Do You Understand The POINT Of Negotiating?

Although one of the Presidential candidates explains his qualifications, by focusing on his negotiating skills, negotiations are, but one of the many skills, and assets, needed to be a strong and meaningful leader. While everything should be considered, and the best possible deal/ agreement should be sought, this must be done, in proportion to the overall focus and needs of one’s organization! Certain activities, especially those including contracts, agreements, pacts, etc, need quality, effective, negotiating skills and abilities. However, this is both an art and a science, because unless one proceeds in a win – win manner, the agreement rarely works effectively, over time! What is the POINT of any negotiations?

1. Priorities; positions; positive result: Begin the process by clearly identifying, and knowing your goals, needs, and priorities. What things are so – called, deal – busters, and which might be able to be somewhat modified? Do you clearly explain your positions, in an open manner, so you come closer to being on the same – page, with your negotiating adversary? The hoped – for result of the process, should be an overall positive one, which will address what your organization needs!

2. Organized; options; opportunities: Many enter into a discussion so ill – prepared, they take seemingly forever, to get to the crux of the matter! Begin by knowing what you seek, and have an organized game – plan, and/ or approach! Try to conceive of various options and contingencies, so you are well – positioned, and prepared, to take advantage of any potential opportunities. For example, if you are negotiating an event which includes foods, have an open discussion about what reduced the venues costs, and, thus, the savings might be passed on to you!

3. Integrity; intentions; ideas: In one’s zest to win, some take a short – cut with the truth/ facts. The best way to negotiate is by maintaining your absolute integrity, despite the temptations to exaggerate, etc! Are you clear on your intentions, because if you are not, how can you expect the other party, to clearly know what you want and seek? Will you present your ideas, so as to explain your priorities, and seek a meeting of the minds?

4. Needs: Break your wish – list, into wants and needs! Let the needs component, be the driver for the negotiating process!

5. Timely; mutual trust: Having personally negotiate thousands of contracts, agreements, etc, I strongly believe the quality of one’s negotiating, is exponentially enhanced, when there is a high degree of mutual trust and understanding! Don’t get hung – up on the past, but rather seek timely solutions, which will drive a win – win result!

If you hope to be a meaningful leader, you must understand the essence and POINT of negotiations and the negotiating process. Don’t look at this as an adversarial scenario, but rather seek a meeting of the minds, which results in win – win!

Better Wedding Presents With Photo Gift Wrap

People the world over spend countless hours searching for the perfect wedding gifts. While household supplies or cash are the most common gifts given to any bride and groom – the difficulty lies in trying to make YOUR present STAND OUT. The old saying “we eat with our eyes first” also rings true with gift giving.

Gift wrap is an often overlooked accessory of wedding presents. Thoughtful wrapping paper can make any couple forget that you just gave them a fourth set of silverware.

Photo wrapping paper solves many of the issues plaguing gift giving in the modern day. It shows thought, originality, and will be remembered for years to come.

Here’s how you can transform any gifts for your next wedding celebration.

1) Know the bride and groom. With many different styles and designs to choose from, you want to make sure that the couple is correctly represented. Find a wrap that reflects the personality of the bride and groom.

2) Decide the number of pictures you wish to use. You can upload a single picture repeated, multiple pictures, or no picture at all. Most photo wrapping paper styles are designed to accommodate one of these options. Once again, depending on the recipient, one style may be more appropriate.

3) Set the mood. Is this wrap going to make them laugh? Cry? Reminisce? Or will they say AWWW? It can be hard to choose, so making multiple designs for each gift is not a bad idea (* if you are giving more than one).

4) Pick out the perfect images of the couple to use on your gift wrap. Facebook is a great place to start looking. Flickr accounts work well too. If all else fails, contact a friend or family member of the couple to ask for help. Picking the right picture is one of the most important steps in making memorable photo gift wrap.

5) Create a list of all people you would like to give photo gift wrap to. If you have a friend or family member with a birthday, graduation, or another wedding coming up – make and order all your rolls in one shot. This should save you additional shipping costs and may also make the price per roll cheaper. (* this step is optional)

6) Find your wrap! You can visit a local printer or search online. (*Tip – birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a number of other categories often contain styles that can be personalized into wonderful wedding paper. Try not to limit yourself!)

7) Present your gifts to the happy and couple and be prepared for the following: Where did you get this? How did you do this? Why are you so smart, thoughtful, and perfect!?

8) Treat yourself with a massage for thinking of such a good idea – enjoy the festivities!

Top Tips For Presenting Data Visualizations

So you have played around with your data, made some key discoveries that are going to revolutionize your company and now need to persuade others to join your enlightened brigade. The key is turning your analysis into an effective and persuasive presentation.

Here are some tips for showing your data visualizations to the world:

Planing

  • Decide whether you are going to start with a conclusion and then explain (deductive approach) or build the story through to the conclusion (inductive approach). Think about your visualizations only once you know you want to present them
  • Write out the point of each visualization slide before designing it
  • For each conclusion from your analysis, try several different visualizations before deciding on the best one to display your data
  • If your conclusion is particularly contentious draw it from multiple visualizations building the story as you go, rather than attempting one super slide to explain everything

Visualizing

  • Make sure your choice is highlighting not exaggerating the trend you are showing
  • Love simplicity. We offer loads of advanced visualizations, useful for all sorts of occasions, but the originals done well often work best
  • Make sure all of the data visualizations presented are key to getting your point across
  • Be consistent with your coloring/labeling all the way through
  • Always show comparisons, not absolutes
  • Correlation and causality are not the same (this one slips through too often)!

General principles

  • It is better to be content rich than design rich
  • Don’t make your audience work hard to learn your system – stick to systems they know or link it to something they have seen before
  • Get someone else who has never seen the data before to interpret each graph in 10 seconds
  • Know the weakness of your data and of each graph type and be ready to defend your choices, assumptions and conclusions
  • Be able to show why omitted data is not in the presentation
  • Make sure it’s worth telling people about – without an interesting story, no amount of data is going to turn heads

Remember, if you are presenting directly from Bime you can navigate between full-screen visualizations in a dashboard using the arrows on the top right of the screen. You can also filter and manipulate the data on the fly, edit the colors or settings or even change visualization type to make a point during your presentation.