How to perfectly roast a Thanksgiving turkey?

Whether you are dining in at home with family and friends, or going out for a meal for Thanksgiving, roast turkey is certainly the staple of the day. So how can you make the perfect roast turkey that would be the envy of all your dinner guests?

If you are going out for a meal, then it would no doubt be cooked by a professional chef, decked out in his or her fancy chef coat and apron (chefs prefer to wear hardy denim aprons for tasks such as these!), but how can you get the same taste and effect at home? Here are some tips from professional chefs on how to perfectly roast your Thanksgiving turkey.

The perfect turkey should be both well roasted, flavorsome and juicy as well, as well as being extremely aromatic., after all, it is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner table, right?

One piece of advice given by professional chefs is to plan out your cooking process early on, because you don’t want to overcook your bird as that would dry it out. Don’t forget to let it sufficiently thaw before you start your preparations, and this thawing time will need to be added to your timing for roasting the turkey.

A frozen store-bought turkey does not need brining, as it would simply be a waste of time, all you need to do is take it out of the packaging and dry it with some paper towels. Never wash a turkey or chicken because it causes contamination. Once your turkey is dry, rub seasoning and herb-butter all over it, so that the skin becomes nice and brown. Don’t forget that you should never cook the stuffing inside the turkey, but make it separately and then stuff the bird.

The bird should be kept on a low heat in the oven for approximately 5 hours, and you can keep checking it with a thermometer to see if it is cooked through. Once completely done, let it rest before serving.

Ten Major Causes of Powerless Presentations, According To Your Strategic Thinking Business Coach

Every day in the business world there are millions of presentations made. Unfortunately too many of those presentations are “powerless.” In fact, we may even be so bold as to say a majority of those presentations are “powerless” due to one or more of ten major causes. In the opinion of Your Strategic Thinking Business Coach, the major causes of “powerless” ineffective and non-persuasive presentations are:

1. The presentation has no clear focused point. The point of the presentation is obviously “missing in action.”

2. The presentation lacks a logical and clear flow of ideas and the audience becomes lost, confused and unable to follow what is being presented.

3. The presentation is so detailed, fact filled and so overcrowded with technical terms that the meaning of the presentation is lost in what has become known as a “data dump,” which is an excessive and meaningless recital of data without a purpose or a plan.

4. The presentation is too long and not sensitive to the audience’s span of attention.

5. The presentation totally fails to indicate and convince the audience of some benefit from what is being presented. It fails to tell the audience what is in it for each of them and how they will benefit from what is presented.

6. The presentation is void of enthusiasm and persuasion. There is no call to action for the audience.

7. The technology with all the bells and whistles used in the presentation overshadows and overwhelms the content of the presentation.

8. The presentation totally ignores the needs of the audience. There is no consideration for what are the interests of the audience, what do they care about, what problems do they have, what frustrations they have, etc.

9. The presentation focuses on features rather than benefits.

10. The presentation environment has serious flaws related to the technical equipment, sound system, projection screen, lighting, timing, and the attire of the presenter.

Ten Major Causes of Powerless Presentations, According To Your Strategic Thinking Business Coach
By: J. Glenn Ebersole, Jr., Chief Executive of J. G. Ebersole Associates and The Renaissance Group (TM)

Learn to Negotiate

People negotiate everyday. The art of negotiating is part of life. People start negotiating since they are small. Every decision taken as long as some else is involved is a negotiation. People negotiate because they need something, so it is important to learn how to negotiate properly and how not to get the other person upset. In the business world the difference between winning and losing has to do with the way business people negotiate.

Negotiating is placing a request not a demand. When business people demand something they might get it at that moment, but it will certainly come back with an unreasonable demand from the other party. Learn to request and you will notice how your negotiating skills improve.

Negotiating is learning to listen. Businessmen have to attempt to understand the other party and find out what they need and what their expectations are. When negotiating listen and do not interrupt, and most important understand what is being said. Telling people what to do will eventually have a payback: people will do what ever they want and not listen to you as well.

Before negotiating it is very important that you understand what you need. If you do not understand your needs you cannot request others to do something. When you understand what you need and not what you want, you will certainly have an advantage for you in the negotiating process.

Do start negotiating if you are angry. When you are angry you loose. When you are angry you might not even know what you need, so it is very unlikely that your needs will be met. Anger reduces your ability to think clearly and your reasoning skills.

As mentioned before it is important to listen. When you listen properly you will understand the needs of the other party. When you understand your needs and the needs of the other party then you have a huge advantage in the negotiating process.

During the negotiation it is important to be calm, show interest and show empathy. Be prepare to ask question, when you do you will in turn receive answers and will better understand the issues involved.

Place yourself in the chair of the other person. When you do so you will better understand what is going on, you will ask the right questions and most important you will get their cooperation.

Be interested in the person and in their concerns. When you are really interested it is easier to listen, you will understand them better and in turn will come out with an effective negotiation.

It is very easy and simple to negotiate, as long as you make a conscious effort and follow the points mentioned above you will be able to fulfill your needs and come ahead in the process.