Jez's Notebook

Why TED Talks Are A Waste Of Time


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


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

Research Leads To Top Tips for How To Make a Great First Impression

Jez shares his Top Ten Tips to Make a Good First Impression in The Daily Telegraph 1st September 2015

If you read The Daily Telegraph, you might have seen in yesterday’s Business supplement, my 10 Top Tips for Making a Great First Impression. If you don’t get The Daily Telegraph, you won’t have seen them – so I’ve attached them to this blog for your viewing pleasure.

I think the one that irritates me the most is definitely people being late – it’s one of

How mints make us tip more and why you can use this

There’s something in this minty-fresh research that excites my brain and it’s quickly become my latest obsession to work out ways to apply this in other areas. It consumes a lot of my time, so if you see me deep in thought, you can bet your minty breath that I’m pondering this. See if you can work out how to use this fascinating insight into human behaviour for your own organisation…

A social psychology study tested how we respond to waiters and waitresses in a restaurant and whether their behaviour would affect the chances of

Jez Is a Pin-Up: Train, Forever Sports & Start Your Business Magazine

Well, not quite, and with fashion sense like his I don’t think pin up is ever going to be on the cards but 2015 has been a bit of a busy time for Jez already, appearing on the front cover of the world’s most popular small business magazine, Start Your Business, with a 5 page feature on his approach to changing behaviour in order to improve results; a full page feature in Train magazine (think muscles, not choo choo) and a column in the Like A Boss feature of Forever Sports magazine, plus features in local and national press, radio and Candis magazine.

If you see Jez in print, why not tweet a photo to him @JezRose ?

Here’s Jez proving that he’s not pin-up material: