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,…

6 Questions to Challenge Your Beliefs

6 Questions to Challenge Your Beliefs
Reading time: 5 minutes Jul 28th 2015

I believe that the Meta Model is one of the most important parts of NLP. I have been lucky enough to hear Richard (Bandler) explain the Meta Model as well as some other great trainers such as John and Kathleen LaValle. Indeed, when Brian Colbert and I teach our NLP courses (www.nlp.ie) with the Irish Institute of NLP, the language…

The Secrets of a Persuasive Story

The Secrets of a Persuasive Story
Reading time: 1 minute Jul 12th 2015

In this video, I talk about the power of stories and give you a basic understanding so that you can use stories to influence others. I explain how stories work and share the various elements. I also talk about the parallels between stories and the process of influencing and how you can use this knowledge to become a more influential person in…

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