Presenting This Christmas’ Hottest Toys

Ladies and gentlemen, please take your places as the show is about to begin. This Christmas’ hottest toys will be walking the ramp in a few seconds and it is for you to judge if they as hot as you would expect them to be. Please make way for…

Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set

This unassuming cute beauty will have kids drooling over hearing the realistic “crunch” as they slice their way through the brightly-colored, solid-wood food sets. Smooth-sanded pieces and great craftsmanship make these sets the stuff kids will enjoy again and again!

With a colorful likenesses of meaty cold cuts, garden vegetables and fresh bread, the pieces thoughtfully come with Velcro inserts, so keeping the sandwiches together is no problem. Thank goodness!

Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera

From the kitchen to the gizmo contestant. Presenting the 0.3 mega pixel camera in sparkling pink! It comes with a built-in photo editor and 2 games with 64MB of built-in memory to store 400+ photos! Its built-in photo editor can add 12 silly frames and stamps and a couple of kaleidoscope effects. With photos and photo editing all in one, your kids can have twice the fun. Additionally you can link up to the TV or computer to view and edit photos or watch videos. In-built games can be played on-the-move or via a TV. Adored by 3 year olds and above.

Nerf N-Strike Maverick

And finally the challenger comes from the incredibly cool Maverick blaster… a six-dart barrel and flip-open rapid launching N-Strike! Like the gun toted by the cowboy hero with whom it shares its name, the Maverick is a six-shooter with a rotating barrel, a pullback mechanism and an auto-advancing barrel.

Visually the Maverick could fool you. It’s intimidatingly large and gives the impression that a child would have difficulty lifting it, but the plastic is lightweight, and can be handled by boys of all ages. The Maverick is actually among the smaller Nerf dart guns currently in production and despite the apparent complexity of its design, operation is limited to a quick and simple load, cock, and fire.

The sound of fire is like a muted air-gun (even though it doesn’t have a spring mechanism) and the dart shoots out remarkably fast for a dart gun. While it is powerful enough for big-yard outdoor play, the darts themselves are of a harmless suction-cup-on-foam design. And while that is good, what’s better is their vibrant day-glo orange color which makes them easy to pick out from grass or behind furniture.

“Negotiator – Do You Know How To Be More Powerful?” – Negotiation Tip of the Week

“The patient fussed with her fur coat as she sauntered up to the doctor’s receptionist. “I have an appointment in 15 minutes with the doctor. Is she on time to see her special patients today?” The receptionist replied with a taunt to her tone, “The doctor’s patients are all special to her. She’ll see you soon.” With that, the receptionist left her station and engaged in other activities.

Are you aware that you can be perceived as more powerful by the way you present yourself? Do you know how to be more powerful as a negotiator? Continue reading and you’ll discover how to enhance your power in your negotiations.

Display of Empathy:

In the story above, the patient ‘sauntered’ into the doctor’s office, fussing with her fur coat and positioned herself as the doctor’s special patient. She projected an image of someone that was self-absorbed. Had she taken the time to observe the receptionist’s activities, commented about them and conveyed a pleasantry, the patient would have been displaying empathy. In doing so, she would have enhanced her power. Instead, she diluted it.

The display of empathy towards another’s plight is one way to bond with that individual. It also says subliminally that you’re not just concerned about yourself. You recognize the other person for what they’re dealing with.

Never discount the value or role that empathy plays in any interaction. It humanizes you while strengthening the emotional ties between people. And that enhances power.

Your Persona:

I’m the king. Bow down to me – Not! When you project an image of self-aggrandizement, some people will rebuff you. They’ll be appalled at the perception you have of yourself, which will cause them to become rigid to your request. While such a persona may work favorably with some people, over time, they too will become tired of it. Then, they will seek ways to avoid or demean you.

Your persona changes over the course of your life. Always attempt to align it with how you’d like to be perceived. During a negotiation, you can dilute a powerful position simply because your persona rubs someone the wrong way.

Demeanor When Rebuffed:

When you’re rebuffed, how do you feel? I’m sure your answer is dependent on who the person is, what the subject matter was, and where it occurred. Just as your answer depends on those variables, so it does with those you engage with.

To possess more power, limit its display to environments where it’s less likely challenged (e.g. boss vs. subordinate, etc.). In addition, if you know you’ll be in an unfriendly environment, have retorts ready that will subdue the subject of the rebuff. Just make sure you don’t escalate the situation and cause yourself distress.

Some of the reasons people are perceived as more or less powerful are mentioned above. There are more reasons but let those be a starting point. To enhance your negotiation efforts and outcomes, always be mindful of how you’re perceived. To the degree it fits the negotiation, align your perceived power based on the person you’re negotiating with. If it’s not perceived as being threatening or overbearing and that’s what you’re striving to achieve, you will have aligned the perception of your power successfully. That will make you appear to be more powerful… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

Golf Cart – Past Present and Future

Golf, a poplar sport played by many people around the world. Golf over the years has taken off and is now a popular sport for all. Although golf is very much about the game, it is also about how you present yourself on the golf course, what you wear, how you act and what you say. Golfers such as John Daly and Ian Poulter have really brought fashion to the golf course and highlighted what is means to look good (and different) on the course.

The golf buggy was first introduced in the 1950s to ease the burden of carrying heaving golf equipment around miles of the golf course.The first golf buggies were battery powered, with petrol powered ones introduced in the 1970s. Golf vehicles can vary in size from 2 seaters up to 6 seater. Generally speaking, they travel under 15 miles per hour. Like golf apparel, golf vehicles are now an essential item for the serious golfer. Golf carts have morphed into a fashion statement, and a reflection of your status and wealth. Long gone are the days of the humble two seater battery powered golf caddy, used to transport your clubs and balls. Let the battle of the golf cart begin…

You can pay anything up £10,000 for a golf cart, although the average spend is closer to £2,000. As with most things, there is, of course, the extreme; A $62,000 (£39,365) golf cart – the Garia LSV. Not for the everyday golf player, the Garia LSV is equipped with seatbelts, side mirrors, hydraulic brakes and an electric motor which is capable speeds up to 25 mph. This luxury golf cart has all the safety features necessary to allow it to be classified as a roadworthy low-speed vehicle. The LSV can also be equipped with such amenities as hand-stitched seats, digital instrumentation layout, a stereo and a dashboard refrigerator, dependent on personal taste. (most-expensive.net). The LSV is not something which many of us will be able to afford, but it certainly is the Tiger Woods of golf carts.

As well as extremities in price, the look of a golf vehicle can be altered or ‘souped up’ to reflect the owners personality just like any other vehicle. The customer can specify individual colours and finishes and add ons. There’s also the possibility of adding some low-profile wheels and tyres. The only limitation is your budget.

It is clear to see that, golf clothes are no longer the only outlet for showing your personality and flare on the golf course. (Although I don’t think anyone will ever forget those Union Jack trousers worn by Ian Poulter at the 2004 British Open). Golf carts are becoming more of a fashion statement and less of a golfing aid.