Month: July 2018

One Small Step for a Friend, One Giant Hassle in Sales

One Small Step for a Friend, One Giant Hassle in Sales

What’s the greatest sales technique of all time? The one that has converted the most disinterested observers into enthusiastic customers? When you run through a list of different marketing strategies, you realise that one has been around longer than commerce. From the hunter-gatherer days…

Beyond Your Fear of Public Speaking

Beyond Your Fear of Public Speaking

Ahh, public speaking. It’s probably safe to say that most people find it a little uncomfortable. And then there are those who are terrified by the thought of standing on a stage with all eyes on you. Me? I’m one of the lucky and…

The Quickest, Easiest Way to Hypnotise Someone

The Quickest, Easiest Way to Hypnotise Someone

Of all the ways to hypnotise a subject, one stands out as the best. It is fast – it can get results in minutes, if that. It’s easy – so simple that untrained hypnotists accidentally use this all the time. Of all the techniques…

Think Meditation is Torture? You Might be Right

Think Meditation is Torture? You Might be Right

If you’re unlucky enough to be an Iranian dissident, you probably know about white torture. Also known as sensory deprivation, it’s a nasty piece of work. You don’t have to cause pain to break someone. All you need are blacked out goggles, noise cancelling…

Mundane Magic and Scientific Sorcery

Mundane Magic and Scientific Sorcery

Neurons do something strange when starved of oxygen. First, they start firing randomly. Then they start to shut down. If they don’t receive precious oh-two soon, they start to die. This sequence is, of course, an oversimplification. You’ll find counter examples all over the…

You Are a Limitless Frontier

You Are a Limitless Frontier

Exploration captivates the human psyche. There’s something noble about wandering off into uncharted, untamed land. Many people would risk their lives to be the first to see a new island, a new planet, a new sun in the sky. Our ancestors were explorers. The…

The Rewards for Living Ethically

The Rewards for Living Ethically

Where does morality come from? Some people point outside themselves. It comes from a divine creator, they say. Others say that you can calculate and quantify morality from the laws of physics. I’m not sure about those. Maybe morality is a gift we receive…

A Different Style of Leadership, Living and Learning

A Different Style of Leadership, Living and Learning

Shamanism is a broad term. It describes religions from Australia to America and everywhere in between. These religions are incredibly diverse, each with its own unique rituals and cultural elements. They have a lot in common, too. The spiritual leaders have deep connections to…

Where Meditation is Controversial

Where Meditation is Controversial

Anyone who knows me knows that I am in favour of meditation. I think it’s wonderful. Is it for everyone? Maybe, maybe not – but this is low hanging fruit for the human race. If most people invested a little bit more into the…

If You Enjoy Freedom, Then Meditate

If You Enjoy Freedom, Then Meditate

What role does meditation play in Buddhism? That might seem like a strange question. It plays an important role, certainly. It’s one of the key pillars of the faith. But what, exactly, does it do? In Christianity, the purpose of prayer is to connect…

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