Present Ideas for Infants

Jun 13 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The the big question for people who are going to a friend’s baby shower is, “What the heck do I buy for an infant?” Perhaps you want to find them something fun or maybe educational. Whatever the path, this article will give you some great insight on presents.

When choosing gifts for infants it is necessary to keep in mind of where that little one is in relation to their growth. Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is all brand new to them. It is these senses that are everything to that newborn child and their toys need to interact with these them appropriately.

The first of the senses is hearing. While it might be cool to us, getting them a stuffed animal with a per-recorded message of a Megadeath song may be a tad much on their little ears. It’s all new and so loud for them. There are recommendations of soft melodic tunes or recordings of calm voices talking to the baby. Whatever you decide, keep in mind their ears are sensitive and the baby needs to be comforted right now, not a party!

In the same way, their eyes are new. They just opened them for the first time recently and the shapes are forming and colors are showing up but the contrast is still difficult. In the case of the newborn, get them toys with sharply contrasting colors like black and white. They still have a hard time differentiating some of the colors. It would make it less fun for their new eyes when it just looks like a blur of color. Try a Zebra of sharp black and white photos.

Smell and taste are tough ones. They can smell and taste, as it represented in them experiencing everything by putting it in their mouths. I don’t know of any toys that are specific for taste and smell for the infant. Perhaps there are some specialty products but I am unaware of them. And of course, look for stuffed animals that do not have googly eyes that can come off or get dolls without buttons.

Lastly, touch is again a new experience. Do not get products with pointed anything. Those little hands are precious. Look for rattles that are completely smooth. Some cheaper manufacturers have plastic that was not smoothed out as well so there are little nicks that could scrape the baby’s skin. Nothing that will seriously hurt the kid but why risk another cry session from a bit of new pain?

Good luck finding the right toy and always look at the manufacturers suggestion of age requirements.

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Get Over Yourself – Live In The Present Moment

Jun 12 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

This past weekend I was at a retreat where the participants were, in my view, smarter and more talented, prettier, younger, hipper more in the know, i.e. just generally better than I am. Upon returning home I found myself tangled up in something I am calling, “I’m-ing” as in “I’m too fat to wear those jeans” or “I’m lousy at making pancakes”.
As it happens this is very inauthentic. It is also annoying. Oh and by the way, it sends a message to the universe that you don’t think very highly or yourself and because of your message you will get more of the same.

What I discovered was this:I had to get over myself and quit the whining.
FAST.
I also took a look at what was going on.

Staying stuck in an “I’m” is a way of avoiding life. It offers the I’m-er a way of excusing not being a participant in creating one’s own destiny. “I’ming” is for victims of life’s ups and downs. So if you are ready to give it up…here’s some typical “I’ms” and the juice they give you.

Being stuck in an “I’m” frequently means you are not living in the present moment, rather you are allowing your itty bitty sh*tty committee to take over and bring you down.

Five Typical “I’ms” and what they do to keep you stuck

1. “I’m not too good at…”fill in the blank” math, spelling, reading,languages. Here you label yourself inept and you have a built in reason for avoiding tackling something difficult.

2. “I’m lousy at some skill such as cooking, sports, drawing, acting.” The translation here is, “well it’s just my nature.” This reinforces and justifies inertia. This one says that if you can’t be an Olympic champion, have a work of art that hangs in the Louvre or win an Oscar for your acting prowess then, why bother?

3. “I’m shy, temperamental, nervous, afraid…” This is very good. It is a behavior we got labelled with probably in childhood and so, as adults have decided to stay with the storyline to avoid being assertive or live up to our true potentials.
With this “I’m” as your definer you can excuse all kinds of self-limiting ways of being since they are out of your control.

4.”I’m clumsy, uncoordinated….” This “I’m” is a way of avoiding potential ridicule. It stops us before we get started. There is no way to try any kind of physical endeavor. Once a client told me she hated exercise because she was clumsy as a child, her mother said so and it became her life’s storyline.

5. “I’m disorganized, overly neat, perfectionistic, irresponsible, forgetful…” Especially useful when you want to justify some ineffective behavior. This defeatist way of being helps you to avoid life.

So how do you get over yourself?
First bring yourself to the present moment.
Here’s how
Take 3 slow, deep breaths through your NOSE and pay attention to where you are right here right now.
You may notice that you relax when you breathe that way
Become present to the number of times during the day you think or say out loud “I’m this or that…”
In that moment take your three deep breaths through the nose, reframe and begin again with a positive message.
I am so grateful for… might be a good place to start.

Write yourself a weekly affirmation and post it where you will remember to say it aloud often.
The bathroom mirror and in the kitchen are two good places along with your PDA and computer desktop. An affirmation can be a simple yet powerful way of breaking the “I’m” habit and getting over yourself.
Here’s one to get you started, “I deserve to be (fill in the blank, wealthy, happy,fulfilled) and say it each day, several times a day with joy and gusto.

Now go ahead, get over yourself and get on with it.

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Three Ways to Present From the Heart

Jun 11 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In the movie the Wedding Crashers, the Rachel McAdams character, as maid of honor, had to give a wedding toast. She ran it by The Owen Wilson character. He suggested if she went forward with what she just said, she would “hear crickets” in other words, flop. She ignores his advice and presents the toast her way. There’s an awkward silence. In a panic, she looks at Owen Wilson. He saves her by pointing to his chest- suggesting she speak from her heart. It works.

I like that because I feel the more in touch with your heart you can get, the more effective you’ll present. The following three approaches will get you nearer to your essence and farther away from glossophobia. What’s glossophobia? Why, fear of public speaking, of course. An affliction that an estimated 75% of us share.

Statistics- Statistics work as supporters. For example, I used the 75% number in the previous paragraph. I saw that stat in five internet searches I did. It makes me feel comfortable with my statement by giving it depth. And when you speak with depth the closer to your heart you find yourself.

The best part is that statistics are all over the internet. That makes them easy to gather. Make sure they stem from credible sources, though. Make sure they feel right.

Stories- Let me tell you one that has stayed with me. When I worked in the corporate world, my staff and I went through a conflict management seminar.

The Monday after completion, one of my supervisors came to me with an issue. Two employees in her department were having trouble with each other. She asked me for advice on how to handle it.

Now, remember, she had just been through the very course that provided her the methods to handle just this type of situation! However, for whatever reason, she didn’t make the connection.

When I reminded her of the session, I could see the flickering of connecting synapses. My curiosity nudged at me until I asked her why she didn’t initially think to use the material she had learned the week prior. She thought a moment and shrugged.

If the idea of that story was on a power point slide presented to managers, it may have looked like this:

How to Mentor Your Staff :

- Discover what they need
- Ask probing questions
- Use your knowledge to assist your staff

Comments around that may include droning on in generalities about having meetings or asking them about their issues. That may be safe but would it be effective? Which packs more punch? Which will your audience retain? Which would you feel comfortable presenting? The story, I suspect.

Plus as a hard working, diligent manager, wouldn’t hearing that exchange make you more aware of your role in mentoring your staff through the all important people issues? And that’s the crux of the piece. So, rummage through your life for stories that fit your point. Tailor them to your audience. Use them.

Samples (or examples)- These serve you like statistics without the numbers. They support your points, amplify your ideas and clarify your notions.

So, if I say that members of Generation Y prefer texting, instant messaging or email to speaking my example might be- In fact, my boomer friend says his most used text message to his Generation Y progeny is CALL DAD!

So, next time you’re up, speak from your heart with the 3 S’s- Statistics, Stories and Samples. Make you entire talk nothing but that. If you do, you won’t hear crickets, you’ll hear applause.

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Ideas For Fathers Day Presents

Jun 10 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you’re like many people, the thought of buying your Dad a gift for Father’s Day is a bit overwhelming. There are many different kinds of dads. There is the dad who has everything already, what do you get for someone like that? Then there’s the dad who says he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day and doesn’t give you any hints about what to buy. In both cases, a personalized, one of a kind photo collage jigsaw puzzle would fit the bill. The reason these gifts are so popular is that they are sentimental, can be displayed and are different from the normal Father’s Day presents usually given.

To start, look through old photos of your dad, and you with your dad when you were growing up. You may even want to include some family photos if you have siblings and a mother in the picture as well. Whatever you think your dad would like the most in his collage. The average photo collage puzzle works best with between 10 and 20 photos but this can vary depending on the size of puzzle you choose and any other options you request. It is recommended you send copies of the photos rather than the originals. Better still, email digital scans of the photos if you have these.

The photo collage puzzle designer will make a collage using the photos you sent. The finished design will then be emailed to you for approval after which it is made into a puzzle and shipped to you in a box. It will be a traditional jigsaw puzzle, containing however many pieces you specified when you placed your order. A word to the wise – unless your Dad is a puzzle expert steer clear from the 1500-pc puzzles as they are the most difficult. Your father doesn’t get to see the finished project until the puzzle is put together, making it much like two gifts in one.

In addition to a customized gift like a photo jigsaw puzzle, other Father’s Day presents could include a gift card to his favorite store, a trip to his favorite restaurant or even tickets to his favorite sporting event. If you want to stay traditional and present your Dad with something useful along with his collage jigsaw puzzle, you can’t go wrong with a sweater, tie or bottle of his favorite aftershave. While these Fathers Day presents may seem cliché they are popular for a reason, because these are things many dads actually use.

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How To Conjugate Present Tense Spanish Verbs Ending In -AR

Jun 08 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

In this lesson we will cover how to conjugate present tense Spanish verbs ending in – AR. All verbs have two components: the stem and the ending. In order to conjugate a regular verb, we only need to modify the ending (several irregular verbs also change their stem). Regular verbs ending in -AR follow a simple pattern. You need to drop the -AR ending and add the appropriate present tense ending according to the pronoun you want to use. Here is the ending for each pronoun, please take the time to memorize them.

Pronoun in Spanish Present tense ending Pronoun in English

yo -o I
tú -as you
él/ella -a he/she
usted -a you (formal)
nosotros/nosotras -amos we (masculine or feminine)
ustedes -an you (plural)
ellos/ellas -an they (masculine or feminine)

Now take a look at the following conjugations of the verbs amar (to love) and viajar (to travel); the present tense endings are emphasized in bold so you can identify them with their respective pronoun. These endings are always the same for all verbs as long as the verb is a regular verb and has the -AR ending.

amar – to love
yo amo – I love
tú amas – you love
él/ella ama – he/she loves
usted ama – you love (formal)
nosotros amamos – we love
ustedes aman – you love (plural)
ellos/ellas aman – they love (masculine or feminine)

viajar – to travel
yo viajo – I travel
tú viajas – you travel
él/ella viaja – he/she travels
usted viaja – you travel (formal)
nosotros viajamos – we travel
ustedes viajan – you travel (plural)
ellos/ellas viajan – they travel (masculine or feminine)

There are many verbs that have -AR endings, such as caminar (to walk), estudiar (to study), and trabajar (to work). Try to conjugate these verbs in the present tense for all pronouns. In addition to that, try to find the right pronoun(s) just by looking at the conjugated form. For example, if you see bailamos (we dance), you should identify the present tense ending -AMOS and know that it belongs to the pronoun nosotros and nosotras. This is particularly useful since you will find many instances in which the pronoun is omitted.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s lesson on how to conjugate present tense Spanish verbs ending in – AR. You can also try using the Verbarrator Software to help you with conjugating Spanish verbs. Many of my private students have indicated to me that the interactivity of the Verbarrator more than using the standard Spanish verbs resource book: 501 Spanish Verbs.

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Some Valentines Day Present Ideas to Consider

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Valentines Day means time to think about Valentines Day presents, and it is not just the thought that counts unfortunately. Give something that’s taken as unromantic, and your lady friend may be upset, and it is worse for adult males as they are so hard to buy anything for! The following are some suggestions for Valentine’s Day presents positive to please.

Flowers are the classic. If you are considering long stems roses or something more imaginative, flowers are great items. Women love them, and adult men, if they ever get them, are generally bowled away as they possibly never have received them before. I was so amazed when a woman purchased me flowers, it made a lasting impression I remember 20 years later!

Travel is also a great present. What is more romantic than spending time together? Regardless of whether it is a surprise weekend off alone somewhere fun or perhaps a trip that demands more planning like a cruise or a trip overseas, travel is an excellent present.

Food can also be high up on the list. My favorites are chocolates, other sweets, and fruits. This is certainly one of my favorite gifts to give to make a lasting impression.

Gift certificates or cards also perform well, specially if to a favorite restaurant or store. If to a restaurant plan to be invited!

Intimate wear and toys can also be wonderful presents for the correct man or women. You want to make sure to surprise and not overshock! Ladies can get themselves intimate wear and present themselves dressed inside the present as well.

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Valentines Day Presents – Special Gifts For Your Beloved Partner

Jun 06 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

People all over the world busy preparing to celebrate Valentines Day in its utmost glory and are leaving no stone unturned in making sure they have it all planned out for the D-Day. However, something that most people often miss out on is the gift that they buy for their beloved. While looking for a gift for your loved one, make sure you get them something that they would love to have and not something that you enjoy presenting them with. Valentines Day gifts are a token of the love and the bond if trust that two people share and the gifts given on such an occasion, whether expensive or not, should have a meaning associated with them.

So think about what your partner would love to have or would love to do on this wonderful occasion. Would they like the idea of spending some passionate moments alone with you on a romantic night out planned out by you especially for them? Or would they rather enjoy a traditional food hamper or a personalised Valentines Gift? Get your girlfriend or wife a diamond gift on this special occasion or name a star or rose after her. She will be amazed at the lengths you can go to make her happy.

Surprise your boyfriend with gift vouchers for a romantic dinner or plan a weekend getaway in some of the most luxurious hotels. Spend some lovely moments being together with each other and take home with you the memories of this beautiful time spent together. Let your beloved enjoy taking on the name of a Scottish Lady or become a Laird or surprise him or her by taking them on a Steam Train journey. Then again, there are some thrilling adventurous experiences that you can surprise your Valentine with like a Lamborghini driving thrill, Harness Sphereing etc. Let your beloved enjoy some magic moments at a Horse derby or delight them with wonderful gift vouchers for spending a refreshing day at the spa, the choice is yours.

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How to Make Presentation Folders Work For You

Jun 04 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Presentation folders do more than just hold loose paper. It has developed into an essential accessory to all other documents. There is no limit to the various designs that can be placed on the folder. Presentation folders can be as creative as you want them to be. After all, they represent you and your company. Every industry can use presentation folders as promotional material. Everyone has something to sell to the public. Folders help you market your services.

Characteristics to consider when designing your folder:

1. The standard size of a presentation folder is 9×12. Decide if that’s what you want, or if a smaller or larger folder would suit your needs better. Flaps come in various sizes and shapes as well. They can also include features such as slits for business cards or CDs depending on your needs. Business cards is a great idea for getting your name attached to the company, with instant contact name and information for your client when they open the folder.

2. What kind of image are you trying to get across? Most folders should include the company name and logo, but many include images as well as quotes or mottos for the company. Decide what colors should be on the folder. What will catch your audience’s attention? Bright vibrant colors or earthy tones? The creativity can be endless.

3. What material will be included in the folder and what will it look like? To look more professional, a coordinated folder with coordinated material inside shows more organization and style. Keep it looking like one kit that goes together.

Presentation folders are made with a heavier stock paper that makes them last longer and keep your documents safer. They are unlike the folders in the office supply stores that are made of flimsy paper material.

The better your presentation folder looks, the better your presentation will be. You will catch your clients’ eye immediately and the contents inside the folder will keep them hooked.

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Birthday Presents for Dad – Time for Something New?

Jun 03 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

While you’re thinking about this year’s birthday presents for dad why not get him something new and different? Birthdays come and go every year and they remind us of another year passing and often of things we’ve always wanted or meant to do. No other time, other than New Years, makes us reflect on the activities we’ve wanted to try, hobbies we’ve wanted to start, weight we want to lose, health issues we need to address.

Why not take advantage of this while looking for birthday gift ideas for dad this year. You don’t need to approach it as “you’re getting old dad, its time you paid some attention to your health” or “isn’t it time to lose some weight?” These may be concerns you have about someone you love but there are more tactful ways to do it! Instead, take a look at some great birthday presents for men that will make achieving those goals more fun.

If dad never seems to have time to get to the gym and keeps complaining about being out of shape, how about some home exercise equipment? Big ticket items like a treadmill or universal gym could be a family present, but if you think that might be too intimidating or not in your own budget look at some other options. You could get him a set of hand weights or step box and a DVD exercise program geared towards using them. Make it a manly one, no ladies in leotards! If he likes to walk, a pedometer would make a great gift. With a gadget to keep track of steps, those steps turn into miles while he watches them rack up!

If dietary restrictions are becoming a part of your dad’s life get him some treats he can really enjoy. Often when we’re faced with giving up a certain type of food or a favorite food we can feel pretty deprived. Instead of looking at all the other things we can have, we tend to look at the things we no longer can have. If this is your dad’s situation, how about a gift basket of goodies that are on his “do eat” list? Gift baskets aren’t limited to cheese and crackers or fruit anymore. There are baskets filled with every type of food and dietary specialty you can think of; low fat, low sodium, low carb, low sugar, vegan, gluten free, heart healthy, organic, kosher. Receiving treats that are on his diet will be a big boost to dad’s resolve and make him smile.

Trying something new in birthday presents for him doesn’t have to be limited to health issues. Is there a hobby dad has always mentioned wanting to try? A sport he’s always wanted to get involved in? A place he’s always wanted to go? Maybe you can’t afford the plane tickets, but a book is probably within your budget.

Shopping for birthday presents for dad doesn’t have to be the same thing year after year. This year get him something different whether related to his health or a new hobby or that trip he’s always wanted. It’ll show him how much you’ve been paying attention!

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Overcoming Palpitations Caused By Pending Presentations

May 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Many charismatic and commanding professionals are reduced to quivering wrecks when having to speak publicly to small or large audiences made up of people they either know or do not know. Whatever shape or size their public platform takes, they are unable to switch their mindsets positively. Their regular daily aptitude to speak cogently and confidently evades them. They feel isolated by their fears. They battle on, hoping against hope that the day will finally dawn when they do not transform in to the human equivalents of Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse whilst presenting.

In modern working environments, you don’t have to be a Senior Manager of an organisation to be asked to give a presentation. On the contrary, it is not unusual to finding yourself being asked to present during job interviews, making it all the more imperative that you tackle the fears that you share with many people. Your employment prospects can potentially hinge on your ability to deliver an engaging presentation – or not. And if you are lucky enough to bag your dream job, chances are that that there will be much of the same to follow, both internally and externally. You will be far from out of the woods, but you are not alone!

Reluctantly and very understandably, many professionals at a variety of different levels call loudly for presentation training and coaching. What the pros have leant from experience and understand intrinsically is why people like you are stricken with terror when faced with presenting. Whatever your own personal reasons might be, anyone’s and everyone’s reasons generally stem from a natural reluctance to sound silly.

This is a human universal that blights many people, whether during an informal chat with friends or in the workplace. You might be loathe to venture your ideas and opinions in case others don’t agree with you or fail to value your contributions – so you keep them to yourself. You are afraid of sounding stupid or showing yourself up as a charlatan who doesn’t know what they are talking about. Keeping it zipped is preferential.

You might admire those people who seem to ooze uber confidence and have inimitable knacks of always quipping in with dazzling one liners at just the right moments. Remember that they are often faking and quaking, too, but have conquered their inhibitions. Presentation training and coaching professionals know this and can share with you practical techniques to unlock your hidden potential, engage your audiences and move forward in all aspects of your life.

At Presentation Guru, we offer presentation training and coaching that goes far beyond the giving a humorous talk before sending you on your way. Our twenty years of experience in the art of presentations has not only benefited FTSE 100 companies; our deep insight has challenged and influenced the training of trainers. We do not claim to be the cheapest, yet we do pride ourselves in being market leaders. Our time served methods and techniques constitute your very own box of tricks to banish your presentation butterflies and jettison your jitters.

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