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Dear Friends,

For your success, professional development and hopefully, enjoyment, this section is packed with articles, columns, and a constantly growing supply of other resources from thought leaders in effective communication, public speaking and presenting, persuasion and influence, training and development, and various aspects of social intelligence.

In the column below, you will see--grouped by month--Harrison Monarth's regular column Across the Pond for the Learning & Development profession in the British Training Journal. His monthly column for the magazine keeps L&D professionals in the United Kingdom abreast of current issues in training and development in the United States.

Articles and quotes in other magazines include our series on persuasion and influencing techniques in Start Your Business, the UK's most popular business magazine for entrepreneurs as well as our team's contributions to other lifestyle and popular magazines such as Men's Health, FHM and others from the areas of management, politics and business.

The column to the far right displays quick links to more of our growing database of resources and articles. Please read, print out, download, forward and send this material to anyone in your organization you think might benefit. And if you would like to be notified when we add new articles, special reports and other resources for your successful professional development, simply add your name and email address in the appropriate sign-up box to the right on this page and we'll send you a quick note--once a month--that new material is available. Of course we will never share your email information with anyone.

We also welcome your input, and if you have any suggestions for topics you would like us to write about or relevant research you would like us to elaborate on in the fields of persuasive communication, speaking and presenting, personal influence and social intelligence, please feel free to send us a quick email to info@gurumaker.com and we'll get right on it. Thank you for visiting and please contact us if you feel we can help you or anyone in your organization communicate important messages more effectively and speak and present to persuade in order to get powerful results.

 

June 2009


Training Journal June 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

Harrison Monarth explains how America's L&D professionals get up and close and personal with employees

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  May 2009


Training Journal May 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

Harrison Monarth asks, Can you Read Yourself Fit for Leadership?

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  APRIL 2009


Training Journal April 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

When the Going Gets Tough, American Training Professionals Go Into Business for Themselves, says Harrison Monarth

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  MARCH 2009


Training Journal March 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

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FEBRUARY 2009




Start Your Business October 2007


Denver Magazine: Addicted to Love

Lust, longing, passion and flirtation — it’s all just basic chemistry.

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Training Journal February 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

Harrison Monarth divines some of the topics of conversation for L&D professionals in the USA

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JANUARY 2009




Denver Magazine January 2009


Denver Magazine: Charm School

How the world’s power players learned to harness the power of charisma.

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Training Journal January 2009


Training Journal: Across the Pond

The cloud of recession could have a silver lining for flexible freelance trainers who offer value for money, says Harrison Monarth

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DECEMBER 2008




Denver Magazine December 2008


Denver Magazine: 'tis the season

The concept of “irony” is almost impossible to succinctly define on the fly. (Try it out loud sometime; notice how you sound like a presidential candidate in the midst of a televised debate.) But these three words just may suffice: 'tis the season.

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Training Journal December 2008


Training Journal: Across the Pond

American trainers are boarding the e-train but the destination is still foggy, says Harrison Monarth

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NOVEMBER 2008




Training Journal November 2008


Training Journal: Across the Pond

Harrison Monarth asks whether $37 billion in employee misunderstandings is a communications gap or a full-blown crisis

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OCTOBER 2008




Training Journal October 2008


Training Journal: Across the Pond

This month, Harrison Monarth asks how you train an 800lb gorilla.

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SEPTEMBER 2008



Denver Magazine December 2008


Start Your BUSINESS: Mastering the Arousal Technique - How to land an emotional punch on the chin of buyer resistance

'Entrepreneur' may just be one of the toughest job titles in the world. To succeed, more than a good idea and seed capital are needed.

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Training Journal September 2008


Training Journal: Across the Pond

A stagnant US economy has Indians speaking German and Americans revisiting diversity issues, says Harrison Monarth

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AUGUST 2008




Start your Business August 2008


Start Your BUSINESS: Harness the Power of Gratitude With the Reciprocity Technique

It occured to me when writing this article, that, in terms of influencing our fellow man, and woman, many of us are masters in the art already.

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JULY 2008




Training Journal July 2008


Training Journal: Across the Pond

Harrison Monarth gives us his regular flavor of L&D life on the other side of the Atlantic. This month he enrolls at the corporate university.

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JUNE 2008



Training Journal June 2008


Training Journal
: Across The Pond

In a regular new feature, Harrison Monarth gives us a flavor of L&D life on the other side of the Atlantic. This month he reveals how green is the new black for corporate America


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Start Your Business June 2008


Start Your BUSINESS
: Master the Technique of Framing - From context to spin and back again

“The entrepreneur, sales professional, political candidate, in short, anyone with an agenda who understands how to choose and position carefully crafted statements and sensory-based words, is a force to be reckoned with. And not simply because they tell a good story.  These are the people who know how to create powerful context with their messages, influencing in no small measure how others think, feel and behave in response.”


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FHM Magazine June 2008


FHM Magazine
: “Unaccustomed as I am…”

Read Harrison Monarth’s quotes in FHM, Britain’s most popular men’s magazine, on public speaking and the myth of imagining your audience naked.


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MAY 2008



Training Journal May 2008


Training Journal
: Across The Pond

In a regular new feature, Harrison Monarth gives us a flavor of L&D life on the other side of the Atlantic. This month he looks at what's on the agenda at one of America's leading conferences


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Start Your Business May 2008


Start Your BUSINESS
: The Visibility Technique - A powerful way to create preference for you, your products and your services

“Newsflash for all you lovers of rhetoric and cliché: familiarity does not breed contempt.  Quite the contrary, in fact.  In the world of business (especially marketing), politics and, if handled correctly, interpersonal relationships, familiarity more often tends to breed success.  And, if done correctly, it will every time.”


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APRIL 2008




Accountancy Ireland April 2008


Accountancy Ireland: Speaking With Confidence - Lessons from America

If words are bullets -- as they truly often are, meant to inflict great harm upon one’s intended target – then those who speak them are nothing short of living, breathing weapons of mass destruction. Granted, certainly not all words are meant to do harm, a fact which serves this little introductory metaphor well. Because what, then, is the thing – the field of battle, if you will -- that defines and licenses the context of words-as-ammunition and speakers-as-weapons, versus using words to heal or clarify or to simply give directions to the nearest shopping mall? The answer to that question is what swings open the doors to political-, governmental-, as well as corporate success – and once understood, makes the bearer nothing short of an arsenal of interpersonal power.

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MARCH 2008




The Guardian
As seen in The Guardian


Loud And Proud

Most of us feel shy or self-conscious when we have to present to a large group. But with a little advice, anyone can conquer their fear of public speaking, learns Catherine Quinn. You have prepared for days, your slides are in perfect order, and you have mentally rehearsed every question that might come at you. But the minute you step out in front of your colleagues, your mouth goes dry, your knees tremble, and you can barely stammer out a sentence.

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Mens Health
As seen In Mens's Health


Speak For Yourself

Public speaking has to be one of life's tougher tasks. Yet thanks to work presentations and best man's speeches, we're all likely to experience that moment when a room that's packed to the rafters falls silent and all eyes focus upon you... waiting for the show to begin.

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Start Your Business March 2008


Start Your BUSINESS: The Changing Beliefs Technique - The Complete and Utter Inadequacy of Data: The Real Way to Change What Others Believe

One of the best opening lines ever written for a book: “Life is difficult.” It comes from M. Scott Peck’s iconic tome on the pursuit of mental health and happiness in a crazy world called “The Road Less Traveled,” and ten million copies later, after eight years on the bestseller lists and having inspired more weekend seminars than Anthony Robbins and Tommy Hopkins combined, it remains a viable tool for all who seek to improve their ability to cope. Few argue this is not true – life really is difficult. But here’s the paramount challenge at the root of it all, the elusive holy grail of truth that keeps the “how-to” industry in the black: life is also illogical. And the reason for that stems from the very human inclination to cling to what we believe at all costs, sometimes in defiance of all that is rational and good or even sane.

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FEBRUARY 2008




Start Your Business February 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: The Likeability Technique - Nice Guys Do Finish First

It used to be that winning through intimidation was the ticket to success. But these days, intimidation techniques are easily transparent and quickly rejected by whatever constituency resides in your crosshairs. No, today it's all about likeability. Simon Cowell talks about it on his talent shows -he calls it the 'X Factor' -politicians are elected with it, careers are empowered by it. But while it looks easy, it is anything but. In fact, these days likeability is as strategic as it is attractive.

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JANUARY 2008




Start Your Business January 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: The Authority Technique – The Power of Pinstripe, Position and Pomp

Our society runs on authority. We are schooled in it from the moment we are born. Cultures are defined by it. Wars are waged over it. Order is maintained by it. Even the animal kingdom has some level of authority in play – when was the last time you saw a monkey take a swipe at the ear of a lion? Given the degree to which it permeates each and every aspect of our lives, it’s easy to just roll with it, to accept it without the slightest thought. But what if you could harness it?

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DECEMBER 2007




Start Your Business December 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: The Claqueur Technique - Social Proof and the Power to Move the Masses to Where You Want Them

We’ve all heard the fable about a certain Pied Piper who played his instrument and effortlessly led the town’s rats toward a swan dive off a cliff. One goes, the rest will follow. This social phenomenon has been referred to as “herd mentality,” a type of behavior that savvy businesses and the professions can tap into with the “Claqueur” approach: Get a couple of people in an audience to “applaud” and the rest will soon do likewise.

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NOVEMBER 2007




Start Your Business November 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: Crossing the Great Cultural and Generational Divide as a Public Speaker

Public speaking is a little like walking into a room full of people you’ve never met - undoubtedly one of the most common privately held terrors of the human psyche.

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OCTOBER 2007




Start Your Business October 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: Rebel With a Webcam

How to Build Charisma and Ensure Effectiveness using Web-Based Meetings.

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SEPTEMBER 2007




Start Your Business September 2007


Start Your BUSINESS: How to use Speaking in Public to Attract Unlimited Business Opportunities

Dr. Larina Kase and Harrison Monarth explain how good communication is the foundation of entrepreneurial success.

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JUNE 2007




CBS News
As seen in CBS News


Three Myths About Public Speaking That May Be Holding You Back


If you are one of the estimated 15 million Americans suffering from a phobia of public speaking, take heart. The trick to overcoming your fear may be as simple as re-examining your basic assumptions about public speaking, say Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase, communications coaches and authors of the new book "The Confident Speaker."

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