Quitting: 3 Reasons To Quit Your Job, … and 10 Reasons Not To…

Just in case you were wondering (and hadn’t heard already) I didn’t just quit my job. A little more thought went into it than that. The interesting thing is that despite all of the planning and how prepared I was for our change of lifestyle, it still screwed with my head for about 6 months – but not for the reasons I expected. Yes, I quit my job (well, my city career to be more precise, it wasn’t just my job that I quit). Yes, I went from a 6-figure salary to no salary at all. Yes, we massively simplified … Read The Full Article …

Keep Things in Perspective

It’s not uncommon in the working world to have a ‘To-Do’ list which is difficult to manage. It’s not uncommon for your organization (or boss) to keep piling extra work on you without really understanding that you’re already up to your ears in work and can’t really manage any more. Perhaps you don’t do yourself any favors either because when you’re asked if you have room for a new task or a little more work you accept it. Perhaps you don’t fully know your own to-do list, or in the moment you forgot some of your commitments which would make … Read The Full Article …

Influence: How To Influence Others by Combining Visualization with Procedural Thinking

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.” – Norman Vincent Peale Why are the ‘for Dummies’ guides so successful? Perhaps it is because many people like to have things spelled out for them in such a way that they can visualize how they would proceed, ‘step-by-step‘ – i.e. as if they were dummies. Of course they aren’t dummies, but having such a step-by step guide offers re-assurance that they haven’t missed anything. Why We Like ‘How-To’ Guides This kind of need for re-assurance is … Read The Full Article …

Chunking: Want To Be A Better Communicator? Learn To Chunk

Less is more… More is lazy Good communication is only as good as the message received, understood and remembered at the other end. If you speak for an hour, inundating your audience with big concepts and numerous minute details, they’ll quickly reach information overload. And they’re likely to remember… … nothing! When you communicate, you need to consider the time it takes people to assimilate what you’re saying or writing about. Follow these 4 simple rules. Organize Your Ideas When items are categorized, information is much easier to make sense of and retain. And there’s no need to look at … Read The Full Article …

Admission: If You Don’t Know The Answer, Be The First To Say It!

“All I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates Perception is a very funny thing. In business, perception can be everything. It can be the thing that shoots you to the top (in some cases way too quickly) and it could be the thing that puts your reputation on a downward spiral – often through no fault of your own or at least out of proportion with reality. In the modern world, where networking and communication happen quicker and on a wider scale than ever before, perception can spread quicker than ever before too. This article is not specifically … Read The Full Article …

Transactional Analysis: How To Use Transactional Analysis To Communicate Effectively

Do you know Transactional Analysis? Transactional Analysis (TA) is a fascinating theory of communication. It was created by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s but is still very much used today. We All Have Split-Personalities or Ego States The theory is based on the idea that we have 3 parts (or Ego States) to our personality (the Parent, the Adult and the Child). Parent, Adult and Child Ego States exist in each of us irrespective of our own age.