The story of stories

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The story of stories

Stories are everywhere. Dr. Milton Erickson’s enduring legacy is his unique approach to psychotherapy and hypnosis. Within the scope of that approach his use of anecdote and story telling is arguably the most famous element. Steven Spielberg is widely regarded as one of the premiere filmmakers of his generation. He has repeatedly said that telling the story is the most …

Havening in England

Traveling home from Bristol As I write this I am flying at 36,000 feet on a Virgin Atlantic 747 en route back to the US from Bristol, England. My friend and colleague Ira Scott is a few seats away catching a few winks. The two of us have just participated in a Havening Training Course and we’re a bit tired. …


MAKE YOUR BED – A simple step to finding flow

MAKE YOUR BED A simple step to finding flow In the past two weeks, two different Coaching clients of mine have sent me the same You Tube video to watch. It is a commencement address given by Admiral William McRaven at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2014. The reason they sent me this speech by Admiral McRaven …

Brian’s Brain: Lying or False Memory?

NBC News anchor Brian Williams and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly have both recently been caught telling “less-than-accurate” reports from war zones that, co-incidentally, made their own status in the stories seem greater than it was. Were they simply lying? Or could this be a very public example of what human beings do more often that they think they do… a gradual …


Sudden Belief Change

COACHES CORNER: Stories you can use. Meaningful, metaphorical stories can be golden for a working coach. Today’s story comes from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I’ve used this story effectively when working with clients who have anger management issues. It was a Sunday morning on a subway in New York. People were sitting quietly — some reading …

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