The History of the Push Present

From personalized baby shower gifts to a more sentimental idea, finding the perfect gift for new moms can be a challenge. The push present isn’t a new fad, though its recent resurgence has prompted many friends, families, and especially partners of pregnant women to start talking about what they are and where they came from.

A push present, also known as baby gift, push gift, or baby bauble, is a present that the partner gives to the new mother to commemorate the special occasion of the child’s birth. This celebration is marked by some sort of personalized gift, which is traditionally jewelry of any kind.

This one of a kind present can have its roots traced back to England and India. In England, new mothers were given elegant rings to commemorate their child’s birth. In India, mothers were given sets of gold jewelry for new babies. A mother usually received a more elaborate set for the birth of a baby boy, though baby girls were certainly celebrated with gold as well.

The first time the term “push present” was actually used in print was in 1992 by author Karen Heller. Until that time, the idea of a push present was largely passed around from person to person by word of mouth. Expectant mothers would drop hints, and families would suggest gift ideas. Recently however, the push present has become quite the presence in the media from celebrities receiving extravagant gifts. Fashion designer Rachel Zoe received a 10 carat ring from her husband Rodger in 2011, reality television star Peggy Tanous was given a Bentley in 2007, and Mariah Carey received a diamond and sapphire necklace from her husband Nick Cannon in 2011 after the birth of their twins.

There are no set rules of etiquette when it comes to push presents. As etiquette expert Pamela Holland says, “The standard is that there is no standard… This is far too intimate to have a rule.” Many women will let their husbands or partners know that they would love to receive a sentimental gift to celebrate the baby’s birth, though many men are now taking it upon themselves to find a meaningful and personal gift for the new mom all on their own.

Many women see push presents as a thoughtful opportunity to celebrate and commemorate their child’s birth. Whether its jewelry or another sentimental gift, the birth of a new child is always a happy occasion and should be celebrated.

Commercial Property – Presentation Strategies You Must Have In Sales and Leasing Property

In commercial real estate you are on the stage when it comes to selling and leasing property. You as the salesperson are the performer and the property market is your stage. Every day is a performance. The better you are at the process the more business you will attract.

This means that every part of your job in real estate has to be a personal performance and practice is the key to self-improvement. These are the stages on which to practice and refine:

  1. Taking a telephone enquiry regards a property for sale or for lease
  2. Prospecting for listings by the telephone
  3. Prospecting for listings personally in the streets and local area
  4. Inspecting property with sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants
  5. Presenting your property proposal to landlords and property owners
  6. Talking to a group of people on any public occasion
  7. Following up after a meeting or discussion
  8. Meeting with business leaders of the local community
  9. When conducting a negotiation or closing a deal
  10. When documenting an agreement, a contract or lease

You may be able to think of some more situations here, and that is fine. Importantly your skill in connecting and communicating in these situations has to be the finest of performances.

Take for example the item 4 above where you have to inspect a property. It pays to have a process or checklist that keeps you at the highest professional levels as you show or move through the property. It can be done in a simple way. Try this checklist:

  • Take the people to the property the best way that shows the area in the best way.
  • Have the entrance to the property ready with lights and air conditioning on, keys organised and ready, and easy access provided through the front door.
  • Know what’s in the property before you get there and have a preferred path of inspection within the property.
  • Rubbish and clutter must be removed.
  • Improvements within the property should be clean and functional
  • Services and amenities that are in the property should be clean and operational
  • Presentation from the front door to the back door should be great
  • Signage on the property should be clearly defined and any lighting therein operational
  • An information memorandum or brochure for the property should be available at hand to give to the inspecting party
  • Know everything you can about the neighbouring properties, the local area, the transport, and the local roads.
  • Have details of the history of the property so that any questions can be clearly addressed in the inspection.
  • Have your sign and name on the property (nothing is worse than taking a prospect to a property that has 5 other agents boards at the front gate)

Remember that you are the performer when it comes to the real estate market and that you are on stage every day. Practice your performance and make it the best. Stand out head and shoulders above the performance of your real estate competitors.

Building Confidence – How to Present Yourself Well and Get All the Goodies You Want

Recently, I’ve come to understand something more strongly and clearly than ever before: presentation matters.

I have always considered myself a very lucky person. People around me have a tendency to take me seriously and respect me as a professional and as a person. People tend to have great faith in my abilities, and offer me opportunities. They also tend to give me the benefit of the doubt any time they can.

Why is this the way it is?

Is it because I’m attractive, intelligent, or hard-working? Maybe to some extent. But there are many other attractive, intelligent, hard-working people who do not get this same treatment.

The main reason I get the recognition and credit I get is presentation.

Building confidence with presentation

I care about the way I physically look, smell, and even feel. And I care about the way others perceive me – my looks, my actions, my attitude.

At work, I make a conscious choice every day to look and behave professionally. This has formed such a strong impression in my colleagues that, when I show up at a casual or athletic event, they are shocked to see me wearing sneakers.

In general, I make a conscious choice every day to at least look put-together. Unless you catch me just letting my dog out to do her business, you’ll see me wearing clean clothes that fit and are appropriate for the situation.

While I would rather be over-dressed than under-, it surprises me when other think my style is “fancy” or “glamorous.” I don’t see my style that way at all. I focus on being appropriate and put-together.

It’s, of course, not a bad thing if people think of me as fancy or glamorous. What matters is that I get the results from my presentation of myself that I want – which I clearly am.

Building confidence with style

The key to giving others a strong impression of who you are and what you stand for is to be focused and consistent in your style.

The idea is not to restrict yourself, because trying new things with your style can be exciting and fun, but to have a few guidelines to stick with.

I like to use three adjectives or words to describe myself and my personal style.

For example, my style is currently:

  • sophisticated,
  • body-conscious, and
  • energetic.

Using these three adjectives to ‘vet’ potential wardrobe additions helps me stick to the right flavor and tone for my life and wardrobe.

However, it still allows for experimentation. For example, I can play with the ideas of hard and soft, without allowing myself to veer off (for example, into a decidedly un-sophisticated hoochie look). This helps to keep my wardrobe focused and consistent with who I am – and who I’d like other people to see.

It’s also important to behave in a focused and consistent manner.

Building confidence with behavior

The ideas of organization and self-management are paramount. While we all know this, many people do not practice personal responsibility.

Again, the key is to be focused and consistent. Know what’s important to you, and make consistent improvement on those things. Don’t worry about the things that aren’t important to you.

If you want to get goodies like I do, remember that presentation matters!