Top Three Xmas Present Ideas for Boys

The problem is with so many toys for boys out there, what do boys really want for Christmas?

Don’t worry we’re here to make your job of finding the ideal Xmas present just that little bit easier. We’ve done extensive research and are pleased to present to you the Top three Xmas present ideas for boys.

1) At the moment Toy story toys are a massive hit with children, mainly because of the release of the Toy story 3 movie earlier this year. The hottest toy to look out for based on the movie is the Jet Pack Buzz Light year action figure and we are not exaggerating in no small way here but we think around late November going on to December it’s going to be very hard to find this toy in stock from the biggest UK retailers. If your child has watched the movie and liked it then this just might be the perfect Xmas present.

2) The Bakugan Maxus Dragonoid comes in second on our Xmas present ideas for boys list and has to be one of the coolest toys around at the moment. Just hearing the name tells you this toy is going to be awesome. The Bakugan Maxus is basically seven miniature battle Bakugan robots which can all be attached together to make one bigger more powerful Bakugan robot know as Maxus Dragonoid. Confused? Don’t worry all you need to know is that this is extremely popular amongst boys and he’ll absolutely love this as a Xmas present.

3) Third but not least we feel the Ben 10 Mark 10 car will be a massive hit this Christmas and for parents that have little boys that watch Ben 10 you’ll know how much they enjoy the programme. When you make a toy car based on a massively popular kids TV show and give it cool features like the ability to transform into different vehicles such as an air craft then you know you’ve got a winner and looking at early sales of the Mark 10 car we can tell it will make an ideal Xmas present for many little boys.

What Presenters Can Learn From Coaching

A major problem I see with a lot of business presentations is that they seem to be more geared to the needs of the presenter (or the organisation) than to the needs of the audience.

This is one reason why so many presentations can appear irrelevant or uninteresting, even when delivered by very capable speakers. (This is also a reason why more presentation skills courses should pay some attention to content and not focus entirely on delivery, but that’s another topic).

I’m coming to think that many presenters could learn a thing or two from the world of coaching.

Broadly speaking, coaching has the following characteristics:

  • it focuses on the person receiving the coaching, not on the coach
  • it focuses on a specific need
  • it leads towards action
  • it is based on a dialogue
  • it builds on the existing knowledge and experience of the person being coached
  • information is fed in, if needed, only after exploring what the person needs
  • the coach is seen, not as a subject specialist, but as someone with skills in helping others to learn and to bring about change
  • the coach is not seen as the one with all the knowledge or all the answers

Contrast this with a lot of presentations that take place. Many of these:

  • are very heavy on content and concerned mainly with passing on information
  • are not focused on helping people meet a specific need
  • place the emphasis on the presenter transferring his or her knowledge to the audience
  • are a monologue delivered by the presenter rather than an interactive discussion

In general, presentations tend to be much more content – driven. In fact, it’s quite possible (although it’s not the best idea) to put together a presentation on any given topic without reference to a specific audience at all – and, in my experience, this often happens. Someone prepares a presentation, on the assumption that someone will find it useful, then looks for an audience to deliver it to.

Now, I’m not suggesting that all presenters should become coaches. Presentations have a different function and, of course, they are delivered to groups of people rather than individuals. But presenters could at least take some of the effective aspects of coaching to make their talks more focused and useful.

At the very least, following a coaching model would help to make sure that a presentation was designed to meet a real need and it would help the presenter in choosing the most relevant content.

For example, many coaches follow the GROW model, created by Sir John Whitmore. This is based on four stages, which can be thought of as four basic questions:

G – Goals: what do you want to achieve?

R – Reality: what are you doing now? How well is that working?

O – Options: what other approaches could you try?

W – Way forward: what are you going to do now?

If presenters asked these questions about their prospective audiences before preparing their talks:

  • they would begin from the needs of the people they are speaking to
  • they could be more certain that what they say is relevant and
  • they could include content which is not there for its own sake but because it helps people to achieve a goal they are striving for.

And, in the end, if you’re not helping people to achieve something, why are you giving your presentation at all?

How to Put Together a Presentation Pack

1. Keep Notes Short & Sweet

How many times have you been at work and read something three times before it sunk in? With so many distractions, it’s important to get straight to the point and just give the critical details about your business. You may have done this exercise before, but the ‘lift speech’ is a great way to ensure you cut the fluff from your notes. Create a short summary to quickly and simply define what you’re trying to say.

2. Make Your Information Accessible

These days, the office is the car, the coffee shop, the kitchen table – thanks to Tablet computers and Smartphones, it can be anywhere. You therefore need to make sure that your information can be accessed anywhere. Gone are the floppy disk days, get your presentation slides on a CD, a USB flashdrive – even add it to a website so it is truly portable – just make sure you have that web address printed on a business card or postcard so it doesn’t get lost.

3. Get To The Point

KISS – keep it simple stupid. It’s one of the most basic lessons you were taught at university, but is so often forgotten (maybe you had a killer hangover that day?). Think about it, how many times have you sat at your desk, twiddling your thumbs with nothing to do and thought “I wish I had mounds of information about a company to wade through.” Never. We all have a lot to cram into those 40+ hours a week, so if you want to stand any chance of being heard – just include the key information. Use bullet points, short notes, whatever it takes to get your point across in a pint-sized, easily digestible way.

4. Add the Wow Factor

You’re not the first person to create a presentation pack and you won’t be the last, so how do you make your guests gasp with glee when they see your work? Personalisation, style and creativity are the difference between you maintaining pride of place on a desk, and falling to the back of a dusty filing cabinet. The best way to achieve this is to invest in some great quality leather conference folders. Genuine leather folders are an impressive touch when trying to win over a client. They are durable, long lasting and usable, unlike some other gimmicky promotional items. Clients will use them year after year thanks to the high quality of our leather conference folders, with waterproof items handy for wiping of dirt and spills for years to come. Personalise your leather folder with the company brand name, and add a splash of colour for an extra special touch.

5. Bring Everything Together

So you have your company notes, your USB, your CD, your pens and business card – now what? Well this is where your leather business folder comes into its own. It’s not just designed to be a luxury gift for your client, the handy zipped pockets, ring binders and compartments inside allow you to store all of your information in the correct places, so it looks neat, tidy and well thought out. Your client will be impressed by the attention to detail and level of care that has gone into creating your leather folder. They’ll also thank you for organizing your information into an easy to use format, so they can quickly find what they are looking for.

So the next time you are presenting at a conference or pitching for business, invest in some stunning leather conference folders to deliver your information in a professional and organised fashion. Your leather folder will be around for years to come, acting as a constant reminder of your business.