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Time to be brave & push the boundaries

Time to be brave & push the boundaries OK, we hear this all the time but I want to give strength to your bow.  By pushing the boundaries we drove sales up by 19% for one client.  19%!   We are all always under pressure to stand out, make an impact and be memorable....

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Influence Skills to die for

People with power and influence usually win.  And they seem to have something in common.  Is it confidence or cunning?  The ones with confidence seem to stumble towards success.  The ones with cunning make success happen.  They seem to be manufacturing success.  How...

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Personality Profiling training can help you read minds

Following our Personality Profiling training course I can read your mind Actually I can’t.  What I can do – and so can you – is make considered and intelligent assumptions about the way you are probably thinking based on my assessment of your preferred way of...

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Keep Mixing It Up transformational tips for trainers

Transformational tips for trainers #6 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Be fallible; do NOT have all the answers

Transformational tips for trainers #5 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Replace your BUT right now!

Transformational tips for trainers #4 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Familiarity Breeds Liking

Transformational tips for trainers #3 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Prime everyone for the energizing value of hard work

Transformational tips for trainers #2 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Shut up and listen

Transformational tips for trainers #1 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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We can’t cure mental illness

  There is a lot of talk of mental health.  The government want to cure people who have slipped into depression or schizophrenia, we are all on the spectrum for mental health, in fact one in four of us will experience poor mental health in our lives.  We can’t...

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What has the conscious mind ever done for us?

A brief return to Philosophy to help Psychology fathom out the conscious mind “What has the conscious mind ever done for us?” Contrary to the comedic title this was on a complex philosophical debate at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.  Two psychologists and two...

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Why do we buy the dummy

And how to avoid it Playing alongside England hockey players I notice they don’t buy the dummy like the rest of us. Why is that? I see it in business communication, especially in negotiations, as well as sport. The very best performers seem to have so much more time....

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The Genomic Revolution

BBC World Service debate hosted by Claudia Hammond At The Francis Crick Institute I confess this BrainFood article is a departure from the brain specifically but worth being aware of and being proud of, if you are European.  Journalist and author Claudia Hammond lead...

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Behave yourself better

Part 2 of 2 The power of the body over the mind Two of my past posts, titled Think yourself fit and Think yourself well explained how we can use our mind to control our health and fitness; fact.  But the reverse is also true and arguably even more useful for all...

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Think yourself well

Part 1 of 2 The power of the mind over the body   According to research by investigative Science journalist and author Jo Marchant you can think yourself back to health. Marchant’s research supports what others, including me, have been saying for some time. You can...

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Sex & Laughter

……not really that different!! Have you ever walked into a room and shut the door behind you, only to realise you are with the wrong crowd?  On Thursday I did just that.  Science Showoff sounded right up my street.  I love a lecture on the latest we have learned from...

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Hugging strangers in Saudi

Who d’a thought it?   As a British man I like some personal space.  But as a sportsman and team player I welcome a warm embrace after a titanic struggle on the sports field.  Yesterday, at the close of play of our two-day Negotiation Skills training course in Jeddah,...

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You are a psychopath… or at least you should be

“Black-Box Thinking” at the Royal Institute of Great Britain  This is psychology sex.  A study of psychopaths that helps you become more successful………....by being a psychopath!  SAS man Andy McNab and Experimental Psychologist Kevin Dutton had my attention.  Dutton is...

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The Secret of Spontaneity

What I learned from Improv The anxiety started the moment confirmation pinged into my in-box.  “I am pleased to tell you that you are now enrolled onto the Hoopla Improv Performance course.”  Hurray.  The fact I was enrolled onto a beginner’s course highlighted that I...

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Under the Abaya (part two)

Landing at Riyadh Airport, watchful and alert, I put on the Abaya and headscarf. Our Arabic air steward smiled at me and nodded reassuringly. It surprised me. As I walked through the airport, the flowing black robe and chiffon scarf felt graceful, modest and curiously...

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