Archive for: June, 2023

Suggestions for Buying Unique Presents or Gifts

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Unique presents are hard to find and everyone seems to do the same things. I guess it also depends on what your idea of unique is? We some times get conditioned to think something is unique because we see it so often – unique presents or gifts should be just that, unique!

Looking for unique presents there are a few things you should look for that make it a unique present or gift. Do a little research before you make the purchase to’ try to find out if the company you’re buying from is a distributor or a manufacturer. If you’re dealing with a distributor you will find more often than not the originality or creativity is out of their hands. The product is being purchased and then redistributed. Should you find a manufacturer the creativity process is in their hands and you will probably find more unique items because the rules don’t apply to them the same way it does to a distributor. The manufacturer can create more because the cost is less for the manufacturer. A good example is pewter decorative emblems, if the manufacturer is producing it for themselves the labour cost becomes irrelevant. They are now producing something for themselves and they can create whatever they like.

This is a bit of the breakdown just to give you an idea of hard cost versus labour. The manufacturer has to create their design and that is labour not a hard cost, next the artist puts it to film and from film it goes to magnesium. This is a minimal cost to the manufacturer, the labour would be higher than the cost of the film and the mag. At this point the artist gets the magnesium plate back and does the engraving, once again this is just a labour cost. The next part of the process is the mould, there is a small cost for the rubber but its minimal. The mould is then cooked to put the impression on to the mould. Once the mould has been cooked, the casting of the mould as well as the sanding, buffing and antiquing is all labour.

If you find a manufacturer you will probably find that their pricing is better than most because there is no middle man and they can absorb a portion or all the labour costs. We have seen a lot of silk screening, ghosting but not a lot of pewter, that’s what makes it unique and a great gift or present.

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6 Tips For How to Give a Great Presentation

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Most people know that at some point in their professional lives they will have to deliver a presentation. Whether the material is as dry as a tinderbox or whether it is just plain controversial, observing certain guidelines can really cut down on preparation time (and those nerves) as well as vastly improve the final effect that you create with the audience. Here are six simple things to consider before you start:

1. A clear objective. Most people start with a load of content and try to shoe-horn it into a PowerPoint show – instead start with the question: “What effect am I trying to achieve with their opinions and with their emotions?

2. Involvement. Plan to get your audience involved in the first 30 seconds – or less. They have to understand what is in it for them – why they should pay attention to you rather than their Blackberry or their own head noise?

3. Simplicity. Keep things as simple as you dare. Regardless of the IQ level of the audience, people are so poor at keeping things in their heads whilst trying to pay attention that most of what ends up on the screen or in a script might as well be in a handout for all the audience is able to retain. You will also be avoiding Murphy’s Law: ‘If it can go wrong it will go wrong’.

4. Relevance. Think carefully about what you keep in the presentation. Be brave about culling the material until you can cut out no more without the whole thing not making sense. It is great to watch a presentation that sticks to the point and it makes the content so much more memorable too.

5. Humour. Don’t feel pressured into having to be funny. Starting with a joke is not compulsory. Instead, consider beginning your presentation with a relevant observation about something that has happened to you on that very day. e.g. In a presentation about sales figures or targets you might start out with: “On my way here today I stopped off to buy a chocolate bar – I found they were on special offer. It made me wonder why the sales director for that company had done that…”

6. Personality. Something happens to people during the walk from their chair to the podium. They are transformed into people that their own families wouldn’t recognise. Since most people’s ultimate presentation need is to be believed, it is important to allow the authentic, real you to peep through the numbers and words.

Spending a few minutes thinking about each of those six tips will not only make preparing your next presentation quicker and more fun but it will also probably mean that you enjoy the experience of presenting so much more. Good luck.

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5 Steps For Delivering an Excellent Presentation – Not a Perfect One!

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If there is one thing that cannot happen in public speaking, it is the possibility of delivering a perfect presentation. What would make your words or your manner of speaking perfect? Can you answer that honestly? Your presentation may be great; it may be excellent; it may be the best you have ever done; but, that doesn’t make it perfect. Perfection is subjective in this particular venue. In fact, any live performance, be it music, theatre, or even in the sports arena cannot be judged by that one particular word – perfection.

You can type something perfectly; you can build a box perfectly square; and, you can copy a paper perfectly. But trying to accomplish perfection at the lectern is a waste of time. Instead of trying to achieve something that is impossible, might I suggest you strive for excellence? Excellence allows for an occasional mistake; perfection doesn’t

Mistakes are made in live performances. It is unavoidable. It is normal. It is natural. Just watch or listen to the news on any given day and you will hear a mistake or two. You won’t hear a lot of them, but they do happen. If you think that the only way you can give a great performance is by not making a mistake, then you are placing a pressure on yourself that is unfair – unfair to you as well as your audience.

1. Practice your material out loud on a daily basis so that you know your topic inside and out.
2. Deliver your speech or presentation with color, with life, with animation. Allow your emotion to be seen and to be heard by means of vocal variety, facial expression and body language
3. Acknowledge all in your audience – not just those in the center but those on the right as well as the left.
4. Believe in yourself. Believe that you will do the best job that you can do and then do it. (If you think you cannot do it, I guarantee you will not!)
5. Breathe – most importantly – breathe and you will discover the best means of controlling nervousness in any form of public speaking.

You have enough to worry about when addressing an audience without the added stress of seeking something that is unattainable. What I might consider perfect may not be what you consider perfect. That is what makes it subjective. The sooner you can accept this fact, the better you will be the next time you must give a speech or presentation.

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Cheap Christmas Presents – What Should You Buy?

Jun 04 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Let me tell you straight. In the current financial climate no one wants to spend too much much on presents. But you do not want to be known as a the person who would not buy presents, right.

So what should you buy?

young children love drawing and playing games. They will spend hours doing puzzles or playing games. Wild planet hyperdash which is an example is currently one of the top ten Christmas toys and is heavily discounted in some places too. This is a good cheap Christmas present and you can easily find others like it.

Older children like to play games as well,like sliders,which is another current top ten Christmas toy and will make a good cheap Christmas present.Older children like gadgets like mp3 players.

If you really want to buy someone an ipod buy and do not want to spend too much, you can buy them an ipod nano.The disk capacity is big enough for any child or young adult,regardless of what they say and the prices are cheap enough too.

What do you buy a teenager

Teenagers love clothes and music and films. It is not to difficult to find really good fashionable clothing as a cheap Christmas present.

Let me tell you a little secret. I get a lot of clothes from a certain store with a name that sounds like max.But you have to get them at least three weeks before Christmas, but they make great cheap Christmas presents.

You can find a lot good films as well that make a great cheap Christmas presents for teenagers.

What about adults

It is not too hard to find a fragrance or clothes from the place I mentioned earlier and if you really do insist on splashing out, there is a great demand for notebooks or laptops.Even there you do not have to spend too much.They are not exactly cheap Christmas presents but you can find a netbook at a much lower price than standard laptop.

What is a netbook?

A netbook is a notebook or laptop which is primarily designed for surfing the internet and browsing websites and playing back movies, it is very portable laptop not really to be really be used for business, but then again, how many people do you know who use a laptop for business.

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Is Your Sales Presentation In Danger? 5 Top Tips Of Sales Communication Training

Jun 03 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Countdown to a big client pitch? Are you struggling to get organized, focus on benefits and answer tough questions? Learn 5 top tips to be a super star sales communicator.

If you’ve ever faced an important client presentation with increasing anxiety, there is an alternative. Sales communication training shows exactly how to become confident and master the skills you need to sell effectively.

Use this checklist to get prepared, feel ready and ace your big day.

1. Adapt To Your Audience

Is your audience filled with high tech experts? Or is your group factory floor managers? Based on your audience, you must adapt, adjust…or die.

Get to know exactly what each audience needs and wants. This valuable insight will help you make smart decisions about your story, pace, examples and calls to action.

2. Use Easy To Understand Pictures

“Easy to understand…is easy to buy.”

Repeat after me. Easy to understand…is easy to buy. If you’re part of a sales team, make this a group mantra. Write this big and bold on your desktop. Keep it in full view…especially before a big pitch.

Focus attention with easy-to-understand visuals and expect to see faster decisions…and easier sales.

3. Have A Dynamic Conversation

While planning your sales message, organize it as a creative and logical conversation. Think of give-and-take. Organize your message to involve and include your audience. This requires a different way of planning and organizing information.

Curious how to do this fast? Use a Presentation Storyboard. This one-page outline is a visual blueprint that does the heavy lifting and thinking for you. Just fill in the ‘blanks’ and you’ll have a powerful story-based conversation.

4. Be Yourself

Be yourself. This is difficult for new and experienced professionals. Remember: you don’t need to become someone else in order to be highly effective in presenting. The more you are yourself; the easier it is to speak with confidence.

While a polished image is important; it is not your criteria. If being authentic and genuine is challenging for you, get help from an objective executive coach. Your coach will help you apply your unique strengths into effective communication skills.

5. Escape “Yes!”

While many ambitious business people like to say ‘yes!’ to every business opportunity, there are huge dangers. There is a clear logic to saying ‘no’ when appropriate.

If your prospect or client asks you to do something that is outside your area of expertise and specialization. If your client requests a complete customization, an unreasonable pricing, or draconian terms.

Saying ‘yes’ to every possibility can be an addiction, which can put businesses out of business. Successful sales professionals know when to say, “Yes, we can do that’ and when to say, “I have just the person to talk to.”

What do they know that you don’t?

They have learned specific techniques to define core business strategy, impress clients, and stay focused on strategic priorities. Whether you choose to learn these valuable skills in a communication class, an online presentation skills training, or one-on-one with an executive coach, you will use your skills for years to come.

The good news is: you can learn improve your sales communication skills quickly. When you’re looking for fast answers to prepare for your presentation, use these 5 tips.

But if you are truly serious about advancing in your career, then grow your skills. In minutes a day in an online presentation skills training, you’ll know exactly how to be a masterful sales communicator.

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