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 …