Best Presents For Men

We all know that when birthdays and holidays roll around, men can be a little bit tough to shop for. So does this mean that you should resort to yet another bottle of cologne that will sit in his bathroom cabinet for years to come? No way! There are plenty of useful and creative gifts out there for the men in your life; gifts that he will appreciate, enjoy, and treasure.

The first factor to consider when selecting a present for a man is his personality and what he likes to do in his free time. Is he a nature lover, or a major do-it-yourselfer? Is he a total fitness buff, or a grill master? Try to think about how he likes to spend his leisure time, rather than his career. Sure, a nice alarm clock is a smart gift, but maybe not the best if it reminds him that he is obligated to rise at 5:45 each morning for work. Guys like gifts that aren’t necessarily essentials, but instead make them feel a little bit luxuriated. Try to think of something that he wouldn’t normally buy for himself.

For the nature lover and wildlife lover, a creative gift is to adopt an endangered animal in his name through a wildlife federation, or to buy him a star through the International Star Registry. Symbolic gifts such as these are nice for the guy who already has a cluttered home or a lot of “stuff.” Consumable items are also excellent option for the guy who already seems to have it all. You can’t go wrong with a selection of gourmet chocolates, or a box of Omaha Steaks. Or, if he is already fully stocked with the latest high-tech gadgets, there are many presents that will go hand-in-hand with his gadget collection. Look for a universal remote to allow him to condense those remotes that are spread out across his coffee table (and down in the couch cushions), or a mobile phone sterilizer to keep his beloved Blackberry clean and free of germs. If your guy enjoys classic gifts such as neckties and cuff links, try bumping this present up to the next level. Gift him with a beautiful silk tie and coordinating pocket square, along with useful necktie accessories. Any guy who likes to be the best dressed man in the room will appreciate this classic, and classy, present.

One thing that guys definitely enjoy as well is a gift that keeps on giving. If he enjoys surfing, for example, gift him with a subscription to a surfing magazine. This way, he can look forward to receiving a part of the present every month in his mailbox for a year. This same concept can be applied to many other ideas as well. You can find a “of the month” club for just about anything you can think of, from beer, to olives, coffee, cheese, cookies or cakes… you can even find a bacon of the month club!

If you really feel like flexing your creative muscles, remember that the internet puts a lot of unique present options at your fingertips. If your guy has always wanted to try a real Chicago deep dish pizza, see if a pizza parlor there can ship you one. And no matter what, don’t forget that as long as your present comes from the heart, he is sure to love it. A gift that has been selected with thoughtfulness and care is always the best gift.

Software Testers – Past, Present and Future

Early during the last decade, software development companies were producing applications by the bucket-load to keep up with the incredible customer demand. The role of the Software Tester then, was to (in my opinion) detect the critical and major issues, and most minor issues were simply brushed under the carpet to get the product out of the door on time. For the Software Testers, it was (to coin a phrase) “A much simpler time”. During this time-frame the Software Testers actively working hard to get themselves recognized as a necessary part of the software development process, and not just some kine of ‘bottle-neck’ that delays a products release. Credit to the testers for actually achieving that goal!

Having worked so hard to achieve their aim, Software Testers found themselves under threat, a threat which in a way came from inside their own camp. The threat I am talking about was ‘Test Automation’. Loose talk around the offices focused on how ‘so much more useful’ this kind of testing was. Testing could be ran 24 hours a day and repeated many times faster than a manual tester could perform. The humble Software testers were considered a dying breed. But, hang on a minute…..we are still here!

Rather than migrating the manual testing over to automated testing entirely. The move was actually more of a ‘leaning’ instead. A typical software development company will include only ‘some’ automated testing. Just tests where automation would enhance the manual testing or save a bit of time. Some testers have switched over to becoming devoted to test automation and that is now their primary job.

So while the road of a Software Tester has been ‘uneven’ to say the least. They have in fact, now firmly established their role as a necessary part of the software development cycle. Once considered to ‘dying out’, the Software Testers have not only ‘beaten’ the threat of test automation, but actively use it alongside their own work to assist it and to enhance it.

So what it is store for the future of Software Testers? Well, software is still going strong and is now present on other platforms. The most popular ‘new’ platform has to be the ‘iPhone’. It pretty much came from nowhere and has now topped 250,000 Apps that have been developed. These iPhone Apps are just regular software applications designed to work on a specific type of hardware. Many software testers are realizing that their software testing skills can be transferred over to this new kind of software development, and are becoming iPhone App Testers. There now exists iPhone App testing companies that are dedicated to providing iPhone App Testers to improve the quality of this rapidly growing phenomenon.

The future looks bright for Software Testers and iPhone App Testers alike, and that’s good news for the people who want quality from the software they are using, whether its a PC application, web application or an iPhone App.

Tricky Questions Answered Thanks to Presentation Training

Great presentations can see you winning more clients and securing additional business, which explains why many workers feel under pressure on these occasions.

In order to get prepared for important talks there are many training courses that can give hints and tips regarding your performance. The majority of advice concentrates on suggesting ways in which you can ensure that presentations run smoothly via effective preparation. Gathering all the necessary materials, including backups, should digital devices fail, is imperative.

In addition, you can pick up suggestions on how to communicate the information held on files to your audience, such as displaying open body language and maintaining eye contact. A part of presentations that may not be quite so easy to control are question and answer sessions. Here the floor is turned over to listeners, many of who may find their voice to ask difficult or controversial inquires.

Despite there being no script to follow in this instance, there are still ways of dealing with potentially awkward moments, so your presentation does not suffer. Although tricky questions may be quite difficult to cope with, you may also feel unnerved when you open the floor and are greeted with silence. This can be the result of people not wishing to speak up, or perhaps the majority of queries were answered during your talk.

If you are keen to get your audience involved, you may like to try asking open questions about the listeners’ views on the topics you have raised. In addition, mentioning inquiries that you have encountered from previous presentations may encourage people to respond during your current talk. Another technique is to ask for a show of hands on specific topics, as this is likely to generate some cohesion and possible conversation among the group concerned.

At times you may encounter audience members who have many queries that they wish to be answered, which means they risk dominating the question and answer session. This can stifle others listening to your talk and may leave them feeling unsure about unanswered aspects of some subject matter. To move on from here, you could verbally recognise the person’s enthusiasm then ask others in the room their views on the questioner’s additional queries, making it clear that is beneficial that everyone gets a chance to speak.

If you wish to plan ahead for this kind of situation, it may help to make sure a fellow colleague is sitting in the audience who is prepped to comment on a persistent questioner’s views in order to move the discussion along. Getting prepared to deal with awkward questions, or those that aim to threaten the integrity or running of your talk is an important part of effective presentation training. These kinds of queries are dreaded by many, but learning the best way to react in these circumstances ensures you can confidently resolve difficulties.

After receiving a negative or confrontation inquiry, be sure to maintain open body language, while verbally recognising the questioner’s feelings concerning the issue. Following this, a common tactic is to ask the audience as a whole if they feel the same way. This can help to balance discussions and get views aired that are positive in tone. Answering questions of a negative bent that highlight potential or real problems gives you the chance to reassure listeners and boost faith in your project or organisation. This can be achieved by addressing the facts of the situation and the clear objectives that need to be taken to resolve discontent.