Equine Christmas Presents

Whether you call yourself a horse lover, an equine person, or some one who is enthralled with the equine world, whoever shops for you for Christmas, is bound to have an easy time.

Those who are shopping for equine gifts, or horse gifts for Christmas don’t have to go very far. Your Internet is your best bet to find unique, creative, and as well as useful gift for the horse lover. You’ll find that if you punch in certain search terms such as equine gifts, horse gifts, or even horse and rider tack and equipment you’re going to find a variety of different sites to choose from.

Handcrafted Christmas presents are always a joy, and if it’s someone in the horse world, you’re going to find a wide variety of useful and creative gifts available. You’ll find equine and horse related handcrafted items for the home, the barn, and even the yard. Whether it’s a horseshoe hat rack, or furniture cover made out of Western-style material, handmade salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, or even fireplace tools made out of horse shoes, handcrafted western items are beautiful and easy to find if you use your Internet connection.

Of course, it’s also easy to find horse related gifts for your equine friends. Whether it’s a fancy saddle, high tech horse pads, or an automated watering system, your horse can enjoy a variety of different items and all can be found on the Internet. Believe it or not, you can find fencing, stall doors, horse watering and feeding equipment, as well as a variety of different supplements and horse snacks.

You’ll also find a variety of different horse snacks that are hand made. Some of these snacks are going to be totally organic, include vitamins and minerals, but you can bet that they’re all going to be tasty for your horse. Look for those handmade horse treats that include a variety of different natural substances. Natural horse treats are a great way to add vitamins and nutrients your horses die at in a tasty treat. Make sure you read all the directions and don’t overfeed horse treats at anytime of the year, but especially those with supplements.

You’ll be amazed at the availability of equine equipment, horse tack, riding apparel, as well as home, yard and garden horse decor all on the Internet. Enter in a few simple search terms and you’re going to be overwhelmed with the variety of horse sites available for gifting those of the equine persuasion. Believe it or not, you’re going to need to limit your search terms by either using terms such as stable, home decor, or other simplistic terms to limit your search.

Searching for horse gifts, equine gifts, horse riding apparel, or even apparel for the horse themselves doesn’t have to be difficult if you use your Internet connection.

Only the Present Equals the Future

Before I begin, these are more than pretty words, this is the reality of the situation. Indeed, to win we must be so conscious of the present and disregard all negative past psychological factors in a deep way. If the past were a barometer for the cold hard cash of now and the promissory note of the future, then we would either always never make mistakes or always make mistakes. Sure, only the actions of now can equal the future. Logically, the past only has a psychological effect, not an actual effect on the present. How we use our knowledge is most important. For example, when in the now, the most profitable actions come from the same place known as the now when the concentration and consciousness is high. What matters more than positive and good objective overall profit and genuine winning? Nothing. What do I mean by positive and good objective overall profit and genuine winning? Well, I mean happiness, satisfaction and honest winning all around. I did not say “perfect” or “uniform,” please note that. I mean according to each individual and their reality measure is it an ideal of any sort.

“Within the cause is the cure” is an old saying, but, as basic as the premise of this article is, that is the reality of the situation. Look at the cause instead of the effect and you may get somewhere with it. Do not dig deep, dig genuinely deep. The farce is that the effect is everything, and the cause is just the cause. No. Within the cause is the cure.

So, possession is only effect, use creates causes unlike what we are taught usually by self help books. Anyone can have a book or article, but when you read it and apply it, that is when the idea genuinely has power. To my way of thinking, everything is turning right side up in this article. Right down to it, reality is more than foolish waiting for an effect, it is being at cause that is the ideal. At times, I am guilty as everyone else of being affected by the past in a negative psychological way, but the only difference is that I catch myself before becoming an effect rather than a cause of the good that I want or I kill it where it starts as my own cause and effect in the right order ultimately. When it is positive, I can honestly say let it happen, but when it is negative, I say kill it before it grows. That is my point in this article. Only the present equals the future in an objectively logical way. So, sure, I am filling this article with some pretty sounding phrases for those who do not take what I am saying about reality to heart, but, this is indeed more than just pretty phrases and feel good “nothing” words. This is the way it all works. Live in the now and you have your power.

Seminar Presentation Skills: Tips for Making a Great Impact With Impromptu Speeches

You may, at one point, find yourself in the position of having to say a few impromptu words at your next meeting or seminar. An impromptu speech doesn’t have the benefit of being prepared, and in any case it shouldn’t sound as if it is prepared. However, you want to take advantage of your ever-growing seminar presentation skills, and further improve your public speaking skills. Our best public speaking coaching graduates use these two generic outlines to help them make an impact at meetings of all kinds.

Reporting on a Project:

Listeners and group leaders are looking for two things here: a progress report (even if there was no progress), and your reaction to it. You, as the presenter, want to be seen as an expert with something to say and the skill to say it well. So, try this short and simple approach to serve both needs.

Basic Outline:

1. Thank the chairperson for the request to speak on this exciting/important project/process/situation. Set a positive mood, and name the project in case the audience missed it.

2. Indicate that you are on top of the situation (“I just checked with the people on the ground/in the lab/team leaders, etc.”). While it may appear self-serving, the audience will be more attentive if listeners think you have the expertise and up-to-date knowledge.

3. Make a general comment about progress (“Things are going slowly/as projected/are ahead of schedule”). Then, give one or two quick details to back up your assertion. Note: As a rule, you should never say things are going “badly” unless you want input from the group, or want them to recommend cancellation. The group may only want an overall idea of what is happening. A few need specifics, so give some details to boost your credibility.

4. Conclude with an action-oriented comment: “I will bring you a further update next meeting,” “We appreciate your continued support for this project,” “Let us know if you have any further input,” “This project is ready. We challenge other team leaders to match our… ” etc. Your conclusion lets listeners know you are finished. It also gives you the opportunity to further any agenda you might have.

Commenting on an Issue:

This one requires only a little more homework because the audience will expect you, as the expert, to bring them not only a wider perspective of the issue, but also any up-to-date public or in-house reaction to it. The trap here is the time it takes to cover an issue with any depth. Hopefully, our suggestions for your format will help you make your point in a very short time.

Basic outline:

1. Thank the chairperson for asking you to speak on the critical/important issue of (name it). Set a positive mood, and name the project in case the audience missed it.

2. In half a sentence, say why the issue affects the group. You are basically telling them why they should listen. This means you will need to know why. Do it in half a sentence because time is very tight.

3. Indicate that you monitor the issue regularly by reading/on-site inspections/data collection, etc., and this is what you have learned. This reminds the audience that you have credibility, plus new information.

4. Give one or two sentences on how the issue impacts the overall community and especially the listening group. This is the meat of your message. Use your grammar skills to pack it into two sentences.

5. Indicate, with some documented backup, the trend you see evolving. This is where you show your expertise.

6. Conclude with a request to keep monitoring the situation, a request for input or assistance, or a promise to keep the group updated. Your conclusion lets listeners know you have finished. It also gives you the opportunity to further any agenda you might have.

While the details of your content will vary widely, for maximum impact in minimum time, stick strictly to the outline. If audience members have questions or comments, ask them to meet you later and discuss them. Next time you find yourself at a meeting or seminar, try these outlines to improve your seminar presentation skills. You will maintain your reputation as an expert in your field and as an expert presenter.

Investment Made Easy – Present Value Annuity Calculator

Dealing with numbers and making a sense of it can be a grueling task. Not to mention unnecessary since you already have a lot on your plate. With the ton of concerns that you need to deal with everyday, a headache computation is the last thing you need. The good news is you don’t have to tear yourself apart, just deal with placing your money on the right investment.

The present value annuity calculator is an online tool that helps you assess an investment by laying it on a series of payments that will be paid over a period of time. In addition, it calculates using today’s present dollar value so it will be easier for you to assess a particular investment’s worth. It can compute the numbers to determine the current worth, the expected value and the future worth of a financial investment.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to key in the numbers for the following items:

1. Annual payment or the dollar amount that is to be paid on a yearly basis
2. Annual interest rate or the percentage obtained from the annual payment, what is expected to be collected from the investment
3. Payment period or the number of years when the annuity is expected to be collected

Step 2: Go to the present value annuity calculator, a link is usually available to click on.

Step 3: Decide. Given the numbers, the present worth and an investments expected future worth, you are then equipped with the knowledge to decide where to put your money on.

How to Do a Sales Presentation

There are many aspects to a sales persons job. Product knowledge, being able to greet effectively, sales floor positioning, closing techniques. The list is far more extensive and detailed than it first appears.

The core of your job is to be able to perform a sales presentation. Not only must you be able, if you wish success, you must be excellent.

Here is a quick guide to performing a sales presentation.

1) Form a trust with your customer.

Be friendly, polite, and of course knowledgeable, for your customer. This will build trust, and trust is key to making a sale.

If you come across as a pushy sales person you are unlikely to sell your product. If you come across as friendly, honest, and willing to help with a purchase rather than push a sale, you stand a far greater chance of selling your product.

2) Back all features with benefits.

For every feature you mention about a product, you must back it with at least one benefit. The more features you can display on a product and the more benefits you can back those features with, the greater the desire to purchase you will create in the customer.

Do not just describe features, display them as best you can.

3) Ensure your customer handles the product as much as possible.

Handling a product creates “ownership” for the customer. It makes the product tangible. Let them experiment with the features as you reinforce them with benefits.

4) Address any concerns or questions.

This is where product knowledge and trust meet.

If your customer has any questions or concerns, be willing and able to answer them. Questions and concerns are the turning point in a sale. Either you address them effectively or the customer will leave empty handed in most cases.

5) Do not be afraid to ask for the sale.

Do not be afraid to ask if the customer is ready to buy when the time is right in the presentation. As much as you can not describe the product enough, you can also describe the product too much. Look for buying signs and seize the moment.

To learn more about how to perform sales presentations, please read my page on how to make sales

Improving the Quality of Your Presentation

To develop trust and rapport with prospects the salesman needs to become one with their prospect. This salesman can do this by:

1. Develop a contact management system where you write down everything that interest them each time you speak to them.

2. Ask the right questions because this helps the salesman find the potential clients sweet spot and also steers the conversation in the direction the salesman wants it to go.

3. Use stories to emphasize the benefits.

4. Sharing stories on how someone else benefited from the product helps the prospect understand how the salesman is like them with similar needs.

Stories are really powerful because they help move the sales presentation along and also helps the salesman develop rapport with a prospect. Rapport reduces resistance because it helps reduce how the prospect views the salesman.

In sales you are either delivering a presentation or your preparing for a presentation. The best way to develop rapport with a prospect to ask them questions about themselves, since it helps the salesman learn the customers needs and wants. When the salesman understands what the customers needs are then they are able to customize the sales presentation for the customer.

Here are some questions for the salesman to ask:

The scenario is the individual or potential customer is looking to replace their car. What’s the most important feature about the car that is important to you that will help you made a decision now?

What did you like about your last car that you would want to have in your new car?

Is this your personal car or will it be a family car?

Remember, people repeat behaviors and patterns when they are purchasing for themselves or someone else. A salesman wants to know how the individual made their buying decisions in the past because this is their fingerprint and how they will be making decisions on products in the future.

People buy benefits, therefore, make sure the benefits are both tangible and intangible. It tangible benefit is something they can touch and feel while and intangible benefit is something they have to visualize in their mind. Therefore, when telling a story this salesman can create a picture in the mind of the customer of how they can benefit from the product.

Finally, when putting a sales presentation together you should always be selling to the next step until you reach the close. Often objections customers have are just a stalling tactic because they don’t want to make a decision. Therefore, it is up to the salesman to acknowledge the customers fears and help them make a decision.

Creative Christmas Presents for Boyfriends

You got the usual tie, boxer shorts, cuff links as Christmas presents for your boyfriend last year but this time you are looking for something really creative to wow him. Most important on the list is your time and attention, now that we have that bit taken care of, lets now look at other creative presents you can give him this Christmas.

Gift Baskets – Yes, you are probably saying this is common stuff that everybody gets for Christmas. No, its not, especially not when you are going to be throwing in stuff that he likes into the basket. Lets look at a boyfriend who loves to watch football games on the couch all day – OK we know they are not all football fans, there is baseball, basketball, horse racing, golf, did I miss out any other sport? Yes, snooker, darts and so much more. Get a memorabilia of their favorite sport or game in the gift baskets,add video game dvds if they love interactive games, there are also really nice sports documentary dvds(which I will get to show you later) you can add to the gift basket as well to make it really special. That alone says, I thought of you specifically when I picked out these items and I am kind of interested in your hobbies(Well, maybe not, that is going a bit too far with being interested)

Now, If your boyfriend is not into sports, say he loves to party out and have a drink with the guys, bring the Christmas party home in his gift basket. The beer lovers can get their favorite brands or exquisite brands, an assortment of ales and snacks placed beautifully into a gift basket. A little indulgence this Christmas will put a smile on his face and give you that well deserved hug for your creative genius.

Chef Boyfriends – For all the boyfriends who like to compete with you in the kitchen and even think they do a better job at cooking than you, get him a Bar-be-que grill tool set to keep him busy with grilling the turkey while you invite your friends over and relax.

Ever heard of a winter kit? Much like a gift basket only this time you and your boyfriend are taking time out to have some fun together. Things to include in his winter kit – some really nice movies, hot chocolate, popcorn to go with the movies, scented candles, don’t forget a cosy blanket if you decide to spend the time outdoors.

Other creative ideas can include a flashlight, or a Swiss knife. A wrist exerciser for those who like to stay in shape, a remote control for those who love their gadgets, a digital camera, spy toys, a radio with clock or even a sports gear.

What to Do About Presentation Nerves – How to Cool Down, Chill Out and Take Control

If you suffer from nerves before you present, you are not alone. Most performers experience nerves before they take the stage. They call it stage fright–but it doesn’t stop them from standing in the spotlight. Pavarotti used to throw up before every performance. Comedians often admit to being practically tongue-tied while waiting for their time in front of the audience. Actors are no different.

That nervous feeling is simply your body’s reaction to an adrenaline rush. You may feel your heart race, your palms sweat, and your mouth dry up. You may experience anything from mild jitters to what feels like a near meltdown. And there is nothing you can do to stop the secretion of adrenaline–it is a stress-induced, involuntary, physiological reality. What you can do, is to accept it, control your response to it, and use it to enhance your performance. Because when you do, you harness the energy and focus it outward in an energetic delivery.

Keep in mind that your audience sees what you allow them to see. They perceive what you project. So even if you feel nervous, try to convey confidence in your body and in your voice–and the audience will see a poised speaker. Still, wouldn’t it be great to eliminate your anxiety so you can enjoy the whole experience?

Here are 5 techniques for controlling your nerves. Try them all and choose the one that feels right for you. Then practice it often–at least twice a day. Practice is essential because you are training your body to react to the adrenaline rush in a new and different way–a way that works for you, not against you. Practice until you are good at it–and feel the control it gives you. Practice until the relaxation response you want is automatic.

1. Deep breathing

Either lie down or sit comfortably on a hard chair. Place your hands on your ribcage at the sides. Breathe in deeply with your mouth closed to the count of 10. Then press you hands against your ribs to help empty your lungs as you exhale slowly through your mouth to the count of 20. As you exhale, think “relax”. Repeat this 3 times. Relax. Wait a minute and do it once more.

This is an exercise that requires frequent practice to have it induce a relaxation-control response.

2. Muscle contract-relax

Lieing or sitting, assume a comfortable position. Begin at your toes and curl them tightly–as hard as you can. Hold for a count of 3 and relax. Move up to your calves. Tighten and relax. Continue upwards, one muscle group at a time, contracting each group as hard as possible. When you have finished with your jaw, contract your entire body for a 3 count. Relax. Finish the exercise by clenching your fists for a 3 count.

When you are practiced at this exercise, you’ll find you can use only the clenched fists to initiate a relaxation response.

3. Visualization

It’s the old mind over matter routine–but you must make it a routine to have it work for you. Stand tall, close your eyes, and visualize yourself presenting to an audience and looking strong and confident. See yourself looking out at them and feeling in control. See the faces watching you with interest. Imagine them listening and thinking you are wonderful. Picture how intelligent you sound and how magnetic your audience finds you. See your success.

Now, do that again and again and again–until you really feel it. Do it every day. Get good at it. Feel the lightness in your body and your confidence grow every time you practice. Get better and better at establishing a feeling of control.

Call on your visualization before you present.

4. Music

Everyone has a particular piece of music–whether it is a song or symphony–that puts them into an indescribably heavenly state. Begin to listen to that music as part of your “pre-presentation routine.” As you listen to your music, repeat the mantra: I hear the music and I am relaxed. 

Practice often so you can listen to your music–and count on a relaxation response–before taking the stage.

5. A relaxation tool

Find something, almost anything will do–a special pen or a colored sheet of paper–and anoint it your relaxation tool. Pick it up and tell yourself: This is my relaxation tool. When I hold it, I am relaxed. When I look at it, I am in control. This tool is magical. With this tool, I can do anything.

Now, practice–until it works.

Everyone experiences some degree of anxiety before standing in front of an audience. (If they don’t, they generally produce a lacklustre performance.)  But when you know how to use “nerves” to improve your delivery, you can relax. Pick a technique and get control. Then go out there and knock ‘em dead.

Custom Presentation Folders – Keeping Things Simple

Every company will have products to sell. These products are sold by sales executives of the respective companies. To display the product details, presentation folders are needed. It is important that the client has a clear picture of what the company is offering, so that the product that he buys will be of optimal use to the person.

The folders are files which have transparent display sleeves inside. They can be used to display various products of the company in a sequential manner. The sleeves or flaps as they are called will look more or less like a photo album. Presentation folders are easy to use because they give a wide range of options for the executive to display the product details and these can be updated accordingly or even removed when a product is discontinued.

They also provide a professional outlook and are sleek looking. The flaps will range from 12-100 or even more based on the size of the folder. These custom presentation folders present a one stop display place for all your products.

As discussed above, there are many advantages of using the custom presentation folders. They vary in size and quantity and are flexible. Some of the custom presentation folders have a facility where the number of display flaps can be increased or decreased according to the requirement. This is indeed a good option. The custom folders also are durable and last a long time. They are also sturdy and light weight.

Where these folders are popularly used?

These folders are used by various companies to display their product catalogue. This is the basic use. These are also used by company officials in their meetings where the agenda, quotations, various other details are inserted and circulated. They are used by artists and graphic designers to showcase their samples. Their uses are not limited. For example, a computer shop will display the various models that they have in stock in the presentation folder, so that the customer can have a quick look and decide on what product to purchase.

They are used by job seekers and graduates to showcase their degrees and certificates and various other achievements so that the employer may have a quick look at the qualifications and certifications. They also can be used to store these certificates at one place without having to worry about losing them.

Where can you but the custom folders?

These custom presentation folders can be bought at any store, including hypermarkets, supermarkets, stationery stores, etc. They can be purchased online too. This works out to be much cheaper because the online malls and shopping sites offer huge discounts for bulk customers and the delivery also is pretty quick. The online stores always have various kinds of custom presentation folders which may not be available in any general offline store. So next time you feel that you need a folder to show your products or samples, opt for a custom presentation folder and make sure you present them properly. You are sure to make an impression.

Board Presentations for Financial Professionals

Before the meeting

Like any other activity, careful planning and preparation will give you the best results. Ensure that there is adequate time between your completion of the management accounts and the board meeting for you to carry out these preparation activities.

Flawless presentation

The reports that you will issue are going to be scrutinised in detail. Ensure that they are flawless:

  • Tables add up correctly
  • Formatting is consistent
  • Cross references are correct. You need to be one step ahead of the smart director who will be looking out for inconsistencies in your figures.
  • Grammar, syntax and spelling are completely correct. Use the automated checkers on your computer, but don’t rely on them exclusively. If you aren’t confident in your own written skills, get someone else to scrutinise the reports.
  • Above all, you are relying on the management accounts to be correct and credible.

Logistics

If reports are to be distributed in paper form, check that each copy has all the correct pages before sending. Take a few spares with you to the meeting.

If the results are to be presented on a projector, ensure you have a back up plan in case of technology failure.

  • A spare projector would be ideal.
  • Ensure there are at least 2 computers available that could run the presentation.
  • Have the presentation files on a memory stick for fast changeover.
  • Have a hard copy of the presentation for your own reference. If the technology fails completely, you can quickly get paper copies run off.
  • Practice connecting the computer to the projector and loading the presentation until you are completely comfortable with how it works.

Get to the meeting room early & stake out a good spot with plenty of space.

Check that the chairman has organised adequate seating, refreshments and coffee breaks.

Script

Think carefully about what you want to say & how you are going to say it. Reading out your report line by line will send the audience to sleep. You need to highlight the most salient points and invite questions.

You should always comment on sales & profit performance, on variance to budget and/or forecast, on changes from last year and on any unusual trends. Otherwise, if an item is on target, or has been discussed at a previous meeting, there’s no need to raise it.

You do want to raise items that are unexpectedly good or bad, or where there is action needed.

Discussion

If you are going to raise a subject that may lead to criticism of another attendee of the meeting, you should always warn him or her about it beforehand. You should provide any counter-evidence and help develop the ‘case for the defence’. Raising a subject without doing this will get you a reputation for being untrustworthy.

Consider what areas of the report are likely to be questioned and have your explanations ready. Also consider what areas are likely to lead to discussion and have additional evidence available if necessary.

If there are areas of particular controversy, it may be worth rehearsing what you are going to say. Better still is to practice your speech with somebody outside the business, if possible.

Additional data

You should have a data file prepared containing more detailed information than there is in the report. If you prepare this carefully, you should be ready for any questions that come your way.

During the meeting

Provided you’ve done your preparation thoroughly, the meeting itself should go smoothly.

  • Stick to your script
  • Answer questions as you go along, referring to your data file as required.
  • Ensure you get over all the points you wanted to make.

If you are asked a question to which you don’t know the answer, you should never bluff, but instead say ‘I don’t have the answer to that here, but will look it up and get back to you.’

If someone asks you a question that requires you to refer to your data file, you should set yourself a 20 second limit to find the information. Spending longer than that leafing through the file will make you appear disorganised and not on top of the numbers. Stop after 20 seconds and say. ‘No, I don’t have that with me. I’ll look it up and get back to you.’

It’s fine to say that once or twice a meeting, but any more and you probably haven’t prepared in all the right areas.

Make notes during the meeting on actions and follow up questions allocated to you.

After the meeting

As soon as you can, take a few minutes to reflect on how you could have done better:

  • Having different information available
  • Answering questions in a different way
  • Presenting the information more clearly

Be self-critical, but don’t beat yourself up too much. You will have another meeting in a month’s time at which you will be able to correct these faults. People will be impressed if they see you developing and learning from past experience.

If you have committed to get back to people with information, make sure you do that promptly.

Review any other actions from the meeting and ensure they are dealt with.

On a longer time frame, you should constantly be reviewing the contents of the reports that you present. Ask people what they need. Always be looking to remove items if they are not required. Most board reports are far too long and information could easily be removed without compromising the standard.

Your CEO is the key customer for the board report and you should consult him or her regularly about content.

Conclusion

Actors are only as good as their last performance. In presenting the monthly results, you have twelve opportunities a year to demonstrate your skill. Make sure you are constantly improving the way you do it and your true worth will be recognised.

Key Points

  • Presenting monthly results is a golden opportunity for self promotion and career development
  • Planning and preparation must be exact and thorough
  • Have back up materials that will help you answer foreseeable questions
  • After the meeting, reflect and learn from your experiences
  • Follow up any actions promptly