Top Three Solutions for Purchasing and Shipping US Products Abroad

As access to the Internet is improving and expanding exponentially around the world, more and more people are discovering the benefits of shopping online. Specifically, consumers around the globe are interested in purchasing U.S. products online and shipping internationally because they have access to a wider selection of products, better pricing, and overall, the merchandise is higher in quality.

Why are U.S. products in such demand even though many products in the U.S. are actually made in China? It’s simple. Products sold in the U.S. must meet strict regulations and manufacturing standards, whereas the same product sold in other countries, which are also shipped from China, may be of lesser quality because they don’t have to meet the same quality criteria.

Soft Nations is looking to provide solutions that will allow international eCommerce consumers to purchase products from the U.S. and have them shipped to their doorstep. The cost of international shipping, however, is often a barrier for consumers in some countries. For instance, Africa is one of the most expensive places in the world to ship to from the U.S., yet the one billion people who live on the continent are chomping at the bit to be recognized as top consumers of U.S. products. There is an obvious gap between desire to shop online and services available to underserved populations.

The top three solutions for purchasing and shipping U.S. products abroad without breaking the bank:

1. Find U.S. online shopping outlets that will ship internationally. These are a little hard to find, but sites like Soft Nations, whose primary goal is to provide goods to underserved populations is a good start. Most online shopping outlets do require the ability to pay with a credit card or PayPal account, however.

2. Sign up for a membership to As a part of their membership fee, they will provide you with a U.S. shipping address so when you order from an online merchant who typically won’t ship to your location, you can have the products shipped to your U.S. address. will they repackage your items to a more compact and efficient shipping container and will ship the products to your doorstep at their pre-negotiated rate with DHL. Again, with this method, the consumer will need to have a credit card or PayPal account.

3. Use the Soft Nations customized shopping and shipping service. If you don’t have access to a credit card and the online merchant won’t ship to your location, you can contact a personal customer service representative who will work with you to arrive at an online shopping solution. We can accept payment through multiple methods than many online merchants won’t consider. We can also arrange to have the product went to us and we’ll ship the product to you at the price we negotiate with DHL.

Deception in Life and Negotiation

Deception is to winning wars as wars are to securing peace. Thus, does deception lead to peace? Even though war and peace don’t exist simultaneously, they rely on each other for the other’s existence. So to what degree should we use deception to establish peace when we’re at odds with another? The answer lies in the degree we wish to establish calm for the purpose of peace, versus self-exultation, self-efficacy, or some form of selfishness.

There are times we feel deceived due to someone not abiding by their commitment to us, or when we deceive ourselves because we refuse to accept the reality of what is, or what’s coming; in the latter, we do so to create the peace within us that’s required to deal with a pending situation. In the former, we do so because of the naiveté we possessed that allowed us to be duped.

Regardless of the meaning you give a situation, understand the source of motivation that led you to such actions. Take note of how you felt as you entered into a situation, what occurred during and while you were engaged in it, and its outcome. By making note of such milestones, you’ll be creating historical markers from which to compare and adjust your future actions. You’ll be more aware of the cloak in which deceit might disguise itself and you’ll have new tools to uncover and combat it.

When your world is filled with war accept it for what it is, knowing that peace will surely follow. If you have the fortitude, you can survive almost anything. Don’t let a setback prevent you from experiencing the setup for a comeback.

What does this have to do with negotiations?

In negotiations, deceit is an integral part of the negotiation. You may give the appearance of feigning left when your intent is to move right, ask for more than you need in hopes of getting what you really want, etc. In reality, everyone’s negotiation strategy contain aspects of deceit. So, don’t get upset with the opposing negotiator because you feel he’s deceived you. Instead, plan for the inevitable, which means accounting for some form of deceit, in his efforts to maximize his outcome. After all, you’re doing the exact same thing, attempting to maximize your negotiation efforts and outcome. Account for this in your negotiations and you won’t be distraught when it occurs. In so doing you’ll be better prepared mentally to negotiate… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

Tips on How to Cope With Your Stutter – Oral Presentations/Public Speaking

Do you immediately start freaking out when you are asked to give a presentation at work or required to make a class presentation in school? Do you feel like such a situation is one of your worst nightmares because of the fact that you stutter? Would you avoid such situations at all cost? If so, what can you do to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here are some helpful tips for you which you can use during an oral presentation.

Actually before we get into that, let me tell you about a study.

In a study which was done for the general public, public speaking was rated as people’s #1 fear. It was rated higher than death! It is so obvious that this is a huge stress driving situation even for the so called “fluent” speakers, let alone people who suffer from stuttering.

I remember I used to have sleepless nights before a simple oral presentation in class or a work meeting. My mind used to solely focus on two things:

* what to do to avoid the situation… and in case there was no chance to avoid;

* how to totally hide my stutter or at least hide it as much as I can so I don’t make a fool of myself in front of others

…which both were extremely wrong by the way!

So anyways, back to the heart of today’s subject.

What can you do to be able to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here is a list of tips for you which you can start using immediately when it comes to giving a presentation as a person who stutters.

1) Make a humorous start and address your stutter with dignity and strength right in the beginning of the presentation.

2) Use a powerful voice tone. Avoid using a weak tone which will make you hold back.

3) Use a voice tone which is not monotone.

4) Role-play in a section if it is convenient for the specific presentation.

5) Make strong eye contact with your listeners.

6) Act as if you are confident and comfortable in your own skin, a bit on the “cool” side. Your physical state will definitely change your mental state… and both will reflect to your speech.

7) If you are working on a physical speech technique, make sure you use it all through the presentation.

8) Do not avoid any word. The more you avoid the worse it gets. The best way to defeat it is to face the feared word over and over again and prove yourself that you can say it.

9) If convenient, use humorous visual material in your presentation. That will ease the audience and you’ll feel more relaxed.

10) Focus on the outcome you want to get out of that specific situation, not what others will think about you if you stutter!

Try all or some of these the next time you face with a speaking situation where you are expected to give a presentation and see what kind of results you’ll get… and of course let me know because as I always say, the reason I am here writing this article is you and your success!