The Pyramid Technique

“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Many people if you asked them would consider that they communicate well… …in answering that question, the majority of people are most likely considering how good their spoken and written skills are, how good their grammar and vocabulary are. All important points – but are they the most essential skills for effective communication? It is also important, if not, most important to consider the appropriateness of the message to a given audience, both in terms of timing, structure and content and also to understand not … Read The Full Article …

Outside Thinking

No, I don’t mean thinking outside, though that definitely has its merits too 😉 Although we could include thinking outside the box in this concept. Has anybody ever said that to you? That you need to try and “think outside the box”? What they’re asking for is a fresh perspective on something, probably to help solve a niggling, persistent problem. What they’re asking for is some outside thinking. Cynical With Expertise? Whilst it is natural when solving a problem to look for the biggest expert in that field, believe it or not the experts aren’t always right… … because they … Read The Full Article …

Networking

“More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject.” – Peter Drucker Thanks to websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and about a million others, most people these days are familiar with the idea of networking. In a previous article we looked at How To Communicate Effectively, now let’s look at How To Network Effectively… Successful people in business have always known the importance of networking. If you are not completely familiar with this concept, observe dialogues between successful millionaires, billionaires or entrepreneurs (it’s not difficult to … Read The Full Article …

Marketing Tips

2012 was a pretty huge year here in the UK – with the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and the Euro football (soccer) tournament… But none of this could hold a candle, or an Olympic Torch even to the awesomeness that is the annual Celebrating Cromford village festival. “What on Gods green Earth does that have to do with Marketing?” I hear you ask. Well, read on and you will find out via my 12 Kick-Ass Marketing Lessons From Al’s Tea Shoppe… Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have not heard of this huge festival – probably … Read The Full Article …

Limiting Beliefs

Something that affects us and can make a huge difference in our everyday lives: The difference between ‘I can’t…‘ and ‘How can I…‘. We’ll explore this in more detail and I’ll give you three different approaches to tackling this particular habit. This will get us thinking a little more positively about how we go about things in our everyday lives (because dealing with Limiting Beliefs is pretty powerful stuff but also pretty easy to start making progress on once we recognise this is what we’re doing). A Quick Story/Example Yesterday I had a chat with my daughter about her maths … Read The Full Article …

The Khan Academy

Humans are amazing learning machines. I’ve probably written that phrase a few too many times, it’s getting a bit repetitive now… …but it’s very true. I have also talked and written a lot about how these days we can learn pretty much anything online and can do things we never could before due to our amazing ability to learn coupled with the availability of resources we have at our disposal if we only knew where to look. We can learn pretty much anything online (for free) these days. 100 Amazing Websites On that last point, I was planning to write … Read The Full Article …

The Jar of Life: How Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Can Help You Take Control of Your Time

It’s very easy to live minute by minute, day by day. But are you doing what you really want to do? You still haven’t started your yoga lessons. You wanted to learn Spanish. You did order the book, opened it once and stopped there. You wanted to volunteer but you never, ever get enough time for you and your family, let alone others… Do you know the story about filling up a jar with rocks (well, big stones), pebbles (small stones) and sand? What do you start with in order to fit them all in? If you start with the … Read The Full Article …

Ignorance & How To Tackle It

A lot of people see ignorance as an insult, a word with negative connotations. I don’t. I see ignorance as something perfectly natural. We are ignorant before we are educated about something. Before knowledge comes ignorance. In other words, the solution to ignorance is fairly simple, it is knowledge usually best achieved via education. The reason I feel this simple truth is worth harping on about is that a lot of problems in life, I believe, are mis-understood as problems when in fact they are just examples of ignorance (which we’ve already established is nothing negative, it’s just a state … Read The Full Article …

Habits: How To Achieve Incredible Things

Has a single thought ever changed your life radically? It happens to me all of the time. All of the time. … and I’m just talking about small changes, but what I’m discovering more and more is that small changes count. Before I go on (well, before you read on), this is a re-posting of something I wrote a few years back on the fascinating subject of Habits. It’s actually one of a few posts I wrote on the subject, this one (which I hope you will continue to read) and the following posts about how we form habits (and … Read The Full Article …

Geo-Arbitrage: Quick and Effective Lifestyle Design

One of my favourite topics but something I often struggle to get across to people. Well, let’s give it a try here. I’d like to explain what it is, why it can be a key tool in finding financial freedom and why I find the concept so interesting. Basically, Geo-Arbitrage is awesome. Like a lot of awesome things, it is stupidly simple and boils down to nothing but good old common sense. Arbitrage First of all, let’s look at arbitrage. Just briefly. Let’s use wikipedia. I quote: “In economics and finance, arbitrage (US: /???rb?tr???/, UK: /???b?tr?d?/, UK: /???b??tr???/) is the … Read The Full Article …