The Leading Christmas Presents for Women This Christmas 2010

On the subject of shopping for your female partner, or friend, at Christmas time, you (along with many other men) may be stuck for ideas and in need of inspiration! Although women of all ages consider themselves to be really simple to buy for, us men tend to disagree with their claims. At Xmas time, ladies say all they want is jewellery, perfume, cosmetics, etc; but we all know too well that women are actually very fussy when it comes to the products they use, and this is where men really struggle! If you need a helping hand, look no further! Below I recommend 5 of the best festive gifts to present your female partner with on Christmas morning. Just call me your Yuletide fairy godmother!

As a quick side note, I’ll provide you with a bit of information on ‘what not to get’ in terms of Christmas presents. To begin, don’t bother with cooking devices because, unless your girlfriend is mad about rustling up the best meals every night and see’s herself as the next Delia Smith, then you’ll be greeted with an unhappy face when she unwraps your festive gift. It will probably fall as flat as a pancake and you’ll spend the rest of the day trying to avoid her frosty glare! Nothing says I love you less than a boring piece of kitchen equipment on a wintery Christmas morning. Women don’t want to think about the time they spend in the kitchen when they’re on their holiday break!

If you want to guarantee your girlfriend or wife is utterly embarrassed by her present then get her ‘sexy’ lingerie. On the other hand, if you want to be seen as a caring, kind boyfriend then don’t do it! Unless you get this as a tiny little extra alongside a much bigger, better and more expensive gift, then this sort of gift should not be bought. Remember, when you’re buying a Christmas present, you’re buying for her – not for yourself! If it doesn’t fit her it will ruin her day and it’s not the kind of treat she can show the family is it?!

So, on to the top gifts to buy your lady; let’s start with jewellery. Something flashy, sparkly and diamante is always a great festive treat for your girlfriend and she’ll love the attention she gets off all of the guests who are admiring it. Jewellery is always a safe bet at Xmas time if you want to please your woman and it’s a firm favourite choice across the board at Christmas time.

Just remember though, unless you want your girlfriend to become your wife this Christmas, don’t buy anything that could be mistaken for an engagement ring. Silver rings might suggest a deeper meaning than you intended and you could upset your female friend without meaning to. Another thing to think about is the type of material you go for and the style of the item you pick. Because Christmas is a special occasion, opt for a gold or silver piece of jewellery as it will look more expensive and classy and, if you’ve been with your partner for a while, consider the type of jewellery she likes to wear and pick something similar. Jewellery is a very personal thing so if you know she likes a certain style, go for that. If you’re really not sure what to buy, select something that can be returned just in case (that means don’t get her earrings because most stores won’t take them back).

What about a spa break? This is always a hit with the female species. After the rush and the panic that goes on up until Christmas day, she will definitely love a present that will allow her to relax and be pampered for a day or more. Even if you can’t afford a spa weekend away, treat her to some makeover therapies. For example, a nail manicure, a foot pedicure, hair treatments or a massage will give her something to smile about. If you search around a bit you can usually find good deals because, as relaxing gifts like this are ever-increasing in popularity, the cost price is coming down due to competition.

If you want to pamper her in another way, go for toiletries, fragrances and also delicious chocolates. Girls adore all of these! A good idea is to put together a gift basket or a Christmas stocking filled with all of her beloved products and merchandise. Doing this will make it look like you’ve spent ages thinking about what to get her and, as a plus point, you can create a gift that is as expensive or inexpensive as you deem necessary. The items included can cover a range of products, topics or cosmetics; the only thing holding you back is your own creativity! This will be the most thoughtful Christmas present you could give to your wife or girlfriend.

An individualized Xmas gift will also delight your lady. Personalized presents can be anything at all; homemade treats, for instance a scrap book or a photo album that features your favourite photos of the two of you in special places will make it look like considerable time and energy has gone into creating your present. You could bake her some little sweetie treats from the heart. Or, if you are especially arty or a talented painter; handcrafted items are really interesting and different presents to make your girlfriend feel special at Christmas. You can also look for gifts in stores like personally named mugs, or engraved jewellery. There are literally hundreds of items like this on the market you can research.

Unique merchandise can be found online too. Why not name a star after your partner? Or buy a piece of the moon for her? You can be sure none of her girlfriends’ will already have one of these and she’ll get a certificate of authenticity to keep forever.

Last but not least all women like to read glossy magazines don’t they? A great present, which will last the year round, is a magazine membership. Whatever she likes to indulge in during her free time, most magazines offer a weekly or monthly subscription. So discover her most preferred magazine brand, or favourite hobby, and give her this present which will keep her happy for the following year. You can always re-subscribe for her next year too!

Copyright (c) 2010 Paul Evans

Presenting Effectively

Introduction:

Whether you are a seasoned orator or a novice speaker, you can improve your presentation skills and enhance your credibility through planning, presentation, and practice. This section contains essential information on every aspect of public speaking, form the researching and writing of your material to overcoming tension and dealing with questions form audience. Practical advice, for example on choosing the best audio-visual aids, will furnish you with the confidence to handle real life situations professionally and help you to develop and perfect your skills.

This month we will cover:

Preparing a Presentation

The sub topics that will be covered this month are:

1) Defining Your Purpose

Preparing A Presentation

There are two secrets to making a good presentation: preparation and practice. Take the time too prepare properly, and your chances of success will increase enormously.

1) Defining Your Purpose

What do you want to communicate to your audience? Before you start to prepare your presentation, decide what you want to achieve. Focus on the purpose of the presentation at every stage to ensure that your preparation in relevant and efficient.

A) Considering Your Aims

The first points to think about are what you intend to tell your audience and how best to communicate your message. Your strategy will depend upon three things: the type of message you wish to deliver; the nature of the audience; and the physical surroundings of the venture.

Review the purpose of your presentation, and ask your self whether its is simple enough or too complex. Think about who might be in your audience and how they might be in your audience and how they might receive your speech. Then ask yourself if this is how you want your speech to be received. If not, modify your purpose.

Points To Remember

Your presentation should be relevant, simple, and to the point

Your audience will be impressed by the debt and breadth of your knowledge rather than a show of a false intellect and wit

Your positive attitude, energy, and enthusiasm for the subjects will speak volumes. They will be remembered by your audience long after the details of your speech have been forgotten.

Note:

Once you have written your speech, cut it, cut, cut it, and cut it.

B) Assessing Abilities

Unless you are a trained actor, it is difficult trying to be anyone other than yourself. Concentrate on defining and utilizing your best assets. For example if you have a good clear voice, use it to your advantage; if you have the talent for such things, tell a humorous but relevant short anecdote. Next, confront your fears and anxieties about the presentation, so that you can make sure that you are prepared for them on the day.

Speaking Confidently

Use techniques that you are comfortable with in your presentation. This will help you control your nerves once you are standing in front of the audience.

Note: Group similar ideas together to establish themes.

Reducing Your Fears

Excessive Nerves – You cannot relax. You forget what you are trying to say and dry up.

Practical Solution – Prepare by rehearsing in front of a mirror and, if possible, at the venue. Make sure that you can see your notes clearly at all times. take a deep breath, and smile.

Bored Audience – The audience loses interest, and fidgets and talk among themselves

Practical Solution – Ensure that the point you are trying to make is relevant – if not, cut it. be enthusiastic. vary the pace of your presentation, and maintain eye contact with the audience.

Hostile Audience – You are heckled. Questions from the floor are aggressive in tone.

Practical Solution – Remain polite and courteous. If your audience has specialist knowledge of your subject, defer to them. Redirect difficult questions back to the audience.

Breakdown of Visual Aids – Equipment fails to work of you do not remember how to work it.

Practical Solution – Avoid using any technology with which you are not thoroughly familiar. Immediately before the presentation, check all the equipment that you will be using

Sad Sales Negotiators Do a Bad Job

In the quest to do a better job at negotiating deals, sales negotiators have been known to do some pretty wild things in order to condition themselves to perform at a high level – extreme exercising, exposure to hot / cold temperatures, and even eating some pretty weird things. However, is it possible that they’ve been overlooking the most important thing – how happy they are?

The Power Of Sad

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent a lot of time studying how we can persuade others and how they can persuade us. In fact he’s written a popular book on the topic titled Influence: Science and Practice in which he talks about what causes us to do things that we may not be giving a lot of thought to.

When it comes to sales negotiations, Dr. Cialdini and his peers have done some interesting studies that should cause all of us to sit up and take notice.

The Big Guess

The social scientist who were doing the research started with the hypothesis that when we get sad, we get motivated to do something to change our current circumstances in order to get out of our sad mood.

They took this thinking one step further. They also guessed that sad buyers would be willing to pay higher prices for a given product and sad sellers would be willing to sell a product for a lower price.Ã’Â Do I have your interest now?

The Experiment

The cool thing about being a social scientist is that you get to test your hypothesis on people, not rats. In this case the scientists had their (human) test subjects divided into two groups. One group watched a sad movie and then wrote a paragraph about how the movie made them feel. The other group watched a movie about fish (!) and then wrote about what they had done that day.

Next, both groups were once again divided into two groups and one group was asked to mark on a piece of paper what price they would sell an item at and the other group was asked to mark on a piece of paper what price they would buy an item at.

What the scientist discovered just might scare you. It turns out that their original guess was right: sad buyer ended up being willing to spend 30% more for an item than emotionally neutral buyers. Likewise, sad sellers were willing to sell an item for 33% less than emotionally neutral sellers. The really spooky part of all of this is that the sad buyers and sellers had no idea that their sadness had affected them so much.

Final Thoughts

Although we often get caught up in preparing for our next sales negotiation, what the social scientists have discovered is that we bring everything else that is going on in our lives to the table with us. On a similar note, the other side of the negotiating table does the exact same thing.

Before you start your next sales negotiation, you need to take a minute or two and evaluate how you are feeling. If there is anything that is bringing you down or making you depressed, then you have got to try to find a way to resolve it or at least make it better before the negotiations start. Learn to do this and it will allow you to close better deals and close them quicker.