Some simple advice for young people

Advice for Young PeopleIf you’re looking for some simple advice for young people, then here are some of the things I wish I had known when I was 18.

Learn these lessons as soon as you can. As you travel along life’s highway, I think you’ll find them all useful.

1. Be kind

It’s easy to make judgements about people, and we’re all guilty of doing it, at least occasionally.

The problem is that none of us knows what challenges other people are facing in their lives at any given time. Some people can have very tough lives, and they may be struggling. It’s not always obvious to the rest of us.

So be kind to everyone you meet. It costs you nothing, but it can mean the world to someone who’s facing a particularly difficult time in their life.

2. Value friendship

Our friends and loved ones are our most precious possessions.

Work is important, of course, but it’s not as important as people. If you were to drop dead tomorrow, an employer would replace you in a heartbeat. However, you can’t be replaced by the people to whom you matter most.

So value friendships and family, and make sure you make time for them. Never be too busy working to miss out on spending some quality time with your friends and family.

If you’re ever seriously ill, it will be your friends and loved ones who take care of you, not your employer.

3. Value your time

Now, you’ll often hear someone say, “Oh, I would love to do that if only I had the time.”

And yet we all have exactly the same amount of time, i.e. 168 hours each week.

It all comes down to what we choose to do with our time and how we prioritise those things that matter to us most.

Time is simply a resource like money, although it’s more important than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time, can you? None of us can do that, can we?

So you must learn to use your time wisely. Time is a precious resource, so you must develop effective time management skills.

You must recognise that you can’t do everything, but you can be selective about what you choose to do, within reason.

High-value tasks should always take precedence over low-value tasks.

Remember this: the most effective time management tool is the word NO.

Just because people ask you for a piece of your time, it doesn’t mean you’re obliged to give it to them. Be very selective about how you allocate your time.

Think of the word NO as a baseball bat.

Whenever someone makes a request that would not be the best use of your time, then NO is the means by which you can whack that request right out of the ballpark. Always be polite, of course, but be firm too.

Being busy is not the same as being productive. And your aim, always, should be to be productive.

Check out my Top 10 Tips for How to Manage Your Time.

4. Mindset matters

Whether you realize it or not, your mindset matters, and by that, I mean, it matters a lot. When I refer to mindset, I’m referring to how you think, your attitude, and whether you’re positive by nature or otherwise.

You’ll never experience a positive outcome with a negative attitude. And you’ll never, ever impress anyone with a negative attitude either. No one is impressed by negativity, trust me. And no one wants to spend much time around negative people either.

There’s an old saying, “Believe you can and you will!

This is true in my experience.

Succeeding at anything requires you to believe in yourself and believe you can achieve anything you set out to achieve.

Yes, you’ll have setbacks. Everyone does. It’s true; it won’t be easy. It never is. And it doesn’t matter what others think. There will always be negative people trying to rain on your parade.

As long as you believe you can and you’re determined and prepared to work hard, almost everything is possible. Other people succeed, and so can you.

So think positively and take every opportunity to reinforce your self-belief.

And take care of your mental well-being too, by avoiding negative people and all the exaggerated scare stories we see and hear constantly in the media.

5. Never fear making mistakes

The problem with classroom learning is that much of it depends on learning facts and figures and regurgitating everything you’ve memorized in an exam. At the end of it all, you get your certificate, diploma, or degree, but what have you learned? Probably not much, I would guess.

Remember this: memorizing is not the same as learning.

The other way we’re often misled when we‘re young is that we’re told that making mistakes is a bad thing. That’s rather sad because it’s not true.

What you will learn from the mistakes you make is far more important to you than anything anyone can tell you in a classroom. You’ll never forget those things you’ve had to learn the hard way.

Life isn’t called the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ for nothing.

If you believe in yourself and your ability to use your judgement and accept that you’ll make mistakes occasionally, then you can cope with just about everything life throws at you.

Just make decisions to the best of your ability and knowledge, and then, if they don’t work out, just look for the lesson and learn it well.

Despite anything people will tell you to the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes because that’s how you gain experience, and that’s how you’ll grow in character. Just don’t make the same mistakes too often.

Making mistakes is how you gain that valuable commodity known as experience, so they’re essential to your personal development.

6. Read more

In the modern age, a good education is essential. That doesn’t mean you must have a formal education, necessarily. Classroom learning doesn’t suit everyone, and there are many ways to learn.

One of the best ways to learn in my experience is to read.

Read all the critically acclaimed novels by the most respected authors. And not just authors from your own country. Read novels from writers around the world. Translations for the best novels are always available in many languages.

Read non-fiction too. The reading of non-fiction is the basis for self-improvement.

If there are subjects that you find interesting, then by reading, you can become an authority on those subjects over time. And becoming an authority is a great way to increase your earning potential.

In my experience, the most successful people are all readers. So make sure you set aside at least 30 minutes each day to read.

Read one book a week, and over the course of a year, you’ll have consumed an enormous amount of knowledge.

And remember, learning is a lifelong process. You must keep learning for as long as you have the energy to pick up a book.

And if personal time pressures limit your ability to consume books, then here are two alternatives to make the process a little bit easier:

     (a) Blinkist:

If you haven’t got enough time to read non-fiction books, you could try Blinkist.

Blinkist is a great way to consume book summaries to get core insights on relevant topics without all the details. And you can read or listen.

So you get all the key ideas from non-fiction bestsellers in minutes, rather than hours or days. And they have a library of over 5,000 non-fiction books

Not only that, Blinkist has teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from popular podcasts too.

So in as little as 15 minutes, you can gain an understanding of the content of a best-selling book or a popular podcast.

Blinkist is self-improvement done the smart way. So, turn your smartphone into a classroom and your commute to work into a learning experience.

Consume one book a day with Blinkist and in one year you’ll have consumed a PhD’s worth of knowledge and made yourself a much more valuable commodity.

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     (b) Audible:

Audible is another great way of consuming books. With Audible, you get the full book, but in audiobook form.

Essentially, Audible is an online audiobook and podcast service that allows users to purchase and stream audiobooks and other forms of spoken word content.

And there’s a FREE 30-day trial offer.

So you can try it for a month and see if you like it, with absolutely no commitment to extend beyond the trial period if it doesn’t suit you.

Listen to the world’s bestselling books and enjoy original podcasts too. You can choose from an incredible selection of Audible originals, podcasts, and audiobooks to download. It’s worth trying, surely?

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Audible is another great way to turn your smartphone into a learning tool and turn your dead time into productive time. In your car and when you’re commuting to work on the bus or train, you can build your knowledge or enjoy bestselling novels in audiobook form.

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7. Write more

As a younger man, I always had a problem with writing. I never quite knew what to say or how to say it.

It left me feeling slightly inadequate and believing that this was just something at which I was very bad.

As I progressed up the career ladder, I struggled with the written word for quite a while. I didn’t realise that my real problem was a lack of practice.

However, I’ve learned over the years that the more I practise writing, the better I get at it. I may not be perfect, but I’m a lot better at it now than I was, that’s for sure.

Being able to express yourself clearly and concisely in writing is an essential skill to develop, and the best way to develop it is to practise, practise and practice some more.

Writing is about communication, and communication is one of the most important skills for you to develop if you have any ambition for getting on in life.

Take every opportunity you have to write. Start a blog, write for a magazine, or write to a pen pal; just do whatever it takes.

The more you write, the better you’ll get, I promise you.

8. Practise public speaking

Speaking in front of a crowd, even a small one, can be daunting, especially for the first time.

However, this is another skill best developed with practice.

It’s also a skill that is essential the higher up the career ladder you progress.

So take every opportunity to practise. Read a lesson at your local church, join the Toastmasters, become an after-dinner speaker, or do whatever you can to get plenty of practice.

It’s another essential skill that is best developed early in life.

9. You’re not your job

advice-for-young-peopleWhenever we meet someone new, we’re often asked what we do for a living.

Our response to that question is that we’re a lawyer, an engineer, an accountant, or whatever. This can lead us to think that our identity is defined by what we do for a living at the present time.

And indeed, other people can often pigeonhole us in their perception of us based on what they think we actually do for a living.

However, we all have many dimensions to our personalities, and we’re not defined by our jobs alone.

I may be an engineer, but I’m also a businessman. Equally, I’m a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend, a blogger, a Samaritan, et cetera.

And I’ve been many things in the past too, including a board director, a student, I’ve worked in retail, I’ve worked in the gaming industry, I was once a school caretaker, I’ve lived and worked in many countries, and so on.

I’m a multidimensional person, and so is everyone else.

We’re the sum of all the things we are, all the things we’ve done, and all the experiences we’ve had.

Our identities are not, and should not, be limited by the job we’re doing at any given time.

10. Learn to manage money

The problem with classroom learning is that very little of what you learn at school, college, or university is of much real use to you once you leave the formal education system.

They teach you about things you’ll never use, and yet they fail to teach you about things that will matter to you in the real world.

Things you’ll never learn at school include:

  • What constitutes a decent income?
  • How to earn a decent income?
  • How to budget to cover your outgoings
  • How to apply for a mortgage
  • What is insurance, what does it cost, and why do you need it?
  • The difference between saving and investing.
  • Asset classes and how to invest?
  • How to build wealth and financial independence.

You must learn how to manage money. And you must learn as much as you can about money as soon as you can.

Being young, it’s very easy for the money coming into your life to disappear as quickly as it arrives. However, I can tell you that mismanaging your money is the way to the poor house. Your primary aim should be learning to manage your money effectively and building wealth.

The building of wealth is the way to financial independence. And once you’re financially independent, you get to choose what you do and when you do it.

11. Know when to walk away

Sometimes things just don’t work out. You try hard to make them work, and you do your very best. However, at some point, you have to recognise that investing any more time and effort into a given activity is simply not the right thing to do.

If something just isn’t working for whatever reason, then it’s better for everyone if you just draw a line under it and move on.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a job or a bad relationship. If it’s making you unhappy, if you just can’t make it work, then you don’t need any other reason to decide that enough is enough.

Yes, your decision may cause some upset at the time, but everyone will be happier in the long term.

Never be afraid to move on when you think it’s necessary.

12. Find a mentor

When you’re young and starting your career, you don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself.

It’s a legitimate strategy to learn as much as you can from the experience of others. I wish I’d found myself a decent mentor early on.

An experienced, non-judgmental, friendly ear with whom problems and their potential solutions can be explored regularly.

Find yourself a decent mentor as quickly as possible.

Having a mentor is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength and a sign that you’re willing and able to learn from others.

Learning is a lifelong process. No one starts as the finished article. And anything you can learn from a wiser, older head can only help you navigate the choppy waters of life and work.

And don’t be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor. If nothing else, they’ll be flattered you asked, and they’ll probably be keener to help you than you might imagine.

13. Trust your instincts

Your gut instinct is a better barometer than you might imagine, too.

If it feels wrong, it usually is wrong. Certainly, it’s likely to be wrong for you.

Then again, regardless of anything negative you’re getting from other people, if your instinct says you can do it, give it a go. Chances are you will succeed.

Your gut instinct is your friend.

14. Rise to the challenge

As we negotiate the stormy road that’s life, the challenges we face can often seem daunting. And we can often wish for something a little easier.

However, by rising to the challenges we face, we grow as people. We learn, and we build experience. And as suggested earlier, experience is a valuable commodity.

If we’re solving the hardest problems, we’ll be stretching ourselves as much as we can.

We add value to others and therefore increase our income by solving problems for them.

If you become the ‘go-to’ person for solving the hardest problems, then you can earn a very good living, I promise you.

Don’t be afraid to tackle the hardest problems. You can only gain from the experience.

15. Nurture your network

There’s an old saying that says, No man is an island. Human beings are social animals, and we need each other. Your network of friends and business contacts is important, and it can be beneficial to you.

However, it’s not about take, take, take.

A network must be nurtured, and you must give before you can reasonably expect to receive. By doing favours occasionally, you’ll always get help when you need it.

So value your network, help people when you can, socialise with people, and take the time to build lasting relationships.

16. Schedule some ‘me time’

Life can be all-consuming if you’re not careful. When you have a demanding job and a family, it can all be quite stressful at times.

You can burn out very quickly if you’re not careful.

Work and family are important, of course, but that shouldn’t mean you damage your health and well-being or your relationship with your family in the process.

So make sure you factor into your schedule a little ‘me time’ regularly. And make time for your loved ones, too.

It’s not just a good idea; it’s essential.

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9 essential life skills and how to master them all

ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLSEssential life skills refer to the abilities and competencies that we all need to navigate everyday life effectively and successfully.

There are many life skills, of course, but today let’s consider nine of those skills that should be a priority in terms of your personal development, dear reader.

Developing strong life skills can help you manage stress, build meaningful relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a happy and productive life.

Essential Life Skills:

So here are my top nine life skills to master, as early as possible: –

1. How to be a self-starter:

To achieve anything in life, motivation is key.

If you want to make the most of your life and your God-given abilities, then it starts with self-motivation.

So, to be a self-starter: –

  1. Set clear goals for yourself: Know what you want out of life and why.
  2. Prioritize your time and energy: You only have so much of both. Make sure those resources are used to pursue your goals.
  3. Seize the initiative: There will always be a constant stream of opportunities there for the taking. But you must grab them yourself.
  4. Be proactive: You need to be fleet-footed. Snooze and you lose, as the saying goes.
  5. Life-long Learning: We add value to others through our knowledge, experience, and expertise. Seek out opportunities for growth and learning, constantly.
  6. Practice self-awareness and emotional intelligence: Know how you come across to others and be sensitive to the needs of others.
  7. Develop good communication skills: Effective communication is necessary if you’re to build strong relationships and make informed decisions.

If you’re adaptable, resilient, and open to continuous improvement, then you can be successful. Other people succeed, so why not you?

2. How to manage time:

Time is your most precious resource and, far too often people squander it.

We all have the same amount of time, 168 hours each week. It’s how we use them that will dictate how successful we are at whatever we choose to do in life.

Managing your time effectively is crucial for your personal productivity and reducing stress.

Here are some tips to help you manage your time better: –

  1. Prioritize tasks based on their importance and deadlines.
  2. Create a schedule and stick to it.
  3. Make ‘TO-DO’ lists.
  4. Avoid procrastination by breaking down large tasks into smaller ones.
  5. Take regular breaks to avoid burnout.
  6. Learn to say no to non-essential tasks.

Remember: the most powerful time management tool is the word NO.

You don’t have to be impolite. You can just say something like, “I’d really love to help you, but I have this complete by 5 p.m.”

It’s your time, you decide how it’s best used to deliver on your goals and commitments.

Time management is a skill that can be developed with practice and patience.

Try these tips and find what works best for you.

Here are two other time management resources that you might find useful: –

3. How to get organized:

If you’re going to manage your time effectively, then you’ll need to be organised.

So, here are some tips on how to become better organised: –

  1. Declutter your space: You can’t work effectively in a cluttered space. So, get rid of anything you don’t use or need. If it doesn’t have a specific function, get rid of it.
  2. Create a schedule: Plan out your day, week, or month and stick to it.
  3. Set goals: Write down what you want to accomplish and break them down into smaller, achievable steps.
  4. Use a planner or calendar: Record important dates, deadlines, and appointments.
  5. Prioritize tasks: Focus on the most important tasks and tackle them first.
  6. Make “TO-DO’ lists: List tasks in order of priority and tick them off as they’re completed.
  7. Avoid multitasking: Multitasking can be counterproductive. Focus on a specific task, get it done and then move on to the next task. That way each task will be completed to the best of your ability.
  8. Delegate tasks: You don’t have to do everything yourself. If you’re able to delegate then focus on those tasks which only you can do, and delegate everything else.
  9. Establish a routine: That way you’ll get used to doing things without the need to think it all through first.

Remember, becoming more organised takes time, discipline, effort, and practice.

However, if you’re persistent and consistent, you will become very organised and productive.

4. How to manage money:

For managing your money effectively, these are my essential tips: –

  1. Set financial goals,
  2. Create a budget,
  3. Track your expenses,
  4. Prioritize needs over wants,
  5. Save for emergencies,
  6. Invest wisely, and
  7. Avoid high-interest, unsecured debt.

Assuming you have a limited income, you must spend your money wisely.

Your priorities must always be providing a roof over your head, and putting food on the table. And paying all your regular bills, of course.

Never, ever buy discretionary items using unsecured debt like credit cards, Klarna, or hire purchase arrangements. The interest rates are always astronomically high and the debt burden can rise quicker than your ability to repay it.

Follow these steps, and you will be able to manage your finances effectively and achieve your financial goals.

Other resources about money that you might find useful are: –

5. How to spend wisely:

This is closely related to managing your money, of course.

If your aim is to spend wisely, then there are five questions you should ask yourself before making any purchase. These are as follows: –

  1. Do I really need it?
  2. Will I really use it?
  3. Can I really afford it?
  4. If I didn’t have it, would it really matter?
  5. Does it represent good value for money?

If you answer ‘No’ to the first four questions, the fifth question is irrelevant.

A negative on all or even most of the first four questions means, don’t buy the item. Simple!

And even if you do think you need it, never buy anything if you do not have the money to pay for the item right now. Never, ever incur debt for anything you can live without.

It’s better to do without than to run up debt on a credit card to pay for discretionary purchases.

And never, ever overpay for anything. Overpaying means the price is inconsistent with the value on offer.

Hopefully, this will logically flow from above but, avoid impulse buys. Think twice before making purchases, especially on high-cost items.

And, of course, shop around. Compare prices and look for deals to get the best value for your money.

Though it might run counter to modern thinking, use cash wherever possible. Using cash instead of credit cards can help you stick to your budget and avoid overspending.

Remember: spending wisely is all about being mindful of what you are spending and why.

6. How to find a job:

Here are some tips on how to find a job:

  1. Compile an inventory of the skills, knowledge and experience you have to offer.
  2. Define your job search goals and prioritize your objectives.
  3. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills, knowledge and experience.
  4. Network with professionals in your industry and attend job fairs and networking events.
  5. Utilize job search websites and job boards to find open positions that match what you have to offer and what you’re looking for.
  6. Practice your interviewing skills and be prepared to showcase your qualifications. See 6 TOP JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU PREPARE for typical questions for which you should be very well-prepared.

Remember, finding a job takes time and effort, but with persistence and preparation, you can land your dream job.

Here are three other job search resources that you might find useful: –

7. How to deal with failure:

Firstly, you need to put failure into perspective. Failure is not a person. Put simply, failure is just an outcome you didn’t want.

Everyone fails occasionally. That’s how we learn and that’s how we gain that valuable commodity known as experience.

Failure is a natural part of life and valuable, so embrace it to learn the lessons it provides. To put it another way, learn the lessons and then move on.

Here are some coping strategies to help you deal with failure: –

  1. Accept that you didn’t get the outcome you wanted.
  2. Practice self-compassion and acknowledge your emotions.
  3. Reflect on the experience and identify what went wrong.
  4. Set realistic goals and break them down into smaller, achievable steps.
  5. Seek support from friends, family, or a mentor.
  6. Take a break and engage in activities that bring you joy and help you relax.
  7. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re as good as anyone.
  8. Try again; this time applying the lessons you’ve learned.

Remember, failure is not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow, and with time and effort, you can bounce back stronger.

There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes. Everyone does sometimes. Just don’t make a habit of making the same mistakes too often.

And here’s another resource on the subject of failure: –

8. How to stand up for yourself:

If you don’t stand up for yourself, it’s unlikely that anyone else will.

You don’t have to accept the unacceptable.

That doesn’t mean you have to be aggressive. You just must be willing to push back, politely but firmly, and look after your own interests.

When it comes to standing up for yourself, there are three things to keep in mind.

  1. Be assertive and clear about your needs and feelings. This can involve using “I” statements, such as “I feel upset when you do X, can you please not do that?
  2. Be respectful and open to other perspectives, as standing up for yourself doesn’t mean being aggressive or dismissive of others.
  3. Be consistent in standing up for yourself so that others know what to expect from you.

It is a fact that you’ll get far more respect from other people if you stand up for yourself. No one respects a doormat.

Though it can seem hard at times, if you’re persistent and you make it your modus operandi, eventually it will come naturally to you.

9. How to talk to strangers:

Essential Life SkillsDuring our working lives, and indeed our social lives, we all must engage with random people we do not know.

It can seem intimidating sometimes to engage with people we don’t really know.

However, the trick is to take a genuine interest in people.

Everyone likes to feel that others are interested in what they have to say.

Here are my top tips to help you start a conversation with a stranger: –

  1. Start with a friendly greeting, such as “Hi, how are you?
  2. Ask questions, “Do you work for the host, or are you a visitor like me?”
  3. If you know their name, even if just because it’s on a name badge, use it. Everyone likes to hear others saying their name. “Oh, hello Bill. That’s an impressive camera you have there.
  4. Find a common ground, such as a shared interest, occupation, or location.
  5. Use open-ended questions to encourage the other person to speak. For instance, “What were you hoping to gain from attending this conference, Joan?
  6. Be respectful and considerate of the other person’s feelings and boundaries.

Remember; they feel slightly intimidated and uncomfortable too. We all feel a little vulnerable in such situations.

Talking to strangers can be uncomfortable at first, but it’s also a great way to expand your social circle and make new friends and business contacts.

Never be afraid to approach someone, engage positively, and introduce yourself.

And if you are in business, exchange business cards.

You never know when a new business contact may prove very useful to you.

Conclusion:

To succeed, you’ll need to be a self-starter. You’ll need to manage your time effectively. Being well organized is another prerequisite for being successful too.

If achieving financial freedom is your aim, then you’ll need to manage your money. That starts with learning to spend wisely.

And if you want money, you’ll need the ability to find a job. Finding a job means you must learn to deal with failure. And you must learn to stand up for yourself too.

Another essential skill is communication. And you’ll develop effective communication skills if you can learn to talk to strangers.

All of these skills can be mastered effectively, and people do. So can you. Good luck.

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Public Speaking: The Power of the Pause

Public SpeakingToday I offer you a tip for public speaking: the power of the pause. This is a great tip from Brian Tracy.

If your aim is to be successful then mastering the art of public speaking is an essential skill you must develop.

If you’re a successful, high-profile individual you can’t avoid speaking in public, at least occasionally. However much you might try to resist it I’m afraid it’s like trying to hold back the tide. It can’t be done.

However, I recognize that public speaking can be a bit daunting even for people who are otherwise quite confident.

So if you lack confidence in this area then don’t worry. You’re not alone I promise you. Most people feel just like you do when they find themselves standing in front of a crowd faced with the expectation that they’ll be able to say something meaningful and present it in an interesting and engaging way too.

The key to being interesting is developing your public speaking technique. The more you practice and build your technique the more confident you’ll feel when you step up to the lectern.

One way to improve your public speaking technique is to learn from some of the best speakers and copy what they do. And Brian Tracy is an excellent speaker worthy of study. Personally, I find him both interesting and inspiring.

So if Brian has something to say then listening to him is worthy of your time I believe.

In the short but excellent video embedded with this post, Brian Tracy offers some useful advice on the subject of public speaking. In particular, using the power of a pause to emphasize or reinforce a point being made.

An important element of public speaking is making sure that the underlying messages resonate with your audience. If they take away three or four powerful messages then you’ll have done your job and done it well.

If you want to improve your public speaking skills, I recommend you watch this video.

You’ll learn some helpful tips, as well as one of the little-known secrets used by top public speakers.

Once again I must say, Brian’s short video is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Public Speaking: The Power of the Pause

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How to spot a liar and be your own lie detector

how to spot a liarIntroduction:

Liar, Liar pants on fire” as the old saying goes but how to spot a liar in any situation? If only it was so easy to spot a liar, simply by looking at whether his or her pants were actually on fire.

Unfortunately, that’s not really the way life works is it?

And handy as it might be to carry around a lie detector at all times, well that wouldn’t be very practical either, would it? Well, not a lie detector of the physical variety anyway.

So what’s the next best thing?

The next best thing would be if we could become our own lie detector, surely?

However, would that be possible?

The answer is yes. With a little effort, it’s possible to develop the skills to spot a liar. You just need to think about the signs.

Become a lie detector:

Now, this is really important because we live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded with fake news, weasel words, half-truths, untruths and outright lies.

Politicians are definitely the worst culprits but just about everyone in life tells the occasional lie when they feel it’s necessary.

That’s human nature, of course. This means we must learn the skills that will allow us to judge whether what we are being told is the truth or a lie at any given time.

How to spot a liar:

So how do you spot a liar?

Essentially it’s all about looking for clues.

Those little signs will reveal whether what we’re being told is likely to be true or not. A lie detector looks for clues and we can too.

In the TED Talk video embedded here, Pamela Meyer offers her observations on the signs or clues to watch out for to see if someone is lying to you.

I must say that I found this video both useful and interesting and it’s definitely worth a few moments of your time.

The ability to spot lies is a powerful skill which everyone can develop.

You can become your own lie detector and it’s worth the effort.

If you can only work on developing one skill then lie spotting would be a good one I think.

Recommended books:

If the video whetted your appetite for developing your lie detector skills then you might consider adding some books to your personal reference library.

A good start would be Pamela Meyer’s own book Liespotting.

However, there are a couple more I can recommend too. My Top 3 are:-

  1. Liespotting by Pamela Meyer
  2. How To Spot A Liar: Why People Don’t Tell the Truth and How You Can Catch Them by Gregory Hartley
  3. 100 Ingenious Ways To Detect Lies: How To Spot A Liar Like A Pro by W. Kenn

Click on the links above and take a quick look at them.

You’ll not lose anything just by checking them out. So do it now whilst it’s all fresh in your mind.

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