Finding the Best Valentines Day Presents

Valentines day presents in this day and age should be pretty easy to pick right? If that was REALLY the case with Valentine’s day quickly approaching then there would be no need for this article. So given the approaching holiday we will cover some of the more popular valentine day ideas that you can use to pick something nice for your sweetheart. This article will focus on valentines day presents for those that have a local or long distance relationship.

Valentines Day Presents (Sorted By Relative Cost)

Internet Valentine’s Day Card
This idea will involve you uploading a personalized video or photo utilizing one of the many free services available (i.e. Google video and/or Kodak). Attach a unique thoughtful note to it and you are in business

Personalized M&Ms
Were you aware that you could even do this for the valentine holiday? The M&M’s company allows you to put a very personal touch on your favorite color of M&M’s and even put a romantic message and/or picture on them. Who says they wouldn’t eat your message right up? Lol.

I Love You Coupon Book
You can find this coupon book at the online store Essentials.com. Basically it is a book of redeemable coupons for various activities linked to romance, love or just plain old fun. In fact each and every coupon has quotes you would find inspirational and they even allow space for you to add your own!

Name a Star Service
This service has been mentioned on TV a lot recently and basically allows you to “NAME” a star for your special sweetheart at one of the star registry online websites. This is the most unique out of all of the valentine day ideas presented and one of my personal best. You might not be able to give them the world but the heavens are well within reach.

Do It Yourself Gift Basket
Since the person that probably knows what your sweetheart likes the most is you right? It also makes sense that you would use that knowledge to create a Valentine’s day gift package for your special one?

Top 5 Valentines Day Presents
The following list has been compiled from previous years of valentine day holidays and contains the most popular valentine day gifts. This list is in order of the most popular to the least popular

1) Flowers – Best if delivered to there place of work!

2) Romantic Dinner – Pick a place with an amazing view and impeccable service

3) Candy – Make sure you send something your sweetheart will enjoy

4) Scented Candles – Surprise them with there favorite scent

5) Gift certificates – Get these for her favorite spa or his favorite sporting event

Valentines Day Presents Summary
This article has presented several ideas that you can use to decide what you want to get your sweetheart for valentine’s day. They are all great ideas but just keep in mind that the best present is one that has a lot of YOU in it in thought and deed. if you can get your own unique personality into the gift somehow then you will have given them some the best valentines day presents of their lives!

Two Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Presenting

Many will shy away from attending a business networking event because they are concerned about public speaking and making a presentation. Here are two tips to help take away the worry and support you through your first experiences.

Talking on a one to one basis is so different to public speaking and if you do get nervous it is perfectly natural to feel this way. Have you ever made a presentation? If you have and you’re like me then you’ve probably suffered from the same symptoms.

Fast heartbeat
Sweaty palms
Feeling nauseous
Audience blindness

When I first started attending business networking events I used to feel exactly the same when it came to presenting my sixty seconds (or elevator pitch as some call it). The vast majority of my business is gained through networking so it’s an essential part of my daily routine. Fortunately I’ve managed to overcome my fear of presenting with these two great business networking tips.

Prepare your pitch, you may only have sixty seconds or two minutes and believe me, that isn’t long so you need be ready. Run it through so that you know exactly how long it lasts. The worst thing you can do is run over and divert from your script as all you’ll do is succeed in talking about nothing in particular and bore the pants off most of your audience.

From a content point of view, consider what it is that you want to get across, what is that unique point? Think also about who it is that you are trying to get in touch with, remember that you’re not selling to your audience, you are trying to get them to understand your products and services so that they can recommend them to others and refer those potential clients back to you.

For the actual presentation, the fact that you have timed it and run through it will have not done any harm. No doubts you’re still going to be nervous and all the symptoms above will still be there but here’s a great tip for how to keep it in control.

It’s quite simple but it takes a little practice. Firstly let me ask you a question. What’s the difference between a presentation and a conversation? It’s just the number of people.

When we hold a conversation with one or two people we know that we are in close proximity because we can see other faces and make eye contact. When making a presentation, we get nervous because there are a lot of people so if we can make ourselves think that we only holding a conversation then the nerves will disappear.

The trick is to make eye contact with one person for 5 seconds, then another and another. Really pick people out and talk to them as though they are individuals. When you talk to an audience, you’re eyes skip around and you see nothing and so get nervous. If you change the eye contact, look out for the step change in your level of nervousness.

Practice focusing on one person at a time and make sure that you count to five in your head before moving onto the next person. Where to start? I always start by talking to the prettiest face in the audience and work from there. If there’s someone that you know in the audience, try talking to them first and it will put you at ease.

These two tips have revolutionised my performance and success rate at business networking events, practice them and I hope that they work for you too.

Presenting a Counter Argument to a Mistaken Client

We’ve all heard the old quote; “the customer is always right, and in case the customer is wrong, refer to rule number one; the customer is always right!” This is a great motto and it sure helps in customer service, and it especially helps train the new customer service reps and those behind the front counter how to deal with hard to deal with people.

Nevertheless, we know that the customer is not always right, that customers are sometimes wrong. So, what do you do when a customer, a big customer who you will be giving a big presentation to comes up with an erroneous argument, or incorrect objection to your presentation?

This happens all the time, it’s not easy when presenting a counter argument to a mistaken client. If you argue with them and tell them they are wrong, and display all the facts you often make them look bad. They feel disrespected, and a person disrespected generally seeks revenge. And even if that revenge is in the mild form of saying “no” to your presentation, you still lose.

This is why I often recommend that when giving a presentation to be very careful with counter arguments. What you must do is address the concern as if it is a real concern, and one that you have heard before, and have an exact answer for. One of the best ways to do this is to tell a short quick and to the point story, or a scenario that has previously happened. Perhaps, with a different client, and explain very quickly how you solved that problem with this solution.

A solution that only your company could handle, because of your strategies, products, and services; in other words turn the false argument into a reason why the customer should accept your presentation, and offer. Please consider all this.