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Productivity tips on Article Writing

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Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.


Writing is a very good way of expressing your feelings, ideas and knowledge to other people most especially when you post it into your blog. It is a great way of sharing your thoughts and hearing others opinion as well.

However, writing requires a lot of skill most especially when you are still starting. It may be difficult at first, but experience and practice as time goes by could help.

In this article, I will share productivity tips on how to make article writing a success and here are those:

  • First, establish a goal. Set a goal for yourself if how much time you will work on a particular article so that you will have a guide. For example, on a particular topic, you should finish it within 30-45 minutes so that the remaining time could help you use in a productive way like writing another topic. Always remember when setting a goal that it is achievable and realistic. You know your capabilities so you are just the only one who can gauge your skill.
  • Make an outline in writing an article. Outlines and guidelines could help you much in article writing. It could help you organize your thoughts in writing one and so that your ideas will not be repeated and make it redundant. Jotting down points could help.
  • Make the most of your morning. Many writers would say that they love writing early in the morning because their mind is free from distractions, worries and stress. It could help the write concentrate more because morning is considered as the quietest time of the day. However, busy professionals such as working moms who could not make it in the morning because of errands can do it late at night especially when the kids are asleep.
  • Serve your readers well. One way to be a productive writer is to cater to your reader’s needs most especially to their questions regarding your blog. They would feel much appreciated if you will respond to them very well. If you are busy enough to entertain them, just make a way as soon as you can.
  • Work location matters. If you are always working at home, try another new place such as a coffee house, a library or anywhere that could help you focus on your  work in a productive way.
  • Organize your desk. An organized desk could also mean an organized mind. So, if you have an organized mind you can work very well without thinking other disruption.
  • Work in a peaceful and quiet place. Working in a quiet place could help you concentrate more and avoid distractions.
  • Don’t choose the topics. Writing could be tiring and sometimes we could not avoid that we are tired and exhausted sometimes. If our mind is exhausted, try to rest for a little lime and go back again to the topic. Do not write anything unnecessary and irrelevant for the sake that you can write something. It will just break the trust of your readers.

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Popular and Interesting To Readers

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It takes time to attract readers, Great blogs don’t happen overnight.

In today’s time, blogging has been very popular with everyone and it became a trend already. Everybody has it and if you check it over the web, it has a million of it.
However, the question is: How can you attract readers to love your blogs compare to others? How can you be unique compare to everyone else? How can you make your site worth their time? And the most important is, how can you increase blog traffic to your site?
As a blogger, here are the tips I can share with you:

1. Write at your best and write often

Writing good, quality and useful content blogs could attract readers very well and increase your blog audience. Always make sure that you have meaningful things to say in order for them to maintain their interest and attention. One thing that could also keep them coming back is if they have something to learn from you. Blogging has no rules; you could say whatever in your mind , but be confident that after they have read it, they can get something to gain also.
Another thing is, update your blog regularly as much as possible so that readers could look forward to your new post every day.

2. Make use of the Search Engine

Submitting your blogs in popular search engines like Google and Yahoo! could help you include your blogs in their result pages. In this way, your site could have a great chance to be seen by everybody.
Through search engines, you can also have a great opportunity to be included in the top article which could be very beneficial for you.

3. Respond the Comments

By simply responding to reader’s comments could make them feel that you value their ideas and opinions and through this, they could feel appreciated and thus, their loyalty to you might increase as well.
You must also take note that commenting on other blogs could drive new traffic. It means that if you leave sensible comments to other sites, they might get interested in you. So, if in the event you would like to leave a comment to others, don’t forget to link your URL’s account because surely if readers might find you motivating, they will seek from your opinions more.

4. Set an RSS feed

If you syndicate your blogs with an RSS feed, it will be easy for your readers to know when if ever you published new content.

5. Increasing blog traffic through links and trackbacks

The most powerful part of the blog is the links. It is a great feeling for a blogger that their sites have been linked by someone. Linking sites could assist you get noticed by other bloggers so; they might be a possibility that they could be your new viewers.

6. Make time to tag your posts

Tagging posts could be very time consuming for you but it is worth the time since it can add additional tag traffic to your blog.

7. Blog traffic with the use of images

Images and creative pictures will not just make your site beautiful and attractive but it could be a part of the search engines lists as well. Since people often use Google and Yahoo!, they might search your posted image that could boost blog traffic.

8. Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is achieved when you write a guest post to other blogs or other bloggers will post on your blog. This will increase blog traffic and there would be a chance that your blog will be exposed to another audience

9. Join Forums and other social media sites

Leaving a comment in the forums while linking your blog site could give you a great chance that people will visit it and learn new things from you. From then on, they could be your loyal readers if they love your blogs and find you interesting.
Joining in social media such as Facebook and twitters could also help you known by linking your site.

10. Don’t be shy

The most important in the blog community is that you should not be afraid to introduce yourself, share your ideas and ask questions.
Speak out and let everyone noticed you!

Simple Tips and Tricks about Time Management and How it Could Change Our Lives Forever

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. ~ Stephen R. Covey

 

Time is the most important thing in this world. Once you lose it you can never get it back. That’s why our time is so precious and we should make the most out of it.

Do you wonder why many businessmen succeed while others fail? It is not because they are the smartest people in their own field, but because they know how to manage their time more effectively. They achieve their goals faster with good time management, self-discipline and prioritization.

One of the best things you can do to manage your time better is to start making a list of tasks. Just keep track of the things you need to do to move forward in your business.

Managing your own time most especially if you are busy and if you are beating so many deadlines could be difficult at first. But when you get used to it, everything will fall in place. Then you will see huge improvements in your business, career and in yourself.

In this article, you will be amazed at the simple actions that can help you manage your own time better:

• Set your realistic goals; both short term and long term

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Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

First of all, know your goals; both long and short term and be specific. Once you have gathered them all, write them down. In this way, you could assess yourself if you could achieve them in a certain span of time. Take consideration also of your capacities and make sure it is achievable and realistic.

Learn to Prioritize!

You don’t know how to manage your time if you don’t know how to prioritize.
~Know how to weigh things

In time management, prioritization is very crucial. You should determine here what is important to be done first in order for your business to grow. Know what is fundamental and work for it because if you built a strong foundation, everything else will follow smoothly. Focus on the most important tasks and ignore the distractions!

Learn to say “NO”

In business, you have to learn to say no in some cases. You have to check first your schedule before committing to anything else. Always remember that there are always distractions that could block you from achieving your objectives and you must avoid distraction.

Delegate task responsibly.

 

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You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.

In a business or company, there are many people behind it and it is great to help one another to achieve a certain goal or goals. If you are given the privilege to delegate a task to your team, do it in a responsible way. Make sure that you assign it to the right person and that they have the skills to complete it.

End the day right

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At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.

Remember that each day has only 24 hours and you also deserve to rest and energize for the upcoming day ahead. After a long day at work, make it a habit that you clean your desk and be prepared again for another day tomorrow.

Live a balanced life

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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

Our life should also be balanced and we should also weigh things. It’s just not healthy to only work and let other areas of life suffer. Make time also for family and friends, unwind and relax on a holiday and, most of all, give yourself a treat because you deserve it!

These are simple time management tips but they could change your life into a success. Time could make or break us so spend it wisely!

Time Management is the answer to every success.

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. ~ Stephen R. Covey

There are several vital factors that could make or break the success of our career. Secularly, one of the easiest is time management but can be toughest to grasp. With it, it can make our life less stressful if we manage and schedule our time properly.

Time is a weird thing –intangible but inflexible. Time just isn’t something you can make more of. You cannot save minutes or hours either for later use. This is precisely why many wonder why bother managing time to start with? Nonetheless, it is your most important resource, for that very reason. You cannot make 24 hours go to 27 hours so that you can finish off those things you need done, but you can increase your efficiency so that you will get more projects completed on that time that you simply do have. If you fail to be productive, you cannot get back the time you have lost. The number of projects you accomplish isn’t the only way of gauging your productivity. Your productivity is measured by how much time you spent finishing a task.

Observing good time management takes self-discipline, but everything fall into place once you see the benefits of managing and scheduling your time better. You will notice great improvements in your work performance and getting tasks completed will seem to be nearly effortless. Having a to-do list could surely help make things easier when it comes to prioritization. Putting off the difficult jobs can only help your day seem more chaotic as you will be constantly trying to catch up.

To others, the answer in getting more tasks done is by working more quickly. However, I will decrease the quality of work but it will surely raise the output. If you are just expert in managing your time, you don’t need to cram and double time your work so you could make up for the time you’ve lost. Time management isn’t really about dashing to get things done faster. Instead, it’s doing things better so there wouldn’t be any need for you to hurry in the first place.

It’s not possible to separate time management and efficiency. There are numerous time wasters in the workplace, but inefficient time scheduling and disorganized work spaces are two top time wasters. Your professional reputation and credibility are considerably affected by these two. Don’t expect your colleagues to be overwhelmed if you keep fumbling for your pen or ruffling through your notes while you’re doing a business presentation. On the other hand, if you always appear to be unruffled, that you have things together, you’ll impress people.

Many of us are very good at making a plan, but not always so good at following through on it. Setting realistic goals, giving yourself work deadlines and meeting them are the specific ways you can manage your time. When you have to learn and accept your own boundaries, as well as learn how to stretch them, you’ll find these skills quite easily applied in other places. Based on achievable solutions, you can form the habit of correctly assessing the situation and making reasonable decisions.

All successful businesses practice good time management. Time is one of your most precious resources and you should manage it effectively most especially in business. Managing your time effectively might be tough at first, but if you could get used to it, it might be very easy for you. Wasting time is something the successful individuals don’t do. If you want to succeed, you need to perfect your time management.

Prioritization

To become a Productivity Junkie it starts with defining priorities and managing your time effectively. Its hard to accomplish a lot if you are focused on the negative, what you don’t have, what you can’t do.

How I Took My Blog From 0 to 100,000 Pageviews A Month In 9 Months

Okay, before I tell you how I went from a brand new blog to 100,000 hits a month, I want to let you know that I’m not just some other internet marketer out there who’s full of s*** – so here’s the screenshot of the stats:

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My new blog went from 0 to over 100,000 pageviews a month in just 9 months without spending a dime on advertising!

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the fun part – how I did it.

First of all, I started blogging back in 2008 with a free blogger blog. After making $30 a month from AdSense ads in the first 2-3 months, my blog got shut down – why? Duplicate content.

First blogging lesson!

Then, I got smart – switched to a free WordPress blog. And that blog, despite having hundreds of thousands of views over the years, still continues to languish and not make any money – because it’s VERY hard to monetize a blog that you don’t own and host yourself.

Second blogging lesson!

So, I got discouraged with blogging and quit for a few years. Then, last year, I decided I’m going to give it another try – but this time I’m going to actually do some research (like reading John Chow’s blog!) and figure out how the heck to make some money doing this.

So, after reading and studying for a few months, I finally set up my first self-hosted blog – http://www.tomcorsonknowles.com/blog/

When I started it, my first goal was to get 1,000 hits a day on the site. I figured, if I could do that, then I could really start making some decent money. So, I started writing high quality posts myself. No more skimping by just writing junk articles or posting news stories with a few lines of commentary. No, this time, I was going to write for ME – what I really wanted to share. And I would make damn sure that it was good, useful content that would be helpful for people who read it.

Next, I started guest blogging – A LOT. There was a time there in the first few months where I would be sending out emails to 200-300 bloggers a week and writing 10-15 guest posts a week.

I made sure though that I didn’t waste my time contacting spam blogs – you know, those Made-For-Adsense (MFA) blogs, those scraper blogs, those blogs with no real content… yeah, I avoided those like the plague. I always looked for bloggers who had high quality content in my niche or a related one and who were real people – with their real pictures on their blogs.

After studying SEO for so long, I finally figured out that if a REAL human being is writing REAL content on a site, then it’s probably going to be valuable to get a link from that site.

I also focused heavily on Social Media – mostly Twitter and Facebook. For Facebook, I built a fan page, used Facebook ads to build a following and started posting high quality content – a lot.

For Twitter, I finally broke down and bought TweetAdder. I set it up, wrote hundreds of high quality Tweets and set them to go out automatically. Then I just logged in every to respond to any mentions. Simple but effective.

Along the way, I learned some lessons…

  • Whenever you contact a blogger, you better not just copy/paste some spammy message and hope they respond – make it personal. Let them know you actually might have read one of their blog posts.
  • When you contact a blogger, let them know how you can help them (I can write a guest post for you, I can promote you on my fan page, or whatever).
  • When you start a new blog and start building links and traffic, success doesn’t come overnight – it takes time. The work I did 9 months ago is still paying off – more so now than it did at first!
  • Don’t get discouraged by no results, poor results, or dream stealers. Others will try to tell you you’re stupid, you shouldn’t do it, who are you to start a blog? Screw those people! You can do anything you put your mind to and work your ass off at to achieve.

So where did all the traffic come?

Since I didn’t install Google Analytics until several months after I started the site, the figures aren’t perfect but they’re good enough:

Google: 93,000 hits – mostly from Google Images (For some strange reason that boggles my mind, this post one of my writers wrote for me on Chris Hemsworth’s workout has gotten over 150,000 views so far)

Facebook: 16,000 hits – about half from my Fan Page, the other half from the Facebook Comments system. One of my posts about a Doctor who reversed her Multiple Sclerosis went viral on Facebook after I used Paint to take her before/after photos and put them into 1 photo – making it a lot easier for readers to see the huge changes in just one look. So if you want more traffic from Facebook and Social Media, make sure your images tell your story well because that’s what people will be seeing when the post is shared on Facebook – the image in the post.

Direct Traffic: 11,000 hits – I’m assuming a lot of this was from Twitter. Using bit.ly, I’ve been tracking about 100 hits a day from Twitter for quite some time but it never seems to show up in my analytics – I’m guessing because most people use a 3rd party software when checking Twitter now.

Twitter: 2,000 hits

Reddit: 1,800 hits – I got banned from posting to Reddit after I posted most of my blog articles there. So – learn from me! Only post your own articles to reddit once a week or less and make sure you’re posting other useful content too. Also, make sure you post in the RIGHT subsections – if you post unrelated articles in the economy section, for instance, you will get reported as a spammer.

Craigslist: 1,000 hits – I posted an ad that I was hiring a writer for my blog… and was surprised to wake up the next day with a huge spike in my site’s traffic. I only recommend using this strategy if you’re actually hiring a writer, and you can handle 50+ emails from potential applicants.

There hundreds of other sites that contributed to the traffic, many of them sites I posted my guest articles on and niche sites in my own industry like ChowStalker and TheFoodee. The key is to research your own niche and see what cool/fun/unique/interesting sites there are out there that you can connect with and potentially get traffic from down the road.

My Most Important Takeaways

If I had to do it all over again, I’d focus on:

1. Writing high quality content for my blog

2. Hiring a good writer for cheap ($10 or less an article for ~600 words) – I’d probably go through at least 30-40 applicants before finding the right one

3. Guest Posting on other high quality blogs

4. My Facebook Fan Page – posting at least 3 times a day with good content

5. Twitter – mostly automating it with TweetAdder

6. I’d work my ass off. I wouldn’t buy any stupid SEO software or training products unless I REALLY REALLY needed them. I’d focus on the basics of building a good blog and wouldn’t let some shiny new product distract me from what’s really important – Good Content + Good Relationships.

How To Market Your Videos Online

1. Pick a great title that includes your keywords and draws people in. For example, if your keyword is “hot dogs then a video title like “WARNING! Don’t try this hot dog trick at home” will draw in a lot of attention while still utilizing your keyword.
2. Add tags for the video. Tags are like keywords you’re targeting. Use at least 3-5 tags.
3. Add a useful, detailed description. Google indexes the text in video descriptions so make sure it includes your keywords as well as some useful information about what the video is about. Also include links to your website, Twitter and Facebook and any other relevant links.

Create Awesome Interviews Review – How To Start A Web TV Show

Do you dream of hosting your own Internet TV show and becoming the next internet millionaire?

Well now you can!

David Siteman Garland has created an amazing training course for anyone who wants to start a web based interview show and turn it into a six or seven figure business. David should know because his show The Rise To The Top has hundreds of thousands of raving fan listeners every month – and he earns a huge income from it.

In his course called Create Awesome Interviews, David shares his secrets for:

  • How to go from broke to over six-figures in less than 2 years!
  • How to create your web based interview show and get your show on iTunes as a podcast
  • How to get all the technology set up and taken care of without spending money
  • How to get world-class guests begging to be interviewed on your show!
  • How to monetize your show through sponsorships and affiliate sales
  • How to outsource all the grunt work so that you only have to work a few hours a week
…and much more!

This course has everything you need to know to start a successful internet interview show and turn it into a booming business! Check it out here.

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If you’re willing to do the work, you can create a profitable online business.

The Blog Business Book Is Now Free on Amazon!

My new book The Blog Business Book: How To Start A Blog And Turn It Into A Six Figure Online Business is now free on Amazon until October 10th.

In this book, you’ll learn all my secrets of how I took my Tom Corson-Knowles blog from 0 to over 100,000 hits a month in just 9 months – without spending a dime on advertising or SEO!

Below is a sample from the book…

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The cover of The Blog Business Book – free on Amazon until October 10th.

Why I’m Writing This Book

I first started blogging in 2008 and it was a completely frustrating and horrible experience for me. I HATED IT!

I wasted so much time, money, effort and energy… with nothing to show for it!

I had very little traffic and no idea how to make money with the blog. I knew OTHER people were making money with their blogs – why wasn’t I?

And then, to make matters worse, I LITERALLY had nothing to show for all my hard work when Google shut down my blog out of the blue – I lost EVERYTHING!

Every article I wrote, every post I created, the layout and design, all the hours invested and even the few hundred readers I had… all gone overnight!

I took me 3 years to get back the confidence to start another blog again and try to turn it into a successful business… but I did it!

And that’s what I want to share with you – how to create a successful blog from scratch and turn it into a profitable business – without having to make all the mistakes I did the first time around.

You see, blogging isn’t just a way to express yourself or share your message – it’s also a great way to earn an income and live the lifestyle of your dreams. Blogging opens you up to entirely new possibilities and opportunities for your life.

Personally, I’ve been able to earn a fabulous income and live my dream lifestyle here in Hawaii because of blogging. I’ve been able to meet some of the most influential people in the world and interview them personally because of my blog.

And it’s not because I was born influential or rich (I wasn’t!). No, it’s because blogging gives you the power to communicate with millions and make a huge difference in the world.

I want to share that power with you – and show you exactly how to blog successfully so that you don’t have to waste three years and tens of thousands of dollars like I did.

Let this book be your guide to becoming a successful blogger.

To your success,

Tom Corson-Knowles

Want to read the book? Grab it free on Amazon here until October 10th!

 

How To Monetize Your Blog With Ads

Ads are the most common way to monetize a blog and should definitely be considered. In fact, you would have to have some very good reasons NOT to monetize your blog through ads.

Here are some of the most common types of Ads:

Text Link Ads

Text link ads are ads that appear randomly throughout the text on your website – targeting specific keywords for advertisers and turning those words into text links which then pop-up with more information about the advertiser if the user scrolls over them. These ads can be a great way to monetize your site because they are not intrusive and the CPC (cost per click) of these ads can be very profitable for web publishers like yourself.

Text Ads

Text ads are just plain text links, often using a site’s targeted keyword for the anchor text. For example, if I had a diet pill website, I might want to buy a text link from your blog with the anchor text “buy diet pills.”

Technically, it is against Google’s Terms of Service to buy and sell text ads because it’s illegal to “sell links.” Even so, this practice is still widely used by many bloggers and advertisers who focus on search engine traffic.

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Personally, I don’t recommend buying or selling text ads ever, but if you do decide to sell them, just make sure you only sell a few (I’d say no more than 4) and that you only link to reputable sites.

Display Ads

Display ads are what most people think of when they think of website ads – they include graphical banner ads, leader boards, skyscrapers, large boxes and other sizes of graphical ads (a common one for bloggers is the 120×120 square ads).

Display ads are probably the most common type of ad and will result in your highest CPM (cost per mil, it’s an industry term that means “price per thousand impressions” so if your CPM for a particular ad is $5, you will earn $5 every time that ad is loaded on your page 1,000 times).

Pop-Up Ads

Pop-up ads are those annoying little things that pop up on the screen and ask you to buy something or “click here!” Pop-ups can be a great way to monetize your site, but I prefer to use pop-ups sparingly and generally I would prefer to use them with an opt-in form to my own email list so that I can build my list of potential customers and market to them over the long-term.

Flash / DHTML Ads

Flash ads are animated ads – you might see the colors change or images move to catch your attention. They were basically invented because people became “banner blind” and ignored most banner ads.

Interstitial Ads

Interstitial ads are full page ads that appear between two webpages on a site. For example, if a reader is on your home page and then clicks to read another article, the interstitial ad would pop-up before that user saw the second page. The user then has to either wait or click a button that says “continue to the next page” to get rid of the ad.

Personally, I don’t like interstitial ads because they interfere with your readers navigation and wastes their time. I want to treat my readers well so that they spend more time on my site, not less.

Video Ads

Video ads are videos that play, usually similar to a banner ad in their positioning and size. Video ads can auto-play or wait until the user clicks them to play. I greatly prefer manual play video ads because they don’t interfere with the readers browsing the way auto-play videos do.

On-Site Sponorship Ads

These are basically logos of companies that have sponsored your website. Many nonprofit groups use ads like this.

How To Find Advertisers For Your Site

You can contact advertisers directly for your site, but most bloggers will start by using an ad or media network because it saves a lot of time and is much more convenient.

Ad Networks

These include Google AdSense, AdBrite, Chitika, Infolinks, etc. These are a great way to monetize your blog through ads. Generally, these ads are either banner ads or text ads or link ads within your content itself. Each ad network has very different rules, policies and payouts so do your research. Generally, Adsense is the best following by AdBrite and Infolinks (depending on your content).

Media Networks

Media networks like GLAM Media and others are very similar to ad networks except they require a few extra things from you. First, you must sign over your COMScore “Traffic Rights” to the ad network – basically this allows the media network to say that  they have a network of 80 Million page views a month with part of that number being YOUR page views.

This is good – it helps them negotiate better ad deals for you so it’s a win-win. Never sign an agreement for more than 1 year – one year is a long time in the internet business so you don’t want to get locked into a long term agreement if anything changes.

My Blog Advertising Strategy

I believe the value of a blog comes from its helpfulness to readers and its ease of navigation and access to information. Because of this, I find ads that interrupt the reader or waste their time directly reduce the value of your site. Yes, you will get paid for those ad impressions, but I don’t believe the payment is nearly worth the cost.

My ad strategy is to put as many ads on my website as a possibly can (to maximize ad revenue) while making these ads as unobtrusive as possible for my site’s readers.

Generally, my favorite ads to use that are the least intrusive are: display ads, video ads (manually playing), text link ads, and on-site sponsorship ads. I find that a good combination of these various ad types produces great revenue for the site without harming the user experience.

As always, since it’s your blog, it’s your choice which ads to use!

How To Give Better Professional Business Presentations

The biggest mistake professional business presenters make is not connecting with and involving the audience. For example, instead of saying,
“If you implement this new strategy, you could increase the ROI of your marketing by 20%”
the presenter should instead involve the audience in the presentation by saying something like,
“How many of you would sleep better at night if you knew your marketing efforts were actually working?”
And then, after the audience responds, show them how to get what they want.
This technique is called “Demanding a response” and it is crucial to turn a mediocre presentation into an excellent one.