5 Best Christmas Presents For Your Teen

6 Nov

Christmas is a season for all to be merry and joyfully share our heartfelt affection. With great ardor, we all love to show our love and respect in the form of presents. As the countdown for this season of never-ending joy begins, people start rushing to stores to buy their desired products. Gladly, the internet has become the ultimate marketplace to buy any sort of present. It gives you a variety of options to choose from at any price – that comes under your budget.

Surprising Your Teen This Christmas

Everything seems to be going according to plan, but now that your kid has become a teen, choosing the perfect present can be a problem. We all have been at the stage where teens are always nagging about everything – especially Christmas presents. It’s one of those things they’ve been waiting for all year long. What is the point in giving your teen the present he/she doesn’t adore? You can easily avoid that grumpy feeling if you gift your teen something better than he/she has on their wish list.

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Let’s turn the tables this Christmas and make this one your kid’s best. Here’s the list of top 5 best Christmas presents for your teen, for which your kid would want to return the love.

1. Hoverboards and Self-Balancing Scooters

This new technological gadget tops the list with its exciting features and the fun it guarantees to kids and adults alike. You can consider it an advanced form of the skateboard, only with safety measures intact. Moreover, hoverboards are considered a must-have for every cool teenager these days. What makes you think your kid wouldn’t want one too?

2. A Smartphone Lens Kit

Teens nowadays are obsessed with selfies and social media. There’s one thing they complain about – bad quality photos. They can’t nag anymore if you get them a smartphone lens kit to enhance their photo quality and become a social media sensation.

3. Wireless Bluetooth Headset

One of the naggings of teenagers is about their earphones always twisting and tangling in their pockets. You can free them of this hassle. How? Just get them one of those nice and stylish wireless Bluetooth headsets. Not only do they look cool, but are best suited for a teenager’s need.

4. A Doodle Book

If your teen likes doodling when he/she is bored, give them a proper material for it. Your teen can explore the depths of his/her artistic imagination and can keep scribbling and doodling on their perfect doodle book. Nifty, isn’t it?

Do you think doodling will be just a way of passing time for your teen? Think again! A study was conducted by Applied Cognitive Psychology in which forty individuals were requested to observe a monotonous telephonic message. Out of these forty people, twenty individuals were requested to doodle during the testing. It was observed that those who were doodling had a 29% higher retention rate than the others.

5. Geeky Metal Glasses

Whether your teen is a girl or a boy, none of them can say no to dandy and geeky metal glasses. These are so trending these days; if your kid is short or long-sighted, lucky for them to get a prescription lens in their cool glasses.

This Christmas, gift your child something they won’t roll their eyes at. From the above list, you can see how picky and choosy teens can be handled easily. After all, it’s not just about the presents; it’s also the love and affection offered with them. Choose wisely and carefully and strengthen your bond with your teen this holiday. Happy Holidays!

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Want a Promotion? Here’s What To Do

1 Nov

Who doesn’t want to be promoted to the next level? Well, sometimes promotions are not handed over to you. You need to ask for them. However, requesting for a promotion can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it is not easy to put yourself out there in front of the higher management, particularly when the competition is tough. And, obviously, there always exists the fear of rejection. It can be really challenging to start the big conversation.

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Ready to take the challenge? Here’s what you need to know before you take that next step:

1. Stand out and make a difference

Actions speak louder than words! Show your passion through your work, implement changes for the betterment that will portray your skills and make your profile stand out.

2. Get involved

Participate actively in every task that manager has allotted to you. Seek for his help and ask for feedback about your work. Set targets and share your plan with him to accomplish those goals.

3. Keep records

Make a habit to list down all your allotted tasks. Once you begin the big talk, share your progress report with your boss. Highlight the tasks in which you’ve gone beyond the expectation level.

4. Multitasking

Don’t restrict yourself to a specific work domain. For instance, if you are involved in technical work then spare some time to go through the operations, sales, marketing, supply chain or customer service workflow. Be a multitasker!

5. Be innovative in your approach

Nowadays, you can get every information on the Internet with a single click. Incorporate new ideas and practices in your work. Share information on new technological developments with your co-workers. Be a team player.

6. Plan the Timing

While there is no ideal time to request for a promotion, it is good to discuss this issue on certain occasions such as during annual performance appraisal. It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with your boss how you have been performing and where your professional life is directed.

7. Don’t be aggressive!

Never ever threaten your boss that you will leave the job if you do not get what you deserve. Negotiate till things move rightly in your direction.

8. Request a meeting

 Once you are ready to ask for promotion, send your boss an e-mail asking for a meeting. Clearly mention that you would want to discuss your work performance and future prospects. The meeting could be a one-on-one discussion or you could even demonstrate your skills by delivering a presentation.

 9. Follow up

After you put forward your request for a promotion, it is important to follow up with your boss. Know your proposed salary figures and negotiate. Negotiation can make a huge difference. Be friendly with your boss and communicate well with full confidence.

 10. Adapt to new responsibilities

Once your message is clearly conveyed to the management, half of the task is done! It’s time to involve yourself in other departmental tasks to get familiar with the workflow. Promotion will bring a new set of responsibilities and tons of new problems so it is better to be well-prepared beforehand.

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Now that you know how to ask for a promotion, you are ready to go and knock at your manager’s door. Good luck!

Skin Woes During Pregnancy? No More!

30 Oct

Pregnancy can be a very special time in your life. You start preparing for your new arrival- getting the nursery ready, researching baby names and registering for your baby shower. You are so excited and look forward to every new experience and change that pregnancy has to bring along, except for one: skin woes.

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During pregnancy, our body is transforming which includes your skin as well. While pregnancy can leave some lucky ladies looking gorgeous, stunning with luscious locks and clear complexion, for others, all that extra hormonal activity can have the opposite effect. You may end up suffering from a variety of pregnancy skin issues.

Here are some of the effectual ways to take care of your skin during pregnancy.

1. Oily skin with breakouts

Women face hormonal breakouts during pregnancy as your skin becomes oily because of all the hormonal changes. You mostly experience nastiest breakouts during the first trimester of pregnancy. Imagine having a pimpled face along with morning sickness, yuck!

Remedy

Use such products which contain acne-fighting elements in order to treat hormonal breakouts. Using clarifying cleanser is one perfect idea as it reduces bacteria from skin and helps to fight acne for hours. Apply this 1-2 times a week to get purified and pores free skin. You can also use products which contain glycolic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid, or witch hazel. Get in touch with your doctor before using any of these ingredients!

2. Dry patches

During pregnancy your body gets dehydrated due to which your skin becomes dry and you might start having dry patches and crumbling skin. To fight this challenge, you have to step up your water game.

Remedy

It is suggested to wash your skin with a soap-less rinse-off cleanser, so find such products which contain elements such as conditioners and botanical oils like Sunflower Oils and Avocado oils, and humectants. Use of such products will soothe and moisturize your skin immediately. It will repair your skin’s dryness and will give you a smooth skin.

3. Discoloration

When you are pregnant, the most important thing to protect your skin from, is harmful UV rays. It is possible that your skin becomes hyper-pigmented, as you are progressing through each trimester.

Remedy

To protect your skin from discoloration, apply antioxidants sunscreen products which contain at least SPF 30 and Vitamin C. It is better to use higher SPF sunscreen, if you are going in the midday sun or at the beach.

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There are a number of other issues as well. However, the above three are the most common troublemakers that can mar your pregnancy experience. Got anything to add? Please share with me!

6 Ways to Bring out the Leader in You

26 Oct

In the workplace, do you observe individuals milling around with zero progress? Do you feel that, in the daily hullabaloo, your objectives stay only objectives and not culminate into achievements? Then, perhaps it is time for you to rise and take things in your hands.

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Among all the inspiring endeavors which one comes across while working in the field, bringing out the leadership qualities in oneself can be the most exciting yet challenging thing to do. A person aspiring for the title of leader has to continually exhibit effectiveness, suitability, and reliability within the workplace. To bring out good leadership skills in yourself, being in a position of authority is not necessary. You can garner the respect of a leader no matter which step of the company ladder you are on.

Do you aspire to bring out the leader in you? Here are a few tips that can be helpful for you to position yourself as a leader in your organization:

1. Effective Communication

Want to effectively lead in your workplace?  Communication is the key which affects all the situations in a negative or positive way. A leader must possess the quality of effective interaction with his seniors, juniors, clients and advisers. To practice better communication skills, one must stay confident and welcoming. Moreover, being a good listener is also essential. You need to hear people first before you wish to be heard.

2. Be Proactive

In order to bring out the leader in you, you need to be proactive. Good leaders do not hesitate in going an extra mile for the betterment of the organization. Offer your assistance in those tasks which you consider valuable in polishing your skills.

3. Be Supportive to Your Colleagues

By helping other people to polish their skills, you can deal with your colleagues in a better way. Try to create a positive environment by supporting your co-workers. When you collaborate effectively with your colleagues, compliment them and help them grow, you automatically become someone whose opinions are respected and valued. To be a good leader, you must be capable of influencing your colleagues to achieve a target and must add to the organization and unity of the team.

4. Attend Seminars on Leadership Training

Being a leader may be a natural thing for some people. However, many qualified professionals struggle in bringing out their leadership qualities. Take help from training programs to modify your leadership skills. You can even opt for online courses.

5.Believe in Yourself

The most important thing which leads you to success is your self-confidence. When you believe in yourself, it reflects from your work, body language, decisions and from your progress. When you appear confident, you are more likely to commendably lead other people.

6. Learn to Give Credit

To be a good leader, you need to learn how to motivate your team members. The more you share the credit fairly, the better leader you become.

Always remember;

“Power isn’t control at all–power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

-Beth Revis

5 Ways to Say NO without Feeling Bad

23 Oct

Do you often regret saying ‘yes’ when people come to you asking for a favor because you are too quick to say yes and too hesitant to say no? Well, it’s time to learn to say NO! Read on and master the art of refusing politely.

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As someone who is leading a professional life with a hectic schedule, you may already have your plate quite full of chores and which is why you need to think before you agree to any point thrown at you. There is a fine line between helping others and being exploited by others and you need to recognize that line, for your own progress.

To be an efficient professional, you sometimes need to take a step back and say “no”, even if the demand comes from someone superior to you in the workplace. Saying “yes” to every single prospect can be disrupting and demanding, particularly when your own timetable is already over-flooded with responsibilities and appointments. Addition of more tasks merely to gratify others can make you overwhelmed which will eventually make it hard for you to satisfy these requests in the end.

How can you say NO in a polite and professional way? Here are a few ways to help you practice the art:

1. Ask Time for Considering the Offer

If you think there is a slight chance you might regret saying yes, ask for more time. Say something like “Let me think a little about it”. Doing so helps you gain some time to consider and think things through before making your final decision.

2. Appreciate the Gesture

If someone tries to involve you in a project or take your help in executing an idea, do not blurt out a yes or no instantly. Appreciate them by being positive or by complimenting them slightly. Enhance their confidence by giving positive remarks about the idea and then ask for exemption from the project.

3. Express that You Already Have Commitments

If you consider that the offer is something which may be useful for you in the future, you can keep your way open by saying something like “I would love to assist you in the task but I have a few plans for now”. This helps in getting the offer again in the future, in case you would like to do a similar project in coming days.

4. Show Willingness

To be polite, you need to show the willingness to accept the offer, particularly if the offer comes from a superior. Highlight the demands of your current, busy schedule in a way that it does not seem like you are complaining about the workload and then say no.

5. Be Straightforward

If nothing works, just take a deep breath and deny in a straightforward manner. Start your sentence by saying “Sorry, but I can’t be of assistance”.

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Got any more ideas to say NO without sounding like a snob? Please share with me!