Interpersonal Relations

Flowers as a Gift

Flowers as a Gift

Flowers as a Gift

By: Christ CK

The Bible teaches that we are to show kindness and consideration to one another. To send flowers on special occasions is a good way to express love and kindness to those who are special in our hearts. Practicing love and showing kindness are always a good thing.

Other than expressing love and kindness, flowers go a long way when it comes to apologies and special occasions, but for the most part, the best time to give her flowers is when there's no occasion at all. When you buy her roses because you messed up, although the gesture is still wonderful, it's evident that it's a cry for forgiveness.

But if you buy her flowers just because you want her to know that you love her and think of her constantly, she'll feel more attractive and appreciated like never before. The element of surprise (considering there really is no special occasion) will also add to her pleasant revelation.

Valentine

Valentine's day is the day of love. Reach out to your loved ones with dazzling bouquets and vibrant flowers to make them feel special. Valentine's day flowers is the perfect way to say 'I love you', when your relationship is new and fragile, and a great reason to return to polite, courteous behavior, if you have been together for a while. Moreover, it's a good time for promises to maintain that romantic spirit throughout the year with a bouquet of beautiful Valentine's Day flowers.

Roses are ranked first on the Valentine's Day flower list. Roses of different colors have different meanings. Red roses are the Valentine's Day favorite - they symbolize passionate desire. Pink roses signify sophistication and elegance. Yellow is the "friendship" color for roses. White roses mean purity and fidelity. And purple is associated with royalty. A bouquet of purple roses is an excellent choice of Valentine's Day flowers, meant for the king/queen of your heart.

If you send Valentine's Day flowers to a man, choose crisp colors ' red, orange, and yellow. For a romantic masculine feel consider a linear floral design. Men would also respond well to blooming plants. When Valentine's Day is on a weekday, make his coworkers jealous with flowers delivered to his office.

Whatever Valentine's Day flowers you picked, don't forget to express your feelings with a note. Even a simple list of the reasons you love him/her for can be a touching gift and the words "I love you" will mean more than the most exquisite poetry.

Mother's Day

The Romans welcomed the month of May by dedicating the month to Flora, the Roman flower goddess; and spent the first day of May gathering flowers as offerings to her. Flowers have been associated with Mother's Day celebrations from the beginning. Even in the ancient world, the Mother Goddesses were celebrated with garlands of flowers. Anna Jarvis promoted carnations, the favorite flowers of her mother, as the official Mother's Day flowers. "White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. Red carnations, in time, became the symbol of a living mother." Today, bouquets of cut spring flowers are customary Mother's Day gifts.

Anniversary

Roses of differing colors have different meanings. Red is for love and respect, light pink is grace and interestingly sends the message 'Believe me,' while dark pink is for thankfulness. Light purple roses are for love at first sight and signify the partner is still enchanted, orange means that the spouse is enthusiastic and spellbound by their partner. There are many other colors of roses with other meanings. A single rose in full bloom simply says, "I still love you."

There are also flowers for many of the in-between wedding anniversaries, and you can easily look them up. If you're just trying to find the right flower for the first anniversary get your spouse some Pansies.

Birthday

Birthday flower delivery for a special person marks the occasion of another year on the planet with something that appeals to the senses of sight, smell, and sometimes touch that brightens the occasion. Giving a gift of flowers that a giver knows will please the recipient is a recognized "feel good" gesture, while being the receiver of the bouquet is equally delightful. When the celebrant is a child, we don't often send birthday flowers, but instead choose a bouquet of balloons or even cookies shaped like flowers and resting on a stick painted to look like a stem. Floral gifts properly mark the birthdays of women and girls from puberty to old age. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, the way to a woman's heart is through her love for blossoms.

When a customer is looking outside of his community for a birthday flower delivery, it is important that he searches for an online florist with years of experience, recognized service, secure ordering, and satisfaction guaranteed. Both industry credentials and customer testimonials count, and any online awards they might have won should count as big pluses. Cost may be a consideration, and prices are usually posted by each picture of an arrangement on the website. Keep in mind that when there are two prices quoted for an arrangement, the smaller amount spent will always mean smaller number of blossoms as well, so inexpensive isn't always the best way to go when someone wants to send birthday flowers.

Why flower gifts?

Ordering from a small-time brick and mortar florist listed in your neighborhood phone directory could result in a nasty surprise, when yellow roses arrive instead of the long-stemmed red roses or carnations are delivered and you are charged more than the cost agreed upon, worse still they may never be delivered. These scenarios do happen.

Why risk yourself in these situations? You could simply switch on your computer, browse through the Internet and place your order in any well-recognized online florist. The quickest way to deliver flowers to your family living in another city or to send a corporate to another country is to use online flower delivery as well. These online florists also offer a variety of products like floral gift baskets and hampers and other unique gifts for every occasion.

Many big companies have a network consisting of professional local florists worldwide. You can order online for same day or next day delivery. Flowers can also be sent over overseas with the international flower service that many of the big companies operate. These companies ensure you that the recipient will enjoy the beautiful fresh flowers and plants, secure ordering and guaranteed satisfaction.

 

Author Bio
By Christ CK
www.GflowerShop.com is an example of such online florist, which provides international flower delivery services. Our website catalogs a wide range of products from unique gifts to all kinds of flower. We ensure secure ordering and promise fresh flowers delivery.

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You Choose to React or Respond

You Choose to React or Respond

You Choose to React or Respond

By: Daniel Sitter

Choices abound. Sometimes choices confound us, while at other times, certain choices are rather obvious. Any way you approach the subject, choices present opportunities to either excel or hinder. As human beings, we were endowed by our Creator with the power of choice. It is one of the factors that differentiate persons from animals. Some people make these choices or decisions more easily than others.

Each day, we must decide how we will spend our precious twenty four hours and deal with all that the world presents to us. We choose how we will be affected by both everyday occurrences and those that are much more extraordinary. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we choose to either react or respond. These are not the same, for one is negative and one is positive. Which we choose may have a significant impact on our life and possibly those close to us.

Reacting to outside influences, usually beyond our control is generally a negative choice. Reacting implies that we have given charge of the situation to someone or something else. We surrender our input and any control in the matter. We are now at the mercy of the situation and are forced to be in reaction mode where we are constantly dodging bullets and expending great amounts of energy just to stay afloat. In reacting to a situation, we do not anticipate that which is to come because we are too busy handling the present. The future then surprises us and the whole mess begins again.

Responding to a situation is a positive choice. It is the opposite of reacting. It is proactive and anticipates that which is yet to come. Responding is preceded by thought and often prayer. In responding, we take charge and have command over how the situation impacts us. We also have control over how it affects us internally. We decide upon the level of personal impact.

Our lives, families, careers and other everyday activities and interests are operating at breakneck speeds and appear at times to be accelerating. One thing is for certain, the old days of sitting around on the front porch each evening listening to Mother Nature are gone for many of us. The pace of life in Mayberry, as healthy and tranquil as it would appear, is unfortunately a thing of the past. We live life on the fast track.

A major news weekly magazine is currently featuring material devoted to stress and distress in our lives and their effects on our cardiovascular health. Although not totally surprising, this information is disturbing. How did we ever get to this point? Witness the number of television commercials and magazine advertisements for gastric distress, acid reflux, anxiety, depression, headaches and other ailments that are increasing in frequency. There are millions of prescriptions written each day for these medical conditions, most of which will find their roots in internalized stress and distress.

People spend many hours of their lives worrying. Worry is a senseless, energy robbing activity that has engulfed many. No one has ever benefited from worry, yet countless people engage in it. Worry is the opposite of faith. Worry is negative while faith is positive. There is no mystery here. Many books have been written on the subject. The conclusions are the same: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Stop Worrying and Start Living" are among the many themes presented. Good advice indeed.

Most areas of life present us with choices. We must choose either to respond or react to circumstances. We choose whether or not to worry. Learn to be aware that you have a choice in these matters. Learn that there are ways that you can deal with everything either positively or negatively. Learn that your choices may influence your very health, both physical and mental. Learn that there will be costs associated with poor choices, worrying and negativity in general. These may include social, monetary, peace of mind and time costs. Certainly, the total cost associated with negative choices is too high.

Learn that positively responding to circumstances in life will significantly reduce or eliminate worry and contribute to your overall good health and well being. Find joy in life. Be happy.

 

Author Bio
Daniel Sitter is the author of the popular, award-winning e-book, Learning For Profit. Designed for busy people, his new book teaches simple, step-by-step accelerated learning skills, demonstrating exactly how to learn anything faster than ever before. Learning For Profit is currently available at the author's web site www.learningforprofit.com and from numerous online book merchants. Mr. Sitter, having expertise in sales, marketing and personal development, is a frequent contributor to several publications.

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Workouts To Keep You Mentally Agile

Workouts To Keep You Mentally Agile
By Andy Gibson

The use-it-or-lose-it principle applies not only to the maintenance of muscular flexibility, but to the maintenance of a high level of intellectual performance as well. Just as physical exercise plays a crucial role in how your body stands up to age, how you exercise your mind while you're young greatly affects your mental and emotional shape later on.

Although much of the material on aging contains long lists of the ways mental capacity declines with age, experts are now questioning these "findings". Many of the studies on which they were based, it turns out, were drastically flawed. They didn't take into consideration that hidden illness, the side-effects of medications, a lower level of education to begin with or simply the greater familiarity of the younger groups with test-taking had put the older groups at a disadvantage. Their poorer performance, which had been chalked up to inevitable intellectual declines with age, was actually due to unfair comparison.

In addition, many declines in mental abilities that once seemed inevitable and permanent have now been shown to be reversible. For instance, reaction time, a measure of how quickly one translates thought into action, can be speeded up by practice and motivating reinforcement. The bottomline is that many abilities once thought to diminish in fact do so little or not at all. And some actually improve.

Late-life brain gains

Foremost among the faculties that bloom in later years in healthy people (those free of disease affecting the brain, such as stroke or Alzheimer's disease) is what psychologists call "crystallized intelligence," the ability to evaluate information in light of past experience in order to make decisions and solve problems - what we used to call "wisdom". We depend on it, for example, to understand newspaper editorials or to solve problems where there is no single "right" answer. Crystallized intelligence, says John Horn, a psychologist at the University of Denver who has done some of the principal research on it, keeps growing even through the sixties, the oldest age group he has tested.

By contrast, "fluid intelligence," the capacities involved in seeing novel relationships, as in learning chess, or mastering complex new procedures such as how to use a personal computer, peaks early in life, around the twenties, and declines gradually thereafter. But, says Dr. Horn, the main effect of this drop in fluid intelligence seems to be that it takes longer to learn how to do new tasks - not that we can't learn them. That is, we can compensate for the decline by simply taking more time to do things. Other mental capacities that seem to increase over time include "world knowledge", including facts (galaxies are part of star systems) and practical information (the best way to get a loan). Such knowledge is acquired during one's lifetime from both formal learning and day-to-day experience.

Studies have found that although the greatest increases in world knowledge occur before the age of 50, there is no decline thereafter. Even more important, however, is how well people use that knowledge. Here age pays: The older you get, researchers have found, the more efficiently you can draw on your storehouse of facts.

Your mental machinery

The biological basis for this continuing mental agility is that the brain itself seems to age well, at least in people who stay physically healthy. The old belief that with age the brain loses some vast, debilitating number of brain cells has proven to be a myth. Marian diamond, professor of physiology/anatomy at the University of California who tested the grain cell-loss theory, found there was indeed some loss, but the greatest amount occurred before adolescence, not in old age. After this initial marked loss, the rate throughout life was not significant.

Other research on brain functioning shows similar findings. One study conducted at the National Institute on Aging used new scanning techniques to measure the rate of metabolic activity of glucose, the brain's primary energy source, throughout the brain. When researchers compared brain activity in healthy men, age 21 to 83, they found no difference. The energy metabolism of old brains worked as effectively as young ones.

The facts, then, show that in healthy people, the mental machinery has no glaring defects in later life. But for it to work most efficiently in those years, what you do now can make all the difference:

  • Read, read, read. A German study of elderly people found that the verbal I.Q. scores of a better-educated group increased significantly when they were re-tested several years later, while the scores of a less-educated group actually dropped over the same period. A possible explanation: The well-educated people had a lifelong habit of reading. Fact: The more you use a mental faculty, the stronger it becomes. Point: Get in the habit of reading widely - newspapers, magazines, and books. Thrillers will do in a pinch, but more challenging reading matter will stretch your verbal intelligence more, especially if you look up new words instead of skipping over them. Other good bets: brain-teasers, cross-word puzzles, word games.

Another way to stretch your intellect is to become a lifelong student. Try evening courses, seminars or workshops in subjects that intrigue you. Doesn't matter if it's calligraphy or computers, as long as it's new to you.

  • Increase your circle of friends. In a large study on aging, Dr. Warner Schaie, Professor of human development in Pennsylvania University found that the people who fared best in their later years were those who had the most active social lives, inside and outside their immediate family circle. Staying socially involved is especially important for women, who, statistics show, are likely to outlive their husbands and find themselves alone in later life. A large circle of close friends can take up the slack, but such friends cannot be cultivated overnight. Since the dearest friends are often the old ones, it pays to stay in touch with people you feel most fond of, and to keep track of them.
  • Be flexible and open to new experiences. Dr. Schaie's study of close to 3,000 adults also found that those with a flexible attitude in their earlier years enjoyed the greatest mental well-being in later life.

What's the prescription for relaxing a rigid identity? First, don't typecast yourself. Keep to a minimum the number of labels you wear. You can acknowledge that you goofed on a do-it-yourself car repair without classifying yourself as "not mechanical".

The next step is to break unrewarding patterns you may already have fallen into. Of course, fixed attitudes and behaviours can be hard to dislodge. Their very familiarity can make them comfortable despite the consequences. What to do? You can begin to loosen up in a problem area of your life by trying new things in other, easier-to-change areas. Plunging into something new can help unjam your outlook generally. Take a new route to work. Re-arrange your bedroom. Novelty is gratifying in itself, but it also permits you to see yourself anew, proving you can step outside your habits while retaining your basic identity. Such experiments help increase flexibility in another way, by demonstrating that the anticipatory anxiety you have about taking new approaches is exaggerated and manageable.

  • Examine your own attitudes toward aging. "We each have an 'elder' within," says California psychologist/gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, "It is composed of the myths and beliefs we have about growing older. Many people never nourish themselves with positive images of aging." The result, he says, can be "psycho-sclerosis," hardening of the attitudes. It can be psychologically just as lethal as arteriosclerosis, he adds leading people to feel unprepared, angry or depressed when the reality of aging hits home. The antidote: finding a positive role model, someone you know (or know of) who is one of those marvelously vital people, living proof that you, too, can age well.
  • Set goals and go for them, now. Developing a plan of action, and achieving it, is one way to ensure contentment in later life. The data shows that people who have adapted well during their younger years adapt well later on. They key is to figure out, now, what you want and to develop the social and intellectual skills to get it. Then the older years will take care of themselves.

Backup for this advice comes from a study of intellectual performance in young and old adults conducted by Margie Lachman, a Brandeis University psychologist. She found that, in both groups, people's attitudes towards their own abilities were strongly tied to their scores. Young or old, those who had a sense of "self-efficacy" - the feeling that what happens to them is within their control and that they can do well at most things if they try - showed the greatest intellectual vigor.

This sense of self-efficacy is crucial in one's later years because it can counter defeatist attitudes that otherwise tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies. Where does this special brand of confidence come from? From repeated successes throughout life. Can-do attitudes are the result of a lifetime of experience.

Perhaps the best advice comes not from a researcher, not a gerontologist, but from a voice of experience. At 85, Kentuckian Nadine Stair set down these words in a prose poem called, "If I Could Live It Over... " "I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax... I would take more chances... I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."

My firm belief is: "Finding a cause leads the way to find a cure". So, it is basically important to understand everything from its deepest core. And the best way to do so is: Keep on reading to develop and deepen your understanding on health and wellness at GrowTaller4IdiotsDS.com.

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Selling Secrets: What did you promise your customers today?

Selling Secrets: What did you promise your customers today?

By: Jarvis McCrary

Large promise is the soul of promotion. Stay awake too late on any night of the week and the masters of large promise will dazzle you. They'll promise that you can lose weight, slice through cans, clear your skin, buy $0 down real-estate and other small miracles among a blizzard of ads that make large promises.

They don't sell their systems nearly as much as they sell the benefit to you and how much it'll improve your life. They understand that the heart of promotion is selling a solution. What are your ads promising to your customers?

Advertising and promotion completely floods most media channels. The only way to cut through the clutter is to instantly identify with a customers need. If they see your ad and recognizes that it solves a problem you may just capture their attention long enough to sell your product.

What is your products or service core benefit? Look at your promotions and see how long it takes you to find reference to that point. Don't be shy about trumpeting your products unique strengths. They're the differences that make your products memorable.

Many companies are quite egotistical and think customers care who they are. Ha, customers mostly care about what you can do for them. You'll keep their attention far better if you promise them a solution to their problems instead in showing the company president or logo.

Evaluate your companies' products vs. their promotions. Are the products consumer benefits clearly highlighted? Select any item and list the 5 greatest benefits. Any advertising of these items should include at least 3 of those attributes. Stacking the advantages in your promotions gives the shopper even more reason to become a customer.

Late night mail order never fails to sweeten the offer. They'll always highlight several benefits of the products then stack the offer with multiple separate bonuses. Why do they trumpet the benefits so strongly and so often?

It's because they are direct-response vehicles. They don't measure their performance in vague monthly sales curves and projections. They operate based on the actual numbers of orders placed as a direct result of the telecast. Within hours they can calculate broadcast sales and profitability.

In such a brutal and exacting industry you can be sure that they're only using the most effective techniques. Print Mail-Order has always embraced the large promise in headlines that promise fantastic user benefit. Even in modern day you can see effective use of the promise even in visual broadcasts.

Who can forget the Lexus commercial where they rolled a ball bearing down the seam of the hood of their car? That was a mind-blowing quality promise to the consumer. It established a brand in what many thought was an impossible to enter industry.

A steel ball bearing made a quality promise that created a luxury car brand and their sister promotions continued to reinforce various other quality promises. Evaluate your own promotion efforts for missed opportunities to reveal primary and secondary customer benefits.

Make sure to insist that all of your promotional efforts include at least one reason for the viewer to do business with you. Technicalities are hard to convey quickly but promises can be made in just a few words. 'Cleaner Carpets', 'Juicier Burgers', 'More Bandwidth for Less'.

Promise is an efficient way to convey your business' benefits to potential clients. Back these statements up with proof or example and you've gone a long way toward landing a new customer.

Promise without proof is meaningless that's why you see the late night hawks demonstrating their product multiple times during the broadcast.

Again you should follow their lead and back up your promise with documentation. Any example, demonstration, testimonials and guarantees you can assemble will give credibility to the promise.

Remember you've made a promise to the customer. Now you've got to establish reasons for them to trust that what you've said is true.

Establishing trust is a topic for another day but without promise the shopper may never get to that point in the sales process anyway.

Promise your customers every benefit you can squeeze into any promotion. Classify and rank the importance of each promise and make sure that your greatest client benefit is always emphasized.

Relying on promise will give your advertising the focus it needs to cut through the clutter and find shoppers that need exactly what you're selling.

 

Author Bio
Jarvis McCrary writes and designs websites/webpages that increase product and service sales for clients everyday. If you want to improve your website sales you can contact him at www.ez-ecommerce.com

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Anniversary Party Planning

Anniversary Party Planning

Who to invite

25th, 40th and 50th Anniversary parties celebrate the life of the couple. You can invite any one who's lives they have touched. Anniversary parties vary from small and intimate parties at home to large catered events held at restaurants, hotels or reception halls. What ever the size, make it special and meaningful for the anniversary couple with personal touches.

Invitation Ideas

Photo anniversary invitations are popular, using the original wedding photo. If the wedding photo is not available, we can make you a custom anniversary invitation with a year wreath on our fanfare design. We can also create your card with a current photo.

To make the evening more fun, we suggest you ask each guest to bring something to add to a scrapbook for the couple... a story, memory or token from their past. Simply note your request with the invitation. You can assemble these into the book before the event or collect them at the anniversary party.

Be sure to think up a special toast for the anniversary couple, and ask others to share stories and toasts, too. You may want to ask important friends to prepare a toast to honor the anniversary couple.

Decoration Ideas

Gold rules for 50th Anniversaries; Silver for 25th Anniversaries. Try picking up the gold or silver anniversary theme with accents in the china, flatware, linens, crystal, and napkin holders or ribbons or beads tied around the napkins. It is easy to add a matching touch with gold or silver tone candlesticks or votives. Scatter gold or silver picture frames holding photos of the couple, and/or use small matching frames as place holders or party favors. You can use gold or silver ink on placecards, and gold or silver doilies or runners on the tables.

An alternate, if desired, is to use the colors from the original wedding. What was their color scheme? Aqua and white? Pink? Yellow? Since retro colors are in now, you could have a lot of fun with this.

Music

Play music from the couple's dating years, as well as the first decades together. Find out "their song" and perhaps some songs they loved back then.

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Sealing The Deal Over The Business Meal

Sealing The Deal Over The Business Meal

By: Lydia Ramsey

Doing business over meals is a ritual that has existed for centuries. Taking clients to breakfast, lunch or dinner has long been an effective way to build relationships, make the sale or seal the deal. These business meals are essentially business meetings. Knowledge of your product or your service is crucial to the success of the meeting, but so are your manners. Too many people jeopardize an opportunity because they fail to use good dining etiquette. Here are a few basic rules to make the experience pleasurable and profitable.

Know your duties as the host. You are in charge. It is up to you to see that things go well and that your guests are comfortable. You need to attend to every detail from extending the invitation to paying the bill.

Plan ahead when you issue the invitation. Allow a week for a business dinner and three days for lunch. Be certain that the date works for you. That might sound obvious, but if you have to cancel or postpone, you can look disorganized and disrespectful of your clients' time.

Select a restaurant that you know, preferably one where you are known. This is no time to try out the latest hot spot. Being confident of the quality of the food and service leaves you free to focus on business.

Consider the atmosphere. Does it lend itself to conversation and discussion? If you and your clients can't hear each other over the roar of the diners and dishes, you will have wasted your time and money.

When you make your reservation, let the staff know that you will be dining with clients. If your guests suggest a restaurant new to you (perhaps you are hosting clients out-of-town), call ahead and speak with the maitre'd. Make it clear that you will be having an important business meal and picking up the check.

Confirm the meal appointment with your clients the day before if you are meeting for breakfast or that day if you are having lunch or dinner. Things do happen and mix-ups occur.

Arrive early so you can attend to last minute details. This is the perfect time to give your credit card to the maitre'd and avoid the awkwardness that seems to accompany the arrival of the bill.

Take charge of the seating. Your guests should have the prime seats-the ones with the view. As the host, take the least desirable spot-the one facing the wall, the kitchen or the restrooms.

Beyond being polite, where you seat your guests is strategic. When you are entertaining one client, sit next to each at a right angle rather than across the table. With two clients, put one across from you and the other to your side. If you sit between them, you will look as if you are watching a match at Wimbledon as you try to follow the conversation.

Allow your guests to order first. You might suggest certain dishes to be helpful. By recommending specific items, you are indicating a price range. Order as many courses as your guests, no more and no less, to facilitate the flow of the meal. It is awkward if one of you orders an appetizer or dessert and the others do not.

As the host, you are the one who decides when to start discussing business. That will depend on a number of factors such as the time of day and how well you know your clients. At breakfast, time is short so get down to business quickly. At lunch, wait until you have ordered so you won't be interrupted. Dinner, the more social occasion, is a time for rapport building. Limit the business talk and do it after the main course is completed.

When you know your clients well, you have more of a basis for small talk. However, because you have established a business friendship, you can eliminate some of the chitchat when time is an issue. When you don't know your clients well, spend more time getting acquainted before launching your shoptalk.

Sometimes you simply need to use your own judgment about when to get down to business, realizing that if you wait too long, your clients may start to wonder why they were invited. If you begin too early in the meal, your guests might suspect that you are more interested in their money than you are in them.

Keep an eye on the time, but don't let your guests see you checking your watch. Breakfast should typically last an hour; lunch an hour and a half. Wrap up your business dinner in two to three hours, no more.

Handle any disasters with grace. With all your attention to detail, things can still go wrong. The food may not be up to your standards, the waiter might be rude or the people at the next table boisterous and out of control. Whatever happens, make sure you are not the one to lose control. Excuse yourself to discuss any problems with the staff. Your guests will feel uncomfortable if you complain in front of or to them.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink at the business meal. The three Martini lunch is mostly a thing of the past. However, cocktails and wine are still part of the business dinner. Since alcohol can have the same effect as truth serum, keep your consumption to one or two glasses. When guests are drinking liberally and you sense trouble, excuse yourself and discreetly ask the server to hold back on refilling the wine glasses or offering another cocktail.

Your conduct over the meal will determine your professional success. If you pay attention to the details and make every effort to see that your clients have a pleasant experience, they will assume that you will handle their business the same way. Before long you could have them eating out of your hand.

 

Author Bio
Lydia Ramsey is a business etiquette expert, professional speaker, corporate trainer and author of MANNERS THAT SELL - ADDING THE POLISH THAT BUILDS PROFITS. She has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, Investors' Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Inc., Real Simple and Woman's Day. For more information about her programs, products and services, e-mail her at lydia@mannersthatsell.com or visit her web site www.mannersthatsell.com

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5 Unusual Gifts For A Friend

5 Unusual Gifts For A Friend

By: Andre Antoo

It is not always easy to come up with an unusual gift idea for a friend. Here a few of unusual gift available:

1. Puzzle alarm clock

It wakes you up by firing four puzzle pieces up in the air, and then it is your task to get the pieces and put them back in the alarm clock - it won't turn off until then. Pretty annoying but could be a great gift for your friend.

2. Tree adoption

Give this gift to your friends especially who interested in tree or garden . Not only makes an unusual and timeless gift but also provides a great excuse for a holiday to the south of France. The tree will be planted on your behalf in a 20 square meter plot and any truffles found under your tree or trees will be harvested, sold, and the profits sent straight back to you at the end of the season, unless of course you decide to keep the truffle in which case Truffle Tree will post them to you.

3. Purchasing land in the moon

Buy your friend some acres of land on the Moon from THE LUNAR EMBASSY. They has been selling land on the Moon for the past 22 years. They claim to be the first and the only company that possess a legal basis and copyright for the sale of lunar. Not only moon, they also serve other extraterestrial property in our solar system. Unusual indeed.

4. Taketombo - Dragonflies

This gift is best for someone who plays a lot. Taketombo are Japan's hand-made toys made from bamboo that able fly like mini-helicopters on their one propeller. Rub the stick with your hands and rotate it. The wing will fly off it with great force. The package comes with a complete English instructions on how to make you own Taketombo. Its easy and simple. Practice often then by the time we could improve the Taketombo design to gain more heights and speeds.

5. Classic Atari Games

Remember the old times? Take a step back in time to the early days of video arcades with Atari's 80 Classic Games, a compilation of unforgettable and authentic Atari titles. Each one is faithfully reproduced with all the great sights, sounds and fast action that made them so popular. Whether you played these games in their original arcade cabinets or on an Atari 2600 console, you're sure to find a favorite. Great unusual gift for your friends.

 

Author Bio
Andre Antoo is the founder of Kadomu, a website for unique and unusual gift hunter. Visit www.kadomu.com for more information.

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Working With The Disabled

Working With The Disabled

Working With The Disabled

By: Lydia Ramsey

Since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, people who previously had limited or no access to public places now move about with a degree of ease in the workplace. While these people have their challenges with sight, hearing or movement, those who work with them are often confused about how to interact them with sensitivity and understanding.

Here are some of the issues to keep in mind.

When it is necessary to mention the disability, language should emphasize the person first, the disability second. Rather than referring to someone as an epileptic, say "person with epilepsy" or "John, who has epilepsy...."

Avoid words that have a negative tone. People who use wheelchairs are not "bound" or "confined" to their chairs. A person may have spastic muscles but should not be described as spastic.

Preferred language is simple. Instead of saying that a person is "crippled with arthritis," "suffering from MS," "afflicted with ALS," say, "John has epilepsy" or "Mary has MS."

Use the following terms:

"Congenital disability" rather than "birth defect."
"Non-disabled" rather than "normal," "healthy" or "able-bodied."
"Condition" rather than "disease" or "defect."
"Visually impaired" rather than "blind" unless a person is totally sightless.
"Deaf" or "hard of hearing" rather than "hearing impaired."
"Little person" or "dwarf" rather than "midget."
Words or phrases like "victim," "cripple," "unfortunate," "dumb," "deaf mute," "deformed" and "pitiful" are offensive.

Ask people with disabilities if they need or want help before trying to assist them. If they want assistance, ask for specific instructions on how you can be helpful.

Look directly at any person with a disability when talking even if the person has an interpreter or companion present.

Don't assume a speech impairment indicates that a person also has a hearing impairment or intellectual limitations.

Allow people with speech impairments to finish their own sentences. Don't talk for them or interrupt. Ask questions that permit short answers or a nod of the head. The other person always has the option of giving a longer response.

Speak calmly, slowly, and distinctly to a person who has a hearing problem or other difficulty understanding. Stand in front of the person and use gestures to aid communication.

When walking with a person who is visually impaired, allow that person to set the pace. If the person asks for or accepts your offer of help, don't grab his arm. It is easier for him to hold onto you.

Never start to push someone's wheelchair without first asking the occupant's permission.

Leaning on a wheelchair when talking to the person is inconsiderate.

If you will be having a long conversation with someone using a wheelchair, get a chair and sit at eye level with the person. You will both feel more comfortable.

Keep in mind that people with disabilities are just like everyone else with the exception of certain physical conditions. Treat them as the capable competent co-workers or colleagues they are.

 

Author Bio
Lydia Ramsey is a business etiquette expert, professional speaker, corporate trainer and author of MANNERS THAT SELL - ADDING THE POLISH THAT BUILDS PROFITS. She has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, Investors' Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Inc., Real Simple and Woman's Day. For more information about her programs, products and services, e-mail her at lydia@mannersthatsell.com or visit her web site http://www.mannersthatsell.com.

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10 Ways To Be a Terrific Parent!

10 Ways To Be a Terrific Parent!

10 Ways To Be a Terrific Parent!
By Troy Price

Every parent's hope and desire for their child is for him or her to be happy and successful in life. However, the reality is that despite the good intentions of parents, many of today's children are being neglected and not properly lead that will put them on that path to success. When there is no direction and no program in place, both the parent and child are left wandering aimlessly through a jungle of unknowns that often leads to misery and disaster.

Below is a road map that will give you hope and direction if you follow the guidelines set forth. It will help you to be not just a good parent but a terrific parent! Use it, apply it, and watch what happens. You will begin to see yourself in a different light and feel better about your parenting abilities.

So let's get you on the right road!

1. Have a discipline system in place and stick with it.

Whether or not children will admit to it, they desire discipline but more importantly direction on how to behave properly. When there is a lack of rules and inconsistency to enforce the rules, children quickly become confused as do the parents. This causes a lot of unnecessary frustration and tension that can easily be solved in two simple steps: One, have a simple system in place that clearly identifies the rules and consequences; and two, be consistent in enforcing the rules. It is important that both the child and parent understand how the system works and how it can benefit both.

When a parent neglects to consistently enforce the rules and carry out the system, he or she sets up false hopes and expectations that don't carry any value behind it. The child quickly learns that the system is weak, is not executed properly, and therefore begins to exploit those weak gaps. The child also learns how to manipulate to their advantage the inconsistency of both the system and parent and therefore gains more power over the parent. Meanwhile, the parent can't understand why they are losing the discipline battle with their child and becomes more frustrated and stressed out.

Whatever discipline system you create, make sure it is fair and that you firmly carry it out. Never give in or waiver from it and always be consistent. Once the child and parent understand the rules of the system and how to play by it, there will be less confusion, anxiety, and better communication. You will soon discover that your child's attitude and behavior will quickly turn around and your relationship with him or her will be happier and healthier.

2. Get Involved and Often.

It's been said that the greatest investment a parent can ever make in their child's life is spending quality time with them. When you are a part-time parent you get a part-time child. If you only put in 50 percent, you only get out 50 percent. If you want a strong and lasting relationship with your child, you have to be willing to make personal sacrifices and put in the time and effort with your child. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you do it together. Again, it's about the quality of time you spend together, not the quantity of activities.

Growing up, I played a lot of sports. The one thing I hated more that anything else was sitting on the bench and watching others in the heat of battle. I wanted more than anything to be in the middle of it all and when I wasn't it tore me up inside. No one likes to sit on the bench or "ride the pine" because it's lonely and boring. Everyone wants a piece of the action and maybe if their lucky enough, be the hero. When you sit on the bench as a parent, you miss out on some of the most precious moments of your child's life. Moments that you can never get back and ones that may never come again. Don't be a spectator parent. Get off the bench and into the middle of the fray. You'll be glad you did and so will your child.

When at all possible, try to be there for as many activities for your child as you can. And not just show up as I mentioned. Get involved by actively participating. My two oldest boys play baseball and so that I could spend more time with them, I help coach their little league team. It is a blast helping kids learn the great game of baseball but more importantly, I get to be directly involved in my children's lives while teaching and leading them. I know it makes a big difference to my boys when I am there cheering them on and supporting them at the field level. Even though they may not say it or fully appreciate me being there with them, I see it when my boys smile and high-five me once they round third. It is at that moment when I realize that this is where I need to be.

3. Set and Be a Great Example.

The role model that will have the greatest impact and influence on your child for either good or bad in their lifetime is you - the parent. For girls, that parent is the mother and for the boys, the father. That's not to say that both parents don't have a great influence on their child because they do, but studies have shown that same sex gender plays a greater role in how that child is influenced based upon the sex of that child. And from a logical stand point, that makes perfect sense. Females understand females better than a male and vice-versa and for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, both parents need to set and be a great example for their child.

When children are brought into this world, they learn from their parents and siblings within the home how to walk, speak, think, behave and acquire new knowledge and understanding. As time goes on and that child gets older, they begin to learn from others outside of their home environment. That's when they begin to simulate into society and learn new attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. Their mind and body are trying to formulate all this new knowledge and conceptualize how this information will be processed. In short, they are trying to find their identity and where they fit in the scheme of it all. It can be a very daunting and challenging task.

That's why it is so critical that your child gets off on the right foot to be better prepared and handle the difficult challenges that await him or her. You as a parent have a tremendous responsibility and duty to ensure that when your child leaves home on their own that they stand a fighting chance of surviving and thriving in a completely new environment that will shape who they are and who they will become. But before society teaches them, you have the distinct advantage to nurture and mold them into success so that when the gale force winds of life attack, their foundation will be strong enough to withstand it.

By setting a positive example right from the get-go, your child will know what pattern of behavior to follow. They will quickly learn what they should and should not do based on effective discipline. They will lean what is acceptable and is not acceptable based on your teachings.

The old saying, "Monkey see monkey do" is so applicable to parenting because children do exactly what their parents do. So, set the correct example from the beginning and then practice what you preach thereafter. Refuse to be the kind of parent who says, "Don't watch what I'm doing, only listen to what I say." What? Not only is that confusing but that's poor teaching. In essence, you are saying to your child, "Only learn the good and not the bad from me." I'm sorry but it doesn't work that way. You have to teach your child the good from the bad and then model the correct behavior in what is appropriate. When you do so, your child will understand much easier and quicker the next time he or she encounters a similar situation and know exactly what he or she must do to be successful.

4. Listen More, Talk Less.

Nobody likes to hear other people talk, especially when they drone on about themselves or have to hear an ear full for something they did wrong. Instead, take the more effective route and listen rather than talk. The rule of thumb is in any conversation, listen 80 percent and talk only 20 percent of the time. That can be especially tough for a parent since we always want to teach but here's the lesson: you can do more good by listening then you can by talking.

Stephen R. Covey coined the phrase: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." If you want people to really "hear" or understand you, you must first listen to them. Allow them to share their thoughts and feelings without interruption. In most cases when you do, you learn a few things:

1. You tend to be less judgmental

2. You become less selfish because you're not trying to impose your will

3. You learn that most people figure the answer out themselves

4. You gather more insight and information from that person's point of view that you would otherwise

5. You become more sympathetic and learn patience

6. You build trust and respect

7. You are open to other alternatives or solutions that are not possible if you are the one dominating the conversation

Through the act of listening, you gain a better perspective of the whole scenario and can more clearly communicate your thoughts that best connect with the receiver. So the next time you go to talk, don't. Listen, learn, and then listen some more.

5. Be Gentle yet Firm.

It's always a fine balance of having just the right amount of gentleness mixed with firmness. There are times when you need to be firm, especially when it comes to rules and reprimand but there are also times when you must be gentle and offer a warm hug and comforting words.

There is a time and place for everything and you will have to learn when the right time is to use either or both simultaneously. When you are firm, be consistent and don't waiver from it. Don't be afraid to be so as well as be afraid of how your child will react. Do not be belligerent, overbearing, or intimidating. Not only is this bullying and abusive but manipulative. You will never win any battle by behaving in this manner. Instead, be calm, think calmly, and speak calmly. If need be, step back from the situation, collect your thoughts, regain your composure, and try again. Never act out in aggression or have emotion involved. Always defuse the situation by first removing emotion or yourself from the equation. When you do, reasonable heads will prevail and a solution will be reached sooner with little to no damage.

6. One-On-One Time is Gold.

Everyone wants to feel valued and feel like they are the only ones in the world. This is so true particularly with children. When a parent goes out of their way to make their child feel like they are a king or queen and show it through actions and not just words alone, that is worth more than all the riches in the world and 10 trips to Disney land.

If you ask your child what their fondest memory is as a family or with you, they won't necessarily say the time we went to so- and- so but will say the time you spent with him or her listening, teaching, and helping them. He or she will remember the camping trips and how you taught them to chop wood or set up a tent or the campfire songs. He or she will remember you teaching them how to throw a curve ball or a spiral or the time you took off work to be at their music recital or ballet. He or she will remember you staying up late and helping them with math or a science project that's due the next morning. Those are the small big moments that last and make a difference. Those are the golden moments that define who you are as a parent and what kind of parent your child will be. Look and focus on the gold mine and you will reap bountifully.

7. Love and Lift Always.

Children crave attention and in particular their parent's attention. Even as adults, we want to always please our parent's and make them proud of us. By virtue of being born, everyone should automatically be loved without strings attached. Love is the single greatest power that can literally change lives.

Over the years, there have been numerous psychology studies on the effect that love has on a newborn. What psychologists learned is that babies, who were coddled, loved, given a lot of affection and tension from an early age grew up "normal" with little to know side effects. In contrast, babies who were given less coddling, attention, and affection developed severe mental, psychological, and social issues. And in rare cases, a few of the babies literally died of a broken heart.

Without love, there is no life. And when we withhold our love from our children or make it conditional, we are slowing killing the life out of those precious individuals. Always give and receive of your love freely and let it grow in your children. Love has and always will endure forever.

One of the primary characteristics of love is support. When we love others, we should lift them as well. We should never belittle or put others down, especially our children. If we want to lift someone up we have to be standing on higher ground. Much like lifting someone out of a ditch, we can't if they are leveled or below us.

To lift up our children, we should always say kind and encouraging words that are genuine. Phrases such as, "You're a great kid!" or "I'm proud of you!" or "I knew you could do it!" are simple yet powerful ways to build self-confidence and self-esteem in a child or adolescent struggling emotionally to survive. Always build up your children and never tear them down.

8. Be Forgiving and Less Critical.

It is so easy to "fly of the handle" by yelling and screaming then it is by using self-restraint and mannerisms. How many of us have been guilty (far too often I imagine) of tearing a strip off our child in the heat of the moment only to feel guilt and remorse afterwards? The sad thing is that in most cases, the incident that your child was involved in was insignificant but yet, as a parent, we want to "teach our child a lesson" and to "get our point across" so that he or she will never do it again. So what do you do? You holler in a loud voice and threaten the child with severe punishment hoping to scare fear into him or her so that they will never do it again. Guess what? The chances of them repeating that same act or behaving in a similar manner are great. Why? Because we as humans don't learn things just once. Otherwise, we would all be virtuosos and be fluent in 10 languages. Years later, the kid may not remember what exactly he did but he will remember how his Mom or Dad reacted and the feelings he felt as a result. As humans, we tend to forget certain events but rarely do we forget feelings.

I recall a story someone told me years ago that stuck in my head. He said, "If you want to teach a child not to touch the stove, put his or her hand on the stove and see what happens. I guarantee he or she will never touch the stove again."

I said to him, "How do you know this?"

He responded, "You see this scar (pointing to his hand). My Dad did that to me when I was a kid and I have never forgotten it."

I'm sorry but I don't need to "touch the stove" to know that it will burn me if I do. Just like I don't need to walk on the moon to know that it exists. I can learn from other people's mistakes and more importantly, from correct principles and teachings then by actually participating.

As a parent, you need to be less critical and more forgiving. You make mistakes as well and so why do you expect your child to be perfect? After all, they too are learning and trying to create their own identity and part of that learning comes through trial and error. That is a good thing, not bad. So don't belittle him or her for learning and not always knowing what the right thing is that he or she should do. Be patience, be supportive, and see these opportunities as teaching moments to expound the correct methods of carrying out an activity.

9. Be There.

One of my biggest pet peeves in life is people who say that will do something and then don't. Where I come from, we call it integrity - something that has been forgotten over the years.

Not too long ago, we needed our roof repaired. My wife and I had called around to a dozen roofing companies leaving voice mail and email messages. Only two out of the twelve actually called us back and of those two, one of them didn't email me until eight days later. If you have ever tried to hire tradespeople, you know what I am talking about.

So, we finally tracked down what seemed like the only roofing company in town and after pleading and prodding for them to come, they did after three weeks of our initial call. By then, the monsoons had come and were causing considerable damage to our home. When they showed up to our home, one of the tradesmen got his ladder out, climbed on top of the roof, went from one end to the other and then came back down and said, "Yep, it's damaged, we'll have to fix it." He then said, "We'll be back."

Oh he came back alright, four weeks later! And when he did, he only did a partial job and then left again. These shenanigans continued on for weeks. I wanted desperately to fire him but I had no one else who would come and the roof needed to be fixed. After being polite and patient the first few times (I didn't want to tick him off and have him leave for good) I finally had enough. I called him up and left a terse message. I even wrote him a flaming email that got his attention. Sure enough, he came the next day and finished the job. In the end, we got our roof completed. What should have only taken a day, took over ten long and painful weeks. When you say you are going to be there or do something, do it. Don't lie and don't procrastinate. If you can't do it, then be honest enough to say so and don't commit to it. And if you do commit to something and a situation arises, have the decency to let the other person know. They will understand and forgive you. Don't leave them hanging and coward off. It makes you look bad and puts a black mark on your good family name.

When you tell your child you will be there for his or her school play or sporting event or pick them up from work, be there! If you don't, your child quickly learns that your word doesn't mean anything and three things happen: one, your child loses trust and confidence in you; two, your child internalizes your "mishap" or "lie" as them not being important enough for you to be there; and three; your child learns from your poor example and pretty soon, guess what starts to happen? Instead of your child coming home on time, he or she begins to come home later and later and uses the excuse, "I forgot" or "I was busy." Hum... does this sound familiar? It should. You taught them this, remember? And you didn't even realize it! Be there and your kids will be there for you.

10. Teach and Lead.

Every single day presents new learning opportunities, not only for you as a parent but for your child. Always seek to teach and lead whether the situation is good or bad. As parents, we are quick to point out the bad and teach the right but seldom to we praise the good moments and reinforce good decisions that are children make.

As a parent, learn to have faith and trust in your child. Allow them to make mistakes and to learn on their own from those mistakes. Guide your children through situations and have them discover for themselves what the correct choices or decisions they should have made. Point out to your child what would have happened had they made a better choice or decision so that they can visualize the outcome at their own level.

As you teach, always remember to lead. Lead by example and through encouragement. Learn to walk-the-walk and talk-the -talk. Children would much rather follow your actions and behaviours than what you say. Talk is cheap but actions speak volume. Lead by good example and your children will follow the leader. Lead by bad example and your children will still follow the leader.

Always be thinking, "How can I better lead my children and be a better parent?" In most cases, your children will teach you without you even knowing it. The secret is to listen and observe, ask questions and take genuine interest in them and their lives. When you do so, you will grow as a parent and as a leader and so will your children. Learn from each other and you will learn to be better.

Troy

Parenting With Results

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8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids
By Kristen Wint

If you're like me, teaching your kids as you go, imparting wisdom to them as they make their way along the road of life, how often do you sit down and really think about the essential life skills you'd like them to have? Take a few minutes to brainstorm what's most important to you and your partner when it comes to the competencies that are integral to setting your kids up for success and start focusing on them today.

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids:

1. Unconditional Love

By loving your children openly and wholeheartedly every day, you are showing them how to love themselves and others. Teaching kids to accept themselves for who they are will enable them to do the same with others. They must also be willing to forgive friends and family in order to love them unconditionally.

2. Social Awareness and Manners

Impart social and conversational skills from a young age by letting kids join in on adult gatherings from time to time. Don't make a habit of always segregating your children from the adults - they can learn a lot about etiquette, social cues and the art of conversation from watching grown-ups. These settings are also a good time to work on basic manners including the consistent use of "please," "thank you," "pardon me," as well as proper dining etiquette.

3. Respect for Others

Children learn respect from their family and it starts with family members caring for each other's physical space, thoughts, interests and needs. When kids feel that what's important to them is held in high regard by others, they will be able to emulate the same respect for their family and peers.

4. All Things Nature

Instill a lifelong love of the outdoors and of nature by spending plenty of time in the fresh air, in all kinds of weather. Let your kids climb trees at the park, plant seedlings in the garden, feed the birds in your backyard and jump in rain puddles on the street. All ages love summer camping, day hiking and picnics by the lake. When you give your kids a lot of exposure to our beautiful planet, it will make them appreciate it more and want to protect it for future generations.

5. Good Hygiene

Start early to create good hygiene habits that will stay with your kids forever - from teaching proper hand washing and teeth brushing techniques to tots, to encouraging daily bathing for sweaty teens. Make learning daily habits fun for young kids by singing, using props and giving out reward stickers. Good hygiene sets them up for good health and well-being in later life.

6. Food Preparation

Get your kids in the kitchen early, helping to select meals, prep food and cook with you. My son learned to prepare snacks with his classmates in preschool and loved it. He's been comfortable in our kitchen ever since and is not afraid to use a knife, stir a pot or get his hands dirty. Start by showing them how to make simple soups and pastas and work your way up to more complicated dishes.

7. Smart Shopping and Saving

Show your children the difference between whole foods and processed foods, how to eat in season and how to be savvy shoppers. Talk to them about brand versus non-brand, retail versus wholesale, and how to budget their money. Even young kids can save money in their piggy banks and learn how to bargain at a garage sale. Older children can open a bank account, start saving and help with shopping and errands.

8. Tidiness

With my recent goal of getting my house more organized, I've been reading "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo. She highlights the fact that most of us have never been properly taught how to tidy! Start early by teaching your kids how to fold clothing neatly so they can find articles easier, and have them sort through their personal belongings to keep only things that "spark joy." A tidy room means a tidy mind, and ensures children can cut through the clutter to focus on what's important.

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