A Look At The Improvements Present On The New HTC Sensation XE

Not so many months ago we were writing about the new HTC Sensation, a phone that was set to take the smartphone market by storm thanks to some great specification. This model is still one of the superior handsets available but an updated Sensation XE device is set to be launched with some fairly impressive features.

There are two major differences between the original handset and the new XE device. The main improvement will be to the delight of music lovers as the model incorporates Beats Audio, a technology that improves the audio playback on the model by enhancing both software and hardware that is supplied with the phone. The hardware update is in the form of high quality new headphones that are supplied with the device which offer a much better frequency response especially on lower frequency sounds. The software built into the phone detects when these headphones are plugged in and switches the handset from standard audio mode to Beats mode in order to optimise the music playback. You do not have to be a music lover however to benefit from some of the other improvements that this model offers. The original Sensation was a very fast phone and the XE steps this speed up a gear by offering a massive 1.5Ghz dual core processor which is coupled with an impressive 768MB of RAM memory.

The new HTC Sensation XE comes supplied with a powerful 1730mAh battery that should help eliminate some of the problems the original model experienced in the battery life department. This new cell should offer users an excellent standby time of around 540 hours when connected to a 3G network and a talk time of approximately 7.4 hours. Design wise the model sticks with the same aluminium design that the original phone offered but this has been spiced up with some attractive looking red elements together with a much darker finish rather than the silver and bronze look sported by its predecessor. This look is certainly eye catching and undoubtedly makes this phone one of the most stylish looking handsets available. The HTC Sense user interface is present once again together with all of the advantages that it offers especially when it comes to social networking thanks to the excellent Friendstream feature which collaborates a host of your accounts together in one easily manageable location.

The HTC Sensation XE is a great phone that takes all of the superb features that were offered on the original model and updates certain aspects. The result is a phone that boasts ultra modern looks and high speed operation together with unrivalled audio quality.

12 Suicide Pills For the Business Presenter

How to deliver a career-ending presentation today

Do you hate your job and want to be fired tomorrow? One sure way to move to the front of the line for dismissal is to deliver a suicide-pill presentation. Use any one or more of the following methods to deliver your career ending presentation. Use these presentation tips today and say hello to unemployment tomorrow.

1. Don’t prepare. Forget about research, rehearsing and logistics planning. Preparation takes thought, effort and time. Why invest in those efforts if you think you can wing it. Think of all the leaders in any field who winged it. Yeah, I can’t think of any either.

2. Start your presentation by whining about how little time you had to prepare. Your presentation was scheduled for next week but today’s speaker got sick and you have to fill in – so please bear with me. Or whine about the cold coffee, the weather or room temperature. Mimic Homer Simpson – blame others for your presentation and performance shortcomings.

3. Read your presentation. That’s right. Stand up there and read your presentation word for word from a printed text. That’s boring for your audience and will demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge and conviction. You can always cry to your spouse that at least you got all the words right.

4. Write your entire speech in PowerPoint. Write your speech in PowerPoint because it is easy to do. It’s not effective – but it’s easy. Show how lazy and inconsiderate you are. Then read your presentation from the words on the PowerPoint slides. Yes – show people how stupid you believe them to be. They can’t read. That’s why you will read every slide to them. Even if you only read every second slide that demonstrates that you think that they are half stupid. Read every third slide to demonstrate that they are 1/3 stupid.

5. Be very casual in your appearance. Deliver your presentation while seated, leaning on your chair or sitting on the boardroom table. Why stand when you can sit or loaf? Dress down so you are the worst dressed in the room. Tattoos and piercings are really cool so flaunt them. Do your Al Bundy impression – thumbs in pants stance.

6. Play it safe. Give tons of statistics and data. Pretend you are an encyclopedia. In fact read information from books and technical reports. What could be wrong with that? Don’t give your opinion, recommendation or relevance of the information. Just dump information. Yep – that’s boring.

7. Spew techno babble, cliches and vague wording. Think outside of the box, embrace the paradigm shift and raise the bar. Empower staff. Jump the shark – you’re done like dinner.

8. Don’t look at your audience. Refuse to make eye contact. Treat them as the enemy. Instead look at your notes, the screen, the floor, the wall or the boardroom table. Look anywhere but into the eyes of your audience. Don’t let them see the whites of your eyes. They might recognize your fear.

9. Tell jokes. It works for the late night TV talk show hosts. So deliver your top ten list, a sexist joke, or racial insult. When talking to a group of lawyers be sure to pull out all your lawyer jokes. Show them your best Don Rickles or Red Fox imitation.

10. Run overtime. You were given 20 minutes to speak. Why not give them more by speaking for 48 minutes. Surely that’s what people want? Disrespect other peoples’ time – that’s a good career ending strategy.

11. Don’t conclude. Finish without telling people what you want them to do. Make them guess. After all they have all the time in the world to figure out what the heck you were trying to say. Why make it easy on them?

12. Insult and embarrass your audience – especially your boss’s boss. Perform your impressions of your coworkers. Make fun of their appearance, culture or vision. Demonstrate your sarcastic wit. Preface your comments with, “obviously” and “you probably never heard of this”.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes Presenters Make

Giving a great presentation isn’t magic. But… how do you know what works and what doesn’t?

Many of us have learned from our own mistakes-which is the hardest way to learn. I’m going to share some of the most common traps and pitfalls of speakers and what you can do to avoid them. Ahhhhhh… this allows you to plan and deliver your next presentation with less stress!

The 10 biggest mistakes include:

1. Not analyzing your audience. You’re almost guaranteed to embarrass yourself if you walk in to present without figuring out who your audience is. For example you need to consider:

a. How many people will attend?

b. What do they already know about your topic?

c. What are their general demographics? (Age, gender, education level, occupation, etc.)

d. What is their attitude about your topic?

e. Why are they attending your presentation? (Forced to, want to learn something, etc.)

2. Not knowing your purpose. As silly as this sounds, it happens too often! Decide, upfront, why are you speaking. Is it to:

a. Inform/teach

b. Persuade

c. Sell something

d. Inspire

e. Entertain

Without this basic foundation, your presentation is likely to ramble all over the place leaving the audience wondering, “What is the message?”

3. Cramming in too much information. We’ve all heard the KISS principle. Keep it simple and your audience will love you! What is your absolutely essential point that you want to get across?

a. What are your supporting points? (Three is ideal.)

b. Avoid throwing in the “kitchen sink”! It’s tempting to add more and more content. Don’t fall into that trap. Keep asking yourself, does this add or detract from my main point(s)?

4. Choosing the wrong visual aids. Ask yourself, “What will enhance my presentation?” If a visual aid will make your point more clear or memorable then use it. Many speakers wouldn’t image speaking without PowerPoint slides. There are a multitude of choices when it comes to visual aids. Once choice is to use nothing if that gets your main point across the best.

5. Death by PowerPoint. Audiences around the world are fed up with boring PowerPoint slides. I can’t think of too much worse than beginning a presentation with a slide that is full of bullet points and text. This confuses the audience! They aren’t sure if they should read the slide or listen to you. Keep the slides extremely simple. One of the best books on this topic is Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.

6. Not practicing. This is the biggest sin of all! Many presenters believe that if they’ve put their ideas into a PowerPoint slide that all they have to do is click through the presentation and their work is done. Wrong! Nothing… nothing takes the place of practice. Practicing out loud or recording yourself is worth its weight in gold!

7. Not doing your homework. Here I mean taking the time to know the essentials of your presentation:

a. Where will you be speaking?

b. How will attendees be seated (classroom style, lecture hall, round tables, chairs only, etc.)?

c. How early can you get into the room to set up?

d. What equipment will be available to you?

e. Will someone introduce you or will you introduce yourself?

f. Will there be someone available to assist with technology issues? (This is a very frequent issue.)

g. And so much more…

8. Poor delivery/appearance. How will the audience be dressed? (Casual, business casual, jeans, coat and ties… ?)

a. The rule of thumb is to dress one notch above how the attendees will be dressed.

b. Looking your best will give you that added boost of confidence.

c. Using good eye contact will keep your audience engaged. You appear more confident when you include everyone in the audience-you do this best by using eye contact as you sweep the room with your eyes.

9. Going over time. Please don’t do this. If you were asked to speak for an hour, be sure to stop before the hour and allow time for questions and answers, if appropriate. Most listeners appreciate ending on time or a few minutes early. It’s painful to be trapped in a chair beyond the scheduled end time.

10. Not using a summary or conclusion. Have you ever attended a presentation where the speaker stops after the last point and ends abruptly? “Thank you.” It leaves the audience feeling confused. A short but powerful conclusion will make you look like the professional that you are. Reinforce what your message is all about-inspiring, calling to action, entertaining, etc.