You’re Not Smart When You Multi-Task

You're Not Smart When You Multi-Task Reports have repeatedly shown we ‘multi task’ our concentration away and get less done. We’re distracted and lose the focus of delivering and completing projects. It leaves us frazzled, irritated & stressed. And when it comes to conversations with others this is not only an unproductive way of communicating, but it's potentially rude (put your phone down) and risks details and depth being missed. … [Read more...]

7 Easy Steps to Better Listening

7 Easy Steps to Better Listening Are you a good listener? It's often the small things that make the difference between good listening and bad listening? I'd always considered myself a good listener, but recently I was talking to someone, and experienced a layer of listening that far surpassed my abilities. I shared more of my life than I had done for some time. We talked with ease, excitement, passion and a complete lack of fear. I walked away … [Read more...]

How to Increase Prices without Offending Customers

This is a guest post by Eddy Hood. He helps entrepreneurs make $250,000 or more in their companies. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. When I was 13, there was an electric guitar hidden under the couch. It was Christmas morning; I had been hoping for one and the parents delivered! That was a good surprise. Fast forward 15 years and I’m laid off from a job due to the 2008 recession. I was working for a homebuilder at the time, … [Read more...]

Taking the Online Offline- 7 Ways to Help People Know You’re Trustworthy

Taking the Online Offline- 7 Ways to Help People Know You're Trustworthy We've gone through three different stages when it comes to people's interaction with others on the Internet. Stage 1- Get people online. Stage 2- Get people interacting online. Stage 3- Get people interacting offline using online tools. I love Stage 3. Do you regularly meet people we find fascinating in an offline context that we're connected with online. And … [Read more...]

Pause Social Media. Be Socially Present

Pause Social Media. Be Socially Present We all experience it, and many of us are guilty of it. Social Ineptitude. But sometimes, it's hard not to be addicted to our phones and the instant fix of communication that we miss the depth of significant conversation when it's right before our eyes. As a result we don't make the most of the opportunities before us, what we can achieve through them, and the impact the connection could have. This can … [Read more...]

Nics Fight Celebration

Some of you will know the fight that we had with Friends Life Insurance Company when they wouldn't pay out an insurance claim to the family of a Nic who tragically died from Cancer. I never knew him, but along with thousands of others, felt the sniff of injustice and wanted to lend my energies to see transformation of the situation. For more information, check out the following links: My Previous Blog Post. Nics Fight Website. … [Read more...]

12 Ways To Grow Self Confidence And Personal Security

12 Ways To Grow Self Confidence And Personal Security I love people who are secure in their identity, yet are not verging on arrogance. Their self belief doesn't leave a bad taste in the mouth, and carries with it both authority and humility. Here's ways to grow self assurance and not need to look to others for approval. 1. Understand Our Strengths Strengthfinders, Myers Briggs, Belbin and the Enneagram are all great tools for this. Get … [Read more...]

See How Easily You Can Learn From Your Mistakes By Starting With Why?

See How Easily You Can Learn From Your Mistakes By Starting With Why? I've been fascinated by the question 'Why' for a long time. 'Why' is always a question I love to ask people, as the answers often unlock more interesting and insightful conversations. Our little baby Iona has reached that stage where everything is a 'Why.' Generally I find that her most natural way of observing the world before competition, self image, need for approval and … [Read more...]

Save 1 Hour A Week In The Next 8 Mins

Save 1 Hour A Week In The Next 8 Mins I'm still a fan of email. I always keep my inbox emptied and generally work with a Getting Things Done methodology. But to keep my promise with the timing on the above title, check out these three websites to declutter your email. Between the three of them, you will automatically be able to unsubscribe to emails in seconds, automatically prioritise and adjust the education of which emails are … [Read more...]

Be The Person You Can Be Proud Of

“A person of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” Proverbs 17: 27 Can you recognise when you have been in the company of someone who is inspirational and has left you wowed, having only uttered a few words? They listen to you talking, and reflect upon what you have said. They occasionally nod their head to encourage you to say more and then with a warm, smiling face and a sparkle in their eye, … [Read more...]