Preparing a Stellar Presentation

Rear view of a business man giving a speech at a seminarWith all the high-tech gadgets and gizmos intended to make presentations captivating, the majority of them still tend to fall flat, leaving many nodding themselves to sleep at conference tables around the world.  How can you ensure that your message gets the attention it deserves?  Here are 5 simple tips to help you create an engaging business presentation:

  1. Know your audience. Your message should be catered to your audience and that can’t happen until you know who your audience is. Consider who you’ll be speaking to, including their wants, needs and most pressing concerns.  Only then can you say something they actually want to hear.
  1. Don’t run long. While you may think all those bells and whistles are enough to carry an audience through an hour-long presentation, chances are they would get more out of one that is half as long. Less is often more.
  1. Keep it simple. From graphics to research to long-term projections, remember that your audience is probably better suited for the gist than the nitty-gritty. Trying to share everything you know about this issue will probably result in information overload.  Simplify and streamline your presentation so as to not overwhelm.
  1. Don’t get too fancy. Related to number three, this tip discourages the use of too many bells and whistles which can become distracting. When you use a cacophony of audio files, animation techniques, and even graphic backgrounds in your PowerPoint presentation, you make your audience dizzy.  Also distracting (and difficult to read) can be those fancy fonts.
  1. Be Yourself. The most important thing is for you to be yourself.  Relax, be personable and don’t do anything that feels uncomfortable or unnatural.  You’ll find that this one tip, in and of itself, will help the audience warm up to you more than any other.

You’ll find you become more at ease with making presentations the more often you do them.  The experience will help you become more confident and comfortable promoting yourself and your business.  Not only that, but it will make you more at ease when interacting with clients as well.

Let Universal Motivate Inspire Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

If you’d like to watch expert presenters in action, invite UAC’s motivation speakers to attend a special event, conference or office retreat.  Universal Accounting Center has some exceptional presenters on staff who can motivate you and your team to excel.  With a number of individuals experienced in a variety of topics, they can help you better serve your clients, better market your practice, and better grow your wealth.  Learn more about Universal Accounting Center’s speaker and book one for your next event!

Mind Your Workplace Manners

bad-communication5 Fatal Professional Flaws

When you’re frustrated with a work situation, it can be difficult not to react negatively.  But it’s important that you secure a healthy perspective in order to foster a positive workplace environment.  Lashing out or getting too comfy can mean the end of fairly good position, the opportunity to earn that desired promotion, or the inability to inspire and lead your team.  And regardless of your future plans, you wouldn’t an awkward situation to taint your professional reputation.

Like the seven deadly sins, you must make an effort to avoid the following 5 fatal flaws:

1. Anger. Anger is generally a masking emotion, meaning it is a cover for deeper, more painful ones.  If you’re feeling angry you must ask yourself what you’re really feeling.  Sadness?  Disappointment?  Frustration?  Hopelessness?  All these emotions can hide safely beneath anger, making it difficult for you to deal with your true feelings.  Not only that, but anger can be extremely destructive.

2. Envy. Think of all the famous fables, stories and fairy tales.  Did jealously ever get anyone anywhere?  No.  In fact, it’s generally a fatal flaw that destroys both antagonists and heroes alike.  And in the work place, jealousy only distracts you from performing your job well.

3. Complacency. Webster defines complacency as ‘self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.’  Unless you’re continually trying to improve your game, chances are you’ll become complacent, unaware that you’re no longer fulfilling your job description and meeting your employer’s and/or clients’ needs.

4. Short-sighted. It’s important that you have a vision for what the company aspires to do as well as an action plan that will help you accomplish it.  Understanding the big picture enables you to reach higher while contributing to your employer’s and/or clients’ success.

5. Arrogance. Like jealousy, there are no inspiring stories about great leaders who achieved their goals with arrogance.  Regardless of your role, it’s important that you be a team player who is teachable and continually striving to better yourself.

It’s important that you evaluate your workplace attitude to see if you’ve become the biggest obstacle to your own career advancement.  Sometimes a slight change in perspective is all it takes to change the trajectory of your future.

Register for Universal’s FREE Start Today Seminar

From DC to Texas and Canada to California—Universal travels the country providing free 3-hour seminars teaching the secrets to establishing a successful accounting and bookkeeping service.  There you’ll learn how to enhance your service offerings while increasing your bottom lime!  Look at our schedule and register for one of our seminars in a city near you.  As attendee Dennis Shumway explained, “I have been involved in financial service for 20 years and have attended seminars all over the country. The quality of this class has been head and shoulders above any class that I have ever taken.”

Take advantage of this FREE opportunity now!  Register today!

 

Making a Career Comeback

5 Tips on Wowing Prospective Employers

Whether you’ve been raising a family, earning a degree, or were the victim of  layoffs, planning a career comeback can be daunting.  You may worry that your time away has hindered your chances for finding solid employment.  It doesn’t have to!

As you prepare to get your career on track, consider these 5 tips on wowing prospective employers.

1. Determine what you want. Don’t plow forward until you have decided the direction you want your career to go.  When you haphazardly push your career forward, you wind up with a haphazard career.  While the responsibility of earning a living may loom large, it doesn’t have to prevent you from getting on a desirable career path.  Sit back and determine where you’d most like to be in your career before you start the job hunt.

2. Develop new skills. Some people are concerned that this step will take too much time from their efforts in finding a new job.  While you may have to find a transitional job to pay the bills while you receive necessary training, you don’t have to spend years earning professional certification.  In some cases, one or two college classes will be enough to revamp your skills, while in other cases a reputable bookkeeping program may be what you need.

3. Revamp your resume. Once you know where you are going and are confident that you possess the skills necessary, it’s time to revamp your resume.  Highlight your strengths while considering the employers who will review it.  What are they most interested in, and have you made it easy for them to find it on your resume?

4. Build your network. The best way to find work opportunities is through networking.  If you’ve been out of the loop for awhile, chances are you will need to rebuild your network.  Consider family, friends, businesses you frequent, and other contacts who could expose you to potential jobs.  Spread the word, and you’ll soon discover just how valuable a professional network can be.

5. Be flexible. Sometimes we become too narrow-minded when looking for a job.  Is it absolutely necessary for you to find full-time employment?  Would your career benefit more from a part-time position?  Or, perhaps, you could consider freelance work for awhile?  Approaching your career with an open mind may enable you to discover possibilities you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Consider Self-Employment

As you ponder your options for reentering the job market, you may also want to consider the possibility of self-employment.  Is it time to launch your own business in order to enjoy greater flexibility and higher earnings?

The Universal Practice Builder program is designed to train you how to promote your practice in order to experience significant growth and profitability.

This program offers the following:

  • $30,000 in new annualized billings in only 12 months
  • Tactical goal planning and setting
  • The generation of 15 to 25 qualified leads per month
  • Phone marketing instruction and training
  • Training in the benefits of newsletters and websites
  • 12 proven marketing strategies
  • Financing options

Build a stellar practice by enrolling in this program today!  It’s time to take charge of your professional future.  Call 1-877-833-7909 today!

Moonlighting

moonlightingA Viable and Risk-Free Way to Launch Your Startup

A risk-free way to launch your own practice is by easing into it, moonlighting in your spare time.  This way you can continue to earn a stable income with your day job until you build a clientele that will sustain a full-time venture.

But before you get started, there are four rules you should follow:

1. Work on your business every day.  Once you decide to start your own business, it’s important that you schedule a set number of hours you will dedicate to your new business every day.  Whether it be 2, 3 or 4 hours, block them out on your calendar to ensure it gets done.  And remember that you should use some of those hours to build a solid foundation for your business, composing business and marketing plans that will increase your chances for success.

2. Don’t neglect your day job.  While you may be certain that your moonlighting efforts will soon enable you to quit your traditional job, remember that there’s a reason you’re launching your practice in your spare time; you need the money from your full-time job to support you until your practice is sustainable.  Until you submit your two-weeks’ notice, you should continue to be present and responsible at your current position.

3. Secure your family’s support.  It’s nearly impossible to run a successful business from home without your family’s support.  Not to mention, you will dedicate a considerable amount of your ‘down time’ to this new venture.  Be sure to discuss all the pros and cons together before making any decisions, because in a crunch you just might need to enlist their help in order to succeed.

4. Start saving money.  The uncertainty of self-employment can be paralyzing.  In order to steel yourself for that time, it’s a good idea to save money earmarked for those first few months when you’ll be testing your entrepreneurial spirit.  Making decisions out of desperation is not good for any business; padding your savings account will enable you to make sound decisions that are not based on fear.

Moonlighting is a great way to ease into a new practice.  By following these four simple rules, you will be prepared for a low-risk, high-return launch of your business.

The Universal Practice Builder (UPB) Program

Another way to ensure the success of your new practice is to effectively secure quality clients using proven marketing techniques.  The Universal Practice Builder Program was designed to train you how to market your practice to the right demographic in the right way.

This program offers the following:

  • A guarantee of $30,000 in new annualized billings in only 12 months
  • Tactical goal planning and setting
  • The generation of 15 to 25 qualified leads per month
  • Phone marketing instruction and training
  • Training in the benefits of newsletters and websites
  • 12 proven marketing strategies
  • Our iron-glad guarantee

Take the steps necessary to launch your own practice and be your own boss.  Allow Universal to help with the Universal Practice Builder Program.  Enroll today by calling 1-877-833-7909!

UA Announces New Website and Industry Database

abc-main-logoToday Universal Accounting announced the release of AB Tips, a new website offering a database of information for financial professionals.

AB Tips is a powerful training resource specifically designed for contract accountants and bookkeepers searching for industry information in manageable, bite-size pieces.  Subscribers can search Universal’s vast library and have immediate access to instructional videos, tutorials, webinars, and informational articles that will answer their every accounting, bookkeeping, QuickBooks, tax preparation and marketing question.

Each week new research materials will be added to ensure subscribers have access to timely information regarding the latest topics in the industry.  Universal hopes that AB Tips becomes a resource enabling financial professionals to excel in their careers as they receive guidance on day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping tasks.

Universal President and CEO Roger Knecht explains, “Success is not knowing everything but knowing where to get the answers to everything.  ABTips is just that, a resource providing short videos addressing topics in accounting, bookkeeping, tax, QuickBooks, etc. With your subscription to ABTips, you will have access to the information you need to excel in the accounting profession.”

Universal will continue to offer their traditional training programs enabling students to master and certify in specialized subjects like bookkeeping, tax preparation, QuickBooks and marketingABTips was designed as an everyday resource for professionals looking to maintain a competitive advantage and offer stellar services to their clients while becoming the premier financial provider in their area.

For over thirty years Universal Accounting Center has offered premier training to professionals looking to provide financial services to small businesses.  And our training helps students develop not only crucial financial skills but also the marketing know-how to help promote those services.  Skills are taught through patented online coursework, allowing students to learn at their own pace. In August, 2006, Universal Accounting® debuted on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. More information about Universal can be found by calling 1-800-343-4827 or visiting www.universalaccountingcenter.com.

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