Canon EOS Rebel T1i and T2i – The Best Christmas Presents For The Amateur Photographer On Your List

These two digital single lens reflex (slr) cameras – the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and T2i are amazingly flexible still AND VIDEO cameras for the amateur photographer on your Christmas list. These cameras are a far cry from using a phone to take pictures and video. They truly are best Christmas presents for serious photogs.

Independent Review
Add the fact that Consumer Reports (CR) rated Canons as #1, #2, and #3 in a recent issue covering advanced cameras. The EOS Rebel T2i ranked #2 and is a CR recommendation while the EOS Rebel T1i ranked #3 and is a CR BEST BUY. The magazine also graded the manufacturer high in reliability.

It Gets Better!
At this hour Amazon lists the T2i as a #2 bestseller and the T1i as a #5 bestseller in the digital slr category. Both are user rated as 4+ (out of 5) stars.

What’s The Difference Between The Models?
The T1i is the first Rebel model with video capabilities. The T2i is the newest Rebel and has more advanced features – higher resolution (18 vs. 15.1 MP), higher low lighting range (6400 vs 3200), and expanded compatibility memory cards. But you will pay a price for the newest features.

So Would The Shutterbug On Your List Like Their Gift?
Love is a more accurate term – anytime you shoot an event, the video capability comes into play. For example, suppose you are attending a wedding. You can shoot stills in the church (slrs are excellent low light camera) and action in the reception (you know, the groom dances with his mother).

Business Presentation Tips – Little Changes For Big Success

In business presentations, clients and prospects are listening, watching and sensing everything you say, show and do.

Skilled experts read non-verbal facial expression and body language. Perhaps you’ve seen the Fox television series: “Lie To Me.” In this series, Dr. Cal Lightman is able to decode non-verbal facial expressions and body language. He uses this system to determine if someone is lying. 

This popular show is rooted in serious science.

Researcher Dr. Paul Ekman has studied facial expressions for 50 years. His blog offers a course on ‘micro-expressions,’ the telltale signs of whether someone is telling the truth or not. 

Ekman was named in 2009 as one of the Top 100 most influential people of 2009. Dr. Ekman’s training is used by government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, educational and medical professionals to enhance their ability to better ‘read’ people and detect potential lies.

Whether or not you want to study the art of lying, your audience is watching your face. Your audience may not include people with the same trained expertise. However, every person has the instinctive ability to sense lies or truth. This is the root of expressions such as: “I just have a hunch he’s not telling the whole story.”

If you want to radically change your success in presenting, it pays to understand the power of facial expressions.

What can you do to improve your presentation delivery skills?

Here are a few tips to help you master the art of using expressing yourself with authentic presentation delivery:

Tip 1: Show Your Emotions

While presentation coaches and trainers spend a lot of time on the face, this is often the easiest way to show believability. Adults have a lot of practice showing emotion with our facial expressions.

In professional settings, the emphasis is: show appropriate emotion. When your face conveys an appropriate amount of happiness or sadness, your audience will read this as alignment.

Tip 2: Smile Like You Mean It

A genuine smile can dissolve barriers and warm up a crowd. You don’t have to ‘turn on the charm’ or become an over-the-top performer. Simply smile with feeling as you would to a close colleague or friend.

Tip 3: Share What’s Going On

No doubt you’ve heard about the power of self-disclosure. It’s also called frank and honest expression. If something is going on, tell your audience.

This is a fast and easy way to let the audience into your personal experience. Perhaps you’ve just had a tough commute. Or you got lost on the way to the conference. Open up. It will help people to understand your expressions and emotions.

If you notice that you’re making a strong facial expression, let the audience come inside of your reaction. “This story makes me frown…let me tell you why…”

If you are sharing data you feel passionately about, tell the audience about your feelings: ” I get so worked up about this because I know there’s a cure…”

With small transitions and changes, you are building a bridge of trust with your audience. Because you want to be a persuasive presenter, connecting to your audience and telling the truth are extremely important.

The good news is, when you pay attention to the little things, you can get big results. With a precise focus on your delivery skills, you can be the kind of charismatic presenter you’ve always dreamed of being.

Want to be an animated and persuasive presenter? Show your feelings, speak the truth and connect personally with your audience

Living In Present Moment – You May Experience The Presence Of An Angel

Do you believe in Angels? Although statistics very, the Bible mentions angels about 300 times. Many religions believe angels are messengers or protectors. Angels are for everyone; the key to experiencing angels is present moment awareness.

Walking my dog in the park is a bonding and fun time for both of us. But the walks are also learning experiences in awareness for me. It’s the present moment consciousness that helps to keep me grounded.

The following experience happened a few months ago. Harlow (my dog) and I were having a dog training lesson about not chasing birds. And as usual she always found a bird to chase that I really wasn’t aware of or just didn’t see it.

On that quiet sunny day with the ocean breeze blowing just enough to cool the heat of the sunshine, Harlow made a dash toward a beautiful white bird standing directly beside a homeless woman who was sleeping soundly near the river.

I had seen this woman several times riding her bike, but never sleeping. What happened next startled me. That bird didn’t move when Harlow darted toward it. My dog abruptly stopped within two feet of the bird, and neither Harlow nor I dared to move closer. It was apparent the bird was not going to move.

After gaining composure, we continued our walk around the riverbank. Approaching our starting point, I noticed the woman was still sleeping and the beautiful white bird standing exactly in the same spot with its feathers blowing in the wind. Several people had gathered and were watching with intrigued intent.

They were talking among themselves that the bird had protected the woman for over two hours. Someone in the crowd mentioned that perhaps they should call the Park Ranger.

I felt speechless as I listened to the discussion. A few people attempted to approach the woman but the bird wouldn’t allow them near her. It was late so Harlow and I went home, but I couldn’t forget the experience.

Later that week I ran into several of the people who had stayed until the woman awoke. Their story is that the woman slept about another hour before she walked to her bicycle. The bird flew into the sunset only after the woman left the park.

Why was that big beautiful white bird so protective with this homeless woman? Was the woman an angel? Or was the bird an angel? Or were either of them an angel?

Life can only be lived one moment at a time. Living in present moment can broaden our wisdom. We can’t change the past. But we can change our future by making better choices. And to get the wisdom for better choices, we must practice present moment living.

Pay attention to your surroundings. Life can teach wisdom if you allow it. And you may experience the presence of an angel.