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.

The Presenter’s Dilemma – 5 Ways to Make Your Training Stick

OK, so it’s time to talk about an ugly little secret that nobody who does presentations really like to talk about. What’s the secret? Most of the time what we tell our audience goes in one ear and out the other. It just doesn’t stick.

In fact, if you are presenting training or a new way of doing business to an audience, some studies have shown that only 10% – 40% of what you tell your audience will ever be used by them on the job. Ouch! What are we doing wrong?

Dr. Harry Martin teaches at Cleveland State University in (of course) Cleveland. He is an expert in both management and labor relations. He’s got some thoughts on what is going wrong here…

Take heart – it’s probably not all about you. When we try to train our audiences, we are really talking about having them change their lives. Change has the unfortunate side effect of creating anxiety in our audience and they will actively seek to avoid change at almost any cost. So is this a losing game?

Good news – the answer is no. However, you’ve got to start doing some additional work. You need to make sure that a workplace environment that will actively encourage your audience to continue to change is set up and exists long after your presentation is over. In a nutshell, this means that the training can’t end when your audience walks out the door. So what’s the trick to doing this?

It turns out that there are five simple things that you can either do during your presentation or cause to occur after your presentation is over that will dramatically boost the use of the information that you delivered:

  • Write It Down!: Everyone should recognize this one from all of those goal setting / time management programs that we’re always studying – just getting your audience to write an action plan on how they are going to use what you’ve covered makes it more likely that they’ll do it.
  • This Will Be On The Test: If you tell your audience that they are going to be tested on the material that you’ll be talking about, then they are much more likely to use what you are talking about. The test doesn’t have to be a written test, it can be as simple as having them observed and given feedback on their performance. I like it best when the audience is measured before your presentation and then two times afterwords – this always seem to produce the greatest results.
  • Peer Pressure Is Good: It turns out that having your audience get back together in “peer meetings” is a great way to have them self-motivate to use what you’ve taught them. What’s even more interesting is that this works even better when your audience’s management is only lukewarm in their support for your message.
  • Boosting Bosses: Having managers who are both supportive and actively involved does a lot to increase the odds that your audience will retain and use what you’ve taught them. This, of course, means that you are going to need to make sure that the bosses are involved in your training.
  • Ask The Expert: Finally, having the ability to reach out and ask an expert for help in solving a sticky issue or resolving a problem goes a long way in helping your audience use what you’ve told them. More often than not, you are the expert – make sure that you make arrangements so that you can be contacted after your presentation is over and done with.

Equity Mutual Funds for long term investing

Equity mutual funds have potential to provide risk-adjusted long term returns. You can choose to invest in equity funds such as diversified equity funds, ELSS (Equity Linked Savings Scheme) or large-cap funds, or even emerging themes in Equity investments such as ESG (Environment, Social and Corporate Governance) equity funds, etc.

The benefits of equity mutual funds include:

Professional fund management: Managed by professional fund managers who research and analyze the performance of various companies, and invest in the stocks that could deliver long term risk-adjusted returns to the investors.

Easy on the wallet:You can invest in equity funds through the SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) mode, wherein you can make weekly, monthly, or quarterly investments as low as Rs. 500.

Power of compounding: Grow your wealth with the power of compounding where your earnings get reinvested and compounds over the long term.

Potential to Cope better with inflation: You need to look for investments that provide more returns than the prevailing inflation rates. Equity has the potential to cope better with inflation in long term ..

Rupee cost averaging: Equity Mutual funds are more volatile than debt mutual funds. Your equity mutual fund is not likely to provide consistent returns during the period you are invested in the fund. Some years you might earn more, while other years you might earn less. SIP in equity fund help to beat the volatility of the equity markets through rupee-cost averaging.

Portfolio diversification: You can achieve portfolio diversification and your investment risk is spread across various stocks when you invest in an equity mutual fund. Thus, even if some stocks in your portfolio underperform, the strong performance of the other stocks would offset some of that risk and help build your investment corpus.