Great New Ideas For Special Touches On Holiday Presents

As anyone who knows me can attest, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I begin shopping for gifts on December 26, scooping up bargains throughout the months. By late summer, everything on the gift list has been purchased, allowing me to relax. Some of my best Christmas ideas have come to me while out cruising the mall looking for that perfect gift.

Many of us have more products than we know what to do with, making it difficult to create a wish list. Homemade gifts are often more used and cherished than those purchased in a store so I make gifts for people I know best. I make soap in cute shapes for the children in the family, baked treats for grandma and grandpa, and beautiful ornaments for my aunt who seems to have everything.

Wrapping often makes even the most basic present more elegant. All of my packages feature tissue paper with designer patterns and ribbons with custom messages. Recipients love the cute messages I get inscribed on the ribbon and they often save the decoration to reuse the following year. When I organize the work holiday party, I wrap favors in boxes with our corporate imprint. Everyone is always impressed by the quality of the container and imprinted logo.

Holiday parties are always a fun time and I learned that activities sometimes make the event more fun. When it is my turn to hold the holiday festivities, I bake a gingerbread house and let everyone decorate it with candy canes, gumdrops, and frosting. Decorating the Christmas tree is another event that guests enjoy and since we have our holiday dinner on Christmas Eve, the ceremony is particularly meaningful. Guests string the lights, outfit the tree with my ornaments, and delight when the tree is lit.

Though I do not claim to be a creative genius, I have learned to make my own Christmas wreaths and garland and often sell these at local school or charity fairs. People seem to love the different styles and colors, purchasing several items to give as gifts. If they realized how easy these were to make, they might think twice about buying from me!

One idea I plan to implement this coming year is a neighborhood decorating contest. We live near the town center so it should not be difficult to get some retailers to donate prizes. Everyone already seems eager to participate and our neighborhood will look so fabulous that this event should become a tradition.

NatLA Global – Groups to Contact for Presentation Opportunities and Leads

NatLA (Natural Life Advantage) is an innovative direct sales company out of Dallas, Texas, with health and wellness products for the consumer. NatLA’s products include weight loss, balanced nutrition, energy, detoxification, immune and sexual performance supplements that contain all natural ingredients. They are sold through a network of independent advisers.

With so much focus on natural health products, this company offers solutions for which consumers are searching. You may be someone who takes supplements along with your food for optimum health. If you are, you probably have a lot of personal information that you would like to share with others. Of course, you receive training from NatLA about their particular products, but having an interest in natural health supplements makes this business not only lucrative but interesting as well.

One of the biggest challenges for distributors in direct marketing companies is finding enough people willing to host an event. Most people are not comfortable with having guests in their homes even though they’ll invite only family, co-workers and friends. They’ll come up with all kinds of excuses such as their home isn’t big enough or clean enough or decorated. Women are especially sensitive in this area.

If you approach groups of people in clubs and organizations, the burden of hosting a party isn’t placed on one person. You’ll be conducting a workshop as a guest speaker. You may even present your products as a fundraiser for the organization that will receive a percentage of the sales.

The following is a list of groups that you can approach for an opportunity to present your products and find leads who may be interested in starting a home based business.

-Church and religious groups
-Community clubs such as the Lions, Rotarians, fraternal lodges and women’s groups.
-Self-improvement groups such as Toastmasters
-Local business groups such as Chamber of Commerce
-Homeowner associations need good speakers and presentations
-Political groups such as Young Democrats and Young Republicans
-Health-related groups
-Sports clubs
-Travel clubs
-Singles
-Senior citizens
-Insurance agents
-Real estate agents associations
-School and daycare organizations

There are three advantages to arranging a club or organizational group presentation:

1) Your products and business opportunity are presented to a larger audience. The more people who hear what you have to say about your products and business, the more opportunities you have for sales and leads.

2) You may find people who are willing to have a presentation in their homes in exchange for free products. Just as there are people who are unwilling to have guests for one reason or another, there are others who love entertaining and will be glad to host an event.

3) You’ll have a greater opportunity to teach others about taking supplements for good health.

How To Present Your Sales Proposal Like a Professional

Learn how to present your sales proposal like a pro. Here are 9 tactics that the best sales professionals in the world commonly use while presenting their sales proposals.

Know Your Audience
Your presentation should speak specifically to the industry, company and personal needs and interests of your client. Research your prospect before you present. Remember what makes them unique, learn their mission statement and values. Learn their products and services and how your solution helps them specifically.

Personalize Your Presentation
Recognize your audience by their first name. It personalizes the meeting which with all else equal, will improve your chances of winning the business. Learn about their positions in the company and who you are talking to. Always make eye contact throughout your presentation.

Set the Pace
People have a limited attention span. You must set the pace and keep your audience intrigued by presenting the critical information they are seeking. If you must present other information that is not critical, try creating a video or a PowerPoint to make it more interesting. This can help to hold your audience’s attention until you transition to your next critical key point.

State the Objective
Clearly state what the objective of your proposal is at the beginning of your presentation. Review the objective in the middle of your presentation after key points to reinforce the purpose of your key points. Finally, review your objective while concluding your presentation. Tell them, tell them what you told them and then remind them again.

Elicit Participation
It is a good idea to get people involved when they are deciding whether or not they are going to invest with you. This can help them learn more about your product, service, and company, which will build trust and confidence behind the decision to move forward with your proposal.

  • Ask questions
  • Invite them to ask their own questions
  • Ask them to relate to a scenario
  • Ask them to recall something
  • Ask their opinion
  • Ask their approval

Present Value
When people see value in a product, they are likely to purchase. Do not assume your audience sees the value, they don’t! Your proposal and presentation should show the client why this is important for them, what they will gain, what advantage this gives them and/or how revenue will increase or costs will decrease. A statement of value should be placed carefully throughout your presentation, at the beginning, before or after every key point and at the end.

Be Real
A genuinely caring attitude is the most important thing you can bring to a presentation. You must care about and pay attention to the people you are presenting to. Always be honest. A prospect will respect your honesty and feel more comfortable doing business with you even if the a piece of information you give them is not in their best interest. If you have prepared properly, you will have plenty of information that is in their best interest and disclosing information that is not will build the trust that is key to cultivating a relationship and making a sale.

Thank You!
Do not forget to thank your audience for their time, participation and consideration. You should thank them at the beginning of your presentation and at the end of your presentation.

Follow Up
Ask them when an appropriate time is for you to follow up. By doing this, you can take the guess work out of it. When you know they answer, you will know you are following up at the right time. You will not have to worry if you are following up too soon and being seen as pushy or anxious or too late and perhaps losing the business to someone else.