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S.H.I.N.E. to make a brilliant first impression

We all know the phrase ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.’ Not always true but more often than not. You want, always, to create a great first impression? S mile H andshake. Make it firm and friendly…no wet fish ones please I …a bit of a cheat but this is for good eye contact. I believe the most important letter of the 5 N ame.Give …Read More


Most people are somewhere between a touch anxious and petrified when they attend events, social or business, and have to meet new people. I have discovered the secret to overcome this problem. It is all about focusing on the right person. People tend to be self-conscious, self aware spend too long thinking ‘How do I look, how will I come across, will I be interesting, etc. When you put al …Read More

Magic…a story telling evening

I arrived in Edinburgh, my favourite UK city, and was invited by my co-presenter Clark Cunningham to join him at a story telling evening. My first reaction was ” What?” But I went and what a great evening. People told stories, sang and played music at the Scottish story Telling Centre on the Royal MileI lady sang, her name is Phyllis Davison who lives half the time in Edinburgh and …Read More

Check out this hotel

A beautiful privately-owned hotel near Derby.i got a really warm welcome, the “dining room” was the kitchen table and the service was 100% it’s called Kegworth House. I spend my life in ‘chain named’hotels…expensive, impersonal and samey. call Trish and book yourself in…you won’t be disappointed

Alarm clocks and trainers

Peter Thomson sent this in his weekly tgimondays.com newsletter This message is based on a true story I heard at dinner, at a friend’s house, last Friday evening: And the boy, about 12 twelve years old, turned to his father and asked: “Dad, can I get some new trainers?” His dad replied: “Yes, of course son” A couple of weeks went by and the trainers hadn’t appeared. The son asked …Read More

I’m top of my career but

it doesn’t stop me going to my ‘trade association’ ( Professsional Speakers Association in this case)and listening to others. When you go with the right attitude and listen carefully you ALWAYS gain something. I learn lots about humour and story telling when presenting when I attended our national meeting in Leeds yesterday.I am at the top of my career BUT the only way to stay there is to keep learning, …Read More

Grandmas and lawyers

Lawyers should never ask a honest grandma a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer. In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?” She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you’ve been a …Read More

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