Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 56 - February 2010 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the February 2010 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month we have an article on the how to ride out the tough times and ready yourself for the upturn ahead, a special offer on a new book plus free training from NLP and Network Marketing expert Carol Harris plus our regular features of quote and Mind Map Tip of the month and what I’ve been up to.


What's Phil Up To?

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I’ve been working on a major new online product – More details in the next couple of months.

Tony Buzan’s bestselling book ‘Use Your Head’ is due for re-release soon and I have been creating Mind Maps and other artwork to illustrate the new edition.

Finally, I’ve been preparing for my next Public Course in London on March 6-7. For details click here.


February's Quote of the Month

"It’s the Economy, stupid."


James Carville
Strategist for Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign over George Bush senior.

Read the article below and on how to ride the economy, clever(ly)!

More quotes here


Mind Map Tip of the Month

Add some empty branches if you find yourself ‘stuck’. The brain will naturally try to fill gaps and you will come up with as many ideas as there are empty branches.


Good Times Ahead - Even before the upturn

The news media recently reported that in the last quarter of 2009 the British economy came out of recession although only by the tiny margin of 0.1%. It does seem though that the recovery has begun. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy. This week there was news of a computer training company and a major building contractor that have ceased trading in the West Midlands, not too far from where I am based.

Other than being comforting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, how can this news help you? If you are in a competitive business - and in some sense we all are, as keeping or finding a job is a kind of competition when unemployment is high – then this news is important.

What are your competitors doing? Maybe they’re tightening their belts, keeping their heads down and hoping that they are still in business when the good times finally return in earnest. Is this the best policy? In my opinion, probably not! Let me explain. Have you heard the saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”? This assumes that everything else stands still. Life cannot survive without change. Science and technology march on. Fashion, popular culture, even the weather is constantly changing. So if you always do what you’ve always done then you will probably get less than you used to get.

How do you escape less and less returns from what used to be relied upon? The answer has been around for over three and half billion years - Evolve! Invest in your future. This is especially important before the upturn takes hold. It means you can cope with the hard times by working smarter and more efficiently. You get more done with scarce resources. Even more importantly, you are poised to reap greater returns when things get better while your competitors are struggling to catch up.

I always aim to practice what I preach, although I must admit that I don’t always do so. In this case I am – I have invested in business advice and I am spending much of my time working on innovative new products – Watch this space for news in the coming months.

However, as I have just tried to explain you can’t afford wait several months for my new stuff to come, literally, on-line. You need to invest now. How can I help? Here’s the advert bit but it is said with sincerity. I really believe in what I do and hundreds of people have got real benefits from the techniques that I teach, sometimes life-changing benefits. On 6-7 March I have a public open course taking place in South Kensington, London covering the essential tools for your future success. Speed Reading to gather more information more rapidly. Mind Mapping to organise, filter and make sense of the new information to make well informed decisions. Memory techniques to remember it. A good memory means that you can build on strong foundations of knowledge without them crumbing over time. Finally, study skills that make the best possible use of your time for the best results. All this in one weekend with a small group of about 5 or 6 people, for £300 + VAT. Click here for a more detailed course content list and booking info. Do it now!


Special Offer

As a special bonus for my readers I have linked up with my friend and colleague Carol Harris to give you another way to invest in your future.

Carol has just written The Earning Curve – How to a build a world-class network marketing business. Carol is the author of many books and audio-programmes on a range of personal and business skills and her last book was the UK market leader in its field. The Earning Curve is not only a guide to the network marketing industry, but is also useful to people in other sectors as it contains many practical ideas on running a home-based business and a wealth of advice on business skills such as developing effective relationships, making presentations, creating a good impression, coaching, writing and much more.

Carol has offered to let readers of my newsletter have this book at a special pre-launch price. Not only that, but she is offering some great bonuses for the first 500 people to respond – including exclusive, free, tele-classes on using NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in business. NLP has helped many successful entrepreneurs and business owners to create abundance in their lives and it could do the same for you. And there’s a full money-back guarantee on the book. PLUS you can download a complete chapter from her book ABSOLUTELY FREE before deciding that you would like to buy it.

But you have to take up her offer quickly if you want to be amongst those first few. All you need to do is click here to got to her site and find out more. (And please use the code:PC1 when purchasing so you receive your discount and bonuses)


That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of March and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

My contact details are here.

Best Wishes