Popular Tech Gadget Christmas Present Ideas From 2009

We are finding more and more modern technology in our lives from our daily business and personal correspondences and phone calls to the way many shop and handle their finances. The power and reach of the Internet and modern communications devices have digitized our world to the extent that it is tough to find an aspect of life that is not influenced in some way by them. One of the most notable traits of these new advances are their abilities to help just as much with everyday life for the average individual as with big business.

Modern communications have enabled people to exchange information and ideas from all over the world, and it is this very aspect that makes them and other technologies so useful over a wide range of topics from technical issues to finding the best gifts for special occasions. Shopping online is a big deal these days, and it is often on the web where some of the best deals and discounts are found. There are so many options to choose from, including the wholesale and auction websites as well as traditional retail outlets with an online presence, that it is almost certain that even some simple comparisons online can amount to substantial savings.

Finding Gifts and Creating Your Own

One of the greatest gifts of the modern technologies we enjoy today is their ease of use and applications in entertainment and celebrating the various occasions throughout our lives, like birthdays and weddings, for example. With all of the holidays that come within a given year, and the addition of birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, there are plenty of opportunities to use these new advances to show people just how special they are with a variety of unique or even handmade gifts. Many times just keeping up with the latest trends is enough reason to need assistance when shopping, and this is particularly true for the younger adults and teens.

Locating what may seem like a great deal on a popular electronic or trendy article of clothing may actually turn out to be one of the best Christmas present ideas, which could be very different or even socially unacceptable for the same generation at the present time. Taking some time to research these aspects as well as the price can save quite a bit of disappointment and help to find the perfect gift for whoever the intended recipient is.

You can compare items available today with the following tech gadget Christmas present ideas for 2009:

  1. Wii MotionPlus for Nintendo Wii
  2. Roku SD Netflix Player
  3. WikiRader
  4. Magic Mouse for Macs
  5. Avid M-Audio Studiophile AV 30
  6. A Wealth of Information…

There are almost no practical limitations to what can be achieved or found online, within reason, and it is fortunate to see that the skeptics were wrong about the information age desensitizing and alienating the human race from itself. In reality, the modern electronic world has done more to bring the planet closer together than any other technological breakthrough in recent history and this has come to pass in record time.

From using the web to stop abuse, poverty and even help with natural disasters to researching breeders advertising kittens for sale, there are a wide range of clear examples of how modern technologies are improving the world around us and all of the things that live in it, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Which Is Most Important In Your Resume – Content or Presentation?

“I’m well qualified. I have extensive experience. Why does no one ever call me for an interview?”

I’m hearing this a lot these days, but I saw it in action recently at a job fair. Employers and Recruitment Agencies go to job fairs looking for qualified people, and qualified people go to job fairs to find jobs, so it should be a great place to match them up – but that isn’t always the case.

I watched people at the booths talk to candidates with interest, receive their resumes, glance at them, and put them away for filing; I even talked to a few of them. “Yes, she’s a great candidate,” the interviewer would say, “Excellent experience, but I doubt if she’ll get a call.” More questions elicited the observation that her Resume would get lost in the pile.

Like many aspects of twenty-first century life job-hunting is increasingly about presentation. Perhaps this is why older candidates with substantial experience are being passed over. Their Resume’s list solid achievements and experience, but employers wonder if they have the verve and willingness to learn the new media so that they can contribute and compete. In a world of headlines, tweets, video blogs and other technologies that focus on the brief and startling, the conventional resume is at a disadvantage.

A friend of mine conducted an experiment for me. Chrystal had formal qualifications, some experience, and was doing well at her job, but was interested in moving on. We went to a job fair in Minneapolis with two versions of her resume – her original resume and a revamped version which she was worried was ‘too flashy’ and not informative enough – and she went around the booths talking to people, and passing out one version of her Resume. In each case the original version was well-received and politely set aside, but the new version received enthusiastic responses each time she handed it over, and ultimately each of the interview calls she received came from the new version.

You may think, with Chrystal, that an eye-grabbing resume might work for creative positions, but surely not for professions like accounting or management, but the reality seems to be that it does work.

What are some of the techniques that can make your resume stand out? Graphics, Testimonials, and highlighting skills rather than qualifications. If your old resume is not bringing in calls for an interview, why not try redesigning it to include some logos and quotes today?

Tips for Presenting With Authority

It is not unusual to feel vulnerable about standing up to speak. The trick to delivering a successful speech or presentation is to create a perception of confidence to make your audience feel that you are in charge (irrespective of how you are actually feeling at the time).

Take your time
Think about the most powerful or influential speakers you’ve heard. As a general rule they will speak very slowly. This is actually very easy, and a great trick to earn yourself the confidence of the room. Barrack Obama speaks very slowly, and very clearly. His audience knows that he doesn’t need to rush; that he’s in control of the situation, and taking it at his own pace. Not only does it make the process of public speaking easier, it also simply sounds more controlled. And it’s easier to take-in what he’s saying.

Use your hands
Moving them doesn’t just help illustrate your point. It also helps release nervous energy, enabling you to speak more confidently.

Print your speech or presentation onto cue cards
Partly, this is useful for the simple reason that a cue card is smaller than a sheet of A4. However, actually the biggest thing you gain from having cue cards is the confidence they inspire in both you and your audience. From the audience’s perspective, you have clearly prepared for the speech you are giving; you have approached it in a professional way, and seemingly have done this before. From your own perspective, having the cards there at all will remind you that you are equipped to deliver this speech. Psychologically, this puts the ball in your court.

Hold your cue cards at about chest level and about half a foot in front of you
This way, when you look up at the audience, your speech will still be in your eye-line. You should not be presenting something purely by looking down at a piece of paper. Look up. Make sure the audience know that they’re your focal point; that they’re what’s important to you. When you watch a speech by somebody doing nothing more than looking down and reading from their notes, you can’t help but think they may as well just hand the piece of paper out and request half an hour’s silence for everybody to get up to speed. The reason they are watching a person, rather than reading a sheet of paper, is because they want someone to talk to them, to engage with them; someone in whom they can have confidence.

Glance, don’t read
You don’t have to know it word for word, but you certainly should only be presenting something to a room full of people, if you’ve practiced it beforehand. Speaking slowly enough to give you time to glance down at your notes between sound-bites will make a huge difference.

Smile
You may be shaking during the speech; you may even be terrified. However, what you must not be is miserable. Or, at least, you mustn’t look it. A frowning speaker is a reluctant speaker; someone out of their depths, perhaps. Nothing gets you the respect of a room like standing in front of 50, 60, 100 people and simply smiling back at them. Socially, it shows the audience that they’re in for a good time. Professionally, it shows you’ve got all the answers. Put it this way, if you were looking to buy a fridge-freezer from two men; one of whom was smiling and the other of whom was crying, who would get your business?

Perform a little
Pick relevant people to look in the eyes. If you’re talking about the company director, and he’s in the room, then look at him! You don’t need to bound round the stage, yelping, to get people’s attention. But you also won’t be interesting to watch simply standing still. These little touches can make the difference between a good presentation and a great one.

I hope you find these tips useful. Please call me on +44 20 8245 8999 if you would like help preparing for your next speech or presentation.