Why have I been hired by the FBI, the Ministry of Defence, the British Olympics team and many of the world’s top companies? Because the training I offer is unique, both in terms of content and the way I present it.
I have over twenty years experience in management, gained mostly in two industries: creative media and marketing, and IT. At one point I was the UK Sales & Marketing Manager for a global internet services company, with a sales target of £1.5 million per annum. I’m also a member of the Inner Magic Circle, which sometimes adds a rather distinctive touch to my talks and training. Many people say I’m the leading expert on the subject of cold reading and related persuasion psychology.
I never use Powerpoint, slides or any audio/visual aids. This means I can lecture or train anywhere, even in places without projection facilities.
My work has taken me all over the world: US, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Australia, Japan and more.
I’ve written several books on applied communication, including my bestseller, ‘The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading’ — one of the most successful independently published books of the internet era. Over 60,000 copies sold, without one penny spent on ads or promotion.
Here are a few more things I’ve done.
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The FBI. I was invited to an FBI training facility in Virginia to work with FBI field support agents. I taught a range of skills, mostly to do with cold reading, verbal and mental misdirection (as a way to secure witness cooperation) and some of the material in my Mindreading For Business course.
The British Olympics Team. Team GB has a group of sports psychologists who work with all the coaches and athletes in the British Olympics squad. I was called in to advise on creative Persuasion and communicatons skills, and it was a lot of fun.
The UK Ministry of Defence. I was asked to present a lecture on how to spot who is telling the truth and who is probably lying. I covered the basic principles of deception, fabrication and misdirection, so that the people I was lecturing to would know what to look out for. I sometimes feature some of these techniques in my Mindreading For Business course.
McKinsey Corporation. For this very prestigious client (one of the top business consultancy groups in the world), I was personally invited to lecture on ‘non-rational’ modes of thinking. In other words, thinking strategies that escape the rut of ‘conventional’ thinking and embrace more Persuasive approaches. Quite an ‘intellectual’ group, but we still had plenty of fun.
Rabobank. I was invited to the charming city of Utrecht to present my course on Problem Solving to Rabobank employees during their annual conference. In fact, I presented it twice. The hospitatility was great, and I had a thoroughly enjoyable trip!
Marks & Spencer. M&S are the fifth largest retailer in the UK. They got me in to present a special, tailored version of my Problem Solving course to a group of 75 senior executives at their head offices in London. This was a very successful training event and I look forward to working with M&S again in future.
Cambridge University. Nicholas Humphrey, a Senior Research Fellow at the university, invited me to devise a special two-hour presentation on aspects of deception and the paranormal, during which I of course demonstrated assorted miracles of a psychic nature (I’m not psychic but I know how to fake it.
Oxford University. For the Oxford University Scientific Society I gave a lecture on science, the psychology of deception and how to Use Your Super Mind. This lecture involved assorted demonstrations that were all ‘impossible’ in scientific terms. The students were all great to work with!
Synon/Financials. Synon were at one time a big success story of British software. I did all of the documentation for their very successful Financials application — the thick user manual (regarded as one of the finest door stops ever created), a few hundred screens of help text, implementation plans and so on.
Sunday Times Literary Festival. For this auspicious event I actually gave two lectures: one for grown-ups and one especially for youngsters and teenagers. For the first group I focused on aspects of cold reading and psychic claims. For the second group I focused on how we can tell what’s real and what isn’t. I enjoyed this engagement tremendously!
World Skeptics Congress. For this very enjoyable conference in Italy I gave a one-man show of assorted miracles and psychic effects (I’m not psychic) and a lecture on some good ways to assess psychic claims.
Cambridge Technology Partners. One of the first freelance jobs I ever tackled! CTP needed to prepare an Invitation To Tender for a Big Important Project, but problems had arisen. They needed an incredibly long, complex, detailed document — text and diagrams — created in an horrifically short time. I was parachuted in and got the job done.
Australian Science Conference. I went to Canberra to perform a 90 minute solo show in which I talked about the mind, perception and miracles. I made spoons bend, performed psychic surgery and predicted the future. It was a pleasure to visit the wonderful country of Australia and I was made to feel very welcome!
British Shoe Corporation. I wrote their entire Branch Management Manual, covering literally everything from stock and merchandising to sales and security. At the time, the BSC conglomerate were one of the biggest retailers in Europe, and certainly the biggest player in their industry. One of the larger technical writing tasks I’ve ever tackled.
California Institute of Technology. For ‘CalTech’ I was invited to give a solo talk on powers of the mind, both real and imaginary, which some handy hints about how to tell the difference. This was one of the most enjoyable lectures I think I’ve ever presented, but then again I always love visiting California!
European Humanist Youth Group. I was invited to go to the lovely city of Brussels to present a three hour talk on cold reading and the psychology of paranormal beliefs. This was my first trip to Belgium, and I hope it won’t be my last.
London Business School. LBS is widely acknowledged as one of the top business schools in the world. As one of their guest lecturers, I presented an adapted version of my work on Problem Solving.
EuroStar Software Testing Conference. This is an impressive annual conference for the software testing and engineering industry, which takes place in a different European city every year, attracting over 850 delegates. I was hired to present (a) a four-hour tutorial on Problem Solving, (b) a keynote speech on the practical application of solving ‘impossible problems’, and (c) 90 minutes of close-up magic entertainment as part of their banquet evening.
Hewlett-Packard Research Group. HP asked me to help with a team-building day. I presented a bespoke version of my Use Your Super Mind talk, lasting three hours (with breaks!). The point was not just skills transfer, but also to provide some fun and positive team inter-action to help a new team to get to know one another. This was very enjoyable and successful.
Let’s talk about what I can do for you!
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And if you still want to know more about me, here are a few more bits and pieces.