Author Archives: Michael Brown Training

About Michael Brown Training

I'm a business skills trainer, facilitator and coach. I've been helping people to learn for 16 years, working all around the world on topics such as Negotiation, Conflict Handling, Sales, Leadership, Consulting and Personal Effectiveness. I'm an ENFP, constantly looking for new and inspiring things to do. I love my job for its variety and the stimulation I get from it, and spend most of my time seeing how far we can go with the subjects we work on in the training room. I've recently started a new venture in making video on how NOT to do things, which you can find at www.hownot2.com

“Keep buggering on!” (Churchill): why that could be a bad idea.

One of Churchill’s most famous maxims was a phrase he allegedly used at the start of each day, and at the end of phone conversations: “Keep buggering on!” – KBO. (His pool of female typists used to hear a politer … Continue reading

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The slippery path to who knows what?

Last week I bumped into some stark evidence of something potentially very worrying.   If what I saw was, as I suspect, symptomatic of what is going on in the workplace, we really are heading down a dangerous path.  Sorry … Continue reading

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Do you suffer from “Sundayitis”?

I used to dread Sunday evenings even more than Monday mornings.  On Sunday from about 4pm onwards I used to get a tight feeling in my stomach, thinking about what the coming week was going to be bring me.  Mondays … Continue reading

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She suggests a minimum of one hour of sustained gaze (Right! Errata, 1 min?)

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
“Try not to blink,” says the performance artist Marina Abramovic. “The more you blink, the more you think.” In the spring of 2010, Abramovic spent over 700 hours looking into the eyes of more…

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“Keep up, sit up and shut up.” The Poor Presenter’s Prayer?

I have to credit my wife with this one.  She has been giving me excellent forthright feedback for nearly 40 years, and this morning over breakfast was no exception.  She was explaining something to me, and to be honest I … Continue reading

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30 -50 and employed? How much are you hurting?

I’m planning to write a business book this year . I’ve been mulling on it for far too long, and every year that goes by it seems to me that the case for the book gets more compelling. In this … Continue reading

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