February 27, 2017

What were the most important lessons you learned during your time in traditional education?

How many of those lessons were about the course material at hand?

Once entered the working world, and perhaps earlier than that, we may have noticed that the defined box of syllabus points and clear expectations quickly gave way to the chaotic, amorphous, subjective quality of the ‘real’ world.

How much of that syllabus was then applicable to this chaos?

My experience would suggest… not much. Of course, modern society has tried to provide some amount of structure for us to fit within, yet, ticking boxes to show we have fulfilled a...

February 20, 2017

In part 1 we explored the external clues to our emotional reading abilities, in Part 2 we looked at some home experiments demonstrating our brains super power. In this final post on reading emotions we look at easy to apply methods for improving our rapport building with people given everything we have learned so far.

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February 19, 2017

Lets go deeper into the neuroscience of how we read emotions in part 2 of the series. In the last post we saw the surface elements and clues important to this skill.

In this new ASPIRE Blog post we take a peak under the hood at the neural mechanics.

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February 18, 2017

Lets start the weekend with a happy thought shall we?

"We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone."

- Hunter S. Thompson

I'm perhaps a tad more optimistic than Thompson. For the first part of a series on emotions I break down the scientific elements on the ASPIRE Blog.

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February 1, 2017

It's not every day that we see presentations that truly catch our attention and remain etched into our minds. The ability to engage an audience is both a science and an art.

Regardsless of your background, this ability can be a powerful way to enhance anything you do by involving a wider community.

In the following blog for ASPIRE Leadership I go through some of the more advanced (and ambiguous) elements of what makes a presentation truly riveting.

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March 19, 2016

A speech I wrote for my students when I first began teaching.

Sometimes we forget that school is supposed to be preparing you for the ‘real’ world. We assume that the structure of your education has created a ladder of knowledge which, upon climbing, will have prepared you to peer clearly above the high fog and chaos of life. The truth is that fog will never clear completely. At times it will thicken. Rarely, you will have the luck of seeing the footsteps before you. But, given enough time, you may travel sufficiently far to find high ground, and a better view.

Many however do not travel that far at all. Afraid of what...

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