New Chair of the South Manchester Speakers Club

New Chair of the South Manchester Speakers Club

Dr N. Ali from the YPS has officially taken over as the Chair of the South Manchester Speakers Club (SMSC). In 2001, Richard G Aves, Colin Wild (late), Sue Tomlinson and John Gardener who were members of the Association of Speakers Clubs founded the SMSC. The first ever SMSC meeting was held on Tuesday 16 January 2001 in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Richard Aves (pictured on left) is stepping down as the Chair of SMSC after serving tirelessly for over two decades. As Richard moves on to do other things in his life, Dr Nasar Ali (Chair) and Rona Barbour (President) who have been members of the club for many years will take over and continue leading and strengthening the club and helping the members to improve on their communication skills and boosting their confidence levels.

Research shows that the number one attribute that leads people to the top of any profession is their ability to speak confidently, passionately, persuasively, and professionally, especially in public. People who communicate with impact and win others over to their ideas, and way of thinking, are generally the ones who will enjoy the best careers, rewards and relationships.

Dr Ali said that “SMSC is for anyone of the age of 20+ who wants to improve their communication skills and become more self-confident. It’s suitable for all beginners as well as for more experienced speakers”.

The SMSC meetings consist of following:

  • Prepared speeches
  • Speech evaluations
  • Impromptu speaking
  • Chairing sessions
  • Storytelling
  • Debates

For 2023, the club meetings (10 in total) will be held monthly on the last Monday of each month in the evenings between 7:30pm-9:30pm. The meetings will be held at the Cresta Court hotel (Best Western) in Altrincham (Cheshire).

Do you want to improve your speaking skills, leadership, and confidence?

Why not join the South Manchester Speakers Club!!!

If you’re interested in becoming a member – Complete and submit this online form (annual SMSC membership fee is £50).

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How to Create a Culture of Innovation in a Volatile World

How to Create a Culture of Innovation in a Volatile World

International Conference on Advanced Materials Science & Engineering and High-Tech Device Applications (ICMATSE)

Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

27-29 October 2022


Innovation is a vital key for human progress in a world dominated by high tech and increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This is particularly important in research and development across the globe. Dr N. Ali in his virtual address spoke about the importance of learning to innovate to solve world problems, such as climate change, energy crisis, poverty alleviation, pandemics, health, and education.

There is a growing need to support researchers to translate lab-research to the marketplace (L2M). A culture needs to be created in academic institutions where young researchers are guided and encouraged to consider entrepreneurship using their innovative research and advanced technologies.

We must innovate to solve global problems. Innovations allow us to be better prepared to meet the sudden challenges of this volatile world (ever-changing). The pandemic has made humans more innovative in functioning under extreme conditions (lockdowns) by being able to work remotely from home, home-schooling, communicating with each other using technology, virtual meetings, and collaborations.


How do you innovate?

  1. Make a list of ideas – come up with as many as possible. Set aside 15 minutes and just write down everything that comes to mind on the topic.
  2. Rank your ideas in terms of applicability and benefits.
  3. Decide on the top 3 ideas that you will implement immediately
  4. Write down the next 3 steps for these ideas
  5. Take the first steps right now – act immediately.


What are the differences between novelty’ and ‘innovation?

Novelty is simply an incremental change to an existing product designed to help companies differentiate their products from the competition. Innovation is about creating shifts in consumer behaviour or shaking the foundations of industries. If you learn to innovate well, you could become a ‘trailblazer’ and a ‘game changer’.

Dr Ali spoke about the discoveries of C60 buckyball molecule (Prof. H. W. Kroto et al), Graphene (Prof. Andre Geim et al) and the development of novel polymer-based nanocomposite materials (Prof. A. Seifalian et al) used for fabricating artificial human organs. The two discoveries (C60, Graphene) led to receiving the Nobel Prizes. Some of these discoveries were made using very simple and cheap equipment – scotch tape for the discovery of graphene. Even with simplicity you can innovate and make big impact on society.

Most researchers in academic institutions aim to publish a couple of papers in peer reviewed journals during their PHD thesis on novel aspects of their work. Publishing work is a good way to create impact, however, unfortunately this is a slow process and mostly the society does not read the papers. Even entrepreneurs don’t always read such publications.


How do you create a culture of innovation?

It’s imperative to work together, collaborate and to share experiences. Collaborations bringing together people with different strengths, backgrounds and expertise generate ‘better’ or ‘best’ ideas (result of great minds working together).

Researchers working in labs encounter many problems which they must solve to proceed with their work and projects. Many of the solutions to the daily occurring problems in the labs could be ‘inventive steps’ without one realising it.

Collaborations allow people to share their experiences leading to more innovations. As more and more people share experiences, we build up momentum that would make an impact and result in more innovations. This will be the key to creating a culture where everyone will be pulled into focusing on ‘innovation’ only.

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How to improve your productivity?

How to improve your productivity?

The most successful people are the most productive in the important areas of their lives. You need to identify your unique talent, focus on it and work towards maximising it. To maximise your productivity, follow the steps given below:


  1. Choose one thing that’s most important which will have the greatest impact on your major purpose in life. Do this one thing first before you do anything else. This will set you up for the rest of the day. If you put it off until later and allow interruptions to get in the way, then you’ll not achieve your potential. Once you’ve done the most important thing, the rest of the day should be plain sailing.


  1. Be passionate about the most important thing and wake up early and start straight away. The mornings are quiet and peaceful so you can focus intensely on your goal without distractions. Get up an hour earlier and start. If you’re passionate about something then you’ll work harder, longer and with more intensity. With that focus you’ll get much more done. You’re much less likely to procrastinate.


  1. Avoid interruptions, unnecessary distractions and don’t do trivial work. Focus on the most important work. If you focus on unimportant work, then you’ll never be great at the things that matter the most. Say “NO” to work that matters little and save your energy for your main goal or purpose. Minimise emails, blogs, internet surfing, phone calls, text messages during the period where you are doing your most important work. Work offline and schedule a time when you need to check the internet and put the timer and stop after a fixed time. Otherwise, hours of productive time can be wasted doing aimless surfing. It may be enjoyable but is it productive and best use of your time? You’ll do much more work if you eliminate unimportant work from your schedule.


  1. Prepare your workspace or environment so that it supports you working on the most important task(s). Whatever you need should be easily accessible. Shut down any other distraction. Keep the space simple, uncluttered and clean. This will help you focus on the task at hand.


  1. Avoid meetings. Make whatever excuse you need to make so that you can focus on the important work. If you have to meet with someone unrelated to your goal then keep these meetings short, focused and valuable. Get the maximum out of each meeting.


  1. Do the toughest, most impactful and important tasks first. When you complete the tasks, your self-esteem will soar making everything else easier. If you leave the most important task until last then you’ll probably never complete it.


7. Be persistent when you’re doing your most important task and carry on until you succeed. If you’ve allowed one hour to finish it but you’re only halfway through then spend another hour and finish. Don’t stop; keep the momentum that you’ve built going. You’ll feel much better and will have a sense of achievement. You can move onto next important thing with a mind free from regret. You won’t be thinking all day about incomplete tasks that you have to do tomorrow. Break down big tasks into chucks that you can finish in the allocated time.


Note: This blog was taken from the Success Secrets Book. To order a copy of this book Click here.

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What is the difference between deliberate practice and repetition?

It’s an important distinction, and the difference is subtle. Repetition is doing things again and again. Deliberate practice identifying a specific action, knowing what perfect performance looks like and doing it again and again and each time trying to get closer and closer to perfect performance. A champion tennis player will practice serve after serve trying to increase accuracy and speed so that at key moments in a match the conditioning will come into play and a perfect serve is executed. Doing things by repetition means doing the same thing again and again. In essence you’ve gained 1 years’ experience 10 times. Deliberate practice means getting better and better so in 10 years you will have gained 10 years’ experience. Your performance will be way above someone with 1 year of experience.


Deliberate practice is very focused and targeted at strategically key areas to achieve improvements in order to get you closer to your goal.


The difference in being a champion or an ordinary performer is tiny fraction. In athletics, for sprinters it’s a hundredth of a second. For golfers, it’s fraction of millimeter of the face of golf club during a swing. For boxers, it may be just one punch.


You need to deliberately practice getting better at your main skill area. For example, for David Beckham it was being the best at dead ball situations and passing such as free kicks, corners and crossing towards a striker to score the winning goal. He set up numerous goals for great clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid and won numerous honours.  He became famous for the accuracy of his long passes, free kicks and corners and crosses, which involved accuracy at long range. He scored an amazing goal from almost halfway up the pitch. He captained his country due to his talent, incredible work ethic and superb attitude.


“I still look at myself and want to improve”. David Beckham

Victoria Beckham said in an interview that when David gets home, he goes into the garden and lines up 100 footballs and practices shooting, crossing and passing long balls. Professional footballers have very hard and rigorous training sessions with their clubs. Most after training go home and relax. Beckham was willing to go the extra mile and practice with dedication and discipline to be the best.


Focus intensely on your greatest strengths and you’ll achieve greatness and keep improving daily. If you do too many tasks, you’ll be average at all of them and wouldn’t enjoy great success. You must focus all your efforts on things that’ll give you the greatest benefits. Rank all the things you want to do in order of priority. List number one as the one thing that will make the biggest difference.  Ask yourself the following question continuously:


What is the one thing you can do that’ll make everything else unimportant relatively?

When you answer the question, then that is the one thing you need to focus and improve continuously. It’s better to be great at one thing and poor at others rather than average in everything.


The greatest Martial Artist of all time, Bruce Lee said:

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”


It’s easy to see why Bruce was so good and still considered to be the idol of thousands of people including superstars in many sports such as Hall of Fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, movie star Jacky Chan and many champion body builders. If you look at the best martial artists, they’ll have one technique that they can executive better than any other technique. For example, Joe Frazier had a great left hook, which he used to great effect knocking out opponents and becoming heavy weight champion of the world.


If you deliberately practice one thing 10,000 times trying each time to get better, then you’ll achieve great proficiency and success. Take your greatest talent and practice deliberately until you become the greatest at it. Make it your daily ritual. Place no limit on yourself and how great you can become. There are no real limits, only plateaus and with deliberates strategy and practice you can get past these and progress to levels you may only have dreamt about.


“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them” Bruce Lee


In every field, if you practice a skill or technique and you reach what you think is your limit. You cannot get any better using your existing training methods, diet and mind-set.  However, there is always a way to get better, that’s why records are set and broken by someone else. There is a belief that the record can be broken, training methods improved, diet and supplements become more advanced, and the mindset is that “I am going to break the record.”


You have to demand more of yourself than anyone else can expect. When you demand the best from yourself every time, then you’ll eventually succeed.


One of the greatest football players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo says: “I know I’m a good professional, I know that no one’s harder on me than myself and that’s never going to change, under any circumstance”.


Michael Jordon, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, said, “I always demand more from myself than anyone else can expect.”


Confidence in your ability is also key element in business success. Warren Buffett, who has been near the very top of the richest people in world list for decades, he once said, “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.” His attitude made him a winner in everything he did. Demand greatness from yourself and your performances and your success will skyrocket.


Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “the most important thing in success is to have a clear vision, shoot for the top, work your butt off and don’t listen to the naysayers.”


Arnold succeeded and got to the very top in 3 fields, bodybuilding, action movies and politics despite not speaking a word of English and no education when he arrived in America as a young man. In bodybuilding, he became the greatest by winning the Mr Universe and then Mr Olympia 7 times, he became the highest paid movie star in the world and made classic films such as Terminator series, Twins, Last Action Hero, Conan, Predator and Commando and then as the Governor of California, the largest state in America and the world’s eighth largest economy.  The only ambition that has deluded him is the Presidency of the USA due to being born outside the USA. Had he been born in America; I am sure he would have fulfilled that dream too. However, his influence on climate change and health is greater worldwide than presidents and prime ministers.


Everyone doubted him but Arnold never had any doubts about his own abilities to get to the top. He was on separate crusades and now he is working on making our environment better by eliminating fossil fuels and eliminate global climate change.  I would not bet against Arnold to succeed in his new crusade after retiring from politics. He has often stated that his natural instinct is to shoot for the top in everything he does.


Whatever your chosen field or mission, make sure that you focus totally on it and then practice deliberately to be the best that you can be and try to keep improving daily. Shoot for the top with daily disciplined action.


Ask yourself the following questions and then focus and discipline yourself:

  • What one thing can I be the best in the world?
  • What am I most passionate about?
  • What will have the greatest impact?


Write out the questions and then write down as many answers as possible to each question. The answers to these questions will give you a key focus in your life. You must pay attention to the answers. If you can be the best but don’t have the passion, then you wouldn’t be able to sustain the initial success. If you have the passion but there is no impact, then your actions and discipline will not be worthwhile.


Once you have the answers then you must focus on where the answers overlap and discipline yourself to work on only this area (Fig. 1). If you do that then you can be the best, love it and get great rewards from your efforts and accomplishments.


FIG. 1. The focusing questions to help you get to the top


Note: This blog was taken from the Success Secrets Book. To order a copy of this book Click here.

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Institute for Personal and Professional Development

Institute for Personal and Professional Development

The Institute for Personal and Professional Development (IPPD) will be providing all the educational and training programmes to help and support young people, graduates, professionals and aspiring leaders with personal and professional development.


Scope of Institute for Personal and Professional Development:

  • Leadership
  • Soft Skills
  • Innovation
  • PHD Doctoral Training
  • Mindfulness
  • Accelerated Learning Techniques
  • Employability Skills
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Accelerated Success


The scope of the institute will be actioned and the programmes will be delivered in the form of courses; workshops; and training sessions. The programmes will run either virtually; or face-to-face; or in hybrid mode. The institute (IPPD), one of its kind, runnng under the YPS banner will add value to all professionals, young people, students, graduates, managers and aspiring leaders wanting to learn about soft skills, accelerated success and about leadership.

Dr N. Ali, the Chair of YPS, said “The Institute will serve as a knowledge hub and a training platform for many young and senior professionals looking to move up their career ladder, get job promotions and become leaders in their fields”.

Professor Waqar Ahmed from the University of Lincoln and President of Young Professionals Society will be teaching and running many of the courses that the institute offers.

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PHD Training Course

PHD Training Course

This unique course offered by YPS has been carefully designed to help researchers who are about to or have already embarked on their PHD projects. It covers all the important aspects of successfully completing a PHD and passing with flying colours. Its aim is to help and support PHD students with writing research proposals, papers and PHD thesis. In addition, the course will cover how to make impactful presentations at conferences. Finally, the course will focus on how to prepare for a successful PHD Viva and how to develop key employability skills such as interviews, effective communication, presentational skills, leadership etc.



Module 1 – Writing a winning PHD research proposal

Module 2 – The art of writing memorable research papers for publication

Module 3 – How to successfully write a PHD thesis

Module 4 – The secret of making impactful presentations at conferences

Module 5 – How to best prepare yourself for the PHD Viva

Module 6 – Developing the key Employability Skills

Module 7 – Managing time and stress during PHD



This course is designed for anyone who is about to or has already started a PHD and wants to take up employment or get promoted after successfully completing the PHD.



The course will run on ZOOM as a virtual course. The course will run for 7 weeks (1.5-2 hours per week).



Session #1: 29 October 2022

Session #2: 5 November 2022

Session #3: 12 November 2022

Session #4:19 November 2022

Session #5: 26 November 2022

Session #6: 3 December 2022

Session #7: 10 December 2022




Professor Waqar Ahmed, University of Lincoln (UK)

Dr Nasar Ali, Chair NANOSMAT and YPS




Original registration fee – 499 GBP

Register by 20 October 2022 for – 49 GBP (~90% discount)


To Register Click here

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YPS collaborates with leading HR experts in trailblazing the innovative FYI programme

YPS collaborates with leading HR experts in trailblazing the innovative FYI programme

Young Professionals Society in collaboration with HR in One will be trailblazing an innovative “Follow Your Interest” programme (FYI) targeting high school pupils in guiding them to make much more informed decisions about their chosen career paths.

The FYI programme for schools is an innovative interactive soft skills assessment programme developed by a team of HR industry experts (Huma Aziz et al) who have a wealth of resourcing, learning and development experience in both the public and private sectors.

The FYI programme will help young people gain a better understanding of their attributes, in particular their soft skills and how they could be further developed. The programme is facilitated by FYI mentors and will require young people to participate in age-appropriate simulation recruitment activities, so they can explore and identify their strengths to unlock their true potential.

Activities would range from Q&A sessions on What they want to become? What motivates them? and What they most enjoy doing, to problem solving team exercises, group discussions, mini mock interviews, and individual presentations.

The skills assessment that they undertake is presented in a constructive development action (CDA) report format, which highlights a young person’s strengths, areas of potential career interest and assist them to make informed decisions about their future GCSE options.

Current research supports the concept of the FYI program and demonstrates that by understanding a young person’s interest and passion early on in their life, seeing what motivates and drives them, aided by development professionals who can help them realise their potential and assist them on their path to what they want to achieve.

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How to use Visualisation as a Blueprint for Your Success?

Visualisation is one of the best and most under used tool for bringing dreams into reality.

If you can envision something, then you can achieve it. You can visualise specific behaviours and events using your imagination in advance to enhance your performance and for achieving your goals.


Golfing legend Jack Nickolas visualised every shot before he ever executed it. He visualised the perfect swing and the ball going exactly where he wanted it to end up. If you keep visualising the perfect performance over and over again you will develop muscle memory as if you had actually practiced the shot.


Visualisation is the ‘key’ achieving whatever you want. You can use it to improve your performance of a technique, obtain a healthier body, increase your confidence, perform better at interviews, and soothe away examination nerves. It involves imagining your success vividly and with strong feelings.


The great body builder, movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was training for body building competitions in the gym, he visualised his biceps as huge mountain peaks. In an interview Arnold was asked how he achieved his extraordinary confidence even when he was in his first body building competition. He was competing with much more experienced body builders.


Arnold replied, “My confidence comes from my vision. I have visualised myself thousands of times on stage and winning the Mr Universe competition. My body is just following my vision of winning on stage.”


Professional speakers, surgeons, musicians, business executives and scientists have all used visualisation to enhance their performance. Visualisation becomes more powerful if you discipline yourself to do it daily and feeling its reality as vividly and strongly as possible. Visualise your most important goals in the morning, mid-day and evening. It provides the blueprint for your success. It builds the neural pathways to your goals.


“Visualise the thing you want, see it, believe it. Make a blueprint and begin to build.” Robert Collier


Every film was a visual image of the producer, director, writer or actor before it was made and released into the box office. The main role of film companies is to translate dreams into pictures, sounds and feelings on the screen.


“I like working with South Indian directors because they are very disciplined. They visualise their entire story and screenplay in their heads even before they start shooting, which I respect. They finish their work on time. Being a disciplinarian myself, this suits my style.” Ashkay Kumar


Mental visualisation repeated over a period of time stimulates the same neural pathways as an actual performance. Your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing will change when you visualise a certain situation. Visualisation will enhance your motivation and confidence. It will enable you practice in a risk-free environment.


“Dare to visualise a world in which your most treasured dreams have become true.” Ralph Marston


Note: This blog was taken from the Success Secrets Book. To order a copy of this book Click here.

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Communicating with IMPACT

Communicating with IMPACT

If you want to be successful, do well in your career and become a leader then you must communicate effectively. Every day we come across many different types of people including family members, neighbours, work colleagues and members of community.

Communication is the key to connect with people.  We communicate with one another to give information and know-how for the benefit of others. So, it’s important that you must become a good communicator. It is a two-way process. You need to listen attentively and then be able to articulate your message.


“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” Paul J. Meyer


Our problems arise due to poor communication between us humans. Countries have gone to war with each other due to a breakdown in communication between leaders. War is terrible because people, including innocent lives, are lost. This can be prevented if humans are able to communicate effectively with each other without resorting to destruction.


“A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.” Nickey Gumbel


Poor communications negatively impact relationships. Breakdown in marriages is largely due to poor communication between couples. Parents find it difficult to communicate well with their children. Consequently, teenagers run the risk of going astray during the most critical years of their lives.


“I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.” Miranda Kerr


Communicating effectively with others is an art that everyone can learn. It’s a vital tool for a successful life. Everyone who wants to become successful must learn to communicate effectively with others. To live a meaningful life or do a job effectively then you must be able to communicate.

There are several types of communications including:

1) Verbal communication

2) Non-verbal communication

3) Written communication

4) Visual communication

When we are engaged in verbal communications then it’s important that we select appropriate words in our conversations with other people.  These words must be put together elegantly to create an overarching message. Good vocabulary is an integral part of effective communication.  Build up a strong vocabulary. Read more often and regularly. Reading newspapers, books, posts, manuals add to your vocabulary.

Actions, while we speak, are often louder than the actual words we utter. Non-verbal communication includes facial expressions, body posture, eye-contact, hand gestures and touch. For example, if you’re engaged in a conversation with work manager/boss about a new idea then it’s important to pay attention to their words and their non-verbal cues. He or she may agree with your idea verbally, but judging their non-verbal communications: avoiding eye contact, sighing, and scrunched up face may indicate differences.

Written communication is also very important to disseminate information. It’s important to learn to write with clarity and impact.

Poorly constructed sentences and careless errors make you look bad. Your writing is something you enhance to help you build a good impression on the reader.


“There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.” Christopher Morley


Listening is essential because if you don’t listen to the person in front of you, then how can you possibly engage effectively.

Think about a negotiation – part of the process of negotiation is to assess what the opposition wants and needs. Without listening, it’s impossible to assess that, which makes it extremely difficult to achieve a win-win outcome. So, the key is to become a good listener. You’ll learn, gain new information, knowledge, and connect better with others through better understanding of people you communicate with.

We live in a visual society where we’re constantly surrounded by screens (TVs, smartphones, computers, iPads etc). Most of our time is spent in front of social media (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, Facetime etc.). Although technology has huge advantages, it has however programmed humans to be more like robots.  We have become reliant on computers and our verbal communication skills have deteriorated. This is of concern, especially since we know how important it is to communicate verbally face-to-face with each other in order to understand, accept, respect and tolerate one another.


“It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Barack Obama


Stories connect people and to improve effective communication. Storytelling involves listening and people drastically change their ways through listening and learning simply by others sharing their experiences. Storytelling is used as a means (emotional therapy) in some schools to help kids who are disturbed or come from broken families etc. so that they can develop in school and reach their potentials.


“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy


Being a good communicator makes you become more confident. This boost of confidence is extremely important when you want to become a leader. All leaders must have good communication skills so that they can communicate and connect better with the people. Confidence coupled with courage can lead you to reach great heights as a leader.


“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” James Humes


Note: This blog was taken from the Success Secrets Book. To order a copy of this book Click here.

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Leading Professionals gather to discuss ‘Leadership in a Volatile World for Young Professionals’ at the YPS Leaders Conference

Leading Professionals gather to discuss ‘Leadership in a Volatile World for Young Professionals’ at the YPS Leaders Conference

Young Professionals Society organised its highly successful Leaders Conference ‘22 at the Waterloo Centre in Manchester on Saturday 6 August 2022.

It was the inaugural conference that attracted many students, graduates, junior professionals, and senior leaders in different fields to discuss Leadership in a volatile world for young professionals and aspiring leaders.

During the event, several outstanding individuals were presented with awards, namely, Young Leaders Awards (Lady Zahra Niazi, Dr Yarjan Samad and Dr Tanveer Tabish) and Young Entrepreneur Award (Rimi Thapar) for their achievements and contributions to their fields of work and service.

The event was well attended with over 100 attendees joining from different parts of UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Bradford, Blackburn, Bolton, and Manchester just to name a few.

Professor Waqar Ahmed (President, YPS; University of Lincoln) welcomed the attendees and spoke about Young Professionals Society, its aims, objectives, functions, activities, and memberships.

The occasion was used to launch YPS’s new book publication called “Success Secrets” authored by Professor W Ahmed. The author highlighted the key ‘3 secrets’ to success from the book giving examples to explain the immense benefits of each secret.

Dr Nasar Ali (Founder and Chair, YPS) highlighted the importance of holding such events and the significance of YPS aims in helping and supporting young people with personal and professional development through learning key soft skills such as communication, leadership, innovation, time management, conflict resolution, etc.

The speakers included people from international countries such as Poland, Saudi Arabia, Oman, USA, Sweden, Nigeria, Ireland, Italy, and Canada. The Shadow Justice Minister Afzal Khan MP spoke at the conference about leadership in a volatile world from his own experiences and perspective working in the political sector and progressing from being at first elected as a local councillor, to lord mayor, to member of European Parliament and finally working as an elected member of the House of Parliament with different designations.

Other speakers included: Barrister Khadim Al’Hassan (Leeds), General Surgeon Ahmed El-Mallul (Poland), Dr Kabir Usman (Nigeria), Dental surgeon Dr Talal Khalil, Public Speaker & Storyteller Rona Barbour, etc. Other professionals present at the conference included pharmacists, entrpeneurs, scientists, academics, medical doctors, politicians, researchers, journalists, educators etc.

There were ample opportunities throughout the conference for networking and mentoring from other senior professionals and leaders. In particular, the youngsters benefitted immensely from these sessions receiving career mentoring.

Finally, the event provided speaking opportunities for young aspiring leaders to step on stage and practice their public speaking skills by talking about their views on leadership and the types of leaders they want to be in the very near future. There were three young speakers: Edward Sebastian Edge (17), Jax Ho (13) and Ali Muhammad (13).

Young Professionals Society will be holding this conference on a yearly basis and work is under way to organise the Second YPS Leaders Conference 2023.

CLICK HERE to view the YPS Leaders Conference 2022 Gallery.

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YPS Summer School 2022

YPS Summer School 2022

GCSE Accelerated Learning Programme
8-12 August 2022
Venue: Coppice Library and Well-being Centre, Coppice Avenue, Sale M33 4ND (UK).
YPS is pleased to organise the YPS Summer School 2022.
In this one-week summer school, the students (working for GCSE qualifications) will learn all about the different accelerated learning techniques that can help them to learn FASTER and RETAIN information for much longer by learning how to place the information into their long-term memories.
Many people including professionals use such techniques to succeed and progress in their careers, however, students can also apply these techniques to achieve top grades in GCSEs or in A-level and even at university level.
Using accelerated learning techniques is a SMART way of becoming successful in the things that really matter to you and the things you really want to achieve in life and become successful in.
During this school, Professor Waqar Ahmed (University of Lincoln) who has a wealth of knowledge, know-how and experience in teaching GCSE subjects and accelerated learning techniques will go through the GCSE Syllabus for 4 subjects: AQA’ (i) Physics, (ii) Biology, (iii) Mathematics and (iv) Chemistry and will demonstrate how to apply these accelerated learning techniques which will help you to achieve grade 9’s in your GCSE exams.
To see last years taster session on GCSE Accelerated Learning programme, click here – https://youtu.be/V7iH86KIg9w
Day 1: 8th August (10am – 5pm)
Day 2: 9th August (10am – 5pm)
Day 3: 10th August (10am – 5pm)
Day 4: 11th August (9am – 1pm)
Day 5: 12th August (10am – 3:30pm)
1. YPS Member fee – £159.20 (with 20% discount included)
2. Non-Member – £199
To register online (via Eventbrite) click here – https://bit.ly/39yOFVF
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How to write and present your research paper?

How to write and present your research paper?

To succeed and prosper in academia across the world, the skills of writing and presenting high quality research papers to the community are essential. Research productivity depends on both quality and volume of research papers published in high impact factor peer reviewed journals. You need to be proud of your paper and eager to present it at international conferences to build your research reputation and profile. When writing high quality papers and presenting them with clarity, charisma, style and authority you will get noticed and cited which will enhance your h index – a measure of your esteem as a researcher.


This course will provide key insights and practice in converting your research work into a high quality and insightful research paper. It will also provide guidance on how to present with impact at international research conferences. The course content includes the following elements:

  • Reasons for writing a research paper – define your purpose
  • Anatomy of a research paper
  • Importance of planning and outlining your paper
  • How to write various sections of the paper
  • Writing the paper – the process explained
  • Grammar, style, and layout
  • Editing and refining the paper
  • What journal editors are looking for
  • Peer review process and how to respond to referee comments
  • Final preparation of the paper to make it ready for publication
  • Preparing and presenting your paper at international conferences


Instructors: Professor Waqar Ahmed (University of Lincoln) and Dr Nasar Ali (Chairman, NANOSMAT)


BOOT CAMP on “How to write research papers for publication and present at international conferences”

The BOOT CAMP will be held on 9 July 2022 as a Virtual event on ZOOM.

The event will be a full one-day (9am-5pm). The cost of registration would normally be £199 (British Pounds), however, we can offer this to you for £99 (British Pounds) at 50% discount).


To register click here

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Turning Fear and Pain into Potential and Possibilities

Turning Fear and Pain into Potential and Possibilities

Most of us get into the comfort zone and avoid pain and fear. We hide and shrink into mediocrity.  Many people are afraid of public speaking. It’s a major phobia. Most people try to avoid public speaking at all costs. Surprisingly, people would rather die than speak in public. The more you avoid pain or fear the bigger it gets. Before long it becomes a monster in your mind.


People with fear of something will always play small. There are many fears such as fear of rejection, fear of public speaking, fear of being judged and criticised. These fears are not real. They feel as though they are real, but they are a figment of your imagination. They give us pain.


If we get pain occasionally, then it would not be a major problem. You could avoid it and it wouldn’t affect your life. We want to stay in our comfort zone and avoid any pain. For example, people associate pain to exercise so they avoid it. They get fat and slow and that also causes them pain. They would rather sit and watch TV and eat their favourite fast foods, crisps, chocolates, drink coke, etc.  A quick way out of pain into pleasure. It also the quickest way to diabetes and heart diseases.


What do you fear? or associate the most pain within your life? Make a list. How do you avoid these things? How do you organise your life to avoid these pains?


This is known as your comfort zone. It is a safe play area. It is familiar. You get into it without any effort. It feels great.


In the longer term, when you retreat to your comfort zone, every time you feel challenged then you will pay a major price. You will keep your life small. You will feel stuck and can’t get out of it. However, you must get out of it. On the other side of pain or fear is a dream of endless possibilities.


How to you get out of your comfort zone?

  1. Identify your pains and fears. Get a piece of paper and make a list of all your pains and fears and the things you do your best to avoid. It may be fear of rejection.
  2. Pick one pain, something you are avoiding or something you know is good for you, but you hate the thought of doing it. This may be something emotional or physical.
  3. Close your eyes and imagine the pain you would feel in your chosen situation. It may be speaking in front of a group of people in class or at work.
  4. Forget about the situation and focus on the pain itself.
  5. See the pain in front of you as a barrier.
  6. Scream silently at the barrier and “BRING IT ON”. Feel the strong desire to move into the pain – barrier.
  7. As you break through the barrier silently scream “I LOVE PAIN”. Keep moving forward. Go into the pain as if you are one with it.
  8. As you move past the broken pieces of the door then say with a strong conviction, “PAIN SETS ME FREE.”


If you avoid pain, it will grow bigger and bigger.  It will pursue you like a hungry lion. You can’t stay away from it. It wants to kill you or destroy you.


When you face the pain then it will shrink. If you keep facing it, then it will disappear. By doing this you’ve converted pain or fear into a powerful fuel. When you desire pain then you will have a completely different mindset to most people. By using pain or fear as a fuel, you have a tool in your life that will drive you to succeed in any field and situation. It will propel you like a rocket into space. Use it every time you feel like avoiding something and you will enter a sphere of infinite possibilities.


This blog has been taken from the Success Secrets Book.  Click here to order the book.

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YPS Young Member involved in winning £2000 at the Girls Active Dragons Den Event

YPS Young Member involved in winning £2000 at the Girls Active Dragons Den Event

The Girls Active Dragon’s Den event organised and funded by the Sweaty Betty Foundation, is a girls focused community event aiming to fund girl-led projects that get girls more active over the summer holidays in 2022.

The event provided a great opportunity for girls (aged 11-18) from all over UK to pitch ideas, develop entrepreneurial spirit and do so in a supportive, exciting, girl focused environment. The Sweaty Betty Foundation’s mission is to empower women and girls from every background to get active, and stay active, for life. For the Dragons Den event, the foundation wanted to fund high quality projects involving girls from all ethnicities to get active and improve their physical and mental health wellbeings.

A team of three girls – Zainab, Merve and Safia were involved in the Girls Active Dragons Den Event and they pitched their idea to the five Dragons (a mixture of Sweaty Betty staff members, Sweaty Betty Foundation Trustees and donors). These girls were representing the Al-Hilal Regeneration Enterprise, which is a grass roots organisation with charitable aims, aspiring to empower local youth and women.

Zainab is an existing Young Member of the Young Professionals Society and has consistently been attending and participating in the Young Speakers and Leaders Clubs.

The girls came up with an exciting and original idea of a 6-week accredited indoor practical rock-climbing programme that would, upon completion, contribute towards receiving a NICAS level 1 qualification. The Dragons were so impressed with the pitch that they decided to fund the girls £2000 instead of £1500, so an additional £500 was granted to them for the excellent idea, good planning, passion, dedication, and the girl’s outstanding performance at the event.

It was a great opportunity for all the girls to display their PERSUASIVE SPEAKING skills, which are taught and practiced thoroughly at the YPS Speakers, and Leaders Clubs and Zainab has had plenty of practice from attending these clubs in the past. Communication is one of the key fundamental pillars that YPS works under alongside Leadership and Innovation.

YPS member Zainab said that “it was a great feeling to win; and a golden opportunity for me to put my persuasive speaking skills into action to convince the Dragons to fund our project that I was thoroughly involved with and felt very passionate about”.

Sundus Salam, Director of Al-Hilal Regeneration Enterprise said “I was amazed with the successful outcome at the Dragons Den event, the girls all worked extremely hard and did fantastically well from coming up with the idea, planning and pitching in front of the dragons”.

YPS wanted to reward all the girls and offered them FREE one-year complimentary membership (Young member category). Hopefully now the winning three will have more such opportunities for personal development and will each receive expert career mentoring from other senior professionals and global leaders.

Well done to Zainab, Merve and Safia.

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