Using Rapid Prototyping for Rubber Keypad Product Presentations

When creating a new product that contains custom rubber keypads, designers can use a rapid prototype as a representation before the final production. It’s useful in showing people what the product will look like. Although it can’t be used in the field for real-time situations, the detailing is at least 95 percent in comparison to the final version. Rapid prototypes are available in about two to three weeks, which is a faster lead time than most final production times. This allows the designer to use it as a visual tool in presentations, beta testing and for marketing materials. It’s helpful in a variety of industries, including auto parts, space flight components, industrial equipment, electronics, telecommunications and medical devices, to name a few.

Explaining Function
The old adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when trying to explain how a product works. A rapid prototype can be used with demonstrative slide show presentations to show people what the silicone molded keypad will look like. A number of studies show that an audience will pay more attention to speeches and sales pitches when there are interesting images involved. Photos of the silicone keypad prototype can be included in a slide show or live presentation to keep the audience engaged and help them understand the functions and talking points of the design.

Beta Testing Groups
When showing the silicone keypad prototype to potential users in beta testing groups, the designer can get valuable feedback. This is an opportunity to address questions and concerns about the product while there is still time to make changes in it. Different base colors and keypad printing samples are helpful in fit, form and function analyses. The end user is often able to provide insight that the creator might not think of during the original design process.

Marketing Materials
One of the most important parts of launching new products is marketing. Brochures, commercials and printed images for storyboards are critical in devising a marketing campaign. One drawback is having to wait for the final production to be completed before the marketing campaign can be implemented. A rapid prototype is a suitable solution, acting as a stand-in for photos and commercials. It’s also ideal for trade shows, where potential clients can look at it up close for details and to achieve a better understanding of the concept.

Gaining Investors
It can be difficult to portray an inventor’s vision to a group of potential investors. Showing them what it will look like can be a determining factor in bringing them on board with financing. A silicone keypad prototype shows how big it will be, what color options are available and how the various parts of the product line up together. It makes the vision more tangible.

Presentations to Planning Commissions for Car Washes

If you are planning to present to the planning commission in your community your plans for a carwash there are a few things you should know. There will be complete nut cases who show up with bogus environmental claims and totally bizarre reasons why you should not build your carwash.

It is truly amazing when you go into a community and you’ve been asked to by the economic development association and the president of the Chamber of Commerce and the mayor himself and then you find yourself battling to stay above water after you’ve made an investment in the community and are bringing jobs.

Nevertheless if you fail to bring a good presentation to the planning commission for your carwash that project will be attacked or it will be curtailed to the point where are you cannot make a profit because they put too many stipulations on the building of your carwash. Even worse they may postpone the planning commission meetings and you will get in a loop discussing the objections of one person from the EPA or Sierra Club over a little issue, which is completely irrelevant.

The important thing is to find out all the objections and handle them at the business presentation to the planning commission and find out exactly what that Sierra Club ’60s hippie lady is going to come up with first. Consider this in 2006 and save the spotted owl, desert turtle and unborn gay whale?

Can You Laugh While Giving a Presentation?

Most people working in offices complain about boring presentations. By this, they mean attending boring presentations given by other people. Hardly anyone will admit to giving boring presentations themselves.

What can you do to liven up your presentations?

Can you make jokes and laugh during your presentation?

Yes, if you know how to use jokes! Here’s the catch – if you are deadpan serious and glum, people might find your presentation boring. But, on the other hand, if you laugh and make the wrong jokes in the wrong contexts, people will laugh at you rather than with you.

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man”, Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher 1788-1860 said once. Humour has the quality of giving you an elevated perspective. You are not too bogged down by serious stuff. Humour relaxes people. Relaxed people start letting down their guard and are more approachable. This creates an atmosphere where positive human interaction is more likely than in strictly formal situations. A humorous speech or presentation energizes your listeners.

The most important thing in a presentation is connecting with the audience. Speakers who have presence and connect with the audience usually get their message across better. If you study successful speakers, you would notice that personal charisma, presence, skills for using emotional appeal, ability to use evoke powerful emotions and humour, are the marks of a great speaker.

Are Your Jokes Relevant to Your Theme?

Jokes should have at least some relevance to your theme or story. Jokes should bring some insight, perspective, or added value to any point that you are making. Telling a joke to just make people laugh and have fun is good but not enough if they can’t connect it to the context of your presentation.

So, consider carefully if jokes are suitable for the context of your presentation.

Are Your Jokes Suitable in that Culture?

In British and American cultures, audiences usually laugh along with the presenter. But, Japanese people think this is strange. In many cultures the locals may crack jokes about many things. Everybody rolls in laughter, but the moment a person from another culture makes the same joke, it may become a cultural affront.

In Thailand, the people are very easygoing and jolly. But you would offend people if you cracked jokes about the King or the Queen, whom the Thais respect very much. Finns have a sarcastic black humour about themselves. They tend to efface themselves by saying things like “We came down from the trees very short while ago.” Now if you continue on that theme, you make enemies. They want to be respected as warm, matter of fact and unsophisticated people and definitely not as tree dwellers. So, be very careful about what kind of humour or jokes you use in different cultures.

Tips for Using Jokes in Presentations

  1. Don’t laugh at your own joke before others start laughing. If no one else knows why and when to laugh and only the narrator is laughing; it’s pretty embarrassing.
  2. Don’t insult anyone. A person with an artificial eye may not think a blind man joke is funny.
  3. Avoid jokes about people’s skin colours, ethnicity, sexual orientation, height, weight, religion, or political views etc.
  4. Don’t repeat a joke during your presentation. Once should be enough.
  5. Do keep your jokes short. People have difficulties following long tales with subplots.
  6. If you tell a joke about yourself, it makes you more human and you get sympathy from audience members. Use this carefully.
  7. Don’t have too many jokes. If you have too many jokes, people might not take you seriously.

If you can, check your humour with a friend, mentor, or trusted person from the same culture as the audience. This helps you avoid cultural gaffes and give a wonderful and jolly presentation.

Enjoy your presentations!