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Meet RR Haywood – The Bestselling Indie Author Fighting Back Against AI

RR Haywood is one of Britain’s bestselling independent authors and a passionate champion of self-publishing. But recently a threat greater than the zombie pandemic in his hugely successful The Undead series is giving him cause for concern: AI. Fearing that indie authors could become extinct in the face of bot-built books churned out by unscrupulous hustlers, he is fighting back with NO-AI.

Within just over a decade, RR Haywood has gone from aspiring writer to one of the UK’s most successful indie authors.

He’s amassed more than four million sales to date, is a Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and is the creative mind behind Britain’s bestselling horror book series – The Undead.

With more than 40 books to his name, nearly 30 of which are Kindle and Audible bestsellers, and a screen adaptation of The Undead in the works, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Haywood is looking confidently to the next 10 years of his career.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. He genuinely fears that within as little as five years he — along with all other self-published authors — could well be “extinct”, muscled out of the market by a competitor that only a few years ago Haywood was happily writing about in his sci-fi smash, DELIO.

Now, though, DELIO’s big bad — artificial intelligence — doesn’t seem quite so fictional.

Sure, AI’s not self-aware (yet), and hasn’t expressed any interest in taking over the planet, but it doesn’t need to. The likes of Chat GPT are already sophisticated enough to turn the literary world upside down if used irresponsibly, and Haywood says he is already seeing the repercussions.

He says that Amazon, the go-to publishing and sales platform for indie authors, is being increasingly flooded with thousands of AI-generated books, dashed out by “unscrupulous hustlers” at the touch of a button.

And this is a battle of quantity, not quality.. They may not be great reads but with most bot-made books costing less to buy than titles by flesh-and-blood authors, and few indicating their AI origins, they pose an “existential threat” to DIY authors, who increasingly stand little chance of recouping their money, let alone turning a profit.

“On average, it costs someone a minimum of a few thousand pounds to self-publish when you take all the things required — professional editing, cover design, proofing, and formatting— into consideration,” explains Haywood. 

“And that doesn’t factor in the author’s time actually writing the book, which can take several months.

“Every book  published is, in fact, a record of the author’s blood, sweat, and tears, but the opportunity for all that hard work and financial investment to pay off is becoming slimmer all the time.

“AI software is now at the point that anyone can churn out books without any real talent or care, and unscrupulous hustlers have seized on this in a bid to cash in.

“Consumers are already struggling to identify what’s real from what’s not, and with thousands of new AI-generated books hitting Amazon and other sales platforms every week, the problem is only getting worse.

“Should this continue, all self-published authors will take a big financial hit while many will almost have no hope of ever breaking even or being able to write for a living.

“This may sound apocalyptic but we could see the extinction of independent authors within five years, which would be a terrible loss when you consider how entertaining, rewarding and breathtakingly bold and original self-published books can be.”

Within a decade, RR Haywood has established himself as one of the UK’s bestselling indie authors, with fans around the world clamouring for the latest entries into his The Undead series and other works.

The prospect of tomorrow’s talented indie authors never being able to break away from the nine to five is particularly galling to Haywood, who was able to retire from his career as a policeman in 2019 after almost two decades in service.

A voracious reader since childhood, especially works of horror and science-fiction, he had long dreamed of becoming an author but for many years thought it was a world “not for the likes of me”.

“The traditional idea of an ‘author’, certainly among mainstream publishers, was and still remains to a large degree someone from a middle-class background, with a university education and most likely an expensive creative writing course or two under their belt.

“That’s why the rise of self-publishing was a godsend. It finally took the keys away from publishers and meant that anyone stood a chance of making it.

“I decided to take the plunge after reading an amazing self-published novel bought off Amazon called Three Feet Of Sky by Stephen Ayres.

“There was no shortage of ideas for stories in my head so I thought I’d give it a go, teaching myself not only the mechanics of book publishing but also the nuts and bolts of writing at the same time.”

His first published book, Undead Day One, was by his own admission “as rough in the middle as around the edges”, but with each successive instalment, Haywood continued to hone his writing skills and build his audience.

He then collected the first seven books together in The Undead: The First Seven Days, which gradually took off, leading Haywood to secure a three-book deal with publisher 47North for his Extracted trilogy, which went on to become a global bestseller.

But while he has continued to release select new books through traditional publishers, his signature series, The Undead, has always remained self-published.

“I’ve always intended to keep self-publishing The Undead,” says Haywood. “Frankly, I love the total creative freedom that indie publishing gives me, along with the immediacy of connecting with readers.”

But his experiences with the latest eight novellas in The Undead series, collectively falling under the umbrella of ‘Series Five: The Rain’, have for the first time led him to question the long-term viability of self-publishing.

Each of the new books has gone on to top the Amazon charts upon release but Haywood says that he and other indie authors have experienced significant publishing delays via Amazon, which he attributes to a “flood of AI books clogging up the system”.

This, he adds, has “served as an early wake-up call” about the disruptive effect of AI.

And because bot-made books are exclusively sold online, it is a problem primarily facing indie authors. Writers whose books are released through mainstream publishers will be less affected as their titles are also sold in book shops and other brick-and-mortar retailers.

Haywood has joined a growing list of creatives who are calling for government and corporate intervention to help level the playing field against AI.

In the meantime, however, he has taken things into his own hands, creating the world’s first stamp of authenticity to show that a book has been written by a human and not by AI.

The ‘NO-AI label, an acronym for ‘Naturally Original – Authentically Invented’, now features on the covers of all Haywood’s books.

Bestselling indie author RR Haywood fears that left unchallenged, a flood of AI-created books could drive self-published authors to extinction within five years. In response, he has created the NO-AI label to make clear to readers that his books are written by a human, not machine. 

He has also made the label freely available on his website as a download for other authors and publishers to use.

“The NO-AI label is a line in the sand being drawn by genuine authors against the AI-exploiting hustlers,” he says.

“There’s strength in numbers. The more who use it on their books, the easier it will be for readers to instantly distinguish real from artificial.

“And that’s key because who willingly wants to read a story crafted by a computer, lacking the soul that authors pour into each and every book?

“I don’t think my readers have ever had any doubts that the gritty, darkly humorous, and character-driven fiction that’s become my signature is written by anyone or anything other than me!

“But all the same, the NO-AI label only makes this clearer and I’m thrilled that it’s really taken off, with over a thousand downloads already..

“It makes me feel justified in fighting back but, more than that, it makes me feel hopeful again for the future of independent publishing, the place I came from and where I’m proud to remain.”

RR Haywood’s books, including The Undead, are available on Amazon For more information, visit www.rrhaywood.com or follow RR Haywood on Twitter or Facebook.

Your Path to Natural Health: Expert Tips for Total Wellness

Embark on a journey to total wellness with expert tips from natural health advocate Tony Brown. This guide will provide you with a deeper understanding of how your body naturally heals and maintains health. By exploring the science behind natural healing, you’ll discover methods to support your body’s regenerative processes. Learn how proper nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management play crucial roles in enhancing your overall well-being. You’ll also uncover the benefits of alternative therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Red Light Therapy and Bioresonance.. Tony Brown’s tips are designed to empower you to take control of your health in a holistic manner. As you implement these strategies, you’ll begin to see improvements in both your physical and mental health. This journey will help you achieve your personal health goals and maintain a balanced, vibrant life.

How did your childhood experiences shape your views on natural health therapies?

My first memories are of sunny days, and fields of daffodils, tulips and crocuses. I grew up on a flower nursery listening to bees buzzing around the flowers. The main road was a long way away and there was no traffic to be heard. I lived in a prefab with a railway cutting behind it where steam trains still ran. I grew up in largely natural surroundings undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of everyday life to which most are subjected.

My birth mother in contrast was a psychiatric nurse who worked in what used to be called an asylum in the 1960’s. On several occasions when I went to see where she worked, I would see people in a catatonic state, talking to themselves, or screaming. Those who screamed were further medicated to ‘calm them down’ or ‘keep them quiet’. She was a firm believer in ‘taking the medicine’.

What inspired you to pursue natural health therapies despite facing significant challenges in your life?

For many years I just kept taking whatever medication I was prescribed without question. It started with anti-depressants at the age of 15, going on to painkillers, and pills for a prostate issue. I was told I would have to take these forever. At. My lowest point I was taking 24 pills a day. I did not realise that these had a detrimental effect on my stomach and digestion. They upset my microbiome to such an extent that I had to take further pills for an increasingly poorly functioning gut, and that these also had an adverse effect.

Nothing seemed to help, in fact, I was becoming sicker. A coach I had at the time advised me to see a kinesiologist. This is someone who practises ‘muscle-testing’ to determine exactly what my body did and didn’t need. He concluded that my body did not like any of the drugs and advised me to give them up. (DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT MEDICAL ADVICE)

I shook and sweated for 2 months before getting some colonic irrigation to wash the years of medication out of my system. I was then introduced to Bioresonance which fixed my back and prostate issue.

How did your upbringing influence your educational journey and eventual career path?

Growing up witnessing my parents’ unhappy marriage turned me into a carer and listener from an early age. At the age of 10, my best friend’s mother told me that she had an affair and that is why they were moving away. This was the 1960’s and it seemed to my young mind to be happening a lot as attitudes towards marriage and divorce changed. This led to a curiosity as to why people behaved the way they did, and eventually to doing a degree in Psychology after leaving school. 

My initial thoughts were of entering personnel management, before becoming fascinated by advertising and market research. Unable to obtain employment in those areas I looked at other options. I had specialised in clinical and social psychology, and ironically applied to become a rep in pharmaceutical sales, and then confectionery. At the time I recall it was for the bumper salaries they paid, and a prestigious new car, rather than a particular love for either area. I was clearly even then not a good fit for these industries.

After a period of unemployment and homelessness, I got a job in the benefit office where I ‘signed on’, and eventually a job in local authority housing. I found I had a talent for this and quickly became a Director of Housing. After 7 years a change in political administration led to a period as a Housing Consultant and fledgling property investor

What pivotal moment led you to prioritize natural therapies over conventional medication?

This started one day when I ended up on the floor screaming in agony and unable to urinate. I then had a biopsy arranged to check for prostate cancer. It was also around this time that I had discovered Bioresonance. I went to the Bioresonance Practitioner and explained all my ailments. He gave me 3 sessions before my first biopsy. The Consultant told me I needed to be monitored as there was no definitive outcome, and that I was to return in a few weeks for a further biopsy. After that one, the Consultant told me the good news, which was that I did not have cancer and that he was discharging me.

Delighted and relieved, I went back to the Bioresonance Practitioner and asked him if he could fix my arthritis, sciatica and slipped disc. (I had been told that I would have to have my back sliced open and my vertebrae fused.) After a few sessions the pain went, I was able to go back to the gym, and I lost 2 stone. By now I was off all the pills and ecstatic. 

At this point I told him I never wanted to go back on those pills, and asked him to firstly, get me a Bioresonance device, and secondly, to teach me everything he knew.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

During covid, I was in the shower when a thought came to me. Those suffering covid had respiratory problems. What they needed was oxygen! I got out of the shower, researched oxygen chambers, sourced a supplier and went to see them. After trying one out, I understood more fully the benefits. It reduced inflammation which is behind many chronic illnesses. These include:

  • Arthritis
  • Brain injuries
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Sports injuries
  • Post operative surgery – reduced scarring
  • Healthy ageing: reduced lines and wrinkles.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, known as HBOT is used by sports people such as Ronaldo, to stay at the top of their game. It is also used by celebrities such as the Kardashians to maintain their youthful looks. 

Allied to this are breathing and other lifestyle hacks to reduce stress.

Red Light Therapy

I then saw a large spherical contraption on the other side of the room and asked what it was. I was informed it was a Red-Light Bed which delivered blue, near infra-red-, and red-light waves to the body. These helped:

  • Relieve skin issues such as psoriasis and acne
  • Alleviate aches and pains in the muscles and joints
  • Mitochondria which help the body create energy.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as it replicates the mood boosting effects of the sun.

We ended up getting both an HBOT Chamber, and a Red-Light Bed to go with our 2 Bioresonance devices, and the clinic was born.

What role did your wife, Anoma, play in your journey towards natural health and recovery?

The first thing she did was change my diet, and make me eat healthily, including increasing my intake of vegetables. She also coped with and supported our transition from being employees to starting our own business, and significant changes in me from the person I used to be.

How does your clinic, Total Body Health, provide personalized health plans for its clients?

It starts with an in-depth consultation which looks at all aspects of the client’s life. This includes vitamin and mineral diagnostics, an energetic scan for imbalances, allergies and intolerances, in addition to sleep, hydration, exercise / fitness, diet, stress, relationships and medication. We work with a range of both holistic and allopathic practitioners to empower clients to take charge of their own health.

What are some of the achievements and awards you have received throughout your career?

Survived suicide attempt, addiction to opioids, hospitalisation , and chronic mental and physical health challenges to become a champion of Holistic Health

First Afro-Caribbean Local Authority Housing Director, and youngest at 34, managing over 20,000 properties and 500 staff.

Interviewed by Amazon No.1 Podcaster, Ellie McKay

  • Runner-up: Best Holistic Healer, High Net Connect Awards

How do you plan to democratize holistic health and educate people on good health habits?

In addition to Total Body Health, I am involved in a partnership, Elixir Health which also aims to democratise holistic health by educating people on good health habits, diet and lifestyle. I advocate the combining of traditional western (allopathic) medicine with holistic health to deliver the best outcomes. This involves always starting with gentle synergistic therapies before moving along the continuum towards allopathic intervention when required. 

I believe strongly in the mind/body connection and bring together knowledge and qualifications gained in Psychology, Holistic Health, ‘lived experience’, and the modalities mentioned above. We will also be adding others such as: Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Homeopathy, and the new area of Astro-Medicine combined with Functional Medicine. Watch this space!

What message do you convey through your life journey from hardship to healing?

‘My message is in my mess’.

 Never give up, you never know what is just around the corner when you remain open to possibilities and have the right intentions.

PRIORITISE:

  • Sleep
  • Hydration
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Stress reduction
  • Purpose, Positive People and Influences

How can individuals contact you for appointments and personalized health plans at Total Body Health in Wimbledon Village?

www.total-body-health.com (website currently under reconstruction)

Email: info@total-body-health

Intsa: totalbodyhealthwimbledon

Linkedin: total body health ltd

FB: Total Body Health Wimbledon

Phone: 020 8090 0995 / 07957 591283 (m)

Unveiling the Path to Holistic Well-being: Journey into Transformation

Step into a realm where the mind becomes a canvas for transformation, energy becomes a guiding force, and archetypes illuminate the path to self-discovery. Philippe Jaspers, a passionate psychologist and well-being guide, beckons you to embark on a journey of profound exploration. With an unwavering dedication to unlocking the power of the mind and nurturing the spirit, Philippe’s approach transcends the ordinary, offering a holistic tapestry of insights and practices for personal evolution. Join him as he bridges the realms of psychology, spirituality, and human potential, inviting you to rediscover your inner essence and embrace the transformative journey ahead.

 Can you share a brief overview of your background as a psychologist and your journey into the realm of energy management?

 I commenced my professional journey as a work psychologist within a corporate setting, where I engaged in various facets of human resources. Subsequently, I ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing my own recruitment and headhunting firm. Having the right job, a job that fits you is a substantial element of your overall wellbeing and happiness. Currently, my focus has evolved to collaborating with both individuals and companies, specializing in fostering well-being and happiness. This transition reflects my progression from traditional psychology roles to a more holistic approach centered around energy management and overall positive experiences.

What inspired you to focus on the intersection of psychology and energy management in your keynote and workshop?

 I found inspiration during my post-COVID work in a hospital, where I as a psychologist specialized in enhancing resilience and burn-out prevention for the workforce. Observing a prevalent lack of energy among employees and witnessing overall fatigue, I became deeply aware of the crucial link between psychology and energy. This realization led me to explore and integrate energy management strategies and the profound impact that energy has on our psychological well-being and overall success. This exploration led me to integrate insights from various thought leaders, ultimately shaping my focus on helping individuals and leaders optimize their energy for their overall wellbeing and happiness.

How can we understand energy how do you define “energy” in the context of psychological well-being, and why is it crucial for individuals and leaders?

In the context of psychological well-being, “energy” represents the dynamic force influencing our mental, emotional, and physical states. It encompasses vitality, motivation, and resilience. Energy is crucial for individuals and leaders because it directly affects our ability to navigate challenges, make decisions, and sustain high performance. Lack of energy leads to Burnout and depression. Optimized energy leads to enhanced focus, productivity, and effectiveness in both personal and professional realms.

In your keynote, you discuss the impact of vibrational frequency. Can you share some insights on how understanding and aligning with this frequency can positively influence one’s life?

 In the keynote, I explore the impact of vibrational frequency and how aligning with this frequency positively influences one’s life. Everything in life is vibration. Even our thoughts and feelings are in a state of motion. This motion generates energy or vibration. Your thoughts, your emotions, and your attitudes all carry specific vibrations that influence the course of your life. Your energy and the energy of others is even very contagious, it’s very influential to other people surrounding you either positive or negative, and shaping your whole world! The Energy Pyramid concept provides a practical guide for managing energy effectively. It visualizes layers of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy, offering a holistic approach to personal and professional development.

What can participants expect to gain from your workshop on energy management, and how does it differ from traditional approaches?

Participants can expect to gain practical strategies from the workshop for managing their energy in daily life. It differs from traditional approaches by integrating insight with a holistic approach by combining insights from Western and Eastern science and wisdom. It acknowledges that our well-being is a dynamic interplay of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energies. By weaving together these threads, I aim to provide a more comprehensive understanding of energy management that can profoundly impact personal and professional development. The workshop empowers individuals and leaders with the necessary insights and tools to create a personalized energy management plan, fostering resilience, success, and happiness.

How do the concepts of internal dialogue and yoga play a role in energy management, and what techniques do you recommend for transforming internal dialogue?

The concept of internal dialogue plays a significant role in energy management. Transforming internal dialogue positively impacts mental and emotional energy. Also, the Yoga wisdom, influences emotional and mental well-being, providing valuable insights for individuals seeking a holistic approach to energy management.

What are some common challenges people face when trying to implement energy management practices, and how can they overcome these challenges?

People often encounter challenges when integrating energy management practices due to our innate inclination toward habits. As creatures of habit, even when we recognize that certain habits are detrimental to our well-being, breaking away from them can be a persistent challenge. Additionally, our minds act as containers for limiting beliefs, hindering us from tapping into our true potential and exploring the vast possibilities available to us. Overcoming these challenges involves a concerted effort to disrupt ingrained habits and address limiting beliefs, ushering in a transformative journey toward embracing positive energy management practices.

Real-life examples showcase successful applications of energy management principles, demonstrating the transformative impact on individuals and organizations. Common challenges involve implementing energy management practices, which can be overcome through awareness, consistency, and personalized strategies.

How do you see the field of energy management evolving in the coming years, especially in the context of mental health and workplace well-being?

 Are there emerging trends or technologies that you believe will play a significant role in advancing energy management practices?

The field of energy management is likely to evolve, especially in mental health and workplace well-being. Emerging trends may include technology-driven tools and deeper integration of energy management practices into mainstream health and wellness approaches.

In today’s globalized and interconnected world, how can energy management contribute to broader societal well-being and collaboration?

 In today’s globalized world, energy management holds immense potential for contributing to broader societal well-being. By fostering awareness and practices that optimize energy, we can enhance collaboration, empathy, and resilience on a global scale. This approach recognizes the interconnectedness of individuals and communities, highlighting the significance of positive energy dynamics for creating a healthier and more harmonious world.

For readers and listeners who are intrigued by the concept of energy management, what practical advice or steps would you offer to help them get started on their journey?

I advise starting with small, manageable steps. Begin by incorporating mindfulness practices, exploring areas of personal passion, and gradually building self-awareness. The key is to embark on the journey with an open heart and a willingness to explore the profound impact of energy on overall well-being.

How do you define “energy” in the context of psychological well-being, and why is it crucial for individuals and leaders?

In the context of psychological well-being, “energy” refers to the dynamic force that influences our mental, emotional, and physical states. It encompasses the vitality, motivation, and resilience that drive our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Energy, in this context, is not just a physical phenomenon but a holistic concept that encompasses our entire being.

For individuals and leaders, energy is crucial because it directly impacts our ability to navigate challenges, make decisions, and sustain high levels of performance. When our energy is optimized, we experience greater mental clarity, emotional balance, and physical well-being. This, in turn, leads to enhanced focus, productivity, and overall effectiveness in both personal and professional domains. Recognizing and managing our energy becomes a cornerstone for maintaining psychological well-being and achieving sustained success.

Could you elaborate on the Energy Pyramid concept and its significance in personal and professional development?

The Energy Pyramid concept is a framework that visualizes the layers of energy influencing our well-being. It consists of four key layers: physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy, and spiritual energy. Each layer interacts and contributes to our overall energy profile.

– Physical Energy: At the base of the pyramid, physical energy is the foundation. It involves aspects such as sleep, nutrition, and exercise. When our physical energy is optimized, we experience vitality and resilience.

– Emotional Energy: Moving up the pyramid, emotional energy encompasses our feelings and emotional well-being. Managing emotions positively contributes to greater overall energy and well-being.

– Mental Energy: This layer involves cognitive functions, focus, and mental clarity. A well-managed mental state enhances decision-making and problem-solving capabilities.

– Spiritual Energy: At the pinnacle of the pyramid, spiritual energy involves a sense of purpose, connection, and alignment with one’s values. It provides a deeper meaning to our actions and contributes to a fulfilling life.

Significantly, the Energy Pyramid is crucial in personal and professional development as it offers a holistic approach to energy management. By understanding and optimizing each layer, individuals and leaders can create a sustainable foundation for growth, resilience, and success. It serves as a guide for self-awareness, helping individuals align their actions with their energy sources for a more balanced and purposeful life.

Tanner H. Hicks: Private Investor, Multiple Business Owner, Business Coach

Greetings to Tanner H. Hicks, a distinguished figure in the global arena who boasts a multitude of titles. Revered as an investment guru, a versatile owner of multiple businesses, and an exceptional business coach, Tanner exemplifies versatility within the entrepreneurial sphere. His distinctive investment methodologies, adept risk management, and keen eye for identifying talent and business potential have been pivotal in his journey towards success. This article delves into Tanner’s unique strategies, spotlighting his adeptness in juggling diverse investments, steering businesses towards growth and prosperity, and navigating the complexities of mergers and acquisitions. His expertise predominantly lies in the realms of real estate, construction, and engineering sectors. Within this piece, this multifaceted business professional generously imparts advice gleaned from his personal experiences, offering insights into strategic integration, value engineering, and astute investment practices.

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As someone with a diverse investment portfolio, how do you approach the decision-making process when choosing between debt and private equity investments, and what factors do you consider most critical in making these choices?

Fundamentally, investment comes down to risk management. Understanding and assessing the risks, as best as you can, upfront and structuring any investments to maximize upside while minimizing downside is the art. However, with the type of investments that I make, most of the risk effectively sits with the people involved. Understanding who the key decision-makers are, what their experience and knowledge are within the sector, is crucial. For example, do the people in the driving seat possess the right credentials, mindset, and capability to drive and sustain growth? Are they high-risk takers, or risk-averse? When it comes down to the crunch as to deciding what to proceed with or not, much of that decision-making process is, therefore, based upon gut feel for whether I can trust the decision-makers to deliver the results, push the business forward, and have the right attitude and focus.

Your bio mentions that you help business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses through strategic integration and value engineering. Could you elaborate on some specific instances where your expertise in these areas led to significant growth and success for your clients?

I have been working closely with one client for the past 4-5 years. At the time of onboarding, he operated a small project management business, carried out the occasional small property development, and had a small property portfolio. His primary income source was via PM fees on commercial and residential projects for external clients. His overheads were high, and it just wasn’t a scalable model. He was the business. After looking at his wider business activities, I noticed he had a small portfolio of holiday lets that did well, but he was paying way too much in management costs. I suggested he pivot his focus and effectively forward integrate the management of his portfolio, then create a business that offered niched management of serviced accommodation – a market that was and is still growing in the UK. He leaned everything down, moving some existing staff on and retraining and integrating others into the new model, and has since built a highly successful property management company in Shropshire that specializes in serviced accommodation units. In 2023, he began franchising the business around the country, and I introduced him to his first franchisee in Hampshire. At the time of writing, he is currently in discussions to open his next two branches, and we are working together on a subsidiary that will help attract and educate further franchisees.

Investing in lower mid-market companies across various industries can be challenging due to the diversity of sectors and market conditions. How do you stay informed about industry trends and economic factors to make well-informed investment decisions?

In the modern day of information overload, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and almost impossible to stay informed across all fronts. That’s why my focus is primarily within the real estate property, construction, and engineering sectors. I attend a lot of networking events, as well as subscribe to a handful of industry-specific publications.

Property investment is another area you have mentioned being involved in, both in residential and commercial sectors. How do you balance your focus between business investments and property investments, and do you see any synergies between the two?

In the simplest terms, my focus is balanced financially. I target a 30/70 split between business investment and property investment respectively, reflecting the risk profiles of the two investments. There are many synergies between both as many of the businesses I like to invest in often service the property, construction, or engineering sectors, as these are the industries I know, have an extensive network, and also have personal experience in.

Mergers and acquisitions can be complex processes. When evaluating potential acquisition targets, what are the key qualities or characteristics you look for to ensure a successful investment?

The mandate focuses on businesses with turnovers more than £1m and which are at least 3 years old in either the property, construction, or engineering sectors. Ideally, there will be fixed assets and/or stock as this presents finance opportunities, and there must be a small team already in place. We look for businesses that perhaps do not have great systems in place or a lack of structure as these target companies present good opportunities to either absorb into the wider group or to flip within 3-5 years. We try to find businesses that are looking to sell primarily for retirement, as these also present great opportunities to structure a phased buy-in and/or a share retention, minimizing the upfront financial risk.

As an investor, you likely encounter both successes and challenges. Could you share a memorable experience where a particular investment taught you valuable lessons that have influenced your approach to investing since then?

A good number of years ago, I invested a small amount of money into a start-up Forex company that was started by a couple of guys I was introduced to. I was incredibly naive and didn’t know the next thing about Forex or trading on the markets. But the projections looked incredible, and I took much of what they said as gospel. It didn’t take long for that ignorance and naivety to come back and bite me when the two of them lost all the cash and did a runner. There definitely is such a thing as “too good to be true.” This taught me a big lesson about understanding the business model and getting to know who you are fundamentally investing in.

Bafl Sarhang: My Symphony of Multi-Media Creativity

Bafl Sarhang

With the Global Man Club launching just yesterday, and at a prestigious location, we have a lot to celebrate in the magazine, not least of all the personalities of the men who make up our club and who are trailblazing success all over the world.

Global Man shares a peek into the life of a pro in the media field in this article. We celebrate the originality and dedication of Bafl Sarhang, diving into his teamwork with respected names like L’Oreal, RTL, SBS, and CNN.

We follow his job journey, underlining key tasks, trials conquered, and regular creation of top-notch content. We also spotlight his love for movie making, shaping engrossing tales on diverse platforms, marking business wins on big TV channels, and gaining praise for brief films. Most of all, Bafl stresses how crucial it is to stay loyal to your creative vision and to showcase the skill of storytelling.

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You’ve worked with renowned brands such as L’Oreal, RTL, SBS, and CNN. Can you share some memorable experiences or projects that have had a significant impact on your career in the media industry?

Working with renowned brands has been an incredible journey in my media career. One of the most beautiful projects I’ve worked on is my film “Radio Freedom.” It was my second film that we had to start entirely from scratch – the story, finances, casting, and crew, among other aspects. Such a substantial project takes years to complete, and, in the end, it’s challenging to let go of it. You become one with the story and the project. This was my second film, which I created and wrote alongside my dear colleague, Ismar Vejzovic. It holds a special place in my heart. Additionally, this year, I launched my own series on RTL 4, titled “Let’s Visit,” where we explore and showcase the most beautiful items and places in the world. It was co-produced with Claudia Gatland, and I had the privilege to direct and edit it myself. It’s another project of which I am very proud. There are many beautiful ideas and dreams, and hopefully, they will come true someday. Ultimately, work is only a part of your life. Complete satisfaction cannot be entirely derived from it. You need more for that.

Producing weekly TV shows for the largest TV network in the Netherlands is a remarkable achievement. Could you tell us about the challenges you’ve faced and the strategies you’ve used to consistently deliver quality content?

On the outside, it may appear easier than it is. It has its share of challenges. The key to consistently delivering quality content is a combination of meticulous planning and a dedicated team. We face tight deadlines, diverse audience preferences, and the need to stay relevant. To overcome these challenges, we must adapt to changing trends. It is a lot of work, often going hand in hand with missing sleep and very tight deadlines. When you look at my work on TV, you might think there’s a large studio or a multinational corporation behind it, but the truth is, often I film everything myself and handle the editing as well. This allows us to keep costs low and continue producing high-quality TV on RTL 4, indeed, the largest media network in the Netherlands. I’m proud that I’ve been able to create great TV for many years.

Bafl Sarhang

Your short films have received critical acclaim. What inspired you to delve into filmmaking, and how do you approach storytelling in the short film format?

My journey into filmmaking was inspired by a deep love for storytelling. Short films provide a unique platform to convey powerful messages in a concise format. When approaching storytelling in the film format, I believe in the importance of crafting compelling characters and emotionally resonant narratives.

I am a refugee and have been living in the Netherlands since the 1990s. My family fled the atrocities of Saddam Hussein. As a child who experienced years of war and migrating from one country to another, you build friendships you may never see again, lose family members, and learn to cope with the impermanence of everything. Along the way, you gather not only life lessons but also stories that stay with you. I engage in many activities as both work and hobbies, but my greatest talent is creativity. Thus, I try to provide an outlet for these stories by writing and filming them. It brings me immense pleasure that the audience and festivals appreciate our films because everything I write comes straight from the heart. I do this through my music, poetry, TV work, and, of course, films.

Participating in the Cannes Film Festival is a dream for many filmmakers. Could you share your experiences and key takeaways from this prestigious event?

Participating in the Cannes Film Festival was a dream come true. Our film “AMEEN” was part of the Short Corner at the festival. It’s an incredible platform for filmmakers to showcase their work to a global audience and connect with industry professionals. One key takeaway from the festival is the value of networking and building relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry experts. Additionally, the experience taught me the importance of perseverance and believing in your artistic vision, even when faced with challenges or rejection. This motivated us to put even more effort into our next film, “Radio Freedom.”

“Radio Freedom” was selected as one of the best shorts at the Netherlands Film Institute. What inspired this particular film, and what message did you aim to convey through it?

“Radio Freedom” was inspired by our interest in exploring themes of freedom and expression. My colleague had once come across a brief newspaper article about an amateur radio broadcaster during the war who attempted to connect people when many communication methods were rendered ineffective in the midst of a brutal conflict. It’s a true story, and we used that small piece of information as a starting point to develop it into a film. I am proud that we were able to secure top actors like Zana Marjanović for this project and film on location in Bosnia, where it truly took place.

The funny thing is, after working for years on such a project, it was ultimately my lovely wife who came up with the title for the film. She is also artistically inclined and has a great eye for film and writing. This just goes to show that you always need good people around you.

What personally inspired me for this project is the life I led as a child. I am originally Kurdish, and we Kurds have been striving for freedom and the right to self-governance since our existence. So, we have plenty of stories to tell.

Bafl Sarhang

In addition to your work in TV and film, you’re involved in music production and have directed numerous music videos. How does your experience in these various media forms influence and complement each other?

Music has always been, is, and will forever be my first love. At the tender age of 6, my parents gifted me my very first miniature piano, right in the heart of a war, as we sought refuge in the mountains. Amidst the thundering explosions that surrounded us, I found solace in teaching myself to play the piano, with a child’s laughter as my only companion—Ha-Ha. I have to laugh because there is no other way to deal with it. When life makes it tough for you, the best response is to smile and believe that everything will turn out fine. And somehow, it will.

Life’s challenges can be met with a smile and the unwavering belief that things will somehow work out. And they do.

My journey through various forms of media, be it TV, film, or music videos, has been a harmonious symphony. Each medium offers its unique storytelling canvas, and the skills I’ve honed in one realm have enriched my abilities in others. For instance, my musical adventures have gifted me an intricate understanding of soundscapes in film, while my television escapades have fortified my storytelling prowess in the realm of music videos. This cross-disciplinary approach allows me to compose more captivating and innovative narratives.

Ultimately, all art forms are but notes in the same melody. They originate from a pure place, for without purity, it cannot truly be art. Music, words, melodies, visuals, and dreams converge, crafting something profoundly beautiful. The art form itself matters not; as long as it’s created with a sincere heart and boundless passion, it’s the only path to creating music. Sound & Visuals are one and the same. In whichever art form it manifests, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is pure and created with a full heart and passion. There is no other way to make art.

Could you share some insights into the creative process behind directing music videos? How do you ensure your videos effectively convey the artist’s vision and message?

I have produced and directed over 50 music videos. Some of them go beyond being just a video clip. I don’t like that word; it diminishes the work. Because some of them are more like short musical films. Directing music videos is a collaborative process that revolves around translating the artist’s vision into a visual narrative. I work closely with the artists to understand their message, style, and desired impact. It’s essential to find a balance between creativity and practicality, ensuring that the video effectively conveys the artist’s message while remaining visually captivating. Attention to detail, strong communication, and a passion for music are key elements in this creative process. You could describe my style as modern, fast, and dynamic. Nothing irritates me more than a dull or pretentious, entitled work.

Bafl Sarhang

Working with a variety of media and platforms, how do you stay innovative and adapt to evolving industry trends and technologies?

Well, this is crucial in the ever-changing media landscape. How does someone stay relevant nowadays? I make it a point to stay updated on the latest developments, whether it’s in camera technology, post-production software, or distribution platforms. Continuous learning and a forward-thinking approach are essential to remain competitive and offer fresh, cutting-edge content to our audience. But despite all of that, the only thing you can do is to remain original and true to yourself because everything else can be learned by anyone. If you have a talent, it’s nothing more than inherent luck, but what you do with it is what matters. Always strive for continuous development and aim for greater heights. You must have an insatiable hunger and never be satisfied, never settle for just okay.

This is what sets an artist apart from other people. These are qualities that can break a person if they don’t have a strong foundation. To share something so personal, to expose yourself, you must delve deep into your heart and reveal your most vulnerable self. No other profession demands that. This makes you incredibly sensitive to all the pain and misery in the world and in everyone. You must have a big heart to handle it and accept what everyone thinks of you. A true artist remains honest and dignified at all times, towards fellow humans, oneself, and, above all, their art form. If you can muster all of that, you can’t help but stay relevant and original.

Being featured in Global Man Magazine is a notable achievement. How do you see your work contributing to and shaping the global media landscape, and what impact do you hope to have?

Being featured in Global Man Magazine is an honour, and I see my work as contributing to the global media landscape by telling diverse and compelling stories that resonate with a broad audience. I hope to have an impact by inspiring others and fostering a greater understanding of the human experience through the power of media. I have spent my entire life doing nothing but trying to bring a smile to my fellow human beings. It’s also the only way of life I know and have mastered. I always have more than enough ideas, stories, melodies, and creations in my mind and in my heart that are seeking a path to freedom outside. The way they express themselves ultimately depends on them. Some may find it too early to be born. All I can do is patiently wait. But until that time comes, I hope that I am a good person, and hopefully, I’ll be remembered as such. I hope I get many more opportunities to work on beautiful projects and tell and visualize my dream stories. But the biggest impact I want to have is for them to say, “Hey, that Bafl, he was a genuine guy. A good man.”

As someone who has achieved success in multiple creative fields, what advice would you give to aspiring media professionals who are looking to make their mark in the industry?

Passion and dedication are paramount. Pursue your creative endeavours with unwavering commitment and continuously refine your skills. “Working hard, and you’ll get there” is nonsense. The “American Dream” is nonsense. Don’t believe in miracles and fantasies. The only way is to ensure that you are seen and known yourself. It’s not easy, and you occasionally need help and luck. But if it’s your calling, and you do it with passion and heart, you’ll get there one way or another. And then comes the day when you no longer need to introduce yourself.

In everything I do, I am self-taught. I have received an education, yes, but in every aspect and in every field of what I do, I’ve had to teach myself everything. There is nothing more satisfying than learning. Furthermore, it’s essential to network. It is crucial, so build relationships within the industry, be open to feedback, and embrace challenges as learning opportunities. Don’t make it too hard on yourself, remember that perfectionism is another word for insecurity. If you don’t fail, you also don’t know what mistakes you shouldn’t make. Learn, learn, learn. Stop trying to be happy. As cliché as it may sound, the journey is what matters. It’s much longer than the destination. That should be your satisfaction; happiness is just the icing on the cake.

Finally, always remember that your unique perspective and voice can make a significant impact in the world of media. Don’t be a parrot, stay humble, and be yourself.

Bafl Sarhang

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Graham Rowan: The Beaufort Society — My Exclusive Approach to High-Net-Worth Investing

Graham Rowan

In the realm of investments and wealth management, we explore the captivating tale of Graham Rowan. Once the head of a division at Texas Instruments, he unexpectedly found himself immersed in the world of investing during the 1990s. What began with trust soon turned into a costly lesson. This journey led Graham to shift from relinquishing financial control to assuming personal responsibility, igniting his passion to empower others in navigating the intricate landscape of investments.

Graham emphasizes the utmost importance of financial education, shedding light on the complex regulations within the industry while recognizing the significance of consumer education. He advocates three key areas for investors: private equity, private debt, and private money. These potent instruments serve as drivers for both wealth creation and protection.

Looking ahead, he identifies opportunities in commodities, renewable energy investments, and the pursuit of financial independence amidst global geopolitical risks and economic uncertainties. His practical guidance focuses on starting early, making wise diversifications, and taking control of one’s financial destiny.

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What initially sparked your interest in the world of investing, and how did you embark on your journey in this field?

I’m almost embarrassed to tell you. I was running a software division of a big American company called Texas Instruments, selling multi-million dollar billing systems to telecoms companies around the world. I was making good money and I didn’t have the time or inclination to worry about investing my spare cash. On the advice of a colleague, I appointed a professional wealth manager who put my savings into the Nasdaq. This was the mid-1990s and the raging bull market meant that, every morning, I woke up thousands of dollars richer than when I went to bed. Until March 2000 when I noticed that the market had gone down by a few points. I asked if we should take some money off the table but they sneered at me and said ‘don’t be such a wimp. Don’t you recognise a temporary blip in a raging bull market?’

I left them to it and returned a year later to find that the market had crashed and they had lost me £160,000. They then took me into a room and said ‘I’m sorry, Mr Rowan, these losses take you below the net worth at which we look after clients so we’ll have to let you go.’ I was fired by my own wealth manager and realised that I hadn’t just delegated my investments to them, I had abdicated all responsibility. It was an expensive lesson, but an important one. From that moment, I took personal ownership of my financial future and vowed that I would help others to do the same.

Many individuals face challenges when it comes to constructing a robust investment portfolio. What advice do you have for those struggling to build their investment portfolios effectively?

Firstly, it’s not your fault. We simply aren’t given a financial education at school, at university or in the workplace. Money remains a taboo subject that only a minority of people engage with.

One of the things that annoys me the most is that we live in an age of ever increasing regulation of every aspect of our lives, including the financial services industry. Every year there are some new and more arduous rules to be followed, often in the name of ‘consumer protection’. But there’s never a move to increase financial education so that people can make their own informed choices. That leaves people at the mercy of an industry that does not always have the best interests of its customers at the top of its agenda.  

From your extensive experience, what are some of the most common mistakes that people tend to make when investing, and how can these mistakes be avoided?

The first is the one I made – leaving the investment decisions to someone else. For example, if you are in a pension fund with your employer, do you have any idea what sectors, countries or companies you are invested in? Another mistake is that people think too parochially. Many Brits have way too much exposure to the UK stock market but far too little to the Middle East or Asia where much of the growth is happening today.

A third mistake is to assume that the next ten years will be the same as the last ten years. We’ve had a prolonged bull market which is now showing signs that it has run its course. It’s been possible to get great returns from passive funds that track the market without you having to do any thinking. The result is that firms like Blackrock and Vanguard have bigger portfolios than the GDP of many countries. I struggle to believe that this strategy will be so successful in the 2020s now that we have inflation, huge geopolitical risks and a simmering debt crisis to deal with.

How to address these problems? We focus on three areas, private equity, private debt and private money. Private equity is buying shares in companies that are not yet floated on public stock markets. We focus on providing growth equity to companies with a proven business model who are looking to grow their team, develop their products and enter new markets. This is where the most wealth is being created right now, and that’s why, if you look at the portfolio of the family offices of the ultra wealthy, there is more allocated to private equity than to any other asset including real estate. In our own portfolio we are seeing our original investment grow by anything from 4 to 30 times as the companies deliver on their plans.

Private debt includes bonds and loan notes issued by companies which can provide real, above inflation returns. The problem with private equity shares is that they are illiquid and you need to be ready to invest for anything from three to seven years before seeing a return. Private debt enables you to put food on the table and cover your everyday living costs while waiting for your private equity shares to mature.

Private money exists outside the current fiat system with the aim of avoiding the deliberate inflation and currency debasement being implemented by politicians and central banks around the world. I speak to people every week who have a million pounds or more sitting in High Street bank accounts. Not only are they earning miniscule rates of interest, not only do they have the counterparty risk of the bank going bust, but they are losing at least 10% a year in the purchasing power of that cash! One of the counter-intuitive learning points that I reinforce to our members is that cash in the bank is one of the most dangerous ‘investments’ of all!

There are three types of private money – gold, silver and Bitcoin. We believe there is a place in your portfolio for all three. In our Model Portfolio that we share with our members we suggest a 10% allocation to gold and a 5% allocation to Bitcoin. 

Looking ahead, where do you believe the most promising investment opportunities will emerge in the coming years, and what should investors be keeping an eye on?

I’ve already mentioned private equity and private debt, but they are only available to people who qualify as accredited investors. In the UK that means an income of £100,000 a year or an investment portfolio of £250,000 outside of your home and pension. If that’s out of reach there are many ways you can get started including some great tax breaks. In the UK you can invest up to £20,000 a year in an individual savings account (ISA) and the growth inside the ISA is tax free. You can then research the sectors and companies that you think will do best in the years ahead.

Try to resist the temptation to jump on bandwagons like the big U.S. tech stocks which were the darlings of the last decade. Some of the biggest bargains we’re seeing at the moment are in the commodities and natural resources sector. For all our sophisticated, digital, twenty-first century lives, much of what we take for granted relies on stuff being dug up out of the ground.  Competition for energy, rare earth minerals and food is going to drive these companies much higher in the years to come.

It’s always worth trying to follow the money – for example, politicians with green agendas are throwing vast sums at companies in the renewable energy space so investors can ride the wave of spending by backing the companies most likely to benefit from this torrent of cash. Some of my best sources of information on new opportunities are Money Week magazine and research by firms like Bytetree and George Gammon’s Rebel Capitalist team.

In the context of investments, what do you perceive as the most significant risks on the horizon, and how can investors mitigate these risks?

How long have you got? I recently spoke at a Beaufort live event in London on the risks to our freedom on many levels. Most people are way too complacent after eighty years of peace, prosperity and social mobility. It’s incredibly naive to assume the next eighty years will be a simple action replay. We have three situations that could trigger World War 3 – Ukraine, the Middle East and Taiwan. We have increasing threats to our freedom of movement and freedom of speech. We have the serious probability of governments introducing Central bank Digital Currencies, (CBDCs), programmable money that would bring Orwell’s 1984 to full fruition. And we have the arrival of AI and robotics threatening not just factory jobs but white collar professions in the legal, accounting and even the medical sectors.

There’s an inexorable shift of economic and political power from West to East, a realistic threat to the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency and a rising level of taxation as fewer productive workers support an ageing population.

How do we respond to all this? As citizens, I think we have to take every legal action that we can to push back against the forces that are reducing our freedoms. As investors we have to take a leadership role in our families and accumulate as much wealth as possible to maximise the choices available to ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. And, most of all, we have to have a Plan B. And this is where most people slip up. I encourage our members to acquire at least one second residency or citizenship so that, if the country where you live becomes unbearable, you have somewhere else to go. You only have to look at Mirela’s life story to understand the importance of this.

Back in 2018, when I thought the UK was going to end up with a Marxist government led by Jeremy Corbyn, I bought property in Montenegro and obtained residency there. Boris Johnson surprised us by winning the next election, but he must have accidentally picked up Corbyn’s manifesto because the Conservatives have moved so far to the left that they might as well call themselves Socialists. So I moved again, this time to Portugal where I can enjoy more sunshine and less tax! 

As individuals’ portfolios grow over time, wealth protection becomes increasingly important. Could you share some strategies or tips on how people can safeguard their wealth as their investments appreciate?

This brings us to the fundamental question, what is the purpose of wealth? Is it really just about Rolls Royces and private jets or does it go deeper than that? For me, wealth is all about choices. Living where you want to live, with the people you want and having the choice of if, how and when you work.

The two biggest threats we face today are a move towards totalitarian government and ever increasing taxation. Sadly, many of our fellow citizens seem willing to surrender their freedoms to governments who promise to ‘keep them safe’. These freedoms were bought with the blood of our parents and grandparents so it pains me to see how easily they are surrendered.  People need to ask themselves what kind of country they want the future generations of their family to live in and research options on where best to go. The good news is that more and more countries are looking to attract higher net worth citizens so, as you build your wealth, more options should open up for you.

The tax burden in many countries is now at its highest level since World War 2, so tax mitigation strategies become central to wealth protection.  On a simple level you can use ISAs and pensions to shelter your investments from tax. But, if you have a more sophisticated portfolio that includes property, businesses, shares and bonds, you will need the services of a tax expert to set up the correct structures in your country. It becomes even more complex when you have assets and income in multiple countries. Don’t be afraid to pay the fees but make sure you have a recommendation of the expert from a trusted source because you will be in no position to judge them yourself.

Beaufort Society plays a key role in the world of high net worth investing. Could you describe how the organization serves its members and what sets it apart in this space?

Right from the start we wanted to do things differently, mainly driven by my own appalling experience of the financial services industry! So, while our company is called Beaufort Private Equity, we operate as a private members club and refer to our investor community as the Beaufort Society. We provide lots of financial education content including videos, podcasts, newsletters and webinars. All brought together in one place, the Beaufort Academy, which is both a desktop and mobile phone app.

Most private equity firms operate as a fund, so their clients have no say in the individual investments. We provide direct investment opportunities, so that our members can choose which companies they buy into and at what level. A third difference is that we provide a unique financial planning service, the Wealth360, where I get together with a regulated financial adviser and we each take a look at your portfolio to see if it is going to meet your objectives. I am not allowed to provide advice, but I can and do express opinions!

We’ve also grown a hand-picked panel of subject matter experts to help our members in areas where we are not qualified to do so. This includes regulated financial and tax advisers, sources of property finance, specialist insurance and the world’s leading experts on second residency and citizenship by investment programmes. We now have 800 members in 37 countries and the feedback we receive is that we are very much helping our members to achieve their goals.   

When thinking about a typical Beaufort Society member, what characteristics or profile traits do they tend to share, and what value does the society provide to individuals with these attributes?

Great question. By definition they are successful because, in meeting the requirements of a High Net Worth investor, they are already in the top 5% of the population. Many are business owners who have built and sold an enterprise and are looking at how to invest the proceeds. Some are professionals like doctors and dentists, others are property investors looking to diversify out of bricks and mortar. What they share is a willingness to look at alternative investments that are not available from High Street advisers, such as private equity and private debt. Like me, they are slightly ‘renegade’ and suspicious of Big Government and its increasing attempts to restrict our freedom. 

They tend to be the most financially astute members of their families and take their leadership role in wealth creation, wealth protection and wealth transfer seriously. Most of all, they enjoy being able to mix with like-minded people because we are very much in the minority!

For those interested in becoming a member of Beaufort Society, what are the criteria or steps they should consider, and how can someone go about joining this exclusive network?

We deliberately try to remove as much friction as we can from the process. We don’t charge membership fees and we don’t make any charges when people invest. Our fees are paid by the companies for whom we raise capital and, where possible, we take part of our fees as equity so we can go on the journey with our members.

If someone meets the High Net Worth criteria I mentioned earlier, they can fil in the application form and self-certify their status at Beaufortprivateequity.com 

In the context of your work, both as an author and a speaker, what key messages or insights do you hope to convey to your audience, and how can individuals benefit from your expertise in the realm of investments and wealth management?

Our core philosophy is that we each need to take ownership of our financial future because, as I discovered to my cost, no one else has your financial wellbeing at the top of their agenda! The financial world loves to use complicated jargon to justify their fees, but there’s no secret to building a successful portfolio. Live within your means, save some money then start investing. If you study the legendary investors like Warren Buffet or Sr John Templeton, their key messages were ‘buy cheap and diversify’. So, if you combine buying stocks when they are cheap and spreading the risk across multiple sectors, you should see significant growth in a five to ten year time horizon.   

The most important point of all is to get started and make it a habit. As someone smarter than me once said, the best time to do this was twenty years ago. The second-best time to get started is today.

Graham Rowan | LinkedIn

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Matt Bird: Global Speaking, Local Impact – A Journey of Inspiration and Transformation

Matt Bird

In the pages of Global Man Magazine, we are delighted to showcase an extraordinary individual whose impactful global speaking engagements have touched the lives of over a million people in 50 countries. This insightful figure is not just a revered speaker but also an accomplished author with 20 published books and the founding CEO of PublishU. Through his foundation, NAYBA, he exemplifies his dedication to fostering love and building community connections. In this interview, we delve into the inspiration behind his prolific writing, explore the concept of the “dyslexic superpower,” discuss finding balance between urban and rural lifestyles, and examine the transformative potential of genuine relationships in entrepreneurship and community development. Join us as we uncover a world where business, relationships, and social impact intersect.

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Your extensive speaking engagements have taken you to 50 countries and allowed you to address over a million people. Can you share a memorable experience or lesson from your global speaking tours that had a profound impact on you?

I was giving the keynote speech at a conference in Rome, Italy, for the general counsel from over 170 countries of one of the big four professional services firms. Over the years, I have picked up a tip: ask a client to introduce you to several people who will be in the audience on the day of your speech. Chat with them to understand them and their work and ask if you can reference them in your speech. I did exactly that, and so when I left the platform after my keynote, the Global General Counsel leant over to me and commented, ’Thank you so much; it’s like you know us inside out’.

You’ve written 20 books and contributed to publications like The Times newspaper. What inspires your writing, and how do you choose the topics you want to explore in your books and articles?

What inspires my writing is knowing that my words will be read by people that I may never meet in places that I may never travel. The way that creates the ability to inspire, influence, and impact excites me. I only write, speak, or broadcast about subjects that I’m passionate about, which for me is quite broad, ranging from entrepreneurship, the dyslexic superpower, authentic relationships, community transformation, local food, organic wine, and global travel!

As the Founder CEO of PublishU, you’ve helped over 100 people annually write, publish, and launch their books. Could you describe a particularly rewarding success story from your work with PublishU that stands out to you?

Yes, I remember when one of my students said, “I never thought I would write a book, let alone in 100 days, but I have. Now I am asking myself, “What else have I told myself I cannot do that I actually can?” I love helping people achieve things they never thought they could achieve. Enabling people to write a book in 100 days breaks the glass ceiling of what people often think they can do and empowers them to think bigger and better than they ever have before.

NAYBA, the global foundation you founded, is dedicated to helping churches worldwide better love their neighbours. What motivated you to establish this foundation, and how have you seen it make a positive impact on communities?

In 2010, the then-Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech about what he called “Big Society.” He explained that his vision was for a big society in which we did not pay taxes to a big state machine that we expected to do everything for us. Rather, as citizens, we should take responsibility for our neighbours and neighbourhoods. This inspired me to start NAYBA because Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbour” (or “NAYBA” in the Belize Kreol language). I was delighted when David Cameron gave us a ‘Big Society Award’.

You mentioned the concept of the “dyslexic superpower” in your speaking engagements. Could you elaborate on what this means and how dyslexia can be a unique strength in entrepreneurship and personal growth?

For me, dyslexia is not a disadvantage; it is an advantage in life. For example, research undertaken by the company behind ‘post-it notes’ explains that your brain processes pictures 60,000 times faster than text. It is said that dyslexics think in pictures and people without dyslexia think in words. Therefore, dyslexia is a superpower that enables you to think super-fast, see the big picture, make connections between ideas, people, and places, solve problems, and lots more. So, it is hardly surprising that a disproportionate number of entrepreneurs are dyslexic.

Living between Covent Garden in London and Noto in Sicily sounds like a unique lifestyle. How do these two locations influence your work and your personal life, and what do you find most inspiring about each place?

As an extrovert, I feed off my environment, so I love both places. I love the urban energy and vibe of Covent Garden, as well as the tranquilly and pace of life in Noto. These two places reflect my love for living life fast and for living life slow. They both feed my work and my rest in different ways.

You’re known for enjoying live music, urban fashion, local food, and organic wine. How do these interests tie into your work as a business and social entrepreneur, and do they contribute to your overall well-being and creativity?

I’m aesthetic. As mentioned, my environment really matters to me. The looks, the sounds, the tastes, and the smells really matter to me. They stimulate my ideas and creativity, my energy and vibe, and my drive and determination. I shrivel in an environment that isn’t in some way beautiful and stimulating.

Your work involves helping people on both personal and community levels. What advice do you have for individuals who aspire to make a positive impact in their communities, but aren’t sure where to start?

Meaning in life is found by what you give not by what you get. I meet extremely wealthy people sometimes however they are hungry for meaning in their lives. I’m delighted to help them find greater meaning by working out the best way for them to give back to the world around them and the world beyond them.

The intersection of entrepreneurship and relationships is a topic you’ve explored. Can you share some insights on how building strong relationships can be a key driver of entrepreneurial success?

Yes. I was invited to speak at an event about networking. I spoke with the organiser to explain that while I love speaking, I hate networking because it is disingenuous, manipulative, and contrived. They immediately said, “You are someone who is into relationships.” I explained, “But I believe we should stop networking and start relationships.” The organiser invited me to speak on that subject, so I agreed. I didn’t want to become known as the anti-networking guy; it’s always bad to be defined by what you are not. So, I thought relationships were a science because we can all learn to do them better and an art because they take a lifetime to master. As I thought about the art, science, and study of relationships, the word “relationology” came to mind. So, I formed the company, bought the web domain, trademarked the name, and wrote a book on the subject based on the belief that relationships are the true currency of business.

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Bill Gladstone: From Literary Success to Healing Miracles with Master Shah


Bill Gladstone has had an extraordinary career as a bestselling author and literary agent, working with notable authors like Marie Kondo, Deepak Chopra, and Neale Walsh. In 1982, he founded Waterside Productions to help authors bring their stories to the world. Recently, his health journey took a remarkable turn with the teachings of Master Shah, resulting in the remission of severe cancer and a transformative belief in the power of the Dao transformative field. Bill emphasizes the importance of love and compassion in Western medicine and is currently writing a book about his healing experiences. As he continues on his path to recovery, his future aspirations include spreading the message of Dao and love to a wider audience. His journey embodies resilience and showcases the power of transformation.

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Bill, your career has been incredibly diverse, from being a best-selling author to a literary agent, and working with renowned authors. Can you tell us how your journey began and what led you to your current path?

Certainly, Mirela. My journey in the world of literature and publishing began with a passion for storytelling. I’ve always been fascinated by the power of words and their ability to inspire, inform, and transform lives. This fascination led me to become an author myself, and over time, I realized that I wanted to help others share their stories with the world. This desire to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and inspiration led me to become a literary agent. I founded Waterside Productions in 1982 to help talented authors get their books published and reach a broader audience.

Your work has touched the lives of many authors and readers. Can you share some of the most memorable moments or projects in your career that have left a lasting impact on you?

There have been countless memorable moments throughout my career, but a few stand out prominently. One such moment was when I had the privilege of working with Marie Kondo, the renowned expert on organizing and decluttering. Her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” became a massive success and resonated with people worldwide. Knowing that her work was making a positive impact on people’s lives was truly fulfilling.

Another memorable project was collaborating with Deepak Chopra on several books that explore the intersection of science, spirituality, and well-being. Deepak’s ability to bridge these diverse fields and inspire personal growth has been transformative for many readers.

Additionally, working with Neale Walsh on his “Conversations with God” series was a profound experience. These books challenged traditional beliefs and encouraged readers to explore their spirituality and understanding of life’s purpose.

Overall, these projects remind me of the incredible potential literature has to inspire and change lives.

Your recent health journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Can you elaborate on how Master Shah’s teachings and blessings played a crucial role in your recovery?

Certainly, Mirela. My health journey was marked by severe challenges, including a diagnosis of aggressive bladder cancer and complications that led to kidney failure and sepsis. It was during this critical time that I turned to Master Sha and his teachings.

Master Shah’s blessings and his calligraphy practices became an essential part of my healing journey. I diligently traced his calligraphy for 90 days, even when the odds seemed stacked against me. To everyone’s astonishment, including the medical professionals, my aggressive cancer went into remission during this period.

However, the challenges didn’t end there. Complications persisted, and I found myself on the brink of death. In those dire moments, Master Shah’s blessings and the collective energy of his retreat participants became my lifeline. Within six hours, my health indicators improved significantly, and I avoided a risky surgery.

This experience solidified my belief in Master Shah’s ability to connect us to the Dao transformative field, a belief that I had initially approached with scepticism. It reinforced the notion that we can heal ourselves and others when we align with this powerful field of energy.

Your journey from scepticism to a committed believer in Master Shah’s teachings is truly inspiring. Can you share how your understanding of the Dao transformative field has evolved over time?

My understanding of the Dao transformative field has indeed evolved significantly over the years. Initially, I approached Master Shah’s teachings with an open but sceptical mind, particularly when it came to concepts like karma. However, as I continued to witness the remarkable healing effects of his practices on others, I started to reconsider my perspective.

A decade later, after revising my views and accumulating evidence from thousands of cases where Master Shah had healed severe illnesses, I became a believer. I understood that the Dao transformative field was not limited to just one aspect of healing; it encompassed physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

My own personal experience was the turning point that transformed me into a committed believer. It’s one thing to believe based on the experiences of others, but to experience the profound effects of the Dao field personally was a game-changer. It deepened my commitment to embracing the Dao in all aspects of life and sharing its transformative potential with others.

You emphasize the importance of love and compassion in Western medicine. How do you envision the integration of these qualities with the current healthcare system?

The integration of love and compassion into Western medicine is essential for creating a more holistic and patient-centred healthcare system. Currently, Western medicine often focuses primarily on numbers, statistics, and protocols. While these aspects are crucial for diagnosis and treatment, they sometimes overshadow the human aspect of healing.

Love and compassion should be woven into the fabric of healthcare. Healthcare providers should not only treat physical ailments but also consider the emotional and spiritual well-being of patients. This approach fosters a sense of connection, empathy, and trust between patients and healthcare professionals.

Additionally, Western medicine can benefit from complementary modalities that emphasize the healing power of love and compassion, such as Master Shah’s teachings. These practices can enhance the overall well-being of patients and contribute to their healing journey.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a healthcare system where patients feel genuinely cared for, heard, and supported, where love and compassion are integral components of the healing process.

You’re writing a book about your experiences and insights gained from your health journey. Can you give us a glimpse into what readers can expect from this book?

Certainly, Mirela. The book I’m currently writing, titled “Multiple Miracle Healings through the Dao Transformative Field,” will provide readers with a deeply personal and transformative journey through my experiences. In the book, I will share the challenges I faced, from a severe cancer diagnosis to life-threatening complications.

Readers can expect to gain insights into the power of the Dao transformative field and its ability to facilitate healing on multiple levels—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ll explore the concept that healing is a partnership between individuals and this powerful field of energy.

Moreover, the book will delve into the importance of love, compassion, and embracing the Dao in one’s life. It will offer hope and inspiration to those facing health challenges, encouraging them not to give up but to tap into their inner strength and the transformative potential of the Dao.

Overall, it’s a story of resilience, belief, and the profound impact of the Dao transformative field on my life and health.

Bill, as you continue your path to recovery, what are your future plans and aspirations, both in your personal life and your professional endeavours?

In my personal life, my primary aspiration is to regain full health and vitality. Despite the challenges I’ve faced, I’m committed to reaching a state of well-being that allows me to be my energetic self once again. I have a long road to recovery, but I’m determined to get there.

Professionally, I’m dedicated to furthering Master Shah’s mission and sharing his teachings with a broader audience. I want to contribute to making the world aware of the transformative potential of the Dao transformative field and the importance of integrating love and compassion into healthcare.

I also continue to support authors in sharing their messages and stories with the world through Waterside Productions. Literature has the power to inspire, educate, and transform, and I want to continue facilitating that process.

Ultimately, my future revolves around health, service, and spreading the message of the Dao and love to as many people as possible.

Dr Chopra: The Divine Feminine Empowered — Women for a Harmonious World

Interview by Mirela Sula

In a world that is constantly changing and facing numerous challenges, the resurgence of Divine Feminine energy holds great significance. Renowned authority Dr. Chopra explores the transformative power of this energy, which helps shift us away from predatory male energy towards qualities like empathy and cooperation – qualities essential for addressing global issues. This interview delves into harnessing the Divine Feminine’s attributes in leadership, examining the seven Goddess archetypes and empowering women with diverse talents to collectively drive positive change. Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Chopra highlights the importance of self-reflection in achieving success while navigating multifaceted roles. Ultimately, it presents a compelling vision of a harmonious and inclusive world where financial well-being aligns with personal values and passions.

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Can you please share your insight on the current rise of the divine feminine energy and why it is considered to be of great importance in our world today?

The rise of the Divine Feminine is significant because it represents a shift away from the dominant, predatory male energy that has shaped our history. This shift is essential as we face numerous global challenges, including climate change, violence, and more. The Divine Feminine embodies qualities like nurturing, empathy, and cooperation, which are necessary for our survival and a more harmonious world.

In the context of leadership, how can the qualities and principles associated with the Divine Feminine be harnessed and utilized in a positive and effective manner to inspire and guide individuals and organizations towards a more harmonious and inclusive future?

Effective leadership can be achieved by embracing the acronym “LEADERS”: Look and listen deeply, develop emotional intelligence and empathy, cultivate awareness, set smart goals, empower oneself and others, take responsibility, and create synchronicity. These principles, when applied, lead to a more harmonious and inclusive future by promoting empathy, compassion, and collective empowerment.

Would you please share and explain the concept of the seven Goddess archetypes and offer guidance on how those here can access and embody these archetypes in their lives for personal growth and empowerment?

The seven Goddess archetypes represent different facets of the Divine Feminine. They are:

  • Hera (leader),
  • Mother (nurturer),
  • Athena (wisdom and culture),
  • Aphrodite (love and creativity),
  • Artemis (nature and conservation),
  • Persephone (healer and alchemist),
  • and Hestia (homemaker).

It’s possible to relate to multiple archetypes, but identifying your major strengths is key. By recognizing your dominant archetypes, you can align with your true self and find people who complement your strengths to create a harmonious balance.

For women who feel a strong connection to multiple archetypes and possess diverse talents, how can they navigate their journey effectively while embracing their multifaceted nature?

Women with diverse talents and connections to multiple archetypes should focus on their major strengths while appreciating their multifaceted nature. By identifying and prioritizing their dominant archetypes, they can lead more effectively and seek collaboration with others who complement their skills. This way, they can navigate their journey with balance and purpose, using their various talents to create a harmonious and fulfilling life.

How can women harness their multifaceted talents and archetypes to contribute positively to their communities and the world as a whole?

Women can harness their multifaceted talents and archetypes to make positive contributions by recognizing their unique strengths and finding alignment with their passions. They should collaborate with others who have complementary skills to address community and global challenges. By embracing their diverse talents and archetypes, women can create a more inclusive, compassionate, and harmonious world.

In a world where women often juggle various roles and responsibilities, what advice do you have for them to maintain a sense of balance, well-being, and inner harmony?

Finding balance, well-being, and inner harmony is essential for women juggling multiple roles. They should prioritize self-care, practice mindfulness, and set boundaries to prevent burnout. Embracing their archetypal strengths can also help them align their actions with their true selves, fostering a sense of balance and fulfilment in all their endeavours.

How can women collectively harness their strengths and diverse talents to create a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world?

Women can collectively create a better world by recognizing their collective strengths and diverse talents. They should come together, share their visions, and collaborate across different areas of expertise. By focusing on shared goals, practicing empathy and compassion, and leveraging each other’s strengths, women can drive positive change and contribute to a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world.

In your experience, Dr. Chopra, what qualities, and archetypes have led to the success of powerful female leaders like Oprah Winfrey?

Oprah Winfrey embodies several powerful archetypes. She’s a storyteller, a nurturer, and a builder. She listens to and validates people’s stories, which has been key to her success. She’s also a feminist and focuses on empowering marginalized women, making her a role model for many.

How can women who identify with the mother archetype and aspire to be leaders navigate the apparent contradiction between these roles effectively?

Embrace the contradiction and ambiguity. Paradoxes are sources of creativity. Being a mother and a leader can coexist. Oprah Winfrey herself is a motherly figure to many and a successful leader. It’s about finding a balance and understanding that people want to tell their stories. Listen and validate them, and you can succeed in both roles.

You mentioned the importance of validation and listening to people’s stories. Can you elaborate on how this approach can contribute to success, as Oprah exemplifies?

Validation and active listening are keys to success. Oprah’s ability to genuinely listen and validate people’s stories has made her a remarkable storyteller and a successful journalist. When you focus on what you can do for others, it can lead to great success.

Oprah Winfrey also engages in philanthropic work, such as educating thousands of children in South Africa. How does her nurturing and giving nature contribute to her impact and influence?

Oprah’s nurturing and giving nature is a significant part of her impact and influence. She has nurtured thousands of children in South Africa, showing that being a nurturer and a leader can go hand in hand. Her philanthropic efforts align with her values and empower others, making her a role model for many.

In the discussion, you touched upon the idea of embracing contradiction and ambiguity. How can this approach benefit individuals and organizations striving for success?

Embracing contradiction and ambiguity is essential for creativity. Without paradoxes and conflicts, there’s no room for growth and innovation. It’s crucial for individuals and organizations to embrace these challenges, as they often lead to breakthroughs and unique solutions.

During the meditation session, you explored the concept of “Who am I?” and encouraged self-reflection. How can this practice help individuals in their personal and professional growth?

Self-reflection, as practiced in the meditation, can lead to self-awareness and personal growth. It helps individuals understand their true selves and their desires. Knowing oneself is crucial for making aligned choices in both personal and professional life.

You mentioned the importance of financial well-being as part of overall well-being. How can individuals achieve financial security while also pursuing their passions and values, as discussed in the conversation?

Achieving financial security while pursuing passions and values requires aligning your work with your purpose. It’s about finding ways to contribute to the world while also ensuring financial stability. This balance can be achieved by understanding what success means to you and recognizing that true success includes financial well-being alongside other aspects of life.

Mirela Sula & Deepak Chopra

Navin Jaitly: From Challenging Beginnings to Award-Winning Sales Coach—My Path to Success and Impact

Navin Jaitly

In the world of sales and personal development, Navin Jaitly’s remarkable journey from a challenging childhood to becoming a celebrated sales coach, award-winning speaker, and best-selling author is truly inspiring. In this exclusive interview with Global Man Magazine, Navin shares the transformative steps he took to overcome adversity, emphasizing self-awareness, self-belief, and self-kindness as the cornerstones of his success.

With over 15 years of sales experience, Navin reveals that the most potent sales strategy is a shift in mindset, focusing on serving customers rather than persuasion. His coaching has helped clients generate over £12 million in revenue with compelling success stories. Navin’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide, and he plans to revolutionize sales training and expand his impact through innovative programs and global speaking engagements.

Navin Jaitly’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of belief, resilience, and serving others, inspiring countless individuals to reach their full potential. Navin Jaitly’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of belief, resilience, and selflessness, inspiring countless individuals to realize their true potential.

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Can you tell us about your journey from a difficult childhood to becoming a successful sales coach and author? How did you overcome the challenges you faced early in life?

My journey was not an overnight one. I had to dedicate myself to developing myself personally and professionally. I found the more I worked on myself (especially on my mind-set), the more successful I became. It’s a long story but in summary, I overcame my challenges by

  1. Becoming much more self- aware – Who I was, what I was about and where I got in my own way.
  2. Developing my self- belief – I started to appreciate and realise that I had many gifts that I just wasn’t appreciating. I was focusing on my weaknesses too much and trying to fix them. As a result, this was undermining my self -belief. As soon as I started to focus on my strengths and develop them further, my self -belief shot through the roof.
  3. Became kinder to myself – I stopped beating myself up for mistakes I made or things that I didn’t achieve and instead became more accepting. This completely changed my energy and made me able to attract what I wanted.

What inspired you to enter the world of sales, and how did you discover your passion for helping others develop their sales potential?

I entered sales as I was always good with people. I’m naturally an inquisitive person and love dealing with people. Sales was a good fit in that sense. My passion for helping others came from the way I personally turned my own results around.

Once I knew that I had a success formula that I had benefitted from, I wanted to go out and share it with everyone. Furthermore, being in sales, helped me to realise just how important it is to develop as a skill.

I saw so many business owners/ entrepreneurs suffer as a result of not being able to bring in new customers. I want to help them grow their businesses and ultimately their lives.

With over 15 years of experience in sales, could you share some of the most effective sales strategies you’ve learned throughout your career?

There are so many that it would be too long to list for this interview. What I would say, is the most effective strategy is to develop the way you think about sales.

Sales is all about serving. Rather than trying to persuade the customer to do something. Ask them questions that find out about them and their needs, then listen attentively.

Rather than trying to impress a customer, empower them instead. People often don’t buy because they don’t trust their decision or don’t have faith that their purchase will work out for them.

If you focus on empowering them then they have faith in themselves and more likely to make a buying a decision. By putting all your attention on serving and empowering you will have much better results than just trying to persuade and impress.

You’ve helped your clients sell over £12 million in revenue. Can you share a specific success story or case study of a client you’ve worked with and the impact your coaching had on their sales growth?

One of my clients came to me and really wanted to grow their business into a multiple six figure one. She found that she would have many conversations with people, but very few of them would turn into a paying customer. Furthermore, she struggled to increase her prices and would often find she would lose a potential customers interest, if she did try raising the price. She also wanted to increase the number of sales leads she was getting

The first thing I did was work on her sales mind-set and helped her to develop a more positive relationship with sales. We used some powerful mind – set tools to increase her confidence and belief around herself as well as her products/ service. We then created a sales strategy/ plan and helped her to reposition the way she spoke about her service.

I coached her around several sales techniques such as objection handling, questioning, closing, negotiating etc. As a result within a short period, her sales started to dramatically increase. Furthermore, with everything she had learnt, she was able to increase her prices of her services.

After just 3 months of working with me, she had the confidence to double her pricing and furthermore found that clients were willing to pay the higher prices. I not only provided her with the tools to feel confident to double her prices but the skills needed to help her customers understand her value and be willing to pay them. Furthermore, her sales revenue doubled in the first 6 months of working with me.Her business transformed as did the income, revenue and impact that she made. She now runs a successful, multiple six figure business.

Winning several awards for outstanding sales contribution is a remarkable achievement. What do you believe sets you apart from others in the sales industry and led to this recognition?

There are a few things that set me apart. First of all, I have developed a very positive and resilient mind-set. I don’t give up easily and am always on the front foot. 15 years of sales experience in a variety of environments has also blessed me with a range of highly effective sales skills.

Furthermore, it’s my journey. I have transformed myself from underachiever to high achiever. I know what it is like to be on both sides of the performance fence and as a result this makes me far more effective when helping customers do the same. I think the biggest factor, is that I genuinely care about my customers. I love developing people and watching them grow.

I love to help and serve. Ultimately I get results for both myself and my clients! The combination of these factors is what sets me apart.

Your personal development journey, including coaching, hypnotherapy, and NLP, played a significant role in transforming your mind-set. How do you incorporate these practices into your coaching to help others achieve similar transformations?

I use NLP and Hypnotherapy as tools to rewire my customer’s subconscious beliefs and thoughts.

I use them as tools to go deep into my customer’s minds and develop more positive thoughts and actions.

As an award-winning speaker and an international best-selling author, what topics do you typically speak and write about, and how do you use these platforms to further empower entrepreneurs and business leaders?

I write and speak a lot about mind set, not just related to sales but also related to general performance. I also write and speak about sales theories and concepts. Furthermore, I write and talk about coaching, what is it and what its value is.

I am a big believer in developing mind-set and sales skillset, by using a coaching approach.

Travelling the world as part of your personal development journey must have been eye-opening. How did these experiences shape your perspectives and contribute to your personal growth?

Travelling was amazing and very educational. Not only did I learn a lot about different people and cultures around the world but learnt a lot about myself.

Furthermore, travelling and exposing myself to new situations, made me more flexible and open minded, it made me more adaptable and ok with unfamiliar situations.

I also increased my self -belief and confidence as I saw that I was excelling in many different situations and with different types of people. All of this really accelerated my personal growth and even to this day helps me become more effective as a coach and a businessman.

Establishing Navin Jaitly Coaching Ltd is a significant accomplishment. Could you describe your coaching approach and how you combine sales expertise with mind-set and peak performance principles?

My coaching approach is to combine developing my client’s mind – set and skills set so that they are able to make more sales, income and impact.

I use tools that I’ve learnt from coaching, hypnotherapy, NLP and my intensive study of personal development to develop their mind-set.

I then teach the tools and strategies that I’ve learnt from 15 years of successful sales, in order to teach sales skillset. By combining the 2, my clients gain exponential results.

Your mission is to empower and transform the sales/business results of entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders globally. What are your future goals and aspirations for achieving this mission, and how do you plan to expand your impact worldwide?

My future goal is to become the leading coach/ business in the industry when it comes to developing both the sales mind set and the skillset of business owners. I want to revolutionise the way sales training/ coaching is delivered in businesses. My long-term vision is to transform the success and empower over 1 million people globally.

I plan to expand by developing new group sales coaching programmes, a sales coaching app and an enhanced version of my sales impact academy online programme. I also plan to expand by speaking on some of the biggest stages in the world and even creating large events that help to transform people’s sales success.