Fathers Day Presents Suggestions

We all know that every dad is different, so obviously every Fathers Day present should be different to match their individual personality. So I thought it might be useful to come up with a handful of characteristics and make suggestions for suitable gift ideas. Here goes…

Is he funny and enjoys a joke? What about framing a silly picture of him as a present? It shows you’ve gone to that bit of extra trouble and is completely personal to him. There are of course no end of gag gifts you can buy to accompany this, which will have him rolling around with laughter on Fathers Day.

Is he the outdoors type? Take him out for the day or arrange some outdoor activity you can enjoy together. What better way is there to show your love than by spending time with him? He’ll really appreciate that.

Is he a tele addict? You can get him all kinds of novelty presents, such as TV dinner trays, plates in the shape of a pizza slice or even a TV table, all of which are perfect for nights in, in front of the box. Compliment that with a DVD you can watch together and you’ve got yourself a brilliant Father’s Day package.

Is he greenfingered? There really are all kinds of gardening products you can get dad for Fathers Day. From mugs decorated with gardening phrases, to candles for his potting shed or even a kneeling pad for when he’s tending to his plot.

Is he narcissistic? There’s nothing wrong with being appearance proud and if you’re dad likes to take care of the way he looks, a shoe shine box for taking care of his footwear or even a new item of clothing will certainly be appreciated, particularly if you know the style he likes.

These are just ideas of course, but hopefully they provide you with some inspiration for what to buy dad this Fathers Day.

Sales Negotiators Know How To Ask “How Much?”

Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that can trip up even a professional sales negotiator. In this case, we often don’t want to ask the one question that we need to ask the other side of the table: “how much does that cost”. In the end, this can end up costing us a great deal…

Why Don’t We Ask “How Much”?
This seems like such a trivial issue, and yet it all too often turns out to be a big deal in the end. The question that we need to find an answer to is just exactly why we don’t seem to be able to remember to ask the other side how much something is going to end up costing us.

There are a lot of different reasons why we don’t feel comfortable doing this, but getting to the reason that is holding each of us back is something that is important for each of us to do. One big reason is often that we fear that simply by asking the other side how much something costs, we’re going to cause them to raise their price to us.

Other reasons can include not wanting to get involved in a long, drawn-out negotiating session (go figure that!) that could result if the other side’s price is to high. Another reason could be that we fear what asking for a price will communicate to the other side of the table about what we think of them. Like perhaps we really don’t trust them and we’re checking up on what they’ll be charging us.

Why Not Asking Is The Wrong Thing To Do
The primary reason that not taking the time to ask the other side how much something is going to cost is a bad idea is because it can quite easily end up costing you a great deal of money. This is a case where what you don’t know can come back and haunt you.

When you are negotiating with the other side of the table and you don’t ask them how much something is going to cost you, then you are making an assumption about how much it’s going to cost. This assumption is not necessarily correct.

The farther that you go into the negotiations without clarifying this issue, the stronger your self-generated belief in what the price is going to be will become. After awhile, you won’t even think to ask the other side how much because you’ll assume that the number that you are picturing in your head is the same number that they have in their head.

It’s disconnects like this that can easily trip up a sales negotiation in the 11th hour. Assumptions that have been made about price turn out to be not true and that can screw everything up at the last minute.

What All Of This Means For You
One of the most important questions that you can ask during a sales negotiation is “how much”. Although this sounds easy to do, it turns out that for most of us it’s actually quite difficult to do.

The reasons that it’s so difficult to do vary from negotiator to negotiator. However, it generally has to do with either not wanting to upset the negotiations or from a false sense that both sides have the same price in their heads.

When you are involved in a sales negotiation, take the time to ask “how much” every time the other side makes a proposal to you. It may feel a bit awkward the first few times that you say it; however, over time you’ll get comfortable using this power phrase and you’ll be amazed at just how much information you’ll get by using it!

A Simple Presentation Tip to Remember When Drawing an or Painting on a Chart Board

The room was quiet as I began to draw a picture showing the difference between a range finder and SLR camera on a chart board. I was speaking to a small group of 20 people. Whereas, everyone seemed to be interested and looking at the picture I made the error of talking to the chart more than I spoke to the audience.

Now, I did not realize this until my wife, who was in the audience, shared her observations with me after the session. As a presentation skills coach she was used to observing audience response and presenter performance.

As an artist and instructor my focus is mainly on drawing or painting a picture while others watched during the lecture portions of my classes or workshops. I had not thought about how the connection to my audience was lost when I “spoke to the visual” rather than the audience.

My wife taught me a simple, yet powerful, tip that I want to share with other people who may be talking to their art or drawings. The tip is TOUCH, TURN AND TALK.

Be SILENT when you draw a part of the image or drawing. Then TOUCH the image or drawing TURN to your audience and then TALK. The results can make a profound connection with your audience.

When you are talking to your visual your energy is directed to the visual and not the audience. Believe it or not, your audience wants to have the full multimedia experience. That means watching your gestures and facial expressions at the same time they are absorbing the information on your chart drawing or painting.

Turning to talk with your audience will also help you to see their facial expressions. You may decide to ask them questions or take questions from them about your technique or information you are sharing.

So now my goal is to be quiet when I am drawing and save my talking for my audience and not my chart board.

Sound easy? Well, actually it is but it takes PRACTICE. So give this simple , yet cutting edge technique, a try.

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