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Key-Notes For Effective Business Presentations!

Posted By  Jody Amos /  March 11, 2015

POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS: Oh no, it’s another snoozer! Slide by slide the audience struggles to stay awake during a colleague’s presentation. How can you avoid this during your own? Do your homework and make sure you research your subject well, design an effective PowerPoint (aka “Deck”), and have the right tools to deliver. Do a YouTube search on 'Steve Jobs Keynote' and take some time to watch and study some of his speeches. Pay attention to his free-flowing movements and simply-de

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Show Us Your Mug Contest

Posted By  Jody Amos /  July 31, 2014

Show Us Your Mug! $1000 in Prizes - Winners every Friday in August! #ShowUsYourMug August marks our 24th year in business, and we want to have a little fun with it. One of our staple promo items over the years has been a mug, water cantina, or a glass of some sort - and we've given out a couple thousand in the last couple years. Every once in awhile, someone will send us a pic of them with their mug, and it brightens our day every time. So we thought we would celebrate the month

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TEDx Talks

Posted By  Jody Amos /  March 1, 2014

TEDx TALKS: The purpose of TEDx Talks are to combine a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances, based on a specific topic/theme with the goal of sparking imagination, foster learning, inspire, and provoke conversations that matter. Amos Productions has been part of several TEDx Talks over the last couple of years. We typically do 3 or 4 camera productions that are later edited and uploaded direct to the TEDx Youtube page. In addition, Amos Product

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2013 Rewind Video

Posted By  Jody Amos /  December 26, 2013

AMOSPRO 2013 REWIND Looking back at 2013, we have done a lot of great events with so many wonderful people. We truly enjoy working with the greatest clients and vendors on such great projects. We are really looking forward to 2014! Happy Holidays to everyone! Cheers! Jody & Staff

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Key-Notes For Effective Business Presentations!

Keynote Presentation

POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS:
Oh no, it’s another snoozer! Slide by slide the audience struggles to stay awake during a colleague’s presentation. How can you avoid this during your own? Do your homework and make sure you research your subject well, design an effective PowerPoint (aka “Deck”), and have the right tools to deliver. Do a YouTube search on ‘Steve Jobs Keynote’ and take some time to watch and study some of his speeches. Pay attention to his free-flowing movements and simply-designed slides.

No need to write out your whole speech – keep it to bulleted items and expand naturally upon them. Don’t over use animation but use them effectively if you plan to add a few. Know your audience. What do they need to know? What do they already know? And ultimately, what is in it for them? Outline and organize your content before building your deck. Prepare a strong close by summarizing your conclusion. Then Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!

KNOW YOUR DOMAIN:
Take a few minutes to get familiar with the operations of your AV equipment. Will you be projecting on the boardroom wall for some co-workers, or will you be on stage in front of hundreds? Will you be controlling the laptop or will you have a remote? Can you see the main screen from where you are presenting or will you have a personal “Confidence Monitor”? Will your screen be in an older 4:3 or the newer 16:9 widescreen ratio? Build your deck accordingly. Not knowing your AV setup could add some additional stress moments before taking the stage.

VIDEO NOTES:
Do you have video to show? If so, how long is it? Don’t lose your audience by playing long boring videos. Consider editing the video down to the meat of it. NEVER rely on wifi to show videos from YouTube or other website, we have seen many failures. Get the video file, there are ways to download most youtube videos to your hard drive, and be SURE to embed those videos to your presentation. Does your video have audio? Who’s in charge of the sound system? Make sure to touch base with the sound crew a couple days prior to make sure they are prepared with an audio feed. Download YouTube videos? Embed videos into my deck? Google it!

MICROPHONE SELECTIONS:
Many people are afraid of microphones. Decide which one will be most comfortable for you to present with. Handheld and podium mics are without a doubt the best sounding microphones for any PA system, but lapel or headset mics offer the freedom to roam and be more natural. Professional presenters tend to use headset mics because they sound a lot better than lapel mics – what options will be available to you?

VIDEO PROJECTORS:
There are many projectors out there but which one do you choose? You have many things to consider when selecting the right projector, including the size of the screen, the screen ratio (4:3 vs 16:9), the distance of the projection and most importantly, the amount of ambient light in the room. The brightness of a projector is measured in ‘lumens’ and rental projectors can range anywhere from 1,500-10,000 Lumens. Always be sure to test the projector’s brightness in advance if you are unsure of the overall clarity. Are you using your own laptop, or the AV teams computers?

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Consider recording your presentation on video. First and foremost, you can learn a lot from watching yourself give a presentation. Do you look nervous, fidgety, did you move around too much? If this is an important presentation, you should have some stage lighting, and backlighting especially if you are doing video! Are the stage lights too bright in your eyes? Probably! That is show business for you. Ideally, stage lighting should be 45 and 45. 45 degrees to the sides, and 45 degree high. Is your presentation worth selling? Maybe you can produce some DVDs for some extra money.

GOOD READ:
“Presenting To Win, The Art of Telling Your Story” by Jerry Weissman is an excellent book about staying focused on what your audience really wants from your presentation. It is known as the bible of PowerPoint Presentations and is a great resource for anyone that struggles with public speaking.

AV SUPPORT:
Amos Productions specializes in corporate entertainment and audio-visual needs, including services ranging from equipment rentals to full service corporate events. Our staff of experts will provide you with the support needed to create and implement your vision into a full-fledged corporate production, company conference, award show, holiday party or smaller scaled meeting. We strive to provide all of the A/V equipment you need, without the technical jargon and hassles. The experts here will assist you in selecting the right components, with the support needed to deliver a successful event. We also provide on-call assistance and are here for your every need.

Show Us Your Mug Contest

Show Us Your Mug!

$1000 in Prizes – Winners every Friday in August! #ShowUsYourMug

August marks our 24th year in business, and we want to have a little fun with it. One of our staple promo items over the years has been a mug, water cantina, or a glass of some sort – and we’ve given out a couple thousand in the last couple years. Every once in awhile, someone will send us a pic of them with their mug, and it brightens our day every time. So we thought we would celebrate the month by giving away some cool prizes to those that show us their mug – or a pic of yourself with anything amospro related. Need a mug, just ask!

We are giving away $1000 in prizes – winners announced every Friday in August. To enter this contest, post a picture of you with an AMOSPRO Mug, Glass, Water Cantina, Brochure, Magazine Ad or anything Amos Productions related to our Facebook page Twitter or Instagram, and we will announce a winner every Friday in August before Noon.

Prizes are:
8/1 ~ $100 The Restaurant at Wente (announced by 5pm today)
8/8 ~ $100 to Nordstroms
8/15 ~ $100 to PF Changs
8/22 ~ $100 to Cheesecake Factory
8/29 ~ $600 to Amos Productions

CONTEST RULES:
Employees of Amos Productions not eligible.
1 Entry Per Person
Can only win a contest 1 time.
Grand Prize good for any 2014-2015 event within Tri-Valley.
Photos will be printed and placed in a box for drawings each friday.
All undrawn photos will roll over to next week.

TEDx Talks

TEDx TALKS:

The purpose of TEDx Talks are to combine a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances, based on a specific topic/theme with the goal of sparking imagination, foster learning, inspire, and provoke conversations that matter.

Amos Productions has been part of several TEDx Talks over the last couple of years. We typically do 3 or 4 camera productions that are later edited and uploaded direct to the TEDx Youtube page.

In addition, Amos Productions will be driving the A/V Productions behind the scenes. Seamlessly switching from powerpoint to video to powerpoint, providing confidence monitors and presentation countdown timers, video screens, projectors, microphones, sound systems, etc.

UPCOMING TEDx TALKS:

March 1, 2014
TEDx Mt. Diablo
Dream Big
Cal High School, San Ramon, CA
https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/9738

September 20, 2014
TEDx Livermore
Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA
http://tedxlivermore.com

2013 Rewind Video

AMOSPRO 2013 REWIND

Looking back at 2013, we have done a lot of great events with so many wonderful people. We truly enjoy working
with the greatest clients and vendors on such great projects. We are really looking forward to 2014!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Cheers!
Jody & Staff