Presents for Men that Will Impress

Buying a gift for a man means taking a moment to think about what he does in life for work and play. Men who work in or like carpentry may find a new hammer or drill useful. However, a 3D artist would have very little use for a hammer. It’s important to keep this in mind when buying a gift.

Guys who like electronics will certainly give off some kind of sign. They will usually be talking about the latest greatest thing, or be drooling over a new piece of hardware. If you don’t have time to listen then take a peek inside his den or workshop and see what’s there. If you open the door and there’s a tower of giant beeping plastic with lights on it then that probably means he likes electronics.

Another thing you need to consider is that there is a difference between electronics people and computer people. Computer people are often called packrats for all the parts they keep strewn about their homes. We can’t help it we never know when we will need them. Other men also like camcorders and other audio video electronics, and then you have gamers.

Most notably the hardest to buy for these men love their games. When buying for a gamer you have to figure out which time period of games he likes. Whether he is an older gamer or he is a modern gamer. Then you have to figure out which system and game types he likes. After all this you then need to get him something he doesn’t already have.

Keep in mind not all of us are the same. Every expert seems to think we all like starring at naked ladies and drinking beer all the time but that’s a big misconception. We are often just a sensitive about issues and as complicated inside as anyone else. Finding cool presents for men isn’t hard if you just take the time to get to know us.

Business Presentation Tips – How to Calm People Down

Many professionals dread the unthinkable moment in presentations: an angry or aggressive attack. Don’t you wish you had a magic remedy to calm people down — without risking embarrassment and public humiliation?

In most corporate and professional settings, direct attacks are not commonplace. Instead, all kinds of more subtle interactions are the norm. However, from time to time, you are likely to encounter strong emotions, anger, and resentment. All the ‘yucky stuff’ most presenters strive to avoid.

What can you do if the dreaded thing happens?

Apply proven presentation techniques to be persuasive, calm people down, and avoid embarrassment.

Let me ask you a simple question: what do you dread most?

  •  Presenting an important project to your boss or supervisor
  •  Discussing a critical project with a bully
  •  Saying the wrong thing – and not knowing how to recover
  •  Putting your foot in your mouth
  •  Bearing the brunt of ridicule and abuse from co-workers

These are just a few of the scary moments in presenting. But if you are speaking in public, at one time or another, some of these uncomfortable moments will appear. No doubt, from time to time, your ideas and recommendations will be challenged.

Instead of slinking into the corner and giving up before you begin, what can you do? Get more skillful at handling these difficult situations. There’s good news here. These are interpersonal presentation skills that can be learned.

You don’t have to be born with the gene of communication. You don’t have to be super-human and know how to solve every problem before it shows up. Instead, you can focus on building your skills. In a short time, you can build the right set of skills, feel more confident, and be more effective in front of any group.

Use these 3 tips to win respect and get your ideas heard.

Tip 1: Find Common Ground

First, find common ground. Look for the connection in values, direction, or process that you share with your audience. Hint: there is always common ground. If it’s not obvious at first, keep looking.

Tip 2: Focus On The Big Picture

Resist the urge to immediately jump into all the details of your specific proposal or recommendation. Stick to the big picture. Give the overview — first.

Tip 3: Listen With Total Focus

Listen to what is said with complete focus. Instead of thinking about what you are going to say next, listen. By listening intently you show that you care about what people think.

You may not agree with the content of what they are saying. However, by listening with full attention, you show respect. This often calms people down.

Knowing how to calm people down requires practice, skill and the right tools. You can use body language, words, gestures, and visual sketches to create a calmer environment and encourage open communication.

If you dread conflict, or have ever “lost it” in a professional presentation, this is an important area to develop your skills.

Learn how to calm people down, without embarrassing yourself or them. Knowing what to do in different settings gives you confidence and skill to be more effective in presenting. 

Use Your Head But Speak From Your Heart During Your Next Presentation

While you can’t go very far in public speaking if you do not know your material well – and that means inside and out – what will capture your audience is your delivery. A colorful, dynamic delivery determines whether your audience will pay attention to you or not. That is not to say that your words, your actual material, are not important. They are. Many people are aware that a dynamic delivery sells. My question for you, however, is whether you should speak from head or from your heart?

In order for people to listen to you, to learn from you and possibly to buy from you, you need to speak to them with the words in your heart and not with the words in your head. Your words are only the vehicle; what comes from your heart is the power for those words.

Speaking from your heart means honesty because if it is coming from that area which distinguishes right from wrong, then it must be true. Speaking from your head does not require honesty and usually says little about you as the speaker. When you speak from your head, you will say what you think the audience wants to hear. While that may be good for your business in the short run, it is a poor investment in the long run.

By keeping your delivery conversational, your heart will speak from the knowledge that is in your head. Your audience will value your openness and a personal connection will develop. Just as in good article writing, including anecdotes and true stories relevant to your topic in your presentation will help solidify that connection.

Your audience must believe that you care about them. If you are speaking from your head, that message is not coming through.

It is important to understand that no matter what your service or your product, it will not be right for everyone. Knowing your limitations in that respect will be better for your business because as you become more established in public speaking, more invitations will result due to referrals. Word will spread. A delivery intended just to sell product is not the image you want to project. Speaking from your heart will establish the honesty, the credibility and the accountability that will further your success in your field.

Use the material in your head but speak from your heart.

The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, group and corporate training in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Visit her website at Voice Dynamic and watch as Nancy describes the best means of controlling nervousness in any form of public speaking.