Christmas Present Crafts – Three Original Gifts For Kids To Make And Give

Are you looking for new Christmas crafts – something different? Here are three fresh ideas to get keep and your kids busy and creative.

Christmas Ornaments with Kids’ Photos

Your children will love giving these to their grandparents each year.

To make one, cut two identical stars from cardboard. Cut a hole the right size to frame your child’s photograph in the centre of one of them. Decorate the stars by painting them gold or silver and gluing on craft jewels and sequins. Use a black marker pen to write the year in the centre of the star that has no hole in it. Once the stars are dry, glue your child’s photo into its star frame. Arrange the two stars back-to-back, with the decorated sides facing out, and glue together. Punch a hole in the top and add a loop of silver or gold cord to hang it by.

Your home-made Christmas gifts will decorate the tree each year, and be treasured as your children grow up.

Christmas Candy Crafts

These make a wonderful Christmas gift for a family. Make cookies on sticks, like lollipops, and give them happy faces with candy. Here’s how:

Use any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Put balls of cookie dough onto non-stick baking paper on a baking tray, and poke a lollipop stick horizontally into each cookie before baking it. Once the cookies are cool, lift each one by its stick, dip it into melted chocolate and then coloured sprinkles to make the hair, and stick candy on with chocolate for the eyes and mouth. Wrap in small cellophane bags, one for each member of the family. Tie ribbons around the tops, and attach a gift tag with each person’s name. Delicious!

The Great Christmas Candy Chase

This Home-made Christmas gift will be a hit! It’s also a cool present to give a family.

Buy a large men’s shirt, preferably in bright red or green, from a second hand shop. Wash and dry it. Using a hot glue gun, glue wrapped lollies and candy about every 5cm (2 inches), all over it. Fold it, and wrap it up along with these instructions:

The Great Christmas Candy Chase: On Christmas Day, Dad needs to put this shirt on, shout, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!’, and run away. This is the signal for all the kids to chase him and get the candy!”

If Dad isn’t fit now, he soon will be!

I hope you enjoy these new Christmas crafts, and the pleasure of those who receive your gifts. Happy Christmas!

Negotiating Skills and the 10 Powers of Negotiation: The Critical Role of Lateral Thinking

Lateral thinking and the 10 Powers of Negotiation…

Does anyone doubt that men and woman are sometimes different — or that they sometimes view the world differently? Has anyone experienced how men and women can sometimes have different perceptions of the same event? Can anyone seriously dispute that men and women sometimes approach relationships quite differently? So, why is this? And why is this even remotely relevant in the context of negotiation?

To negotiate effectively, we need to use both sides of our brain. Left-brain people focus on logic, mathematics, rational thought, and black-and-white thinking. Approximately 90% of men in the world are left-brain dominated. Right-brain people focus on intuition, emotion and creativity. Approximately 90% of women in the world are right-brain dominated. To be effective negotiators, we must become lateral thinkers by learning to use both sides of our brain.

After spending more than 30 years negotiating agreements around the world and after researching Nelson Mandela’s approach to his historic negotiations with the South African apartheid government, I identified 10 Powers of Negotiation. These 10 Powers reveal the critical role of lateral thinking in the negotiating process by highlighting that negotiators need both left and right-brain skills. You will notice that some require predominantly left-brain skills and others require predominantly right-brain skills. But, to pull all the Powers together, negotiators require a combination of both.

These are the 10 Powers:

• The power of understanding that a negotiation is a process.

• The power of preparation.

• The power of positioning.

• The power of common sense and logic.

• The power of dignity, congeniality, humility and humor.

• The power of truth and fairness.

• The power of observation – of listening and seeing.

• The power of morality, courage and attitude.

• The power of patience.

• The power to walk away.

The advantages of lateral thinking…

Because lateral thinkers are people who have the ability to use both the left and right sides of their brain, they have significantly more insight into human behavior than those who are not lateral thinkers. They not only see unusual patterns of behavior that others might miss, they also have a more nuanced and layered sense of what is happening around them. Because of this, they also see more options for problem solving and have far superior problem solving skills than those who are not lateral thinkers.

And because the negotiating process is about identifying the problems each side is hoping to solve, the identification of the problems and finding different options and approaches to solving those problems lie at the very core of any successful negotiation.

Lateral thinking and empathy…

Nelson Mandela’s negotiating skills and experiences highlight the enormous importance of looking at every negotiation through the eyes of those with whom you are negotiating. He saw the enormous advantages that this can present on many different levels in a negotiation. His life is a remarkable window into his lateral thinking skills. It is quite fascinating how he honed these skills during his life and how he used them in his negotiations with the South African government.

When it comes to being able to see the world through the other side’s eyes, empathy is the name of the game. While it might be tempting to argue, using left-brain skills, that a position the other side is taking is “logical” or “illogical” or “black-and-white,” almost invariably the right-brain skills are far more telling and useful. Clearly, to get into someone’s head we need to tap into their emotional state and understand it. We need to tap into whatever intuitive skills we can muster. In doing so, we come to realize the enormous advantages most women have over those of us who are predominantly left-brain oriented.

This is why we either have to develop both left-brain and right-brain skills, or we have to assemble negotiating teams that possess these skills.

How lateral thinking exposes the risk of negotiating alone…

I’ve accepted that I’m a predominantly left-brain person. I think of myself as logical and rational — perhaps to a fault. I’ve also always accepted the problem that this almost inevitably creates — and the opportunities that I might lose as a result. I’ve therefore accepted the absolute need to work on my right-brain functionality. Unfortunately, what I’ve sometimes found is that, as I began to focus on my right-brain development, I often found myself taking my eye off my left-brain functionality. I needed to find a solution to this — and I did.

I decided that, whenever possible, I would never negotiate alone. Instead, I wanted at my side the smartest right-brain negotiator I could find — as well as the smartest left-brain negotiator to keep me focused. I would have to gather around me the smartest right-brain and left-brain people I could find. And because 90% of women are right-brain dominant, that was where I’d look for the right-brain part of my team.

As the 10 Powers of Negotiation highlights, negotiators have to keep their eyes on my different balls simultaneously. And as they have to observe and listen to the other side’s negotiating team, and particularly when that team is sometimes quite large, it is almost impossible to do this alone. To have a team of left and right-brain negotiators watching and listening and assessing what is happening is a huge advantage and will always yield a better result than handling this alone.

So, don’t be proud, folks. Gather together a team of the most skilled lateral thinkers you can find…

Network Marketing Prospecting – Great Presentation But They Still Say No?

Are you putting everything you’ve got in to your network marketing enterprise and doing exactly what you’re upline is telling you? After all that, are you getting any significant results? Is frustration finally kicking in?

No matter how great your product is, how great your company is, or how great your compensation plan is, if you cannot identify the personality type of your prospect you will not be able to make a sale. Unfortunately your whole presentation has gone down the drain.

If you want to make it big in this industry you must be able to speak the language that your prospect will understand. The best way to do this is to master the concept of the personality colors. Using colors is the best way to remember how to identify the language your prospect speaks.

Let’s categorize the four main colors: green, blue, red and yellow. Sometimes your prospect will be a mix of these colors but let’s get to the point.

Green: These are the logic-based people. This includes accountants, scientists and programmers. These people seek out every technical detail about your opportunity.

Blue: These are the social people. They love to talk and they love to take action. The very idea of an adventure is what drives them to action.

Red: These are my money motivated people. These are the natural born leaders and thrive on the idea of financial independence.

Yellow: These are the relational people. Common professions are nurses and charity workers. Helping other people is more satisfactory to them than making the money.

Now that you understand the four main color personalities, you will be able to convert more potential no’s into potential yes’s. People that love to help other people don’t want to hear you talk about money for half an hour. Technical people don’t want to hear about helping people for 30 minutes. You get the idea.

How do you actually figure out what personality type your prospect is? The first thing is to observe their habits and possessions. The next step is to actually talk to them and find out what their profession is and ask a lot of questions to get a better feel of how your presentation should be tailored.

Now, if you’re doing internet marketing, it may be a little tougher to understand what personality type you’re dealing with. You don’t have the luxury of seeing the person’s habits and mannerisms. This is where you have to be especially sensitive to the answers to your questions.

There’s no reason to be discouraged anymore now that are aware of this fascinating concept. It will definitely take time to perfect it and you will certainly make mistakes, but these minor failures will set you on your way to a monumental income in the future.