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

Leadership: saying “yes” when you really want to say “no”?

My nephew David is an inspiring young man.  In his late teens he quit college and set up his own graphics design business with a friend.  2 years later they sold up and he decided to go it alone whilst … Continue reading

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Inspirational Leadership: what’s the story?

Great leaders tell great stories. Stories engage people, are easy to pass on, are easy to remember,  and – crucially – they appeal to the part of the brain where we make our decisions.  If you want something to get … Continue reading

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Ping! Another email to read? Think again!

I meet enough frazzled business people to know that email and unproductive meetings are the two biggest time wasters in the workplace.  Of the two, email is easily the most damaging, because it is the source of so much stress. … Continue reading

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Why you and your colleagues don’t trust your manager.

“The propensity for email, texting and quick-type apps has led us to forget some of our people skills, including distinguishing the nuances of language and meaning, fostering of a feeling of belonging among groups of people, and knowing our bosses … Continue reading

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Is this why Introverts hate working in the office?

Forget free food, forget our preference for natural light:  what we workers want is not be interrupted all the time. The ability to focus on work without interruption is employees’ top priority, according to an Oxford Economics survey of 600 … Continue reading

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Why more and more women choose self-employment

This week’s Blog is written by Vicki Marinker, whom I have known for several years since running a training programme at the recruitment firm where she was working.   Vicki is a partner in Comms Leaders, specialists in corporate communications … Continue reading

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