It's great to be getting so much positive feedback from you – do keep it coming. Many thanks to Graeme and Sue for their recent comments:
Like many people, I receive lots of monthly newsletters. Yours is one of the very few I ever read and keep. Love your stuff.
Graeme Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks for including me on your mailing list for your newsletter. It's an extremely useful read.
Sue McKnight (www.ntu.ac.uk)
On Monday, 5th January I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Liz Kershaw (BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.) It was great fun offering advice to people wanting to make a new start in 2009. I was invited to share my own experiences, offer ideas on ways to give memorable presentations, and provide tips on how to create a positive impact when interviewing for jobs.
We've been helping the lads identify their values and visions. In addition, they're discovering what they have to do, and stop doing in order to achieve their goals. Also, we're helping them to prepare and enhance their confidence for job interviews.
Our first candidate to leave the prison is a bright, determined and good lad who was released on 19th December. He served a 2 year sentence for armed robbery at the age of 15 after getting involved with the ‘wrong crowd.' His mother has been inspirational in support of her son, including moving house to ensure they are distanced from the negative influences that were detrimental to his life. He values his family enormously and is totally committed to living an honest life. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Click here to find out more.
The way we communicate with our bodies significantly influences how we are perceived and remembered. Body Language for Dummies is an indispensible guide to the best ways of communicating without words. From first impressions to cultural differences, it's a ‘must read' for anyone wanting to create great and enduring impact. To receive your personally autographed copy click here. Or, go to www.amazon.co.uk, the Wiley website or any good High Street book shop.
A really interesting read this month is Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton (ISBN: 0-09-924842-5). Concise and easy to read, this book is full of innovative ideas about the art of persuasion. Explained with refreshing clarity and well illustrated throughout, it is sure to change or refine the way you negotiate.
Finally, during these particularly challenging times, please accept our very best wishes for Peace and Prosperity in 2009, from