Selecting The Perfect Baby Presents

It seems as though there’s never been more baby presents on the market than there is today. Although, traditionally, baby showers were given prior to the birth of the little one, today some mothers are opting to wait until the child is a few months old in order to share the joy with their friends and family. Gifts will differ significantly between the two types of parties.

Although tempting because they’re so cute, for newborn clothing should not be restricted in size. Babies grow so fast that before a mom knows it she will need to completely replace the wardrobe. Many mothers today, therefore, appreciate gifts that ensure baby’s needs are met beyond the first few weeks. For those considering purchasing clothing or a baby shower, selecting sizes between 9 and 18 months will ensure that this need will be met as the baby grows.

Fortunately today, there are many styles, colours, and patterns that are appropriate for both boys and girls. If one knows the sex of the child prior to the shower, selecting an appropriate outfit is rather easy. However, if the parents wish to be surprised along with everyone else, choosing carefully by ensuring clothing is not gender specific is important.

Baby blankets have always been a popular choice at showers. The problem is that there comes a time when the number exceeds the need. However, rarely are things that are really needed immediately even considered for gift-giving. For instance, filling a baby bathtub with powders, lotions, shampoos, T-shirts, and diapers is not only unexpected, but really appreciated by new parents.

For those with sewing ability, which can include knitting and crocheting, homemade presents are always appreciated by new parents. There are many adorable patterns available if one already knows the sex of the child. A frilly dress for a little girl or a train engineers overall outfit for a little boy is always a delight. As with buying clothing, however, it’s important to consider the materials and colours that will be used regardless of whether one knows the sex of the child or not.

Any baby present given should be special, needed, and memorable. Extravagance is not a necessity. As a matter of fact, the little things can often be of benefits for parents. With today’s technology this is becoming easier than ever. Gift registration ensures that duplication is limited. However, it’s important to check with family and friends, especially for larger items, in order to ensure that they have not already been purchased.

Selecting the perfect baby presents have never been easier. Regardless of how well one might know the mother-to-be or the new mom, giving gifts that are functional, creative, and thoughtful will help make their special day even that much more special.

The Dos and Donts of Creating a Powerful Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program included in the Microsoft Office Suite of products. PowerPoint has become the industry standard for making presentations and it provides a number of advantages over conventional presentation methods, such as:

  • Saving printing costs, especially since many presentations are saved to USB drives;
  • Providing vibrant slides with the use of color, clip art, and different font styles and;
  • Allowing for dynamic content on slides, in the form of the Internet and Video insertions even polling an audience by using a wireless audience response system.

However, with all these advantages, often presentations are lackluster and unsatisfactory to the audience because the presenter uses the Powerpoint presentation software and equipment in ways that are not helpful in getting their message communicated. The tool becomes a distraction or worse yet, the presenter merely reads the slides.

Below, are some simple DO’s and DON’Ts in putting together your next presentation to make certain your next speaking engagement or product launching event goes off without a hitch.

Do’s and Dont’s of putting together a great PowerPoint presentation

First, even before turning on PowerPoint, create a rough storyboard idea of your presentation. Write it out on note cards and put the ideas in order with an intro, body, and conclusion. Now, you are ready to begin with PowerPoint.

DO use large fonts. For your headings, a 24 pt font or larger is best.

DO make certain you are using only 1 or 2 font styles through out the presentation. Add clip art and photographs only if they enhance the message. Consider adding an interactive survey with an audience response system rental.

DO use the 6 by 6 rule. No more than 6 words across and no more than 6 lines down the page. PowerPoint is there to enhance your presentation, not replace it. Keep your slides and presentation simple.

DO plan on the “2 minute per slide” rule. For example, if you have 60-minute presentation, the MAXIMUM number of slides you should have are 30. Too many presenters rush through their slides and give their audience very little time to think about the content.

DO have the presentation printed so if the powerpoint presentation equipment fails, you can read from a paper copy and continue your talk.

DON’T leave the laptop on standby power. If you engage in a discussion with your attendees, the last thing you want is for the laptop to go to sleep.

DON’T leave your screen saver on either. This is another unwanted distraction to the presentation.

DON’T use dark backgrounds in poorly-lit rooms or light backgrounds in well-lit rooms because the slides become too hard to read.

LASTLY, DON’T be the only one to review your presentation. Give it to co-workers, members of your association or even a family member to review. Take their edits and comments to heart.

Now that you’ve mastered putting together a presentation, learn about the PowerPoint Presentation Equipment you will need in Part 2 to be posted on Monday.

National and Cultural Negotiation Style

Cultural and national negotiation styles reflect communication behaviors and the priorities of that culture. Priorities such as trust, teamwork, non-confrontational situations, and openness are all along a sliding scale with each culture. The communication behaviors of each culture reflect these priorities and can dictate how a culture will engage in negotiations. Often, Japanese and other Asian negotiators will plan a social event and dinner before any real negotiations occur. Likewise, Americans place an emphasis on taking clients out to dinner and a round of golf. Engaging in this type of activity builds trust and opens the line of communication between the two parties. Using persuasive techniques to “connect” with another person can lead to trust and the sense of a relationship being built. The negotiation styles of these two cultures mesh well, thus allowing them to understand the priorities of each other’s culture.

Once a relationship has been built on trust, the negotiators can begin sharing information. This level of openness is highly dependent on the level of openness for that country. This stage in negotiations require each party to fulfill their end of reciprocation – which can sometimes make one party feel like they are being confronted – but if done correctly can develop “quick trust” (Brett, 207). Quick Trust develops when two groups share information and allow the other party to see their weak side. Obviously developing trust is important, however some cultures simply may not be comfortable with divulging information quickly.

Getting Down to business: Using Culture to Persuade
Arguably one of the most important factors in negotiation is an understating of the culture in which you are engaging in negotiations. Cultures vary in their openness and in the time that business in conducted. Terms of agreements should be taken into consideration; for example, Italy has a 90-day billing cycle versus the “normal” USA 30-billing cycle. These cultural norms are very important for understanding how to succeed in negotiating on a global scale. Building relationships is the key for building trust among partners or potential clients. Trust can become an all encompassing factor when it comes time to make a final decision, the understanding of what is expected and following through will allow negotiations to flow smoothly.