Christmas Present Ideas For 2010

This Christmas season has started as we have no gotten through the Thanksgiving leftovers and started the march towards Christmas. What this means for many people is a mad scramble to deciding what to get everyone on their shopping list in the hopes that they can get solid gifts and still find time to enjoy the holidays. We can appreciate this goal which is why we have put together a list of some of the best Christmas Present Ideas for 2010. Our list below provides some great ideas for each of the most popular gift buying groupings.

A popular gift idea for men and some women is the Toshiba Satellite Laptop. This solid laptop does a great job of providing a value price while providing a great, high performing laptop. For many people, this combination will prove irresistible and make for an excellent gift.

A unique but very popular gift is getting some high quality Bose® Headphones. For all those teens and adults that like music, this gift can be a perfect addition as it helps them get the most out of their music player. These high performing headphones are top of the line and the gift recipients will appreciate their quality.

For boys, a clever gift is the Nerf N-Strike Stampede. These type of safe guns are always popular because boys can play war in the backyard with friends and yet Moms can rest easy knowing the Nerf® guns are safe.

A nice gift idea for girls is the Disney® Princess and Me Dolls. There are a number of different varieties but all are nicely made and will look great while the girls play with them or when they are showcased in their room. Either way, the girls should enjoy this fine gift idea.

For the youngest kids, the Baby Einstein Bendy Ball makes for a great gift. This gift is easy to grab and will be a favorite of babies and toddlers. This one is also low cost which will be great for all those trying to stick to a budget this season.

By using the above list, we think you will be able to scratch off at least a few people from your Christmas list. There are certainly more great gifts out there, but we think this provides a good start.

“The Lack of Leverage Can Destroy Negotiator’s Abilities” – Negotiation Tip of the Week

“We need to destroy their lead negotiator’s leverage to weaken his abilities to negotiate effectively.” Those were the words uttered during the planning stage of a pending negotiation.

When planning your negotiation, do you consider how the lack of leverage can destroy a negotiator‘s abilities? Leverage adds weight to a negotiator’s efforts. It can be the difference between a mediocre outcome and one that’s substantially better.

Leverage Constriction:
The use of leverage can constrict the implementation of a negotiator’s plans. Therefore, be watchful of when its usage might be employed against you and how/when you’ll employ it. Since its implementation will alter the flow of the negotiation, you should calculate the timing of its usage to maximize the benefits derived from it. Be aware that all forms of leverage do not bear the same weight. Thus, always examine the different forms of leverage you’ll use, and determine which ones will be most impactful when assembling them.

Timing of Leverage Implementation:
There are several occasions in a negotiation when you should consider using leverage.

  1. Ponder using it when you don’t wish to discuss points that will drastically alter your negotiation plan.
  2. Use it on defense to inject a point as a challenge to the opposing negotiator from implementing his.
  3. Consider how you can inject leverage as a surprise to observe the other negotiator’s reaction. That reaction may uncover hidden elements that you should discuss that your negotiation counterpart would rather keep undisclosed.

Combating Leverage Usage:
Park it – When thinking about leverage attempts used against you, consider whether you should address the premise that’s raised. In some cases, it may behoove you to say, “let’s put that aside for now.” If your request is successful, it will negate the need for discussion about the premise of the leverage attempt. Thus, it’s a way to deflate its charges.

When the other negotiator attempts to wiggle free of your leverage usage, you can use your first effort to pin him to a position. As an example, if you ask if he’d like to accept offer one or two, knowing both are bad, and he said no to either, then you could make another offer that was better or worse than the first one; your offer per better or worse would be dependent on what you were attempting to achieve by your offers. He could reject your third offer but then you could feign exasperation and state that you’re really attempting to be amenable; the implication being, his position is untenable.

Refute It:
I attempt to be transparent when negotiating. That means, while I attempt not to mislead, I don’t disclose every aspect of my negotiation position.

During your negotiations, realize that some negotiators will be as transparent as seeing through a stain-free glass. That will be the exception, not the rule. In some situations, your opponent will outright lie. Be prepared to refute his lies with bona fide rebuts that are greater than his. Using that form of leverage will heighten your position and diminish his if he’s willing to accept your pronouncements. That will cause him to think twice about pursuing that line of deceit moving forward.

In your future negotiations, consider how you’ll use leverage to enhance your efforts. The better you become at identifying when, how, and at what points you’ll employ its usage, the better your negotiation outcomes will be… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

Presentation Skills – A Guide to a Successful and Convincing Speech

If you have a big presentation coming up, you might be nervous. But don’t sweat it. Stay calm and keep the following tips in mind when presenting an important campaign to your boss or client. After all, there’s no point in making a sales pitch if you can’t convince your audience and exude confidence. Refer to these five tips when making your next formal presentation.

1. You should always look your best. Wear your best suit, get a full eight hours of sleep, and eat a balanced breakfast. Every great sales pitch begins with the perfect handshake. Come in there prepared and confident to make the most desirable first impression.

2. Display your work in a professional manner. To catch the eyes of your audience you should use a display easel for all your tangible advertisements. It’s all about craftsmanship and you really want to blow them away with your creative visuals. You did stay up all night putting them together. If your visuals are that eye popping your clients may even snag one to look at later, that’s a plus. Make sure to date and put contact information on all your boards.

3. Speak clearly, loudly and with an easy to follow tone. Obviously, you want to make as much eye contact as possible and show the crowd that you can look them eye to eye. This will help you to convince them that you are right. Even though it’s a formal presentation, add some humor and personal aspects. You want to show them you’re fun and easy to work with. Avoid “ums” and pauses as much as possible and try at all costs to practice and memorize. Using note cards isn’t that convincing.

4. Show gratitude upon entering and at your conclusion. It is really important to take the time to thank your guests for coming and hearing you speak. This can really set you apart because most people are too nervous and forget this crucial part of the “interview.” Say thank you with solemnity and heart.

5. Introduce yourself and explain a little bit about your background and role within the project. People appreciate hearing how smart you really are. You may want to do your research on them as well and show them that you know exactly what you’re talking about. A great way to win over a client is to show competence.