NLP and Business Success

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Singapore, NLP Techniques, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

In our daily race, many behave like hamsters on a wheel. Doing, doing, doing. Churning, churning, churning. Missing, missing, missing – the angels that enter our lives.

Here is a true story narrated in the first person but using fictitious names. Thanks to the self-made financially free person who shared this story.



Many years ago, I was dragging myself home, my mind filled with dozens of worries. My ventures had failed and we were down to the last dollar…literally!

I bumped into a friend, Heng, an old classmate whom I had not seen since schooldays.

I remembered him as the boy with the scaly skin (Ichthyosis Vulgaris) whom everyone shunned. It did not bother me and we became fast friends but lost touch after he moved (back then, no telephones or social media).

Heng greeted me with a wide smile and we even hugged. We were both in a rush and promised to keep in touch – but never did.

I still recall that fleeting encounter, his brimming smile and the joy in his eyes. Perhaps he was happy to see me but I think it was more to do with Heng – always a happy boy, now a happy man.

I could not fathom then but felt a great unburdening of my heart.

When I reached home, my wife remarked that I looked cheerful – something she had not seen on my face since our troubles started.

There was something about that encounter with Heng and I felt an intense drive and found ways to overcome my problems. It was tough going but I celebrated every small success. Whereas previously, I saw the cups as half empty, now I saw only half full cups.

Whenever I felt myself sinking into despair, I would recollect that pleasant encounter and snap out. It made me feel better and I never looked back. I did this repeatedly. Negative thoughts – snap! I felt more positive and kept going. In time, I managed to rebuild my business.

Years later, in a pensive moment, the thought occurred – an angel had touched me – in the form of my friend. Thanks to Heng, I made it.


The narrator refers to his friend, Heng, as an angel.

Sometimes all we need is a trigger to bring about a certain change in mind-set. What was once relegated to the realms of angels and magic is now fully explained by science.

When the narrator said, he would “snap” out of his negative thoughts and emotions, he was actually resorting to a NLP technique.

For the uninitiated, NLP or Neuro-linguistic Programming is a powerful and secret “mental technique” used by the world’s top leaders in the arts, in the professions and by police agencies, among others.

Trained practitioners of NLP can employ this technique at will. Many of the world leaders – great persuaders – use NLP techniques and so can you.

This mental technique has the ability to pull you out of despair and set you on a positive “can do” path that lead you to become a top performer in your area of endeavour.

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Rival Opportunities

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

We’re competitors ourselves and face competition in every sphere of our lives. But how do you view the competition?

Unfortunately, most people view competitors as the “enemy”. If you’re seen fraternizing with someone from a competitor company – having a beer during happy hours, for example – your boss might have a talk with you. You might even be seen as disloyal and viewed with suspicion.

We all know in order to up our game, we need accomplished mentors – people who’ve been there, done that. If you’re fortunate enough to attract someone willing to mentor you – great! Your learning curve might be steep but immensely shortened. That said, we don’t usually get to select our mentors – otherwise, every stock investor will be queuing up outside Warren Buffett’s door, every entrepreneur will be hounding Richard Branson, and so on.

However, why stop with a traditional mentor? Widen your net.


Besides a mentor, one of the next best people to learn from is your competitor. But unlike your mentor, you can select which competitor to shadow.

These are some potential advantages of learning from your competitor:

  1. You gather options on how to tackle challenges and opportunities.

Most businesses have a given modus operando; a methodology they employ almost automatically. For example, when orders increase, when workload increases – management adds new headcount. How many people are willing to review their work processes; to streamline and wring out greater efficiencies? Perhaps your competitor is taking a different approach than merely adding head count.

  1. You add to your knowledge and expertise.

Instead of embracing the “I know best” mantra – which most owners of micro-businesses are guilty of – you could evaluate what the competitor is doing, cherry pick and build a more competitive strategy and action plan.

  1. Your competitor will drive you to excel.

Remember during your school days how you used to gamely compete with your schoolmates. Recall how you pushed them and they, in turn, propelled you to do better.

It’s common wisdom – spewed by many luminaries – that you need to compete with yourself and secure incremental improvement. However, do consider the context in which they give this advice. Their advice is valid, provided, you’re already the top dog.

But consider this example: If your competitor is pulling sales of $1 million and you’re doing only $500,000 – would you rather compete with him or with yourself?

In passing, consider this fictional conversation:

Are you a fast runner?


Are you sure?


You’re very sure you don’t have the potential to run lightning fast?

“Very sure.”

Okay, now imagine a fierce dog is chasing you. Are you a fast runner?

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Mind over Matter

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in NLP 101, NLP Introduction, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Techniques, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

Athletes train to keep their bodies in prime condition.

Your mental faculties – the brain – also needs to be constantly exercised and honed to optimum performance.


<< The biggest differentiator between mediocre and meteoric performance is the ability to work productively for long stretches of time >>

Quite often, and increasingly now, all of us have to work long hours. This could be due to heavy workload, to meet project time targets and a dozen other reasons. Of course, between these spurts of intense activity, one needs to take time out and recharge.

But you need to prepare for the sprints.

You need to intentionally develop your mental faculties and stamina. Only then can you effectively compete with those who have systematically built up their endurance over decades in the business world. Only then can you compete with the best and best them.

How do you build up mental faculties? How do you psyche yourself, discard negative baggage that holds you back and realise your full potential?

It’s simpler than what most people reckon.

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Transform Yourself for the Better

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Introduction, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Video, Self Improvement | 0 comments

As a young man, Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary firebrand. The apartheid government of South Africa imprisoned him.

Video clip source: Movie – Invictus

Instead of turning bitter and vengeful, in Nelson Mandela’s own words:

“In prison all of my jailers were Afrikaners. For 27 years I studied them. I learned their language. Read their books, their poetry. I had to know my enemy before I could prevail against him and we did prevail, did we not? Our enemy is no longer the Afrikaner. They are our fellow South Africans. Our partners in democracy and they treasure Springbok Rugby. If we take that away, we lose them. We prove that we are what they feared we would be. We have to be better than that. We have to surprise them with compassion, with restraint and generosity. I know, all of the things they denied us but this is no time to celebrate petty revenge. This is the time to build our nation using every single brick available to us.”

Instead of radicalizing him, prison transformed him – into a revered world leader.

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Training | 0 comments

Hi Friends

I have just came back from Orlando (Florida) after attending Society of NLP’s Charisma Enhancment Trainers Training.

It was an amazing experience to meet Dr Richard Bandler …… as usual …. and watching him on stage performing his magical NLP Demos and his story-telling skills.

For those of you who have not seen Dr Richard Bandler before, I have provided a video below so that you can appreciate his style of communication:

So the following are 5 Critical Success Factors that I personally felt that they may be useful to you. Do note that some may be new , some may be a reinforcement to something that you may already know. So there you go:


OK. Now this you know. You may think that you know. It’s what you know but rather when you communicate with another person, are you able to elicit a response from them where they might smile or laugh so that the ice is broken between you and the person you are communicating. The secret lies in Richard’s ability to use his facial expression, tonality and body language. Watch the video below:

#2 Usage of a Nested Loops

Nested loops are usage of stories where only half of any story is told at the beginning where the 2nd half will be told at the end. I have been using such stories in most of my trainings. Purpose of Nested Loops is to plant ideas to the unconscious mind and for the audience to connect the dots. If you are still wondering what are Nested Loops, have you ever wonder why some action movies will show the most exciting segment right at the beginning and then suddenly, it leaves you hanging at the most critical point. The movie will then start from the beginning, continue with the flow until the end where the story will then link back to the exciting moment which was shown right in the beginning. It’s a great example of story telling where it catches your attention right in the beginning, suspense your interest and reveal the other half of the exciting portion right at the end.

An example will be a short clip below from the movie Inception. Watch the entire clip below and see how one scene jumps abruptly to another:

 #3 Usage Spatial Anchors

I have used this numerous times in my presentation to engage audience and it was a great reminder again. If you are new to this phrase ‘spatial anchors’, it simply means usage of space (ie. spatial) on the floor/stage to tell a specific story and then another space to tell a different story and so on. The purpose is so that each specific space Anchors a specific story which may elicit a certain state from the audience.

#4 How Behaviour Can be Shifted Using Submodalites 

Before I explain what are Submodalities, let me ask you a few questions:

(i) “Recall a moment in time where you felt absolutely happy …….”

(ii) “Are there pictures, sound and/or feelings in your mind right now?”

If there are pictures (Visual), sound (Auditory) or feelings (Kinethetic) in your mind, each of these is a Modality. If there are picture(s) in your mind, are the pictures small/big, near/far, black & white/colour? The finer elements of each Modality is a Submodality. Small/Big is a Submodality of the Visual Modality.

Watch the video below to witness how Dr Richard Bandler guide the volunteer to ‘play’ with the image and video in his mind.

Pay attention to the story which Dr Richard Bandler told right at the end of the demo? Do you know what is the message behind the story?

#5 Usage of Embedded Commands

I wonder what are embedded commands by itself is an embedded command ……..

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Cayden Chang
Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International & Mind Kinesis Investments Pte Ltd
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?


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Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in NLP Singapore | 0 comments

Dear Friends

Secrets? Really? Is this article going to be another one of those that I have read somewhere?

Well, it’s a personal story of myself and it’s my Beliefs of Success. Who am I? In a nutshell:

My story started where I was brought up in a extremely humble family where my father was a fishmonger and my mum, a hardworking homemaker. Throughout my education, I survived on bursaries and getting a new pair of school shoes was a luxury. I was a obedient child at first but during my teenage years, I became a video game addict and fell into bad company. I did badly academically that I have to retake my GCE ‘A’ levels 3 times. No school is willing to accept a retake student. I did so much better during my 3rd attempt and managed to get myself into a good university. I borrowed money and worked relentlessly with a couple of jobs during my school days to fund my tuition fees and my daily expenses. My father passed away because of a heart attack when I was in Year 3 of my undergraduate studies and my mum died 1 year after due to terminal stage lung cancer. After I have graduated, I was deadbroke and owed a huge debt. I worked a couple of jobs day & night and repaid my debt within 1.5 years. I was penniless then, but it was one of the best moment in my life.

I worked hard and I eventually graduated with 3 Degrees (2 Bachelor Degrees & a Master Degree) and was even honoured a Singapore National Award called the ‘Lifelong Learner Award’ from the Minister of Manpower, Mr Gan Kim Yong, in 2008. I was subsequently featured in “TODAY” newspaper, “938Live Online News”, “938Live Radio Station” & “Mediacorp Xin.Sg”. I have also co-founded an award-winning educational board game (Ministry of Education Innergy award 2003), which was featured in “Channel 8”, “Channel U”, “Kids Central” and “LianHeZaoBao” .

After working previously as an employee for more than 10 years, I left my last job as an Assistant Vice President in a listed company to start my company called ‘Mind Kinesis Management International LLP’ which runs Mind Kinesis NLP Academy and Mind Kinesis Value Investing Academy focussing on training people in the arena of NLP & Value Investing. I am now Financially FREE!

Talking about a better life?

In July 2010, I was diagnosed with Renal Cancer. Despite having this disease, I continued with the launch of my 1st charity project in August 2010, where I donated all of the sales proceeds of my book titled ‘Do You Have What It Takes to Be BOSS?’, to ‘The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund’. This project was featured on 938Live Radio Station ‘The Living Room’ and Straits Times. My fight with Renal Cancer was subsequently published in Straits Times ‘Mind Your Body’ and I was also interviewed on 938Live Radio Station ‘A Slice of Life’.

I am currently happily married with a little girl and I am living the life that I have always wanted.

Well, it’s my personal experience and these are what I felt that they will be useful for you:


Before I left my previous company as an employee, I remembered vividly that there were occasions when I shared with my colleagues that one day, I am going to make in 1 day what people make in 1 month in this company. They all laughed with disbelief. “How is it possible?” they said. It has been a number of years now and the amazing thing is that I can make in 1 day their 1 year’s salary. It’s not the money that’s is important, it’s what one believes in. The logic is simple, one only do things that one strongly believes in and vice versa. If one did not believe in what he can do, he simply do NOTHING and nothing is what he gets. If one strongly believe in something, he is definitely going to do something about it. Before I started my Training Business, I was warned by my colleague, out of 10 people who runs a business, 9 failed. Unfortunately, I only think that I will be that 1. Another champion speaker whom I met from a Toastmasters Club shared with me that he previously left his job and became a professional speaker, but it was tough and he gave up after 1.5 years of struggle. Out of good intention, he shared with me that if I can survived for 1 year as a Professional Speaker, I am damn good already. I DID!

Does doing something guarantees success? May and may not. But one thing for sure, if one does Nothing, it’s a sure Failure.

So what do you believe in?


“It’s not my fault”, “Hey, there is nothing much I can do here”, “He is the one. Go ask him”. Any of these sound familiar to you? If you are the one saying these, notice the words that you used. So what’s the big deal and benefit of taking 100% responsibility? When you take Personal Responsibility, you take charge even when things go wrong. You are the driver of your own bus. But the moment you start to push responsibility and blame others, you are implying that others take control of your life, isn’t it? And others are driving your bus.  

When I used to coach others, the common response when a person did not get their goal is that they will find tons of reasons why they did not reach their goal. That’s a good start – they have identified the problems. Unfortunately, that’s what they did and they simply did not learnt from it and ask themselves what they MUST do to reach their outcome. So why some decide not to take responsibility even they knew it was important? Ask yourself this , which one is easier – take responsibility or blame others? You see why people behave in the way they do? 


This is my personal favorite “Winners pay the Price of Success”. Success in whatever forms, tangible or intangible, does not drop from the sky. You want to be RICH, you got to pay the Price to be Rich. You want to be Successful, you got to pay the Price to be Successful. You want to have a Happy Family, you have to pay the Price to have a Happy Family. Lots of effort are involved. One of my favorite quote goes “The harder you work, the luckier you get” ~ Donald Trump. Most of us only see the end result of the successful people whether they are rich, famous, or simply happy but not many saw what they have done to achieved their success. One good example is that a participant was saying that being in the sales line such as Insurance or Real Estate makes big bucks. When I asked them why won’t they themselves do it? They replied: “No CPF. No employer’s CPF. No medical benefits. No leave. No regular salary.” You see? They know how much a Top Salesman will make. But are they willing to pay the price to get to the Top?What about you?

My personal take, whoever is up there, they deserved to be up there. You can make a Choice today to be one of them!

Have a great week ahead!

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Cayden Chang
Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?”
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