An interview with 2015 Emergenetics Brain Summit Speaker David Sales
Q: How did you get involved with Emergenetics?
A: We met Emergenetics International at a conference in Prague – were immediately impressed and things moved quickly to us becoming the UK Country Partner. We sensed we’d stumbled on one of those opportunities to work with great people and great products. Three years on, our sense has proved to be very right.
Q: You are in the process of becoming an Emergenetics Master Trainer. Have you had any interesting new Emergenetics “aha” moments?
A: Apart from the one where I realized I knew a lot less than I thought I did!? But thankfully, Chris Cox was in the room, who knows everything! Yes, two others come to mind. The importance of trainer bias. I never offered agendas for my Meeting of The Minds sessions and I realized that probably puts my structural thinkers on a “disturbed footing” from the start. I have now changed that. Secondly, the new way to describe the Assertiveness attribute makes it so much easier to explain.
Q: Do you have a favorite Emergenetics activity or exercise?
A: I love Great Karnac. I love Line Up, I love Room as a Brain. I love Love Message (obviously!). In fact, I love it all! Except Out to Lunch – which I really need to work hard on to get it right. I so look forward to running MOTM sessions. It is not often that you can walk into a training session and KNOW everyone is going to enjoy it.
Q: What do you do for personal and/or professional development?
A: I listen to advice from Chris Cox; I read all the Blogs that the Emergenetics community write; We go to conferences and present Emergenetics, but listen diligently to loads of other people; I read neuroscience articles, Scientific American, New Scientist, and such stuff. Most importantly, I watch and listen to people really carefully and with a fascination that I never had in the years B.E. (Before Emergenetics).
Q: What is your training/ learning philosophy?
A: Simple, it’s this: Get them curious, Give them fun, Tell them straight when they are making excuses for bad behavior, Re-enforce the learning outside the classroom.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
A: Hey, I’m Conceptual, my favorite quote is always the last one I heard!! But if you are forcing me, then a long-standing favorite is, from Winston Churchill… “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” which links to another of his, “Optimists see the opportunity in every difficulty, while Pessimists see the difficulty in every opportunity”.