Baby Girl Presents

Buying baby girl presents can be a lot of fun! Though in today’s era of gender-neutral gifting and avoiding gender-stereotyping by segregating gifts specially meant for girls like miniature kitchen, beauty-salon and bath sets, dolls and make-up sets, etc, it’s still possible to retain the unique characteristic of the feminine nature while providing equal mental stimulation and entertainment for the newborn baby girl. The color pink is universally held to represent the soft and delicate feminine nature and till today most parents choose the nursery and layette color scheme in this color if they have a baby girl.

If you’re looking for baby girl presents, you can find a wide range of unique, practical, affordable or luxury, entertaining, fun, quirky or decorative gifts for the little princess! If you’re thinking of gifting ideas for a newborn baby girl, it’s a wise idea to check with the parents whether they’ve registered with any of the baby-products stores in town. This would make your task simpler, as all you then have to do is to pick a gift from the registry list of items that the parents would themselves prefer to have for their baby.

Otherwise, you can choose from a range of other presents:

Clothing, jewelry and apparel: Where baby girl clothing and apparel are concerned, there are literally millions of things you can choose from. Ranging from sleeping-suits, snugglers, or soft fleecy coats and leg warmers, delicate lacy frocks, skirts and blouses, pretty sweaters, socks, bibs, jump-suits, crocheted caps and hats, ponchos, shawls, comforters, blankets and stroller blankets/sheets, travel suits and rain-macs, jersey dresses, soft shoes and fleece-lined boots, bonnets, bloomers, tutus, sleeping-suits etc are available in pretty colors and soft fabrics. If you want to give a luxury/expensive item, tiny gold ear-drops, chains, diamond and pearl pendants and bracelets are a great option.

Toys, games, music: There’s an enormous variety of toys, books, teething-rings, rattles, plate-and-spoon sets, soft-toys, bath accessories, fabric-books with different textures for early stimulation, audio-books, musical toys, etc. which are available in the big toy stores. You must ensure that the products are made from non-toxic, baby-friendly materials and designed not to cause harm or hazard to the baby.

Furniture and room accessories: Cribs, chest-of-drawers, cabinets, table-and-chair sets, high-chairs, rockers and walkers are some of the items you can gift for the baby’s room in pretty pastel colors. Accessories like wall-paper, blinds and curtains, rugs and sheets are always welcome when there’s a new baby in the house.

Based on your budget, unique gifting style and what you know about the preferences of the parents, you can choose a unique and memorable gift for a baby girl.

Presentation Skills: Watch Your Mannerisms

Many a good presentation has been ruined by a mannerism. A mannerism is a repetitive and distracting gesture, movement or use of words, and you’ve probably seen presenters use most of them.

1.Ending every other sentence with the word ‘okay’ or ‘you know’
2.Fiddling with a ring, a necklace or a piece of clothing
3.Clasping the hands just above waist level
4.Jangling coins in a pocket
5.Twirling a piece of hair or scratching your nose
6.Swaying from side to side

Mannerisms are nervous gestures that become distracting and irritating when you keep repeating them. They might not be noticed at first but once they are, you’re in trouble. As the twirling and fiddling continue they soon draw the attention of the audience completely away from the content of what you’re saying.

Chances are you’re unaware of your mannerisms so start out by becoming aware of how you look and sound. Ask a friend for honest feedback, and even better, watch yourself on video to see yourself as others see you. Once you know what you do that’s irritating, you can stop doing it. It’s often that easy.

If you need reinforcement or you’re scared you’ll relapse in an important presentation, ask a friend to sit in the back of the audience and give you a prearranged signal if your mannerism starts up again.

Fixing mannerisms is an easy aspect of presentation skills to get right, and yet many people allow them to destroy what would otherwise be good presentations. Don’t let them destroy yours.

Negotiation Tips for Commercial Real Estate Agents

When the commercial property market becomes slower or tougher, the negotiations that you undertake as a Real Estate Agent become more critical. Every negotiation needs to be planned and optimized; practice will help you as the commercial agent convert more positive results from each and every negotiation.

In this property market negotiations occur at a number of levels, and not just at the end of the sale or lease process. Most particularly they are the negotiations:

  1. With the property owner at the time of seeking a listing
  2. With the property owner regards the marketing campaign and vendor paid advertising
  3. With the prospective buyers or tenants that make initial enquiries from the marketing campaign
  4. With buyers or tenants as you take them through the property as part of the formal inspection process
  5. With the prospective buyers or tenants as you move them to finality on a written form or contract or a lease offer.
  6. With property professionals such as solicitors, accountants, and financiers that may be involved in moving the property transaction to finality

All of these people have a vested interest in the property itself and a point to negotiate from. Some of these people act for your client so sensitivity is required.

The best commercial real estate agents will normally consider the alternatives of the parties prior to entering into the final negotiation. You have to know where the other party is coming from. This forward thinking allows strategies to be available should the negotiation become difficult or slow.

So the critical tips or processes involved in negotiation include the following:

  • Be prepared for the negotiation from the outset. This means that you need all the information about the property and the people at your fingertips should any unusual circumstances or questions arise.
  • When an unusual hurdle or problem develops, take the time to ask questions of the other person so you can fully understand their position. The more questions you ask, the easier it is for you to work through the particular challenge. This question and answer process is called a ‘Freudian Slip’ and is used by all experienced salespeople. With the right questions you will get the correct answer to the challenge that exists.
  • At the appropriate points of the discussion, take notes of any critical factors or key points. Written evidence will always help you keep the momentum moving ahead and prevent any disagreement in the property transaction.
  • All negotiations where possible should occur face to face and not over the telephone. Do not take the easy way out when it comes to discussing final details or counter offers. It is very easy for the other party to decline or refuse the offer when it is made over the telephone.
  • The best way to move the negotiation forward is on a written offer of contract or lease. If the negotiating party is genuine, they will have no problem in putting the offer together on paper. If on the other hand they are reluctant to sign a written offer for you, then you know that something is not as it appears.
  • Make sure you understand the legalities that apply to creating a contract or lease on the subject property. Incorrect or misrepresented documentation can create a minefield of problems as you move ahead. It is not unusual for litigation to be the outcome of poorly prepared documentation.
  • Remember who your client is in the process of the property transaction. The client has to be treated fairly and professionally given your relationship with them as the agent. You also need to follow their instructions. They need to be fully briefed on every stage of the transaction as it moves towards finality.
  • When a property contract or lease has been created and is enforceable, ensure that each stage of the transaction is suitably monitored, qualified, and satisfied. Far too many agents leave the transaction momentum to the client’s solicitor to complete and settle. This can see your negotiated deal stall. You are the person to follow and push the deal to finality.

Be prepared for the negotiation using these tips and others that apply in your local area given the property type. Use third party evidence and information to support your negotiation with critical facts that help maintain the momentum of the transaction.