Some Suggestions on Keeping Your Home Presentable When it is For Sale

Staging a home for sale involves such cosmetic changes as necessary to make the home appear to be in an up to date and well cared for condition. Simple additions such as an inexpensive but stylish light for the entry or a coordinating shower curtain and towels for the bath can make a difference in the way a home is presented. In fact, concentrating on the entryway and the kitchen and bath often give the most return for your dollar and are the easiest updates to accomplish. While granite counter tops are very much in style and appreciated by the home buyer, an impeccably clean kitchen with laminated countertops completely clear of clutter can also give an inviting look to a prospective homebuyer. In the same way, a bathroom that is spotless and outfitted with a beautiful set of towels and a lovely set of shower curtains can go a long way in making the bathroom more appealing.

Homes are languishing on the market for months anymore and it is more important than ever that these homes are kept in a perfectly pristine condition for viewing at anytime. Any opportunity to show a house may result in a sale and should be taken very seriously by the seller. Here are a few suggestions to keep a home in a desired condition:

o Consider hiring a person to come in every week or so to take care of the routine jobs such as vacuuming, scrubbing bathroom and kitchen fixtures and changing bedding. This frees up the homeowner to attend to everyday things like loading the dishwasher, putting away laundry and making beds. The idea here is to always return items to their proper place so that the house appears easy to maintain and large enough to have a place for everything that is needed in everyday life.

o Give thought to meal preparation so that the kitchen can be kept in a condition that is easy to clean up and make presentable at any given time. Sometimes it may be advantageous to cook several meals at one time so that there can be a freezer full of dinners that only require being thawed and heated up. This can be especially beneficial after a full and tiring day at work when the last thing you want to do is spend time tidying up the kitchen after cooking a meal. This reduces the amount of time that is needed in the kitchen and also dramatically cuts down on the cleanup end of things. Ideally, if these so called “batch cooking” sessions can take place in the home of a relative or friend it is even better because the mess can be cleaned up at the leisure of everyone involved and a person does not risk getting a call for a home showing during this busy time.

o Involve the whole family in everyday tasks such as making sure dirty laundry makes it to the hamper and then to the laundry room. Controlling the accumulation of magazines, newspapers and school papers brought home by the children can go a long way in making a home neat and clutter free.

How Do Hot And Cold Environments Impact Case Sealing?

Manufacturers and packaging line workers know that the temperature at which a case sealing operation occurs has an impact on the success – or failure – of a carton seal. This application temperature – the temperature at which packaging tape is applied – is important to consider, as extreme hot and cold temperatures can negatively affect the integrity of many tapes.

In the food and beverage industries, case sealing is often done in cold environments due to the need to keep carton contents refrigerated. When the application temperature is near or below freezing, many packaging tapes fail to properly adhere to corrugated surfaces. This occurs because packaging tape requires wipe down force in order for the adhesive to penetrate into the substrate of the carton, and adhesives that are not formulated to perform in cold temperatures tend to become brittle and lose their stickiness in low temperatures. In cases where tape is applied in a comfortable temperature but stored or transported in a much colder temperature – this is referred to as the service temperature – the tape can flag or become loose over time, subjecting the contents to pilferage or damage.

While it is not as common of a complaint in packaging operations, extreme heat can cause some packaging tapes to fail due to shrinking of the backing and pulling away from the substrate of the carton. This is especially true when tape is stored in a very hot environment for an extended period of time before being shipped to its destination.

For many manufacturers, case sealing in extreme cold or hot temperatures can’t be avoided, but choosing a packaging tape that is engineered for reliable performance in those harsh environments will reduce the need for reworks caused by tape failure, saving time and money. Read your tape’s recommended usage and temperature range to determine if it is the best fit for your application.

Speaker’s Bootcamp – Learn to Speak and Presentation Skills

Learn how to speak all over the world and be paid high fees.
Your Business Plan If you want to work the International Circuit, you need to plan for it. Work out how many days each year you want to speak overseas, the market you want to work and develop an action plan.

Your Unique Market Choose your unique and specialty market. Our market was initially the English speaking International Financial Services market. Over the years this has spread to include the IT and software market as well as any company in any country where people can understand English. Because of our delivery style, we have chosen not to work with translators.

Marketing yourself – the key to success · Identify clients you have spoken for in the past that have international offices.

Get a referral to the decision maker in the overseas office. Email or send a letter and follow up with a phone call. ·

Dial and Smile - Pick up the phone and cold call. When Frank started out, he identified companies and banks that have international offices and phoned the President. One of those calls resulted in a business relationship with a company that spends between $50k – $100k each year sponsoring him to speak to their clients around the world. ·

Find five clients that will provide you with 50% of your work each year. We have five large international companies that each book us for between six and thirty talks each year. We also have two or three Companies that we are developing should any of the ‘big five’ drop out. · Actively prospect when speaking abroad. When speaking overseas, we will scan the local papers, magazines and yellow pages for potential clients. We’ll then phone and establish who the decision makers are and endeavour to set up a meeting and sell our services. A lot of these Companies are open and receptive to meeting with you.

 Referrals – always ask for referrals. Apart from existing clients who we do repeat business with each year, we have over 200 potential clients that have been given to us as referrals. If you leave the client satisfied, they will always give you referrals – IF YOU ASK! ·

Add on an extra day to meet with potential clients – Wherever we speak in the world, we add on an extra day to see potential clients and bureaus. We can normally fit in 5 appointments for the day and this always results in at least one extra booking. On a recent trip to Singapore Frank managed to give a keynote speech to a large Insurance Company and in the same day have five meetings with potential clients. One of these meetings was a cocktail party where he met with twenty of the most influential business leaders in Singapore. This was only achieved because Frank had developed a center of influence in Singapore who had arranged the talk and all of the meetings. He is rewarded with a percentage of the fee, which makes it a win-win situation for everyone. · Find the other offices – When speaking internationally, find out where the International client for whom you are speaking has other branches around the world. Find out who you should contact at the other offices to do the same talk. In January we spoke at a large software company in Dubai. The CEO from London was in Dubai at the time and heard us speak. After the talk he asked us to contact him to replicate the talk to their other international offices. They have offices in 33 countries.

Network and socialize - Before going on an international talk, surf the net to see what social events are happening while you’re there. Then arrange an invitation, as you’ll always meet potential clients at these events · Have fun and take a tour – If we visit a country for the first time, we’ll always take an extra few days to see the place. This normally includes a half-day bus tour. It’s amazing whom you can meet on these tours. We’ve met and become friends with the Vice-President of one of the largest insurance companies in the USA and a grand old lady who turned out to be the wife of the owner of one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains. Bureaus – find out who the bureaus are internationally and meet with them. When Frank spoke in South Africa last July, he met with the leading bureau. This resulted in bookings in November in Sun City and Mauritius for both Brendan and Frank.

Web site – Pay a company to generate hits to your site. By doing this we have just secured a talk with a USA bank from the Internet. This has also generated three other enquiries, one with an International Company who needs someone to speak in five different Countries for them. Always meet with the decision maker at the event. We were recently booked to speak in Scotland to a company who had just merged with a German telecommunications Company. After the talk we spent some time with the German CEO and now following up to present the same talk to the German counterparts.

Here are the details of the bootcamp:

Day 1 agenda

  • Your speech structure
  • Relaxation techniques
  • The impact of a powerful opening
  • The 7 Es of a successful talk energy excitement entertainment emotion enthusiasm education endings
  • Signatures
  • The use and misuse of PowerPoint
  • Multimedia Music Video
  • The power of stories
  •  Creating impact
  • Humour
  • Discovering the magic of the moment
  • The correct use of microphones
  • Working with event teams

Day 2 Agenda

  • The business plan Setting up and running an efficient office
  • Planning and tracking your business
  • Creating a niche market
  • Sponsorships Publicity and promotion
  • Your unique press kit Contracts
  • Building a profile
  • Essential equipment
  • Marketing with articles
  • Generating repeat and referral business
  • The importance of an excellent web site
  • Working with production houses
  • Developing and marketing products
  • Tips booklets Publishing
  • Working with speaker bureaus
  • Breaking into the International market
  • Dealing with different cultures
  • Unforgettable titles (‘Walking with Tigers’ has secured me more business than I thought possible)
  • Emarketing & affiliate selling
  • Creating and marketing with video and multimedia

Frank has run the bootcamp on 5 continents and over 500 speakers have attended, some now amongst the best in the world.