New Years Resolutions – A Waste of Time or the Start of a New Beginning

I always find the week between Christmas and New Year is a bit of a no man’s land. The festive balloon that had been hyped to full capacity from sometime in August when the first Christmas cards started to appear in the shops has deflated – rather more rapidly than previous years (or is that…

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SpinVox – An Amazing Free Voice-Text Transcription Service You Can Use From Your Mobile Phone

I was out walking the dog the other day and found myself in the middle of a muddy field miles away from the dry, warm comfort of home trying to keep track of Jess (my collie) as she scurried around looking for sticks to be thrown. It was early evening, the sun had gone down,…

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What Are Your Company Meetings Like?

When your organisation has a “company day” are you excited by the prospect or do you groan at the thought of hours of death by powerpoint (DBPP) and tedious presentations from people who seem to say the same things over and over again (often whilst they are looking at the screen with their backs to…

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How To Remember Names – The Simple Secret Everyone Forgets

Do you speak to call centres? I speak to call centres a lot. And today over 2 separate call centres I spoke to 4 different people. Now that is a quiet day because it was only a computer and internet connection problem I had today. If I have to speak to the bank, check an…

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Maximise Your Productivity…In Your Sleep?

If you are anything like me then you probably subscribe to lots of e mail newsletters and are on lots of lists. I receive information about playing the guitar, about improving my health, lots about marketing and business development and a whole host of stuff from people who think that because I have given them…

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What Am I Listening to Right Now?

Have you heard of the Pit Bull of Personal Development? Or how about the World’s First Irritational Speaker? [Both those terms are trade marked by the way] Well these are references to a professional speaker called Larry Winget. He has just released a CD programme called “Success is Your Own Damn Fault” with Nightingale Conant…

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UK Open Memory Championships – Geeks or What?

The UK Open Memory Championships takes place in London this coming weekend (Simpsons in the Strand 16-17th August). 26 competitors will attempt to memorise lots of cards, numbers dates, images and other seemingly rather meaningless data over these two days with winner going on to compete in the World Championships in Bahrain later this year.…

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Michael Tipper Interviewed For WIRED Magazine about Speed Reading

I think I must be on a bit of a roll in terms of my media exposure just lately. First of all there was the BBC Asian Network guru slot, then the interview for the industry leading “Mind Mapping Software” Blog with Chuck Frey and now WIRED Magazine have had me on the blower doing…

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Steve Jobs, Bucket Lists and Finding Your Passion

I watch YouTube. Do you watch YouTube? There is some rubbish on there (and plenty of it) but there are also a few gems. One of my friends and colleagues Stateside, Terry Brock, puts out a weekly video blog on good stuff related to his niche which is relationship marketing or as he says “It’s…

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Meditation and Memory – Why Is It So Good?

When asked “How Can I Improve My Memory?”, there are a number of answers I could give. It really depends what mood I am in, the needs of the person asking the question and specifically what they want help with. The trouble with most people who ask the question is they only have a general…

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