Crystal and Glass Are Now Very Popular With Corporate Awards Presentations

By far the most popular awards with companies and other associations looking for prestigious awards at their award ceremonies are quality crystal trophies, claret jugs, and other crystal items. Crystal really seems to have taken over from other awards. A good reason for this is because a lot of the awards presented have enough room for good quality engravings. These engravings often contain artwork of various types like company logos and appropriate pictures with reference to the particular award category.

Why has crystal become so popular at company presentations? It cannot just be because of the engraving potential. Something that struck me at the last event I was at where crystal awards were being presented was how good the crystal and glass reflected the stage lighting shining on them. Glistening like a table full of fallen stars, the sight was breath taking, and must have been exciting for the winning recipients as they walked up to the stage to collect their trophy. Yes the artwork was good, but there was something about the crystal decanters and claret jugs that oozed class and quality. People were genuinely impressed at how good they looked, both the people winning them and those at their tables who were not so lucky that night in picking up any awards themselves.

Pewter and silver plated tankards and salvers still look good, don’t get me wrong. But even at golf club events where tankards and salvers were the staple award for presentations, crystal trophies, and indeed crystal tankards are now becoming more dominant out of all the awards presented. It could just be a phase, or a fashion. Maybe it will slowly become less popular, and once again the various metal awards will become more fashionable.

A golf club manager explained to me once as I drank in the bar after playing eighteen holes with my business partner that crystal trophies usually comes boxed in presentation cases and have a charm and presence not found in many metal and resin awards. He told me how golf clubs had moved more towards crystal to upkeep the image of high quality at their awards evenings and competition days. I suppose when other clubs are awarding a particular type of trophy or award, it doesn’t take long for most to follow suit. No golf club wants to be seen as offering inferior awards at their functions.

Will new materials take over from the current trend of crystal and glass? Most alternatives, like gold, silver and platinum are far too expensive to be presented in large amounts at a presentation evening or sporting function. I personally think that crystal and glass will lead the way for a long time. Many products are now cheap enough for football & rugby clubs now, and many associations look to present crystal awards instead of the traditional metal and resin ones. I suppose we will have to wait and see if things change back to the traditional resin and metal items. I am quite happy if they don’t.

What Is The Most Essential Element In Economic Progress?

It is not natural resources, though they are important. It is not financial capital, though it is necessary. The most essential element in economic progress is human capital.

Human capital is the knowledge and skills that people have. It includes both the formal education that people have and the on-the-job training that they receive. Economic development depends on the ability of people to use their human capital to create new businesses, products, and services.

The most important factor in economic development is the ability of people to learn and innovate. This means that countries need to invest in their people by providing them with good schools and health care, and by encouraging them to participate in the economy. When people have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills, they can contribute to economic growth.

The most essential component of economic developmentis human capital. It is critical for nations to invest in their people by offering them excellent schools and health care, as well as encouraging them to take part in the economy. When individuals are given the opportunity to learn and develop their talents, they can generate economic growth.

Here are a few ways to attract talent to your city or region:

Offer a quality of life that is attractive to young professionals, such as strong arts and culture scene, good restaurants, and lively nightlife.
Provide an environment that is conducive to creativity and innovation, such as a diverse population and a high level of education.
Promote a healthy work/life balance, such as flexible work hours and ample vacation time.
Offer a variety of jobs in different industries, so that people can find a career that they are passionate about.
Make it easy for people to move to your city or region, by providing good transportation and affordable housing.

What can we do to enhance economic development?

One of the most important things we can do to enhance economic development is to invest in our people. This entails providing excellent schools and medical care, as well as encouraging them to engage in the market. People may contribute to economic development when they have access to learn and develop their talent attraction abilities.

In addition, we can create an environment that is conducive to creativity and innovation. This includes having a diverse population and a high level of education. We can also promote a healthy work/life balance, such as flexible work hours and ample vacation time.

Last but not least, we can make it easy for people to move to our city or region. This includes providing good transportation and affordable housing. By doing these things, we can attract the best and brightest talent to our area and help stimulate economic growth.

Factors that Influence Economic Development and Growth:

In order to understand the most important factors that influence economic development and growth, we first need to define what these terms mean.

Economic development is a process that leads to an increase in the standard of living of a country or region. It is measured by the amount of economic output (GDP) per person. Economic growth is an increase in the size of the economy, usually measured by the rate of GDP growth per year.

There are many factors that can influence economic development and growth, both at the national and regional levels.

National vs. Regional Factors:

There are also some factors that are specific to either national or regional levels. At the national level, some of the most important factors include the level of economic development, the level of education, the amount of investment, and the quality of the infrastructure. At the regional level, some of the most important factors include the level of innovation and creativity, the amount of investment, and the quality of the business environment.

It’s worth noting that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive. A country or region can have high levels of economic development, but low levels of innovation and creativity. Or, a country or region can have high levels of innovation and creativity, but low levels of economic development. The important thing is that these factors need to be taken into account when trying to understand the dynamics of economic development and growth.

How soft power can help with economic development:

One way soft power can help with economic development is by attracting talented people to a region. When people are attracted to a region, they are more likely to invest in the economy and create jobs. They are also more likely to start businesses and contribute to the innovation and creativity of the region.

In conclusion, there are many factors that influence economic development and growth. It is important to understand these factors and how they interact with each other in order to create a conducive environment for economic growth.

The Benefits of Having Good Negotiation Skills

If you’re interested in the benefits of possessing good negotiation skills chances are you are a business person, seeking to improve your skills, a timid person, fed up with being at the bottom of the food chain, or the type of person who just likes learning new things.

Few people actually realize negotiating is nearly an every day part of life, the only thing which defines negotiation from “cutting a deal” is the perceived importance to the affected parties.

What exactly are good negotiation skills? We’ll explore this question in a manner a little more serious than negotiating “You can go out Friday night if you mow the yard”.

A good negotiator must be intelligent, which doesn’t mean you’re of Einstein IQ, sometimes just the opposite is true. A person must be intelligent enough to realize they are either ignorant of the subject, which is nothing to be ashamed about, nobody knows it all except a fool, or their knowledge is dwarfed by their opponent. One must be willing to research and perform his due diligence in order to understand the subject and be able to intelligently understand and converse about opponent’s proposals.

In order to become a good negotiator one must not only understand human emotions and behavior, but be able to perceive what emotion the opponent is experiencing, when they’re experiencing it and why. In theory negotiations should always be void of emotions, the “can’t take it personal” attitude, should always rule. However, who is negotiating; humans and humans have emotions, which some can control or hide better than others, but still experience. By analyzing your opponent, which a sharp negoiator will have a plan in place to extract reactions to certain questions or situations, you will be able to put yourself in your opponent’s place which could grant you insight to his motives and how to address them.

A great negotiator will maintain a reputation of being honest and fair, which doesn’t mean weak. Many inexperienced or arrogant people placed in the position of negotiating a matter or contract will maintain a staunch position of wanting everything their way, from all their demands to the temperature the air conditioner is set, which only creates an adversarial and confrontational atmosphere. Simple issues will become mammoth obstacles and it quickly becomes a “I’ll take my ball and go home” situation where everyone digs their heels in and refuses to bend.

The great negotiator will understand to arrive at a position both parties can live with, he must ultimately present a win – win situation and he’ll do everything in his power to prevent a confrontational atmosphere from being created.

I was once involved in a set of contract talks where the situation had become stalemated. The ground rules were any request for a recess had to be made onan alternating basis, in other words if the company was granted a recess they could not request another one until the union had used one.

I was taken off guard when the union chief negotiator suddenly requested an unexpected recess, then we just sat at the table doing nothing. When the company human resource manager returned to the table the union spokesman asked if he was alright. The man looked surprised and nodded his head yes. The union spokesman replied “Good, I could tell you weren’t feeling well so I called a recess.”

“I ate something bad at lunch,” the man replied. From that point on, because one negotiator displayed a human concern for the others well being over the importance of the contract talks, the logger head was broken and negotiations were quickly resolved.