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

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,…

The Dublin Interview Series: Influence Episode 2

The Dublin Interview Series: Influence Episode 2
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 30th 2015

From 2014 – welcome to the Dublin Interview Series – episode 2 on Influence where I answer questions on Influence, including what makes people successful at influencing others and also, offer some tips on the best books on influence!  ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ #Influence Check out the video category in the blog for more great videos… If you found this interesting and would like to sign…

OFI Sarcastic Series – How to Let People Get to You

OFI Sarcastic Series – How to Let People Get to You
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 23rd 2015

In the latest video from the Sarcastic Series, I share some valuable tips on how to let people get to you…. 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 me as I…

OFI News Broadcast

OFI News Broadcast
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 16th 2015

From 2014 – welcome to the OFI News Room where I will update you on the latest breaking news and weather – informative, instructive and as always lots of fun! ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ Check out the video category in the blog for more cool videos… If you found this interesting and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new…

How to Stress yourself out

How to Stress yourself out
Reading time: 1 minute Mar 10th 2015

Fun video from the Sarcastic Series on how to stress yourself out… Stress ensures that you will feel terrible. Learn how to stress yourself out completely. #ThrowbackThursday Check out the video category on my blog for more cool videos. If you found this interesting and would like to sign up to be the first to receive new videos and more useful content…

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