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TEDx talk at Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

I gave the following 15-minute talk at the TEDxAlAin conference in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, in May 2011. I talk about how the more primitive parts of our brain get in the way of us making wise decisions, and one way to act more wisely.

A total of 850 people attended the event…

See photos from TEDxAlAin.

Go to this page if you want to find out how I got involved with this conference.

Go here to find a few other short videos I’ve created.

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The last song of the night…

This is a temporary post while I upload some more songs…

I love a band called The Boy Least Likely To. I came across them via a promotional video Apple did for the iPad. They write quirky, jolly songs which are fun to sing along to while I’m driving!

Rolling Stone magazine described their sound thus: “if all your childhood stuffed animals got together and started a band.” Beautifully said!

In February 2013 the band did a gig in London to launch their new album. I went along with my beloved brother Mike who likes them too.

He took this photo of me with lead singer, Jof…

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Use principles from improvisational comedy to create quality content

You may have seen improvisational comedy performed on TV in programmes like Whose Line Is It Anyway?

One of the main principles from impro is “Yes, and…”: If someone makes an offer, or a suggestion, you go with that, and see where it will lead you – rather than dismiss it.

Here’s a photo of me playing an impro game with new friends Jamel (acting as my hands and arms, Nadine and Garth at The Spontaneity Shop in London…

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In the game illustrated above, if I was facing Garth, and Jamel’s hands started stroking Garth’s then I had to go along with that action and say something like…

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Tandem skydive

I did this tandem skydive around 1998. You’ll see one of the guys take a photo of me with a MindLab mind / light and sound machine which I sold by the thousands when I ran LifeTools, my mail order business in the UK.

Recommendation: graphic designer Wendy Barratt

Wendy barrattIf you’re looking for a very skilled graphic designer to design website header graphics, logos, ebook covers, banner ads, etc, I would highly recommend my dear friend Wendy Barratt who lives on the south coast of England.

She’s fun to work with, does a great job, and charges a fair price.

Here are some of the jobs she has done.

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Case study: The Little Calm Machine

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“Guru of calm” Paul Wilson has sold 10 million books as a result of the phenomenal success of The Little Book Of Calm.

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A friend of mine, Howard Tinker, suggested I license Paul’s brand – so I met with Paul at his offices in Sydney, Australia, and soon after we signed up together.

My business sold 15,000 ‘light and sound’ devices in the UK by mail order, mostly at £250 ($400) each, and almost all of these were manufactured by an American business run by a wonderful man called Robert Austin who became a very dear friend.

With Robert we rebranded one of the light and sound devices he had designed, and I made an order for a shipment of units from him. Several months later I launched The Little Calm Machine.

It came with some specially-written exercises from Paul (see photo of him with me above), and a CD he created for the package called Guided Journeys Into Calm.

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