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.

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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.

National Shakespeare Day

Many admirers and fans of the works of the amazing William Shakespeare, celebrate National Shakespeare Day on April 23 each year. April 23 is also the United Nations’ World Book and Copyright Day, which was a natural choice to pay a worldwide tribute to writers such as Shakespeare.

His actual date of birth may not be known, however, the people in Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate his birthday on the 23rd of April. What we do know is that he was baptized on 26th April, 1564 and is one of the world’s greatest writers. Little did we know that the birth of William Shakespeare would bring us so many memorable literary pieces. He wrote many well-known plays, sonnets and narrative poems and received payment for his plays, as thousands of people regularly went to the theatre.

He became a very wealthy man and his wealth enabled him to develop one of the most expensive homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. His family lived there, but most of his time was spent in London, where his name as a playwright was gaining recognition. In the centuries to follow, William Shakespeare became world-renowned. His work has continued to grow in popularity. His stories and other plays, including comedies, histories and tragedies, are still performed around the world, long after his death.

William Shakespeare is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. A world renowned poet, playwright, and actor, and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

In his early days, Shakespeare worked with a theater company, selling tickets and also as an actor. Obviously this inspired him more and his natural talent came to light and he went on to write many plays and poetry.

QUIZ

Shakespeare’s works fall into four categories:- Comedy, history, tragedy and poetry.

  • Name one of his works from each category
  • We know he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, but was the name of the county where Shakespeare was born?
  • What was the first tragedy he wrote?
  • Who did he marry?
  • What was the name of the theatre where Shakespeare held his plays?

Students can learn more about Shakespeare’s amazing life in this title from Amazon that depicts his life in the most unique and personal way!


Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered 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.


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Albert Einstein predicted this many years ago!

Albert Einstein was certainly a genius! Even foreseeing that technology may overtake ‘common sense’.

Have a look below and you will be amazed at what technology can do! (Not always the best, is it!)

‘FOOD FOR THOUGHT’ and CLASS DISCUSSION IDEAS at the end of article.

The day that Albert Einstein feared is well and truly here……………

Lunch with Friends

Conversation with your BFF

Keeping an Eye on the Kids at the Beach

Romantic Dinner Date!

Sightseeing Trip

Quality Family Time

Fun Day in the Park

Treat Time for the Children   

Following in Mum’s Footsteps!

Day at the Beach

Cultural Learning at the Museum

Wouldn’t’t we all rather see this little one engrossed in a book?


What do you do about over-use of technology …. in the workplace, …. at school or home? 

We can all make a difference in any environment by: 

  • Setting sensible and fair boundaries- eg. use devices only during breaks, and no texting at meal times
  • At home, encourage other activities. Visit a ‘game’ store and discover the new board games that are available now!
  • Find ways to show your family that it’s not a ‘parent’ thing, but rather social behavior that has got out of hand

MEET THE MAN WHO SAID: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein

Whilst we do not agree of course with every word Einstein said, it does provoke thoughts about how technology interferes with some social aspects of our lives. We need to embrace our relationships without mobile phones constantly interrupting!


For teachers and parents:

DISCUSSION:

  • Once you have gone through this article, open up discussions about how we can help each other to be more responsible with the use of technology, but in particular, mobile phone use.
  • Ask them to be honest – what would they do if they had children of their own?
  • Have the class make suggestions on large posters and place around the room.

LET’S MAKE CHANGES TO THE WAY OUR YOUNG GENERATION THINK!

How can we as teachers and parents change the way the younger generation think and act? Not only about the about misuse of technology in their lives, but also about their ideals and future aims ?

How can we utilize the achievements and success of great individuals and allow them to become part of the culture change in schools and at home whilst raising aspirations?

We invite you to have a look at how Meridian High School has seen AMAZING results, by watching this short video – https://amazingpeopleworldwide.com/schools.

Check out the TEACHER ZONE – All of the materials in this Teacher Zone have been developed by teachers for teachers. We have created resource sheets and supports that have been specifically designed to be flexible, so that they can be used in a range of different ways in schools, to cater for the needs of each and every school community.

Check out the STUDENTS ZONE – The Student Zone is comprised of several ‘story worlds’…

  • Science & Maths – from doing brilliant things with beans to being bonkers about bacteria, you’ll find all sorts of inspiring stories from amazing scientists and mathematicians here.
  • Literary & Arts – one of the world’s greatest artists was told to stop wasting his time doodling. Imagine if he’d listened! Another invented hundreds of words we still use today. Come and meet them, and others!
  • Citizenship & Humanitarianism – Confucius, Florence Nightingale and Mahatma Gandhi – heard of these people? Want to know why they’re so amazing and what they did to change our world? Read on!

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Created by Dr Charles Margerison. Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered 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.

Amazing Thinkers


Amazing Thinkers

Amazing Thinkers – Six ‘Thinking’ Skill Words To Guide Students 

This article shows us how encouraging students, employees and others to ask questions, really helps them think more deeply. By giving them more thinking skills, they can ‘think outside the square’ and become proactive in many areas of discussion. As you read through this article, you will be able to click on the highlighted amazing people and associated material to learn more about them.

What are the most important words that we should encourage others to use? In my view, Rudyard Kipling summed them up in his great poem called ‘If’.

He said, that six words which led to questions, taught him all he knew. They were:


• What
• Why
• When
• How
• Where
• Who

Case Example

I have had the opportunity to work with some teachers at a State School in Queensland, Australia. My colleagues and I were invited by the Principal to conduct a class about the amazing people who set up the inaugural Australian colony called New South Wales, in 1788.

To help the students learn about the situation, we gave them the above six words. In group discussions, we asked them to come up with questions that they would pose to people from that era. 

Learning with Questions

So began a fascinating discussion. In the process, the students began to think about a range of issues:

Why did the 11 ships set sail?

Why did it take 252 days to arrive?

What was life like on board the ships?

How did they survive when they arrived in New South Wales?

What would it have been like to be a convict, as over one third of the people on the voyage had been sent as prisoners?

How did their arrival affect the Aboriginal tribes who inhabited the area around what we now call the city of Sydney?

Afterwards, the students reviewed what they had learned. Many interesting comments arose.

In the process, it was clear the students had developed their ability to think. By using the six key question words, they had improved their skill in gaining and using information!

Amazing People and Questions

Looking at the lives of amazing people like Marie Curie, Albert EinsteinPresident LincolnFlorence Nightingale, Dr Louis Pasteur and others, it is clear that their ability to think, led them to break down barriers. Rather than taking the situation for granted, they asked fundamental questions and perceived ways of developing responses that advanced our understanding.

The Socratic Method is based on asking questions. Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, said that questions were the way to truth. But, they need to be put in a form that facilitates discussion, rather than in an accusing and judgemental way.

Questions and Achievements

In my research on the lives of amazing people, I have found that those who succeeded had the ability to ask questions and find answers that opened up new ways of looking at traditional ways of doing things. Many of these amazing people went on to make fortunes. 

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it,” said Henry Ford. 

  • In his research, Thomas Edison said that he had thousands of experiments that did not work. When one of his team asked why he continued on, he replied that they had learned a great deal from the so-called failures and would soon find the right question and the answer to create a light bulb. Today, we are the beneficiaries of his thinking and determination.

So, amazing thinkers had the courage to follow their curiosity. They not only asked questions, but took action to find the answers. They challenged conventional thinking.

  • Galileo asked, was the Earth the centre of the universe and how did it relate to the Sun? His experiments shocked the scholars and priests and caused him to be convicted as a heretic, despite having discovered a law of nature.
  • Louis Pasteur asked questions about the causes of illness and made breakthroughs that led to the understanding of how bacteria are the basis for germs that cause infection.
  • Marie Curie, the only woman to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes for science, also asked basic questions to advance her research in both physics and chemistry that led to cancer treatments.
  • Irena Sendler saw families being sent to the gas chambers by the Nazis and asked what could be done to save some Jewish children? As a result, she saved over 2000 of them, before falling victim to arrest and horrific torture by the Germans.

Summary

So, what is it that we should focus upon when training others? 

To encourage others to think beyond the proverbial, to develop sharp-thinking problem solving skills and to inspire every learner to produce great outcomes and secure success.

To become valuable employees, they need to look beyond the current situation and ask how can they deal with difficult problems, such as; fairness, equal opportunity and the creation of a culture that respects people.

To do that, we need everyone to use the six key question words. Those will help them focus on gaining evidence and making sound judgements.

AUSTRALIA DAY – State of the Nation Address by Gov. Arthur Phillip


AUSTRALIA DAY – State of the Nation Address by Gov. Arthur Phillip

AUSTRALIA DAY – State of the Nation Address by Governor Arthur Phillip

To all Australians

Australia Day

26th January

“Fellow Australians, it is with pleasure and pride that I have the opportunity to fly through time and be with you to celebrate our National Day. It is over 200 years since we reached these golden sun kissed shores. What a blessing that was, after sailing 10,000 and more miles from England. We departed on the 13th May, 1787 and arrived on the 19th January 1788 – a journey that took us 252 days. I can assure you, after so long on the high seas, we cheered as ‘the Great Southern Land’, as it was known, came into sight. What a voyage it was. All we had to guide us was a rough map drawn by Captain James Cook. He had visited a place that he called Botany Bay 18 years earlier and stayed for only about a week. I was asked to lead an expedition to establish a new colony called New South Wales, following advice to King George III and his ministers by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain Cook. On board the 11 ships, we had convicts, marines, administrators, sailors, clergy and the wives and families of crew members. Records of how many people were on the voyage vary, but it was in the region of 1420 souls. Some died on the journey and others were born. Each day we said our prayers for survival and success in our new country. On arrival, I quickly realized that Botany Bay could not provide sustenance for all of our people. So, in a small boat, I sailed northwards, with some marines, and found the best harbour in the world. A thousand ships of the line could have sheltered there. We moved to Port Jackson, as it was first called, on the 26th January, 1788. That is why it is now celebrated as Australia’s National Day – despite the fact it was seven days after our arrival”.

“In due course, I re-named it Sydney Town, after Lord Sydney, his Majesty’s Minister who had authorized our mission. On reflection, I should have called it Phillip City. In that way, I would have received better recognition for my leadership efforts. In celebrating the anniversary of our arrival, it is useful to note some of the major decisions that I made in the first year of our arrival”. “I stressed that:-
  • there would be no slavery
  • although we were the world’s largest prison, convicts should be treated as human beings and given the opportunity to work and reform
  • marriage was a right of all men and women and on February 10th, I arranged for a member of the clergy to marry three couples
  • equality before the law was essential and I gave permission for the first civil law case to take place, when a convict, called Cable, won a famous victory against a captain of a ship, over money that he had  kept, belonging to the plaintiff
  • the native inhabitants should be treated with respect, and that we should try and learn their aboriginal languages in order to understand their culture and way of life
  • religious views and faiths would be tolerated, so long as they did not threaten the colony
  • order was vital and powers were given to officers to uphold the law
  • the development of the economy was a priority for survival and men should be put to work and rewarded properly for their effort
  • convicts who served their time should be freed and encouraged to make a successful life in our colony
  • health facilities, although basic, should be developed
  • defence of our small colony should be a maintained
You may look at this list and ask what you would have done. Indeed, over 200 years after we landed, how effective has Australia been in developing all of these issues?”

“So, as your first politician, let me ask you some questions. To what extent do you feel the values that I tried to install are being upheld with regard to:-
  • human rights?
  • reform of convicts?
  • justice and a fair go for all levels of society?
  • encouragement of economic development.?
  • respect for authority?
  • appreciation and acceptance of the monarchy?
  • the importance of training and education?
  • tolerance of religious views?
  • the importance of defence?
  • the development of our culture and understanding of other people’s culture?”
“My fellow Australians, I tell you that it was not easy to lead and manage the New South Wales Colony. We were left to fend for ourselves for two and a half years until the 3rd June, 1790. We were starving and in desperate need of help.We felt abandoned and, each day, we anxiously searched the horizon for a ship. Nearly 1000 days had passed since we had arrived. All of my leadership skills and resources were stretched to the limit, keeping men, women and children alive, although some tragically perished. But, in their own way, each one of them was amazing.We all learned a great deal from the hardships of life that we endured. I trust that you will exhibit the same strength and determination of the first colonists to make your life in this great country a success”. “Stand up and salute all Australians through the ages that have contributed to our great country. May you continue the tradition that we set, of creating and developing an amazing country for amazing people”. Blessings to all, Governor Arthur Phillip
Access an audio-visual of Gov. Arthur Phillip: View Audio/Visual. Gov. Arthur Phillips’ own story and audio is available in our on-line digital library: Arthur Phillip – My Story. Link to the fascinating historical title: Amazing People of Sydney. Link to our amazing musical: G’Day Mate, G’Day Footnote Arthur Phillip was the Governor of New South Wales, and in effect Australia, for nearly 5 years from the 19th January, 1788 to the 10th December, 1792. This story is based on the what Dr Charles Margerison thinks that Governor Phillip would have said about Australia Day.

Dr Margerison is a psychologist and Founder of Amazing People Worldwide, Amazing People Education/Learning, Amazing People Schools and Amazing People Music.

     

Amazing Achievers – how can you learn to from them?

Amazing Achievers – how can you learn to from them?

HOW DID THEY DO IT?  WHAT TRAITS DID THEY POSSESS TO ENABLE SUCCESS?

When reading the life stories of people who achieved a great deal in their lives, it is tempting to ask, ‘How did they do it?’ After all, they only had 24 hours in each day, and 365 days a year.  Many of the great achievers were born before modern technology was developed. They did not have facilities like electric light or computers to assist them. Also, many of them did not live long lives. Mozart died when he was only 35. William Shakespeare died when he was 52. Both used their time well to achieve a great deal, in a short time. Of course, in days gone by, the average life expectancy was much lower than it is today. Nevertheless, the contributions of those in our Amazing People Library are exceptional.

The following represents some of the points I have noted by way of summary and learning, though you will be able to add others:

Hard Work Ability is one thing, but a high level and high quality of production is what counts. The sheer quantity of the work produced by Shakespeare speaks for itself. The same is true for Tchaikovsky, despite the fact that in his early years he was trying to become a lawyer, and worked in a legal office. Although they were both geniuses in their respective fields, they did not take their gifts for granted.

Shakespeare

By applying themselves, they completed assignments, rather than just playing around with ideas. This principle applies to most, if not all, of the great achievers.

Determination and Persistence Most of the great achievers faced a number of difficulties and obstacles in their work. Johannes Gutenberg, despite falling into debt many times, continued with his design and development of the printing press. He is just one of the examples of those who refused to give up, despite the problems he faced. He is just one of the examples of those who refused to give up, despite the problems he faced.

Gutenberg Printing Press

In some cases, it could be said that their determination to succeed became an obsession. This was certainly the case with Gordon Gould, who spent many years in the courts of law to prove his trademark case regarding his invention. Others pursued their ideas in difficult circumstances. Mozart was still writing music, trying to complete another masterpiece, as he lay dying. Nikola Tesla travelled from country to country in poor circumstances, looking for the support and resources to make his amazing breakthroughs. The story of his travels and problems en route are as interesting as his actual technical achievements.

Certainly, without the determination and persistence of the individuals against the odds, many great achievements would never have been made.

Optimism Often the achievers were faced with doubters who said they were attempting the impossible and it could not be done. Some, like Galileo, were faced by priests who threatened them if they continued. It did not stop Galileo, or others, who knew they were pursuing scientific truths. The same is true in other fields. The women who tried to become doctors in the late 19th Century found consistent opposition from men in the profession, and often little interest amongst potential patients. They asked what a woman could contribute to medicine. Elizabeth Blackwell showed them exactly what women could contribute! (It may be akin to the concern some people have today, if they hear that a woman pilot is flying the plane on which they are travelling!)

Outputs and Results Some people work hard, and are determined, but they do not always produce high quality results. The people who I have studied were achievers because they delivered. Scientists, like Nicolas Tesla and Gordon Gould would not give up until they had produced a solution. They were not just doing research for the sake of knowledge. Charles Babbage established a basic computer. However, he had difficulties, as few people took an interest in his work in the early stages. Therefore, his system was not put into wider use until much later.

Charles Babbage Difference Engine 1853 Once it could be seen that there were real outputs and results to be gained, people put more time and energy into the systems.

That led to the amazing technology that we have today, based on Babbage’s original breakthrough.

Organization It was not just about great ideas and art. It was also about organization and management. Some of the great achievers were able to make their designs come to life by organizing others through teamwork. Michelangelo learnt how to manage large projects within budgets and timelines. Not all the achievers had this level of organizational ability, but they all showed what they could do individually. Alexander Graham Bell was an inventor of many systems. However, by themselves, those inventions may not have been known or widely used. Bell developed the ability to set up organizations to implement his ideas. In particular, his name became the brand of a major telephonic organization in the USA, despite the fact that there were disputes over who invented the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell
The essence of his success was in finding sponsors and managers to set up organizational systems, within which people could work, to provide excellent customer service.

Learning from Experience The great achievers, in the main, were successful because they learnt from their actions. If things were not going well, then they looked at other options. In that sense, they were innovators. Some of the achievers gained formal training but most learnt from their own, and other peoples, practice. It was hands-on learning. Thomas Newcomen, for example, was not trained in an engineering school.

Newcomen Steam Engine

He learnt by working on machines in the mines. Indeed, William Shakespeare, as far as we know, had no formal training as a playwright.  The great achievers showed there was more to be learnt from doing. No doubt they watched others, listened and learnt in the process. But most of all, they learnt their trades by applying their ideas in practice. In that way they gained personal feedback on what would and what would not work. They were action learners. Thinking and talking were not sufficient. The real test was application.

Driving Forces It is interesting to note the motivational factors that influenced people in their work. Some people were driven by their religious beliefs and the feeling that they had been called to help the poor. For others, the driving forces were intellectual interests, and trying to discover how things worked. Charles Babbage worked with Ada Lovelace, who enjoyed the challenge of mathematics and its applications. Their work on the early form of the computer was like a puzzle that she wanted to solve. In the field of music, both Mozart and Tchaikovsky were driven from within to express their beautiful music.

It was not primarily money or the hope of fame that drove them forward. They had gifts and wanted to express them.

Situational Forces Sometimes, people get caught in the middle of forces that are not of their own making. In politics, this is often the case. For example, President Lincoln took a stand against the secession of a number of American states, and also slavery. Having done so, he was committed to seeing through the actions required. It led to memorable words and deeds.

Abraham Lincoln

Many great achievements emerge as a result of situational forces. War, for example, has forced people into thinking about new ideas. Leonardo da Vinci’s and Michelangelo’s work was influenced by sponsors who wanted better defence systems. In more recent times, Enrico Fermi and others contributed to the development of nuclear weapons, as a result of situations of conflict.

Chance and Opportunity Some people come across an idea and develop it, when many others would ignore it. Alexander Fleming noticed an unusual occurrence in his laboratory. He observed, by chance, that bacteria on one of the experiments had been attacked by unexplained phenomena. He gave the name ‘penicillin’ to the reaction.

Fleming and Penicillin

Later, the scientists, Florey and Chain, found out how to develop this into a life-saving drug. In one sense, all achievers seize their chances. They have the perception to see ahead, and the determination to do something about it.

That is why understanding the psychology of great achievements is important. It should lead to a more focused approach to developing education, attitudes and creative processes, consistent with innovation.

Conclusion These, and other factors, lead to greatness and amazing achievements. However, in this summary, I have not put much focus on money. My view is that the great achievers pursued their ideas because they believed in them. No doubt, many saw that if they succeeded, it could lead to wealth. But, their original motivation came from personal interest. They followed their star, or were driven by the needs and requirements of their situation. All of them did amazing things and deserve their accolades, as they have enriched our lives.

All these amazing, inspirational stories can be found at Amazing People Library

News Letter – April 2015

Amazing People Newsletter – April 2015

Hello Amazing People,

This month we are focusing on Creativity, Determination and Courage. These are attributes that Amazing People clearly possessed, so we need to ask..….would we be experiencing today’s modern world without them? The discoveries of new lands, medical developments, memorable events and technology, have created an amazing world for us to live in. 

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Creativity – One of the most enticing and exhilarating sporting events for future years, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens on April 6 1896. Pierre de Coubertin made certain that his idea of reviving the Olympic Games was going to happen!  It took many years to achieve but thanks to his creativity and determination, elite athletes and sporting fans are able to enjoy the excitement and challenges of the Olympic Games

 

Determination – Other feats displaying that same determination include the stories of our brave explorers. It was in April 1770 that Captain James Cook and his crew reached the south-east coast of Australia, becoming the first Europeans to reach this coastline.

 

Courage – What could be more courageous than exploring space? Through fantastic BioView® stories, you can virtually ‘meet’ Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin! As the world celebrates International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12, we recall his first flight into space in 1961, again displaying determination and great courage.
 
When reading these stories, the sheer ‘will’ and courage of others, who embarked on various journeys in an effort to make their dreams come true, is intriguing and admirable. If ever we need inspiration, we only have to look to these remarkable  individuals and BioView® stories hold the ‘key!’

 


Early Health Professionals – making life better!  – Likewise, Creativity, Determination and Courage are inherent attributes possessed by the Scientists and Doctors that dedicated their lives to their work. Every day, millions of people use Listerine mouthwash, however few know that it was named after Dr Joseph Lister. Born in April 1827, he was a pioneer of antiseptic surgery and due to his innovatory work in the field of preventative medicine and the quality of medical care, improved death rates and life expectancy.

  

Also born in April 1899, Percy Julian was an American research Chemist and pioneer of chemical synthesis of medical drugs from plants. And who can forget the ground breaking work of Jonas Salk? His breakthrough in developing the polio vaccine was announced to the world on April 12, 1955 changing the lives of millions of people and future generations to come.

 

Reading has brought much joy to many over the years and April has some significant literature events that may spark enthusiasm to read more!

April is School Library Month and National Library Week commences 12th April in the USA. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), these events celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and promotes library use and support.

Do you support your local library?  Why not tell your local librarian about our ‘Amazing People Story Library’?

Shakespeare Day is celebrated in the U.K. on April 23. William Shakespeare was a gifted writer born in April 1564 and his memory lives on as he is honoured on this very special day. When we look back over the years, we are amazed  at the talent of incredible writers that have left us with the    world’s greatest literary works, works that have been adapted into plays, movies and music.

Annual World Book Day is also held on April 23. It is organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing & copyright. How fitting that such an event shares Shakespeare’s Day!

 

Harper Collins ELT Readers – Amazing People Worldwide®, are proud to partner with Harper Collins, who have included our unique stories in their English Language Training readers.

We invite you to read the letter from the Series Editor to find out more about these unique ELT readers. Can this resource benefit you and encourage your children to read?

Books and Technology – With technology all around us and the choices we have, it is difficult to find an excuse for not reading!  It is very interesting when travelling on public transport to see how people are reading today using smart phones, eReaders and tablets. Downloading literature in some form is becoming more and more popular. In SCHOOLS and in businesses around the world, students and employees are offered  various training/learning tools that are used with a tablet or computer. On-line libraries are now playing an important role in how we research and learn.


We invite you to visit Amazing People Learning – our new online talent development portal,
where you will find very innovative and unique resources.
         
Based on a core Communication and Problem Solving (CPS) model, with applications linked to Psychology, Research, Strategy and Organization, this is a suite of professional development resources that support action learning in powerful ways. 
The results – individuals and organizations are equipped with the skills to function more powerfully and effectively.

Dates to remember in April
World Autism Day – April 2
Pocahontas married John Rolfe – April 5, 1614
Easter Sunday – April 5
World Health Day – April 7
Napoleon abdicated as Emperor of France – April 11, 1814
International Jazz Day – April 30
George Washington inaugurated as 1st President of the USA – April 30, 1789

Joseph Lister – April 15, 1827
Percy Julian – April 11, 1899
Thomas Jefferson – April 13, 1743
Antonio Meucci – April 13, 1808
Guglielmo Marconi – April 25, 1874
Ella Fitzgerald – April 25, 1917
William Shakespeare – April 26, 1564
Samuel Morse –  April 27, 1791

For those who like to celebrate Easter in some way, we hope you enjoy the break and have a happy day.

 

Freebie for the Month!

This month we offer you our FREE eBook and audio story of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.


One of the greatest and most influential writers of all time, William Shakespeare was born to a very different world than the one we live in today. 

In this sensational title, you can take a look into the life and times of this gifted writer, playwright, poet and actor.

To get this FREE eBook and Audio, simply  contact us with your email details. Check our free items every month and be inspired!


Our Time Traveller – Meeting Amazing People

I feel privileged to have journeyed to many of the birth places of the incredible individuals that I have featured in our publications. The reward of learning about their amazing lives through their creativity, determination and courage is something I will always be inspired by. You can reach your goals by self development, when you focus on how to use ‘action learning’ as the basis for success. My article, BioView® stories, will explain how my BioViews® came about and will give you an insight into the lives of high achievers. Make sure you get our free story about Shakespeare this month.  You will soon be drawn into his world as he tells you his own inspiring story through the ‘BioView® experience’!

 

* Thank you Dr Charles. Your own ‘creativity’ has led you on a fascinating journey meeting the world’s most determined, courageous and creative individuals. Thank you for sharing those stories with us.

Best wishes from Janine Wakefield and the Team at Amazing People Worldwide – janine@amazingpeopleworldwide.com