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Feed Me Seymour! Are You Feeding Your Brain Enough?

To ensure we stay ahead of the curve and be leaders, we must feed our brain. What does that mean? Well simply to say that you should spend at least 30 minutes, if not an hour, every day in investing in yourself.

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Whilst that might sound like it is something out of a movie like The Little Shop of Horrors, but it is vital that we do this.

Let me ask you a question, “What do you do every day to ensure you stay on top of your game, or ahead of the competition? What do you do to make sure you are innovating and thinking about the future of your business?” One more question, “Are you totally happy with where you are in your life?” Both in business and your personal life.

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We already know that the onset of Alzheimer’s can partly be staved off by ensuring we keep our brain active and learning new things. That alone should be reason enough to ensure we stay in the always learning mode. Apart from the medical reasons, let’s look at what this can also mean to your business.

School is never out

The true leader knows that school is never out. We are and should be in perpetual education. A leader is always learning and investing in their bank of knowledge. To say, “We have always done it this way and that means we should keep on doing it,” is a recipe for your business to fail at some point. It may have worked up to now, but we know that our markets are changing much quicker than they have in the past.

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How do you feed your mind?

Take time to listen to leaders in their fields or even in your own field. Read books from authors that are going to inspire you or that you can learn from. With this I don’t mean the latest Wilbur Smith book. Although he is a great writer. If you are in the property market, read books by people like Donald Trump or Dave Lindahl or that calibre of person. If you are in the public speaking space, read books or listen to audios by people like JT Foxx. Whatever your market, find out who the leaders are and who you can learn from.

Focus on one topic. Another way to feed your mind is to take the first 30-60 minutes in your day, totally free from distractions, and focus on one topic of your business. One aspect that you want to improve on in your business. Get really deep and analyse how you can improve just that one part of your organisation. Now imagine if you can do that every day.

Soon your business will standing head and shoulders above the competition and you become a leader in your field. By doing this, you are exercising your brain in ways that it is not normally used.

This takes lateral thinking and makes you not only laterally think, but also deep down and combines your creative and analytical thinking. This will lead to you employing this type of thinking in other parts of your life as well and you will start doing it without thinking about doing it.

The best time to feed your brain is the first thing in the morning. This is when you are rested and fresh. Investing this time in yourself around 5am each morning, will allow you to do the greatest and most productive brain feeding as you are not tired from the long day you had as if you did it in the afternoon or evening. You mind can fire on all cylinders.  Another reason of course is that there are less distractions. Make sure you switch off your phone and spend the time in quiet.

One more reason if you really need it. If you do it first thing in the morning, then there are no excuses for not doing it later, because life got in the way and if you don’t achieve everything you wanted from the day, then you would still have spent good quality time in feeding your brain.

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Wayne Farrell is a master practitioner and trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, Coaching and Time Line Therapy. He is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and to achieve the goals they have set themselves. Wayne also firmly believe in personal development and continuous education. The world is always changing and we need to stay ahead of the curve or be left behind. To contact Wayne visit at Coaching with NLP.

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Enhance Your Entrepreneurial Flair With An Online Postgraduate Diploma From The University Of Pretoria

The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

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The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

The programme content focuses on the start-up processes, creativity and opportunity recognition, business planning and marketing as well as financial management. Furthermore, the programme emphasises entrepreneurial growth and small business policy development with relevance to the enabling environment.

Who should enrol?

The programme is designed for pre-, nascent and start-up entrepreneurs who want to attain an advanced degree in entrepreneurship. It is also intended for individuals who work in an entrepreneurial environment and are involved with small business policy development. Although many students in the programme have academic credentials in entrepreneurship or business management, the programme is also appropriate if your education and/or experience may be in other disciplines (e.g. engineering or medicine).

Admission requirements

A relevant bachelor’s degree.

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Additional programme information

The duration of the course is one year. The language of tuition is English and the course will be presented in two blocks by means of the blended learning method (70% online and 30% contact sessions). Students need continuous access to the internet to complete the course.

Course Contents

Overview of modules for Block A

  • Ideation-to-market: Starting up
  • International Business Venturing
  • Venturing Strategy Building (Part 1)

Overview of modules for Block B

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Entrepreneurial Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Venturing Strategy Building (Part 2)

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How English Language Skills Play An Essential Role In Building Trust With Your Customers

The English language is the global language of business, politics, international relations and entertainment for a number of countries worldwide.

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The English language is the global language of business, politics, international relations and entertainment for a number of countries worldwide.  While English is not an official language in many of these countries, it is the language most often taught as a foreign or second language, which means that it is spoken by over two billion people.  It therefore breaks down barriers, drives global collaboration and thinking and opens doors to a multitude of opportunities around the world.

However, in spite of this leading role of English in the globalised world, management often considers language skills a ‘soft’ issue and does not recognise that  immediate or concerted efforts for change are required; or more specifically, that individuals need to be fluent in English in order to be competitive in an international business market. As  Jeff Standridge, Vice President of Global Workforce Management at Acxiom Corporation states, “We have to be able to work seamlessly across the enterprise. That requires us to overcome any language barriers that exist. Without the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, significant risks begin to enter the equation, including lower quality and lost productivity. By addressing these needs early on companies can see a significant financial impact with global initiatives”.

Companies face challenges in educating clients about services and specifics of a product when they lack English language skills. Misunderstandings or mistakes in conveying that type of information cost time, relationships and money.

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The potential loss of trust and commensurate loss of business as a result of misunderstandings through language underscores the importance of a full knowledge of the language for external communications, marketing and branding as well as for handling government and media relations. Ultimately, developing trust with local and global clients and overseas partners requires highly developed English language skills. This sentiment is echoed by Herman Uscategui, Director of Global Strategic Initiatives and International Business Development, Starbucks Coffee Company:

“Advanced language skills provide the foundation to trusted relationships with customers, communities and partners”.

There are many companies and individual professionals who fail in their quest for business or professional success. This failure can primarily be attributed to one of the most basic foundations of forming business relations – the language spoken. Undoubtedly, the English language is the global language for business and having a good command of English will definitely give one who is eyeing globally competitive business or career a clear edge.  Any communication problem, whether personal or business, translates to losses, zero result in negotiations, incompetence for global business or will just simply leave you ill-equipped to carry out business.

In an increasingly aggressive and competitive environment where people work an extraordinary amount of hours and have a number of objectives to reach,  language vendors need to ensure that individuals are capable of learning successfully at their job. The best results occur when instruction is customised to employees’ roles. Subsequently, they will be able to listen to and communicate effectively with diverse people, using appropriate verbal and nonverbal behaviour, language and strategies thereby bridging geographic and linguistic barriers.

The Wits Language School English Communication for Professional Development programme customises English language solutions for public and private organisations that enable organisations and individuals to reach their language goals and to maintain their competitive edge in local and global business.

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10 Books Tim Ferriss Thinks Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Check out these titles curated by the productivity expert and podcast host.

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Tim Ferriss, the productivity expert, author and inspirational speaker, is an avid reader, and has highlighted many books on his show and through his blog, seeking to share some of the same wisdom that inspires him.

From self-help to science fiction, there is something for everyone, and these 10 tomes have been selected from the many that make up Ferriss’s library. See what he recommends and why, and get ready to spend your Sunday mornings curled up with one – or several – of these books.

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