A Few Unique And Original Xmas Present Ideas

With Xmas coming up, people around the UK are beginning to consider what they can buy each other for a present. However, it can be hard to think of original ideas every year, and some people feel a considerable amount of pressure to ensure the gifts they purchase are up to standard. Instead of leaving everything to the last moment, it is always advisable to begin deciding what to buy as soon as you can, and making your purchases early to avoid the Xmas rush. Here are a few unique and unusual present ideas, to enable you to get a head start with your Christmas purchases.

For the lover of animals in your life, you could give them a gift that is truly unique – the chance to adopt a polar bear! The pack contains a certificate of adoption, a soft polar bear, photo, fact sheets, and newsletter, and will help support the WWF in their important work to help save this beautiful species.

A bottle of personalised malt whisky and set of glasses would make a fantastic present for a scotch connoisseur, or anyone else who likes a little tipple during the Xmas period! Alternatively, for a wine lover, you could give a Laithwaites wine tasting evening for 2 people, offering a laid back experience and the chance to try up to 25 different types of wine.

For a really extravagant, one off thrill seekers experience, surely there would be nothing better than the opportunity to race a REAL Formula One grand prix car, to make this Xmas really unforgettable. The lucky recipient will receive a full days experience, which includes personal tuition in a variety of race specification vehicles, culminating in a drive in an actual grand prix car.

Alternatively, a Segway race experience for two, or dumper truck racing experience, could make for an equally unique, but rather more cost effective choice.

If you are wanting to buy a gift for a pregnant loved one, a Mum-To-Be Photoshoot could make for a fantastic indulgent gift, with trained photographers available at a variety of places across the UK to create a special memory.

Chinese Flying Lanterns, also known as ‘wishing lanterns’ are quickly becoming more and more popular, and it is no wonder why. Seeing them climb slowly into the night time sky, glowing mysteriously for approximately 20 minutes, is an astonishing and wondrous experience, making these a fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion.

Wondering what to buy for a chocolate lover? A Thorntons chocolate hamper would surely be a wonderful present, comprising milk, dark and white chocolates with fudge, toffee and nougat. You wouldn’t go wrong with this amazing gift made by the definitive chocolate maker. A cheaper but equally special alternative would be a Thorntons ‘Favourites’ Hamper, which gives great value.

A grow your own Manchester United football pitch would be the perfect gift to give to a football fan, which contains everything needed to grow a replica football pitch, and includes the same seeds that are used on the Old Trafford football pitch!.

With touch screen phones becoming more and more common, sometimes it is frustrating when it is cold to find that they do not function if you are wearing gloves! The solution is a pair of specially designed touchscreen gloves, which would be a great present for anyone with an iPhone or similar device.

Last but not least, if you were considering giving a designer fragrance as a gift, why not buy a design your own fragrance experience instead? This offers you the opportunity to design, name and wear your very own fragrance, just like the stars!

Hopefully you should now have a few more ideas about what Christmas presents to buy for your friends and relatives, to make this year really memorable. Happy shopping!

Internet Marketing – The Importance of Presentation

One of the most important aspects of internet marketing has to be presentation. Your website must at all times look professional. As must all your correspondence with your clients. This is the image and impression you must seek to convey to all who visit your site and join your list.

It must be appropriate for your target market. If it is aimed at teenage girls, think pink, If it is aimed at the black magic market, Black, strangely enough. If your market is self improvement consider something calming like blue.

Colours and graphics are a major part of any website and go a long way to determining if someone will stay on the site or just click away. They should not be too bright or garish to the point where they hurt your eyes. Use animated gif files sparingly they can be a distraction. If you want to use them consider putting them on a page after your squeeze page, once you have acquired the prospects email address.

Text needs to be clear and easily read and understood. Consider which is the smallest text size you should use for ease of reading. Don’t change styles and fonts at every opportunity. Your text colour should be coordinated with the background colour to ensure good readability by the viewer. Remember there are numerous people out there that do not have 20/20 vision and you don’t want them struggling to read your words through lots of colours. And there are of course many people out there who suffer from colour blindness. This does not necessarily mean that they cannot see colours but that they have difficulty differentiating between similar colour tones and hues.

Your text needs to also be well laid out. Crammed together text screams the word “cheap” and should be avoided at all costs. You need to put plenty of white space in between lines. Strangely enough space sells! When anything written is not spaced correctly and sits there like a lump of letters on the page it looks sometimes as almost unassailable to the reader and they are very likely to click away and onto someone else’s web page. Try and cater for all the types and ages of readership that might be interested in your site from the young to the senior citizens, who, are becoming more internet wise as time goes by.

Finally, use pictures and graphics to illustrate points that you are trying to convey in the text. They must be appropriate to the text and improve on peoples understanding of what you are trying to relate on your web page. Ensure that the text and picture are positioned in such a way as not to cause confusion between one image and another. There is a saying that “a picture can paint a thousand words.” With today’s photo editing software you can probably get them to paint double that.

Presentation Tips – Putting Together an Excellent Performance

I was once asked this question…

“Could anyone give me a few tips for an excellent performance at an academic foreign policy presentation next week?”

My advice to the requester:

1. Don’t put text on a PowerPoint slide

2. Use personal stories

3. Practice, practice, and practice

First, don’t use Microsoft’s PowerPoint for text.

I know, I know. Most of the business and educational world will tell you to put together a good PowerPoint presentation. I will suggest to you to put together a good Presentation. Then if must use PowerPoint, use it for visuals. Charts, tables, and photos. Visuals do three things, in order of importance.

Photos show a thing that cannot be adequately described or must be accurately recognized. Charts give the audience a visual comparison of numbers, allowing them to see the difference. Tables give the audience a visual representation of large groups of numbers. That’s what a PowerPoint slide is good for.

However, a good presentation is an intriguing weave of words that attracts, explains, and persuades your audience like reading a good book. Remember listening to someone tell you a good story? That’s how you should make your audience feel.

Use descriptive phrases and intriguing example stories. Pull the stories from your own life experiences, professional and personal. Use the stories that you share with your friends and family in informal settings. Chances are, you’ve told them many times already. Tie them in with points in your presentation.

Most importantly… practice, practice, PRACTICE. Any athlete can tell you that the ratio of time spent in practice is phenomenally large in comparison to time in the game. If the presentation is important to you and your career, give it the time needed for you to be confident, competent, and fully comfortable in practice.

This is a quick summary on what I consider to be some of the most important points in good presentation. There are many more, such as: using the singular you, using eye contact without scanning the audience, good use of pauses (many people fear the pause).

My best advice to you… Get some help and/or coaching before you need it. But you can still put together a good presentation right now. Good Luck!”

What are some of those resources? Check out some of my recommended links at my website. But I also like the World Champions Edge for continuous coaching by experts and peers. You call also use Toastmasters International for more continuous learning opportunities.

Do you have any suggestions for someone trying to put together a good presentation? Please let me know.