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Why Black Friday Is Making Us Mad – The sale sensation that triggers group mentality


Why does Black Friday appear to brainwash so many shoppers?

Are we being brainwashed by Black Friday? For some it conjures up apocalyptic scenes of chaos and savage groups looting shops, fighting over half price televisions and police officers grappling with shopaholics but how has this post-Thanksgiving shopping event turned so many human beings into manic deal-seekers?

Well, it’s simple really.

The Great British Beard Is A Fact, Not A Fad! New Research Shows That

Jez Rose in the studio talking beards on behalf of Percy Nobleman

Jez Rose in the studio talking beards on behalf of Percy Nobleman

You might have heard my voice on the radio quite a lot last week – on 16 different stations from Radio Yorkshire to Big City Radio in Birmingham and from BBC Radio Oxford in, well, Oxford to BFBS who broadcast internationally and pretty much everywhere in-between. I’d been asked to take a look at some research conducted by Percy Nobleman, the male grooming brand, about beards and to be the vocal ambassador of their brand on a media day. Having a beard and moustache myself, how could I possibly refuse?!

New research looking into the characteristics of the modern man has found that sporting a well kept beard is no longer just a trademark of hipster types.

The study of more than 2,000 British men with beards suggests that the look is far more widespread and is in fact the hallmark of

Speak Up – the ultimate online guide to speaking and presenting

Speak Up is the ultimate guide to speckling and presenting professionally

Speak Up is the ultimate guide to speckling and presenting professionally

After years of being asked by clients, delegates and audiences to produce a seminar, live event, online course or book on how to present or speak in front of audiences professionally, Speak Up is finally here!

Whether you’re interested in

Research Leads To Top Tips for How To Make a Great First Impression

Jez shares his Top Ten Tips to Make a Good First Impression in The Daily Telegraph 1st September 2015

If you read The Daily Telegraph, you might have seen in yesterday’s Business supplement, my 10 Top Tips for Making a Great First Impression. If you don’t get The Daily Telegraph, you won’t have seen them – so I’ve attached them to this blog for your viewing pleasure.

I think the one that irritates me the most is definitely people being late – it’s one of

How mints make us tip more and why you can use this

There’s something in this minty-fresh research that excites my brain and it’s quickly become my latest obsession to work out ways to apply this in other areas. It consumes a lot of my time, so if you see me deep in thought, you can bet your minty breath that I’m pondering this. See if you can work out how to use this fascinating insight into human behaviour for your own organisation…

A social psychology study tested how we respond to waiters and waitresses in a restaurant and whether their behaviour would affect the chances of

Jez Is a Pin-Up: Train, Forever Sports & Start Your Business Magazine

Well, not quite, and with fashion sense like his I don’t think pin up is ever going to be on the cards but 2015 has been a bit of a busy time for Jez already, appearing on the front cover of the world’s most popular small business magazine, Start Your Business, with a 5 page feature on his approach to changing behaviour in order to improve results; a full page feature in Train magazine (think muscles, not choo choo) and a column in the Like A Boss feature of Forever Sports magazine, plus features in local and national press, radio and Candis magazine.

If you see Jez in print, why not tweet a photo to him @JezRose ?

Here’s Jez proving that he’s not pin-up material:

Listen to Jez on the ‘Brand New Show’ Podcast where The Behaviour Expert meets The Brand Gladiator

Neil Humphrey interviews Jez Rose on the very first episode of the Brand New Show podcast

Neil Humphrey interviews Jez Rose on the very first episode of the Brand New Show podcast

Jez was interviewed by the lovely Neil Humphrey, host of the Brand New Show podcast.

Neil asks Jez about his work as a behaviourist, his background as a

The most common question I’m asked: Why did I become a motivational speaker?

Jez Rose considers his title vile and believes he is an "accidental motivational speaker".

Jez Rose considers his title vile and believes he is an “accidental motivational speaker”.

I’m asked that question a lot. It’s not exactly at the top of the Careers Advisor’s list of potential career pathways for most 17 year olds. I don’t even remember “guest speaker” being on the list. I took those personality and career tests at school and they suggested I became either a nanny, undertaker or cleaner. Make of that what you will.

Well, the truth is I didn’t intend to become a motivational speaker and actually hate the term, as I’ve written about in other blogs. For a start, most people shudder, or at least screw up their nose when they hear the phrase “motivational speaker”. It’s a vile phrase and when you consider the practicalities of motivating large audiences of people (my audiences range from 50 to over 3,000 individuals), an impossible task.

My story is genuinely one of those “I just stumbled into it” ones. I had no plan to do this and when people ask me how to get into it, it’s a tough one to answer. However, in itself it does provide a useful answer, I believe. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to do it. If you don’t get round to doing it, you didn’t want to do it enough. It’s as simple as that. Whether you want to speak at conferences or own your own flower shop, grow your own business, or progress through the corporate ranks, it boils down to

When You Think You’re Having A Bad Day – it’s been one hell of a week

Forgive me.

I’m not really a fan of blogs. I enjoy writing them; it’s reading other peoples’ blogs I’m not all that fussed with. I never have been. I don’t think I’ve got anything more important to say than anyone else, don’t get me wrong, I just enjoy a good book or research paper (I know, Mrs Jez is so lucky, right?). I love the idea that in the film Julie and Julia, someone write a daily food blog, charting her adventures through the cookbook of Julia Childs, gaining hundreds of thousands of readers as she did it – and I can see how blogs provide a great platform for free speech, however, like I’m mac not PC; I’m book, not blog.

However. Today, I really do think I’ve got something to say that you should read.

Today, is Tuesday and for the first time ever, I’m using my blog to literally let rip. I’m apologising in advance because I have no other outlet right now and when you’ve read this, you’ll understand why I just have to get this all off of my chest and out of my mind, for my own sanity. I would call Mrs Jez but she’ll be asleep. I’m on my way to America and it’s super early.

What’s the difference?! “Book Motivational Speaker”, “Hire Keynote Speaker”, “Book Guest Speaker”

Are you searching for a motivational speaker? Have you typed into Google “book guest speaker”, or “hire keynote speaker” to help find some suggestions for your conference speaker slot? Did you know that a motivational speaker, guest speaker and keynote speaker are, technically, all quite different things?

As a professional speaker for the past 12 years, I’ve written this handy guide to help you get exactly what you want, with the minimum of awkward surprises!