Finding The Perfect Baby Present

If you are in the market for a baby present there is certainly a wide variety on the market today. Whether the baby is a newborn or is a few months old there are so many different colors and patterns that it is difficult to make a choice. However, some precautions should be taken when when choosing the gift.

If the child is a newborn then the baby present you buy should not be restricted to newborn clothing. Babies grow so rapidly that many times some of the gifts they receive are never worn. You need to think out of the box and if you are purchasing clothing then purchase for 12 to 18 months. This will assure the fact that the gift will be used.

If the baby has not been born yet then there is the problem of color. If the mother-to-be knows, and has informed everyone, regarding the sex of the expected child then there is no problem. Its always been blue for boys and pink for girls although there are many designs and patterns that just incorporate these colors.

If you do not know the sex then choosing something with a mixed pattern that will fit in with either one is appropriate. It can be yellow with flowers that have pink and blue or one of the many interwoven colors. The mother would not want to be carrying her baby girl in a blue blanket and have people remarking about what a cute boy she has. These colors are an old fashioned idea but it still prevails.

Baby blankets are always a welcomed gift. Today they are beautifully decorated with animals, cartoon characters and many other attractive items. You can be sure that, unless it is a wrapping blankets, it will be used for a very long time.

If you are a good seamstress, knitter or crocheter, you might prefer to make the present. If the child is already here and you know the sex there are very cute patterns available today with appropriate materials in the shops. Making a dress, for example, for a little girl will give her a one-of-a-kind garment that no other child has. This makes such a gift especially appreciated and it will be worn with pride. For little boys there are overhauls, shorts and many other appropriate garments that would be welcomed in the same manner.

In choosing a baby present there is no end to the possibilities. Whether store bought, hand made or a basket full of baby items, it will be welcomed by the child’s parent with deep appreciation. This is one way that you can show how much it means to you to have a small part in the baby’s life.

Public Speaking – Three Surprising Tips to Improve Your Presentations

You’ve all heard the advice to get to know your audience, make eye contact, don’t say “um,” check your equipment, and similar public speaking techniques to make your presentations as powerful as they can be. These are great tips, and you’ll hear them over and over, but I’ve got some lesser-known suggestions for you today that will benefit you and your audience as much as more common advice.

Pointer 1: Take your medications

As an allergy sufferer, I can tell you that I am not at my best when giving a talk through sniffles and itchy eyes. Even if I’m not having a particular allergic day, I will be sure to take my prescription medication before I speak, to ensure that I don’t have a sudden unexpected reaction.

If your nervousness goes to your gut, by all means take your upset stomach medication. If you get tension headaches, head them off at the pass with your favorite pain reliever. Do what it takes to avoid the physical distractions that will disrupt your performance and keep you from doing your best.

One caveat to this advice: Avoid psychiatric anti-anxiety medications before speaking; you will not be as sharp as you could be. There are non-pharmaceutical ways of dealing with nervousness and anxiety that will not interfere with your ability to think on your feet and interact with your audience.

Pointer 2: Start on time

How many times have you arrived on time for a presentation, even early, and ended up sitting there for an extra fifteen minutes while stragglers made their way to the seats in the back of the room? Then, because the presentation started late, it ends late, but you’ve had to miss the end because you have other commitments on your schedule.

Waiting for latecomers rewards latecomers, but it punishes those who were on time for your presentation. Latecomers may be a distraction when then enter the room after the presentation has started, but what’s worse: a little disruption by laggards or being responsible for annoying the half of your audience who made the effort to be on time and now might miss the end if you go over?

Take charge of the room, take charge of your time, and make the decision to reward the people who are committed and punctual.

Pointer 3: Give the end of your sentences the same energy you give to the beginning of your sentences

This is a simple tool but an effective one. Some people’s voices trail off at the ends of sentences, making it hard to hear the last few words they’ve said. As a speaker, trailing off at the ends of sentences means that your audience might miss something important. Make sure you are emphasizing both ends of your sentences, and your audience will never miss a crucial point or valuable tip!

Stick with the tried-and-true public speaking advice you’ve heard before, but in addition, try adding these three tricks to your bag the next time you have a speaking engagement. See if you don’t feel more confident and pulled together on stage and more successful in connecting with the audience.

Negotiation Wars – Men Vs Women

There are many factors that go into any negotiation- what style you use (competitive collaborative, accommodating), cultural issues that impact values and habits, and lastly gender. Men and women negotiate differently.

“I want this for this amount,” is a male statement with a goal focus.

“I’d like to know how you came up with that number,” is a female negotiation statement, which is more open ended.

Men view negotiations as a one time event. They are better at negotiating for themselves and reaching individual goals. They are usually more competitive.

Women, on the other hand, often let negotiation opportunities go by, set low goals and concede easily. Unlike men, usually women let their emotions show through, but are more about mutual gains than individualistic tendencies.

Neither style is right or wrong. There are suggestions so that men and women can negotiate more effectively, especially when it is a long term relationship whether business or personal.

First there should be a correcting of impressions. Also look to taking turns talking and possibly moving physically closer together than staying farther apart. Take the opportunities to ask questions. Negotiation, in this case, does require preparation. This would not be a one time negotiation to buy a car, for example.

Men and women can have successful negotiations with a little understanding of the differences that each brings. It is not a hindrance, but a chance to learn how to communicate effectively and for women, an opportunity to level the playing field where sometimes they feel at a disadvantage.