Some Free Resources for Personal and Business Development

It’s a real treat to find a site on the Internet that offers useful information and resources free, without a catch. (Incidentally, one of the delights of blogging is that you can use the word ‘free’ in
the title or body of a post without having to disguise it, as you need to in email – #8216;fr*e’ or ‘f#ee’ etc – to foil the spamcatchers.)

I had one of those ‘treat’ moments today,

when I was searching online for a template to use for a

questionnaire and found a site with a quite amazing array of

resources, free, for anyone professionally involved in, or

simply interested in, matters of personal

and business development. The ‘businessballs’ site has been put together by Alan Chapman in the UK.

A whole section of the site is devoted to free online templates, samples, examples, articles, resources and tools for business training and management.


hard to know what to mention as an example, as the resources are very

diverse, from templates to help you develop a business plan to diagrams

of and notes about well known theories, including Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements, and Porter’s Five Forces of Competitive Position.

I was very pleased to find this sort of material, as it can help me

keep up when I’m with a bunch of training and professional development


There are also sections on Neuro-Linguisting Programming (NLP), assertiveness techniques and performance appraisals.


for trainers and public speakers there are even jokes, such as a

section on air traffic controllers jokes – fairly corny, admittedly,

but could fill an awkward moment. Example: Tower: “Delta 351, you have

traffic at 10 o’clock, 6 miles!” Delta 351: “Give us another hint! We

have digital watches!”

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