Be Mindful Of The Strangulation Hazard Presented By Window Blinds

Far too many people do not realize the strangulation hazard presented to children by the window blinds in their homes. Window blinds are a potential products liability because the cords used to pull the blinds up and down present a strangulation hazard. The danger is particularly strong for young children.

Although there are currently standards in place to prevent this from happening they are not as strict as they could be. It is believed that the best way to put an end to strangulation from window blinds is for manufacturers to design them with out the use of the cords that can be so dangerous.

The statistics surrounding window blind as a product liability are staggering. A shocking one child a month dies from strangulation caused by a cord of a window blind.

Even more alarming is that this statistic has been true for a couple of decades. This raises questions as to why window blind companies are not making their products safer. You would think that the designers and manufacturers would want to work to improve this statistic and make it safe for all family’s to bring window blinds into their homes.

Sadly, it’s not just window blinds that present a hazard to children in their homes. There are countless children’s products that have been recalled because they present a threat to the health and safety of a child. The most note worthy of these products are the ones that effect the safety of a child’s bed.

Drop side cribs were part of a recent recall when over $2 million cribs were recalled. The drop side cribs presented a hazard where the child could become trapped, suffocate or fall from their crib. A child’s crib should be one of their safest places to be and thanks to this recall and the recent attention drop side cribs will no longer be made or sold in resale shops and people are being told not to give them away or hand them down either.

Another example of a product liability in a child’s bed is the crib bumper. Crib bumpers have been speculated as suffocation hazards for a long time. At this time there has been no recall or safety warning issued for crib bumpers.

As a parent you need to make your home as safe for your children as possible. Removing window blinds and their cords can save a life. Keep in mind that products sold in the store for your children may not be totally safe. It is up to you to do research on these products and use your common sense. If something seems questionable don’t use it.

Spy Earpiece: A Micro Earpiece That Will Help You Through Presentations, Interviews, Speeches + More

This device originally developed for covert operations is now made available for the public to use. Each earpiece kit can provide a way for you to transmit and receive audio information without anybody in the room knowing. Whether you want to receive pre-recorded messages or information from another party to assist you during your presentation/interview or speech, the earpiece can be set up with your phone, audio recorder, radio, or MP3 player to send the message to your earpiece, placed in your ear channel so that it is undetectable.. All kits also include a built in microphone so that you can engage in 2 way conversation should you wish

So how does it work?

The key is the inductive transmitter that will transmit audio from a phone/mp3 player to the earpiece. The transmitter itself is available in many forms. For example the transmitter may be included within a neckloop to be worn around the users neck, this may connect to your phone or mp3 player via its earphone socket. Or you may have a Bluetooth are often included in everyday objectes such as a pair of glasses, a Pen or even a bluetooth watch. The transmitter acts as the aerial for reception and signal transmitter from phone to earpiece. At the same time, output sound picked up by the tiny microphone attached to the neckloop/pen/glasses is sent through your phone just as if the user is talking directly into it.

How to Use The Spy Earpiece?

Depending on what kind of information you wish to receive the earpiece can be set up to suit. For example during a presentation or speech you may wish to pre-record your speech or presentation on an mp3 player, then play it back to yourself during the presentation/speech. Or simply record a simple prompt for each point you would like to make. You could then connect up your mp3 player to an inductive neckloop included in most earpiece kits, and wear a spy earpiece. So long as the battery is inserted into the earpiece you will hear the audio from your mp3 player in the earpiece.

Alternatively you may prefer to have a team prepped in another room to assist you during your speech. This can be achieved by simply starting a mobile phone conversation with your team just before the speech starts. You would then need to either connect an inductive neckloop to the headphone output of your phone, or pair your phone with a bluetooth induction neckloop/pen/glasses. Insert the earpiece into your ear making sure the battery is inserted correctly. Your team should be able to hear your speech in real time over the phone, and can give you tips in your earpiece along the way. The same may apply in an interview situation, you may wish to have a third party issue you advice during your interview.

Each Inductive transmitter whether it be a neckloop or a bluetooth device like a pen, glasses or bluetooth neckloop, will also include a built in microphone so you can also talk back to your colleagues should you wish during your speech/presentation or interview.

Lets not forget the original intention of the Spy Earpiece which is for security and covert surveillance. The Spy Earpiece excels in these situations where the requirement is for a security operative to communicate covertly.

The key to success is in the careful planning and preparation so that everything runs smooth.

The way I see it, when the challenge is great and the results mean everything, why not try the Spy Earpiece and take the risk out of the equation?

Why Practice Makes Perfect For an Effective Presentation

Hello everyone. First I want to thank you for appreciation. For this topic that I’ll speak about, I recommend you this book, it fits perfectly to everyone, simple and easy to understand: “Public Speaking for Success” – Dale Carnegie.

I strongly recommend you to read, and if you like it, feel free to write a post about what the effect of this book in your life.

Next I want to present you some benefits of public speaking, well I need to mention… this is my opinion; yours, could be different.

- courage

- value

- long-term relationships

- self- confidence

- experience

All things mentioned above, are real and extremely useful in many occasions when speaking in public. Next I will present some steps before speaking, a few things that are necessary to do:

The most important thing, start with a positive thinking and good attitude. If you have enemies in hall, people who may hate you; Consider all your friends. I know it’s hard, but is not impossible.
Make sure that you spent time in choosing your ideas, very carefully according to the subject for that you have been chosen to speak – don’t try to sell nuts.
Be confident about your ideas, and sell them for a high value.
Spent sometime in front of a mirror to practice your presentation
Be relaxed – the most important factor; be cool – smile, make some fun ( not too much); be yourself – don’t try to be a famous one, or a magician or something like that… it won’t work.. in some situations, people know you better than you know yourself, so don’t try any tricks.
Use your body language, don’t freak yourself, don’t freeze your body byremaining and present from the same place where you began your presentation. Expand yourself, creating a large space where to walk, but don’t think about where you’ll go in that space… your body will act naturally according to your speech and what you are saying ( as it is with body language), be as much natural in your acts
Don’t think about F.E.A.R. There is NO F.E.A.R.
Answer to questions mentioned by public, don’t interrupt them when the ask. Just listen, think about and answer.
Finally say some appreciations about the people, you may be thankful for their attention, participation, being an active public. Wish them your best Regards from yours.
I hope you’ve learned something from this, anyway you will see more detailed in Carnegie’s book. Thank you for your time reading this article.

How to Create a Simple, Effective Presentation Kit

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your image is to create a presentation kit. It’s so simple and it has a powerful effect on your networking. I never cease to be amazed at the positive response I get when I hand my packet to someone during a face-to-face meeting.

Benefits of using a Presentation Kit:

* Upgrades your image
* Makes you look professional
* Keeps you organized in your networking vs. handing over a bunch of papers
* Makes you look organized
* Your information is less likely to get lost on someone’s desk when it’s compiled in a nice folder
* You can make a bunch ahead of time or update as you wish

What is a Presentation Kit?

It’s a simple folder with selected marketing and promotional materials of your choice. Traditionally, this is called a “press kit” and to be filled with published articles and media samples. A low-tech way to start is to go to Staples and find your self a 2-pocket paper folder. They now come in a variety of textures and colors. I like the glossy black folders because they match my red and black business cards. Choose something you like.

Glue your card (or post card size business card is even better) to the front with paper glue, insert your card on the inside pocket and be prepared to put a few of your prized marketing materials inside.

Here are a few ideas of what to put in your presentation kit:

NOTE: you do not have to use ALL of the following, 2 – 3 works just as well

* A brief introduction letter to the person you are giving it to
* Your latest flyer
* Your upcoming events flyer
* Bio page or Meet “Jane” – a picture and interesting background info as to why you do what you do today
* Program descriptions
* A recent copy of your newsletter
* A recent article you wrote or published piece
* An interview (ask a friend to interview you, record it and transcribe)
* An incentive or “call to action” to test-drive your services
* A description of what you do in your first time sessions
* Top 25 benefits of working with you (situational problems you feel confident you can help solve)
* Client testimonials

How to use a Presentation Kit:

I find it best used when you meet with people one-on-one or for booking workshops. Be sure to pass it along to decision makers (the people who sign the checks!) that have expressed interest in meeting you.

* Send with a letter to where you can offer publicity events – talks / radio shows / etc.
* Bring with you to your one-on-one networking meetings
* Point out ONE thing in your folder as you hand it over to someone

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