We’re really excited to be pushing a bunch of updates to Present.me this morning. Included is superior quality video recording with the same small bandwidth availability. This means a better resolution picture, smoother video and less pixelation on your presentmes. Also included in updates today is an increase in what we’re giving away with Free accounts. Now free accounts can record up to 30 presentme’s a month!
New Team and Education plans are included in this update – thanks to all the feedback from our users who have helped us pull these plans together.
We’re making major changes to all our services so you won’t be able to record a Present.me for a few hours whilst we reconfigure our servers, but the wait will be more than worth it! Thanks for your patience.
CEO & Co-founder
Charlie Simpson, Present.me Co-founder, talks about energy levels in January.
Some of you are feeling great, inspired, and ready for action. Others are exhausted at the very thought of getting over your January blues. However, be warned- your energy is infectious (as infectious as the Norovirus, which we hope none of you got over Christmas). So be careful what energy you take into a room when you walk in, particularly when giving a presentation or speech. If you don’t appear to care what you’re talking about, why should we?
Parents, before & after kids:
What’s your reaction to these photos? Amusement? Horror? Distastefulness? Annoyance? I’m sure everyone has a different reaction based on his or her own values and beliefs. I did think twice before posting these, because to a certain extent, they are distasteful, but they help me make my point.
If this was a speech or presentation and these were the slides I’d prepared, the point I’d be making is that being a parent is hard work – it takes its toll on you physically and mentally. Just in case my children ever read this, I’d then show you something else that helps illustrate the point that it’s more than worth it and it’s the best thing that can ever happen to you too ☺
The real point I want to make is the power of an analogy. In this case an analogous image. With a good image, you get the point in an instant, no need to think. In this case, “That’s funny, they look haggard and they’ve got babies, ergo, babies are hard work.” With a really good image it will do that on one level, but it can also do quite the opposite too. It stops you and makes you think – “If that’s the downside of parenting, what’s the upside?”. “Those are the faces from that drugs campaign – I wonder if any of them are parents? What sort of life are their children going to lead?” and so on and so forth.
So, when using an analogy / metaphor / simile, think about using an image to back up your words – it can add another subtle layer of depth to your presentation and hook your audience in deeper. Don’t get caught up in the detail of your analogy – if you scrutinize it too much, it will probably fall apart. If it makes the broad point quickly then go with it.
Present.me co-founder Charlie Simpson gives us his top presentation tip of the week- ‘Try to say everything and you’ll end up saying nothing’.