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Setting Up a New Business in the Arts – Why Choose France?

Posted on March 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

I am often asked that question. My husband Henry and I have spent countless holidays in France over the last 20 years. Like many, we loved the lifestyle, the culture, learning the language, and of course the wine! At some point, there was a subtle shift in thinking, and we began to talk about “living the dream”. It was a topic that often came up, usually after a few glasses of wine. Peter Mayle has a lot to answer for, and I think it was watching the TV version of “A year in Provence” one evening that tipped me over the edge. Henry sort of got swept along in my headlong rush to get to Provence. Some weeks later, we left Dublin for a week’s French language tuition in Aix-en-Provence, a holiday we repeated twice more. That last trip, we stayed for a month in a little apartment and at that point, both of us were agreed – we want to live in France – and left for Dublin on a high, determined to be back. My balloon was burst when I realised the cost of renting/buying property in Provence.

Our next trip was not to Provence, but to the Languedoc in October 2010, where we spent a magical week on a narrow-boat on the Canal due Midi. Slowly but surely, the Languedoc weaved its charm on us, and Provence and the “search for the Holy Mayle” began to fade. We wandered up and down the Canal between Ventenac and the edge of Beziers. Not very adventurous of us, but the strikes all around France at that time meant that some of the locks might not be open. We bumped off the banks a few times, and rear-ended a bridge (don’t ask!), tasted wine in the chateau at Ventenac, walked through Argeliers, and sat up on deck most evenings for aperos, enjoying the peace and the stunning views.

Back in Dublin in November, and back to work. I was now on a short week, due to the economic crisis in Ireland. Four days a week turned into two days, and in January, full redundancy. After many years working as a Legal Executive for a law firm, I was going to join the ranks of the unemployed. Well, that did it! I was not ready to sit around and do nothing. I started researching, looking for somewhere in or near beautiful Carcassonne. At some point in my frantic “Googling”, I came across several websites and forums (should that be fora?) for ex-pats. I joined one, which was to become my “virtual” home from then on,, a place where I could go each evening, chat to others who had, or were about to, make that move to France.

As I worked out the last few days in the office, I would come home each evening and log into my virtual home – Survive France Network – and have some fun with others on live chat. I put up a comment saying I was looking for a 3 month rental somewhere near Carcassonne. A member replied to say she knew of a house in a village about 45 minutes from there. A couple of weeks and many emails later, my sister and I flew into Carcassonne, picked up a rental car. Armed with sat-nav and a list of the possible houses to view, we set off from our hotel. We bowled into Lagrasse, and there was Joanne, my SFN friend – waiting for us, as arranged. If first impressions count, we didn’t do too well – as Joanne approached the car, Helen and I were engaged in a typical sibling squabble about whether or not I had parked between the lines! I ended it by stepping out of the car and saying “ah bo**ocks!”. Thankfully, this seemed to amuse Joanne no end, and herself and Peter showed us the house, and walked around the village with us, pointing out the mediaeval market place, the river and the beautiful Abbey that sits on the opposite bank of the river. That was it! Decision made. I cancelled all the other appointments and flew back to Dublin the next day. Time to pack – we are going to France!

I finished work on 28th February, and started making plans. I am a list-maker. At one point I had so many lists, I needed a Master List, containing all my lists. I was driving myself nuts! I spent a feverish couple of hours scanning stuff – passports, driving licences, marriage certs, birth certs, and on and on. Just to completely drive myself over the edge, I then decided to email them to myself, as a back up. No sooner had I uttered the words “back-up”, then I was out of the chair, scrabbling around, looking for the cable for the external hard drive.

I had made so many lists of what paperwork to bring, what to pack, etc., that two days before we were due to leave, I hadn’t actually packed anything. I packed and weighed, unpacked, packed again. The shipping company arrived and took away two large boxes of Henry’s paintings and his studio stuff, and with beating hearts, we turned the key, locked the front door, and headed for the airport to start our new life and business in France.

The Ethical Advantage – The Art of Covert Hypnosis

Posted on March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

You may have heard the saying, “No man is an island”; this includes you. This implies that it is a must to have cooperation with others in order to achieve your stated goals or dreams. If you desire to have cooperation from a group, let’s say a bank board, which you are hoping will fund your small business idea, then having all the persuasion tools you can at your disposal is necessary to achieve your goal, dream or job.

The art of persuasion has many key factors involved in order to accomplish what it is that you want to achieve. Persuasion can be ethical or unethical. I am hoping you will lean towards the ethical because I am about to share one of the most powerful persuasion tools available to help you achieve an ethical outcome, such as getting a bank board to fund your project. You do this by learning how to ethically have the edge in these kinds of situations.

And let’s face it, having the edge means always being able to influence a decision or outcome in your favor. It is knowing how to influence others to like you, trust you, want to do business with you and support your projects, solutions or ideas. Good strong ideas and solutions are one of the most powerful things anyone can possess. However, manifesting ideas and solutions requires influence, a plan, charisma and persuasion. It is imperative that you are not just someone who can sell the dream of your idea to another, but someone who can subtly communicate with another’s subconscious mind without them knowing it in order to help influence the decision process in your favor.

Things like body language, facial expression, enthusiasm and authenticity are “influence” tools that are some of the most important to learn and be able to use on a daily basis. Quite simply this is because banks don’t always fund a perfect solution, however they do fund the person pitching the solution because they believe that person can get the job done. If the bank does not think you can get the job done then you basically will not be financed. So, how do you display this certain confidence, this certain influence without anyone else knowing you are doing so? The answer you are looking for is covert hypnosis.

Covert hypnosis is the ability to subtly communicate with another person’s subconscious mind without them noticing. Since it often takes place in the course of an outwardly ordinary conversation, it is also known as conversational hypnosis. The objective is to change and influence the intended behavior or outcome.

Covert hypnosis is an intentional use of carefully selected words, body language and intentional gestures that seem commonplace yet have a conversation with the subconscious of the person(s) you are talking with. Things that appear subtle but are very powerful, such as pointing in a certain direction and facial expressions, like a frown, to a buyer to convey the unspoken opinion that she/he is making a mistake. This is how you covertly communicate with someone’s subconscious mind and influence their decision process. The final objective is to have the person make their own decision to change their mind.

It is important to build rapport with the person(s) you are communicating with. You can manage another individual’s behavior via gaining rapport and the cooperation of their subconscious mind. Building rapport is crucial because, without it, covert hypnosis does not take place with the subject and making suggestions just doesn’t work.

Many people are learning the form of hypnosis called covert hypnosis because it helps them stand out in a crowd, get what they want, and feel more confident. People have begun learning about its powerful abilities and implementing it into their daily lives to guarantee more powerful results. Learning covert hypnosis has become very easy and there are home study courses that will help you develop the skill sets you desire to have. These skill sets can be anything from being and feeling more confident to becoming more attractive to others or improving your career abilities.

When you begin to master the art of covert hypnosis you will see your results improving and your outcomes becoming more favorably maneuvered to the conclusion you desire. Learn covert hypnosis and thrive.

Rediscover the Art of Conversation Without it Costing the Earth

Posted on March 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

If the 19th century was defined by the industrial revolution, then it can only be said that the technological revolution certainly helped to define the 20th century. From telephones, televisions and automobiles, to aeroplanes, space travel and the internet; there can be little doubt that the past hundred or so years have seen the biggest technological advancements in the history of the human race.

But, whilst there can be little doubt that this technology has in many ways enhanced people’s lives, there are some major drawbacks to living in an age where you are connected to everybody, in every place at all times. Indeed, whether it’s through emailing, text messaging or instant messaging, there is barely a moment in the day when you are not able to contact the ends of the earth, all from a few clicks of a button.

However, it’s possibly fair to say that somewhere along this technological highway, people have forgotten the art of conversation. That is to say, it doesn’t even occur to many people to simply pick up the telephone and speak to friends, loved ones or even business acquaintances that you have grown to know purely through a cobbled-together collection of words on a computer monitor or handheld mobile device.

Of course, there are probably several good reasons why people have migrated more towards typing and texting as their preferred mode of communication. Firstly, there is the convenience of being able to squeeze a text or email in whenever there’s a spare moment; they can be stopped half-way through and resumed later should an unexpected distraction come along.

Then, there is the perceived cost, or lack thereof, of typing and texting over traditional telephone communication. An email or instant message costs nothing, whilst the cost of a text message is usually very little.

But, so much immediacy is lost through typed communication. An email ‘conversation’ can last for hours or days, whilst a plethora of text messages can be exchanged before an outcome is reached. And this can have major implications for personal and business relationships, which is why it’s important not to underestimate the positive effect verbal communication can have in any situation. It also adds a richness and sincerity that is hard to replicate through any other medium.

Furthermore, it doesn’t have to cost the earth to have a telephone conversation, even if they are in different countries to each other. Cheap international calls are readily available from all types of telephones including mobile phones, payphones and home landlines; meaning that the art of conversation can be rediscovered without it breaking the bank!