Traditional Anniversary Presents for Your Parents

Parents are two of the dearest people in our hearts and yet finding the perfect modern or traditional anniversary presents can be so stressful! Do not fret for we have prepared a list of traditional anniversary gifts for their 20th to 50th wedding anniversaries that you can’t go wrong with.

20th – China
Usually, an antique china dinnerware set is the perfect gift for this occasion. However, if your mom already has a beautiful set, you may want to find a pretty china spoonrest that matches the design of her china plates. Or you can find picture frames in fine china with love quotations painted on them. You can place a beautiful picture of your parents together in the frame.

25th – Silver
The 25th anniversary is a milestone wedding anniversary. Therefore, the 25th wedding anniversary presents to parents must be extra special. A thoughtful gift could be a personalized silver plate wherein you can engrave the names of your parents, their wedding date and a romantic quotation that describes the kind of love and relationship that they share. You also can’t go wrong with silver jewelry, a classic his and hers bracelet or wristwatch for each of them.

30th – Pearl
Pearls are the traditional anniversary presents for 30th wedding anniversaries. As your parents celebrate their 30th anniversary, you could choose to give them a beautiful Mother of Pearl bowl, figurine, or vase. Even better, if you can find a specialty store that sells capiz wind chimes, this would surely add more beauty to your parents’ already lovely home.

35th – Coral
Since coral is the customary theme for the 35th wedding anniversaries, here are some traditional anniversary gift list suggestions. If your parents like reading and cherish their book collection, you can give them a coral bookend set. You may also opt to buy them a beautiful figurine or chess set made out of coral stone. If your mom is into colorful jewelry, you can buy her a beautiful coral necklace, chances are she won’t have that in her jewelry collection already since coral isn’t really very common. And for your dad, you can buy him coral cufflinks. The playful color will surely standout from his collection of neutral colored shirts.

40th – Ruby
The 40th wedding anniversary has the ruby gemstone associated to it. A lovely vase or paperweight in a ruby red shade would be classic option. On the other hand, you may also give them a set of monogrammed towels or pillowcases with their initials in red. Observing the red scheme will show you are thoughtful in celebrating the event.

45th – Sapphire
Sapphire jewelry is the traditional gift being given on a 45th wedding anniversary, as the beautiful blue of the sapphire is attractive on most people. Thus, you can hardly go wrong. However, if you don’t want to give another piece of jewelry again but want to stick to the theme, you may want to check out sapphire toned stained glass arts or even deep blue candles. These would be very nice decorative pieces for your parents’ living room.

50th – Gold
This certainly is the most celebrated among wedding anniversaries. Loving the same person for half a century is beyond doubt, a testament of true love. Gold is the appropriate gift for this moment as not only is gold beautiful but it is also strong and resistant to corrosion. A very thoughtful present to give to your parents is a personalized golden anniversary book, which showcases a collection of their most memorable pictures, quotations, poems, love letters, love songs, movies and other memorabilia. Of course, it would be much nicer if it was elegantly designed and wrapped in gold.

Negotiate Shrewdly by Using Misdirections

Recently, I watched a colleague make a presentation. At the beginning of his presentation, he pulled a small red foam ball from his pocket. He then said a few magical words as he placed the ball from one hand into the other, opened the hand the ball was placed in only to have the hand absent of the ball when he opened it. Everyone in the audience suspected a sleight of hand had been used to create the illusion. That could have been the end of the ‘red ball trick’ had my colleague stopped at that point, but he went on to ask a gentleman sitting several rows from the stage to look in the top outside pocket of his jacket. A hush came over the audience as everyone anticipated the red ball appearing in the gentleman’s pocket. When the gentleman, with hesitancy, felt the pocket and exposed its content, he extracted a cell phone, but no red ball. Everyone laughed and my colleague continued with his presentation, with a much more attentive audience.

‘Misdirections’ throughout a negotiation can prove to be very beneficial if used appropriately. It thus behooves savvy negotiators to know when and how to use ”misdirections’. Questions might come to mind such as …

When should you use ‘misdirections’? What value can be achieved from the use of ‘misdirections’? What are the pitfalls to using ‘misdirections’ in a negotiation? Below are ways and answers that will give you insight into how this dynamic tactic can be applied and how its use as a strategy can be employed during a negotiation …

· Planning the use of ”misdirections’ in the development of your negotiation plan

- By now, if you have been following these lessons for some time, or if you’re several levels into becoming a savvy negotiator, you’re aware that you should always plan any negotiation before entering into it. In your plans, you prepare for ‘what if’ scenarios and the path upon which you envision the negotiation traveling. As you contemplate that path and weigh the ‘what if’ scenarios and the influence they may have on the negotiation, consider how you might misdirect, redirect, the negotiation, if it goes in a direction that is unfavorable to your position. In essence, give consideration to how you will respond to ‘what if’ scenarios by providing the perception of a more favorable position for your opponent, if he follows your suggested path. That path should be one that is advantageous to the negotiation and your position. As an aside, a good ‘misdirection’ creates the impression or facade of being more advantages to the other negotiator and to the overall outcome of the negotiation, without giving the appearance of being advantageous to your position.

· ”Misdirections’ in the form of red herrings

- Red herrings are ‘things’ that have real perceived value to the other negotiator, but marginal value to you. In order to use this tactic effectively, you have to convince the other negotiator that the red herring has immense value to you. To use a ‘misdirection’ coupled with a red herring, you should first give value to the red herring by making a ‘big deal’ in your desire to acquire it. Then, momentarily direct the attention of the negotiation onto another point. As you go about agreeing on the other point, revert back to the red herring and raise the stakes; do so by making a bigger deal about the other negotiator conceding on the point of the red herring. When he begins to protest, couple the immediately agreed to point with this new request. To the degree you can couple other agreed to points, to the red herring, the concession on the point of the red herring becomes more tolerable to the other negotiator. You run the risk of creating animosity, anxiety, and breaking rapport with the other negotiator, which could be detrimental to the negotiation. So, be cautious when using this tactic.

· Answering questions with questions is a form of ‘misdirection’

- By answering questions with questions, you can redirect, and thus misdirect, your responses to an informational gathering tool. In general, when negotiating, the person asking the questions is the person with the greater degree of control. By asking questions with questions, you continuously gather information, while not divulging information. The more information you gather, the more information you’ll have to improve your negotiation position. The next time someone asks you a question, respond by asking them a question, instead of replying with an answer. Try this tactic in a ‘fun’ environment and observe how much more information you gather. Then, when it’s time to use this tactic in a negotiation, it will feel like the fit of a hand inside a perfectly sized glove … and everything will be right with the world.

The Negotiation Lessons are …

· When you’re in the midst of a negotiation, sometimes things will become hectic, people will become angered, and they’ll be times when impasses will appear. By applying the strategy of ‘misdirection’, you can alter the other negotiator’s perception, change his opinion, and get the negotiation moving in the right direction. Never overlook the value of this tool.

· The use of ‘misdirections’ in a negotiation can be a very powerful tool. One of the ways to enhance its use is to use it when it’s least expected. Then, build upon the ‘misdirection’ by taking it a step further than what is expected, by misdirecting the negotiation in yet a different direction. If you wish to employ this tactic in an even more demonstrative manner, alter between the two ‘misdirections’ as the other negotiator thinks he’s closing in on settling one of them.

· ‘Misdirections’ in a negotiation can be powerful, but be cautious not to overplay your hand. If used too much, you run the risk of giving the other negotiator the perception that you’re playing games with him. If he senses such intentions, he may become belligerent, ambiguous, and unreceptive to other offers you might make. In essence, you will have created the impasse in the negotiation that you were trying to avoid.

Corporate Event Management – For Conference Presentations and More

Business events can often be stressful and difficult to organise, whether they are small conferences or big corporate events. A corporate event management company will help remove some of the stress involved when putting on these sorts of event. An event management consultant will help you plan the event while also providing advice and recommendations when choosing venues and locations.

When organising a conference or seminar it is important to keep it simple, relevant and interesting. There are many ways you can do this by improving your presentation skills so you can control and keep the attention of your audience or by involving the audience with handouts, demonstrations and tasks. A good corporate events management consultant will be able to guide you through every step from booking the venue, hiring equipment and arranging a schedule to helping run the event on the day itself.

For those of you who are not too confident when it comes to speaking in front of groups of people then presentation skills training might be needed. A good consultant will either be able to provide you with a course in presentation skills training or help you find someone who can. The training will show you how to make the best use of your slide show by sticking to the main points and using prompts to remind you of what to say. Most people take in a higher amount of information through imagery rather than words and you will also learn how to use this to your advantage.

Event management is a vital part of any corporate event and so it is a good idea to hire a company to take care of the management of your event. The amount of time and effort that it takes to organise a corporate event you are better off hiring someone to help with the event management. This will help you create a unique and innovative event on any sized budget.