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Review of the book The Habit Factor by Martin Grunburg

I am a big fan of setting useful habits to be carried out every day.

A couple of years ago I came across an amazing book called The Habit Factor by Martin Grunburg.

I was so impressed by this book that I got in contact with Martin and encouraged him to come to the town of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi in May 2011 and give a talk about habits at the TEDxAlAin conference which I organised with my friend Sajjad.

This video, also recorded in 2011, lasts just under 15 minutes, and explains some of the great insights I gleaned from this great book. The lighting is poor and there’s a strong echo as I was in our echoey home in Abu Dhabi, but you should find some value in the content!… 

You can get Martin Grunburg’s Habit Factor book from Amazon.

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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