For years I have heard of Dave Dobson referred to as another Milton Erickson.  Though I had never seen footage of him in action.  Enclosed here is a youtube clip of him giving an interview about his work that he refers to as Other Than Conscious Communication. 

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_ I remember when I first saw this clip.  This boy lived in very interesting circumstances.  I think his story speaks a lot to the idea of working hard to achieve a goal even when everyone else tells you what you are doing is crazy.


 
 
I've studied the work of Milton Erickson pretty extensively from what I can tell. Something that I have always found interesting was people's assertions at how although he didn't claim to be psychic that sometimes he sure seemed like it. 

All throughout the field of NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis there seems to be a premium placed on developing what would be referred to as 'Advanced Calibration Skills'.  There are even a couple courses that claim to teach these skills.  Never having been on any of them I can not comment to how worth while they are.

I have seen demonstrations of detecting VAK accessing cues from NLP, a few demonstrations of detecting Submodalities and Meta-Programs, and I have always found them interesting (but never terribly pragmatic during the course of a regular conversation).

Lately I have been focusing Micro-Expressions and Subtle-Expressions.  If anyone is interested at www.humintell.com there is actually a training program that you subscribe to that allows you from the comfort of your home develop your skills in reading them.

The work of Joe Navarro, I have found very fascinating as well as useful and I would recommend it to anyone.

As of late I have been looking into Cold Reading... I'm convinced that some of Milton Erickson's advanced calibration skills can be attributed to an ability to cold read people.  I don't know that he was doing it purposefully as such but I do think that it is an interesting by product of his natural ability to speak to people in such 'artfully vague' terms as has been described.

I would absolutely recommend to anyone interested in working with people in any fashion to learn how to do cold reading.



 
 
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_In this age of modern technology we are able to do things that weren't possible before. 

This below clip is of an experiment to see what happens when you deliberately place people in an environment where their brain is starved as much stimulation as humanly possible.

My thoughts has always been that the brain would start to die and that brain cell would start to go the way of the dodo.

You'll have to watch the clip for yourself to see if I am right.

Just click on the brain to be taken to the website of this documentary.

 
 
Derren Brown has made a career out of making people think that he possessed Psychic Abilites.  So it was interesting to watch he do a show where he was investigating the claims of a person that claims to be able to contact the dead.

The field of personal development is littered with charlatans so it has been my experience that it is entirely worthwhile for anyone that is exploring it to explore the skeptical side of it as well.


In the attached clip towards about the middle of it there is an interesting demonstration where the psychic that he is conducting the documentary on is shown to be reading someone and then Derren is put on the spot and asked to conduct a 'reading'.


I found it very interesting that Derren acknowledged that wasn't psychic and only using the skills of cold reading was able to put on the demo that left the person that was the subject walk away and claim that they thought Derren in fact was.

 
 
What’s so interesting about Guru’s is that often that people project on to them favorable attributes while simultaneously overlooking the unfavorable ones.  The following clip is an interesting demonstration by Jorgen Rasmussen.

Jorgen in 2008 published a book called, ‘Provocative Hypnosis’ for some people his approach is too wild to ever consider though regardless of how one might feel about his approach he offer two things that I find valuable 1.) he has a very different perspective on change work 2.) he not above trying anything out once if it means results for the client.  The guy is honest and tells you what he thinks whether you agree with him or not.

Who's your guru? Tony Robbins, Richard Bandler Et Al? from Wayne Marsh on Vimeo.


 
 
I saw this youtube video on Facebook and I thought it was interesting.  Now a days people have to be more careful because of there is so much information out there via the internet, radio, newspapers, magazines, tv, etc... that it has become so easy to overwhelm people with nonsense.

News stations parade themselves as being 'objective' and providers of actual 'news' when they are really for all intensive purposes 'biased' organizations that do nothing more than 'editorialize' on the days events.  Everything that we see is so cooked and packaged that most of the time the point of view that is portrayed to us the consumers of this information is what Governments or large Corporations want us to see.

The only way to arm oneself against this constant barrage of propaganda is to learn about it because let's face it in this day and age you can't realistically get away from this influence.

Anything you do with very few exceptions will be touched by these various factions.

 
 
I met Brad Sugars years ago when he was co-training with a gentleman to whom I was associated with his company.  Brad is truly a remarkable man.  Here's a guy that can take practically any failing business and turn it around in record time.  I'm sure this guy has made many people's lives and business's better.

When I first met him I thought that he came off as a jerk.  But turns out beneath the cactus like exterior beat a heart of gold.  I wish back then I had the sense to really buckle down and to study his work.  At the same time I don't regret traveling my own path.

If you are in business at the very least you need to check this guy out.  For a long time he was in the business of buying and selling businesses.  Essentially he would look for businesses that were run by idiots (his words) purchase them from them and then turn them around and made a lot of money doing this.

I would definitely check this guy out.  Perhaps my favorite thing about Brad's work is that it focusing on testing and measuring your results.  In a lot of ways it's like NLP or any other type of personal development work in that if you don't calibrate whether or not what you are doing is working then you are liable to exert a lot more effort than is necessary for something that might not even be bringing you the types of results that you desire.


 
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