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.

What Makes a Good MLM Presentation Part 2 of 3

This is Part 2 of a 3-part article which I’ll discuss what makes a good MLM presentation:

Part #1 – Your state of mind

Part #2 – The problem and solution approach

Part #3 – What is your offer to your prospects?

Let’s get started…

Do you like sales people?

I guess your answer is most likely like mine – NO.

When you smell a saleman from miles away, you would probably change plan and go in the opposite direction.

So, what is it that we don’t like about sales people?

Probably we don’t like people who are pushy, biased and tell us what’s good for us. We would rather prefer to make

our own buying decision and to buy what we think is good for us.

You see, when you make an MLM presentation to someone, the last thing you want is to appear as a sales person, armed with a folder in hand, flipping through slide after slide, hoping to make a sale. In fact, I know of people who joined the MLM industry because they just want to stop their sponsor from pestering them.

In that case, how should we present ourselves when we make an MLM presentation to our prospects?

Here’s my 2-step approach that I use personally that had proved to be successful most of the time:

- Identify their problems

- Offer them your solution

Step #1 – Identify their problems or desires

This might sound like common sense but many times we may not even realize it when we go around offering solutions to people before finding out their problems.

Isn’t that what spammers do? All you need to do is to open up your inbox and look at the emails and you would know what I mean. Everyday, we get an enormous amount of junk mail from people who are pushing solutions to us.

So, the first thing to do is to find out what the prospects are going through if you’re making an MLM presentation either one on one or to a small group. (If you’re making a presentation to a large audience, obviously this is not practicable and what you can do is to point out some common problems especially financial challenges that people face in their lives.

And how do you find identify their problems or desires?

First, during the initial warm up, you should attempt to connect with your prospects by building rapport so that they feel comfortable with you. And the best way to do that is to ask questions to lead them to tell more about their financial challenges they face. Frankly, this is more of an art than a science as we are dealing with unique individuals.

Second, you need to listen actively when they start talking. That means, you have to respond with either short verbal feedback like short questions or with body language like nodding to reconfirm what they are telling you.

By asking and listening actively, you would be able to identify their problems, typically financial challenges that they are facing. In some cases, your prospects have desires, rather than problems, to succeed in life or simply to get out of their job.

Step #2 – Offer them your solution

If you have completed Step #1 adequately, Step #2 is a piece of cake.

Now that you know their problems or desires, you should know if can offer your MLM business as a solution.

Let’s face it. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your MLM business opportunity is the latest and greatest… or the be all, end all to all problems. It’s not.

Imagine your prospect told you that she is in the midst of a divorce. What would you do? Offer her your MLM business? Not me. I really don’t think she’s in the frame of mind to start a business.

On the other hand, if your prospect is looking for something to earn an extra income that would eventually replace his current income… and he is willing to learn and work hard, that would be a good fit for you to offer your MLM business as a solution.

The above concludes Part 2 of what makes a good MLM presentation. In Part 3, I’ll discuss what most network marketers missed out to follow through with their presentation to make a compelling close.

Create Emotional Plans Before Negotiating Forcefully

Before you begin to negotiate, create an emotional plan to assist you in progressing towards the goals of the negotiation. In essence, your plan will become your roadmap and the mental makeup you might possess during the negotiation will impact the overall outcome of the negotiation.

The purpose of developing a negotiation plan offers many benefits. When you incorporate the emotional state you might possess during the negotiation, along with that of the person with whom you’re negotiating, you enhance the plan’s viability. A few of the benefits are …

1. A negotiation plan that incorporates the emotional state you might find yourself in during the negotiation helps you stay focused on the overall goals of the negotiation. Assessing and incorporating the emotional state of the other negotiator can uncover potential nuances he might project into the negotiation.

2. If unforeseen occurrences creep into the negotiation, (i.e. loud outburst, sedateness) or something that’s awe-inspiring, an alarm should occur within you, due to the fact that you had not considered that aspect of the negotiation. This in turn should serve as a reminder to call a ‘time out’ (not address the new occurrence until you’ve had adequate time to evaluate its consequences).

3. A plan should allow you to maintain control of your emotions, if you know you’re the type of person that is easily influenced or manipulated by others, or easily persuaded to action by your emotions.

Most people make decisions based on the emotions they possess at the time of their decision. Then, they justify their decision with logic. If logic does not allow them to rationally justify their decision, and the emotion is strong, that person will discount the value of logic and pursue the course they’re on. Too many times after negotiating, people find themselves in a quandary. As the result of not being completely satisfied with the outcome of the negotiation, they beat themselves up and curse the outcome when the emotions that lead to their actions have subsided.

You have to know yourself and take into account the mental perspective you possess and the perspective you’ll have prior to sitting down at the negotiation table. You should also mentally project yourself into the mindset you think you’ll possess during the negotiation; by doing so, it will serve as a dry run and better prepare you for the negotiation (This is an exercise I have each and every client go through prior to any negotiation session they enter into).

In addition to assessing your emotions, you should also give careful thought to the emotions of the person with whom you’ll be negotiating. If you don’t know what the other person’s emotional level, makeup, or dispersion might be, go through several scenarios, so as to ‘estimate’ where their emotions might lie; the purpose for doing so is to create an emotional sparring partner from which you’ll be able to create greater emotional control within yourself during the negotiations.

When you negotiate, don’t search the ether for emotions that should be kept under control. If you maintain control of your emotions throughout the negotiation process, you won’t find yourself being held captive by an unforeseen force that causes you angst about what you really want from the negotiation. By maintaining control of your emotions during the negotiation, you’ll be in control of yourself and increase the chances of a favorable negotiation outcome … and everything will be right with the world.

The Negotiation Lessons are …

· Don’t allow your emotions to lock you into a cement trap from which your negotiation position becomes immobile. Engage in negotiations from a non-emotional perspective and mentally you’ll be more fluid in the options you evaluate during the negotiation.

· When developing a negotiation plan, try to envision what your emotions might consist of throughout the negotiation. If you plan to negotiate forcefully, try to sense and really feel the emotions you might possess. The more you can experience your emotions before sitting at the negotiation table, the more equipped you’ll be at dealing with negative emotions that could distract you during the negotiation.

· From time to time, practice altering your emotional state of mind to seek understanding of what ‘sets you off’. By identifying traits you possess that cause you to become upset or very excited, you’ll gain knowledge of how to control those emotions. Then, during negotiations, you’ll have better control and command of those emotions.