Christmas Presents For Kids – Should I Get A Dog?

Soon it will be Christmas again and you will get your kids the most wonderful presents. For a long time now your son or daughter has been wanting a dog. With Christmas coming up you might ask yourself if a puppy would not make a fantastic surprise under the Christmas Tree.

Contemplating this you imagine all the joy and happiness on your babe’s face, the glee of the dream come true in her eyes.

But wait, would this really be such a good idea after all? Will that cute little puppy really stay cute for long? Or will it turn into a dog with his own needs and expectations?

Will your kid really stick to all her promises once the Christmas days are over? You know all those promises of looking after her dog, taking him out on walks, feeding and grooming him… for the next ten or fifteen years?

Let’s face it – in the end it is always the parents responsibility to look after a dog, no matter what the kids promise.

So as it will be your dog in the long run, you need to ask yourself some serious questions.

  • Do I really want to share my life with a dog?
  • Am I really fond of dogs and is my partner fond of dogs?
  • Do we as adults have the time and patience to look after a dog, to care for his needs, be there for him in times of trouble?
  • Can we afford to keep a dog or is our financial budget too tight anyway?
  • Does a canine fit in with our plans for the future?
  • Is there enough space in the house for another family member?

Since health is always an issue you also need to make sure no member of your family is afraid of dogs or even allergic to dog hairs and dander.

If you are very house proud and a keen gardener you also need to take into account the fact that a pooch goes places he should not go, sheds hair at least twice a year and leaves muddy dog paws all over the place – in short, your house will not be as clean as it was without a dog. Your work load will increase.

A dog makes a fantastic friend and companion. Canines give a lot but they also take a lot. They need company most of the day to stay healthy and happy, they need proper training, exercise and nourishment.

Owning a dog means being responsible for another being at every level of his existence.

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

If you are ready to share your life with a canine, if you as parents really, really want a dog – then and only then does a dog make a wonderful Christmas surprise.

How To Use Influence To Win More Negotiations

How do you seek to gain and use influence in your negotiations? Influence is a profound factor that, well, influences the outcome of the negotiation. Thus, when influence is garnered and used appropriately, you’ll have more winning negotiations.

The following are insights that will allow you to win more negotiations as the result of the leverage you’ll gain through the usage of influence.

Foundation of Influence:

The foundation of influence is established when the person you’re negotiating with senses that you possess traits that he’s enamored with. Those traits can be in the form of admiration of your accomplishments, your stature in life, and/or his need to associate with you for self-gaining purposes. Negotiation Tip: Always assess the level of influence you have with the other negotiator before engaging in the negotiation.


In general, most people want to be fair when dealing with others. In a negotiation the degree of fairness that one engages in is dependent upon what one feels he’s gaining from the negotiation. Ingratiating yourself to the other negotiator by conceding to points that he perceives as beneficial to his position is one way to appear fair and subliminally invoking reciprocity. To that end, he should reciprocate by acquiescing to your requests. If he doesn’t over a period of time, your level of influence is nonexistent. Change tactics.

Commitment and Consistency:

One way to bedevil a negotiation is to lack consistency. While this can be a tactic to keep the other negotiator ‘on his toes’, for the most part it causes a lack of trust and becomes an impediment to progressing the negotiation expeditiously. Being consistent in a negotiation projects the image of commitment, which enhances the perception of your influence. Even if you’re consistently tough, your influence might be perceived in the form of, “he’s a tough negotiator, but he’s consistent. I admire that in him.”

Social Proof:

Social proof can serve as reassurance that you’re the type of negotiator that’s aligned with the core values of the other negotiator. The value of social proof as an influence enhancer can be achieved by allowing your reputation to precede you in the negotiation. This can be accomplished by strategically placing testimonials, articles you’ve written, and accolades you’ve received from sources your negotiation counterpart places value in. By doing so, you increase your influence before getting to the negotiation table. Then, at the negotiation table stoke the perception of your social proof to enhance your influence.


To the degree you’re liked by the other negotiator, he’ll ascribe a level of influence to you. Likeability can also be a daunting variable that fluctuates when you have to switch to a persona that may be perceived as too stringent. Thus, likeability has to be cultivated to enhance your influence.


Authority is seen in the manner by which someone views you. They can ascribe such prominence to you based on your station in life, perceived accomplishments, and the goodwill you’ve generated related to other admiring aspects/attributes. In most cases, the more authority someone grants you, the greater the influence that will accommodate that ascription. Thus again, position yourself appropriately to cast the image that suits you best to gain influence.


Scarcity is a variable that can wreak havoc in a negotiation. The reason being, if you misstate the degree of what’s being negotiated, your level of influence might plummet. In doing so, the perception of your influence may hit a low from which it cannot recover. Be judicious when using scarcity as a source of motivation in a negotiation and consider the impact it might have on your perceived influence.

When used appropriately, influence can be the silent partner that enriches your negotiation efforts. Use it wisely and you will win more negotiations… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

CD Printing For a Better Look to Your CD Presentation

CD printing is an allured way to add a good look to your CD presentation. Merely it opened the door to all kinds of new applications that we see today. You can select an appropriate option that best suits to your artwork design. The printing of artwork on the CD face i.e., CD printing gives a professional finish to your product. The most frequent methods employed in CD printing are:

Silkscreen printing
Litho printing
Digital printing
Thermal printing
Inkjet printing

Silk Screen Printing can be employed where high-impact color images are required. It is a stencil, where ink passes through the unblocked areas of mesh. The mesh used here is original silk so called silkscreen printing. The screening machines used to carry the printing usually have round indentations in a table top for the discs to be automatically set into and these are controlled by robotic CNC s.

The artwork being copied is transferred onto films of up to five colors each color being on a separate film. After pushing the ink onto the disc top UV light is applied to cure the ink. The silk screen printing is the process traditionally used to print ‘retail’ CDs that you might buy in the shops. Silk screen printing is mainly used for designs containing one to six spot/pantone colors. The screen printing technique is bounded with some limitations such as tints, vignettes, blends and some particular complex designs which cannot be printed as usual. While printing the screen, one should be even sure to set trapping because the artwork may overprint where it should knock out and vice versa. Also the scanned images should not be saved as RGB as this will cause images to be colored separately contrary to your requirement.

The artwork for silk screen printing can be provided in modes such as Quark press, adobe photo shop, adobe illustrator or a high resolution PDF etc. The quality of printing follows high standards and used for very bright images or spot color jobs. A silk screen print is usually 85-100lpi (lines per inch). This is a cost effective means for runs of 250 + units.

Litho Printing offers more color resolution and finer color control than the silk screen printing technique.. It is often known as OFFSET printing. These offset printing machines use CMYK (5 separate colors) + white to give you the full color range. This works best and stands ideal for realistic photo images. The inks are applied onto the disc top by rollers. Offset print is able to show smaller text and details of an image smoothly and clearly.

The 4 plates (CMYK) need to be manufactured from your original artwork. Each plate is used to transfer a linked image on to a rubber blanket that has been mounted on a cylinder. The rubber blanket then transfers or offsets the linked image onto the disc as it passes through the press; the 4 colors combine to create a high resolution picture on the face of the disc. Thus photographic images, skin tones, full color graphics, and text are improved with this print option. This too offers high quality printing and is a cost effective means for runs of 500+ units. But this is bounded limiting to use pantone colors because the colors are made from CMYK process.

Digital Printing is a professional alternative to OFFSET printing. It stands ideal for crystal clear pictures of photographic quality for the most subtle color shades and graduations. It is faster and flexible too. It uses a transfer process to reproduce a very high quality CMYK print. Also used for print serialization that is digital printing allows each disc to be personalized with name, number, address, barcode etc. It gives an impressive high resolution high glass print. It is a cost effective means for 300+ units or so. But it is also set bound with limitation such as special colors such as pantone, HKS etc that is these colors cannot be printed with the digital printing process.

Thermal Printing is a simple and finest procedure that is used for printing single color on to the disc surface directly (usually black). The media used is normally a silver or white surface. This stands ideal for fast turn over durable results.

Inkjet Printing follows the same procedure employed for standard desktop printers. It is recommended for full color designs and that is to only limited areas of block colors. Glossy and water resistant discs can be used which gives a glossy finish and allow colors to show more vibrantly.

Advantages Of CD Printing:

The dead smart techniques mentioned above provided a cutting edge for today’s cut throat competition with their beautiful appliances. The CD printing saves your money up to 50% if you purchase an inkjet printable disc rather than buying both discs and adhesive labels. It enhances your convenience too as there is no need to deal with label placement any more. And it’s important to note that it avoids damaging of your CD drives that occur due to peeling off the labels from heat etc.