Dog Pajamas – Fantastic Xmas Present For Your Family Dog

With Christmas just round the corner, what better present can there be to give your pet doggie than one of those cute little dog pajamas? Considering the variety of other sorts of dog garments, for instance tutu, tank top and jacket, why did I recommend a nightwear for your furry friend? Without a doubt those are very cute looking dog clothing however, your pet is the coldest at night so there is nothing greater than a pajama to keep it warm.

Even if you are living in a country where there is no winter, your four-legged friend is inactive when it is snoozing, therefore its body temperature will decrease. That might cause it to rouse quite often in an attempt to find a warm and cozy place to nap. With a dog pajama, your pet dog will stay warm and comfortable, so it will be able to have enough sleep the whole night.

Some people think that PJs can be uninteresting looking, is it true?

Not at all! When you visit your neighborhood pet store, you will be astonish to discover that there are a lot of exciting styles as well as vibrant designs to pick from. Even the fabrics which are used can be found in a wide array, depending on your pet’s preferences. In fact, you can even decide on a couple of designs and let your doggie wear a unique one every evening!

Pointers that will help you pick the right nightwear for your doggie:

1. Fabric utilized

As mentioned earlier, these doggie PJs can be made from different materials but you would want to go with something which is comfortable for your dog. Cotton, soft flannel or fleecy fabric are excellent choices since they are delicate so they are not going to damage your dog?s skin, particularly if it has skin allergy. Furthermore, such fabrics will keep your four-legged friend cozy at night but not too warm that it gets annoyed.

2. Design and color

Generally, you would want to purchase a dog pajama which is vibrant in color with a lot of fun styles. This will not only make your furry companion look more attractive but will also ensure that your pet can be seen from miles away, especially when you opt to take it outside for walks at night or let it roam around in the neighborhood.

An additional suggestion is to choose something which matches the coat color of your dog, just like the way you might go with clothing to match your own hair color. To make it more enjoyable, you may even want to get a matching nightwear for your own use or obtain the exact same sets for both of your dogs, if you have several!

3. Dimensions

How can you ensure that the doggy nightwears that you have purchased for your pet or pets are suitable? When doing your shopping, you ought to make sure that the PJ fits your canine friend perfectly. Something that is just too big or too small may cause discomfort for your canine companion.

One piece of advice would be to take measurements of your furry friend before you head out to buy the pajamas. You should take the lengths from its head to tail as well as of the widths between the shoulders. This way you will know the size to obtain for your pet. There ought to be size charts at the neighborhood pet shop or online shop that you are shopping at to assist you to make your decision.

Then again, you may want to consider taking your pet doggie along when you are out shopping for your pet’s nightwears at your local pet store. This way, you may even try out the pajamas for your furry friend and you can then determine which are the best suited ones to purchase.

Would Banning PowerPoint Improve Your Presentations?

We’ve all sat through those presentations where someone bored us to death with slide after slide of text, dated images or graphs crammed with information.

That’s why the phrase “Death by PowerPoint” was invented.

Many organisations have responded to this by banning the use of PowerPoint in any presentations. In some cases, they allow other programmes, such as Prezi, but some ban the use of visuals altogether.

Are they right to do this?

I can certainly sympathise. Most speakers I see use PowerPoint very badly. Their main crimes are:

  • using slides as a crutch for themselves, in effect writing out their presentation on PowerPoint and using it as their notes
  • writing PowerPoint slides which they intend to print off as handouts
  • hiding behind the slides so the presentation becomes little more than a voiceover
  • using the basic templates in PowerPoint to produce endless bullet point lists or repetitive slides with a heading and a tiny picture

This may be partly because of lack of time, or lack of expertise or just plain laziness.

Whatever the reason, the result is that thousands of people have to endure dreadful presentations and the whole dreary PowerPoint experience continues.

So I can see why some places might be tempted to just ban the whole thing. And I would be happy if one result of this was to force speakers to concentrate on keeping their audience’s attention by having great content and developing their delivery skills.

I’m all for developing a much higher standard of oratory amongst presenters!

But there are some problems with banning slides altogether.

Powerful visual aids can play a huge part in getting across key points with impact and helping an audience to listen, learn and remember.

Used well, visuals can:

  • grab, and keep, attention
  • explain a point more clearly than words
  • form a strong emotional connection between the audience and the subject matter
  • leave a lasting impression which fixes the point in the audience’s long term memory
  • introduce humour in a relevant and appropriate way

Of course, the key point is that they do have to be used well. The way most slides are used, they do none of these things.

But that’s not the fault of the medium itself – it’s not really PowerPoint’s fault, it’s the fault of the speakers who use it.

And I have to say, it’s not just PowerPoint, I’ve seen people using other packages just as badly.

So perhaps banning PowerPoint isn’t the answer. Because banning visual aids cuts off what could be a massive asset for a presenter and a massive benefit for the audience.

The answer is to give people the training they need to use PowerPoint the way it should be used – so presenters can speak with more impact and audiences can be spared the “death by a thousand slides” which they have to endure at the moment.

How to Add Humor to a Presentation

Can you, and should you, attempt to add humor to a presentation? This is one of those topics which really divides opinion, with those who say yes arguing it brings a needed lightness of touch to an otherwise serious topic, whilst those who say no arguing it detracts from the message, and worse, clan be punter-productive if and when jokes go wrong. This article will help you decide for yourself.

The short answer to this question is… It depends. It depends whether you can do humor or not. I believe it is less about whether the topic merits humor, or the client will accept it, and far more about how you plan to include humour in your presentation.

Most of us have experience of a joke not working. Whether us, or someone else, the silence that follows when a joke fails to “land” can be a deafening experience. Often though a joke working or not working is more down to how it is used in the context of the presentation. There also exists in some people a morbid worry about whether or not a joke is appropriate in a working situation..

Here are some pointers. First regarding where you use humor. Many speakers are of the view that they should “start with a joke”. I think this is a dangerous idea, unless you really do know what you are doing with making people laugh. I often use very gentle jokes early on in a presentation because it is something I am very comfortable with, and because I am guaging the level and reactions of the audience. The problem with trying out your one funny line at the beginning is that no one, not you and not the audience, really knows what to expect from you. If the joke doesn’t work you maybe lose a little confidence, which then doesn’t help your presentation. If you have ever seen someone tell a joke early on and get zero response, before nervously continuing, you will know what I mean.

Instead I like to use humor throughout the presentation, safe in the knowledge that not all jokes work. What is very funny one day seems not to work another day. I have certain “lines” I use in key moments which cuts down the number of times that I fail to get a laugh, because they a well tested moments. As one builds a number of these so confidence to try other funny lines increases because if something new doesn’t work, there are always well proven lines.

I have referred to using humor as “lines” rather than jokes, and this may need explaining. If you try and tell jokes of the “here’s a good one…. What do you get if you cross….” you set yourself up, and getting it wrong is so easy. Instead I want to use punchlines… There is a moment that people realise it’s a joke… Following on from what sounds like a it’s part of the presentation… Which gives several advantages;

The line is not expected, so the laugh tends to be more natural as people “discover” it.
It subtly makes people want to listen more, since your presentation is not as predictable
Crucially… If a line isn’t perceived as funny there is less build up, so less crash down for you.

This means you have to be able to deliver the line correctly. You will have seen the person who can’t wait to tell you the funny joke, which turns out to be not remotely funny. Not what we want to emulate. Instead, the line is “dropped in” casually. One needs to be aware it is there, so if an audience reacts, and we get lots of laughter, great we can pause to allow the laugh, a breathing space and a sip of water. If not, then no damage is done.

All of the above assumes that we agree humor is a good choice in a business presentation. Of course in some situations humor will not be appropriate, but the fact is it will work in many situations, and I have made powerful use of humor in pitch presentations, training sessions, conferences, motivational events and more.

Humor is really powerful since it helps bring a human perspective to the presentation. As people, at work, in many situations we find things funny. Not to allow that simply because it is a presentation does no favours.

Humor also changes the pace of what is happening. It can work astoundingly well immediately following or preceding very serious content. This is a dramatic technique which has been used throughout history…building up tension which is then released with laughter… Or having people in a state of mind when they are relaxed, before presenting them with serious information.

A laugher state is highly conducive to learning. Think about all the things you learnt before you went to school… And now remember how that learning took place… Laughing, smiling, jokes and fun. We can tap into that natural state by allowing humor in our presentations.

Humor helps bring passion to a session. It’s natural and helps people – you included – to be themselves.

Finally well placed self deprecating humor is very good at showing the speaker in a good light. The person who is confident to not only stand and speak in front of others, but also find humor in the situation, is perceived as a a powerful speaker.

Some really quick tips include;

Know the joke, rehearse it like the rest of the presentation, to avoid that getting it wrong thing we’ve all done.
Avoid “in jokes”… Tell a joke that everyone can understand. Many get this wrong and it never works.
Deliver your punchlines. Get a laugh and thats great. If not, continue.
Self-deprecating humor is really powerful.
Humor that comes from your organisations reality is best… “borrowing” comedians jokes is risky, since their style is probably not yours.

Finally remember that humor does not have to be roaring laughs. The fact remains that this is a business presentation. If your first attempts to use humor receive only an occasional smile, thats fine. Too many presentations are dry as dust, so if you can get a couple of people smiling, you’re ahead of the game.