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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

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  • Understanding Human Behaviour

    28 November 2017

    Understanding Human Behaviour Many people have problems understanding the behaviour of others. Not only do we have trouble understanding the behaviour and the minds of others, we sometimes have trouble understanding ourselves. The mind is difficult to understand because it is an invisible, non-material thing. Your mind is immaterial. By contrast... Continue Reading >

    Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Putting Things Into Perspective

    11 August 2017

    Putting Things Into Perspective It is important to distinguish between two types of things: important things and trivial things. It would be a big mistake to get these two mixed up, wouldn't it? It would be a big mistake to treat an important thing as if it were trivial. And it... Continue Reading >

    Putting Things Into Perspective
  • How to be More Confident

    01 March 2017

    How to be More Confident Confidence is important because how you feel in any situation will affect how you act. If you are feeling confident, then you are more likely to take effective action. If you are lacking confidence, then you are much less likely to take effective action. Confident people... Continue Reading >

    How to be More Confident
  • A Christmas Tale

    23 December 2016

    A Christmas Tale When I was a boy I loved Christmas, for the same reason every little kid loves Christmas. Presents! I grew up in a poor part of town. My parents didn't have much, so we kids didn't get much. Having new toys was a rare event. I remember when... Continue Reading >

    A Christmas Tale
  • Goodbye 2016

    20 December 2016

    Goodbye 2016 Wow, we made it! I thought for a moment we would not make it to the end of 2016 in one piece. It certainly has been a bumpy ride. I don't know how you feel about 2016. I don't know what you think about all the things that have... Continue Reading >

    Goodbye 2016
  • Take Back Control

    02 December 2016

    Take Back Control It is an interesting fact that the ideas you have in your mind, affect what you see, how you feel, and how you respond to situations. For example: Imagine a person commits a crime. How would you explain that? If you believed in determinism, you would say... Continue Reading >

    Take Back Control
  • How to Make More Money

    27 September 2016

    How to Make More Money If you want more money there are three things you need to do: Produce. Trade. Save. The financially successful, develop their ability to produce, trade and save. 1. Produce. If you want to earn more money, you need to have something to trade in exchange for... Continue Reading >

    How to Make More Money
  • After Brexit Vote: What is the Plan Now?

    24 June 2016

    After Brexit Vote: What is the plan now? One of the most common comments of the Remain camp during the referendum was: "If we leave Europe, what's the plan for the economy?" and "What is the economic plan from the Brexit camp?" The answer is simple: Free markets don't have plans... Continue Reading >

    After Brexit Vote: What is the Plan Now?
  • How to Master the Art of Sales

    08 March 2016

    How to Master the Art of Sales If you are in business, then you must be able to "sell" your products and services to people who are either your existing customers or your potential new customers. EVERY organisation must be, to some degree, a sales organisation. You need to attract new... Continue Reading >

    How to Master the Art of Sales
  • How to Make This Year your Best Year Ever

    04 January 2016

    How to make 2016, your best year ever You may have noticed two things: 1. That Christmas and New Year are both fast approaching AND 2. There is a lot of pessimistic talk about next year being a bad one The first statement is a certainty: Christmas and New Year will... Continue Reading >

    How to Make This Year your Best Year Ever
  • Natural Law: Use It Or Lose It

    27 November 2015

    A wise person would always try to live in accordance with the Laws of Nature. A fool is a man who thinks he can break the laws of nature. The laws of nature are the laws that describe the way that the natural world operates. If you align yourself, and your... Continue Reading >

    Natural Law: Use It Or Lose It
  • I Have Made an Amazing Discovery

    30 October 2015

    I have made an amazing discovery If you will learn and apply this discovery, you will be better able to persuade people to accept your proposal, buy your products, and accept your ideas. You may use this discovery to improve your results. The idea is this: People are more influenced by... Continue Reading >

    I Have Made an Amazing Discovery
  • Onus of Proof Principle

    11 September 2015

    There is a principle of logic that says that the onus of proof is on the prosecution. The onus of proof is not on the accused. The accused does not need to prove his/her innocence. The person who is making (or implying) an accusation, is the one who must prove their... Continue Reading >

    Onus of Proof Principle
  • Aristotle Blog

    17 March 2015

    Aristotle Blog This is the third blog in a series. We are covering the three biggest names in philosophy; Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Everyone knows the names Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. These are the three lions of philosophy. Their names are known the world over. But, unless you have made them... Continue Reading >

    Aristotle Blog
  • Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!

    13 March 2015

    Make today, Friday 13th, a great day! Many people think that Friday 13th is unlucky. Why is that? Many people think Friday 13th is unlucky because many people still believe in numerology. Numerology is the mystic belief that your life is governed by Fate; in the form of lucky and... Continue Reading >

    Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!
  • Plato's Blog

    03 March 2015

    Previously: Socrates In our last newsletter we looked at Socrates. We learned how Socrates' great contribution to philosophy was to challenge us all to think more deeply about what we mean when we use moral words; what does it MEAN to say, Justice, Fairness, Equality and Friend. Socrates said that if... Continue Reading >

    Plato's Blog
  • What Could you Learn From Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?

    03 February 2015

    What Could You Learn from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? I am guessing that you have heard the names Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. You probably know that they are the three most famous philosophers in history. But unless you have made it a special study, you may not know much about what... Continue Reading >

    What Could you Learn From Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?
  • Don't you Trust Me?

    14 June 2012

    Handling difficult people: "Don't you trust me?" Trust Last week a female delegate on my course asked me a good question relating to the issue of trust. She said, "Can I ask you a question related to trust? I don't know how to handle the situation when my daughter, or anyone... Continue Reading >

    Don't you Trust Me?
  • What is Truth?

    21 May 2012

    Truth - What is Truth? You operate in a world of complexity and some danger. So it is important to discern: 1. Truth from falsehood. 2. Truth from lies. 3. True answers from the mistakes. But the "truth" is difficult to discover. In fact, the whole concept of "truth" is shrouded... Continue Reading >

    What is Truth?
  • What are the Psychological Differences Between Men and Women

    09 February 2012

    What are the psychological differences between men and women? This week, during a management training course, I was making the point that conflict management should be a rational, not an emotional transaction. That an emotionalised conflict situation is dangerous for all parties concerned; That a "rational conflict" may prove to be... Continue Reading >

    What are the Psychological Differences Between Men and Women
  • Managing your Stress

    19 October 2011

    Managing your stress - Stress management In these days; many people say they feel stressed - which they consider to be a bad thing. Being stressed is not necessarily a bad thing, because stress is the trigger for adaptation, and as any good scientist knows, adaptation is good. BUT stressful circumstances... Continue Reading >

    Managing your Stress
  • Sales Training With Nlp

    08 August 2011

    Sales training with NLP How sales people mess up too many sales opportunities that they should have won We have noticed a common error committed by too many sales people, especially those operating in the service sector. We want to tell you what the sales error is, so that you don... Continue Reading >

    Sales Training With Nlp
  • Problem Solving Method

    21 February 2011

    Problem solving method If you are to make progress towards your goals, then you must solve the problems that stand in your way. In order to solve problems you need to understand them. In order to understand them you need to analyse them. Analysis Analysis is the act of dividing a... Continue Reading >

    Problem Solving Method
  • Advanced Communication Skills

    07 August 2009

    How to get to the truth Introduction I was in SAUDI ARABIA this week running a management course. We were discussing the problem of asking incisive questions to discover the truth, or specific facts. Mohammed, a delegate asked me: "Have you got any tips on how to get at the truth... Continue Reading >

    Advanced Communication Skills