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Could you Pitch to the Dragons and Win?

16 April 2012

Are you a fan of Dragons Den? I think you would agree It's probably the toughest interview panel that you could ever come across.

How would you perform  if you got the chance?  Would you hear the immortal words 'I'm out!' or could you convince them to invest in you?

We've got a great event coming up in a few weeks when one of our Presentations Programme Graduates, who's actually been in the Den himself and lived to tell the tale will be telling you the secrets behind how you;

  • Convince Theo Pahitis to spend his grand childrens inheritance?
  • Get Peter Jones to become your business partner?
  • Sell your ideas to the toughest interview planet on the planet?
  • Reach the world biggest businesses with your products?

Its a great story!

Join us at our next Sharing Business Excellence Event, How to Pitch to the Dragons and Win! on May 11th and you will find out how it's done. You really shouldn't miss it!

This New and Innovative Business Networking Event brought to you by Performance Development Group and the Centre of Excellence Bradford is designed to share with you practical ideas and proven strategies that have helped some of the UK's most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs ahieve their personal and business success.

Our May event will feature a real life ‘Dragons Den’ winner, Richard Enion from BassToneSlap  who will share with you his experience of what it’s like to face the toughest interview panel on earth and come out on top!

After an initial rejection from 3 of the dragons he stood firm and  eventually got the backing of two of the most demanding Dragons, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis!

At Richard’s presentation he will share with you;

•    How to sell and pitch your ideas in the toughest of environments.

•    How to turn rejection to success.

•    How to reach some of the biggest companies in your marketplace.

•    How to achieve all this and maintain a great work life balance

And above all else you’ll get to know what it takes to convince Theo Paphitis to spend his grand-children’s inheritance!

Please join us for what promises to be both inspirational and packed with practical ideas you can apply to your business tomorrow!

It’s also a great opportunity to network with some of the regions senior business leaders.

Click here for more details

Venue: The Centre Of Excellence Bradford. (top of the M606)

May 11th 2012, 8.30am-10.30am

Cost £25 inc vat.  Breakfast is provided.

Special offer,  pay for one place and bring a guest for FREE

Secure you place by emailing or call Ella Smith on 01274 900375

Places are limited reserve yours quickly.

Please forward this invitation to anyone you feel would like to know about this special event.

We hope you will be able to join us.

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By Charlotte Britton11 May 12   
Good talk by Rich. Really got me thinking about goals / outcomes and pushing myself from my comfort zone. Certainly going to be doing more of 'mixing it up!"




How to keep a positive attitude...even when you don't feel like it

8 March 2012

5000 years ago, a set of books known as "The Pentateuch" called it "zeal." 2000 years ago, another set of books known as "The Bible" called it "faith." 70 years ago, clergyman Norman Vincent Peale called it "positive thinking." 20 years ago, psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman called it "learned optimism." 2 years ago, Professor Shawn Achor called it the "happiness advantage."

But when you do a Google search on these terms, most people seem to lump them together and simply refer to them as "attitude," "positive attitude," or "positive thinking." There seems to be a general feeling ... that whatever you call it ... these terms have a lot to do with success in life and success at work.

And they're absolutely right. As Achor writes, "Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that ... when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work."

Even the "Harvard Business Review," on the cover of their January-February 2012 issue, featured a yellow smiley face with dollar signs as crinkles at each end of the smile. Superimposed on the face is the title, "The Value of Happiness: How Employee Well-Being Drives Profits." Inside, the article proclaims: "Emerging research from neuroscience, psychology, and economics makes the link between a thriving workforce and better business performance absolutely clear."

Here are some amazing tools that make us better people and more valuable to our company."

Here's how its done...

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The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams

3 March 2012

Our bookshelves are lined with habits that successful people do on a daily basis. We read about them and implement them into our routines and practices. Quite often these practices improve our productivity and make our lives better as a result. But that’s not what this article is about. It’s not about what successful people do, but what they did.

Here’s a brief study of 10 things that these hungry and unstoppable people did to see the success they all eventually achieved.

Click Here To Read The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It


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Exciting new partnership between PDG and The Bradford Centre of Excellence

7 February 2012

Tired of hearing about the economic recession and struggling businesses?

Would you like to hear a testimony to triumph and overcoming tough situations? If so read on...

Performance Development Group in partnership with The Centre of Excellence Bradford, are delighted to announce the start of a new and exciting venture for our clients and customers.

Together we have launched a New and Innovative Business Network that will share with you practical ideas and proven strategies that have helped some of the UK's most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs achieve their personal and business success.

Our first event promises to be something really special!

We're delighted to announce that Andy McMenemy,World Record Holding Ultra Athlete and Successful Businessman is our first guest speaker.

Andy's presentation will challenge your limits and demonstrate how you can triumph, overcome tough situations and win in today's demanding business world. His experiences of setting himself extreme goals, and then pushing himself to the very limits of endurance to achieve them, always fascinates and intrigues an audience.

Why? Because they can see that he's an ordinary person who just happens to have chosen to do extraordinary things. His aim is to make each individual realise that they too, can achieve their goal, if they truly set their mind to it.

He recently completed a world record of running 66 ultra-marathons in 66 days in each of the 66 Cities of the UK to raise emoney for ABF The Soldiers Charity.

Prior to all this he rose to Senior Management positions in £1.3 billion and £500 million turnover companies.

In 2011 Andy was awarded the Richard Whitely Award for Inspiration at The Yorkshire Awards.

Andy's story of triumph over adversity, perserverence, how to buck the trend and succeed in tough times is one you really should hear.

Please join us for what promises to be both inspirational and packed with practical ideas you can apply to your business tomorrow! Its also a great opprtunity to network with some of the regions senior business leaders.

Venue: The Centre Of Excellence Bradford. (top of the M606)

March 9th 2012, 8.30am-10.30am

Places are £25 inc vat per person, Breakfast is provided.

Secure you place by emailing or call Ella Smith on 01274 900 375

Click here to read more about the event.

We hope you can join us.

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Top 25 Dumb Mistakes Many Leaders Make

2 February 2012

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen a leader do?”

In a recent Leadership class we got to talking about some of dumb things they've seen some leaders do.  In no time at all we had quite a comprehensive list.

Seems that behaving like a numpty might not be as rare as you think.

See which ones you recognise in others that tell you they're not as smart as they think they are.

You might also be able to add your own to the list.

Please email me with you suggestions.

Here they are:

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20 Low cost rewards that ignite performance.

8 December 2011

I often come across pathetic managers who are so poor at noticing performance that their team simply tolerates them. In some cases these managers are threatened by the success of others. They are de-motivators.

Successful managers build morale, motivation and enthusiasm, by using low or no cost rewards that highlight performance.

Rewards let us know what we do matters.

Honouring high performance reinforces high performance.

Within limits, you get more of what you reward. In a world of tight budgets here’s how to reward performance without breaking the bank.

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How to make your words more memorable

26 October 2011

The saying, "A picture's worth 1,000 words" is an old one that's been around a long time. And there's a reason for that . . . . it's because it's true. Neuroscientists have known for over a century that the more visual a message is, the more memorable it becomes. This 'rule' even has its own name - PSE (Pictorial Superiority Effect).

Tests have shown that about 10% of oral presentations is remembered 72 hours later, but this figure rockets to 65% if you add pictures.

President Obama's campaign speeches may have been effective without slides (even if you're a political opponent of his you can't argue with that; he did win the election), but how much of what he said did you remember 3 days later? Your memory was probably more of an emotional state in which you felt moved and motivated with a 'Yes, we can!' kind of spirit. But you probably didn't remember much of the actual content.

Why is this? Click here to find out more...

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Six Top Tips for Presenting with Impact.

22 September 2011

Are emails and computers destroying our ability to speak well?

Good verbal communication seems to have flown into cyberspace as inboxes fill up with emails and managers mumble their way through monotone PowerPoint presentations, reading aloud from over-packed slides and sending their audience into a stupor.

The skills required to analyse spreadsheets are a far cry from those needed to transform numbers into fascinating presentations.

But analyse this: UK businesses lose nearly £8bn each year because of dull presentations that force colleagues and clients to switch off and waste company time.

This is based on a manager earning an average £30,000 per annum and attending a one-hour meeting every week in which he or she does not listen.

With a justified reputation for being boring, it is perhaps unsurprising that British bosses dread public speaking more than any other part of their job.

However, “nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively” according to former US President Gerald Ford.

So here are some tips to transform your presentations into a performance that will make people sit up.

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Is your glass half full or half empty?

18 September 2011

Is the glass half empty or half full? is a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty); or as a generallitmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview.

The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.
This idiom is used to explain how people perceive events and objects.

Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality.

The phrase "Is the glass half empty or half full" can be referred to as a philosophical question.

So is your glass half full or half empty?

Click here to find out your perspective.

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7 Tips to avoid becoming a 'Horrible Boss'

1 September 2011

“Horrible Bosses” is a new movie with a familiar theme – employees plotting against abusive bosses. This one has extreme behaviour on both sides – from sexual harassment and job theft by the boss, to “problem-solving” via hit man by the employees.

Fortunately, few people resort to violence to deal with a challenging boss, but that doesn’t mean bad behaviour won’t cost you. Not only does employee morale suffer at the hands of a “horrible boss,” but so do productivity and engagement. In short, a horrible boss is a bottom-line issue.

The good news is that, with greater awareness and some training, most leaders can learn how to effectively communicate, motivate and engage their employees.

Here are seven quick tips to avoid being a “horrible boss” by giving employees what they need:

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