Imagine Yourself Relaxing on a Beach Without a Care in the World

Dreaming holidayJust suppose that you began your next talk with the grabber, “Imagine yourself relaxing on the beach without a care in the world.” Do you think that image would get the attention of people in the audience? With most people working 24/7, who wouldn’t want to be relaxing on a beach?

Whether you’re delivering a speech from notes or giving a presentation with slides, using …Read more…

Use Mindfulness to Increase Your Self-Awareness and Effectiveness

An interview on the benefits of mindfulness with Peregrine Kavros, clinical neuropsychologist and Founder of Management Focus 

What is Mindfulness?mindfulness word in wood type

Mindfulness is a meditative practice that comes to us from Buddhism. According to founder Jon Kabat Zinn, mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening in the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. Mindfulness is a skill that develops slowly over time; it teaches us how to be more self-aware and less reactive to negative events or stimuli.

Why is it important to be mindful?

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A Great Teacher Can Change Our Lives Forever

Great teacher can change lives

Novak Djokovic

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” — Henry Adams

In an exciting five-set encounter, Novak Djokovic claimed his second Wimbledon tennis title on Sunday. While his talent and tenacity pulled out the win, Djokovic didn’t forget how he reached the pinnacle of tennis.

In accepting the winning trophy, he paid tribute to his family, his team and to “my first coach Jelena Gencic.” When she died in 2013, Djokovic wrote a letter, while playing at the French Open, honoring her for changing his life forever. Here is an excerpt: …Read more…

How a Big Ego Can Derail Your Success in Business

Several “Big Names” in business have recently bombed in public appearances. Woman holding a picture frame Have you wondered how this could happen and if their egos got in the way of their good sense?

Ego is OK in Small Doses

All of us are egotistical to some degree – meaning we are self-centered and sometimes come across as self-important. Who doesn’t want to walk into a room confident that she is the best-dressed guest at the party? But having a big ego in business can derail your success.

It’s egotistical to “wing it” at a presentation without doing the proper advance preparation. It was arrogant of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to keep …Read more…