Communication: a fundamental ingredient in a successful relationship

It’s a well-known fact that communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage. Without effective communication, a couple is unable to discuss important issues and resolve their disagreements. This can often lead to feelings of detachment, anger or resentment in the long term. Although I refer to communication in relationships these tips are equally important in any important relationship in your life.

Communication can be tough, especially if it is with someone you have been in a relationship with for a long time. After a while, couples get comfortable with each other and, as a result, the level of communication tends to decrease. Assuming your partner already knows something or not taking the time to communicate with them can lead to a relationship breakdown over time.

Comfort should not equal less communication. There are many issues that may arise if you don’t keep yourself open and make an effort to communicate with your partner. Follow these simple tips to keep the communication lines open between you and your partner.

1. Never Assume
It’s important not to assume something unless you’ve communicated directly with your partner about it. This could be anything from a roster of household chores, to making assumptions about the way your partner thinks or feels about a particular issue. If you’re unsure, ask your partner and avoid arguments or misunderstandings.

2. Say what you mean
If you have something to say, say it. But make sure you’re clear with your communication and that you’re actually getting the right message across. There’s nothing more confusing (and frustrating) than receiving conflicting messages from your partner. In some cases, it may even help to write your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper. By writing it down you are able to construct your thoughts in a clear and concise way and ensure you’re getting all the important bits of information across.

3. Don’t be afraid of a disagreement
If you disagree with something your partner has said or done, you should let them know in a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t avoid these conversations for fear of a disagreement. While a disagreement may be difficult to deal with in the short term, an open dialogue about such issues will do wonders for your relationship in the long run. By staying quiet about issues that are important to you, you will only become resentful and angry.

4. Communicate the good, not just the bad
Communication in relationships is not just important when there is an issue to address. If you have something good to say about your partner, say it loud and often. By communicating feelings of love and appreciation with your partner you will nurture the love and trust in your relationship.

5. Make time to communicate
With work and kids and extra curriculum activities it’s easy to see how some couples can’t find the time to communicate with each other. It’s very important you set aside some time on a regular basis to reconnect and communicate with your partner. This may be every day or simply on a weekly basis. Make sure you shut off all electronics and remove yourself from distractions to really focus on what each other has to say.

AusPsychology offers professional counselling services to people having communication difficulties. Their experienced counsellors can help you improve your communication skills and work towards better relationships with your partner or significant others. If you would like to talk to someone about relationship counselling , contact AusPsychology today.

How to Purchase the Best Pots Online

There are a lot of garden pots that are available today. You can compare some available products on the Internet these days. Many people are interested to buy these garden pots online because of many reasons. Most online stores usually offer flexible time and options for all customers. This is the main reason why you may want to consider purchasing your favorite pots on the Internet. However, you have to consider some important factors before buying the best product for your garden. Here are some useful tips that can guide all homeowners to buy the best pots on the Internet.

1. Get the right materials

You have to compare some products to check their materials. There are some recommended items that you can purchase today, for example glazed, fiber glass, light weight, polished pebble, Bon Fire, Terrazo, or Tuscan pots. You can see many other products that are offered on the Internet these days. Each material may have its own benefits for all users.

2. Read some testimonials

Before you buy your favorite pots online, you have to read some testimonials or reviews from other users. These reviews can help you choose the right product that is popular today. Reputable products are usually made from high quality materials. You should see some positive and negative reviews from other users, so you can compare some available products easily.

3. Compare their prices

Different products may be sold at different prices. It is recommended that you compare some online stores before you buy high quality pots from these online stores. Some stores may offer bulk discounts for their customers who purchase several garden pots at the same time. These discounts are offered by some online stores because they want to attract visitors or customers.

4. Determine the proper size for your pot

This is another important tip for all homeowners. You should determine the right size for your pot. The pot should have proper size for your garden, so it can improve the overall look of your garden easily. If you have large garden, you may want to consider purchasing large pots from some online stores. Choosing the right pot size is very important for all homeowners who want to get benefits from this outdoor furniture.

5. Choose the right shipping option

After finding the right product on the Internet, you have to choose the proper shipping option. The delivery process becomes an essential thing that you should consider when purchasing your favorite pots. It is important to find the best seller that has safe shipping option for all customers. Having proper delivery option is very effective to make sure that your pots are delivered to your house without any damages, scratches, or breaks.

It is not a difficult task to find the best pots online. You are able to compare some available products that are available on the Internet these days. It is a good idea to buy high quality pots from reputable and reliable online stores. M Lennon is a great store that sells a lot of durable garden pots for all customers. You can choose the right products based on your needs or preferences.

Ideas All Trades Fixing Brisbane’s Storm Damaged Homes and New Building Projects

Brisbane based and BSA licensed Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd  is stepping up their private building project. The family owned business is expanding rapidly to cater to the more diverse requirements of private construction in the Brisbane area.

Ideas All Trades Pty. Ltd. formerly Ideas Painting & Plastering are armed with 9 years of trades and trades management experience in the Brisbane region with a focus on building in the Logan area.

With well demonstrated success in the insurance repair sector, and a thirst for solid growth in work load capacity and service provision, Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd are branching out in pursuit of low rise building projects including renovation, repairs and extensions on homes, new homes and commercial buildings.

As Ideas Painting & Plastering, they assisted thousands of Brisbane residence affected by the major floods of Australia Day 2012. They continue to repair storm damaged and flood affected homes; homes broken into and homes burnt out by fire on behalf of several National insurers and other major National Builders.

The trust earned by thousands of Brisbane residence is clear. Just have a look at the myriad of video testimonials they accrued on their You Tube channel. The link here will take you to the company’s founding director Will Warrens’ YouTube channel which is packed with Brisbane homeowners all voicing their approval and thanks to the Ideas tradies and administration staff for their swift and quality service.

In fact, speed, quality and ensuring customers have as little disruption to their home life with as higher quality finish as possible, is a major part of the Ideas All Trades customer service policy. They are trying to bring positive attitudes to the fore about trades practices, quality, trust in trades and value in the building trades consumer market.

Their experience as a builder responsible for insurance claim funded repairs has heightened Ideas All Trades’ commitment to quality building. The demand of high standards in insurance repairs plus the need to adapt high turnovers of unique repair requirements has given Ideas All Trades a building advantage.

The advantage is the Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd model of job management. They have most skilled building trades people required for any home repair, renovation or house extension job on their books and maintain their relationship with Brisbane construction industry and custom manufacturing small businesses by regular contact and support.

They have also developed strong ties to local engineers and other building professionals offering the owner builder, and potential homeowner assured standards of structural safety. They offer experienced support to gaining council approval to building projects such as extensions and major renovations as well.

The benefits flow to the customer who no longer needs to worry about finding trusted tradesmen and engineers to complete each complicated task. Neither is there worry for the customer to organize the order and scheduling of each tradesman in turn.

For more information or to find out how you can get started on your building project visit the Ideas All Trades website and arrange a quote today.

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

On-line social media has completely altered not just the way people interact with each other, but more importantly the way that clients interact with businesses.

With more than 700 million users world-wide, Facebook on its own is a gargantuan marketing entity, with many others like Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus. While we are subject to a lot of media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- altered the way that all types of business with a public presence operates, and are now as fundamental to businesses as an email address and a homepage.

But along with all the obvious differences that social media has made to marketing, it is necessary to hold a realistic assessment of its capabilities and results.

Sadly, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes numerous shonky or ill-informed firms and “social media experts” which focus on new businesses by over-hyping and under-delivering.

Many millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is completely wasted on useless social media ideas every year. But social media is not magic. Without solid marketing and business fundamentals behind it, an online social media presence will fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and hosting fees, social media must have a continual presence, fresh content and site maintenance in order to be successful, and that demands valuable time that many businesses can’t afford to spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane offers to do all the work for you, while still allowing for approval and oversight by their clients.

Examples of where businesses often do the wrong thing with social media include:

• Bad Content
Dull or even stolen items, outdated suggestions, and embarrassing attempts to be current are all too common regarding content published online. Be real: people on the internet are generally savvy, and will recognise hypocrisy and arrogance from miles.

• Impatience
Developing a healthy online social network takes time and persistence. A successful network will not sprout up in a jiffy, you need time and content to see results. All too often a business will start up a social media profile, watch the results for a short period of time and then quit with annoyance when they don’t see the unrealistic results they hoped for.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content regularly over numerous platforms is far better than using up all your content at once or not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we encounter every day, without a consistent reminder of your brand’s presence you will very quickly be forgotten. Just a small weekly update can do wonders for sustaining and growing relationships with customers.

We here at Social Media Brisbane are experienced and know exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a part of a company’s marketing strategy rather than the only important tactic.

And most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimisation procedures into our work, something no other social media group does.

Choosing consultants who concentrate on gimmicks before content and who endlessly throw around buzzwords such as “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and goals can simply end up as an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.