Category Archives: Memory

NLP Practitioner PhotoReading and Mind Maps Courses

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Today I had a telephone conversation with a gentleman in the UK about taking/participating in NLP courses, and the vast numbers of trainers offering trainings. Could I advise him? How he could become good at NLP? what was the correct path to take?

My strategy has been to go to the originators, the developers, those that hold the intellectual rights to the technologies I want to learn. See articles of my journey of learning, click. I do not want to learn from someone who has read a book, heard from someone else, or who has plagiarised someone else’s work. I respect others knowledge, give credit when required, and seek official accreditation to teach their work as a licensed or certified trainer. 

I told him that if he could, why not attend a course given by Richard Bandler himself on NLP, there would be many hundreds of people on the course, which the gentleman did not like, he wanted a smaller participant number.

Why not come to Turkey? The courses are much cheaper. Accommodation is very much cheaper and flights are very cheap.

What a great idea. Come to Turkey to attend the next Certified, Society of NLP Practitioner course, given by my good self, here in Istanbul.

I am running a number of courses in the next few weeks, in conjunction with NLPGrup.

      Society of NLP Practitioner        9 July – 15 July      
      PhotoReading                              30 June – 1 July                        

      Mind Maps                                    8 July                           

Others are following over the next few months.

All courses are given in English, I speak only English, and there is translation into Turkish.

Call me on Skype VoiP,  contact name NLPNOW,

My Turkish mobile number (Turkey) 05384068230

Email me, or visit my website

Contact NLPGrup on (Turkey) 0212 31 77 77, or visit their website

Mind Maps

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                                                                                                                                               Türkçe versiyonu
Mind Maps has been called “the Swiss Army Knife for the Brain”.

Developed by Tony Buzan, it is used by hundreds and thousands of people and companies worldwide. I have successfully taught Mind Maps in China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Italy and the UK, to individuals, public groups, schools, universities, and companies. Organisations such as HSBC Bank, Shanghai Airlines, Arrow Weld, Global Communications, Sheffield University et al.

Mind Maps can be used in many areas of our lives:-


What makes Mind Maps so powerful is that they use the brain as it should be used, using both sides of the brain’s hemispheres, with the use of pictures, colour and movement, key words, and progressive radiant ideas.
If we consider that the brain has two hemispheres, the left and right, the left being understood to be the logical, mathematical brain and the right being the creative brain, we can see from our educational background that we have been taught and we work very left brain. We write in black and white, in straight lines. We think in logical sequences.

We only use half our brain capacity, only our left hemisphere.

Using Mind Maps brings into play our right hemisphere, the brain that likes colour, movement, creativity, doubling our processing power.

We implement Mind Maps in PhotoReading, the ability to absorb words at 20,000 – 30,000 WPM.

I use Mind Maps for speeches, presentations, talks, and I never leave anything out.

The one day Mind Map course teaches you and your company the background, why we use Mind Maps, with loads of examples to practice.

RAM Your Memory

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To perfect a good memory, we must be able to learn to relax. We must pay attention to what we are learning, storing or remembering, to become aware, there must be some meaning as to why we are learning, storing or remembering and we should have the motivation to use our memory in the first place.

By Relaxing, paying Attention and giving Meaning by being Motivated (RAM) to the memory task, you will entrain our minds, our memory to be what we wish it to be.

You have the same brain as Gianni Golfera, Doug O’Brian, Einstein. How do they do it?

They have techniques that can be easily learnt. By practice, and playing, it is easy to remember, just RAM information into your brain.

Memory – Increase Memory

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The one thing that humans have is above all, is a memory that is thought to be superior to any living thing. The human brain has the capacity to learn and adapt to the surroundings and requirements of life.

Another thing about the human being, is that nine out of ten people believe they have a poor memory, in fact we have the same memory capacity as the world memory champions, we just have not learnt to use it in ways that we will remember, in an easy and fun way.

Yesterday I gave a one day course based on the research and learning taken from world memory champions, especially Dominic O’Brian, and the work of the man with the biggest memory Gianni Golfera.

Through my many courses taught throughout the world, Mind Maps, Accelerated Learning and Teaching, NLP, Hypnosis, Stage Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, Speed Reading and PhotoReading, I have gathered together many techniques I have found invaluable in improving memory.

I was amazed at the ability of all ages were able to remember easily, names, telephone number, and lists of random words.

I love my work.


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This index is an ongoing project that will last me a life-time.

Alexander, Graham                  1
Alma, Desa Palma               1

Ambiguity                            1,2

Bandler, Richard                       1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
Britain, Great                            1
British                                       1                     
Bukit Mertajam                         1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13
Buzan, Tony                             1

Cause and Effect        
CBT see HCBT                    1 ,
Chinese New Year               1
Coaching                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
Comparative Deletions             1,
Complex Equivalence               1,
Content Reframe                     1
Context Reframe                      1
Cognitive Behavioral
           Therapy                        1


Deep Structure                        1,2,3
Demirel, Zümrüt                       1
Dualphone 3088                      1,2,3,4,5,6                         


Erikson, Milton                         1,2
England                                   1
English                                    1
Eye Accessing Cues            1  

Feedback                          1

Generalised Nouns                   1,
Glossary of NLP                        1
Golfera, Gianni                          1,2,3,4,5,6
Gong Xi Fa Cai                          1,
Grinder, John                            1,2,3,4,5,6,7
GROW Model                             1


Hawkers, Food                           1
HCBT see CBT                      1
Hoarding                             1
Holt, Phillip                          1
Hurricane Fighter Aircraft       1
   Behavioral Therapy®          1,

Hypnosis                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,
Ibanoglu, Halil                 1,2
Iceland, a holiday
Isabella Plantation


Kek Lok Si                         1
Kingston upon Thames        

La Cantine                               1,2,3,4,5
Lack of Referential Index         1,
Lost performative                    1,

Memory Techniques
Merdizan, Deniz                  1,2
Merlin Engine                     1
Meta Model                       1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
Metaphor                          1 
Migraine                            1,2,3    
Miller, George                     1
Mind Maps                         1,2,3,4
Mind Reading                     1,
Modal Operators                 1,

Nominalisation                    1,
Norbiton Hall                      1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

O’Brian, Doug                   1

Ozen, Arzu                      1

Predicates                        1,
Predicates, Unspecified       1,

Presuppositions                 1



Reframing                        1
   Six-Step Reframe           1
   Content Reframe           1
   Context Reframe            1
Richmond Park                  1,2
Rolls-Royce                     1 

Sensory                            1
Six-Step Reframe                     1

SpitfireFighter Aircraft         1,2
Stage Hypnosis                        1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,
Statue on Waterloo Bridge
Strategy Elicitation
Surface Structure

Translators                          Arzu, Asu, AylinDeniz, Elena, Halil, Zümrüt
Transderivational Search         

UFO over London                  1
Universal Quantifier              1,
Unspecified Predicates          1,


Wetlands Center                  1,2,3,


Yildirim, Asuman                 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11


7 +/-1                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7

This site has no connection withPegasus NLP, they have embeded NLPNOW in their web site to capture and hijack any search engines

My Italian Translator

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Some of my first exposure to training NLP was to take place in Italy with my good friend and colleague, Alessio Roberti of NLPItaly. I remember sitting in a small piatsa in a wonderful walled town called Città Alta, the upper part of Bergamo with its rich heritage of art and history, discussing a forthcoming course.

Alessio and Phillip   

Città Alta Bergamo

I do not speak any language other than English. It is not out of disrespect of peoples tongues, just as people who have worked with me know, I am hopeless at speaking another language.

After many courses over the years Alessio Roberti has grown his company to be perhaps one of the best NLP training organisations in the world, and along with other subjects and the publishing arm, has become the successful person he should be. I am privileged to be involved with him.

One of the translators in Italy who has work with me for a number of years is Elena Martelli.

PhotoReading course in the Hilton Hotel.

Please Elena, coconut, liquorish, and toffee ice cream, all in the same cone, perhaps following a Baffu pizza.

A Bad Head Day – Migraine

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Today I woke up full of enthusiasm, ready to do so much.

I had a shower, and was about to start on another project when I knew I was about to start another migraine.

Today I took for really the first time a migraine tablet, Rizatriptan 5mg to knock to attack out at the start.

I went to bed, and started to listen to the radio, BBC Radio 5 live, it was the F1 race from Bahrain.
As I listened, I could not work out what was going on. Logically somewhere I my brain I knew it was the F1 race, and from Bahrain. But where was Bahrain? What was F1? I knew I knew the answer but it was not there, I could not answer my brain.

I heard the word Ferrari, but what did the word mean, but I new it was a racing car, but I did not, and David Coulthard, who was he? But I knew.

My brain really slowed down. It took a long time to answer a question.

My heart rate slowed down to 48 beats per minute, the average for a man being 74, or 70 for a woman. Since my angioplasty and taking tablets including Atenalol, my heart rate has slowed to 58 BPM.

After three hours I was able to function again, feeling tired, and a little slow, I am able to write my blog here, helping perhaps others to understand migraines.

At the age of 17, I was diagnosed as suffering from migraine, and had many tests to try and seek the cause of these debilitating attacks, skull x-rays, EEG’s, blood, eyes tests, allergy tests, you name it, nothing was found that caused them. I was getting them every week.

As I got older they became less frequent, until I believed they had all but disappeared at about 28. I will discuss the age of 28 in a later blog.

Over the years I have learned that I will know when a migraine will start, I will get impaired vision, part of what is in front of my eyes will not be there, in other words as I look at a face, I may be aware of the left eye but the right eye will not be there. It is at this time I prepare for the attack.

For me, I drink a lot of water, I have an idea that dehydration has a factor in the attack. Perhaps I need to detoxify, get rid of those unwanted chemicals that have built up in the body.

I worked with a friend, a chiropractor, and we discovered a point on the outside of the left leg, just above the knee, a place where you will find a “valley”, lateral aspect, or between two tendons/muscles. By pressing into this depression hard, (it can cause pain, so good), it can relieve the symptoms of migraines or headaches.

I then experience extreme pain, especially in th eyes, my skin colour changes, some people say to green and gray, and I completely evacuate my body, after which I sleep for a few hours to awaken like I have had the flu, washed out.  

Migraine is a is a neurological disorder, the most common symptom is an intense and disabling episodic headache, and are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, and can be accompanied, with or without visual effects or auras, by photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), phonoophobia (hypersensitivity to sound), also it may cause pain, nausea and tiredness.
Migraines are not caused by or they have an absent of serious head injuries, strokes, and tumors, and the recurring severity of the pain indicates vascular headaches rather than tension headaches. They also have a tendency to be genetic.

Three quarters of adult sufferers tend to be female, and there are indications that hormonal, including intestinal tract serotonin, can cause attacks.

I am still convinced that migraines are initiated by the blood supply, perhaps problems with the blood vessels, or from a 2005 investigation, a patent foramen ovale (PFO), or a hole between the upper chambers of the heart, allowing uncleaned blood to go directly from the right side of the heart to the left without passing through the lungs to be cleaned or detoxified. Now I know why I drink a lot of water.

Another theory is known as cortical spreading depression , which causes depressed neurological activity in the area of the cortex of the brain. This leads to irritation of the cranial nerve roots by the release of inflammatory mediators especially to the trigeminal nerve. It is thought that this can be caused by electrical charges or depolarization of the brain.

Migraine attacks may be triggered by:-

      • The weather
      • Allergic reactions 
      • Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors or
      • Perfumes
      • Physical or emotional stress
      • Tension headaches 
      • Seep patterns Changes
      • Exposure to or Smoking
      • Irregular meals
      • Alcohol or caffeine
      • Menstrual cycle
      • Birth control pills
      • Foods containing 
              • Tyramine (red wine, smoked fish, cheese)
              • MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
              • Nitrates (bacon, salami)
              • Chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, dairy products, fermented and pickled foods

Different treatments can be given, and medical advice is suggested. Some of the treatments are as I described above and :-

      • Good sleep patterns
      • Regular meals
      • Avoid achohol and caffeine
      • Suck ice or ice cream, it is said to cool the hypothalamus
      • Analgesics, aspirin, paracetamol
      • Serotonin receptor agonists, Tripans on medical prescriptions or Sumatripans over the counter
      • Caffeine
      • Beta blockers, Propranolo and Atenolol (I take Atenalol everyday, so this did not work for me)
      • Antidepressants
      • Botox
      • Butterbur from your herbal shop
      • Acupuncture
      • Acupressure (as I described above)
      • Relaxation or self hypnosis. (contact me for more information)

Migraine can be life threatening in extreme cases as it can lead to strokes or heart attacks especially in females.

 If you get a headache, if you do not get the symptoms as described above it is not  migraine, but migraines come in all shapes and sizes. Seek medical advice.

Look after yourself.


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Many of my courses, presentations, speeches and talks I give around the world are given to the public, with attendees ranging from as little as two to many hundreds.

I also give training courses to the corporate world, and for two days this week, I gave two courses of Mind Maps and Memory to a division of the number one mobile telephone company Turkcell here in Turkey. To keep the sixteen people on their toes and interest, I combined to two courses together, something I wish I could do this weekend, because yes I am giving Memory and Mind Maps courses to the public Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Many corporate courses give problems, in that, the attendees are often sent, not knowing what they are going to be taught, or have no interest in the subject. Perhaps I may have had one or two on this course.

We got off to a good start, but I had to get them used to my voice, as I did not have a translator, they all spoke English, but mine is British English, so some people find it difficult to tune in. Once I had established my voice was being understood, we progressed through the course.

They learnt how to construct Mind Maps (visit http//, why they should do this, why the brain needs to be used in a new way, and we looked at situations where they could use Mind Maps.

We also during our time together, learnt how our brain works in respect to remembering and recalling information, that our memory (visit http//, is infinite, if only we used it, had new strategies of the World Memory Champions, and Gianni Golfera, the man with the biggest memory.

We learned, we played, we practiced.

At the end of the course, they could remember the sixteen fictitious names they had given themselves, a list of twenty random words given quickly to them, how to remember numbers like telephone numbers, formula, not only after the first exercise, but hours after they had learned the facts, lists or numbers.

It was great at the end of the course for each and every one, to come to me and thank me with a big smile on their face. One person came up to me and said.

   “Some courses you are sent to you know you will not like them, this was one such course, but I found I really enjoyed it and I learnt such a lot, thank you.”   

It is times like this that I get a real buzz, a high, and as James Brown sings:

Just another day

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Tuesday started off with half my computer keyboard not working, having had the tea spilt over it the previous night.

I could not let this incident distract my trainings, but why not “reframe” it, and use it as a metaphor in the English class. As an international trainer of NLP, I can use my experience to teach a concept via a story to feed the inner mind, the unconscious mind, what you need to know, now, after all the years of experience I find is easy.

I talk about sick dear, and how just one word can affect the way we are, our state, how at a conference, a person stood in for someone who was ill, and how knives, fire and steam came from the participants, but they learnt how to keep state.

I was asked to visit a company in Sisli, on the Western side of the Bosphorus, a computer company which is very proactive on training their staff in communication skills, dealing with clients and staff. The meeting went on longer than we had planned, which meant we missed the ferry back to Kadikoy to conduct the afternoon trance.  Upon arrival, I was immediately driven away to another client, one hours drive across Istanbul, in heavy traffic, which seems to be ever presenting traffic jams, a journey taking two hours.

On arrival, it was a joy to meet so many of my previous students, with big smiles on their faces as they greeted me. So many people who know me. Wow.

I know I can do more work with them to help reach the goals, the outcomes they gave me.

The journey back to do the late English class was very tiring, as the countryside drifted past, I am amazed at the amount of new roads new infrastructure there is. New high rise accommodation, flats, apartments, are springing up.

The class starts one hour late, but I am in a good state, so I deliver so much to the participants.

I tell them about the beautiful “female” I saw in Singapore, and the first time my mother met Mee Len, mother never meeting a Chinese person before nor eaten a Chinese meal.

I know that during this session they tried many things, and perhaps liked them.

I added so much to the evening session I was late leaving the office/school, so much so that I missed the last train on the Tunel train, which runs from 7am till 9pm.

I was too tired to think, I needed sleep, rest, but I had to prepare for the next day, iron my shirt and suit, prepare my props to teach Mind Maps and Memory Skills to a major Turkish telecommunication company, and eat a meal.

I hope those who know me realise I am not the Wizard of Oz. I need rest today.