At What Cost?

Written by Dave Balch

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There are other considerations besides price and your time. Availability, for example. If I needed that printer for a project that had a deadline, there would have been a cost associated with getting it too late to do that project. That situation may have made it worthwhile to pay more in order to get it sooner. How aboutrepparttar out-of-pocket costs to purchaserepparttar 125595 item? If I had to drive 100 miles round-trip to save $30 onrepparttar 125596 printer, is that a good thing to do? No, because it will cost $34 in auto expenses (atrepparttar 125597 current IRS rate of $ .34 per mile). Not to mentionrepparttar 125598 time it would take. Unless I really need that printer right now, it doesn't make sense, does it?

The point I'm trying to make is that, no matter what you purchase there are tradeoffs. Time versus money. Convenience versus money. Opportunity versus money. Be sure that you consider all ofrepparttar 125599 factors, not justrepparttar 125600 'sticker price'. Whether you like it or not,repparttar 125601 true cost is a combination of all of those factors. Saving money is great. But it's gonna cost you!

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Take Control of Your Visual Aids

Written by Ron Sathoff

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In a case like this, you should always try to test out equipment BEFORE you giverepparttar presentation. As you testrepparttar 125594 equipment, make sure thatrepparttar 125595 audience can see and hearrepparttar 125596 visual aid. Most importantly, become familiar with how to userepparttar 125597 equipment. The last thing you want to do is hit "record" when you mean to hit "play"!

This same principle holds true for all visual aids, whether they are audio clips, computer presentations, or even posterboards with graphs written on them. Always try to testrepparttar 125598 visual aid inrepparttar 125599 actual setting, and try to imaginerepparttar 125600 potential problems that could occur.

As a last piece of advice, always have a "contingency plan" ready in case your visual aids fail you. It might not happen, but if it does, at least you will be prepared for it!

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