emphasis. Either way, you will need the same qualities and often qualifications, too. These may be a relevant social work qualification, a nursing diploma, or an NVQ at level 4 in health and social care.

Salaries for home manager jobs can differ significantly depending on experience. At the outset of your career, when you are first qualified, you might expect to earn something in the region of £20,000 – under the national median. However, there is room for advancement, and the most experienced managers might receive £45,000 per year. After that, there are further opportunities, as well; you might go on into area management, overseeing groups of homes or inspecting or training – or even other areas of social work or management. The opportunities are numerous. Plus, it is worth realising that this is an expanding field. The demand for residential care is only going to increase in the coming years, as the Baby Boom generation collects its pension and a demographic swell passes into the care system. This ‘pig in the python’, as it has been termed, is a serious worry for the government, who have recently been debating the advantages of various different schemes for funding care during retirement. However it is funded, this is someone else’s issue – as someone looking for a career in home managing, you are likely to have a growing list of jobs to choose from. There is already a shortage of personnel in the area, particularly in the private sector, and the chances are that this is only going to get worse in the coming years.

Thus considering searching for home manager jobs is to start on a reliable and hopefully rewarding career – though not one without its challenges. Whether you look for nursing home manager jobs or care home manager jobs, you are going to need much the same abilities, experience and qualifications. Some of these can be acquired on the job. However, much of it is about character more than qualifications, so be sure to check you are up to the role first – perhaps through some work experience or volunteering.

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Sales jobs jobs London for beginners

Job hunting on the internet can seem like a mammoth task.  There are so many jobs advertised every day on thousands of different sites, so to find the right job, it is necessary to do some serious thinking before getting started.  Whether you are looking for sales ledger manager jobs in London or accounts clerk jobs in Bedfordshire, the internet can be a job hunter’s best friend, as long as you know what to look for.  The typical internet jobseeker will be targeted by adverts delivering them all the best security jobs jobs London, or sales jobs jobs london.  These advertising companies place advertisements on your screen according to your previous activity, so every click could be leading you to the job of your dreams or further down the wrong path.

The best way to start your job search is to begin with the location.  There is no point scrolling through fantastic opportunities in Newcastle when what you are looking for is accounts clerk jobs in Bedforshire.  If you can find recruitment websites specific to the area you are interested in, you will be much more likely to come across suitable vacancies.  Registering with these sites is advisable, as once the site has your details they are likely to send you frequent updates when vacancies that match your criteria are advertised.  This makes job hunting easier for even the laziest people, as appropriate opportunities are delivered to your inbox on a regular basis.

If local recruitment agencies are not providing suitable opportunities, searching for jobs by sector may be effective.  Depending on whether you are interested in sales, security or accounts, there will be an agency or a website that specialises in jobs in your field of interest.  If you are not sure which one is the most reputable, it might be worth telephoning an organisation that you would like to work for, and enquiring as to where they typically advertise vacancies.  They might be so impressed with your keenness that they call you in for an interview straight away.

Looking for work on the internet, then, need not be too stressful, as long as you avoid information overload.  Ensure you are not distracted by the adverts that pop up offering you ‘security jobs jobs London’ or ‘sales jobs jobs london’, unless that is what you are actually looking for.  The world wide web enables you to define your search to exactly the sort of job you want, whether it be sales ledger manager jobs in London or accounts clerk jobs in Bedfordshire.

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Video conferencing has evolved beyond recognition

video conferencing has come a very long way since its original creation. Ever since the invention of the television it has been possible to establish a connection to enable audio visual conferencing by connecting two closed-circuit television systems. But the difference between the first instances of remote communication involving a visual element, and the status of such communication today, is quite remarkable. In fact, it reflects the amazing progress of science and technology as a whole over the past century. Now, though, it seems that conferencing has just taken an additional step forward: we have stepped out of a somewhat two dimensional world – whereby people can be linked as if via a phone line, but with a visual element as something of a bonus – into a conferencing world that goes by the name of ‘telepresence’. Telepresence video conferencing is the next stage in business communications. Why?

First of all, let us look back at that two dimensional world of audio visual conferencing that we knew so well before telepresence. Why is it describable as ‘two dimensional’? If you have ever used a web cam to communicate with somebody, via Skype, for example, then you will see that not every individual web cam user has the capability of placing their web cam at a point that is close enough to their monitor to appear to be looking into their web cam.

The result of this is that the feeling of talking to somebody ‘in person’ is completely lost. It is impossible to accurately simulate making eye contact, because you must look away from your web cam to look at the eyes of the person you are speaking to. And this applies even in a one-to-one conversation. You can imagine, then, how hard it must be to establish a feeling of ‘really being there’ when it comes to holding a conference with any number of colleagues and associates present.

Telepresence video conferencing involves a series of technologies that are designed to confront these problems. All of the technology available is used to craft a sophisticated simulation of presence, such that it feels like you are actually in a room with associates who could in fact be half way around the earth. As such, telepresence represents the next step forward in audio visual conferencing. While once it seemed a miracle of technology that video conferencing was possible, the earlier systems now look out-dated in the face of telepresence.

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