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The Top NLP Books for the Christmas List

Here are some recommendations for NLP books this christmas – ones that we ourselves will be gifting to friends and family. Some are for specific groups of people, but we kick off with one general one on New Year Resolutions.  Make New Year Resolutions and Keep Them Using NLP (Donna Blinston). The majority of us see the new year as an opportunity to make changes in our lives, and whether you have a formal new years resolution list, or just want to find a way to keep to a few specific things, this simple and practical book from Donna Blinston has worked wonders. Chris and Amazon reviewer comments I bought this book to help me get fit, I found it really easy to read and very beneficial. A lot of its contents are quite common sense when brought to your attention and without out them I believe I would still be where I was.”

NLP For Parents and NLP For Children. Judy Bartkowiak’s Engaging NLP series (which now includes Teens and Tweens) takes NLP and applies half a dozen to a dozen techniques to specific groups. Each book is 80-100 pages long and contains easy to implement methods to situations specific to the life stages involved. There are also books for New Mums, for Work, Teacher and others, and it is the NLP for Parents and NLP for Children books that are the most popular.

Bangers and Mash. For any person dealing with cancer, family members and friends, Keith Hern’s incredible moving book takes us on a journey with him as he battled throat cancer the first time around. Keith is a photographer so there are plenty of amazing pictures as well. With the aid of an NLP coach, Keith has beaten cancer twice, and is once again currently using a host of NLP techniques in his third battle against cancer. Keith is a leading advocate of the use of NLP with cancer patients and many hospitals have in fact changed their procedures after reading the book.

Seeing Spells Achieving (Bendefy and Hickmott). The #1 NLP book in the world for learning difficulties since 2006, the book is still in the UK top 20 NLP books and has helped turn around the lives of tens of thousands of people – mainly children – with a variety of learning difficulties such as dyslexia. When first launched is what seen as revolutionary – applying NLP techniques in this field – and six years later is regarded as the definitive book that many others have built upon.

Negotiation Mastery. We can all do with some help in negotiation, whether its in business or in our personal lives. This new book comes from the position of creating the ‘win-win’ and is getting incredible reviews. The author, Simon Horton, has even trained top hostage negotiators and his no-nonsense approach is very easy to follow.

Influencing The Interview. Getting a job in the challenging economy is extremely tough and Chris Delaney should know – he runs a recruitment business. Chris is also an NLP practitioner and in this book he shares all the secrets of maximising your influence in that all important job interview using a host of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques

And The Next Question Is? Getting the necessary information is all down to how good your questions are and this book has thousands of insightful questions that will live long in many coaches and practitioners toolkits.

Finally, a fun book that includes a chapter on NLP from one of the world’s most fascinating mentalists – Joe Riggs. ‘The Real Sherlock Holmes’ is a book that explains the deductive techniques that con-artists and charlatans use to garner facts about people – many of which are used by the world’s most famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. The title of the book comes from a major US newspaper reporter who, on witnessing Riggs’s deductive skills, dubbed him ‘the real Sherlock Holmes’ and the name stuck.


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Social Drinking Increases The Threat of Throat Cancer

Dominating the news across the UK yesterday was the new report highlighting the link between social drinking and throat cancer. Lead interview for many of the news networks (SKY, ITV etc) was Keith Hern, whose book Bangers and Mash charts his battle against throat cancer.

Keith is now an ambassador for several cancer charities and advocate for moderation. Fellow MX author Alex Buckley agrees. His recent book Lose Weight in 20 minutes has caused quite a stir by stating the obvious – moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle. The difference with Alex is he shares the ways to achieve moderation. Yesterday his blog article ‘Alcohol Is Cancerous, But Don’t Panic!’ outlined the tactics he used to moderate his drinking – a key part of the plan that helped him lose over 3 stone (20 kilos, 40 pounds) in weight.

We need both advocates like Keith to highlight the dangers of excess in our lives, and sound practical advice like Alex’s to implement moderation.

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Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Fighting Cancer


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Dentists saving thousands of lives. If you’re a smoker, visit your dentist for early detection of mouth cancer.

A wonderful article from Dentistry highlights today that a very surprising ‘front line’ of defence against mouth cancer is in fact your dentist. Especially if you are a smoker, your dentist is the perfect person to detect mouth cancer early enough for you to be able to survive it. The whole article is here – Smokers Urged To Visit The Dentist.

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Fighting Cancer


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The Lancet – Oncology – Reviews Throat Cancer and NLP Book

“Hern excellently describes living with cancer.” The Lancet

We mentioned in a previous article that our proudest moment as a publisher came with Keith Hern’s appearance as an advocate for a mouth cancer charity on ITV’s This Morning and the recent review in The Lancet came very close as well. The Lancet is the most revered of medical journals and to even get considered important enough for a review is an honour. Below are comments and extracts from the long review which appears in Volume 11, December 2010.

Bangers and Mash charts Keith’s battle against throat cancer with the help of NLP and the review is glowing on how well Keith describes that journey.

“Hern excellently describes living with cancer – working out how to tell family and friends, and combining everyday life with the endless hospital appointments, scans, and blood tests. Hern uses italics to express his thoughts and differentiate them from what he actually says to medical staff, on the whole this effectively communicates the “daily turmoil” of what is actually going on behind his clichéd brave face”.

Several hospitals, including the Royal Marsden where Keith was treated are using the book with patients. A recent comment from a team leader there reaffirms the Lancet’s comments;

“Yesterday, I was in a research session looking at the role of acupuncture to resolve dryness of the mouth after radiotherapy. There were about six participants during the session and while they got all these needles stuck on them, one of the patients talked about your book. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and that it gave him reassurance that he was not alone in what he had gone through.”

That seems to be a key role for the book that is born out in dozens of testimonials from around the world. The frankness and honesty combined with the level of detail on the process he went through is helping lots of patients – facing all types of cancers. One patient fed back;

“Had an amazing day today met the team of docs and nurses who are going to make me better, they could not believe how happy and positive I was. I know our cancers are both different but i didn’t stop talking about your book ….and how step by step it helped me understand so much.  I never knew what pet and ct scans where or radio therapy was but your book told me not only what it does but how it feels which most docs dont know because they have never had it done”

The Lancet article also comments on how helpful Keith’s photography throughout the book is in painting the picture for cancer patients.

“The photographic diary of his cancer treatment is a more interesting and effective way of illustrating his treatment that using words alone, and generally this photographic approach works very well”.

The articles echos at the end the sentiment of many readers of the book;

“Bangers and Mash is a very personal look at the day-to-day reality of coping with cancer and the positive outcome of Hern’s treatment makes it an uplifting read”.

As one doctor’s review on Amazon says, it is a must read for all doctors, cancer sufferers and their families. Bangers and Mash is available from all good bookstores, Amazon Kindle and iBooks for the iPad. More on Keith’s battle in the Daily Mail article comparing his fight with that of Michael Douglas.

Bangers and Mash

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National TV Appearance For Throat Cancer Survivor that used NLP to battle the disease

Keith Hern’s groundbreaking book ‘Bangers and Mash‘ has been a bestseller in many countries in the field of throat cancer. An open and honest journey through his battle with throat cancer, the book is a revelation also for the photos throughout the book. Keith is a professional photographer and took pictures all the way through the battle with throat cancer.

Keith recently appeared on ITVs ‘This Morning’ in a an unprecedented eleven minute interview as an advocate for a mouth cancer charity bringing the message of early identification to an audience of millions.

Keith Hern - ITV's This Morning 30th November 2010

ITV have very kindly put the full interview on their website [click on any of the pictures to be taken to the full interview].

Bangers and Mash - ITV's This Morning

The book is being used by many cancer hospitals and charities both to give hope to patients battling cancer, but also to question existing processes used with patients. The book is available from good bookstores around the world and is particularly popular in eBooks formats – Amazon Kindle and iBooks for the iPad and iPhone.

In the USA the book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

In the UK  the book is available from Amazon, Book Depository [free delivery worldwide] and Watersones.

Bangers and Mash

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Throat Cancer Survivor Talks About How NLP Helped In The Battle

Keith Hern talks honestly and frankly about throat cancer – from the moment of finding the lump through to getting the all-clear – chemotherapy, radiotherapy and NLP and the effect on friends and family.

Keith’s journey is catalogued in words and photos (he is a photographer by trade) in his book Bangers and Mash which has recently been picked up by a number of cancer organisations as a vital read for patients.


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Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Executive Coaching To Beat Cancer

Bangers and Mash is a life story with a difference: this book recounts how professional photographer and alternative therapy sceptic Keith Hern used a topical executive coaching strategy (NLP) to fight throat cancer and win.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is most commonly used to help executives overcome their perceived limitations to reach career goals. NLP Gurus include Paul McKenna, Michael Neill, Richard Bandler and Art Giser. MostBangers and Mash is a life story with a difference: this book recounts how professional photographer and alternative therapy sceptic Keith Hern used a topical executive coaching strategy (NLP) to fight throat cancer and win. businesspeople use the techniques to improve their confidence and sales skills but Keith used its methods for the battle of his life, with results that have impressed and amazed the medical establishment.

Bangers and Mash charts that battle – with great candour and humour Keith tells it like it is. Being a photographer he also shows it like it is, persuading medical staff and friends to take pictures at every stage of his treatment.

The result is a gripping story, not always comfortable, but always honest. Written: “to help anyone else faced with the doom-laden words ‘you have cancer’ to know what it’s like” the book also raises some thought-provoking questions about traditional treatment routes.

Meeting his NLP coach in an entirely unrelated context and prior to his cancer diagnosis, Keith turned up for his first session “an emotional wreck, frightened to death and simply not knowing how to deal with the treatment process.” He left with an altogether more positive outlook having taken the first steps on the road to changing his beliefs to ‘I can beat this’.

Keith credits the regular Neuro-Linguistic Programming sessions with helping to keep positive and give him the energy to fight his cancer. Read the book – it’s inspiring, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting.

Reviews from businesswomen in particular have been glowing. Internationally successful chef Nigella Lawson comments “I admire Keith Herns spirit and his honesty“.

Businesspeople facing major challenges can take a lot from Keith’s story as he shows how NLP helped him gain focus and drive him towards his goal of surviving the cancer. If Keith could use NLP to take on cancer then there it proves there is a lot there for entrepreneurs to use to tackle the challenges that they face in business.

The link between NLP and energy has been around for some time with the phrase ‘Energetic NLP’ being used by many practitioners.

As a photographer by trade Keith charts the battle with some fascinating images with special permissions granted by The Royal Marsden Hospital. Funds from the book go towards the hospitals great work with cancer patients.

The book is available from all good bookstores and Keith’s website. Booksellers The Book Depository are offering free delivery worldwide on the book. In addition to positive reviews from trade reviewers, people with family members battling cancer have charted how helpful the book has been:

“A brilliant read for anyone who has been diagnosed or caring for someone with cancer as it is inspirational and gives a comprehensive detailed account of life as a cancer patient and how you can win.”


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Cancer Patients’ Books Inspire Sufferers

Olive Hickmott and Keith Hern have several things in common. Both have suffered with cancer (Keith now for the 2nd time), both have written inspiring books that are giving hope to other sufferers, and both have a strong respect for the role NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has taken on the mental side of battling their cancer.

Keith Hern has throat cancer and his book ‘Bangers and Mash’ charts his first battle, through the chemotherapy and radiotherapy and with the help of an NLP coach. Keith is a photographer so the book includes some amazing photos of the process and his subsequent fundraising efforts. Leading chef Nigella Lawson was touched by Keith’s bravery and commented – “I admire Keith Hern’s spirit and his honesty”. Recent reviews on Amazon refer to how the book is helping:

“A captivating read of one individual’s experince of cancer treatment that could be helpful to people newly diagnosed with cancer or for those supporting loved ones through the process”.

Olive Hickmott is an NLP Master practitioner and her book ‘You Too Can Do Health‘ is an uplifting book for all those suffering critical trauma. Written with fellow cancer patient and NLP practitioner Sarah Kniighton (who sadly lost her personal battle shortly after the book was published) the book has generated endorsements from leading NLP guru Art Giser:

“It takes what is often dry information and makes it come alive in a story that will teach your conscious and your unconscious mind simple, powerful, and doable ways to enhance your health. This is one of those rare books that will change your life while still managing to be easy and compelling to read.”

Two fascinating perspectives of how addressing the mental aspects of battling cancer can make a huge difference and how NLP can applied. Our profound best wishes go to Keith who as we write this is tackling another bout of cancer and indeed writing another book as he found that the process of writing was also a great help.

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

You Too Can 'Do' Health

You Too Can 'Do' Health


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