How to choose the best corporate gifts in an organization in an efficient way

As a business owner, you should know that it’s important to stay on top of your business’s holiday gift-giving. Think about gifts that will stand out and make an employee feel like they are being recognized, or bring pride to the company as a whole. It’s also important to consider different budgets, departments (e.g. accounting, sales, etc.), and the number of people you will be giving to. The question is how do you choose the best corporate promotional gift, corporate gifts for your employees?

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind while buying gifts to communicate your appreciation to the team:

V Know what your budget is and stick to it.
When purchasing gifts for your employees, make sure you know your budget and stick to it. It’s not uncommon for a small business to have a tight budget during the holiday season; this tends to happen when a business is still recovering from year-end or they are trying to save up for the next year. When you’re on a strict budget, it’s important to pick out thoughtful and cost-efficient gifts.

V Consider a custom-made gift.
For those who have a larger budget, it’s best to consider purchasing custom-made gifts for your employees.

V Be timely
For every reason, be on time with your purchases. Not only because Christmas is a season of giving, but also because the office team needs to see their gifts at the right time, especially if it’s going to be a long looming holiday. If you’re still thinking about what to buy, it might be too late.

V Be original
Don’t go for the usual flowers and chocolates or custom mugs that are available everywhere for this holiday season. Instead, go for something that is a little more personal and creative. Your employees will appreciate the effort you put in to find a present that speaks to their interests and styles.

V Be meaningful
Just because you’re running a business does not mean that your employees don’t deserve to feel appreciated. In fact, it is even more important to show appreciation for a team that has not only put in their time and hard work, but also their interest and efforts in making the workplace better.

V Be thoughtful
When you get so caught up in planning holiday events and dinner parties, it’s easy to forget that the gift you are going to give should be something they actually like or will use.

How gifting can vary to each person in an organization:
If you’re looking to make a fantastic impression on your next client, employee, or business partner with a corporate gifts, it can be tough to know where to start. With so many choices available, it’s difficult to know what will be the most appreciated by each individual recipient. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for how to choose the best corporate gifts for each type of person on your list!

V Employees
Corporate gift options for employees can vary a lot by industry. If your company has an extensive product line, you might consider purchasing a corporate gift that showcases all of your products. You can also consider giving gifts like mementos from a recent trip or a promotional item from the company that was most useful to the recipient.

V Business Partners
When it comes to business partners, corporate gifts for people in business will often be those that reflect their professional accomplishments and experiences. Give a gift that showcases their achievements and provides a way for them to remember their work with your company. You can order personalized mugs, glasses, or books that contain photos and details of the work they’ve done.

V Clients
When it comes to corporate gifts for clients, you’ll want something that’s useful in their personal lives as well as in their professional lives. For example, purchasing a gift card is an excellent idea because they can use it for travel or entertainment that will help alleviate stress from the business. You can also consider giving a gift that reflects the company or industry they are in. For example, if they are in construction, you can buy a gift that showcases another construction project, such as a photo book of one of your completed projects.

Ending note:
In about a month, you’ll be scrambling to buy gifts for the hardworking team at your office. Instead of scrambling, In this blog, we recommended you do some prep work by considering some factors that will help make this year different from any other.

Interesting Christmas Present Ideas

Finding an interesting Christmas present idea is not a simple trick. Too often we fall into a rut of un-original thinking. Trouble is, the Christmas present idea that was so well received a few years ago starts to get boring. After all, there are only so many times you can give someone a fragrance gift selection box, aren’t there?

What should you do instead so that the thought you’ve put into selecting a Christmas present idea shows through? Even if you’ve spent less time choosing than you would like?

Here are some interesting Christmas present ideas for you to consider:

  • Look for a unique Christmas present idea. This doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. Often the most priceless items we have in our lives are the ones that cost the least. Think about a collection of photographs, maybe mounted together in a photo frame or turned into a DVD with the easy software that’s available nowadays.
  • A sampler or selection box can often make a good Christmas present idea. Choose something that you know the person receiving the gift has been thinking about but hasn’t got round to doing yet.
  • Personalized Christmas gift ideas are always well received. With a little research, you can find almost anything available for personalization from children’s books through to T-shirts, house histories and lots more.
  • Personalized experiences can make excellent Christmas present ideas. They tend to be slightly more expensive than other personalized presents but if you give someone a skydiving present for Christmas, they’ll definitely remember it! You will likely be able to go along and watch them take part in their experience, so you get to see them enjoying the present you bought as a bonus.
  • Unique Christmas present gifts are always a good choice. You can give someone a totally unique gift like an acre of the moon, a star named after them or even a minute in time, preserved forever.

The Art of Presentation in a Cyber World

As a trainer or presenter you know what to do – you’ve probably been doing it for years. You know how to engage your audience, you know the body language to watch for, you know how to make eye contact and to include your audience in a wide sweep so that everyone feels involved in your presentation. You know how to stand, what slides to use, when not to use slides, you know that the tenor of your voice can be used to emphasize points and that you can question your audience to develop a point. You are confident in your subject and you know exactly what is expected of you.

So, why are you sweating? Why are you looking at your slides and wondering if it will work and whether what you are going to say is actually going to make a difference? Because they changed the goal posts! Whether you like it or not, presenting and training is taking on a new dimension – that of the cyber world.
 
The rules and the practices that work so well live are all of a sudden ‘old hat’. You will be in front of your audience, but instead of standing there in your smart suit or your jeans and tee shirt, or (for the more extrovert) in your Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt – all your delegates could potentially see is your face. And up close and personal too! Every twitch, every flick of the hair or scratch of the ear that is so easy to use as a pause in speech when you are standing live in front of your audience is suddenly brought into sharp focus. Your facial expressions are watched closely by your audience – which could number hundreds – and you give everything away.
 
Yes, it’s a different world. The use of cyber-training with technology such as Webex TM, and GoToMeeting®, (to name but two of the many systems out there) means that you can deliver ‘live’ training to a remote audience. And not just remote from you – they could be remote from each other in both geographical and time-zone terms. So your methods of engaging the audience have to change. You can’t rely on the internet communicating your natural charisma, unfortunately.

But good performance is good performance, and the key to ensuring success through new technology is the same as it was for live performance – practice. But there are other elements that need to change. Whereas live you may need few or even no slides, when you are presenting your ideas on the web, it is quite likely that you will need a really engaging slide show to keep the audience watching. After all – they are probably sitting at their computer, and a little note may pop up saying they have a new email from a client – and they will be highly tempted to go and take a quick peek…
 
The screen of their computer suddenly becomes your training room. They can stand up and ‘walk out’ on you with no embarrassment whatsoever! They can see you, but you won’t be able to see them and nor will the other delegates. So their exit, should they chose to make it, is relatively painless. 
 
You may need far more slides than for a live presentation, you will probably need less words but far more pictures, far more interactive elements and opportunities for delegates to contribute their thoughts and comments using the technology. Your delivery can still be interactive and you can have break-out sessions, shared virtual white-boards and many other dandy little widgets that your chosen web conferencing provider can entice you with – but you must practice. Don’t just practice your presentation – understand the technology and not only what you want to happen, but what could go wrong. Prepare alternative scenarios or additional material just in case that break-out function is overloaded, or that the server in Spain refuses to play. Above all, make sure the delegates know in advance what is expected of them – and that goes as much for live training as for training over the web.
 
Back to your performance: the tone of your voice is still important, but it will be distanced by the fact you are being heard over a phone line or VOIP. Your body language will still be important, but it will be concentrated around your face or head and shoulders. Think about your colour scheme in relation not just to your surroundings (background to the camera) but to the slides you are showing. Is your bright orange ‘confidence’ suit going to clash with the red corporate banner on the presentation? 
 
And how will your audience react? Will they gain as much benefit from this kind of presentation as they would if they were in the room with you? Having already noted that their ability to ‘opt out’ is far easier on line, just as with live training you will engage people on different levels according to their preferred learning styles. There will be some who are delighted that they don’t have to leave their desk to complete that mandatory CPD module, and others who begrudge the fact that they don’t get their day out of the office and the nice hotel lunch. 
 
Engaging your audience – and keeping them engaged – comes right back down to three key elements: content, presentation and performance. For live training I would perhaps reverse the order, but making sure that what you are saying (content) is relevant and of interest to your audience is crucial for their engagement. Make sure that the presentation method (avoiding infamous ‘death by PowerPoint TM – live or on-line) is appropriate. And finally, your performance must be convincing. You have to know your subject and be ready to respond to questions, you have to be able to improvise and to understand the differences in the media you are using to present and, therefore, how your audience will relate to you.
 
You could argue that cyber-training will never replace live training completely and I would agree; but I would also caution that as the technology develops and the ease of use improves, it is going to be a highly cost effective method for organisations to address remote audiences. Be prepared, and ready to take on board the way technology is changing how we present and train.