A Cure for Insecurity

A Cure for Insecurity
Reading time: 3 minutes Dec 5th 2016

One of the issues I have come across a lot over the years is that of ‘insecurity’. I have met so many people who struggle with how they feel about themselves. They see themselves as less than others and not ‘good enough’. They compare themselves with people around them and find themselves wanting. Nowadays, with more information available to us…

THE FAKE NEWS OF OUR MINDS

THE FAKE NEWS OF OUR MINDS
Reading time: 6 minutes Nov 28th 2016

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts and articles on ‘Fake News’. It seems that in both Brexit and the recent American Election, there has been a proliferation of made up news where websites have concocted an imaginary piece of news which then goes viral and is taken as true by millions of people. In this post, I…

TEDx – Mind Control: How to win the war in your head

TEDx – Mind Control: How to win the war in your head
Reading time: 1 minute Nov 21st 2016

In this age of propaganda, we find ourselves influenced not only by the voices of traditional and social media, but by our own inner voices. In this unique piece blending science and inspiration, Psychologist and Performance Poet, Owen Fitzpatrick, shares his own heartfelt journey through depression and low self-esteem. He describes the key to taking back control of our minds…

How to win the war of your mind

How to win the war of your mind
Reading time: 3 minutes Nov 21st 2016

How to win the war of your mind My experience in doing a TEDx talk was wonderful. Having applied a number of times in various countries, I finally got the opportunity just a few miles from where I grew up. The way it was organised was terrific, the audience were wonderful and it was a real privilege. The idea I…

THE BRAIN APP

THE BRAIN APP
Reading time: 3 minutes Oct 29th 2016

One of the things that I think can make a big difference to people is when we find simple ways of teaching them important concepts. Recently, in preparing for a presentation, I came up with a simple way of teaching three of the most important concepts that I believe helps people to deal with their problems in the most effective…

Inspiration in a world of sound bites

Inspiration in a world of sound bites
Reading time: 3 minutes Oct 24th 2016

A few days ago, I delivered a talk to the Irish Cancer Society at their annual event. There were approximately 600 people in the audience and I was speaking to them for thirty minutes. The audience mostly consisted of those struggling with cancer, cancer survivors and their families. A significant portion of the speech was to be about motivation and,…

You Got This

You Got This
Reading time: 1 minute Oct 18th 2016

YOU GOT THIS  In my new video, I have an important message for you – a key reminder to help you when you face a challenging situation. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos…… If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative content from…

The Answer to Stress

The Answer to Stress
Reading time: 4 minutes Oct 18th 2016

Since I began working with people one to one over twenty years ago, I have found myself dealing with the issue of stress. So many people struggle with the continuous experience of cortisol and adrenaline pumping through their system, making them always feel on edge. Now there are many strategies out there that can help people who are stressed. I…

TOP 5 THINGS THAT I LEARNED IN JAPAN

TOP 5 THINGS THAT I LEARNED IN JAPAN
Reading time: 3 minutes Oct 3rd 2016

I wanted to take a bit of time to reflect on the last eleven years and some of the things I have learned from spending time with the amazing Japanese people. 1 – Eat smaller portions Having been to the US, then Ireland and then Japan within 8 days, I became acutely aware of the differences in the food portions in Japan…

The difference between being nice & being kind

The difference between being nice & being kind
Reading time: 4 minutes Oct 3rd 2016

The difference between being nice & being kind: Often we use the terms nice and kind in the same sentence. We describe people as nice and kind interchangeably. I believe that there is an important difference between the two and that, while it is nice to be nice, it is essential to be kind. Being nice is when you are…

GO FOR IT

GO FOR IT
Reading time: 1 minute Oct 3rd 2016

GO FOR IT  In my new video, I talk about motivation and give you a simple, motivational message to light your fire and help you succeed. Hope you find the video useful. Remember just go for it…. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos…… If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the…

The antidote to low self-esteem

The antidote to low self-esteem
Reading time: 7 minutes Sep 26th 2016

For years, I have helped thousands of people to feel better about themselves. By teaching them NLP skills and psychological strategies designed to help boost their confidence, I have focused on teaching people to become happier with who they are. Such techniques involve focusing on your strengths, accepting your weak points and fundamentally changing your beliefs about yourself. While I…

Hypnotic Language

Hypnotic Language
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 19th 2016

HYPNOTIC LANGUAGE In my new video, I discuss the basics of hypnotic language in NLP and how it works. Hope you find the video useful. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos…… If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative content from me as…

HOW TO SOLVE ANY PROBLEM

HOW TO SOLVE ANY PROBLEM
Reading time: 3 minutes Sep 19th 2016

In life, we face many problems. Whether we call them issues, challenges or obstacles, they are, ultimately, problems. Solving such problems requires us to think in the most useful manner possible. It requires that we learn a system or strategy that will allow us to adequately solve any problem in the most effective way. In this post, I want to explore some…

A key strategy to achieve your goals

A key strategy to achieve your goals
Reading time: 2 minutes Sep 12th 2016

One of the most important strategies that I have come across in any form of goal achievement is the ‘IF-THEN’ strategy. This is a key strategy to help you achieve your goals. Very simply, one of the things that makes coaching successful is our ability to predict, ahead of time, the vast array of possibilities of what could go wrong…

HOW TO GET THINGS DONE

HOW TO GET THINGS DONE
Reading time: 2 minutes Sep 5th 2016

Lately, I have been asked quite a lot about how I juggle so many things and how I make things happen. Pretty much when I say something is going to get done, it gets done. I thought it might be a good thing to explain a bit about my process. The first thing is to figure out if something is…

Resilience

Resilience
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 5th 2016

RESILIENCE  In my latest video, I have an important message that I want you to remember as you face any challenge or obstacle. This will help you become even more resilient and stronger. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos…… If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and…

How Stories Change Lives

How Stories Change Lives
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 22nd 2016

How Stories Change Lives In my latest video, I share my new model, based on the extensive change work I have done, of how stories can help people transform and change their own lives. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new…

How to Act Smart despite your Feelings

How to Act Smart despite your Feelings
Reading time: 3 minutes Aug 22nd 2016

How to Act Smart Despite your Feelings One of the things I’ve noticed is that, from time to time, I can make a mistake because of how I feel in the moment. Despite knowing better, my emotions can put me back doing things that I have learned in the past do not work. I have talked in the past of…

The Invisible Secret of World Champions

The Invisible Secret of World Champions
Reading time: 3 minutes Aug 15th 2016

The Invisible Secret of World Champions With everyone in Olympic mode, I wanted to discuss what I believe to be the single most important thing that separates the world champions from the rest of the world. I believe it is an invisible quality that is not often discussed or mentioned. At the same time, most people understand intellectually that it…

How to Become More of an Idiot

How to Become More of an Idiot
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 15th 2016

Sarcastic Series: How to Become More of an Idiot  In my latest video, I give some great advice to help you learn how to become more of an idiot. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the rest of the Sarcastic Series….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to…

What to do when you make a Mistake

What to do when you make a Mistake
Reading time: 2 minutes Aug 8th 2016

We all make mistakes. We do things wrong, get things wrong. However, the reality is that it is how you handle and deal with your mistakes that will often determine how successful or happy you will be in your life. Of course, there are certain mistakes which are worse than others. Forgetting the shopping list is vastly different to cheating…

The Key to Handling Temptation

The Key to Handling Temptation
Reading time: 2 minutes Aug 2nd 2016

Handling Temptation Perhaps one of the biggest challenges we face in our efforts to be happy and healthy is the challenge of temptation. The urges we have aren’t always compatible with what is good for us. This can rear its head in any context from trying to resist texting the person you shouldn’t be texting to staying sober to saying…

Eye Accessing Cues

Eye Accessing Cues
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 1st 2016

Eye Accessing Cues In my brand new, short video, I talk about eye accessing cues and give you insight so that you can communicate with others in a more effective manner. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative content…

How to Conquer Internal Nagging

How to Conquer Internal Nagging
Reading time: 3 minutes Jul 25th 2016

How to Conquer Internal Nagging One of the most popular videos I have on YouTube involves me teaching a variety of strategies on how to handle your internal dialogue. Now, the term ‘internal dialogue’ suggests that there are at least two voices talking inside your head. Indeed the process of thinking often seems that way. One of the worst things…

Achieving Success: The Power of Re-sorting

Achieving Success: The Power of Re-sorting
Reading time: 3 minutes Jul 4th 2016

Achieving Success: The Power of Re-sorting One of the things that I have been thinking a lot about lately is the idea of resorting to old habits, strategies and emotional responses. Often when someone makes a change, it’s not always happily ever after. Instead they find themselves resorting back to an old way of behaving or feeling from time to…

Inner Beauty

Inner Beauty
Reading time: 1 minute Jul 4th 2016

Inner Beauty In my brand new video, I talk about inner beauty, self-image, presence and authenticity. The more that you allow others see the real you, the more that other people will connect with you and want to be around you. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up…

How to Maintain Change

How to Maintain Change
Reading time: 1 minute Jul 4th 2016

In my brand new video, I share the most important principles that you need to help you maintain change and keep the momentum. I also talk about guilt that you may feel when you change. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive…

How to Handle a Midlife Crisis

How to Handle a Midlife Crisis
Reading time: 3 minutes Jul 4th 2016

How to Handle a Midlife Crisis There is some debate out there as to whether or not a ‘midlife’ crisis occurs. The idea is that sometime around your 40th birthday you get hit with the realisation that you are not young anymore and you find yourself understanding the inevitability of your own death. On this happy note, often people make…

What the Irish can teach the world

What the Irish can teach the world
Reading time: 3 minutes Jul 4th 2016

What the Irish can Teach the World In France, during the European Championship, the antics of the Irish fans have become one of the highlights of the tournament. While we have failed to perform as well as we’d like on the field, off the field our supporters have shown up in their thousands. There is a really valuable lesson to…

Brexit: The Psychology of Fear & Uncertainty

Brexit: The Psychology of Fear & Uncertainty
Reading time: 6 minutes Jun 27th 2016

Brexit: The Psychology of Fear & Uncertainty Last week, we heard about the Brexit decision where Britain has decided to leave the European Union. I have many friends who voted on both sides of this. I am not going to waste my time giving my opinion and thought on what happened and what should have happened. To me, it really…

BE Bites 13 – Reference Dependence

BE Bites 13 – Reference Dependence
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 20th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 13 – Reference Dependence In the final video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss an important concept called Reference Dependence. I share how this can help you to better influence others and also make more informed choices and decisions. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make…

Behavioural Economics Bites 12: The Halo Effect

Behavioural Economics Bites 12:  The Halo Effect
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 20th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 12 –  The Halo Effect In the twelfth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss the powerful Halo Effect. It is important to be aware of this when you are making decisions on a person in many situations especially in interviews or in sales. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to…

The Power of Absolute Certainty

The Power of Absolute Certainty
Reading time: 3 minutes Jun 20th 2016

The legend Muhammad Ali passed away recently. On this very sad occasion, the world was treated to much of the television footage of Ali claiming he was the king of the world before each fight. He demonstrated an unshakeable belief in himself. He showed qualities we could all learn from. One of the things that I’ve learned over the years…

From Notions to Dreams

From Notions to Dreams
Reading time: 3 minutes Jun 13th 2016

In Ireland, we have a concept known as ‘notions’. By a notion, we aren’t simply referring to the early onset of an idea. Instead, it is often used to put down someone else. Saying that someone has ‘notions’ is a way of saying that they think something more highly of themselves than is true in actuality. The idea that you…

BE Bites 11 – Repetition Bias

BE Bites 11 – Repetition Bias
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 13th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 11 – Repetition Bias In the eleventh video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss Repetition Bias and how this can help you to better influence and persuade others and also make more intelligent decisions. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more…

Behavioural Economics Bites 10: The Snob Effect

Behavioural Economics Bites 10: The Snob Effect
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 13th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 10 – The Snob Effect In the tenth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss the Snob Effect and why you need to be aware of it when you are making decisions. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively….

BE Bites 9: Delayed Discounting

BE Bites 9: Delayed Discounting
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 6th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 9 – Delayed Discounting In the ninth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss the principle of Delayed Discounting which can help you achieve your goals and make more intelligent decisions. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you find…

Behavioural Economics Bites 8 – The Recency Effect

Behavioural Economics Bites 8 – The Recency Effect
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 6th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 8 – The Recency Effect In the eighth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss the Recency Effect which is an important concept when you are speaking or presenting to others. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you…

How to Manage Stakeholders Effectively

How to Manage Stakeholders Effectively
Reading time: 2 minutes Jun 5th 2016

One of the most common questions I get asked in the business trainings I do is on managing stakeholders effectively. First, how do you manage their expectations? Second, how do you get buy in and compliance from them? Finally, how do you keep them on board? The answer lies in the very word stakeholder. Holding the stakes suggests that whatever…

BE Bites 7: The Primacy Effect

BE Bites 7: The Primacy Effect
Reading time: 1 minute May 30th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 7 – The Primacy Effect In the seventh video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss The Primacy Effect and how you can use it to your advantage in presentations and everyday life. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more…

Behavioural Economics Bites 6: Priming

Behavioural Economics Bites 6: Priming
Reading time: 1 minute May 30th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 6 – Priming In the sixth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss Priming and how being aware of this can help you to influence and persuade others more effectively. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you find…

Handling Negativity: The Art of Thick Skin

Handling Negativity: The Art of Thick Skin
Reading time: 3 minutes May 30th 2016

I was born a sensitive creature. Emotionally and physically I feel things quite intensely. There are upsides and downsides to this. The downsides mean that my downs have been pretty low and I get hurt easily. They also mean that I am affected a lot by the moods and states of others. The upsides help me to be good at…

How to Stop Misery

How to Stop Misery
Reading time: 4 minutes May 23rd 2016

On a recent trip I took to Myanmar, I went with my Dad to visit the grave of my grand uncle who was a missionary in the country in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The trip, like many of my travels, was an eye opener and a perspective shifter. Travelling as ever became a powerful, transformational experience that reminded me of…

Behavioural Economic Bites 4: Confirmation Bias

Behavioural Economic Bites 4: Confirmation Bias
Reading time: 1 minute May 22nd 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 4 – Confirmation Bias In the fourth video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss Confirmation Bias and how being aware of this can help you to make better decisions. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you find…

BE Bites 3 – The Endowment Effect

BE Bites 3 – The Endowment Effect
Reading time: 1 minute May 16th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 3 – The Endowment Effect In the third video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss The Endowment Effect and how you can use it to your advantage in everyday life. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you…

Behavioural Economics Bites 2 – Loss Aversion

Behavioural Economics Bites 2 – Loss Aversion
Reading time: 1 minute May 16th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 2 – Loss Aversion In the second video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss Loss Aversion and how you can use it to become more influential. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you find it helpful. Check…

2 Characteristics we Need to Conquer our Problems

2 Characteristics we Need to Conquer our Problems
Reading time: 2 minutes May 16th 2016

Two Characteristics we Need to Conquer our Problems A mentor of mine, Robert McKee, explains that in a story there are often two ways that the hero wins. They either outsmart the monster or they overpower the monster. They use brains or brawn. I believe that in most areas of life this advice is extremely sound. For example, take many…

BE Bites 1 – Fundamental Attribution Error

BE Bites 1 – Fundamental Attribution Error
Reading time: 1 minute May 9th 2016

Behavioural Economics Bites 1 – Fundamental Attribution Error In the first video of “The Behavioural Economics Bites” series, I discuss the Fundamental Attribution Error. This series introduces you to various concepts in the field of Behavioural Economics to help you make better decisions and influence others more effectively. Hope you find it helpful. Check out the video category in my…

Standing Up for Yourself

Standing Up for Yourself
Reading time: 3 minutes May 9th 2016

When I do corporate training I often get asked for advice on being more assertive and how to stand up for yourself. The reality is that we often allow other people to determine what we do and how we do it. We find ourselves constantly in the habit of pleasing others to the detriment of our own needs and desires….

RUNNING YOUR BRAIN

RUNNING YOUR BRAIN
Reading time: 3 minutes Apr 30th 2016

At this year’s OFI event we had the pleasure of listening to Terry Small who, as I expected, was a huge hit. Terry is an expert on the brain and managed to help transform how the audience thought about their brain in about 90 minutes. For more information on Terry’s brilliant advice sign up for his magical Brain Bulletin which…

How to Stay Angry

How to Stay Angry
Reading time: 1 minute Apr 27th 2016

In the latest video from my Sarcastic Series, I give you valuable tips to help you to become as angry as possible and to stay angry! Anger management as you have never seen it before… Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to…

Change Can Take Time

Change Can Take Time
Reading time: 6 minutes Apr 25th 2016

For over twenty years, I have worked in an industry that offers hope and possibilities to many people. The incredible tools that we can use in order to effect change in ourselves are there. Perhaps as a result of this plus increasing competition between practitioners of such tools, it is common to see outrageous and over the top claims made…

Beating Anxiety

Beating Anxiety
Reading time: 4 minutes Apr 18th 2016

Having worked with thousands of people at this stage who have suffered from anxiety, I have learned a massive amount as to how issues like panic attacks and generalised anxiety disorder work. Furthermore there are a number of other anxiety based problems such as insomnia, stuttering and blushing. What I will discuss here is by no means exhaustive and there…

The 7 Qualities of Great Salespeople

The 7 Qualities of Great Salespeople
Reading time: 1 minute Apr 11th 2016

Based on my extensive work and research across many countries, I have identified a number of qualities which the greatest salespeople I worked with share. In this video, I want to share these 7 qualities with you so that you can develop these qualities yourself. Hope you find this useful. Check out the video category in my blog for more great…

The Fuel of Success

The Fuel of Success
Reading time: 4 minutes Apr 11th 2016

THE FUEL OF SUCCESS: How Motivation, Inspiration and Discipline work More often than not I see the terms motivation, inspiration and discipline being used interchangeably. Since I believe all three are extremely important and useful factors which will determine how happy, successful and effective you are, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss them. To me, motivation is…

The Art of Focus in a Social Media World

The Art of Focus in a Social Media World
Reading time: 5 minutes Mar 23rd 2016

We live in a ridiculously fast paced world. Information hurtles toward us in a variety of different ways. Social Media and web based ads are finding better and better ways to grab our attention. We have become the victims of a dwindling attention span where we continue to be moved from video to video, article to article, quote to quote,…

Loneliness

Loneliness
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 15th 2016

In this video, I discuss loneliness and the importance of truly connecting with other people. Remember that you are not alone. Hope you find it useful. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative content from…

The Authentic Hero & Impostor Syndrome

The Authentic Hero & Impostor Syndrome
Reading time: 5 minutes Mar 14th 2016

In her great book, Presence, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discusses what is often described as Impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome refers to when you feel like you are a fraud and you are going to be found out at any stage. She admits that she experienced it and I understand what she was talking about as I, myself, have experienced it…

FIGHTING THE DARKNESS OF DEPRESSION

FIGHTING THE DARKNESS OF DEPRESSION
Reading time: 7 minutes Mar 14th 2016

Let me tell you what depression is like. Imagine that you were trapped listening to a voice that spoke to you of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness and pointlessness with such certainty that it was impossible to ignore. Imagine that your world lost colour and felt darker while this voice worked hard to convince you that life wasn’t worth living. Imagine you…

Celebrating Adversity

Celebrating Adversity
Reading time: 5 minutes Mar 7th 2016

As you’ll know by my posts, I’m a big fan of Conor McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion. I know that I’ve written before about his mental strength and charisma, his mind games and toughness in the psychological battles he takes on but I felt a big need to write one more post on him. I really could write a book on the…

A Solution Focused Attitude

A Solution Focused Attitude
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 1st 2016

In my latest video, I give you some tips to help you to handle problems and to adopt a solution focused attitude. This will help you change your focus and become more motivated and action focused. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the…

Top Tips to Help you Succeed in your Career

Top Tips to Help you Succeed in your Career
Reading time: 4 minutes Feb 24th 2016

Success in business is something that many people look for. The ability to do well in your job always seems to be dependent on the specific skill set required for the work as well as the political environment which you find yourself working in. However, in reality, there is a lot more that you can do than perhaps what you…

How to Overcome Limiting Fears

How to Overcome Limiting Fears
Reading time: 1 minute Feb 15th 2016

In my new video, I give some great advice to help you overcome any fears which may limit you or hold you back. I also discuss four main fears which people may have. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new…

The Most Important Kind of Love

The Most Important Kind of Love
Reading time: 2 minutes Feb 8th 2016

A couple of years ago I came across research which suggested that when talking to yourself, it was significantly better for you to use second or third person pronouns rather than first person pronouns. The idea is that using second or third person pronouns enable you to think more objectively and thus more clearly. Recently I re-shared a video I…

THE MEANING OF LOVE

THE MEANING OF LOVE
Reading time: 8 minutes Feb 8th 2016

I am an expert on love. I may not know what it is like to be in a long term relationship over many years. I may not have found my soulmate yet or achieved a respectable milestone from a romantic love perspective. I may be single and 37 and, some friends would say, hopeless. Nonetheless, I am an expert on…

How to Position Yourself Effectively

How to Position Yourself Effectively
Reading time: 2 minutes Feb 1st 2016

Positioning yourself as a business or as an individual is a crucial art form for your chances of success. Marketing is the field of study for most who talk about positioning. In reality, we are continuously positioning and repositioning ourselves with every person we meet or interact with or even those who are aware of our presence. In order to…

Everything is Going to be OK

Everything is Going to be OK
Reading time: 1 minute Feb 1st 2016

In my latest video, I share a simple yet important lesson which I have learned over the years and remind you that everything is going to be ok. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative…

Why You Need to Struggle More

Why You Need to Struggle More
Reading time: 4 minutes Jan 25th 2016

In the terrific and very moving movie Still Alice, the character, Alice, played by Julianne Moore, made a speech talking about her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. She explains ‘Do not think of me as suffering. I am not suffering. I am struggling’. This line stood out to me. It revealed a hugely important concept in how we decide to live…

HOW TO KEEP GOOD HABITS WHILE YOU TRAVEL

HOW TO KEEP GOOD HABITS WHILE YOU TRAVEL
Reading time: 3 minutes Jan 18th 2016

Recently, I was asked to write an article on keeping good habits when you travel. Since I travel a ridiculous amount, this is something I struggled with… and dealt with effectively over the last few years so here are some pointers on how you can keep fit or eat healthy or write in your journal regularly even when you travel….

HOW TO BUILD A TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP

HOW TO BUILD A TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP
Reading time: 1 minute Jan 18th 2016

SARCASTIC SERIES: HOW TO BUILD A TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP In the latest video from my Sarcastic Series, I give some great advice to help you learn how to build a terrible relationship or even help you to destroy a great relationship you have! Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you liked this and would like…

THE GREATEST DANGER TO ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS

THE GREATEST DANGER TO ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS
Reading time: 6 minutes Jan 8th 2016

I love my country. Ireland, to me, is the greatest country on the planet. The people are the best in the world. It’s time we started to support each other and were proud of ourselves more.

23 THINGS WORLD CLASS ACHIEVERS DO

23 THINGS WORLD CLASS ACHIEVERS DO
Reading time: 5 minutes Jan 8th 2016

Over the past twenty years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to more than 85 countries, speak on stage with Sir Richard Branson and Seth Godin, do personal change work with thousands of people including Billionaires, Olympic Athletes and Celebrities. While helping them make the specific adjustments they needed in different areas of their life, I also got to learn…

LANGUAGE OF NLP: INFLUENCING OTHERS

LANGUAGE OF NLP: INFLUENCING OTHERS
Reading time: 2 minutes Dec 22nd 2015

The Language of Influence and Persuasion is one of my favourite areas to teach. I often get asked what are THE most important language patterns out there in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and my response is usually that it is less the specific patterns and more the combination of and application of the various patterns which allow us to…

CONOR MCGREGOR: Keys to his success

CONOR MCGREGOR: Keys to his success
Reading time: 5 minutes Dec 22nd 2015

(Before reading this post you might want to check out a post I came across written by one of our Mind Coaches and a Mixed Martial Artist, Nuno Pires. It’s an excellent breakdown on Conor from an NLP logical levels perspective: https://thebeeawarrior.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/conors-power-of-mind-leading-to-his-success-from-an-apprentice-plumber-to-king-of-mental-warfare/    )   The featherweight UFC world champion is an Irish man named Conor McGregor. He knocked out…

7 POWERFUL KEYS TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

7 POWERFUL KEYS TO BUSINESS SUCCESS
Reading time: 2 minutes Dec 22nd 2015

7 POWERFUL KEYS TO BUSINESS SUCCESS I have had many people ask for my advice on what they need to do in order to build their companies successfully. Here are seven powerful ideas to help you succeed in business: GET YOUR FINANCES STRAIGHT Know how much you are earning and how much you are spending. Decide how much you will…

How to Buy Christmas Presents

How to Buy Christmas Presents
Reading time: 1 minute Dec 7th 2015

Since it is that time of the year again, here are a few simple steps which might be handy for anyone out there looking to get their Christmas shopping done… quickly! Very short and to the point but useful if you are not a fan of gift buying over days or weeks and would like to get it all done…

Keys to Effective Planning

Keys to Effective Planning
Reading time: 2 minutes Dec 7th 2015

As Christmas time draws ever near, many people find themselves ridiculously busy in their desire to get presents, ornaments and prepare for the many different tasks they have to do over the holiday season. Life in general tends to be busier than ever with so many things to plan and prepare for. To help you through this busy period, I…

7 Steps to Change any Feeling

7 Steps to Change any Feeling
Reading time: 4 minutes Dec 7th 2015

How to destroy a bad anchor or trigger: There are certain things which can trigger bad feelings in us. Over time, we feel bad and we experience some sort of stimulus and sometimes we link the two. I was asked recently to share some advice or ideas around how to collapse and anchor (as they say in NLP) or stop…

The 8 Keys of Happiness

The 8 Keys of Happiness
Reading time: 1 minute Nov 30th 2015

In my latest video, I discuss the eight keys to happiness, eight secrets to enable you to be as happy as you can possibly be. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more informative content…

THE EFFECTIVE HABITS: STEPHEN COVEY

THE EFFECTIVE HABITS: STEPHEN COVEY
Reading time: 6 minutes Nov 30th 2015

Recently, I have been going over Stephen Covey’s fantastic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Since it is one of the classic texts out there on personal and professional development, I figured it might be nice to do a blog post on the main ideas of the book. I highly recommend reading it from cover to cover of…

THE KEYS TO WINNING ANY ARGUMENT

THE KEYS TO WINNING ANY ARGUMENT
Reading time: 4 minutes Nov 23rd 2015

Recently, there has been a huge amount of discussion on social media as to what the ‘right’ thing to do is. Everything from changing your profile photo as a form of showing solidarity to explaining the real keys to stopping terrorists. ‘Bomb the shit out of them’ ‘Stop bombing the shit out of them’. It is like the gun argument…

THE LOST ART OF PATIENCE

THE LOST ART OF PATIENCE
Reading time: 4 minutes Nov 16th 2015

HOW TO DEAL WITH REALLY SLOW WIFI I am sitting on a train and I want to look one word up on Google. I try and connect and after what feels like forever I manage to. Thinking the hard part is over I proceed to type the word, for which I want an exact definition, into Google: Patience. Within two minutes I find…

The 5 Keys to Goal Achievement

The 5 Keys to Goal Achievement
Reading time: 1 minute Nov 16th 2015

In my latest video, I share five key ideas to help you achieve any goal in your life. These are simple ideas yet incredibly effective to help you succeed with your goals. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos….. If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to…

THE TRUTH TO BEATING DEPRESSION

THE TRUTH TO BEATING DEPRESSION
Reading time: 4 minutes Nov 9th 2015

HOPING IN THE DARKNESS There are millions of people across the world who suffer from depression. As you read this article there are many, many people who are ending their lives. They are doing so because of the power of this horrific experience. Depression twists our mentality. It lies to us about the nature of our worlds and it eliminates…

THE BEAUTY OF TRUTH

THE BEAUTY OF TRUTH
Reading time: 4 minutes Nov 4th 2015

There is a fascinating blog post I read recently on the web written by a former social media celebrity Essena O’Neill. A girl in her twenties, Essena posted lots of photos of herself posing in different contexts looking stunning and extremely fit. Now, she has come out and said that it was all a lie. She tells the real story…

NLP Language Patterns Demonstration

NLP Language Patterns Demonstration
Reading time: 1 minute Nov 3rd 2015

I was asked for a video demonstrating NLP and Hypnotic language patterns which are used to help people to learn language patterns. So, here you go. Hope you enjoy. If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content from me as I release it, why not…

7 Lessons from Back to the Future

7 Lessons from Back to the Future
Reading time: 3 minutes Oct 21st 2015

When I was a kid, there was one movie series that I adored. I learned off every line from the first movie and knew the other two really well too. It was the Back to the Future movie trilogy. On this very special week, as well as releasing my very special Back to the Future themed ANIMATED TIME MANAGEMENT VIDEO  …

12 Questions that Can Turn your Life Around

12 Questions that Can Turn your Life Around
Reading time: 4 minutes Oct 13th 2015

Wherever we put our focus will often determine what we think about and therefore, what we feel and do. Since asking ourselves questions is what drives focus, here are some of the most important and life changing questions that can help you break through challenges, bound towards your goals and create the kind of future you want. There are 12…

The Pitch List No. 15 – Scarcity & Urgency

The Pitch List No. 15 – Scarcity & Urgency
Reading time: 1 minute Oct 12th 2015

In the final video of “The Pitch List” series, I discuss the importance of being aware of scarcity & urgency and also, why you should think about how your product or service is unique. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the whole Pitch List Series… If you found this useful and would like to sign…

Creating Time for Your Life

Creating Time for Your Life
Reading time: 3 minutes Oct 7th 2015

In two weeks I will be launching my new online course on Time Management. Since this is such an important area for so many people, I thought I’d take this chance to look at the most important things you need to do in order to be super productive and effective. Back in 2008 and 2009 I presented a TV show…

The Pitch List No. 14 – Identity

The Pitch List No. 14 – Identity
Reading time: 1 minute Oct 5th 2015

In the fourteenth video of “The Pitch List” series, I discuss identity and why you must pay attention to this important concept when pitching to your clients and customers to really connect with them. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the whole Pitch List Series… If you found this useful and would like…

BUILDING BETTER EMOTIONAL CONTROL

BUILDING BETTER EMOTIONAL CONTROL
Reading time: 5 minutes Sep 29th 2015

There are two problems with feeling bad. The feeling itself and the decisions you make when feeling bad. We make a lot of mistakes when we find ourselves in stressful, scary or depressing situations. If your job relies on your ability to stay calm and collected and be in charge of your feelings, what can you do in order to…

The Pitch List No. 13 – Certainty & Security

The Pitch List No. 13 – Certainty & Security
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 28th 2015

In the thirteenth video of “The Pitch List” series, I talk about certainty and security in terms of the message you are communicating and how you need to incorporate this into your pitch to be successful. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful…

6 Lessons from Japan’s victory over South Africa

6 Lessons from Japan’s victory over South Africa
Reading time: 3 minutes Sep 22nd 2015

Last Saturday evening, one of the greatest sporting upsets in modern history went down in Brighton at the Rugby World Cup as South Africa played a seemingly routine first group game against rank outsiders Japan. South Africa were favourites to at least make a semi-final and ranked third in the world. Japan, on the other hand, had odds of winning…

The Pitch List No. 12 – Novelty

The Pitch List No. 12 – Novelty
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 21st 2015

In the twelfth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss novelty and how it works in terms of the brain and also, the importance of relating it to your audience. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be…

The Pitch List No 11 – Credibility

The Pitch List No 11 – Credibility
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 14th 2015

In the eleventh video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss credibility and the importance of positioning yourself as effectively as possible to win others over. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to…

The Pitch List No. 10 – Four Pitching Concepts

The Pitch List No. 10 – Four Pitching Concepts
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 14th 2015

In the tenth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I talk about four key concepts to help you when you are creating any kind of pitch. These are problem, consequences, solution and possibilities. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to…

The Pitch List No. 9 – Pain Points

The Pitch List No. 9 – Pain Points
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 8th 2015

In the ninth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I talk about pain points & how important it is to identify these for your audience. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive…

The Pitch List – No. 8 Benefits & Experience

The Pitch List – No. 8 Benefits & Experience
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 8th 2015

In the eighth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss incorporating the features, benefits and experience of a product or idea into your pitch and which ones are the most important for successful pitching. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and…

The Pitch List – Video No. 7 Asking Questions

The Pitch List – Video No. 7 Asking Questions
Reading time: 1 minute Sep 1st 2015

In the seventh video of “The Pitch List Series”, Owen talks about how you can use questions effectively in your pitch to create the right emotional response in your audience. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up…

The Pitch List: No. 6 The Importance of Utility

The Pitch List: No. 6 The Importance of Utility
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 31st 2015

In the sixth video of “The Pitch List Series”, Owen talks about the usefulness of an idea for your audience and how you can use this insight to present your message in a compelling manner. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and…

The Pitch List – Video No.5 Relevance

The Pitch List – Video No.5 Relevance
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 25th 2015

In the fifth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I talk about the importance of relevance in relation to the people you are pitching to. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive…

The Pitch List – Video No. 4 The Power of Story

The Pitch List – Video No. 4 The Power of Story
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 20th 2015

In the fourth video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss how you should use the elements of a story, e.g. hero, villain etc. to transform your ability to persuade others. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you liked this and want to sign up to be the…

The Pitch List – No. 3 Pitching Chunks

The Pitch List – No. 3 Pitching Chunks
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 3rd 2015

In the third video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss the importance of pitching in chunks regardless of the time-frame. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and the next in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more…

The Pitch List – No. 2 Catchy & Memorable

The Pitch List – No. 2 Catchy & Memorable
Reading time: 1 minute Aug 3rd 2015

In the second video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss the importance of information being catchy and memorable when pitching so that you can persuade others more easily. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos and for the next video in the Pitch List… If you found this useful and would like to sign up…

The 5 Reasons why People Buy Things

The 5 Reasons why People Buy Things
Reading time: 1 minute Jul 26th 2015

In this video, I share the five main reasons behind why people buy things. This information will put you in a great position to sell and market to your clients. You will have a better understanding of your customer’s motivation and can use this insight to connect it to your product or service. Check out the video category in my blog for…

The Pitch List – No. 1 Simplicity and Clarity

The Pitch List – No. 1 Simplicity and Clarity
Reading time: 1 minute Jul 26th 2015

In the first video of “The Pitch List Series”, I discuss the importance of simplicity and clarity in pitching. You need to present your idea in a simple and clear manner so that anyone can understand it. I also talk about “processing fluency” and how it relates to pitching. Check out the video category in my blog for more great…

THE CONOR MCGREGOR FACTOR

THE CONOR MCGREGOR FACTOR
Reading time: 9 minutes Jul 12th 2015

Conor McGregor has become one of the most well know Irish sports stars in the world over the last three years. This recent fight with Chad Mendes involved a ridiculously large amount of Irish supporters travelling to Las Vegas to watch it live and cheer Conor on. I wanted to take some time to explore the ‘Conor McGregor Factor’ and…

STOP AVOIDING THE NEGATIVE

STOP AVOIDING THE NEGATIVE
Reading time: 5 minutes Jul 12th 2015

Recently, I got a chance to see the latest movie from Pixar called ‘Inside Out’. It is a masterpiece in my opinion and of particular interest to anyone in my line of work because of the subject matter. It tells the story of what goes on in the brain of an 11 year old girl. The main characters are five…

Stop. Stop. Stop.

Stop. Stop. Stop.
Reading time: 3 minutes Jul 6th 2015

Ok. I have something to get off my chest. I know we live in the real world. As such, I know that what I am saying is not very helpful. But I feel the need to say it. Stop Bad Shit Happening. Stop Racism. Stop Bigotry. Stop Homophobia. Stop those who are anti-traveller, anti-immigrant, anti-anything. Stop anyone who fails to…

How to Handle Difficult Customers

How to Handle Difficult Customers
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 30th 2015

In this video, I take you through a number of steps to help you to deal with even the most difficult customers and to be as effective as possible. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos…

ALL you need to know about Positive Thinking

ALL you need to know about Positive Thinking
Reading time: 3 minutes Jun 30th 2015

There are thousands of books available in the field of self-improvement. The core of most of them is the same. Think positively and you will be more successful. Of course, there is much more to success than simply thinking positively. It is easy to attack such books or proclaim them as having all the answers. I want to do something…

How to be confident AND likeable

How to be confident AND likeable
Reading time: 3 minutes Jun 22nd 2015

One thing that is quite apparent from living in Ireland is that, often, the more confident you are… the less likeable you will come across. We love the underdog and we love the humble. The begrudging mentality of ‘who do you think you are?’ is our common response to people who we consider are getting ‘too big for their boots’….

Success Series – How to Write a Book

Success Series – How to Write a Book
Reading time: 1 minute Jun 15th 2015

In the fourth and final of the Success Series videos, I share some of the key skills to help you write a book. I also share my own experience and best practice tips to help you to succeed. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign…

When Your Feelings Lie

When Your Feelings Lie
Reading time: 4 minutes Jun 15th 2015

There are countless studies out there which show that our emotions and feelings impact on our decision making. When we are attracted to someone or like someone for example, the good feelings that we experience tend to make us see that person as smarter and more competent as a result. This is known as the ‘halo effect’. We buy products often because…

The Power of Sarcastic Thinking

The Power of Sarcastic Thinking
Reading time: 4 minutes Jun 9th 2015

My Sarcastic Series is a set of videos on my YouTube channel where I teach people a number of different things from becoming nervous in front of any audience to becoming miserable and being a bad leader. In each video, I outline steps which you need to take in order to make your life worse and point out what ‘other people’ would…

Success Series: How to Get Work Done

Success Series: How to Get Work Done
Reading time: 1 minute May 19th 2015

In the third of the Success Series videos, I share some key skills and tips to help you get work done and dusted effectively. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content from…

THE KEY TO HANDLING ANGER

THE KEY TO HANDLING ANGER
Reading time: 2 minutes May 18th 2015

I was asked a question by a participant the other day about controlling anger. She asked what she needed to do in order to stop herself from getting angry. Anger is one of those emotions which clouds our judgment quite quickly. Our amygdala in our limbic system (the emotional area of our brain) is hijacked by an emotion like anger and…

THE MUSIC OF A SPEECH

THE MUSIC OF A SPEECH
Reading time: 3 minutes May 18th 2015

I have had some fascinating conversations recently with some amazing musicians. In these conversations we discussed the impact that music has on emotion. Music is one of the most powerful state changers that exist in the world today. It is used in so many different contexts to induce particular emotions. In particular, we can find it setting the mood or…

Success Series: Motivate yourself to Exercise

Success Series: Motivate yourself to Exercise
Reading time: 1 minute May 18th 2015

In my latest NEW video & the second from my Success Series, I discuss and share some key ideas on motivating yourself to stay fit and exercise. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content…

3 SIMPLE TOOLS FOR ATTITUDE CHANGE

3 SIMPLE TOOLS FOR ATTITUDE CHANGE
Reading time: 2 minutes May 12th 2015

I was teaching a course in the Middle East today and, for the first time, shared a number of different approaches to changing your attitude that are simple, easy and fast to apply. As the audience did the exercise, I realised that they grasped it quickly. So, I figured why not offer you the same three approaches. These approaches can…

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Reading time: 2 minutes May 5th 2015

I was chatting with a friend of mine recently and during one particularly deep moment we discussed how so many people, including ourselves, tend to live each day looking forward to something in the future. We talked about being more ‘accepting’ and ‘appreciating what we have’ instead of seemingly always having this gap that can only be filled by an…

Success Series: How to Study Effectively

Success Series: How to Study Effectively
Reading time: 1 minute May 5th 2015

In my latest NEW video & the first from my Success Series, I discuss and share some of the key skills to help you to study more effectively and to stay focused. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive…

RAISING THE STANDARD

RAISING THE STANDARD
Reading time: 3 minutes Apr 28th 2015

A few people came up to me at the Influence Mastery course last weekend and said that we had really raised the standard in terms of the course compared to previous courses we had done. It got me thinking, what does raising standards really mean, why do we do it and how do we successfully do it? To me, raising…

How to Create Rapport with Anyone

How to Create Rapport with Anyone
Reading time: 1 minute Apr 21st 2015

In my latest NEW video, I share a number of key steps to help you create rapport instantly with someone and have a long lasting impact. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos… If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content…

THE ANTIDOTE TO BULLYING

THE ANTIDOTE TO BULLYING
Reading time: 6 minutes Apr 14th 2015

Recently, I came across an article in the New York Times that explored the public shamings that have taken place on twitter and online. Someone posts a stupid or racist joke in very poor taste… and they proceed to get shamed, humiliated and abused. Someone tells the world and, within a few days, online pressure has caused them to lose…

THE ART OF CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

THE ART OF CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
Reading time: 3 minutes Apr 7th 2015

Recently, I was sent a message from someone who was offended that I hid their post on my Facebook wall. Their post attacked someone I quoted who I care about a lot in my life. It basically suggested they came across extremely poorly to the person in a three hour event they had with them. They suggested lots of other…

3 Big Mistakes We Make when Making Decisions

3 Big Mistakes We Make when Making Decisions
Reading time: 1 minute Apr 7th 2015

In my latest NEW video, I outline the 3 biggest mistakes and biases we tend to make when making decisions across all areas of our lives. I also share some insights from the field of behavioural economics to help you become more effective in your decision making. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos.. If…

THE 3 KEY BELIEFS EVERY CHILD SHOULD LEARN

THE 3 KEY BELIEFS EVERY CHILD SHOULD LEARN
Reading time: 3 minutes Mar 30th 2015

If I could install beliefs in a child that I knew would be reinforced by society, there are three I can think of, in particular, that would make the biggest difference to them. I believe that we need to start spreading these ideas throughout the world so that children can grow up with a real chance to become so much…

THE 2 KEYS TO EMOTIONAL CONTROL

THE 2 KEYS TO EMOTIONAL CONTROL
Reading time: 4 minutes Mar 23rd 2015

What brought me into the area of psychology and NLP in the very first place was the possibility of emotional control. The idea that it was an option to have internal control over how we feel was an idea that instantly made a strong impression on me. At the time, in my early teens, I struggled with depression and suicidal…

LESSONS FROM NORTH KOREA

LESSONS FROM NORTH KOREA
Reading time: 5 minutes Mar 17th 2015

In 2012, I visited North Korea or the DPRK. It was one of the most memorable trips of my life so far. Having visited South Korea a year before, it was fascinating to see the differences between both parts of the country. It was also very interesting to see the commonalities. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first….

6 Things Legends do Differently

6 Things Legends do Differently
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 10th 2015

In this special video, I share the 6 things you can do to become a legend (i.e. someone who is brilliant!)… A must watch:-) Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos.. If you found this useful and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content from…

What Taylor Swift can Teach us about Life

What Taylor Swift can Teach us about Life
Reading time: 2 minutes Mar 10th 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I had the delight of being taught one of Taylor Swift’s dances by an incredibly wonderful eleven year old girl. What struck me were some of the lyrics: “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play and Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate and I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake… shake it…

The Most Beautiful Things on Earth

The Most Beautiful Things on Earth
Reading time: 2 minutes Mar 3rd 2015

One of the things that I did recently is I made a list of the most beautiful things on earth. Things I have experienced. Things I have lived. Things I have felt. It was a long list but writing it down made me feel really good and made me appreciate a lot more of life than I have been. Sometimes…

The Liar called Depression

The Liar called Depression
Reading time: 1 minute Feb 23rd 2015

In this video, I share my own experience of depression and my thoughts on what I call this “liar”. I also discuss how you can handle depression to see things differently and alter how you think about things to create a more positive reality. Check out the video category in my blog for more great videos.. If you found this useful…

25 Key Lessons I’ve Learned in my Thirties

25 Key Lessons I’ve Learned in my Thirties
Reading time: 2 minutes Feb 17th 2015

You will get through it. Whatever it is. Everything is going to be ok. No. Really. Other people will sometimes let you down once or twice. That’s ok. They probably don’t mean it. Most people bluff their way through life. It’s ok. There is no ‘right’ job. There is only what you love, like and don’t. Clothes are about warmth….

How to Handle Uncertainty

How to Handle Uncertainty
Reading time: 1 minute Feb 14th 2015

In this video, I discuss the challenge of uncertainty in the world today where we have far too many choices. I share my insights in this area and what can happen when we get “decision fatigue”. Handling uncertainty means that you accept that uncertain times will come but that is the exciting part! Check out the video category in my blog…

6 Key Actions to Create a Loving Relationship

6 Key Actions to Create a Loving Relationship
Reading time: 2 minutes Feb 11th 2015

There is some compelling research out there in the field of psychology on relationships and how to create the kind of long lasting relationships with others that ensure you both live happily ever after. In this post, I wanted to share some of the simple and practical acts that the research suggests is a good idea if you want a…

The 3 Keys to Inspiring Others

The 3 Keys to Inspiring Others
Reading time: 2 minutes Feb 4th 2015

How do the most inspiring people on the planet do what they do? How can you inspire your team as a leader? How can you inspire your children as a parent? Well there are three essential keys to inspiring others that may well be useful for you to know. Be the example. The most important rule of inspirational leadership is to…

Why Being Wrong can be Right

Why Being Wrong can be Right
Reading time: 1 minute Jan 31st 2015

In this video, I discuss our basic need as human beings “to be right” which has evolved from our Hunter Gatherer days and how we seek to confirm this. I also talk about the risks involved in this way of thinking and suggest more useful ways to think about the world. I share why it is ok to be wrong…

5 Effective Strategies to get a Bargain

5 Effective Strategies to get a Bargain
Reading time: 2 minutes Jan 28th 2015

If you are looking to get the best possible bargain whether you are in a department store, car lot or at a street stall in Bangkok, here are some suggestions that will help: 1. Be prepared to walk away. Know what your BATNA is. (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement). Know what you will walk away to if they do not offer…

Turning Good into Great

Turning Good into Great
Reading time: 2 minutes Jan 21st 2015

One of the most underused and effective strategies in sales and marketing enables you to make your product, service or business look even better than it is. Making good look great works on a very important principle in behavioural economics called “reference dependence”. When you are evaluating how valuable something is, you will most likely use reference points by comparing…

The 4 Keys to Motivation

The 4 Keys to Motivation
Reading time: 1 minute Jan 14th 2015

The world of motivation has recently received a huge influx of research. With so many things competing for our attention, it has never been so important to understand what motivates people. In this article, I want to explain the four core dimensions of motivation so that you can understand how you can more easily impact others. We are motivated by…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PARIS

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PARIS
Reading time: 5 minutes Jan 11th 2015

We need to talk about Paris. And Sydney. And Peshawar. To start with. In light of the disgusting acts of evil committed in these cities, many people on social media share their sympathies with the tragic loved ones of the victims and express their horror at the atrocities. We are also reminded not to tarnish all people who follow the…

How to handle Overconfidence

Reading time: 4 minutes Sep 2nd 2014

Overconfidence is an interesting term. To be overconfident suggests that there is such thing as too much confidence. Since confidence is associated with a whole host of benefits, it would be really handy to understand the different between being extremely confident in a way that helps you and too confident so that it harms you. So, let’s explore. The confidence…

Getting to LOVE Valentine’s Day

Reading time: Less than a minute Feb 8th 2013

Approaching that day of love, Owen explains why St. Valentine’s Day should be the best day of the year. Some great advice to help us open our eyes this coming 14th February.

How to Beat the January Blues

Reading time: Less than a minute Jan 21st 2013

On Blue Monday, watch Owen speak about how to beat the January Blues by clicking below. Remember that Spring follows Winter!  

Make a New Years PRESOLUTION!

Reading time: 3 minutes Dec 31st 2012

For as long as I’ve remembered new years, I’ve remembered making new years resolutions. This is the time of year that you make a bunch of decisions on what you are going to do differently and you vow to stick to them from that magical day January 1st. Of course, January 1st ends up being no more magical than any…

A Skeptics Guide to Self Improvement

Reading time: 11 minutes Oct 12th 2010

I come from a land often associated with blarney. We, the Irish, are known for being great storytellers and to exaggerate from time to time. That is part of our classical stereotype as well as the drink side of things. Of course there is a grain of truth is most stereotypes. But my country is also a nation that holds…

What Cicero can teach us about persuasion and public speaking

What Cicero can teach us about persuasion and public speaking
Reading time: 4 minutes Sep 25th 2010

Public speaking is an art form that many would love to master. Whether you need to give a best mans speech at your brothers wedding or you must present an idea at the monthly network meeting, public speaking is a skill many people seek. At present, since I’m busy preparing to launch the upcoming Charisma Bootcamp, I thought I’d share some thoughts on the matter.

Conversations with Richard Bandler Review

Reading time: Less than a minute Aug 1st 2010

Here is a video of Richard Bandler talking about our book ‘Conversations with Richard Bandler’.

The 3 C’s of Effective Business

Reading time: Less than a minute Jun 7th 2010

Here is a short video of what I call the 3 C’s of Effective Business. Hope you find it useful as a distinction of what to pay attention to. The three C’s are: Clarity, Conviction and Connection.

Book Video Review: The Happiness Habit

Reading time: Less than a minute Jun 1st 2010

Here is a quick review and recommendation for a book entitled ‘The Happiness Habit’ by Brian Colbert. Brian is a colleague who I work with at the Irish Institute of NLP (www.nlp.ie) and this book truly is a masterpiece.

Principles of Persuasion: Reciprocation

Reading time: Less than a minute Jun 1st 2010

Here is a quick video explaining one of the principles of persuasion as identified by Dr Robert Cialdini.

Principles of Persuasion: Reciprocation

Reading time: Less than a minute Jun 1st 2010

Here is a quick video explaining one of the principles of persuasion as identified by Dr Robert Cialdini.

NLP Posts

Reading time: 1 minute Jun 1st 2010

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting Videos and Posts on NLP both teaching basic & advanced skills as well as giving my perspective on the field itself and how best to learn, develop and master the skills of NLP. The material using the techniques and skills of NLP that I use are used with express written…

The BATNA Award

Reading time: 1 minute May 31st 2010

Most of us have heard of the BAFTA Awards, but what I think is really relevant and important to learn about the the ‘BATNA’ award. This award is an award you can give yourself before you enter any negotiation to ensure that you do the best job possible. BATNA stands for the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement. Basically, it…

Dr. Richard Bandler

Reading time: 2 minutes May 30th 2010

Richard Bandler is one of the greatest geniuses of our time in my opinion. A maverick in the field of personal change, Richard turned the field of psychology on it’s head by his revolutionary discoveries in how to help people change the way they think, feel and behave. Richard Bandler began his work in the early 1970’s in co-founding NLP…

7 ways to Banish your Fear of Public Speaking

Reading time: 1 minute May 19th 2010

Here are 7 different ways of thinking to help you feel more confident in front of an audience. 1) You are the one at the front of the room. That means you are in control. You can tell them to do something and they will more than likely do it. 2) The audience wants you to succeed. They are rooting…

Brilliant Teaching

Reading time: 2 minutes Mar 26th 2010

One of the areas that I have found NLP exceptionally effective is in the area of teaching. A friend and colleague of mine, Kate Benson, International Director for Education in the Society of NLP, has taught me a lot about the difference between how NLP is applied in NLP and Corporate Training and the teaching world. In the teaching world,…

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