Blow your own trumpet

When you score a success in anything, it can be hard to resist a little sense of pride in your effectiveness and productivity. Indeed, in terms of motivation, this pride is a good thing: becoming more conscious of what you achieve can boost your self-confidence, possibly leading to better performance and thus more success. But […]


We all know that ‘after-lunch’ feeling, when our bodies slow down, our brains go mushy and we’d rather just take a nap. Some call it ‘food coma’, ‘siesta time’ or, in the medical trade, ‘postprandial somnolence’. Whatever you call it, it drains your productivity, so how can you avoid it? I have deliberately constructed the […]

5 Powerhouse Thinking Modes

The human brain has a number of different modes of thinking, which I characterize as Click, Bubble, Hum, Squeak and Sigh. These are just a helpful model of complex set of brain functions that, we continue to discover, are deeply interconnected. Take, for example, an experiment carried out by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, […]

People like me, who train speakers and write books like ‘How to Speak so People Listen’ are fond of the advice to use metaphors to spice up your language and make people more receptive to your message. And I stand by that advice. But I recently came upon some experimental data that ups the stakes […]

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