April 2011
Tranquil Sea
Welcome to Changing People Inside

Dear Karen, 

What do you know about your own brain and the way you communicate with others? What more could you explore to help you improve your performance at work, at play and at home?


This month we give you some food for thought with some unusual and surprising facts and images to tease your brain cells and get the gray matter working,


Enjoy all the holidays that April has to offer!


Best wishes and Happy Easter,




Did you know...? 

  • 90% of the brain scientists who ever lived are alive today?
  • Baby photoOn the 42nd day after we are conceived we have one brain cell - 120 days later we have 100 billion cells
  • By the age of three we have 15,000 connections as we are continually absorbing information from the day we are born


These facts were explained by Alistair Schofield at the recent seminar to introduce 'MiND', the new neuropsychological profiling tool from MyBrain International.


A mind of your own

Between the age of three and sixteen we lose

50% of our synaptic connections, during what is known as the 'imprint' period when 'synaptic pruning' begins and we begin to establish our personalities.


The Brain 


Our brains delete, distort and generalise information - known as  'inattentional deficit' - so we actually make up our own reality, according to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).


No wonder communication with others can be so complex as you may be reading something different into this sentence other than intended!


A popular demonstration of this is 'We can raed ifornotioman esaliy as lnog as the frsit and lsat lteter are in the ceorrct palce' ( so that helps if spelling is an issue!)


Another example of how our brain can delete or distort information....


Man playing horn 


Left, right, left, right


Our brain can find it a struggle to complete other relatively simple tasks that involve using our left and right brain simultaneously ...


Colour chart


It was Nobel Prize winner Roger Sperry who examined the workings of the brain by dissecting it to discover that the left brain likes linear, structure, order and the right brain is about pattern recognition, instincts and gut feel.


Another brain scientist Paul Mclean wrote about the 'Tri-une brain'. 

  • The Reptilian brain - responsible for biological and physical functions
  • The Mammalian brain - the limbic system responsible for the social and emotional aspects, for our sense of personal security and risk aversion. This is where fight or flight takes place. It's also where we control needs like hunger and libido.
  • The Neo-Cortex brain - this is where the cognitive and conceptual thinking takes place. It's like the Executive Director of the brain where our strategic thinking takes place.


The Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates said 'Know Thyself'.


By being more aware of our brain functions and understanding how we can fine tune the machine that is our brain we can manage our state more effectively. Coaching and profile assessments are the first step in understanding more about ourselves.


To find out more about MyBrain workshops or one to one sessions contact Karen or visit www.mybrain.co.uk to find out more about your own brain.




Less is more

We can only handle a small amount of information in our brain at one time. This was thought by NLP founders, Bandler and Grinder to be between seven and nine pieces of information but now may be as little as only four according to author David Rock.


So it's useful to be aware when briefing a team or a colleague, or talking to a friend, that they can only absorb so much before a glazed expression appears in their eyes. And for menopausal women reduce the pieces of information down to one or two as concentration can flag!



The power of the mind

Just the power of suggestion can be an amazing trigger for physiological responses in human beings.


Look at the picture? What taste does it suggest? Can you smell it? Can you feel your mouth start to water? 




Your saliva buds should start to taste the citric acid taste of the lemon by just looking at the picture and imagining the taste and smell.



Think positive

By giving others positive suggestions you can also influence their thoughts and behaviour.


Why? The brain deletes small words like 'not' and 'don't' which are not active descriptive words.


For example, if you are asked to not think of a red telephone box, what picture pops into your mind?


Similarly, if you ask a child, 'Don't spill that drink' it's more likely they will spill the drink, than if you say 'take care with that drink'.



How does hypnosis work?  


Hypnosis uses the power of direct positive suggestion to create surprising changes in people's thinking whilst they are in a trance state.


Our conscious minds are the weaker part of our brains and unfortunately this is believed to be where our willpower and temporary memory sits. When we want to make changes we need to access the more powerful part of our brain - the unconscious mind. This is where long term memory, imagination, creativity and habits are thought to reside. A hypnotherapist will use induction techniques to bypass the critical factor of the conscious mind. Whilst few clinical trials have taken place as proof, it appears that accessing the more powerful aspects of our unconcious mind can help us to make long lasting changes.



Hypnosis is used for lots of common problems and also in business with improving confidence, assertiveness and self esteem, and for example, in making presentations.


Some of the conditions it is used to treat are listed below: 

  • Addictions
  • Blushing
  • Bruxism
  • Confidence, self esteem, assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exam preparation
  • Fear
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility
  • Medical Treatment
  • Migraine
  • Motivation
  • Panic attacks
  • Pain control
  • Phobias
  • Pre-surgery Prep
  • Presentation Skills
  • Snoring
  • Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Trauma


Nick Hill's NLP Tip

Manage your belief systems.
A belief is reinforced through personal experience. These experiences become memories that uphold the belief; be it one that becomes empowering or disempowering. To further reinforce or disable a belief, begin to question its validity. This will either strengthen or shake its foundations.


Nick HillNick's next INLPTA Diploma in High Performance Leadership is over four days on 5-6 May and 9-10 June. The programme is endorsed by ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) and accredited by INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association). It promotes leadership skills for the purpose of influencing people and taking charge of our behaviour, building stronger teams and client relations whilst improving productivity in the work place.


If you have any queries, contact Nick by email info@hillconsultancy.co.uk or 0845 678 9900 and please mention Karen's name when you do so.



Horse play meets leadership development

HorseAn experiential workshop demonstrating the power of equine facilitated learning.


How many times have you attended, or led, a meeting, when your head or your heart were elsewhere?


Being present and living in the moment is not only a vital component in leadership, it's a vital life skill.


Being present allows us to:  

  • Build better relationships through listening, empathy and authentic connection
  •  Express ourselves appropriately through all available means - words, tone, body language, facial expression - in a truly congruent way
  • Be completely in the moment and flexible enough to handle the unexpected
  • Accept yourself, be authentic and to reflect your values in your decisions and actions.


Horses are always present. Their natural instinct is to pay attention to what is happening to them and their fellow herd members so they can respond accordingly. For us that means we get honest, direct and timely feedback.


Many self development and leadership programmes focus on what we 'do' as a leader. This programme is different. We focus on 'how' and 'who you are' as an individual, working with the really important elements of leadership; clarity of purpose, awareness, belief, confidence and charisma.


When: Sunday 15th May between 10am and 4pm places limited to 8 people per course


Where: Holyport, near Maidenhead. Full details will be sent after registration


How much: £75.00, lunch and refreshments will be provided


To Book: email: bookings@leadtosucceedltd.co.uk

or contact either:

Jill Wheeler:07813 644956

Katy Parkinson: 07976 072868


"Working with Quince gave me instant feedback on what was going on and it was fascinating how I saw my everyday working pattern emerging. Great feedback for working on my own development as a leader"






And finally... 

Brain Man - the boy with the incredible brain





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Did you know...?
A mind of your own
Left, right, left, right
Less is more...
The power of the mind
Think positive
How does hypnosis work?
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Horse play meets leadership development
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