Over Done Cologne and Your Business Presentation

One of the easiest ways to destroy a business presentation is to over do the perfume or cologne, as it is distracting and even if the scent is one of high-price and quality, it also is a turn-off to a board of directors or decision making group? After all what are you trying to hide? Are you trying to mask the fact that your program or pitch stinks as much as your body odor? Over Done Cologne and Your Business Presentation do not mix.

What scents make the most sense? It is not so much the scent as it is the lack of a domination over your victims. Over doing the cologne or perfume is not a smart tactic and yet we see so many folks doing this.

Before my retirement as a Franchisor Founder, I had many people present ideas, concepts, products and services to my company and occasionally someone would come in with impeccable attire and over done cologne or perfume, it was such a turn off that rarely did I ever reward them with an order of any kind.

One time we had a gal, quite good looking come in and pitch us one some cleaning products to use in our franchise company. She was very nice, sincere sounding and yet all that perfume, just made me wonder what on Earth she was hiding? I even thought, I wonder if their cleaning chemicals would be that obnoxious. One of our senior executives asked her on a date, which she accepted but we never bought anything from that company. Consider all this in 2006.

Presents And Personalities: The Key To Success

Buying presents can be one of the most difficult tasks there is. Some people seem to just have a knack for it whereas others are at a loss as to what to buy. You want to impress your recipient. The most disheartening thing to see when you have spent your hard earned cash is a disappointed face when they tear off the wrapping paper. One sure fire way to guarantee exclamations of pleasure is to buy a present which focuses on the individual’s personality. Gifts like these demonstrate your knowledge of their interests and preferences and really show the thought and effort you put into choosing them.

If someone you are buying for has obvious interest and hobbies, then you’re off to a good start. If for example they are into crime fiction, you can choose from TV crime show box sets, crime themed board games like the classic Cluedo, crime fiction books and even a historical mystery ghost tour, featuring age old crimes and clues. For the motor enthusiast consider a day package. A day at the race track driving a Ferrari perhaps or tickets to a motor event. On the cheaper side novelty gifts for him, for example, The Top Gear board game is bound to be a success.

Sport lovers would drool at the mouth if presented with tickets to a game of their preference. If you know what team a friend supports then you will easily find merchandise for that specific team. Jerseys, kits, footballs, even stationery comes emblazed with team logos these day so help your friends and loved ones show their team spirit by adding to their collection of team memorabilia.

Animal lovers and environmentalists may appreciate selfless gifts such as donations to a conservation fund. You can now sponsor endangered animals in a friend’s name. The money will be used in preserving the species and helping the said animal itself and your recipient will receive regular updates on the charity’s activities. Eco-friendly or green people may appreciate a ladybird house for their garden or a compost heap starter kit. Think outside the box…what about a worm farm; interesting AND beneficial to the environment. Another touching and very unique gift is having a flower named after your loved one.

For musical mates, nothing would go down better than concert tickets. If these are out of your budget then look around for merchandise, for e.g. a t-shirt with their favourite band on. If you shop online this sort of stuff is very easy to come by. Why not treat them to a day out at a recording studio, which includes their very own demo tape to take home with them.

For older friends and loved ones, gifts tend to be more understated. Think CLASSIC. How about a replica Roberts radio for your Gran, or an old record player for your Gramps. These vintage gifts will remind them of their youth and put a sparkle in their eyes. Cheaper alternatives are retro sweets, widely available and ranging from the 60′s right through to the 90′s.

Last but not least….the awkward ones. The people who have everything! What do you do? Well in this case you really have to think hard. You need something unique and personal, and what says you care more than their very own star. Yes, that’s right you can now purchase a star for your loved one. You will receive the exact co-ordinates of the star so you can view it by telescope and an official certificate of ownership. On the cheaper side you can choose practical but personalised gifts such as calendars, with their photos within or themes they like. Other practical gifts for him or her available for personalising are mugs, key rings, photo frames and cuddly toys. The more personal you make it, the more it will mean to the recipient. Armed with the correct information you cannot go wrong.

Beginner’s Mind – Experience Power And Beauty In The Present Moment

Have you ever watched a child who is just learning to walk? Their sheer joy is contagious! The sense of amazement and accomplishment in their eyes reflects a special state of mind. In martial arts and many Eastern traditions, this is known as “beginner’s mind” – being fully engaged in the experience, fully present in the moment, without expectation or comparison. This is where true learning happens.

Years ago, I practiced a martial art called Aikido. My sensei (teacher) was a very quiet Japanese man who taught primarily through demonstration, not words. But if he saw someone “going through the motions,” he would gently remind us to move back into beginner’s mind, where we could be fully attentive and apply the best of ourselves.

This simple concept can enhance our experience of any aspect of life. It brings joy to even the most mundane tasks, and it helps us develop a stronger sense of awareness in everyday life.

If you find that your life or current activity is feeling a little boring, here are some tips to help shift your
perspective.

Practise Beginner’s Mind

* Do something new at least once a week. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant or talking to a stranger, experiences that are out of the ordinary will shift your mindset.

* Do an ordinary task in a different way. Try taking a new route to work or even brushing your teeth with the opposite hand.

* Pause in the middle of an activity and ask yourself: how would it feel if I was doing this for the first time in my life?