Bon Anniversaire Louis Braille!!

The Gutenberg of people who are blind

Born on 4th January 1809, Louis Braille’s pivotal work changed the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the globe.  Did you know Louis Braille himself, was blind?   He was well motivated to develop better systems to assist blind people with reading and writing.  His Braille system has become a worldwide standard that has opened up opportunities for anyone suffering from vision impairment.  He has been described as the Gutenberg of people who are blind! (Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and in doing so revolutionised communication amongst people).

Louis spent much of his life refining and extending his revolutionary system and it as been adapted for use in languages throughout the world. Thanks to the Braille system, vision impaired people have a much better way to communicate and navigate, thus providing them with more independence.

Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students

Do some research and discover the lives of some Amazing People who had vision impairment, yet still made major contributions.  Explore how they achieved what they did and what motivated them, and explain how their contributions have changed the world.

There have been many great individuals affiliated with the development of systems to enhance the lives of those who are vision impaired or blind. Can you name any?

Take a look into the life of Louis Braille – How did Louis become blind?  – How did he first discover that there may be a way for the blind to ‘read’?  –  What was this first idea called?

Put yourself into the shoes of Louis Braille or any blind person –  With the assistance of your teacher and class for safety, close your eyes and walk from your familiar seat to the front of the class to find an object. –  Write down how you felt trying to navigate just this short distance even though you are aware of your surroundings.

There is much that we all take for granted, but there are always lessons to be learned!  Happy Birthday Louis Braille.

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

New Year, New You!!!

Goodbye 2017 and HELLO 2018!

What has 2018 got in store for all of us? This year, don’t put too much pressure on yourself with unachievable resolutions.

Here’s some key notes for a more successful year.

Have a clean out – you will be surprised just how invigorating this can be. Have a long, hard look at what you’ve been storing around the home over the past year. Did you use it or wear it last year? Donate, donate, donate!

Keep a positive outlook. Try hard to push negative thoughts out of your mind.

Set achievable goals! Please don’t promise yourself you will build and fly a hot air balloon over New York city this year!

Read and learn something new. Knowledge is POWER! Why not read about, and be inspired by, the lives of Amazing People.

Eat well – Sleep well – Get a bit of exercise. How simple can that be. Yes, sleeping is often a struggle for some, but by eating well and exercising both brain and body, you may help that situation.

Keep happy, positive people around you and distance yourself from those that don’t deserve your time.

Do something YOU LOVE at least once a week! How many times do you put off that peaceful walk, that gym session, a leisurely browse in the shopping centre or even that short, quiet time to read ?

Use your time well!  TIME MANAGEMENT! Much can be achieved with better Time Management! Time management is not a corporate ‘thing!’ Every one of us can utilise our time better.

Ask yourself – DO I WANT TO and/or DO I HAVE TO? You will be amazed how these two questions can help resolve conflict in your own mind when faced with uncertain questions and obligations!

LOVE WHO YOU ARE! That’s hard because our life is surrounded by judgement, pressure to appease others and to give up our time. When we say “no”, this can be misinterpreted as ‘selfish.’ It’s not; it is ‘self – is.”  You, your time, your life.

SHARE – when trying to establish your life in 2018 with some of the above points, you must remember to share yourself too. There are times when we have to be part of our work community, social community and family even when we see others disregarding it.

This year, make a point of reading more about these amazing people we feature at Amazing People Worldwide and Amazing People Schools.

Dr Charles Margerison has written about the lives of Amazing People, with the ultimate aim of INSPIRING YOU to be the best that you can be!!  His goal is to give us some solid foundations to goal setting, the will to work hard, to show us what others achieved through great adversity, hard work and a belief that they can do it. Above all, they are for your enjoyment. All these amazing stories are here for you to read and share.  We hope we have helped to give you a more positive outlook to help you make 2018 a better and brighter year!

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

Talking about “Conversology”!

What Is Conversology?

By Dr Charles Margerison

A word that ends with the term ‘ology’ refers to an area of study. The study of psychology, biology, anthropology and other major areas have led to vital advances in knowledge and quality of life. The study of immunology has helped save millions of lives. The study of geology has led to the discovery of valuable materials. The study of sociology helps us to understand the structure of different societies and the implications for interaction and development.

To communicate in these areas, we develop specific words and meanings. Conferences are held where people, who devote their career to the subjects, meet and share advances in knowledge. Many of these professional areas ending with the suffix of ‘ology’, are taught in schools, colleges and universities. They all involve hours and hours of conversation. However, the art and science of conversation has not been formally defined as an ology. Therefore, this article outlines the case for Conversology as a fundamental area for study and tuition.

Why We Need Conversology

There are many elements in any conversation and the issues can be studied by other disciplines. A key area of Psychology is the study of how we learn. Philology is the historical study of both oral and written communication.  Anthropology covers the study of people in different communities, inclusive of their language. However, the art and science of conversation in social, professional and business settings is an area of study that has not received the same attention, although it is fundamental to all of our lives.

After every meeting or discussion, we walk away with either more or less confidence. Each conversation either raises or lowers our spirits. Every conversation has an impact on our life, as we are using valuable time. The extent to which we succeed in life within our work, our relationships and our wellbeing, depends on the extent to which we are effective in conversation.  However, Conversology is not a subject that is found on the school curriculum. Nor, is Conversology a subject taught at University.

Nonetheless, it is a subject that is referred to with feeling each day. For example, you have heard people say, – ‘That meeting was a waste of time.’, or ‘I was upset by the way he spoke to me’, or ‘There was more left unsaid than said and I don’t trust them.’

Applications

The consequence of effective and ineffective conversations has measurable impacts in many ways. Sales people know this, as everyday their conversation has an impact on their career and future employment. Doctors know this, as they have many discussions with patients that deal with the quality of their lives. Teachers know this, as they try to guide students, many of whom can have severe emotional problems.  Conversology, therefore, is a subject that deserves in-depth study to help improve our interactions in many situations inclusive of –
• Parent / Child Discussions
• Teacher / Student engagement.
• Doctor / Patient appointments.
• Manager / Team Meetings.
• Sales / Client Meetings.
• Police / Criminal Investigations.
Conversation is central to the success of –
• Science Meetings.
• Judicial Assessments
• Business Meetings.
• Education Discussions.
• Family Meetings.

The Art and Science of Conversology

There is a rich history associated with the study of words in action. Shakespeare is recognized as a doyen of drama. He put golden phrases of conversation into the mouths of actors.  Long before that the Greeks studied rhetoric, or the ability to influence others. They valued the art of thinking and the development of philosophy.  Aristotle referred to logos, pathos and ethos as three major modes of persuasion.
More recently, we have witnessed the emergence of terms like ‘critical thinking’ and ‘proactive thinking’ as important phrases in education. These relate to improving people’s ability to converse. Also, a field of study in psychology called ‘discursive analysis’ has emerged as a professional area of enquiry. This assesses the way people discuss, and looks at issues of meaning such as those covered by people who focus on semiotics.  Likewise, those who study Communication Analysis and Oracy have made contributions to the study of social interaction. Sociolinguistics is a specific subject that compares and contrasts the language within different societies and cultures.

The Need for Conversology

So, there are many examples of research and publications on the underlying structure and function of conversation. Therefore, it is surprising that there is no integrated and agreed ‘ology’ of conversation and, therefore, no formal basis or curriculum for tuition on the subject.  This may be the result of conversation not being seen as a special skill. After all, we all learned to speak and converse before we went to school. Our parents helped us learn our native language simply by getting us to repeat what they said. Therefore, conversation maybe regarded as something that one does not need to study.
In contrast, Literacy and Numeracy have long been established as part of the education curriculum. Other subjects, such as Science, require the acquisition of professional words and phrases that need to be used in conversation. Once again, it is assumed this will usually occur naturally. So, can a more organized approach to conversation help students learn those subjects more effectively?
Indeed, the understanding of conversational dynamics can improve the professional work of Doctors, dentists, architects, engineers, business managers and a host of other professions. Many large companies think this is the case as they give their employees training on how to respond to customers and how to improve teamwork with colleagues.
Conversology can be studied in every social situation. It is particularly important with regard to the issues involved in negotiation, where judgement based on fact and opinion is required, and it is also vital to improve relations between people from different groups in multicultural communities. In particular, the subject of Conversology can be studied every day on a minute by minute basis in meetings with friends.

Summary

The impact of effective conversation is recognized on a personal emotional basis in the way we deal with situations of conflict and disagreement. We know if we are happy or annoyed in the way that we are treated by family, friends, colleagues and those with whom we meet in shops, restaurants, or cafes.  There is a cost to every conversation in terms of time. Conversations move us forward or backward. Someone who is effective at conversation can enhance our life. Those who abuse us in conversations are guilty of verbal assault.
Conversology can be studied and taught. Most of all it can be learned and applied. The result will be more effective conversations leading to improved service, innovation, creativity and teamwork, as well as self-development.

References

‘If Only I Had Said’ -C J Margerison –  Mercury Publications.
‘Handbook of Language and Social Interaction’ D Edwards. 2005
‘Conversation and Cognition’ H Te Molder, J Potter 2005
‘Discursive and Social Psychology’ J Potter , M Wetherell 1987”
‘Discursive Psychology’ Sally Wiggins 2016
“Discursive Psychology’ Derek Edwards, Jonathan Potter, 1992
‘Discursive Psychology in Practice’ Rom Harre, Peter N Stearns, 1995
‘Learning and Language in the classroom’’ Peter Chilver, Gerard Gould

 

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Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

World Television Day – but how did it first come about?

When we think of Scotland, we think of tartan, kilts, and the Loch Ness monster!   Who would ever have thought that this is where one great engineer was inspired to invent one of our most viewed and used appliances – the Television!

When problems crop up, we need solutions. When something needs to be improved, or made more efficient, we need innovative ideas and positive action. Why not discuss how the contribution made by a Scottish Engineer named John Logie Baird has changed our world. Really – what would we do with out the television, in terms of education, communication, and as a means of exchanging cultural information, to mention but a few elements? Can you believe TV emerged from this first blurry vision….??

Could you imagine life without the TV? What was once a luxury item is now an everyday fixture in every home. John Logie Baird later developed the colour TV as well as other innovations that have become intrinsic parts of our  life.  He became known as the ‘Father of Television’.

He demonstrated great persistence as he explored how to transmit sound and images.  Lacking financial back up, he was determined to succeed and used whatever he had at hand to continue with his invention.  Using cardboard, glue, strings, wax and a bicycle lamp, his first ‘televisor’ was developed, and in 1924, he successfully transmitted a flickering image.  Do you think you would be able to show the same type of devotion and patience?  There is much we can learn from those who have made great contributions to our world.

Many more talented people worked on improving the television and today we have the most amazing televisions to indulge our senses………….

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

PENICILLIN – How It Changed The Face Of Medicine!

What was one of THE MOST important MEDICAL DISCOVERIES in history in September 1928?

PENICILLIN – The most powerful of all antibiotics.

It has changed the face of medicine in a profound way.

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Do you know who Alexander Fleming is? On 15th September 1928, he discovered Penicillin. It happened due to a lack of orderliness in his lab.  The most powerful of all antibiotics, it has changed the face of medicine in a profound way.  His initial work and publications on this started what was to become the development of one of the most important  scientific and medical discoveries in history.

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Where would we be without it today?

Why not undertake some investigations of your own and learn more about this amazing person?  Using the following as a guide, ask yourself HOW he did it? WHY he did it? WHO contributed to the discovery? WHAT impact this has had on our world?

  • Research how he made this discovery.
  • How did Penicillin work and how did it change our world?
  • When did Fleming receive his Nobel Prize?
  • Who contributed to the discovery of Penicillin?
  • What were his personal strengths that helped him in his work?
  • Which skillsets did he develop and master in order to do what he did?

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Alexander Fleming receiving the Nobel Prize

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

What Woman Inspires You?

Celebrating Women of Achievement Month

We have so much to celebrate together. Women are strong characters. When we hear the stories of amazing women who have had an impact on the direction the world has taken and the many legacies they have left behind, we can only gain much inspiration.  This can help with goal setting and fuel the desire to achieve as they did. Their stories are uplifting.

Inspiration

So, who would you chose as a female that inspires you?  We use that word a lot – ‘inspiration’.  It always captures what we intend to get across so perfectly. We would like to inspire women of all ages from all over the world. No matter what you do in your life, inspiration is what helps us to get the best out of what we want to achieve. Most importantly, we don’t have to be ‘high flying’ achievers!  Motherhood, family life, school, career, travel – when we are inspired we are able to apply ourselves with gusto and determination in whatever we do.  So, this month, think about a woman who inspires you and why. What have you learned from this woman? How has she influenced the direction you want to take in your own life?

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We did not have to dig too deep to decide on the amazing individual that we wanted to bring to your attention.

Showing great courage, resilience and love, we want to celebrate Women Of Achievement month by introducing you to the heart warming and heroic story of Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner truth-portrait

From the despair of slavery and all its degradation and sadness, Sojourner proved how resilient women can be. A truly inspiring journey. SOJOURNER TRUTH epitomizes what passionate women are all about. She did not possess great beauty, nor did she have the opportunities to study and live like many other women of her time. In a time of severe gender inequality and black slavery, she exemplified courage and determination.  Self-named, Sojourner was an African-American abolitionist and women’s right activist.  Her story is one of great hardship and perseverance, proving her ability to overcome any barriers. She is a truly remarkable and amazing woman!

How did she survive? What happened to her children? Research her life, follow in her footsteps and understand what great character and resolve she needed to possess in order to do what she did.

Sojourner Truth Book

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

Mother Teresa – A beacon of hope, humanity and compassion to all

A beacon of hope, humanity and compassion to all, Mother Teresa’s personal story will inspire many.

Born 26 August 1910 – Happy Birthday!

*Can she also inspire us in the workplace and education?

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”

With a rare sense of wisdom, destiny, courage and dedication, Mother Teresa left her native Albania to pursue the vocation of teaching in Calcutta, India. Unable to ignore the desperation of the needy and sick, Mother Teresa became a missionary. Today, she is credited with helping hundreds of thousands of the world’s poorest people and is recognized as the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta by the Catholic Church.

After she founded the Missionaries of Charity, and with the assistance of many dedicated others, Mother Teresa ran homes and hospices for many suffering with HIV/Aids, leprosy and tuberculosis. She organized mobile clinics, soup kitchens, children’s and family counselling programs, orphanages and schools.

Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honors including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2003, she was beatified as the “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”.

How can the story of Mother Teresa, be applied in our private lives and within the workplace?

The Poor Entrepreneur

There is no doubt, that Mother Teresa herself, was an entrepreneur. Vastly different to entrepreneurs known for their wealth, or access to wealth, that enabled them to do great acts for others. Mother Teresa worked her entire life with the poor. With no hospitals or clinics, she began working to give them medical treatment, which led to the establishment of Missionaries of Charities all over the world. Her actions and dedication show us how those traits alone, can ‘move mountains’.

Moving Mountains Businessmen moving a mountain uphill. The men & mountain and background are on separate labeled layers.

‘CAN DO’ The message: Stay true to your convictions, don’t allow negatives to stand in the way of what you know can be achieved. With your determined nature and assistance, you too, can ‘move mountains’.

Leaders and Managers

Many leaders and managers can take inspiration out of Mother Teresa’s journey. Not only did she give up any idea of a normal working life and a family of her own, she also lived among the poorest people in Calcutta. This truly sparked her drive and ambition as she lived exactly the same way as they did, eating the same food and sharing their pain. Not motivated by power or money, she achieved exactly what she had set out to do and she is remembered and revered with much respect.

‘SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP’ The message: As leaders, we should always remember to get to know the experiences of those we lead.  What effect do our actions as leaders have on others? Do we truly understand their roles in the workplace or at school and what we expect from them? Putting ourselves in ‘their shoes’ will refine our own thoughts on how to assist others, to achieve better results.

Activity: 

You will note many words in red above, starting with…. *Can she also inspire us in the workplace and education? The answer to that very first question – absolutely!! Whether in our personal lives, education, or work, many of these words above in red are vital aspects and traits for successful interaction with others and for a positive outcome, whatever it is we are hoping to achieve.

  • List another 10 words that can be used to promote yourself and others, to promote the goals you want, and to promote positive thoughts and actions.
  • Then explain how you believe each word may assist the outcome of your future and that of those around you

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

Letter to Coco Chanel – Happy Birthday!

Gabrielle Dorziat

 May 1912

My dear Coco,

I thoroughly enjoyed our day together last week. That hat, my goodness darling, that hat I modeled for you? I must have it!  All my friends are dying to see your next creations. My dear, they are waiting with great fervor to buy up all those beautiful hats. What am I to do? Ah, I must simply make you my exclusive milliner!

Dearest Coco, what is that creative little mind of yours dreaming up today? All my friends are saying that you will be famous one day! Maybe one day people all over the world will be talking about you. Maybe women will be wearing not just your hats, but dresses, coats, lingerie or maybe fragrances and bags and…oh my dear, I could go on and on.

Well my dear, I must go now. I am so exhausted from my theatre performance last night. It was a full house and we received a standing ovation.

Ps. I have popped in a little photo of me from the magazine in that gorgeous hat! I look quite stunning don’t you think?

Gabrielle Dorziat

Au revoir, Gabrielle x

Footnote – Gabrielle Dorziat was a famous French actress.  Born in 1880, she lived to a ripe old age of 99, dying in 1979.  As a known fashionista in Paris of the time, she was instrumental in making the designs of Coco Chanel famous.


 Meet Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born on August 19, 1883…. Happy Birthday!!

She was, and still is, one of the most influential style icons of all time. Everyone knows the Chanel brand, but few know the inspirational rags-to-riches story behind it. Who would have known that this humble girl born in a poor house, would achieve such phenomenal success! Coco Chanel is still regarded as a fashion icon, long after her death.

Coco was known for her incredible ambition and determination throughout her life. She associated with the ‘right circles’ and together with her unique talent, she achieved both success as a business woman and acquired great social prominence.

Lessons from High Achievers

Successful individuals like Coco Chanel, identified their unique talents and developed them to produce remarkable outputs that shaped the world in a variety of ways.

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity”, Coco Chanel.

Your Goals

A good starting point when thinking about your future goals, is to look at what skillsets and areas you are going to focus upon.  Coco would have honed in on her sewing skills and made decisions based on what she knows best and felt comfortable in developing. Developing is an ongoing activity, as one continually needs to review and improve existing processes.

To achieve goals we need to take action

The old model has been to teach, learn and do, however, it is far more effective to begin with action.  Once we take action, then that is in fact ‘doing’ something, and from that, we in turn have learned something.  So it is a bit of a twist on the old school of thinking.  It is well established that people develop competence by taking action.

Strategy

Coco Chanel’s  initial marketing strategy was to generate a buzz around her new perfume fragrance by hosting what was essentially a promotional event, where she invited a group of elite friends to dine with her in an elegant restaurant. The success was immediate and phenomenal. Chanel’s friend  exclaimed: “It was like a winning lottery ticket!”

Business Action

Amazing people like Coco Chanel, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Helena Rubinstein, all have one thing in common – they all became multi-millionaires without going to a Business School! Instead they chose to get into ‘business action’ and learn from experience.  They just DID IT!

Class Activity:

You have been given a new product to promote.  You need to make it known to the public and to approach retailers to place this product in their stores.

  • What is the product? (The world is your oyster! Let your imagination run wild!)
  • What are your strategies to market and develop the product, that will encourage the public to buy it?

Questions:  some research on Coco

  • What Christian name was Coco given at birth?
  • How did she learn to sew?
  • In what year did Coco open her millinery boutique at 21 Rue Cambon, Paris?
  • What very successful product was launched on May 5, 1921?

Our historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

Lessons From Elvis (or Ed Sheeran)?

Yes. Lessons from Elvis! What sort of lessons are we suggesting from this iconic singer who gyrated his way onto television and the big screen?

The anniversary of the death of ‘The King’ is August 16. Elvis left behind, a huge fan base, music and movie memories and…………..lessons.

Elvis 1957

Believe it or not, entertainers like Elvis, can show us how to follow our dreams, how to persevere and make things happen. Lessons on how to utilise our ideas, push forward and to chase our goals no matter what. Few successful entertainers would have let anything stand in the way of achieving their goals.

Often, our younger generations who are looking for guidance in development and career directions, like to be stimulated with the achievements of those that they can be ‘more in tune with’. As they embark on their own journey, future generations need inspirational ideas that reflect more modern times.

Looking towards a bright, successful future

Entertainers are perfect examples of the traits required to succeed. Just think about their careers in the entertainment industry. They constantly have to be better than the rest and better than their last performance, otherwise their careers are in jeopardy. They may have a team of assistants, but everything ‘rides’ on their own personal performances. That’s a lot of pressure!

Traits for success

Look at the following traits: Ambition, ideas, determination, goals, boldness, conviction, dedication, energy  and self-confidence. Entertainers would have to posses all those traits and more to be successful in their careers.

How did Elvis do it?

Elvis had to overcome an embarrassing stutter, so it wasn’t all ‘smooth sailing’ on his journey to stardom. In 1953, Elvis went to Sun Records to record songs ‘supposedly’ as a gift for his mother. Later, biographers suggested that Elvis chose to go to Sun hoping to be discovered. If this was the idea he had in mind, then Elvis clearly displayed  a very clear thought process with a goal in mind. It was a great idea! He had singing and acting talent, but without the traits to go with that talent, he would not have succeeded.

Rejection and Persistence

Elvis had to deal with several rejections at the beginning. He failed an audition for a local vocal quartet. They said he couldn’t sing and did not have an ear for harmony. After another audition as a vocalist, Elvis was rejected and was advised to continue driving trucks because he would never make it as a singer.

Did Elvis give up?

Just a year later on July 19, 1954, Elvis released his first commercial single, “That’s alright” and as they say, “the rest is history”. Elvis never wavered from his belief and what he wanted to achieve. Clearly, having the right attitude and desires, helped Elvis to reach his goals and to maintain consistency in the entertainment industry for many years.

Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, and he was dubbed “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”. 

Activity – have some Elvis fun in the classroom!:

  • When and where was Elvis born?
  • When was Elvis given his first guitar?
  • What was the nickname of Elvis’ manager, Tom Parker?
  • How old was Elvis when he received the Lifetime Of Achievement Award?
  • Open discussions about today’s entertainers. Who is a worthy entertainer that has displayed the traits to succeed? eg. Ed Sheeran is a remarkable performer, or is he?. 

Ed Sheeran

Fast becoming a modern day philanthropist, Sheeran has performed for many charities. His relaxed approach displaying a true selfless attitude toward others including his fans, makes Ed Sheeran an entertainer our younger generation can look up to. Both in terms of his mild-mannered success and his ability to share his life without expectations is inspiring.

These historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.

Bambi – A Disney Masterpiece!

Bambi World Premieré – London UK – 8 August 1942!!

We all love BAMBI – with a script of no more than 900 words, it captivated the world at it’s world premiere in London. This success was replicated in the following launches in the USA and around the world. This dear little deer has become one of the most precious and loved Disney characters ever.

Walt Disney has touched the minds and imaginations of children and adults around the world. His wonderful imagination and artistry is etched into our minds forever.  Did you know that he started his artistic life in Marceline, Missouri, USA, selling sketches to his neighbours at the age of seven?

Students – here are some ideas for a fun lesson – how about doing some research on Walt Disney!!

  • Who was Walt Disney?
  • How did he begin his career?
  • What was his first success?
  • When did he realize his potential?
  • Can you identify in yourself, a passion?
  • Describe a ‘dream’ you have and write how it could be possible. Let your imagination go! Don’t allow stumbling blocks to get in the way of this activity. Imagine there are no limitations as to how you can achieve this dream.

Overcoming Adversity

Neither Walt Disney nor his family knew that he would grow up to be one of the most iconic figures in entertainment history. His journey had many twists and turns, which surprisingly included bankruptcy and commercial failure.  He did not let that stop him from achieving the greatest successes.  Be inspired by the creator of ‘Mickey Mouse’ and ‘Bambi’ and friends, and don’t be afraid to live your own dream.  Hard work, perseverance and positivity are all things that will help you along the way.

These historical greats and their achievements are a solid foundation of proof for teachers, parents and students, that determination, hard work and commitment pay off. This provides an effective way of reinforcing work ethics and an appreciation of how others have, not only changed our world, but truly encouraged and inspired our generation.

Explore how Meridian High School has been raising aspirations by becoming an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL!

Visit Amazing People Schools

Invite Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Michelangelo and others, into the classroom. Inspire pupils with their stories.

Character Education Through The Power Of Storytelling!

We put amazing stories into the hands of students. Amazing People like Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mahatma Gandhi, demonstrated integrity, passion, courage, tenacity and vision. These are just some of the characteristics that inspire students to achieve amazing things.

Our interactive story world and resources have been developed to support cross-curricular learning, character education and inspire the amazing people of tomorrow.  Within our new Amazing People Schools site, you will find both Teacher and Student Zones, packed with engaging and unique resources!

Demonstrations and trials available. Please contact our education team HERE.

You can download our handbook HERE.

 

Amazing People Schools is a division of Amazing People Worldwide – a global organization that helps individuals and businesses achieve their full potential. 

FOUNDER – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Education Psychologist and has consulted widely for major organizations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Margerison founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. He previously co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems and has authored more than 30 books.