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Why I asked Robin Sharma & Marshall Goldsmith to be a part of Flip the Switch

When I was writing my latest book, Flip the Switch, I was sat at my kitchen table, looking out into the garden marvelling in awe at the complexity and beauty of the world that we live in. From somewhere in the back of my mind popped a few lines, which seemed familiar: “Risk more than is required”, “be strong”, “laugh, cry, innovate”, so I Googled them to learn their origin.

Thinking they were perhaps from a song or poem, the search results jogged my memory and I realised they were snippets from Robin Sharma’s “Rules for Being Amazing”. They fitted perfectly with what I was writing, so I contacted Robin to ask his permission to include them in the book.

TV Stars Back New “Good Life” Research Project to Investigate How Nature Makes For a Happy Workforce

Good Life Project Logo Alternative copyA brand new research initiative backed by broadcasters Kate Humble and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been launched today.  The Good Life Project aims to provide evidence-based and cost-effective solutions to the benefits of nature in making businesses happier, healthier and more profitable.

The project is being spearheaded by Behaviour expert and author Jez Rose along with a team of psychologists and neuro-scientists and is endorsed by the Soil Association.

The Good Life Project is designed to overcome the problem of workplace absenteeism by trying out a range of workplace initiatives based around the natural environment to see what sort of difference they make to an employee’s feeling of wellbeing.

Rose believes many organisations are heading in the wrong direction:

“Latest figures show that the average level of workplace absence in the UK is 6.9 days per employee with minor illness remaining the most common cause of short term absence and creating a cost to the employer of £554 per employee.

The Just 1 Project – revolutionising fundraising using social media

The Just 1 Project is raising £500,000 for 5 charities in just 5 months using only social media

The Just 1 Project is raising £500,000 for 5 charities in just 5 months using only social media

Today is a monumental day for me, both professionally and personally. Back in January 2016, in fact on New Year’s Day, I decided that I wanted to do something this year for charity; something different to the many fundraising campaigns and activities I’m normally involved in.

I wanted to raise a large amount of money for very deserving charities but didn’t want to throw myself out of a plane, or to tip ice cold water over my head. To raise big money for charity, typically you need to find lots of people and many of them need to donate large sums.

The next day, I watched the film “Pay it Forward” with Jon Bon Jovi and Kevin Spacey and it struck me that with social media we have a wonderful opportunity to pay it forward using our social media connections. I grabbed a calculator and worked out that if the average person on Facebook has 200 friends, within 3 lots of connections sharing something, we could reach 1 million people.

1 million!

What if each of those people only donated £1 – no commitment to monthly direct debits, not £20 or £5 but just £1 and they then also shared the fundraising campaign with their friends? If those friends in turn donated £1 and continued to pay it forward, it could revolutionise not only the way that we donate to charity but also how charities fundraise, too.

I’ve called it The Just 1 Project because all I’m asking from you is to donate £1 and then share it once on social media… now, of course, you can donate more and you can share the heck out of it because both the donation and the sharing are important tot he success of raising HALF A MILLION POUNDS for charity.

We can all be a part of something truly extraordinary.

The charities who will each benefit from a fifth share of 100% of the total funds raised are: Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity; Youth Sport Trust; Brain Tumour Research; BASICS-Herfordshire and the Contented Dementia Trust. I chose charities, which impacted on the full life cycle but it wasn’t easy selecting only 5!

So please, click here to go directly to The Just 1 Project website to donate your £1 (or as much as you wish) using the Virgin Money Giving page and to share the project on social media.

You can read about the social psychology aspect of the project on the website, too – I’m interested to discover what it is that makes us want to give to charity; why some people may share but not donate, others may donate but not share and others still may do neither. I’m hoping that when we have raised the £500,000, we will be able to share some of that social psychology information with charities, to help them better understand how to raise large amounts of money using only social media.

Why TED Talks Are A Waste Of Time

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Jez Rose presents at TEDxGreenville 2016 on how we are killing our freedom – photo credit Ian Curcio

As someone who has been invited to present at several TEDx conferences, most recently TEDxMiltonKeynes (UK, 2014) and TEDxGreenville (USA, 2016), the title of this blog post might seem a little unexpected.

When I returned from TEDxGreenville recently, I

An Open Letter To My Teachers – And Your Teachers, Too

Time is finite: use it wisely and respect it while we have it.

Time is finite: use it wisely and respect it while we have it.

I’ve just got home from attending the committal of one of my school teachers: Jeremy Davies. It was to date the most beautiful ceremony I’ve attended and I left yearning to know Mr Davies more. The world has lost one of the really good guys; one of the bright lights and one of the shapers of the world.

I should explain that I had

Should A Conference Be An Experience? 2016 is the year of experience.

Jez Rose stretches training expectations and experiences.

Jez Rose stretches training expectations and experiences.

2016 is the year of experience.

Because we all want great experiences in life – I’ve never met anyone who actively seeks out terrible experiences. Especially if we’re attending a conference or meeting; sat all day inside a conference room.

Most of us are also keen on delivering great experiences, too. It’s this very reason that I started accepting invitations to speak at conferences and meetings: I wanted to shake up the accepted norm of the conference industry and help people wake up to just how exciting and enjoyable learning could be.

However, while any event or conference or meeting where training is taking place absolutely must be about the experience delegates have, it is critical to remember that it’s about their experience. Too many conference organisers focus on what they want their experience of it to be, based on their agenda.

Why Black Friday Is Making Us Mad – The sale sensation that triggers group mentality

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Why does Black Friday appear to brainwash so many shoppers?

Are we being brainwashed by Black Friday? For some it conjures up apocalyptic scenes of chaos and savage groups looting shops, fighting over half price televisions and police officers grappling with shopaholics but how has this post-Thanksgiving shopping event turned so many human beings into manic deal-seekers?

Well, it’s simple really.

The Great British Beard Is A Fact, Not A Fad! New Research Shows That

Jez Rose in the studio talking beards on behalf of Percy Nobleman

Jez Rose in the studio talking beards on behalf of Percy Nobleman

You might have heard my voice on the radio quite a lot last week – on 16 different stations from Radio Yorkshire to Big City Radio in Birmingham and from BBC Radio Oxford in, well, Oxford to BFBS who broadcast internationally and pretty much everywhere in-between. I’d been asked to take a look at some research conducted by Percy Nobleman, the male grooming brand, about beards and to be the vocal ambassador of their brand on a media day. Having a beard and moustache myself, how could I possibly refuse?!

New research looking into the characteristics of the modern man has found that sporting a well kept beard is no longer just a trademark of hipster types.

The study of more than 2,000 British men with beards suggests that the look is far more widespread and is in fact the hallmark of