Christmas Presents – It’s Time to Go Shopping

When should you start shopping for Christmas presents? Some people rush out at the last minute, others have already socked away the better part of their planned Christmas presents before school lets out for the summer. But the question remains: What’s best?

Here are a number of advantages to shopping for Christmas presents as early as possible:

  1. Buying early gives you the best chance to get good deals What better opportunity for buying Aunt Hilda (well, actually her poodle) a new purple leather leash or your girlfriend a designer scarf then the going-out-of-business sale at the local pet store or summer clearance at the new boutique? Being on the lookout and buying early really gives you the best chance to get a good deal.
  2. Starting early gives you plenty of time to look for that very special gift The business trip to London in March would have been the best opportunity to stop by Harrod’s and get that perfect gift for your Anglophile sister-in-law. And wouldn’t that nifty crocodile jigsaw puzzle you saw at the zoo last month have been a great gift for your reptile-loving nephew? Rushing out the week before Christmas to look for that one special gift will probably not work as well.
  3. By buying early you can avoid disaster and humiliation If you are an Early Bird you won’t be in the situation where you will have to explain to your three-year old how come Santa didn’t manage to get her a Doodlewing Doll (or whatever the year’s most coveted gift is), even though all her friends at preschool got one. Instead, you will have the lovingly wrapped Doll sitting safely in a closet while your friends still spend whole afternoons on an odyssey through the local malls, desperately hoping to avoid disaster.
  4. Shopping for gifts throughout the year will help you budget properly We all know Christmas can be a big drain on our bank accounts. By buying stuff throughout the year, the expense gets spread more evenly, making it easier to budget. No longer will you stand in the mall in December, wishing you hadn’t splurged on that new DVD-player in October so you wouldn’t have to max out your credit cards now.
  5. Avoid the crowds Yep, here comes one of the biggies. If you are finished with your Christmas shopping in September, you can avoid a trip to the mall the last week before Christmas. Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys the experience of getting crushed by frustrated people while “Jingle Bells” drones on. And if you do enjoy a trip to the stores right before Christmas, you will be much more relaxed if it is just for a look-see and not a necessity.

Clearly, there are many great reasons for getting started early on our Christmas present shopping. So, even if it is still a while to Christmas, maybe it is about time to go out and look for that perfect present for our loved ones.

Birthday Present Ideas for Women – 5 Top Gifts

Don’t let her birthday slip your mind; or buy a gift half-hearted because you couldn’t think what to get her. It’s best to be prepared in advance so that the day will be special to her and easy for you!

Hopefully you have been listening to her hints to you. It is not easy for guys to always get it right but the best way to please her is to get her something that she will love not just you. However there are certain gifts that the woman in your life will always love. They are simple but most women will boast to their girlfriends with these gifts.

5 Birthday Present Ideas for Women

• Be the romantic and buy her two-dozen roses. You can add that special twist and have them delivered to her place of work to announce to the world she is loved. She won’t be able to stop telling her friends how romantic you are! Tip* don’t forget the card and write something personal that only you and her can smile about.

• All women love to receive gift vouchers on their birthday. It could be to her favourite store or a beauty gift voucher so she can go and relax and have some wonderful beauty treatments. You can personalize some vouchers adding that little extra touch. Tip* Maybe still get her a little gift with it so she has something to enjoy on her birthday before she takes the day to spend her gift voucher.

• Perfume – that wonderful scent that flows off your woman everyday is proberably not cheap and she likely has a few fragrances she absolutely loves, so do a bit of digging and pick her up that special perfume she can only afford once in a while. Tip* Take her out somewhere special where she can get herself ready and use her wonderful new perfume.

• Dinner at an exclusive restaurant. Has she mentioned a place she has always wanted to dine? Then take her there. It is something you can both enjoy on her birthday. Tip* Let the restaurant know it’s her birthday and maybe a small surprise could be arranged; a special dessert or even a birthday cake.

• A spa day how indulgent would that be for her! And what a surprise. A whole day of exceptional spa treatments while she relaxes and enjoys being pampered. Tip* you could make it for either the two of you; or her and her best friend so she can share the moment and have more fun.

All five ideas are pretty quick and simple to buy but still very thoughtful. A lot of times coming up with birthday present ideas for women feels like it gets complicated but keep the idea itself simple and add one of our tips to make it more personal and special. Maybe you would like to get her more than one gift?

The Seven Steps to a Striking and Successful Presentation

When making a sales presentation, you need to remember this is how a prospect determines if they will buy from your company or not. A good sales presentation requires pizazz and needs to be compelling enough to motivate the investor into a well informed decision. If you follow these seven guidelines you should have no problem giving your sales presentation that extra edge.

First, have a relevant point to your presentation. Most presentations fail from lack of structure or approach. The presentation cannot be cookie-cutter and the same from client to client. People are different and so in theory so should your presentation. It should appeal to everyone.

Second, create a rapport between yourself and your prospect. Explain why you should be the one they should be dealing with for whatever product or service you are offering. Bring the item with you to your presentation as an example of the service in question. Allow your target prospect to hold and feel the item or see the service in action. Instead of telling them about it, let them feel it or experience it firsthand. This promotes your prospect to ask questions and even develop a feel for what you are offering.

The third piece of advice is get to the point fast. Time is money and people do not enjoy feeling as if their time is being wasted. This is on you to be prepared, know your key points and learn how to make them quickly. Do not be afraid to practice on friends or in front of a mirror. It all hinges on your ability to communicate and articulate your sale to your prospect.

Fourth on the list of guidelines is to be animated! Be lively, show your prospective buyers that you have energy and you care. Change up your hand movements and vary your voice inflection some. Being monotone and stationary is a recipe to have your buyers loses their interest in you and what you have to say.

This fifth point goes without saying – use showmanship. Remember to grab your prospective buyer’s attention. You’re trying to make a sale, so sell your buyer. Showman ship can go a long way and demonstrate character and faith in what it is you are trying to sell. Buyers like this. Tell them why they want to buy from you; business is one tenth knowledge, two tenths money and seven tenths of showmanship.

Using a physical demonstration is the sixth point to always remember. Use flipcharts and white boards. Use projectors and slideshows. Graphs and pie charts can easily demonstrate figures and gauge what will happen over time with your product or service.

And finally, number seven, believe in yourself. You have to walk into that presentation with your head held high and know you are a winner. Without sounding trite, others can see a failure far off and probably won’t care to deal with them. You’re only a failure if you believe you are one. Conduct that presentation with a sense of worth and a commanding presence and you should be able to sell anything.