Archive | November, 2017

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!