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The Secret to Being Present in a Conversation

The fact that we’re 'not talking' doesn’t mean we’re listening. When someone’s speaking, we can be preoccupied with our to-do list, mull on better ways to spend our time, or compose our weekly shopping list. While we may be physically present, we’re mentally in another…

Needs, Perspectives and Defences

A key part of unlocking confidence is about getting a better insight into what makes you tick, that is what pushes you forward and what holds you back. To learn more, see Dr. Gary Wood's book Unlock Your Confidence.  Self-Actualization Statements These statements represent key attitudes…

Reaping and Sowing at the Autumn Equinox

by Danu Forest Autumn is here. The first of the leaves are turning, and the hedgerows swell with berries. In Somerset, my tiny village in the midst of the Avalon marshes is filled with the scent of wood smoke and apples ripening gently into cider.…

Attitudes, Values and Meaning

This extract is from the book of Dr. Gary Wood's called Unlock Your Confidence: Find The Keys To Lasting Change Through The Confidence Karma Method.  Assumptions about Human Nature Social psychologist Lawrence Wrightsman has conducted extensive research into attitudes about human nature and has highlighted…

How to Prevent Arguments and Misunderstanding

5 Warning Lights That Tell You a Conversation’s Going Wrong. In the late 1960s, a series of catastrophic plane crashes occurred without any apparent awareness of danger on the part of the pilots. In response, the aviation industry introduced an enhanced warning system that alerted…

All The World’s a Stage . . . Impression Management

To learn more, see Unlock Your Confidence: Find The Keys To Lasting Change Through The Confidence Karma Method by Dr Gary Wood.  Facial Expression In coaching (and counselling) training, the main emphasis is on matching the facial expression with the words and feelings. We don’t expect…

The Path of Wisdom

What is the meaning of life? What should I do with it? Haim Shapira invites us to challenge our perspectives on wisdom and happiness and provides us with alternative ways we may view what is important. The Russian existentialist Lev Shestov said that life is…

Body Wisdom – Let’s Get Physical

Check out  below a sample passage from Dr. Gary Wood's great book Unlock Your Confidence: Find The Keys To Lasting Change Through The Confidence Karma Method. Basic Stretching Stand up straight, close your eyes and stretch by reaching your hands up to the sky and standing…

Happiness Matters

We all want to be happy but what is happiness? Haim Shapira navigates the terrain of happiness, exploring and contemplating an eclectic range of theories and insights into the conflicts we face on our journey to creating our own happiness. Tetrapharmakos These are Epicurus’ four…

What Motivates You at Work?

Simple steps to fulfilling your potential. Over the last 20 years, I’ve asked thousands of people what motivates them and the reply – more often than not – is surprisingly vague. I find this curious because understanding motivations is a requirement for anyone who wants…