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Other Skills Blogs

All our blogs contain valuable knowledge and skills.

Here are a few that don't fit in a specific category, but are as equally important and relevant to your improvement and development as an individual.

Other Skills Blogs

How Do you Know That What you Believe is Actually True?

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If something is trending on Twitter, does it make it true? There are various ways in which you gain and verify knowledge, not all of them are reliable. Which ones do you use, and which can you trust?

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Six Reasons Why Leadership Training is Important

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Good leaders are vital to the success of any organisation, by inspiring and empowering their staff to achieve the goals of the business. It is not true that leaders are born not made. Leaders can be taught to be great with good leadership training.

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Understanding Human Behaviour

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Understanding the behaviour of other people can be difficult, understanding ourselves can be even more tricky. Understanding why people behave the way they do, can be better understood by studying both the disciplines of philosophy and psychology.

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Putting Things Into Perspective

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Many people make the mistake of treating trivial things as important. This causes them to over-react and become too emotional. As a result, they respond negatively to situations that are, in fact, unimportant.

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How to be More Confident

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Confident people tend to perform better than those who lack confidence. Here are some tips to help you improve your level of confidence.

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A Christmas Tale

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It was 1970 and all I wanted for Christmas was an Action Man. Did my dream come true?

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Goodbye 2016

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The decisions that were made this year have changed the course of the future; and we are all in a state of anticipation, (either fear or excitement) about what 2017 will bring us.

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Take Back Control

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If you have not succeeded as well as you would have liked, how do you explain that? Is it because of your parents, your boss, your friends, the government, or God, or just bad luck, or is it down to yourself?

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How to Make More Money

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Three steps to making money.

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After Brexit Vote: What is the Plan Now?

24 June 2016 After Brexit Vote: What is the plan now? Thumbnail

What's the plan for the economy when we leave the EU?

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Natural Law: Use It Or Lose It

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It is important to impose demands on yourself that will improve upon your current levels of performance.

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I Have Made an Amazing Discovery

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Apply this discovery and you will be better able to persuade people to accept your proposal, buy your products, and accept your ideas.

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Onus of Proof Principle

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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

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What Skills and Knowledge are Required by a First Time Manager?

26 August 2015

What Skills and Knowledge are Required by a First Time Manager? Are you a first time manager? If you are a first time manager then you were probably made-up to be the new manager because you knew the job, better than anyone else. You knew the job, the customers, the suppliers

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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

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Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!

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Many people think Friday the 13th is unlucky because many people still believe in numerology.

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Plato's Blog

3 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

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What Could you Learn From Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?

3 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

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Ten Top Tips on How to be a Better Manager

24 December 2014

10 Top Tips on How to be a Better Manager If you are a manager, then you have a job that can, sometimes, be difficult to do. There are many aspects to managing tasks and people. And you might need some help with certain aspects of leadership and management. On our

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Management Training: Delegation

31 October 2014

Management Training: Delegation Delegation is an important management skill. Delegation is the act of entrusting a task to another person. Many managers need training on how to delegate properly. Why don't many managers delegate properly? Because they don't know HOW to delegate; or because they are AFRAID to delegate; or BOTH

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New Skills for New Managers

14 October 2014

New Skills for New Managers New managers often need some support to learn new skills. The new skills they need are certain PEOPLE SKILLS relating to managing the performance of people. New managers are often promoted primarily on the strength of their technical ability and knowledge. The new manager is usually

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Praise and Appreciation

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Do you appreciate your staff? Do you let them know that you appreciate their work? People do not work for money alone, people need social motivators, praise for a job well done. Please show a little bit of appreciation today.

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6 Fundamental Management Skills

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Six skills needed by everyone who wants to succeed in their role as a manager or team leader.

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Training for New Managers

6 June 2014

Training for new managers Training for new managers is important, because many new managers are promoted into their new role, mostly by virtue of their superior technical knowledge, or by the fact that they have been there, in your organisation, for such a long time. Since they know the systems, they

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Seven Skills of Management Training

18 March 2014

Seven skills of management training Management training is training that will teach your leader-managers the must-have skills, knowledge, attitudes, and attributes they need to acquire, if they are to get the very best performance from themselves and the rest of the team. Management training is important for your organisation because the

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Team Leader Training

4 December 2013

Team leader training is important Why? Because your future prosperity depends on the productive capability of teams. Since hardly anyone lives and works alone, and since we live and we work in small teams, then we depend on the productive capacity of teams. Teams need to be organised and managed by

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How can I Improve My Leadership Skills

15 August 2013

How can I improve my leadership skills? Are you looking for ways to improve your leadership skills? The good news is that Leadership skills can be learned, practiced and improved. How can you learn and practice leadership skills? You can start by recognising that leaders MUST be different from non-leaders. There

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What Makes a Good Team Leader

12 June 2013

What makes a good team leader? A team leader may be defined as, "A member of a team or organisation who is primarily responsible for the communication of a clear goal, together with the intelligent organisation of the teams resources that will best achieve the goal in the most efficient manner

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New Manager Training - Where can I Find a Good Manager Training Course?

17 May 2013

New manager training: Where can I find a good manager training course? Where can you find good new manager training? Let us assume that you have a manager who is in charge of a team of people. The person has been with your company for a few years and knows the

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Manager Training

31 January 2013

Manager training Manager training is training specifically designed to help you to improve your performance in the role of a manager. Manager training is intended to give you specific instructions that will provide guidance and information that will allow you to do two thin

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How to Gain More Confidence as a New Manager

7 January 2013

How to gain more confidence as a manager Are you just starting out in the role of leader or manager? If yes, then you would probably agree that it is sometimes difficult to feel as confident as you would like to feel. You may lack confidence because your situation is new

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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

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Soft Skills Training for Team Leaders and Managers

30 April 2012

Soft skills training for team leaders and managers Soft skills training is a whole range of specific communication skills one must have if you wish to operate well in an organisation made up of many different personalities. Soft skills' training is contrasted to "hard skills" which are more technical in nature

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Front Line Management Training

23 March 2012

Front Line Management Training Most managers are not front line managers. That is, most managers need ONLY manage the process: they are not asked to simultaneously: Deal with members of the public Do "the job" itself Manage the all the individuals in the working team...........as well as manage the process Other

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First Time Manager Training

19 March 2012

The first time manager has a difficult role to fill The first time managers are often promoted from within the organisation so they must suddenly assume a position of some authority. The others in the team may not take this new situation seriously, so the first time managers may initially struggle

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How can you Gain Respect as a New Manager Or Team Leader?

27 February 2012

Learn how to gain respect as a new manager or team leader Everyone wants respect. Nobody wants to be disrespected. There are two ways to gain respect: You can try to demand respect from others. You can earn respect from others. Only the second method will work. You cannot simply demand

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What are the Psychological Differences Between Men and Women

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Are women more organised than men and can men cope with stress better than women?

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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

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Sales Training With Nlp

8 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

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How to be an Effective Leader Manager

11 November 2008

How to be an Effective Leader Manager All effective leader-managers share certain characteristics It is these characteristics that allow them to qualify as an effective leader manager. In order to improve your abilities as a better leader and manager, we suggest that you should focus on developing six specific characteristics: 1

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Blog Categories

Accelerated Learning (7)

Accelerated learning techniques are special methods of organising information, so that you can more rapidly memorise and more accurately recall it on demand. Accelerated learning also includes mind mapping and creative thinking techniques.

Assertiveness (10)

Assertiveness is a both a communication style and a mind-set which, when combined, allows a people to express their meaning using just the amount of forcefulness, in relation to their body language, voice tone and spoken language.

Change Management (20)

Change management training is how to use the fact of continuous change, to work FOR you, rather than against you. It is a fact that all improvement implies change, but many people hate change. Change management is about training people to love change as a means of making the future better.

Coaching, Mentoring and Developing Staff (8)

There is a pressing need to develop the next generation of leaders, managers and technical experts. One way to develop staff is through coaching and mentoring. To be an effective coach and mentor is not an easy skill to master. These blogs discuss the skills of coaching, mentoring and staff development.

Communication - Clear Communication (60)

One to the most important facets of communication is clarity. Whenever you write or speak, your words should denote only one possible meaning. If your words can be properly interpreted in multiple ways, then you are creating the conditions for confusion, error and misunderstanding. These blogs discuss the nature of clear communication.

Communication - Listening Skills (8)

Communication includes the ability to attend to, understand and memorise what people say to you. Effective Listening is an active, not a passive process. These bloggs discuss what it takes to be a good listener.

Communication - Nonverbal Communication (7)

Communication includes a large visual component. How you appear, as you speak, makes a big difference to how your message is received. These blogs are about how to best use your body language. (Eye contact, posture, dress, hand and arm gestures, etc.)

Communication - Persuasive Communication (34)

Persuasion is the art of convincing others that your ideas are good, right, fair and practical, and in addition, persuasion includes motivating people to put your ideas into action. Persuasion is a key communication skill that everyone should study. These blogs discuss how to be more persuasive.

Communication - Written Communication (9)

A part of your communication is in the written form. Writing well is a skill that most people do not study, though it is of immense importance. These blogs discuss how you might improve your written communication.

Conflict Management and Handling Difficult People (29)

Conflict is inevitable, and when it occurs, you need to resolve it quickly and efficiently. Conflict management (and handling difficult people) is about managing your communication and your emotions, so that you arrive at a negotiated solution as quickly as possible. This series of blogs discusses the various ways you can best manage conflict.

Decision Making and Problem Solving (16)

Decision making is the skill of selecting the best option from many options. And problem solving is the skill at determining the causes and implications of a problem and finding efficient remedies. This series of blogs discusses the elements of effective decision making and problem solving.

Goal Setting (10)

Success is the achievement of a worthwhile goal. And therefore, the first step to achieving a goal is to set it. Goal setting is the starting point of all achievement and is one of the most important topics you could study. This series of blogs discuss the elements of goal setting.

Leadership and Management (131)

Leadership is the art of setting a clear goal and inspiring others to achieve it. Management is the art of organising resources so as to most efficiently achieve that goal. This series of blogs discuss the details of leadership and management.

Mental Health (6)

Mental health is the skill of managing your own mind so as to achieve mental stability and a high degree of rationality. Mental ill health is the opposite, mental instability and irrational actions. This series of blogs, discusses how you might manage your mind.

Motivation (23)

Motivation is an emotion that induces action. Without motivation, nobody would achieve anything of value. This series of blogs discusses the various ways you can motivate yourself and others.

Other (40)

Whilst interesting and informative in their own right, these blogs don't fit into a category.

People Management (4)

People management is a combination of skills including goal setting, communication, planning, handling conflict and motivation skills. This series of blogs discusses people management skills.

Personal Development (91)

The best investment you can make is in your own personal development. If you develop your skills, knowledge and experience, then you will maximise your potential to produce excellent results. This series of blogs looks at the details of personal development.

Personal Effectiveness (82)

You are not paid for how hard you work; you are paid for your effectiveness. It is possible to improve your effectiveness and get more valuable work done in less time and effort. This series of blogs discusses how you might improve your personal effectiveness and therefore speed up your rate of progress.

Stress Management (2)

Stress can be both good for you and bad for you. Good Stress triggers improvement. Bad stress grinds you down. Stress management is about using stress to help you to improve, and to avoid the negative effects of too much stress. These blogs discuss the various aspects of stress management.

Supervisory Management Skills (4)

Supervisory management skills are a combination of five major skill sets, setting goals, communication skills, planning, performance management and motivation. These blogs discuss the details of supervisory management skills.

Team Leadership (3)

For the most part, we all work in teams. Leading the team effectively can make all the difference to the performance of the team, as a whole. This series of blogs discuss the details of team leadership.

Teamwork (22)

Teams are often composed of people who have very different personalities and skills. In order to perform well, the members of the team must work well together and play to each other’s strengths. This series of blogs covers the importance of team work skills.

Time Management (66)

Time management is about prioritising, planning, organising and delegating, so that, at any moment, you are always adding the most value, and setting the conditions for your future success. This series of blogs investigates how you might better manage your time.