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Real English Learning | The Effortless English Show

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:04:54 +0000

Have you ever heard of an abstraction? This is probably a new word to you but the meaning is not new to you at all. An abstraction is an idea but not the actual thing. Learning English can sometimes be an abstraction.

When you go to a restaurant, you look at the menu, it's a piece of paper. It's what we call an abstraction. It's not anything you would eat. It's just words on a page. You can read the menu. When you read the menu, you'll get some ideas in your mind about what the dish will be, how it might taste, how it might smell. But that's not real, you're just imagining. It's all in your head, it's all an abstraction. You can't eat the menu. You can try, but you'd only be eating paper. You would get no taste or smell or nutrition from eating the menu. The menu is an abstraction, the meal is the real thing. The meal is the real life. And no matter how good the menu is, even if the description's amazing, it will never really give you the experience of eating the actual food.

You need real world English, that's why I do this podcast. In my podcast, I don't talk about grammar rules. I talk about real life topics. Real world English. In this latest podcast, I talk about a book right now that I enjoy, "Dumbing Us Down". I talk about life strategies that I think might be useful or helpful to you. I talk in a very normal, real world, conversational way. I do this because you need real world English - real English learning! You don't need grammar rules, vocabulary lists, et cetera.

Please join me as I discuss the importance of emphasizing word endings, new books I am reading and more about abstractions!

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Independent English Learning | The Effortless English Show

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:21:14 +0000

Did you know that you can take six, seven or even eight years of English class and still not know how to speak English? So what are you learning in English class? You are learning how to follow the rules and do what you are supposed to do. But when you get out of class, you no longer have someone telling you how to study English. You no longer have someone telling you to take a test, study, practice your English.

I'm not here to tell you exactly what to do. I am not your boss. I don't want to be your boss. I want to be your friend. I want to be your guide. Your coach, your coach who encourages you to be a great performer. Your coach who encourages you, motivates you, to be stronger, to be an independent learner, to have success independently, to get what you want from life, not what I want you, for you.

One of our important values in Effortless English is self-reliance. Self-reliance. It's an important value. It means, basically, trust yourself. Trust, believe that you are smart enough. You are good enough. You can make your own decisions. You are your own boss. You are the boss of your learning. You are the boss of your life. Not me. Not some other teacher.

In this episode of the Effortless English Show, I share with you easy ways to improve your English reading and English speaking. I share with you the types of books you can read and techniques you can incorporate to improve your English. Most importantly I share with ways to take your power back and have the confidence to know you have what it takes to speak and read English fluently!!

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Play Acting for Better Pronunciation

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:08:00 +0000

Do you understand and speak English but have a hard time being understood? Are you fluent in English and have perfect grammar but your pronunciation is bad? Did you know there's a psychological importance for pronunciation? People will respect you more, automatically, unconsciously, when your pronunciation is clear.

Is this fair? No, it's not fair, I know. If your pronunciation is bad, peoplemay not respect you as much. They may see you more like a child, and will react to you more like a child with less respect. I know it's not fair, but this is reality, this is the real world. On the other hand, when you have very good pronunciation with your English, when people listen to you, when you talk to other people, especially native speakers, Americans, Canadians, British, Australian, when your pronunciation is very good, they respect you more, and they also accept you more quickly and more easily. Fair or not fair, this is reality and so pronunciation is also very important for these reasons.

In this audio, I share with you a very simple but effective technique for improving your English pronunciation. If you follow me on Twitter and YouTube you know that I like to use movies to help you learn English. In this blog, we use imitation but I share with you a secret for quickly improving your pronunciation - and it's fun! In each blog, I also share a Twitter question. If you would like to submit a question to me via Twitter, please follow me @AJHoge.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:02:07 +0000

When we practice the attitude of gratitude, we can appreciate how far we have come in life. Do you feel frustrated when trying to speak English? Do you compare yourself to others? Practicing the attitude of gratitude can bring you back to a place of appreciation. Appreciation that you are able to read English, speak English and are making great progress in speaking English fluently. In this Effortless English Show, AJ teaches you how   an attitude of gratitude can allow you to relax and have fun while speaking English. For a free transcript of this audio, please visit the Effortless English Club Blog

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Learn English Over 50

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:32:06 +0000

Learn English Over 50 Years Of Age.  Can you learn to speak English fluently when you are 50 years old or older?  Is it possible to learn quickly over 50?

The short answer is Yes!  In fact, in this podcast, AJ says that learners over 50 have many advantages!

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Kenny Peavy

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:23:07 +0000

AJ interviews his friend Kenny Peavy about his new book "Young Homeless Professional".  AJ and Kenny discuss their experiences living in cars in Athens, Georgia.  Topics include: voluntary simplicity, economic freedom, non-conformity, and Henry David Thoreau.

Kenny Peavy is now an outdoor education consultant.  He helps schools develop powerful real-world science programs that get kids out of the classroom. 

AJ and Kenny have been friends for many years. 

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Decisions Change Your Life

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Decisions are the key to changing your life completely.  Decisions are power.  One decision can transform your life.  Which decisions will help you achieve success with English speaking?  How do you make great decisions to get the results you want?  Why are decisions so powerful?  In this Effortless English Show, AJ teaches you the power of decisions!

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Great Teachers and Tutors

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:10:07 +0000

How do you find a great English teacher, tutor, or school?  How do you find a great English conversation partner? What kind of person will help you succeed? In this Effortless English Show, AJ tells you how to shop for a great teacher.  He discusses the most important qualities of a tutor and how to choose the very best one for you.

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Boldly Go and Learn

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:21:43 +0000

Boldly Go Forward as you learn English and improve your communication.  The most powerful "secret" to learning English is how to change your attitude.  In this Show, AJ shares the secret of his most successful students and tells you how to do exactly what they do.

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Danger, Fear, and Initiative

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:14:37 +0000

AJ talks about your fear of being judged and how it can cause problems with your English fluency.  He begins with a dangerous and scary story about his first trip to India.

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Unexpected Challenges

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:37:54 +0000

In English learning, you are going to encounter unexpected challenges.  This is the case even when you use the Effortless English system.  When these problems arise, how do you solve them?  How can you continue moving forward? AJ Hoge tells you how.

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Flexibility and Fun

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:32:12 +0000

In this Show, AJ Hoge tells you how to be more effective in your daily English studies.

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Correcting Your Errors

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:36:05 +0000

How can you improve your English errors?  What's the worst thing that you must avoid?  What are the best ways to improve spoken grammar correctness and pronunciation?  AJ teaches you all of this and more in this Effortless English Show.

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Audiobooks and Books

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:46:04 +0000

English textbooks are boring.  We all agree.  So what should you read and how– in order to improve your vocabulary, speaking, and pronunciation faster?  In this video, AJ Hoge tells you which books to read and how to use audiobooks for the fastest improvement.

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Sacrifice, Risk, and Success

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:07:16 +0000

A.J. Hoge, host of The Effortless English Show, discussed the necessity of sacrifice and risk in order to achieve success with English or anything else in life.

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How To Learn Effortlessly

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:09:25 +0000

How do you learn effortlessly?  How can you train to speak English effortlessly?  What does "effortless" mean exactly?  A.J. discusses effortless effort and how to achieve it.

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Learning Momentum and Inertia

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:00:51 +0000

How do you guarantee constant and never-ending improvement of your English? What should you do when you get too busy to study English? How do you ensure faster progress? AJ answers these question and more in the latest Effortless English Show. AJ Hoge is the author of “Effortless English: Learn To Speak Like A Native”.

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Choosing An English School or Class

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:49:48 +0000

How to choose an English class or school in your hometown.  What is the purpose of an English school?  What should you look for when choosing an English class?  Do you need to attend a class at all?  AJ gives you advice for choosing the best possible class.

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Low Motivation Solution

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:12:00 +0000

Have you ever lost your motivation to study English? What should you do when you don't want to study? AJ discusses the solution to recovering your motivation for English.

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Fear Of Mistakes

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:12:48 +0000

What causes nervousness when speaking?  The main cause is the fear of mistakes.  The fear of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation mistakes paralyzes many English speakers.  AJ talks about this fear and its root cause.

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English Frustrations and Challenges

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:42:23 +0000

What can you do if you lose your motivation for learning English? How can you handle frustrations with your learning? In this episode, AJ discusses methods for staying motivated and handling the doubts and difficulties that come with English.

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Dating and Friendships with Americans

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:57:37 +0000

How do you make friends with Americans and other English speakers? What’s it like to date someone who speaks another language? How will friendships improve your speaking, including your pronunciation? What must you focus on when you talk to native speakers? AJ talks with Gabby and Lindsay, from All Ears English, about these topics and more on this week’s Effortless English Show!

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How To Create Confidence

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:37:56 +0000

How do you create confidence when speaking English? How do you overcome fear and nervousness? AJ talks about the mental and physical aspects of fear and how to handle them. He discusses how to train yourself to speak more confidently.

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The Silent Period and Listening

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 19:46:15 +0000

Why should you avoid speaking English for several months? What are the advantages of a “silent period”? How long should you focus on just listening? Listening is the key to English speaking mastery. AJ discusses listening and the “silent period” with David Long of Automatic Language Growth on this week’s Effortless English Show!

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Using Stories To Learn English

Mon, 26 May 2014 21:04:36 +0000

Why you must use stories to learn English.  AJ discusses learning with stories with Blaine Ray, creator of the TPRS method. 

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English Public Speaking

Sun, 18 May 2014 18:52:27 +0000

How can you give great speeches? What are the secrets to great presentations? Why is public speaking important for your career? Public speaking is tough for most people. It is especially difficult when English is not your native language. AJ discusses the importance of public speaking and how to be a great speaker!

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Vocabulary: Active and Passive and Learning Faster

Sun, 11 May 2014 18:19:51 +0000

How do you learn vocabulary faster and remember it longer? What is the difference between active vocabulary and passive vocabulary and why is it important? Why are emotions and context vital for learning vocabulary? AJ answers these questions and more in this episode of The Effortless English Show.

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Secrets To Effortless Language Learning

Mon, 05 May 2014 01:30:49 +0000

What is the number one secret to effortless language learning? AJ and Steve Kaufman discuss.

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Improve English Writing and Reading

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:56:06 +0000

How to improve your English writing?  How to be a better reader?  AJ discusses these topics with author Teresa Snyder.  He also answers your questions.

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Idioms, Slang, Pronunciation and Real English

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:17:49 +0000

Real English, idioms, slang and USA culture are the topics AJ discusses with guest Kristin Dodds of on today’s Effortless English Show! Kristin is a co-founder of Learn Real English, which teaches the everyday English conversation not taught in textbooks and schools. AJ and Kristin also discuss the connection between culture, idioms and slang.

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Episode 12: Mistakes When Speaking, Guest: Georgiana

Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:24:10 +0000

AJ and VIP member Georgiana discuss making mistakes when speaking English and how to communicate powerfully.  Video:


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The Effortless English Show, Episode 11

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:44:15 +0000

AJ teaches you how to become a better writer in English. He discusses both reading and writing and how to improve in each. 

AJ Hoge is known as the highest paid and most passionate English coach in the world.  He creates powerful English speakers who become successful international leaders; without using boring grammar books, textbooks, or old school methods.

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The Effortless English Show, Birthday Episode 10

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:23:53 +0000

The Effortless English Show with AJ Hoge.  In this special birthday episode, AJ discusses gratitude and how it creates abundance in our lives.  Watch the video recording here:

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The Effortless English Show, Episode 9

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:15:43 +0000

AJ talks about English speaking in nervous situations, the power of reading, and how to learn and use American idioms.  Video available here:

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The Effortless English Show, Episode 8

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:00:51 +0000

Charlie from France is AJ's guest on the show.  He tells AJ how he learned to speak English.  Learn from the guests on the show and use their strategies in your own English learning.

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The Effortless English Show, Episode 7

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:16:25 +0000

AJ discusses the success strategy of "modeling" and welcomes Effortless English member (and Spanish teacher) Oscar Pellus.

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The Effortless English Show, Episode 5

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:31:32 +0000  In episode 5 of The Effortless English Show, AJ answers crew questions for over an hour.  He also discusses some new ideas for courses and programs.

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The Effortless English Show, Episode 4

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:20:10 +0000  AJ Hoge welcomes guest Baerbel from Germany.  He also talks about a variety of topics related to Effortless English, Grizzly bears, being an exchange student, and much more. 

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The Effortless English Show, Season 1, Episode 3

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:06:04 +0000  The Effortless English Show With AJ Hoge, episode 3.  AJ welcomes two special guests:  VIP member Julia from Italy, and George Hoge from Business English Conversations. 

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The Effortless English Show With AJ Hoge, Episode 2

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:23:48 +0000  The second episode of the first season of The Effortless English Show. 

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The Effortless English Show With AJ Hoge, Episode 1

Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:33:29 +0000  After some audio problems, the first Effortless English Show begins!  AJ discusses English learning, Effortless Englsih news, success stories, and answers fans questions. 

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Babies Know Best

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 03:25:07 +0000  Babies know how to learn English.  They do it perfectly!  We can learn a lot about speaking Engish perfectly from babies.  In this audio I discuss how babies learn English and how you can copy some of their best methods.

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English Presentations Conversation

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:10:59 +0000  AJ and Aaron talk about English presentations.  They discuss the big challenge of fear.  Giving a presentation to a group makes many people nervous and aftraid.  This is the biggest challenge of any presetnation-- dealing with the fear.

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Effortless Englsih Teleseminar June 2013

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 01:33:20 +0000 Listen to the replay of the Live Effortless English Teleseminar from June, 2013.  A.J talks about the Effortless English Engine, and answers callers questions.  Topics include vocabulary, slang, and motivation. 

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Business Action Certainty Meditation

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:28:53 +0000  Another Business English meditation.  Relax and enjoy!

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Public Speaking Meditation

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:16:11 +0000  A guided meditation for more success with public speaking.

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Business Freedom Meditation

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:11:40 +0000  Business Freedom meditation.  Listen in quiet room and turn off the lights.  Relax and enjoy!

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Barcelona May 18 Rally

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:42:52 +0000  Join us at the LIVE Effortless English Event in Barcelona, Spain.  Get your tickets on our registration page:

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From Nervousness to Speaking Power

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:02:00 +0000

Speak English with Power and Confidence by learning to use emotions in a way that will Improve Your English Speaking.

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English Feelings Not English Linguistics

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:20:12 +0000  English grammar will NEVER teach you to speak excellent English.  You must focus on something else to speak English powerfully.

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Business English Audio 1

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Business English success requires you to focus mostly on Business, not on English.

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It's My Life English Lesson

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 02:59:34 +0000

An English Lesson for Bon Jovi's song "It's My Life".  Learn the meaning of the words, then sing them with pride and passion!

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English Coaches

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 07:34:11 +0000 Download the text of the Effortless English Newsletter.  Improve your English speaking and listening.

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English Is a Sport

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 05:30:55 +0000 Text Newsletter for Audio.

You must practice English as you would practice a sport... not study it like an academic school subject!

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The English Speaking Engine

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000

Get the free picture at:  Use the Engine of English Speaking to speak excellent English. 

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Strange Brains for English

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:35:23 +0000 How can strangeness help you learn English?  AJ discusses why strangeness and emotion are important for English learning. 

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Teaching Pioneer James Asher

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:33:00 +0000

Dr. James Asher is a pioneer in the language teaching field.  In this podcast I discuss his unique ideas and research.

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Effortless English VIP Teleseminar March 9, 2012

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:00:00 +0000

A Teleseminar with the Effortless English VIP members.  AJ answers questions from VIP members.  He discusses English fluency, vocabulary, and writing.  AJ also discusses upcoming improvements to the VIP program.

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Pronunciation, Culture and Identity

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:31:42 +0000

There is a surprising link between Culture, Identity and Pronunciation.  Learn the deep secret to improving your spoken English pronunciation.

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Podcast Returns

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 23:16:14 +0000

The Effortless English Podcast is back! 

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Rule 7 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:19:36 +0000

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Rule 6 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:14:24 +0000

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Rule 5 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:10:34 +0000

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Rule 4 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:07:50 +0000

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Rule 3 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:53:28 +0000

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Rule 2 for Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:39:53 +0000

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Rule 1 For Effortless English Speaking

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:35:10 +0000

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Revolution Leadership

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 01:31:54 +0000

This is a follow-up commentary to comments from an Iranian member.  I discuss how to use Emotional Power in leadership situations.

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VIP Tele-Seminar Emotional Power

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 21:54:24 +0000

This call-in teleseminar for VIP members discusses a technique to help you increase your emotional power.

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The Villains

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:39:40 +0000

Who are the villains in education?  Listen and find out!

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Something Wrong in Japan

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:24:00 +0000

A story from my early teaching days... about why I decided to create a new teaching system.

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The Code

Sat, 24 Oct 2009 18:40:00 +0000

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Tony & Frank 3

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:55:00 +0000

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Tony & Frank 2

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 02:41:00 +0000

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Short Presentation

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:49:00 +0000

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Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:59:00 +0000

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Introduction To Effortless English

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:54:00 +0000

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Rule 1 Video

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 01:50:00 +0000

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More Ninja Teacher

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 03:02:00 +0000

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Crazy Guy!

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:21:00 +0000

This picture always makes me laugh and cheers me up!!!

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Role Models

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:44:00 +0000

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