Christmas Presents For Children That Will Last a Lifetime

I have a confession to make: Christmas presents for children make me nervous. It’s not because I don’t adore spoiling my own children, but so often other people get it wrong.

Do I sound like an ungrateful brat? Let me explain. Nine times out of ten, instead of a well-designed, age-appropriate kids’ toy, my children are inundated with junk.

Bead sets that are marked ‘for age 10-plus’ – my daughter is five – weapons that wouldn’t look out of place in the armed forces and soft-toys based on cartoon characters. Never mind the children, no wonder parents occasionally lose their minds over kids’ toys.

Call me old fashioned, but my ethos is simple. Source beautifully crafted kids’ toys that aren’t just one-hit wonders. Anyone can spend a tenner on the latest TV must-have, but wouldn’t it be nicer to invest in illustrated books or finger puppets that are unisex and great for a child’s imagination?

Even if you choose the cartoon they actually like, they probably already have the duvet/ lunch-box/ plastic figures. If not, they won’t care, or – gasp – will have cared, but six months ago and will now think you’re treating them like a baby. Believe me, in planet child there’s not much worse than that.

The most successful Christmas presents for children look gorgeous and come with guaranteed longevity. My daughter’s jewellery box with a wind-up dancing clown is played with every night before she goes to bed, unlike the plastic handbag that snapped in two the second she put her treasures inside it.

My son plays endlessly with his wooden fort, hiding everything from wooden knights to toy cars inside. Like the music box, it also looks good in his bedroom – and most mums will admit this is important too.

My advice is to go for the best example of the classic Christmas presents for children you can find, or dare to be different. Traditional blocks, a pull-along hand-painted animal, a china tea-set or play tent, wrapped simply in brown-paper and tied with a coloured ribbon will look far cooler than the army of flashing chunks of plastic kids’ toys given by almost everyone else. Wouldn’t you be happy if your birthday presents lasted a lifetime?

Product Presentation

Have you ever given a product presentation? Have you even done any Public Speaking?

A product presentation is a wonderful way to get the word out about the product you are trying to sell or educate the audience about. It is usually given by a Power Point Presentation. In this one sentence I have just written has many facets I will now discuss in detail.

The First Part of The Sentence:

(1) First of all when you give a Power Point Presentation you need to know how to create a presentation. You need to know how to work the software.

(2) You can always pay somebody to create a professional presentation.

(3) During your presentation you need to have the meat of the subject in short easy to read sentences.

The Second Part Of The Sentence:

(1) When you give the presentation, have you even stood in front of a group and spoken before?

(2) Have you even done any kind of public speaking?

(3) It is not as easy as it looks.

(4) My suggestion is to join a public speaking group and learn how to do this.

(5) It is a process in which you do not learn overnight.

(6) Public speaking can be learned and can be done with expertise.

(7) You do not want to put your audience to sleep.

Yes that one sentence was loaded with all this information.

Thank you for reading my article. Please feel free to read all my other articles on various subjects.

Linda E. Meckler Copyright 2009

Perfect Presentations – How You Can Achieve Perfect Presentation Results With Better Content

You should know that your presentation audience will remember only some three or four of your points 24 hours after your well-crafted speech. Now that might come as a surprise to you. And if your presentation technique involves a series of PowerPoint bullet lists then it will be a shock.

Your audience’s ability to absorb information during your presentation is heavily influenced by your speaking style, presentation technique and organizing skill. So the first thing to do is organize your presentation around three to four main points. If your audience will only recall that many points then you must focus on that many — and make them count.

To help, you should aim to use a theme within which to wrap the presentation. Themes actively help an audience to capture your points and then make sense of them.

An audience will be thinking through your presentation at the rate of some 600 to 700 words a minute. And in the meantime you will speak at the rate of 150 to 200 words a minute. No more than that. There’s a clear gap. And that gap is typically filled by audience clutter or their active thinking on your content. In the case of audience clutter — your content is not reaching them and they are absorbed in what’s going on in the office or at the football park. Not a good scenario.

But the audience that is actively thinking about your content is the perfect scenario. An engaged audience will ponder the impacts of your points. They will look for meanings. And they will look for implications. In short, they are interested and absorbed with your content and the points you make.

Speaking at an ever faster rate will not help you to fill the gap between detachment and engagement. And presenting more and more bullet lists will also not help. More information simply builds the potential for greater confusion and linguistic misinterpretation among your audience. When you consider that there are two meanings for every third English word there’s an obvious challenge with information overload.

The answer is to stick to the three to four main points that your audience will remember. Use a theme to assist the understanding process. And then take account of these four rules for making each of your presentation points really count:

  1. Make a benefit. Each point that you make should be framed with audience benefit or outcome in mind. It’s about them, for them and it concerns them. So stress the benefit to them.
  2. Make them clear. There’s no room for uncertainty or vagueness. Ensure your points are clear, concise and precise. Edit your choice of words and avoid complexity.
  3. Make them self standing. Any point made in your speech must be self standing. When they are not they merge together and lose their distinctiveness. Once their distinction is lost, the point also becomes lost. If a point can’t stand alone then it doesn’t deserve to be made.
  4. Make them relevant to your theme. You selected your presentation theme to help your audience to remember your speech. So the theme has to be relevant and vice-versa. If there’s a conflict, change either the theme or the point.

Better content, with well-managed points and themes, is essential for a perfect presentation. When you need the best possible results from your presentation you must focus on your content, its construction and its management. Your audience will recall only three or four points. So make sure that they are the right points.