How To Present Web Designs To A Client

It is important to ensure that your client approves of your web design before you start going too much into detail with the coding and development of the website, just in case you need to make little (or drastic) changes. It can be difficult for some clients to understand that they are just seeing a mock-up and not the actual website itself. So, what are the best ways to present web designs to clients, minimising the amount of confusion and questions?

Upload an image of the website to a web page and send the client the link

This method is much easier for your clients to identify with, as their web design is appearing much as it would if it was live. It can, however, raise many questions on the client’s behalf (such as ‘why don’t any of the links work?’), as some of them will believe that what they are looking at is an actual website.

Email the client a JPEG or PNG

This method is probably the simplest way of getting your web design mock up to the client, however, it can cause issues on the client’s end. Some people will only have a small screen resolution, meaning that the image may shrink when opened, making it very difficult for the client to view the mock up and raising additional questions (such as ‘why is the website so small?’).

Export the mock up in PDF

This method is able to prevent the issues encountered above with emailing the client the mock up, as the image won’t be opened in their default image viewing software – it will need to be opened in Adobe Reader. This means that the web design mock up will be the size that you want, and the client will not feel as if they are looking at the real thing.

Ask the client to meet with you in your office

This method is definitely the most preferred when it comes to presenting web designs to clients, as it allows you to show them in the format that it appears best in and for the two of you to discuss any queries or concerns face to face. With both your and their busy work schedules, however, this method is not always possible in practice.

These are by no means the only ways to present web designs to clients – some web designers prefer to create a ‘client studio’ that clients can log into when they wish to view a mock up, whilst others will send the clients printed versions of the design – they are the easiest and most preferred methods of many. It is also important to remember that, whatever method you use, the client will generally have a few questions.

Being Present – Awaken From the Mind Trance and Move Into Your Heart

It seems that when we awaken, we become conscious of the damaging shenanigans and unimportance of most thoughts that pass through our mind, (like being conscious of a TV show in a foreign language in another room, which doesn’t engage our whole attention).

It is important to realize that while we can’t control the thoughts that pop into our minds, we CAN control which thoughts we decide to hang on to. With as little as 17 seconds, we will start to attract similar thoughts, that have similar energy. This 17-second rule applies, whether our thoughts are positive or negative and is the basis of the Law of Attraction. We attract more of what we focus our intention and attention on.

So, if you’re running a negative scenario over and over in your mind, you are actually calling more of those thoughts into your experience. You are pre-paving, and laying out that path ahead of you.

The first step to change this pattern is to catch yourself doing this and deliberately change the thoughts that you are thinking. Think of something more positive and empowering and focus on that thought for a minimum of 17 seconds, to build some traction on this more positive stream of thoughts.

When we are able move the focus in this way, our energy shifts from thinking about life and our problems to being present in each moment; and when we meet this moment in presence, we are fresh and receptive with a sense of connectedness to everything around us, rather than being reactive and acting from past conditioning and habitual frames of reference.

Another great tool for shifting from negative thoughts in the mind to more empowering and uplifting feelings in the heart, is to take a series of 3 deep, conscious breaths, feeling the energy move throughout our body.

I like to visualize golden energy coming in with the breath and then spreading throughout my body and moving out of my hands and feet.

Most of our subconscious habits are simply lifelong patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour… until we choose better new empowering ones or eventually discover how to stay brand new and open to whatever comes with little or no thoughts at all.

Remember, a belief is just a thought we keep thinking – change your thoughts and you’ll change your beliefs

Our heart, our intuition, tells us that there’s a more instinctive way of living life. We long to directly experience our lives, to be fully present to what is actually here now. Awakening is the readiness to shift more into what is real & to wake up from the trance of the mind & consistently show up, fresh in the moment with what is there: to be ‘response’-able rather than reactive.

More and more people are seeking strategies to integrate awakening consciousness into the way they live their everyday lives.

How are you going to live your routine from a place of awareness, present to the moment? How are you going to transform your thoughts from mind to “no mind”? How is your life going to move from the stupor of thinking, memory, desire and frustration into a fresher and more immediate relationship with reality?

How will you recognize the signs of your awakening?

Are you already experiencing symptoms that feel bizarre and baffling?

To learn more about 12 symptoms of Awakening, be sure and catch our next article in this series on Spiritual Awakening. In this next article, you’ll find out what it means if you’re having trouble concentrating, if your sleep patterns are erratic or if you’re experiencing mysterious aches and pains. Maybe your emotions are all over the map or you’re feeling particularly emotional. These are but a few of the symptoms that you may be experiencing as part of the shift in consciousness that’s taking place on earth right now.

Being Present For Your Home Inspection

Most real estate agents recommend a home inspection before putting in an offer on a home. There are two types of home inspections: inspections for buyers and inspections for sellers. Your real estate agent may recommend having a home evaluated before putting it on the market to find out if there are any large structural issues with the home that could affect the asking price.

Some people feel that the burden of having a home inspection should be on the buyer and that if something major is discovered, they can deal with it then. The biggest problem here is you risk having an interested party walk because they are afraid of what else might turn up. By knowing what exactly is going on with your home, you are in a better position to negotiate a fair price or take the time to fix any problems that will help increase resale value.

For buyers, having an independent home inspector evaluate a home is a critical step in the home buying process. This is the most intimate you may ever be with your home. You will learn where your water pipes run, where your shut-offs for gas and water are, where the electrical outlets are, how your foundation was built and how solid it is.

Some people feel like all they need is a report and that they don’t need to be there in person, but I strongly disagree with that. Even though inspectors take photographs to include in the report, being present and being able to ask questions and take a look at problems for yourself is a huge asset. You have a professional at your fingertips, so be sure to make the best use of the time.

Sellers should not be present during a buyer’s home inspection. Both the home inspector and the buyer will feel more comfortable talking freely and asking questions without the seller in the house.

If there is a discrepancy between the information that has been found, for example, the seller’s inspector claims there are no problems with the home, but the buyer’s inspector has found tiles missing from the roof, then the buyer has the option to have an additional inspection or to walk away from the deal.

If the goal of putting your home in the real estate market is to sell it, make sure you know what you’re selling. If you want to buy a home, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Be present when the home is being inspected and ask questions even if they seem like silly questions to you.

5 Key Ingredients to Creating a Memorable Speech or Presentation

President Abraham Lincoln was known as an eloquent and masterful speaker. During the Civil War, President Lincoln would attend Wednesday night prayer services at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church not far from the White House with a companion. Reverend Dr. Phineas Gurley, the preacher, invited President Lincoln “to sit in his study with the door open” to hear the sermon assuring the President’s privacy.

When the service was over and President Lincoln and his companion were walking ” back to the White House” his companion asked, “What did you think of tonight’s sermon?”

President Lincoln replied, “Well, it was brilliantly conceived, biblical, relevant, and well presented.”

“So it was a great sermon?”

President Lincoln, “No, it failed. It failed because Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”

President Lincoln was saying every speech should have a “Call to Action” for the audience to do something. It is not enough for an audience to be inspired. The audience must be motivated to take action. President Lincoln felt the most important part of any speech was for the audience to be motivated to take action after having heard the speech.

Bill Gove, “the legendary father of professional speaking” said, “Your audience will remember your stories long after they forget the content of your speech. Tell a story and make a point… and then tell them another story and make another point.”

The true story of President Lincoln attending prayer services on Wednesday night is a story all of us will remember and his reminder that every speech should have a call to action is something we will not forget. It follows Bill Gove’s important speaking tip “tell a story and make a point.”

The words you choose for your speech must be spoken with passion, conviction, enthusiasm, and clarity. We will never forget the following words of Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never, never give up.”

He spoke these words during the darkest days of WWII while visiting the Harrow School. By choosing the right words he rallied the British people around him to fight against the enemy that wished to take over Great Britain. He empowered his countrymen and women to take action and fight to protect their country.

Patrick Henry said the following words 237 years ago: “Give me liberty or give me death.” He spoke these words with clarity and conviction and these words motivated his audience to take action.

President Ronald Reagan said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. By choosing the right words President Regan motivated his audience to take action.

So, what are the 5 key ingredients to creating a memorable speech or presentation?

1) Speak with passion, conviction, enthusiasm, and clarity

2) Inspire your audience by telling true stories.

3) Choose the right words.

4) As Bill Gove said, “Make your point after telling a story”.

5) At the end of your speech have a “Call to Action”. Remember what President Abraham Lincoln said, “Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”

By remembering to use these 5 key ingredients in your speech or presentation you will write a masterpiece and your words will inspire others to take action.

Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Businesses”. Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips” and a monthly radio show “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. She has just published her new book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget”.