Why It’s Okay to Have Your Head in the Sand With Competitors

An issue that comes up quite frequently with clients in my business coaching work (and often personal coaching too) is an unhealthy obsession with people who are, or perceived to be, competitors. This usually manifests in the form of a large amount of time spent on a competitor’s website and social media. What usually follows […]

The Psychological Effects of Online Negativity

It’s no surprise that to many people ‘social media’ often feels a bit of a misnomer with some of the most anti-social sentiments one can think of being expressed online. When one considers the psychological effects of such online negativity, it is important to acknowledge its impact on both the writer and the reader. “Nice parking you f**king […]

What Is a Double Bind Question?

A double bind is a type of question which results in the same answer regardless of which way it is answered. It is a communication technique often used for persuasion (e.g. in the context of business sales) as well as suggestion (e.g. when being used by a hypnotherapist to help ‘change’ a client’s mind). It can also be used coercively to negatively […]

The Curious Magic of Handwriting and The Mind

With the use of technology in the modern world, longhand handwriting is decreasing in daily usage for many people.  However, with this trend, we risk losing a number of powerful benefits that come from applying handwriting to certain tasks. My Personal Perspective I’m writing this article as someone who works with the human mind and has first-hand clinical experience of the […]

How to Communicate More Persuasively

A popular type of skills training many clients ask me for is to help them learn the art of persuasive communication. With a recent 1-2-1 client, even from our first conversations it quickly became apparent that this individual’s focus had previously been more on the things they thought they need to say to be persuasive, i.e. looking for the specific words or ‘language patterns’ they believed would […]

The Difference Between Truth and Opinion

Language and its ability to influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours forms an important aspect of my work. One place it can be very important is in helping to explain and understand the difference between truth and opinion, and the value of this to human communication. Now, I’m not up for some heavyweight debate about […]