Preparing for a Presentation

Preparing for a Presentation
by Danny Tariman

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed” (2Timothy 2:15)

The group was about to present the demo by 9 in the morning.

At 8:30 as he was on the way to the meeting, the leader received a text “Sir, I have some technical glitch. The demo does not run.”

At 9 o’clock the staff still tries to make it run.

Finally, by 9:15, it worked.

They immediately proceeded to the meeting venue. By then the attendees, the big boss including, were anxiously waiting for the group as it was agreed earlier that in all meetings, all parties should be at the venue 15 minutes before the appointed time.

Times like these can be really tense. It is frustrating, to say the least!

But how do we do this as a Christian and be a good witness?

I have a 4-P suggestion:

Pray. The day or the night before, pray that the Lord will guide you all throughout your preparation, and that the event will be successful. Pray for wisdom on what to prepare. Pray for words to speak that you may deliver your talk with confidence, and with persuasion if necessary. Pray too for your audience or participants that they may understand, appreciate your presentation and agree with what you say.

In Luke 6:12 the Bible says that “Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.” He prays before big events happen – like before choosing his disciples, and before performing great miracles.

Prepare. Be ready for the real thing. Practice your slides, practice your lines and your talk, and practice your moves. Make sure that everything works before the day of your appointment.

A good preparation readies us for good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 should guide us. It says “if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” Note that before he can be a good “vessel”, he has to prepare, and he did it by “cleansing” himself. The operative word here is “prepare”.

Better to bring those little extras – extension cord, plug adaptor, backup files on USB drive, VGA-to-HDMI video adaptor (if you are to use a projector), laser pen light, scissors, clips, and others.

Perform. During the meeting and the presentation, give your best. Relax, and just be yourself — a confident, empowered person, ready to win.

“Do not worry about how to speak or what to say” (Matthew 10:19). With prayers and good preparation, it will be the Lord who will guide you.

Don’t be afraid to commit mistakes – like wrong grammar or wrong pronunciation. Everyone commits error in one way or another. Remember, you are the presenter because you are the subject matter expert.

Pointers. After your meeting and presentation, meet your group and ask for feedback. Ask for honest evaluation. This is your pointer towards a better you, and a better meeting and presentation.

Whenever my wife is with me, I would normally ask her for feedback. While she is my number-one fan, she too is my honest-to-goodness critic. I hear from her both the good and the bad sides of my presentation or talk.

I pray that your next presentation be truly successful, in Jesus’ name!

Say “Amen” if you believe!


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The Natural Beauty of Capones Island

The Natural Beauty of Capones Island
by Danny Tariman

I immediately fell in love with this tropical paradise as our boat reached its shores. Pristine creamy white sand, crystal clear waters, pure nature & untouched island bliss. I am even dreaming of camping for a night with my family.

The Capones Island can be seen from the shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. It is the farther of the 2 islands in front of the town. It can be reached by a 20-minute boat ride.

The pristine beach of the island.
The pristine beach of the island.

If you are not familiar with the place, your point of reference should be the Subic Bay Free Port.

We arrived in Subic very early in the morning at about 6. We had a pit stop at Total Gas station along Subic’s main road where we had our packed breakfast. This gas station has man-made lake in its backyard, which offered scenic and refreshing welcome for us.

My family at the vast beach of the island.
My family at the vast beach of the island.

Pundaquit, Zambales is a village about an hour drive from Subic. We were met and welcomed by Jason, Ate Fe’s brother near the town hall. (Ate Fe was our tour contact. Her mobile phone is 0917-667-5374. She and her brother were very accommodating. She even gave us updates on Zambales’ weather as it was rainy in the metro). He rode with us and guided us all the way to the Pundaquit shoreline. Of course, he also led us to a guarded parking lot and helped us carry our luggage.

The Capones lighthouse.
The Capones lighthouse.

Upon reaching Capones Island, I was truly mesmerized by its near-virgin state: the creamy white sand, very clear waters, no structures – except in its far end which is not really visible. The beach was vast and wide, I wanted to camp overnight! It is undeveloped – it has no water supply, no electricity, no toilet nor bathroom – truly the island for nature lovers.

On the other end of the island is the Capones lighthouse which you may reach by riding the boat again. It would have been a nearer option (to the lighthouse) if we moored our boat at the back; but because the waves were a bit high, our boatmen decided to anchor in front, which has a longer trekking – about 15 minutes from the beach. Jason joined us in the trek and was guiding our tour of the island and the lighthouse.

My family at the deck of the lighthouse, overlooking the seas.
My family at the deck of the lighthouse, overlooking the seas.

The lighthouse shows that it is a historical piece: old red bricks, cast iron stairs which for me is a “work or art”, and the surroundings really is a witness of a past era. The view from the deck was awesome! You will see the open seas fronting the West Philippine Sea (or the South China Sea, whichever you prefer to call it).

I understand that during summer months, the queue to the lighthouse is long. It’ll take you a long wait before you can climb its deck. Tip: go there during lean months — June to February. Just ensure there is no weather disturbance in the country.

If you love nature, this is nature at its best!

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The Rustic Beauty of Anawangin Cove

Blessed Pair of Eyes

by Danny Tariman

Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! – Luke 10:23

When I was the sixth wait-listed passenger queuing at the airport, and the counter clerk called me ahead of the rest, I saw the hand of the Lord moving.

When I was given a job to head the project management office of a leading IT company where my subordinates were Masters degree holders and certified project managers while I was neither, I saw the favor of the Lord resting on me.

When I was able to buy in cash a house and lot at an incomprehensibly low price but still beyond my current capacity to pay, I saw the power of the Lord manifesting.

In my “old life,” I’ve had some good luck. I took it all as coincidental or it happened because of me or my doing. I never saw it as coming from God.

I realize now, as I continue to know and grow in the Lord and serve Him, that nothing happens by chance. I am blessed that my eyes are now able to see God moving in my life.

Count your blessings yesterday, the past week, last month. Do you see the Lord moving in your life?

Thank You, dear Jesus, for coming into my life. Continue to manifest Your favor upon me and let me see Your blessings for me. Amen.

[This reflection is first published in Didache Dec 2, 2014]