Yoo: Develop Confidence; Build Relationships; Make Changes!
A Quick Story
A man once approached me after I had given a talk in a beautiful venue in the Middle East.
“Andy”, he asked, “Is it possible for me to read someone’s thoughts?”
“Do you have someone in mind?” I replied. The man looked down. “Someone close to me” he offered (I reckon it was probably his wife).
“Jack (I read his name badge), I have a method that works nearly every time I use it to find out what someone is thinking…” Jack looked up, raised eyebrows, expectant. I paused and said slowly…
“I ask them, Jack, I ask them!” Jack opened and closed his mouth, frowned then slowly looked up as a grin formed on his face. He nodded and walked away…
SOMETIMES THINGS ARE A LITTLE EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT IMAGINE!
Andy Edwards is an international speaker and widely published author, who’s been teaching relationship and ‘soft’ skills to companies and individuals for over 25 years. He’s taught all over the world, as well as online, and has an entertaining and practical teaching style. This course is guaranteed to keep you engaged, motivated, fascinated – and even (at times) amused. The Yoo course aims to teach you life changing skills to transform your approach to three key areas of your life.
And, like Jack discovered in the story above, it’s simpler AND MORE PRACTICAL than you might think!
The Yoo course could help you develop tons of confidence and self-esteem; increase your popularity, find you a soul mate, get a new job – make you happier! Bold claims indeed… however, any and all are entirely feasible with the right awareness and approach.
Andy’s story of developing the Yoo approach
Back in 1990 Andy himself was in a bit of a mess. Unemployed for two years, no real friends a failing marriage, his family homeless at one point; he didn’t think things could get any worse.
Then, on November 6th 1991, things got MUCH worse.
A personal tragedy (every parent’s worst nightmare), showed Andy what it was like to be at the very bottom of life’s barrel. He takes over the story:
“Well, over the following few years, I grieved, reflected a lot. I read a lot. I learned a lot… Even went on a couple of ‘personal development’ courses. I now completely understand (from a psychological perspective) exactly what I was going through… but not at the time! Unsurprisingly my marriage finally failed. It dawned on me that I needed to effectively reinvent myself.
And, in doing so, I started experimenting in what I could do to make a difference in my life… I initially thought it was about money. However I was wrong. After exactly a year of trial and experimentation, I decided to make a specific effort to study and practice just THREE particular areas.
More by luck than judgement I believe I got these three things absolutely right.
It is those three areas that have made fundamental differences in my life – such that, these days, I can claim to be a very different person.
People still meet me and call me ‘Lucky’ for what I have. But I know better. They didn’t see me back in the early ‘90’s!! Yeah… Luck may play its part – but I tell you, the Yoo approach, for me, has been the ‘Luck Generator’. And it’s simple to learn!”
The three areas of study
Andy’s successful ‘Personal Development’ approach (which he now calls ‘Yoo’) boils down to three interrelated areas:
1. Self awareness to build esteem and confidence
2. Understanding others to build and maintain (even repair) relationships
3. Personal resilience to face (or create) important changes in our lives
The Yoo course covers these three areas showing how each is interrelated. You literally can’t address ONE without affecting the other two.
Contents and overview
After an introduction you get an immediate opportunity to ‘Self-select’ your personality type based on descriptions on a set of colour cards. You end up with a ‘Colour Order’ to which you can refer as you learn more about yourself and other people during the course.
Then it’s time to understand the underpinning psychology starting with Hippocrates – and some pretty gross-out medicinal practices, through to Carl Jung, one of the ‘Fathers’ of modern psychology.
We learn that our fundamental, psychological differences are based on just a few preferences and traits. Once we know what these are, we can start to recognise such traits in real life through observing our own and others’ behaviours.
All well and good. However, we need to also understand what happens to our behaviour on a BAD day. The answer will surprise you – because Bad day behaviour is directly related to Good day behaviour – and we find out exactly how.
Bear in mind that, throughout the course, there are downloadable exercises and information sheets to help you apply your new-found learning.
Next up is the four ‘R’s. A simple model to help us understand how a relationship develops… and why it has to happen in a particular order. Here, we also examine whether you want to kill me or have babies with me! This is because we are still subject to primal human reactions – even though, these days, political correctness demands we largely keep these things to ourselves!
Now is the time to review the colour energies to be able to ‘read’ others. We look at typical Body language, Tone and likely Content of speech. We even have the basic ‘motto’ for each type. From this it’s a short hop to a fascinating model (Created by the author Gary Chapman) called the 5 Love languages. There’s no better insight into your ‘significant other’s’ preferences.
Emotional intelligence (or EQ) marks our next stop. The basic components of EQ speak of self-awareness and understanding others, so it’s a no brainer as part of the Yoo course. We also explore ‘Psychological Payoffs’ which can often be our unconscious barriers to making the changes we want to make in our lives.
By the end of this course
People will be drawn to you – and they won’t know really know why
You will have the knack of being able to ‘read’ someone almost instantaneously
Your Communication with others will improve – misunderstandings drop
You will be far more self-accepting and confident in who you are
You will find it easier to forgive – or at least understand why people behave in negative ways
You may become more tolerant – and yet more assertive
You will be able to anticipate how certain people will react to certain situations
You might even find out what people say about you when you’re not there!
And that’s just for starters – it all depends on how you apply your learning – and in what context.
Who this course is for:
Those who work, play, meet and interact with other people on a daily basis (at work you might be in sales, teaching, management, professional services, a therapist, hospitality, customer services or the caring professions. Or simply a member of a team).
Not suitable for those wanting an advanced academic qualification in psychology.
People looking for the most accessible, practical and easiest elements of psychology to apply to their daily lives.
Testimonials for Andy and the Yoo material
Working with the Yoo process has been a voyage of discovery, learning more about myself than I ever imagined. Mary (Female late 70’s).
You are inspirational to me and what you have passed on. I would like to think I am also a better husband, father, son and friend to those in life through what I have learnt. Richard (Male early 40’s)
The course has had quite a profound effect on me, I feel lighter, more free (less burdened) empowered, energised and above all more at peace with myself. Alex (Male mid 20’s)
For me personally this has been a game changer. Abbie (Female early 30’s)
This stuff really made me think. I can fully understand why so many people find it fascinating and useful. Richard (mid 50’s)
I would recommend Andy in every capacity – as a speaker, trainer, coach, a mentor, a motivator, an inspiring force… Andy is beyond ‘good’ at what he does. He’s the best. He lives it, practices it… always with incredible results. Mohammed (Male late 30’s)