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Mindfulness for Kids
  • Mindfulness for Kids
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Designed to give children the skills of mindfulness, to live in the present moment instead of squandering the precious seconds of their lives as they worry about the future and regret the past. It is also a key learning resource for face to face mindfulness sessions.

“This book is a game changer: my daughter is like a different child based on what I've learned from listening to it! It's definitely a mum's must have ❤️”

— Listener at Amazon

The weight of evidence from recent studies* concludes that:

Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm.

Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-­esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-­awareness and empathy.

Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function. It can help young people pay greater attention, be more focused, think in more innovative ways, use existing knowledge more effectively, improve working memory, and enhance planning, problem solving, and reasoning skills.

The studies also show that adolescents who are mindful, either through their character or through learning, tend to experience greater well-being, and that being more mindful tends to accompany more positive emotion, greater popularity and having more friends, and less negative emotion and anxiety. Mindfulness is therefore likely to have beneficial effects on the emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn and the physical health of school students. Such interventions have an impact fairly quickly, and are enjoyable and civilising, for pupils and staff.

*Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People” Weare K: Emeritus Professor, Universities of Exeter and Southampton April 2012

Chapter 12 music provided by Envato/Audiojungle: “Children Inspiration” Piano version by christophe-lagarde “We can Dream”: A beautiful, inspiring and emotionally uplifting song about looking towards the future with optimism, freedom, and a love for life featuring pure and beautiful vocals by Alaina Stacey, music and lyrics by Pink Zebra.

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Mindfulness for Kids: Happiness and Sleep Meditation
  • Mindfulness for Kids: Happiness and Sleep Meditation
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Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-­awareness and empathy.

In this audio recording from the best-selling audiobook: Mindfulness for Kids, Brenda Shankey takes the listener through a full meditation exercise to promote happiness and restful sleep.

Includes: “We can Dream”: A beautiful, inspiring and emotionally uplifting song about looking towards the future with optimism, freedom, and a love for life featuring pure and beautiful vocals by Alaina Stacey, music and lyrics by Pink Zebra.

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Mindfulness for Kids: Stillness Meditation
  • Mindfulness for Kids: Stillness Meditation
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By Brenda Shankey Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and well-being of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-­awareness and empathy.

In this audio recording from the best-selling audiobook: Mindfulness for Kids, Brenda Shankey takes the listener through a full stillness meditation to still the thoughts that bring worry, anxiety, and stress.

Includes: “We can Dream”: A beautiful, inspiring and emotionally uplifting song about looking towards the future with optimism, freedom, and a love for life featuring pure and beautiful vocals by Alaina Stacey, music and lyrics by Pink Zebra. For 6-11 year olds

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Mindfulness for Kids: Red Light to Anger & Tantrums
  • Mindfulness for Kids: Red Light to Anger & Tantrums
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By Brenda Shankey Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-­awareness and empathy.

In this audio recording from the best-selling audiobook: Mindfulness for Kids, Brenda Shankey takes the listener through a kind and gentle session to recognise anger and tantrums and provide a simple process to empower the child to manage them.

Includes: “We can Dream”: A beautiful, inspiring and emotionally uplifting song about looking towards the future with optimism, freedom, and a love for life featuring pure and beautiful vocals by Alaina Stacey, music and lyrics by Pink Zebra. For 6-11 year olds

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Learn to Concentrate
  • Learn to Concentrate
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By Professor Aidan Moran Concentration is a practical skill which can enrich our lives considerably. Unfortunately, most of us are probably more familiar with losing our concentration than with effective “focusing” ability.

This recording will explore concentration in three stages. Firstly, it will explain what concentration is, show you how it’s influenced by your attitudes and emotions, and give you some practical tips to improve your listening and reading skills. Secondly, it will help you to analyse and deal with common distractions in your life. Finally, it will present some practical “focusing” strategies which will help you to improve your concentration in a variety of daily situations.

This audio presentation features Professor Aidan Moran who is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in the use of psychological techniques which can improve people’s concentration and performance in academic and sporting situations. It is narrated by Emma Thurston and Professor Aidan Moran.

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Go for It! Be Confident
  • Go for It! Be Confident
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By Dr Denis McBrinn GO FOR IT, is designed to help you develop the CONFIDENCE to succeed in all areas of your personal and working life.

Confidence is the key to a happy and fulfilling life and it has such an impact on how we perform in every single area of life. As a professional Life Coach Denis McBrinn is often asked how can we get more out life and achieve the best possible life we can.

Whether it is:

• Delivering an important presentation to the board

• Performing on stage

• Asking for a romantic date

• Succeeding at exams

• Winning at sport

• Closing a vital business negotiation or sales deal

• Getting down to your ideal weight

• Securing your dream job

• Running a marathon

• Giving a speech at your daughter’s wedding

• Resolving conflicts at home or work

• Being a great parent, or

• Picking yourself up quickly and appropriately from any of life’s setbacks.

No matter what the challenge or situation, confidence and self-belief can be said to be two of the most important factors for success.

The purpose of this programme is to empower you to take practical steps along the road to greater confidence in all aspects of your life and to help you make a real difference where it matters most. It will introduce you to the skills and mind-set that successful athletes, sport stars, actors, artists, inventors, politicians and business people have developed to create confident and fulfilling careers and lives.

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People Smart - Confidence When It Matters Most
  • People Smart - Confidence When It Matters Most
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Dr Denis McBrinn From the bestselling audiobook: Go for it! Be Confident by Dr Denis McBrinn.This Audio will address the three People Smart areas of: Building Self Confidence, Being Confident with Others, and Confident Social Skills.

The starting point for building confidence is yourself. We know that confidence comes from within – it is not outside us and it is all to do with trust. The most important relationship in our lives is the one we develop with ourselves. How well do you know and trust yourself? How good a friend are you to yourself?

Others will treat you according to the way you see yourself. If you believe, deep down, you are a capable, worthwhile person and know that you deserve to be treated well, then that is the way others will treat you. On the other hand, if you don’t value yourself, then no one else will. If you are always putting yourself down, people will treat you as a door mat and walk all over you. Developing people skills is a pre-requisite to building confidence with others.

Social gatherings like weddings, funerals, christenings and parties can be uncomfortable and stressful situations, especially when we feel we are lacking in confidence. Social skills are arguably the most important set of abilities we can develop and practice to help build self- confidence. Having confident social skills will help you to meet interesting people, get that job you want, progress further in your career and establish good relationships.

This Audio will address the three People Smart areas of: Building Self Confidence, Being Confident with Others, and Confident Social Skills.

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Selling with Confidence - Confidence When It Matters Most
  • Selling with Confidence - Confidence When It Matters Most
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By Dr Denis McBrinn From the bestselling audiobook: Go for it! Be Confident You’ve got the skills, now get the confidence. This Audio will address three key areas of confidence in selling: What confidence is and is not, building self-confidence, and selling with Confidence.

Confidence in selling just does not happen overnight. You have to work on it. If you maintain tenacity, focus, and a proactive approach in getting things done, you'll have the confidence to endure the tough times. A key element in selling is enthusiasm. A confident sale is a transfer of your enthusiasm about the product or service into the mind and heart of the other person.

Confidence in selling is an inside job. What is going on inside your mind is a big factor in successful selling. Believe in yourself. Keep your mind set positive. In the end, you are the one who determines your success or failure. GO FOR IT!

This Audio will address three key areas of confidence in selling: What confidence is and is not, building self-confidence, and selling with Confidence.

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Dealing with Angry People
  • Dealing with Angry People
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This audiobook will equip you with proven techniques to successfully communicate with angry people and protect yourself from violence

Have you ever been angry? I’m sure you have. How did it feel? What caused it? Did you lash out physically at furniture or people or just fume quietly?

Have you ever experienced an angry customer, or patient, or family member and been at a loss as to how to calm things down? Upon reflection have you maybe sometimes escalated the anger in the other person by arguing or speaking over or interrupting their angry rant?

Have you ever seen someone reach a point where they do kick furniture about or even raise a hand to strike you?

This audiobook is designed to give you an understanding of what anger is and when encountered in someone else what to do and what not to do to calm things down and reach a more rational way forward.

Psychologists recognise three types of anger: 1. There is hasty and sudden anger often connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared by human and other animals, and it occurs when the animal, the person, is tormented or trapped. 2. Then there is the more common settled and deliberate anger possibly a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. 3. And finally, dispositional anger often related more to character traits than to instincts or cognitions. Irritability, sullenness and churlishness are examples of this

In this audiobook we will be focusing mostly on type 2 where the anger is settled and deliberate, possibly a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment. Of course you may encounter all three types.

Some examples of the type 2 kind of anger might include a customer, who is complaining about the standard of the product they have purchased, or the householder who is angry at the engineer who is trying to get their electricity supply back on, or their heating repaired on a cold winter’s day.

Whether they are right or wrong, their perception is that you or your organisation is to blame and they will vent their anger and hopefully not their violence, on you.

You might work in a shop, or a bank, or you might be a social worker visiting your clients at their homes? You might be a nurse or Doctor dealing with unruly patients in Emergency on a Saturday night, or a police officer for whom the angry person is a frequent occurrence. Whatever your role in life you are going to encounter an angry person at some point. Be prepared.

By Sarah Connor: Narrated by Sarah Connor

The H.E.A.R.T system used by courtesy of Mindcool Author: Alan MacQuarrie

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Job Interviews: Confidence When It Matters Most
  • Job Interviews: Confidence When It Matters Most
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By Dr Denis McBrinn It’s only natural to feel nervous during a job interview, but part of performing well is not letting your anxiety show. This audio single will bring advice and practical techniques to help you to do your best when it matters most.

This audio single contains two major sections: Job Interviews: Confidence when it matters most, and Confidence at Work. First Job Interviews: It’s only natural to feel nervous during a job interview, but part of performing well is not letting your anxiety show. Your goal is to make a good impression from the start, which means appearing confident to those evaluating you. If you show a lack of confidence, you probably won’t be considered as a serious candidate for the job. One of the best ways to appear confident is to demonstrate how well you perform under pressure. This audio will help you to do just that and provide you with tips on preparation, communication, body language, questions to expect and how to dress..

Second Confidence at Work: So you are successful at the job interview and get the job. We all know it’s important to at least appear confident at work. Because the way you present yourself in the workplace is pivotal to your success, you want to present the most confident version of yourself at work. Essentially being confident in your professional life centres around looking the part; feeling at ease with yourself and others; being cooperative and pleasant to work with. Confidence at work is being open, honest and straightforward with colleagues, clients and customers; having a sense of humour and being very good at what you do. Denis McBrinn takes you through a conversation about how you can build your confidence at work.

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Learn to Study for Success at College and University
  • Learn to Study for Success at College and University
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By Professor Aidan Moran Going to College or University is an exciting yet daunting experience for many students. It's exciting because you can study interesting subjects, make new friends and pursue new hobbies in College. But it's also daunting because in order to get a successful academic education, you will have to accept personal responsibility for a task for which you have received little or no special training in school. This task requires you to manage your own learning or to become an active, independent and self-motivated student when it comes to planning, conducting and evaluating your academic work. For example, it's up to you whether you go to lectures in the first place. And it's up to you whether you spend your time studying in the library or going to the shops. And it's your business, not that of your lecturers, to make sure that you don't fall behind in your studies. Put simply, if you don't want your free time in College to become wasted time, you will have to master a number of study skills that were not taught in school. For example, you will have to learn to listen and write at the same time while taking lecture notes in class. And you'll have to learn to study effectively - or read with a question in mind. Of course, you'll also have to master the art of getting down to study regardless of the mood you're in. But most of all, you'll have to learn to think for yourself - the true hallmark of an educated mind. Put simply, as you can see, your biggest challenge in the years ahead is to manage your own learning effectively. The good news is that by listening to this audio presentation, you've already taken a step in the right direction. You've realized that you will have to become a driver rather than a passenger in your educational journey. And so, the purpose of this recording is to give you some driving lessons" in learning.

In listening to this recording, you are going to learn how to manage your own learning, and how to get down to studying. You’ll receive practical tips on motivation, managing your study time, learning from lectures, listening and note-taking skills, improving your reading and summarizing skills, focusing effectively and improving your concentration. You’ll be helped to remember and understand what you learn and you will be given practical tips on how to evaluate what you learn and think critically. You are also going to receive tips on planning and writing essays and papers, and finally you are going to be taught exam skills to help you to do your best when it matters most.

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Acing Exams
  • Acing Exams
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Studying for and sitting examinations can be a very challenging and stressful experience for all of us, including “A star” students. Because we want to give our very best and to perform well on the day, it is entirely normal to feel anxious or nervous. That is why it is important to develop sufficient levels of confidence, without being over confident or too complacent, minimize the nerves and enable us to do ourselves justice.

To help you become confident at exams and achieve your highest possible grades two things are essential:

  1. Firstly acquiring good study habits and skills, throughout the academic year, and

  2. Developing techniques for keeping calm and confident just before and during exams.

This audio presentation will explore a number of techniques to prepare you for exams so you are calm and confident on the day.

By Sara Dylan: Narrated by Sara Dylan

Includes input from Professor Aidan Moran and Dr Denis McBrinn

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Exam Success
  • Exam Success
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Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Exam Success” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

Like it or not, examinations play a crucial role in university life. They ensure quality control of degree standards, provide academic feedback to students and staff, and above all, assess your understanding of what you have learned from your studies. But exams don’t test knowledge directly. They assess how well you can remember and explain what you know on the big day. Given this strategic challenge of exams, Aidan Moran will give you some practical tips on preparing for, and doing your best in, exams.

The self-help approach provides advice and tips on areas such as; getting down to studying, practical tips on motivation, remembering and understanding, and exam skills; doing your best when it matters most.

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Writing Essays and Papers
  • Writing Essays and Papers
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Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Writing Essays and Papers” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

No matter what subjects you are studying in university, you will be expected to write essays and academic papers as part of the requirements of your degree programme. These research assignments are valuable because they train you to focus your thinking on a topic, to write clearly, and to cite appropriate evidence to support your arguments. So, the purpose of this section is to provide some practical advice on planning, researching and writing academic essays and papers. Evaluating what you learn and thinking critically

One of the biggest challenges that students face in coming to College is learning to think critically about what they read or are told. For centuries, the ability to think for oneself has been proclaimed as the main goal of a university education – the true mark of an educated mind. In keeping with this idea, a key theme of this audio presentation is that you have to become an active learner rather than a passive sponge in order to get the most out of your College experience. But critical thinking, or the skill of analysing evidence and arguments in order to form your own conclusions, requires hard work and special training.

So, the purpose of this audiobook is to provide some practical tips on how to develop your critical thinking skills. After I explain what thinking is, and what critical thinking involves, I’ll give you a 6-step checklist of questions to ask every time you want to evaluate a theory or an idea.

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Learning from Lectures
  • Learning from Lectures
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By Professor Aidan Moran Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Learning from Lectures” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university. This audio will cover the areas of: Learning from Lectures, listening and note-taking skills, reading and summarizing skills, and focusing effectively – concentration skills.

Since the Middle Ages, the lecture has been the most popular teaching method in universities. It’s efficient, flexible and can be inspirational in the right hands. But taking good lecture notes is a very difficult skill for at least two reasons. First, because lecturers tend to speak faster than listeners can write, taking useful lecture notes can be difficult for some students. The problem here is that note-taking requires you to switch attention rapidly between listening and writing. And since you probably never received any training in this multi-tasking skill at school, it’s not surprising that you may find yourself struggling to keep up with what the lecturer in saying in class. This problem is made worse by the fact that many students mistakenly believe that they have to write down every single word uttered by the lecturer during class – a false assumption that we call the sponge approach to learning. Research shows that top note-takers are highly selective in what they write – they sift what the lecturer says for the main ideas rather than trying to wrote down everything. The second difficulty that many students experience during lectures is a loss of concentration. This mental switch off happens mainly because it’s difficult to stay alert during a lecture if you’re sitting passively for a long period of time.

When combined, these two problems make it difficult for students to get the most out of the lectures that they attend. And so, in this audiobook, I’ll suggest some practical strategies that will help you to turn lecture attendance into an active learning experience rather than an empty ritual.

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Learn to Relax
  • Learn to Relax
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By Norman Brook and Emma Thurston This audio recording is designed to teach you how to relax, to escape from the stress of everyday life, forget your worries and just let go. Ever thought that it would be nice to just relax completely? Well that’s exactly what you are going to do as you listen to this recording.

In the first part of this recording Emma Thurston and Norman Brooke take you step-by-step through a full self directed relaxation session which will last for about 30 minutes. Self directed relaxation aims to relax each of the body’s muscle groups while emphasising slow, easy breathing and visualisation of the tension flowing out of the body. The objective of this training is to gradually help to reduce the time needed to achieve complete relaxation. While initially it will take several minutes to go through these instructions, with some practice greater and greater relaxation should be achieved in less time.

In the second part of the recording you will be taken step-by-step through a Progressive Muscular relaxation session which will also last for about 30 minutes. To get you to relax you are asked to perform a series of exercises. When a muscle is contracted and then relaxed it returns to a state that is more relaxed than before the contraction took place. To achieve a totally relaxed state we need to perform a series of exercises that contract and relax all the muscles in the body. Eventually only a few seconds will be needed to achieve full body relaxation.

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This Thing Called Stress
  • This Thing Called Stress
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To help you to understand and reduce the physiological and psychological consequences of stress.

There are many consequences of stress and this recording highlights these consequences or symptoms as this information will be of immediate use in recognising stress in ourselves and others. This recording also provides useful information on the range of methods to combat the negative effects of stress.

By Emma Thurston: Narrated by Emma Thurston

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Relax: Escape from the Stress in Your Life
  • Relax: Escape from the Stress in Your Life
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A full 30 minute progressive muscular relaxation session guided by the hypnotic voice of Norman Brook.

This recording is designed to teach you to relax, to escape from the stress of everyday life, forget your worries and just let go.

To get you to relax we are going to ask you to perform a series of exercises. When a muscle is contracted and then relaxed it returns to a state that is more relaxed than before the contraction took place. To achieve a totally relaxed state we need to perform a series of exercises that contract and relax all the muscles in your body. Eventually only a few seconds will be needed to achieve full body relaxation. Take time to learn this and like self directed relaxation the results can be very rewarding.

By Norman Brook and Emma Thurston

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Relax: Forget Your Worries and Let Go
  • Relax: Forget Your Worries and Let Go
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A full 30 minute self directed relaxation session guided by the hypnotic voice of Norman Brook .

This recording is designed to teach you to relax, to escape from the stress of everyday life, forget your worries and just let go.

Self directed relaxation aims to relax each of the body’s muscle groups while emphasising slow, easy breathing and visualisation of the tension flowing out of the body. The objective of this training is to gradually help you to reduce the time needed to achieve complete relaxation.

While initially it will take several minutes to go through these instructions, with some practice greater and greater relaxation should be achieved in less time.

Eventually only a few seconds will be needed to achieve full body relaxation. Take time to learn this and the results can be very rewarding.

By Norman Brook and Emma Thurston

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Learn to Win at Golf
  • Learn to Win at Golf
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By Professor Aidan Moran: This audio presentation is designed to help you to do your best when it matters most in Golf. You will learn to prepare properly, focus effectively, develop solid routines, deal with distractions, visualise success and cope with pressure situations.

Professor Aidan Moran is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in sport psychology and an adviser to many of Ireland’s leading professional athletes and players.

He has a special interest in golf.

In helping you to learn how to win at Golf, this recording focuses on the “mental side” of golf. When all else is equal, it is often mental toughness that determines who wins.

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