How to Get Just the Right Wedding Present

Having recently got married, there came a time during preparations when we were asked for a list of required wedding gifts. Now, I know this is the done thing these days but to be honest, I wasn’t totally comfortable with the process. It didn’t feel right to be window shopping and putting together a list of items that we wanted other people to buy for us. There was also the dilemmas of cost. Should we ask for cheap stuff to not look greedy or should we ask for the pricier stuff to get something really nice or could we find middle of the road items?

As uncomfortable as the thought was, creating a list for wedding gifts turned out to be a relatively easy and quite pleasurable experience. Instead of trawling all around different shops, we decided to do a list online and found many of our favourite places provided a wedding gift list service. This allows you to window shop your way through the website adding items as you go at the click of a button. You are then given a list reference number which you can pass to your intended guests and they can pick and choose what they want to buy.

When each shopper has purchased something from the list, the list is then automatically adjusted to show you who has bought what item – a great facility when it comes to writing thank you cards! Many online shops will also deliver the presents, wrapped, to the married couples address at a later, pre-arranged date. Now this isn’t just good for the couple getting married in that they get the wedding gifts they like as opposed to four toasters and a nylon eiderdown, it also makes like a great deal easier for the guests.

Nobody wants to turn up to a wedding empty handed and gifts are the norm. However, in this day and age when couples are getting married later in life, often co-habiting first, and a bottom drawer is unheard of, most people will have all the things they need to begin married life.

So, coming up with a good idea for a wedding present is difficult. You don’t want to look like a cheap skate and you don’t want to break the bank. You want to give something thoughtful and useful that won’t sit and gather dust for years on end in the loft. The dilemmas of the right wedding present are settled by the use of a wedding list.

For the couple making the list, we found it relatively easy to find a range of gifts that we liked that covered a whole range of price groups. This meant that groups of people were able to club together to purchase a larger or more expensive gift and single people were also able to find something appropriate within the right price range.

The whole business of making a list for wedding gifts turned out to be a good one. We got some wonderful gifts that were just what we wanted and the guests were able to purchase just the right thing in the right price range. This saved all the trawling round the shops and guessing at what we might like!

One of my favourite aspects of the experience (apart from opening all the presents!), was that we were able to complete the whole process on line from the comfort of our sofa. On line wedding gift lists are a great service. They simplify the whole process and make it easy for the couple as well as the guests.

Presentation Training – Delivering Competitive Edge in Business

With business competition becoming a nightmarish rat race, company owners must find ways to get ahead of the pack. Being a forerunner in a specific industry does not happen overnight. Instead, it means placing the right efforts and finances on certain variables. Part of this means spending on useful equipment to facilitate well-organized production. Another part also points to investing on presentation training for workers.

Why should my employees undergo training?

Instruction is an important component of a company’s effort to boost employee knowledge. Yes, this means investing finances and time on your workers, but look at it as giving something that can give back to your business. Presentation training works in at least two ways: (1) it enhances workers and (2) it shows management key people with potentials.

Having knowledgeable staff can launch or re-launch your business image. Start-up ventures that need to begin building their client list need compelling personnel to attract prospective buyers. Good presentation abilities often make a big difference whether a customer will buy an item or skip it altogether.

Businesses that have been on the market for years may need to create certain changes. For instance, they may need to make a few changes in their logo or they may need to present a new product line. Such changes call for employee presentation training for the upcoming transitions. Regular clients will of course demand to recognize how these are supposed to benefit them. They will also want to know if this will cost anything.

What are my options?

Presentation training comes in various forms including corporate, sales, finance, media, public speaking, and presentation. Each session includes different approaches as the subject demands. For instance, sales training varies from finance because of the audience it caters. Sales talks focus on convincing clients to purchase a product or service, while finance-related ones target current shareholders or potential investors.

The essential factor to consider is which type your company needs. This means evaluating which topics are priorities from subjects that can wait. To do this properly, look at your firm from an outsider’s point of view and disregard any favourable inclination you have towards it. Consider the high and low points too since both will show which path to take.

How much will we need for it?

Expenses mostly depend on the presentation training package requested. Package prices may cost more if you have any special request. For example, if you want your employees to undergo a one-on-one session with the lecturer, this may mean added charges.

Added charges like this, however, should not be a cause for concern. Rather, it ought to be something to think over as person-to-person classes can do wonders for individual learners. The trainer can spot a person’s learning style immediately to adjust this to a certain style and pace. This way, more lessons will be absorbed faster and efficiently.

The most crucial aspect in presentation training is the company you choose to conduct it. To make sure you have the right one, use the Internet for leads. Examine which firms have a vast resource of educated speakers who cover many business topics. Such corporations may deliver powerful lectures to help you get you ahead in your industry.

How to Prepare and Practice Your Presentation

Advance preparation and practice are crucial when it comes to delivering a speech, presentation or even your 30 second elevator pitch.

Successful speakers always plan and rehearse their presentations as far ahead of the event as possible. They never leave anything to chance.

Before I discovered the value of preparation and practice I was guilty of

· Thinking I knew the subject so well, I didn’t need much preparation or practice

· Convincing myself that being unprepared meant I would sound more ‘natural’ and spontaneous

· Not getting the results I wanted

After a few presentations I was not happy with, I grudgingly admitted to myself that perhaps my problem was lack of preparation. I thought it was time to give it a go.

Then I fell into another comfort zone – spending so much time preparing, I had no time left for practice. This time I was guilty of

· Preparing and rehearsing the material so much in my head that I had little time left to get it down on paper

· Spending so much time editing the words and sentence structure I had no time to rehearse

· Trying to memorise the words to make up for the lack of rehearsal

Eventually, I had to admit it – the time had come to learn how to prepare and practise properly. I did it by using the old adage, ‘Learn one, teach one.’ I learned from the experts, then I taught other speakers and now I teach my clients how to do it. It’s called The 3 P’s – Prepare, Practise and Present and here it is:

HOW TO PREPARE

1. Research and gather material relevant to your subject.

2. Organise your speech using the method that suits you- spider diagram, mind maps, bullet points. Make sure you cover all the points you want to make.

3. Write your talk out in full on paper or screen with a beginning, middle and end.

4. Edit out superfluous words and phrases, repetition and clumsy phrasing.

5. If you can, record your talk and transcribe it. Then, remove all the spoken fillers such as um, ah, actually, obviously, in point of fact, to be honest – the list is endless.

6. Once you are satisfied that your speech or presentation is as well structured, succinct and as clear as you can make it, you are ready to rehearse.

HOW TO REHEARSE

1. Read your presentation silently to yourself several times. The purpose of rehearsal is to help you internalise your ideas and message rather than learn the words off by heart.

2. Then read your script out loud a few times to hear how it sounds. Make any necessary adjustments to make it flow more smoothly.

3. Next, say it without notes as if you were speaking to a friend. If you can’t explain your subject without notes, go back to reading it aloud until you do know it well enough.

4. Finish each rehearsal completely. If you stumble over your delivery at any stage, keep going until you finish. Mark the spot on your script and when you finish the session, go back and find out why you are stumbling. You may need to change a word or the construction of a sentence. Correct it and begin again.

5. Get feedback from an objective third party or record yourself and watch or listen to the recording. Do you sound natural and relaxed? Is the structure clear? Is it interesting and engaging? Is there anything you can do to make it better?

Having a well prepared speech or presentation not only gives you confidence but it helps steady your nerves and allows you to focus on getting your message across to your audience. It’s not about us, as speakers, giving a wonderful performance. It’s about getting our message across, for the benefit of the audience. Remember the 3 P’s – Prepare, Practise and Present.