Money Saving Tips For Christmas Presents

The Christmas season is just around the corner and with it comes joy of giving and receiving gifts. If you have been experiencing some financial difficulties this year, it is best come up with a strategy that can help you save a little on Christmas presents.

You shouldn’t let your financial concerns cloud your holidays, but you also don’t afford not to think about it and pile up a huge amount of debt.

Plan Ahead and Allocate a Fix Budget

The most important aspect that you want to keep in mind when shopping for Christmas gifts is not to leave it on the last minute. It is true that many stores have lots of great offers during Christmas season, but last minute shopping never goes as planned. Think about what you want to buy for your family and friends and adapt those wishes to your financial status.

Best way to do that is to make a lift with all the gifts and allocate them a fixed budget. This will help you stay organized, save time for other activities and most of all save some money.

Homemade Gifts

Homemade gifts are perfect if you need to save money on Christmas shopping; you get the chance to get your loved ones a beautiful and considerate present and also not stress out your budget.

Exchange Gifts

Many families have incorporated this practice into the Christmas traditions; it’s fun and help you save a lot of money. If you choose to go with the “Secret Santa” style, you will only have to buy a gift for one person. Think how good that will be for your budget. Plus, Christmas presents, are not about spending all the money you have; they are about putting some thought into the presents.

Vouchers

You might think that vouchers are not appropriate presents for Christmas but if you are on a tight budget them can be real budget savers.

Online Shopping

One of the best money savings tip, no matter the season, is to do your shopping online. You have a lot more possibilities, and you can compare prices without having to spend the whole day in a crowded shopping mall.

Outlet Mall

Get designer products at low prices; that way you can give your loved ones a beautiful present and not worry about spending all your Christmas budget on just one item.

Get some gifts after Christmas

If you have some family members of friends that you don’t have to see on Christmas Day buy their presents after Christmas. If you go with this approach, consider the strategy early, when planning the gifts and deciding the budget.

Money is always tight during the winter season; expenses are higher than usual, and saving some money on gifts can go a long way in helping you start the New Year debt free. You can always choose to skip giving presents this year but before taking a radical approach, try to come up with a strategy based on the advices above and you will surely be satisfied.

Powerful Negotiation

Negotiation is one of those aspects of life we face on a daily basis. It is essential that a person have powerful negotiation skills, as everything in life requires it. Through great negotiation techniques, you can be very successful in your work, as well as your personal life.

The most important thing is you must understand that negotiation is a skill or a talent. Not everyone has the ability to negotiate; however it is achievable through learning and practice. Everyone should try to become proficient at this skill, to ensure you get the best deal for what it is you require. In order to be a great, successful and powerful negotiator, there are some important tips you need to keep in mind.

When negotiating it important you focus on the particular outcome you want and you must be able to successfully present your argument. At the same time, if money is involved, it is essential that you talk about it before finalizing a deal. Do not be shy and avoid the topic. There should be no surprises at the last minute. Being calm focused and patient while negotiating is very important. You should always keep your emotions away from the discussion. There’s a saying that goes “When emotion is high, intelligence is low”. If you can remain calm, cool and collected, you are more likely to negotiate a successful deal.

Never take the first step when negotiating. If negotiating on a wage rate and someone asks you what rate you are expecting, ideally respond with a question back to them by asking them their budget and what amount they are willing to pay. Believe in what you are asking for. You can choose an amount and not budge, or you can ask for more than the amount you intend on receiving and be willing to negotiate. Do not be arrogant in your conversation but have very good reasons to convince them that they can give you a better offer than the present one.

Be very clear on your bottom line. In order to be a successful negotiator you should be able to give the impression that you may walk away from the deal that is being offered to you, if that is what you are actually willing to do. You must also be ready to offer the other party those things which do not have any impact on your side of the deal or the things you are willing to compromise on. This way, everyone feels they have contributed to the negotiation process and ensures a good relationship between both parties at the end of the conversation.

If you have other options you are looking at, ensure the other party is aware of them, albeit not the specifics.

A successful negotiator should be able to read body language and use it in order to read what the other person is thinking or to send a message to the other party. Body language is of great assistance in assessing when it is time to move to another subject and take a different tack.

These are some important points and tips every successful negotiator should keep in mind and work on. Read books on negotiation, body language and influencing. Negotiation is a skill that can be learned and with practice you will be a far more confident negotiator.

Average Vs Professional Sales Presentations

Research indicates that most salespeople put 80-90% of their time into presenting and demonstrating and leave only 10-20% of their time for other things. Professional salespeople, however, spend only 40% of their time presenting or demonstrating; not more than 10% prospecting; and about 50% of their time qualifying and planning.

Let’s look at these figures one more time. The professionals spend half as much time demonstrating or presenting as the average salesperson does, yet we find that he or she still manages to turn in at least twice the volume. And this is a conservative figure. Actually, the professional brings in between four and ten times as much business as the average salesperson will. It’s not uncommon for a single salesperson to outsell the entire bottom half of the sales force, and keep on doing it month after month, year after year.

So what is it that the true professional does to stand above the rest? By far the greatest difference lies in his or her attention to and ability at planning sales, at selecting and qualifying the right people to sell to, at overcoming objections and closing, and at deserving and obtaining referrals.

So as important as presenting and demonstrating is, if you do it with the wrong people because you didn’t qualify properly, it’s all for nothing. If you’re working with the right people, but you let their objections beat you because you haven’t prepared properly, it’s all for nothing. And if you have no capability in closing, you’re working for nothing. If you can’t close, many sales you could and should make will go to the next competitor who comes along because you built the structure for the sale but couldn’t close the door before he or she got there. You have to be a strong presenter or demonstrator to sell strongly. You also have to qualify strongly, handle objections strongly and close strongly.

There are three things you should cover in your presentation:

1. Tell them what you’re going to tell them. This is your introduction.

2. Tell them what you’re there to tell them. This is your presentation.

3. Tell them what you just told them. This is your summary.

That’s the outline of all successful speeches, presentations and demonstrations. In other words, we use repetition. We don’t say exactly the same thing three times, of course, As outlined above, we begin by introducing our new ideas, then we cover our points in depth and relate them to our future clients’ interests and needs and finally, we draw conclusions from our points and indicate the direction that things should take.

Repetition is the mother of learning, yet average salespeople don’t like repetition. For one thing, they have used their material so many times that it’s stale to them. All too often, average salespeople have gone worse than stale on their presentations and feel it would be better off buried. The professional, on the other hand, never tires of phrases that work, ploys that sell, and ideas that make sense to his or her buyers.

There is no doubt about it, one of the keys to the professional’s greater skill at presenting or demonstrating lies in his or her ability and willingness to use repetition effectively to reinforce every point. He or she doesn’t mind repeating the sales point because he or she knows it leads to repeated sales to the same type of clientele.

So think in terms of tell, tell, tell and remember: Repetition is the seed of selling.