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Choosing Anti-Aging Products

May 20 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Anti-aging creams and products come in a wide range today and you will need to find out what is most suitable for your skin to enjoy great results with your efforts. There are ingredients that have anti-aging properties and make quality products for your skin. By looking at the product label, you should be in a position to determine how effective the product is likely to be on your skin. It is not enough or advisable to rely on the price of the product to indicate quality. You should go through product reviews whether you are looking for anti-aging creams or a wrinkle hiding cream.

Anti-Aging Product Types

Exfoliators - They include scrubs and chemical peels and work by removing the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Your skin will look healthier and will also make it easy for anti-aging ingredients to penetrate the skin layers. It is essential to exfoliate on a regular basis to keep the skin looking beautiful. It should also be done before using other products for anti-aging purposes.

Moisturizers - They counteract skin dryness that is common with aging and also help in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. The night options are heavier and are designed to penetrate deep into the skin as you sleep. Day products including sunscreen are also important and it is best that you choose a broad spectrum cream to protect from skin damage.

Antioxidants - They include Vitamin C and retinol, which help in the prevention of damage and repairs environmental skin damage. Your skin will look smoother, younger and healthier when using the best. They can be formulated in serums or be a part of your daily moisturizer.

Sunscreens - They happen to be some of the most effective when it comes to anti-aging and they have become popular among all age groups. They protect the skin from sun damage that can increase skin aging and leave is susceptible to skin cancer. Damage comes in the form of uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and lines. Sunscreen will prevent further damage and give room for anti-aging creams to repair the existing damage.

The Best Active Anti-Aging Ingredients

The active ingredients in your anti-aging product will highly determine how effective the product turns out to be. Here is a list of some of the best that will work on your skin for anti-aging cream best results that you are looking for.

Caffeine – It is an antioxidant that will help keep the skin protected from skin cancer and can also low wrinkle deepening. Wrinkle creams that work have this active ingredient so be on the lookout when buying.

Coenzyme Q10 – It reduces fine lines around your eyes and can protect from sun damage if it is applied before sun exposure. This nutrient is involved in the cellular production of energy.

Copper peptides – The ingredients have protein fragments and copper elements known as peptides and they work by stimulating collagen production. They also hasten wound healing and can highly boost effectiveness of antioxidants.

Green tea – It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which are helpful in soothing the skin.

Other great active ingredients are retinol, kinetin, hydroxyl acids and vitamin C.

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How You Can Increase Your Negotiation Skills

May 20 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Negotiation is a process in which two or more entities come together to discuss common and conflicting interests in order to reach an agreement of mutual benefit.

There are 5 approaches you can take in a negotiation: Avoid or Delay, Acceptance, Hard Bargaining, Compromise, and Collaboration.

When we enter into an interest-based negotiation, we want to use the best approach for both parties, that is the use of Collaboration or the Win/Win solution. Interest-based negotiation is one that is based on our wants, fears, and needs and where you take into account the interests of the other party to come to a mutually beneficial solution.

We all want to get the most from the other person without giving up too much on our side. We want the the most money, the lowest price, the most benefits. We want the other side to give in without showing all our cards on the table.

But remember that the reason we enter into negotiations is to get something more or produce something more than you can get without negotiation. We need the other person to want to negotiate with us with trust.

You should do your homework before entering into any negotiation. The first step is to determine your BATNA.

A BATNA is your Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. Basically, this is your solution(s) to the negotiation that you have in your corner which is an alternative in case you don’t get what you want from the negotiation. Sometimes in negotiations you may feel that the other party has all the power and you feel that you may have to be too accommodating during the negotiation process. Developing your BATNA will help you as you know you have an alternative.

Your BATNA could be the other job offer you’ll accept if your boss doesn’t give you the salary increase that you have asked for during your last two performance appraisals. If negotiation fails in this case, you can use the leverage of the other job offer.

Your BATNA could be the highest price you are willing to pay for a house, knowing that you cannot afford any higher monthly payments. It’s not just coming up with an arbitrary figure, but one that has a basis in reality.

If you do not fully explore your BATNAs, then you can be going into a negotiation blind.

The greater your BATNA, the great your power is in any negotiation.

But, don’t forget that the other side will have their BATNA, too. Think of what their best alternative could be and be prepared to take it into consideration. Don’t be caught unaware of their alternatives. They have options, too.

How do you develop your BATNA? By thinking of alternatives if no agreement is reached in the negotiation, exploring the alternatives so that the promising ideas turn into practical alternatives, and then selecting the one alternative that seems the best one.

So, don’t forget to do your homework before any negotiation.

Good luck on your next negotiation.

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To Negotiate Successfully Let Persistence Break Resistance

May 20 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Persistence plays a role in any negotiation. The balancing act occurs when persistence is weighed against annoyance.

In order to be a good, or better than good negotiator, you have to know how to strike the balance between persistence and annoyance. In essence you have to uncover how to break resistance by being persistent. There are several ways to achieve this. You should …

1. Become more adept at reading and interpreting body language

(a)In order to really get insight into what someone is thinking, you need to have the advantage of being able to read their body language.

(b)By being able to accurately read and interpret body language, you’ll know through the sensation of your senses when someone’s words and actions are not aligned. In observing a difference between someone’s words and actions, you’ll be alerted to the fact that they are having internal differences. At that point, it would behoove you to seek which, the body language or words, possess the true emotional state of the other negotiator.

(c)Once you uncover the inner thoughts of your negotiation opponent, you’ll have insight into the degree of persistence you can use to achieve your point and not do so past the point of alienation.

2. Learn how to be forceful without being perceived as attacking

(a)You can convey a forceful appearance by the way you project your mannerisms. Leaning forward, maintaining eye contact longer than what has been ‘normal’ throughout the negotiation, can have the perceived appearance of being more committed to one negotiation point, versus another.

(b)The act of conveying your intentions is a matter of timing. You must ‘set the stage’ by either slowly working into a perceived forceful state of mind, or moving quickly to such a position as the result of being, or perceiving to be, upset about a recent point.

(c)In the end, the level of success you experience with this tactic is determined by how well you ‘act out’ the role you’re playing. By making sure your body language matches the verbiage you project, you will be more believable. It will become easier to navigate the other negotiator into a position of rethinking his position.

3. Be aware of negotiation points that burn brightly and fizzle quickly

(a)One of the oldest tricks that negotiators have used since the beginning of time is to create the mental equivalence of shinny objects, a diversion that directs the ‘real’ intentions of the negotiation from one point to another. Some negotiators create such objects in the form of red herrings.

(b)When negotiating, red herrings are basically points that negotiators concede to that have little if any real value to the negotiator making the concession. The conceding negotiator gives the impression that there’s value in the point to which he’s conceded to bestow gratitude in the negotiator receiving the point; the purpose of this act is to have the ‘favor’ returned on a point that is more meaningful to the originating negotiator.

(c)If you find yourself in a position of being close to deadlocked on a point or position from which there are few pleasing outcomes, persist with your need to win the position to the point of utilizing a red herring to enrich your proposition. If you can align your enhanced offer, which includes the red herring, you will give the perception of having moved the negotiation forward. In reality the ‘cost’ will be minimal to do so as the result of what you’ll receive in return.

When negotiating, persistence can break resistance. In order to do so, you have to become a savvy negotiator. You need to know when to use such a tactic and when to back away from it. In order to discern the appropriate time to do so, hone the strategy of knowing to what degree you should be persistent. You can enhance this strategy by practicing the fine art of annoying a close associate (It would be advisable to get the associate’s buy-in before arbitrarily pouncing on him with this strategy.)

Let the associate know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Suggest to him that he react in the manner that he would normally act if you weren’t practicing. Interpret his mannerisms and read his body language to gauge how close he is to becoming upset. Then, call a time out. Assess your interpretation of his mannerisms for accuracy. Even though you’re just practicing, you’ll gain valuable insight into how to accurately interpret the actions of others in the future … and everything will be right with the world.

The Negotiation Lessons are …

· When you negotiate always remember to balance persistence against annoyance. You’ll get clues into how close you are to annoying the other negotiator by observing his body language. If you’re adept at accurately interpreting the body language of your negotiation opponent, you’ll be able to use persistence right up to the point that you veer to another course of action in order to prevent the negotiation from becoming more embroiled.

· Unless you’re going for a negotiation knock out, don’t get caught trading jabs with the other negotiator. Without a set negotiation plan, such actions can be draining. Understand from a strategical perspective why you’re being persistent about one point in the negotiation and what you plan to achieve. Make sure you’ve ‘set the stage’ by being able to back away from your point, and if you have to, be prepared to back away while offering a red herring. As you retreat, you’ll enhance the viability of your position with the addition of the red herring.

· I’m sure you’ve heard the cliché, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. When it comes to body language, you can mold your demeanor into a picture that speaks voluminously. Cast the right body language position at the appropriate time and your level of persistence will be conveyed without you uttering a word.

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New Product Reviews – Get Your New Product Reviewed

May 19 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

New Product Reviews can be the greatest boost to any new product regardless of it’s nature in the marketplace. If you have a new product in the household field or a new recipe for the tastiest chocolate pie, to a new product that eliminates a nagging problem of a large number of people, you need to have it reviewed and shared among consumers for an honest opinion of what you have to offer.

New Products often affect a limited number of consumers and if you haven’t taken the necessary steps toward patenting it, many consumers won’t consider it legitimate for their consideration. While patents can take a long time and at considerable cost, there are alternatives.

If you have a product that should be reviewed before you move to the next step of protecting your creation, you really should talk with a copyright attorney to at least find out what’s involved and required to protect your idea for your new product.

Alternatives can be a limited venture possibility for those of like minds that know a little more about protecting an idea. For example; you have a new invention or idea, and someone else has the know-how and capital to invest in your new product. Together you can create a partnership, in writing, to test market your idea. This way, you can see how effective or consumable your new product really is, before spending more money than it’s worth to protect it.

In today’s world, new products are reaching into the millions, the internet and it’s ability to splash an idea in a matter of minutes is not only possible, but actually happening as you read this article.

So, is it wise to splash a new product online for all to see? This depends on you and how certain you are that your product will be a successful new product.

If your new product is information-based, you can easily create an ebook product that can be sold immediately and reap the rewards from your efforts and knowledge. No patent is required to begin making money immediately, just remember to state that any duplication of this information without written rights from the originator is prohibited and will be considered theft and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law will be pursued if you are caught. This will deter 99% of anyone attempting to repackage this information. And it didn’t cost you a fortune to make that statement.

New products come with certain responsibilities as well. If your product is a tangible product, (one that can be held, touched, used physically), you can be held liable for the harm it may cause a consumer, so please take the proper steps to protect yourself from the repercussions that an injury from misuse may cause. Some of the greatest new products that have ever come out on the market have suffered total devastation once they were misused or given to irresponsible consumers. Protect Yourself First!

Speaking of new products in the form of ebooks, I found an interesting site that not only displays the hot new products in ebooks, designed to improve your income, provided you follow their format, but they are rated based on consumer voting. This is a priceless opportunity to see what the consumers have said after purchasing the ebook and how well it delivers on it’s claims. Seldom do we get to see an honest rating based on after-market results. They have used an old familiar rating system we all can relate to. They are rated A,B,C, & D with the plus and minuses thrown in to split them a little more to show how the consumers feel they have performed.

Firsthand results speak volumes to me and probably to you as well. I personally have invested in my share of new product ebooks and can attest to their ability to add additional income. If you have tried any of these new products before, you may want to weigh in and add your input. If you are still waiting for the first guinea pigs to squeal so to speak, then you may find this rating system quite your cup of tea.

The WAH Watchdog group they call themselves, that’s Work at Home Watchdogs, gives you the number of votes, the number of visitors, and how many products that have been reviewed. They update their site daily so, if you don’t see a new product that you are interested in today, it’s wise to bookmark them for future updates to see how well the product is doing, in the real world of applying what consumers are learning from ebooks in order to improve their work from home experiences.

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Building Effective Brand Strategy Through Product Design

May 18 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The world of product design is changing. For those companies intent on making products that are enthusiastically received and championed over time, it’s no longer enough to simply design them so they function well and are aesthetically pleasing. For a product to have stickiness in today’s market it must reach consumers on a deeper level.

Today’s new breed of product designers understand that the key to successful, long lasting products lies, not just in the look and feel of them, not just in the function of them, but in the entire experience, from the first contact in the store, to the product’s ultimate disposal. At every stage, the experience should be meaningful and positive for the consumer, fulfilling aspirations and emotions.

This trend in design, called “experience design”, underscores, at its most basic level, the folly of taking a reliable, aesthetically pleasing product and putting it in an aggressively sealed clam pack that’s nearly impossible to open. It looks askance at such brand killers as poor customer service, badly written instructions and missing peripherals, such as batteries or mounting screws.

Frustrating and angering the customer should never be part of the consumer experience at any level. Unfortunately, these negative touch points can occur anywhere, from misleading advertising, to poor merchandising, to difficulties in disposing of the product.

Accomplishing an effective brand experience means reaching across disciplines. The marketing manager must be on the same page with the product designer as well as the customer service manager, the supply chain manager, and the retailer; all parties must work in concert to achieve the same goal by the same brand strategy.

The brand strategy, the overarching plan to manage the consumer’s experience of the product is at the heart of experience design. But who conceives of and directs this strategy?

The most effective brand strategies flourish in the fertile soil of collaboration. The gardener of this soil is the corporate executive in charge of product development. But just as a good gardener will nurture the many different plants in his garden, giving them the light and nourishment they need to blossom, the good corporate brand strategist will recognize the talents and abilities of his team while marshalling them toward a common goal based on an agreed upon brand strategy.

Working in teams is essential to effective brand strategy, teams at every level. A more apt analogy may be to a league, a confederation of teams, a team of teams, working together to achieve a positive experience for the consumer with the product. There’s the marketing team, the merchandising team, the design team, the retailers, the shareholders, etc. If any one of these teams is not working effectively with the others the strategy bogs down.

This can present a significant challenge to the brand strategist, particularly when some of their teams are independent entities with their own agendas. So it is incumbent on the brand strategist to get complete buy-in from all his teams, which means communicating a coherent brand strategy, one with the power to move even the most stubborn holdout.

To accomplish this, the brand strategist should work with the design team to anchor the strategy in the firm bedrock of consumer experience. One needs to know how the consumer interacts with and feels about the product (or if the product is yet to be developed, similar products).

Today’s product design firms routinely call on anthropologists to observe and evaluate consumer interactions with their products to discover ways to improve them, to fulfill aspirations and connect with positive emotions. This is not done in a vacuum.

Traditional focus groups too often rely on a false environment, a corporate meeting room, a few words of advice, a video presentation, which does not observe the consumer interacting with the product in a natural way.

Anthropological field work – observing consumer interaction with the product in their own environment – tells a much deeper story. Imagine following the consumer through their first experience with a product, from finding a description of it online, to driving to the store, to searching the aisles for it, to purchasing it, unpacking it, assembling it and using it.

Were there any negative touch points? Did the online description create the proper aspirations and expectations? Was the store conveniently located? Was the product properly categorized and easy to find? Was the price right? Was the product easy to get out of the package? Were the instructions adequate? Did it come with the necessary peripherals? Did the appearance of it elicit positive associations? Was the function of it intuitive? Did it function according to expectations?

An anthropologist working with a design firm can get answers to these questions. Working with the corporate brand strategist, the design team can help devise ways to enhance the consumer experience at every level. They can make suggestions that can be picked up and analyzed by the marketing team, the merchandising team, and others, on the way to designing an overall brand strategy with the power to move all players.

So while the brand strategist will work with many teams in his effort to create his strategy, one of the first teams he will want to consult with is the design team. Product design in many cases becomes the catalyst to develop a coherent and powerful brand strategy.

Product design is so much more than it used to be. Today’s product design firms are working on a much broader canvas, incorporating the philosophy of experience design to help companies design products that connect with the consumer’s emotions and aspirations. After all, delighting the customer is the key to successful, long lasting products, and the way to a better bottom line.

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