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Copying is the best form of Flattery

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We have learned that in NLP (click here to read Glossary of NLP), if someone of excellence can do something, then you too can do the same, with certain proviso’s.

In NLP terms this is called modeling, to look for the strategies, the T.O.T.E., what modalities (VAKog), the  language patterns (Meta Model), the person is/are using, how they are processing information.

There is a difference in NLP Modeling and just copying what people do.

To copy, means to plagiarize.

At university, as I was going through the degree course in Business and Computing at Brunel, I was called to meet with my course supervisor. They had a problem. Two pieces of work that were submitted were identical. Some words were changed, but the content, the structure was identical.

My work was identical to another students. I was quizzed, questioned, advised about plagiarism.

At the beginning of our course, we students were told about plagiarism. Not to copy other students, from books, from the internet. Our work should be original, from our own learning, from our own experiences, our own research, using knowledge previously published, and quoting from where the information was obtained, acknowledging others work.

Fortunately, I had all the back-up data, proof of where I had researched my knowledge, where I had learned, what books I had read, what courses I had attended, and who had taught me. The other person had nothing.

How they had got my work I will never know. This was not told to me by Brunel University.

Today I received and email from an ex student, that they had received from another trainer, quite obviously copying what I am and others are doing.

This blog you are reading is like a newsletter, letting you, my previous attendees, and future potential students and participants from many countries around the world, know what I am doing, imparting information for all to share and learn from. I have added another blog or web site where we can share jokes (http://www.ohpoopoo.com). I have mentioned books I have read, so that others may experience and learn if I consider the book worthwhile to be recommended.

This email I was sent, was giving the same, using the same stratergy, even down to ask people to share jokes.

We as trainers rarely have anything really original, as many of you will have realised. We as trainers, will integrate into our courses, information, knowledge gained from other courses, books and knowledge banks. Trainers will mold their accumulated knowledge into courses, into something new, give the course another new name, and sell it.

Some trainers, and I am one for PhotoReading will take the originators work, and reproduce the same, content, format, manuals etc.

In the case of PhotoReading, originated and developed by Paul Scheele of Learning Stratergies, and after attending his Train the Trainer course to get a deep understanding, and with their permission, sell and deliver his courses worlrdwide, using his materials, his certification.

Other “trainers”, (I have placed trainers in ” “ because are they trainers?), attend a course, and copy it word for word, the structure, the handouts, the materials, and just change a couple of words, perhaps in the title, perhaps in the names of the methods used, and deliver the course as if they developed it, that they were the originators.

They plagiarize.

A lot of my work is original to me, my style, my language patterns, my method of delivery, what I put into the course the content.

Some of my work is true to the originator, Richard Bandler and the Society of NLP, Tony Buzan with Mind Maps, Paul Scheele of Learning Strategies and PhotoReading, Hypnotherapy Certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Each one of these originators or organisations, I have worked with, learned from, and acknowledge, and I will give their certification, pay their royalties, and not proport it is all my own work and knowledge.

As I travel around the world, I meet many people who give me feedback of attending courses given by other trainers, and had been trained by “Little Phillip“, using my material, my metaphors, my jokes, and had called the course their course.

I attend courses to learn so I can advance my knowledge, learn new things, to perhaps incorporate some new ideas into my own developing courses, but notice I have done the course before, with someone else. This is what has happened in NLP (read what is NLP), with so many different companies and organisations, issuing certification as if it is their knowledge and not that of the co-founders Richard Bandler and John Grinder.

It is no good just stealing other peoples ideas, knowledge, courses, re branding them, giving them a different name, beyond this, above that, quantum abc, and just changing a couple of words in the content of the course.

It is no good becoming “Little Phillip“, “Little Paul“, “Little Richard“, “Little Tony” if the trainers do not really understand the deep structure of what is being taught, the reasons why content is taught and also have a deep understanding of each element, such as relaxation techniques, what I call Eyes Closed Process (Hypnosis) in PhotoReading, the structure of the language (NLP) used.

OK fellow trainer, I know you read my blog to get ideas, thank you for copying these ideas, you have made my day.

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Comments from the Spitfire article

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I had a comment on a previous article titled Portrait of a Legend, Spitfire, which said :-

“they say the spitfire is the only aircraft in the royal air force that could fight against the German messerschmitt, focke wulf, and junkers in the ww2”

Firstly one would assume the book Portrait of a Legend, Spitfire, by Leo McKinstry, from the title alone, would be somewhat biased towards the Spitfire, but I found that the author McKinstry, through his extensive research, gave the downsides of the Spitfire, its’ faults and failings, not only of the hardware, the aircraft itself, but the people involved in the development, production and deployment, as well as the great attributes of this great aircraft, and the people involved, plus the courage and commitment of “the few” that flew it.

In its’ first incarnation as the Supermarine S6 seaplane, from which R J Mitchell created the Spitfire, powered by the mighty Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the design proved to be a success, although having problems, with modifications, the basic design was continually developed and improved, to give various marks or variants, taking it from a racing aircraft, to a fighter, a fighter bomber, and a photoreconnassiance (PR) plane.

The photoreconnassiance variant, from the Spitfire PR MARK 1A through to the Spitfire PRXIX often flying unarmed, proved to be highly efficient, being able to take high quality pictures at low level and at altitudes from 35,000 feet with its’ F52 36-inch-focal-length lens. The Spitfire PRXIX was flown in 1952 in Hong Kong by Flight Lieutenant Ted Powles to an altitude of 51,000 feet, and in a dive, recorded a speed of 690 miles per hour or Mach 0.94. Not bad for a piston driven aircraft, and attributed to the great design.

Prior to the Battle of Britain (10th July to 30th October 1940), the RAF’s strategy had been, and had been proved in previous conflicts including the Spanish Civil War, that bombers were the best strategy, as was the doctrine of Sir Hugh Trenchard, Chief of Air Staff, and it was that strategy of high concentration bombing that Hermann Göring, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, the German airforce, would employ against the airfields of the RAF, and then the bombing of London called The Blitz.

Göring realised that if the Germans had air supremacy, the defeat of Britain, codenamed Operation Sealion, would be easy, and thus Hitler ordered the invasion to begin mid-September 1940. But, he underestimated the strength of the RAF and the two aircraft used at Dunkirk, the Spitfires and the Hurricanes, as Theo Osterkamp, one of the leading Luftwaffe fighter pilots told Göring, the Spitfire had proved to be as good as any German fighter, but his comments were dismissed.

The RAF knew this strategy would be employed, and built up the Fighter Command, but there were great problems in manufacturing of fighter aircraft, not enough factories, and not enough good strong leadership in the government and business. That changed with the appointment of Lord Beaverbrook.

After the First World War, development of aircraft had been slow in many countries, especially war planes, and so it was in Britain. The Gloster Gladiator still a biplane, as was the Westland PV4, the Bristol Bulldog and Hawker Fury. Much slower biplanes with fixed wheels, fabric-covered wings, exposed radial engines, like the Gloster Grebe, and the Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin, had hardly advanced since the 1st World War.

As the British were disparately trying to update the design of the RAF’s fighter aircraft as issued in the specifications (design requirements) F7/30, F10/35 and F36/34, a number of designs and prototypes of aircraft were produced, and the two preferred were the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire both monoplanes, especially as the Gloster Gladiator as Sir Hugh Dowding said, would be of “no use against the 270 mph machines” of the fast German bombers.

Hawker Hurricane IIB  Replica Supermarine Mk 24 DU-X

                Hawker Hurricane IIB                                                                                    Replica Supermarine Mk 24 DU-X

Both the Hurricane and Spitfire were flown against the Germans in the Battle of Britain, with the Hurricane having a greater success than the Spitfire, but it was the Spitfire that was the better aircraft, having a better handling characteristic, higher speed, higher ceiling, better aerobatic capability, loved by the pilots, and had been sold to the British public as the saviour of the war effort, with communities and individuals making collections and donations to build Spitfires.

Both aircraft were employed throughout the rest war, as air supremacy became a major factor.

It was the Spitfire adding to the small numbers of Hurricanes that replaced the three Gloster Gladiators, biplanes known as Faith, Hope and Charity, that eventually repelled the German attacks and onslaught on Malta, to gain supremacy in the Mediterranean and thus have supply routes to the war in North Africa.

It has been estimated that in the Battle of Malta, the Luftwaffe had 249 aircraft destroyed and 50 damaged, with the Italians, Reqia Aeronautica, adding another 60, against 148 Spitfires and 45 Hurricanes losses.

A variant of the Spitfire the Seafire, a Naval aircraft flying from aircraft carriers, proved invaluable in North Africa, and Montgomery’s triumph at El Alamein and in Operation Torch in Morocco and Algeria.

In Sicily the Spitfire played a crucial role in destroying ground defenses and providing air cover.

Submarine Spitfire Mk VB, RAF Duxford
Submarine Spitfire Mk VB, RAF Duxford


In the Far East, the Japanese were threatening to overrun Burma and enter India. With the help of Spitfires, the Allies turned back the Japanese at the Battle of Kohima. The Japanese Mitsubishi Zero and Nakajima Hayabussa having overwhelmed the Hurricane, but being matched by the Spitfire with its’ superior climbing and maneuverability.

Before the start of the Second World War and during, Germany built-up a strong air force, comprising of bombers and fighter aircraft. The Messerschmitt 109 (Me109), the Messerschmitt 110 (Me110), Focke-Wulf 190 (Fw 190), the Junkers bombers (Ju 88) (Ju 86P), the Heinkel (111), and the Stuka dive-bomber.

Messerschmitt Bf 109
Messerschmitt Bf 109


With this strength the in March 1939, the Third Reich occupied Czechoslovakia and began to threaten Poland. The British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, having being, it is said, to negotiate for conciliation with Hitler, declared war on 3rd September. Had he been buying time to build-up the strength of the RAF? The British certainly did not have any strength to pursue a war.

As the war progressed, the Third Reich invaded Holland and France, with the Luftwaffe so strong, that many of the outdated French air force never leaving the ground. But all the time, the British were building up the number of fighter aircraft.

As above, Göring had miscalculated the resolve of the British, the strength of the RAF and the power of the Spitfire, plus he was not aware of the newly invented RADAR system which allowed Fighter Command to “see” where the next attack was coming from, so that the Dowding system (Sir Hugh Dowding) of dispersing the squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes.

Again Göring miscalculated, with the British on their knees, he changed tactics away from attacking the airfields, giving the RAF chance to strengthen and fight back.

Each side developed their aircraft, so that one would out perform the other, but it was the Spitfire that proved the most successful, even outperforming the jet aircraft (Messerschmitt 262) produced at the end of the war and the V-1 ram-jet or rockets (doodlebugs) that attacked London. Other aircraft would be developed, the Hawker Typhoon and Tempest, the US Thunderbolt,

Spitfire Mk XIV a match for the Bf 109  V-1 Doodlebug Rocket Ram-Jet
      Spitfire Mk XIV a match for the Bf 109                                                                             V-1 Doodlebug Ram-Jet (Rocket)


The Spitfire was good, and was sold to many countries as a fighter, including, Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Australia to name just a few, to end service in the British RAF on the 9th June 1957.

Perhaps the last words of how great the Spitfire was should be left to the German pilots, who when spotting the aircraft would be heard to shout over their radios, “Terrorlieger – terror flyers“, “Watch out! Spitfire“, “Achtung! Spitfeurer!

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Portrait of a Legend, Spitfire

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Whilst working with the Texas Instruments computer distributor Saudi Computer Services in Saudi Arabia, I discovered the joy of reading, from fiction, the books of Wilbur Smith, Ken Follett, Jack Higgins, the classics of Charles Dickens, great titles of The Wizard of OZ, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, to technical books, from the Idiots Guides range, the Introducing range, to books on specific subjects about my chosen fields of work on NLP, Hypnosis, Memory.

I joy of reading was further enhanced by learning PhotoReading, being able to absorb 20,000 – 30,000 WPM.

After PhotoReading a book, then reading word for word, line by line made so much difference, it gives me the desire the urge to want to read the book.

So it was with the two books I purchased at Heathrow airport a couple of trips ago, well there was a special offer, “two books for the price of one“.

The first book was by the BBC‘s Top Gear program presenter, James May. This was a typical impulse buy, the author’s name caught my attention, the cover looked good, and there was a special offer. The title also attracted me, “James May’s Magnificent Machines“, with a sub title of “How men in sheds have changed our lives“.

The book told me little I did not know, it referred a couple of times to how inventors in the past often worked in small back rooms or sheds, with little or no facilities, for example Marconi the pioneer of radio, Reginald J Mitchell designer of the winner of the air race in the 1930’s, the Schneider Cup, and from that the development into the great wartime plane, the Supermarine Spitfire.

One thing which got me going whilst reading James May’s book, was that he talked about how the French car manufacturer Citroën, “pioneered some ideas touted as new by other manufacturers at the end of the 20th century, and he states “the styling was, and still is, fabulous in the real sense of the word (which is why it appears on the cover).” I have looked long and hard Mr May, and found no picture of Citroën car.

The second “free” book was titled Portrait of a Legend Spitfire, by Leo McKinstry. This is a book about the great Second World War aircraft, the Spitfire.

The latest world air races sponsored by Red Bull, has something that captures peoples imagination, the speed the sound, the thrills. So it is with the mighty Spitfire, with the purring and throbbing Rolls Royce Merlin engines (see pictures click here), the curves of the fuselage, sleek and smooth, the thin curved elliptical wings. 

This well researched book by McKinstry, calls on written works from many sources, quoting from all sides, from all involved in the Spitfires design, production, management, to those that flew the Spitfire in its’ various variants, models or marks, to those that fought against it.

Spitfire wallpaper from themepsp.com Spitfire wallpaper from themepsp.com


              Supermarine Spitfire F.24 PK724 RAF Hendon  Supermarine Spitfire F.24 PK724 RAF Hedon 

Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIE
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIE.

Copyright Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum RAF Hendon


McKinstry gives all the warts, the bad bits about the aircraft, the politicians, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lord Beaverbrook, the manufacturers, Lord Nufffied, R J Mitchell, the military leaders like Sir Hugh Dowding, Sir Leigh-Mallory, pilots, Douglas Bader, as well as the good things about the Spitfire.

The book gave me not only a new in depth look at the Supermarine Spitfire, but also a new look at the history of the period, of the social climate, of how people pulled or did not pull together at a time of war. It showed me that those I had held in such high esteem, often made bad decisions, but without them, this world would be a different place to the one we know today.

Portrait of a Legend Spitfire is an enthusiasts book, and I have always been a Spitfire lover.

                                                        

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Karan Beri, a fantastic memory for dates and time.

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Whilst working in Bahrain, I had the privilege to be with and work with Karan Beri and his mother Gopika Beri.

Karan Beri receiving his certificate from Phillip Holt in Bahrain 2008 Karan Beri receiving his certificate in Bahrain 2008


Karan has the usual social difficulties of the typical autistic savant, but this did not stop him entering into the World Memory Championship held in Bahrain in 2007, organized by Tony Buzan and Dominic O’Brian. I know that Karan hopes to enter this years WMC to be held again in Bahrain this year. I hope I can be there to support him, and see him on my future courses in Bahrain in October and November.
 
Karan now aged 21, was the only Bahraini to enter the 16th World Memory Championship in 2007, and entered at the last moment with his special memory for dates and numbers, and won special mention by the organisers for his abilities.

I was amazed by Karan’s ability to give the day of the week of any date, from the past or future, in the blink of an eye, and his ability to recall what he was doing or what was happening on a particular day of his life. Even when I asked what we were doing at a specific time during our training, and he could recall what I was teaching.

Karan having failed his high school exams, went on to enter India’s National Open School to pass his exams. He has gone on to become a success in his hotel management hospitality studies at the Baisan Institute of Hospitality and Hotel Management, through his shear determination.

Karan has even overcome his problems of autism to earn a wage and to appear in advertising campaigns.

Supported by his lovely mother and father, I felt very close to Karen during the training, as he did all I asked of him. I hope our time together will have added to his abilities and his love of numbers and calculators.

Manuals and Scripts

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In my courses, be they an NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioner, PhotoReading, Mind Maps, Memory or any of my courses, it is rare that I give handouts or manuals, as I wish to teach the participants implicitly, that is that they know how to do what I am training by doing,  by physically doing the exercises and what I teach.

I do not give out scripts say for the hypnosis, as I want participants to be themselves, to react to their clients and use the appropriate inductions and words that fit the moment.

Too often I have seen and heard hypnotists using scripts verbatim, even “hypnotists” who have the script written down and laminated, reading directly from something that was written maybe fifty years ago by someone else.

They fail to be responsive to the clients needs, give feedback to what is happening to the client, what is happening in the environment.

Yes there is a structure to what I teach, in the process, in how one element of the course leads, links into and is associated with other elements.

I remember one course in particular, where a participant had a list of everything, every element that they thought I should be covering in my training. As I taught the elements, the participant would cross it off their list. At breaks, this participant would say to the other members of the course :-

            “Oh, Phillip has now covered this on my list, but he has not done that.”

It took me a while to understand why I was being asked if I would be covering this or that, when in fact I had. This person had obtained “their training content list” from another training provider coming from another licensing organisation, which provided a very much condensed course, giving a manual for participants to read at home.

They failed to realise that this other organisation’s structure of training was different to mine, and that the “content names” had been changed to make their course seem original and unique to them.

It was when I obtained “their training content list,” and went through what we had covered already, that the rest of course participants realised that they had been taught more than the so called list had written down.

And so it is with scripts and manuals. People can rely too much on them. They should be used as a guide only, and the speaker or provider to be themselves, not someone else who wrote a script fifty years ago.

I recently attended a training where the participants were asked to read from a script as they worked on exercises with fellow trainees.

Oh how wooden and false the language used was.

Oh how much information or feedback that the “client” was giving was missed, because the giver, the reader had their face buried in the script.

Lastly, how many manuals or scripts are ever looked at again after a course or training? Mostly they are left under the bed.

I do give out manuals when appropriate along with sample scripts, for example within the stage hypnosis course, PhotoReading etc., but for reference only.

I train my participants how to do what I am teaching from their heart, by actually trying out what I am teaching in the course, learning by doing.

But for those that want an out-line script, I will be publishing them soon. Return here to my blog for more information or subscribe to the blog on the left, for regular updates.

News in the Trade Arabia – Middle East business information

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My visit to Bahrain resulted in a number of press releases, news paper articles, and visiting newspaper photographers.

One release came from the Trade Arabia – Middle East business information web site.

Trade Arabia - Middle East business information
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Expert tips to polish learning skills
Manama: Wed, 14 May 2008

 
Phillip Holt

Internationally acclaimed trainer Phillip Holt is returning to Bahrain for 10 days of dynamic and enjoyable accelerated ‘superlearning’.

Phillip is a Master and Trainer in NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), PhotoReading and MindMapping, accredited by the Society for NLP, Tony Buzan and Paul Scheele, the originators of these powerful tools for boosting brain power.

He works with World Memory Champions and  regularly appears on television and in the media and is sought after as a trainer across the world, running courses in his native UK, where he is director of NLP.

Phillip previously visited Bahrain in February when his first PhotoReading course was sold out in advance and received extremely positive feedback from all of the 31 participants, who included a variety of business people, doctors, professionals and students.

“The course was excellent” said Dr Jinan Darwish, a paediatrician. “Well organised and well-presented and executed.” 

“Phillip is an excellent trainer,” agreed Dawiya Nassir, a policy adviser. “It was very interesting. He really inspired us and made us believe that we can do it!”

A teacher who attended the course said “I learned a lot from Mr Phillip Holt, not just PhotoReading. His course gave me the motivation to start a new degree soon and I will be able to read as many books as I need.”

Student Katerina Al Qarainees said that the course was very enjoyable and beneficial.

“I can now learn not to cram a whole load of work before an exam but Photoread that book and extract relevant information in the exam.” 

Another student, Nevin Isaac Mathew said: “I really loved this course!”

Translator, Nadia Kazim, described the course as “Amazing… the first credit goes to our lovely instructor. I am sure it is going to add a radical change to my life.”

“I’m really not exaggerating if I say that this course doesn’t have any weak or boring aspects,” she said.
 
The course teaches innovative ways to read faster and with better recall and concentration and is certified by Paul Scheele, founder of PhotoReading and Director of Learning Strategies Corporation, the US, who originated this highly acclaimed ‘whole mind’ system that teaches how to:

PhotoRead the printed page at rates exceeding a page per second; Accelerate learning by reading in ways that are flexible, active and purposeful; Tap the reserve capabilities of the non-conscious mind; Integrate information for personal and professional benefits using ‘activation’ techniques, such as rapid reading and MindMapping.

The two-and-a-half day PhotoReading course will be held on Thursday (May 15) from 4.30-9pm and on Friday and Saturday, from 9 – 6 each day at the Elite Suites Hotel in Sanabis. It will be followed by a two-day intensive Memory Power and MindMapping course at the same venue on Monday and Tuesday, from 9-6 daily.

Holt will be teaching a two-part course for children aged 7-14. Superlearning for Kids starts on May 18 and has already sold out and has a waiting list for the next course.

Children will learn how to maximise their potential and creativity with accelerated learning, memory and reading skills using techniques developed by the genius of the world’s leading exponents of mind power.

Phillip Holt works with best-selling author ‘Mr Memory’ Tony Buzan, the originator of MindMapping and author of numerous best-selling books on memory and learning, and with Gianni Golfera, who has been described as “the man with the biggest memory in the world”.
TradeArabia News Service

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I would like to thank all the participants and organisers for their help and input allowing me to train in Bahrain, and look forward to meeting you all again soon.

PhotoReading in Milano

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Sitting here on the dawn of another beautiful, and what will be a very hot day here in England, I can at last sit back and reflect on the previous weeks, and the next couple of weeks in Bahrain with Philip and Leila Edwards.

After a couple of days rest in the UK, and with great difficulty, (I could find no travel agency in the UK which would sell me an Alitalia airline ticket), I booked a ticket on-line with Alitalia an early morning flight to Milan.

I usually take the early morning flight, which lands at 11:30am local time in Milano, that gives me enough time to travel to the hotel, freshen up, and prepare for the start of the PhotoReading course at 2pm. This has great benefits to me, for one it cuts down on hotel fees, gives me an extra night at home, plus there is no chance of jet lag hitting me, as I enter the “presentation” mode.

It was the first time I have provided training and worked with Gianni Golfera, and I had two courses to give, PhotoReading and Mind Maps.

I ask people to bring five books with them on the course, each of about 300 hundred pages. Four of the books should be on the same subject matter, say the Queens and Kings of England, 1492 – 1556, as I know lots of people are interested in that period of English history (not). The fifth book, again about 300 pages, should have been read, and the subject known by the participant.

PhotoReading, Milan May 2008
PhotoReading with 40 participants, Milan 2008.


Unfortunately, this was not relayed to the participants, and as the course requires us to PhotoRead or absorb these five books, plus another book, plus articles at 20,000 – 30,000 words per minute (WPM) or a page a second, I had to send the participants out to buy the required books.

A misconception of people is that once a book is PhotoRead, or the page turning has taken place with the blip page seen, that at a conscious level, they will understand all the book. This is not the case, as we have to activate the knowledge, bring the unconscious learning to the conscious mind the knowing mind, and that is the fun part, and it can go on for hours, days, or even years, as our knowledge and interest grows.

We sometimes get one participant that takes that attitude or has that belief. At times it is easy to change their understanding or paradigm, but some get stuck in the mud, believes that they should remember every single word and its’ position on the exact page. No.

So it was with one participant who despite other participants trying to help him, decided that he had completed the activation stage in ten minutes (four books), and still said he did not understand anything. One out of forty is not bad, but not good enough for me, but you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.

The rest? Happy faces, they understood, even those who had come all the way from Sardinia, to attend the course free of charge as they had taken it before.

That is the joy of training for me.

I love my job.

PhotoReading in Gaziantep

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A group of participants organised by Gap Consultancy in Gaziantep, met to learn PhotoReading, the ability to absorb 20,000 – 30,000 words per minute (WPM), or a page a second, with a comprehension of 80% for the purpose of the reading.

Participants of PhotoReading in Gaziantep  
Participants of PhotoReading in Gaziantep


The earth moved for us as we gained over the two and a half days information from the five individual’s books, plus articles, onto a giant Mind Map


I think the person who took the photograph was having a similar experience to the participants.

A week of hard but enjoyable work.

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After my trip into Istanbul, Turkey, enjoying the sights of the tulips of the 3rd International Tulip Festival of Istanbul, and the dolphins in the Bosphorus, (click to see article), it has been a week of continuous work and travel, hard but enjoyable.

After my arrival on Thursday, that evening I gave a talk to a full room of very receptive Vodafone staff.

Friday was taken-up with meetings and preparing for the weekend with Denizbank, presenting to over 300 members of staff, skills that will help them in their work and private life.

Monday morning saw me up at 4:45am to catch the 6:20am flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, to the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep to start a two and a half PhotoReading course, organised by Gap Consultancy.

At the end of the PhotoReading course I caught the last flight that evening back to Istanbul, to be ready for another presentation to over 150 Denizbank staff in their wonderfully presented Academy building.

Today, Friday sees me with a spare day to reorganise my brain, catch-up on paperwork and emails, as we reschedule one of the training days, enabling me to prepare for the next stint of sixteen days of continuous training, both in Istanbul and back in Gaziantep, a corporate training for Amway, and two NLP Practitioner level trainings, organised by Gap Consultancy in Gaziantep and NLP-Time in Istanbul.

Access to the internet has been limited, so this has allowed me to concentrate on the presentations and training, but has meant that the daily blog has fallen behind, plus being unable to answer my many emails.

This is a catch-up day.