7 Words - A Personal Development System
No   ·   Hello   ·   Thanks   ·   Goodbye   ·   Please   ·   Sorry   ·   Yes

Individual Coaching

Distance Learning Programme

It’s not necessary to attend workshops and seminars to learn the 7 Words; the Distance Learning Programme (DLP) is the alternative.

This course requires that the student engages fully with the material on all levels so that the 7 wisdoms are embodied as well as understood mentally. For this reason it is considered a more advanced level of study than the course of weekends, and is certainly expected to involve emotional process.

Each student is assigned a supervised tutor, who guides them through the 7 stages by responding to the modules submitted over a period, of probably two or three years, until both are satisfied that the process is completed.

Each module is marked pass, fail or merit, and feedback is offered by the tutor where the student has not demonstrated exemplary understanding of the material. A failed module may be resubmitted once free of charge; subsequent resubmissions are charged for. Moderate interview time is expected and included in the course fees, although extra consultations need to be negotiated.

The 7 modules need not be submitted in sequence, except that the first must be first and the seventh last. They align with the 7 primary words, and the purpose of each module is to promote:

  1. No. Empowerment and self-confidence
  2. Hello. Influence
  3. Thanks. Deepening in relationships
  4. Goodbye. Decisive, effective life management
  5. Please. Discovery and achievement of goals
  6. Sorry. Understanding
  7. Yes. Enjoyment of opportunity.

Please look at the course material: Distance Learning Programme 


Write directly to one of the tutors if you want to take things further. 
Typically a course of 7 modules, leading to graduation with a 7 Words diploma, costs from £385. 

James Burgess ( james@7words.co.uk )

James is the originator of the 7 Words system, a Sufi guide, trainer and management consultant.



Richard Grey ( richard@7words.co.uk )

Richard co-leads the 7 Wisdoms course with James, has founded and runs 7 Words Theatre, and also offers training and consultancy to corporate management.



Dom Sakoilsky ( sakoilsky@msn.com )

Dom has years of experience with Relate and now leads courses in Doula training and relaxed birthing.


Margie McCallum ( margie_mccallum@yahoo.co.uk )

Margie lives in New Zealand and offers alternative funerals and companionship for the dying.


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7 Words Concepts

Errors of omission are almost certain without the awareness that 7 Words creates.

Management mastery using 7 Words is about the journey from No to Yes being a delightful expression of wisdom and pragmatism.
The 7 Words System is a new method of management.
Masterful management requires us to expect the unexpected and manage it masterfully.
7 Words is a fluid and a neutral framework that can uncover the underlying dynamic in any situation so that a complete appraisal is made possible and nothing is overlooked.
The way I am needs to change from being a problem to being the solution.
7 Words can uncover a deeper understanding of exactly what’s going on, and what action it is most appropriate to take.
To change your circumstances, you’ll need to change yourself.
Our recognition of what we call a problem is simply a springboard towards finding imaginative and creative solutions to express our purposes and principles.
The answer to any question is contained within the question, as long as the question is properly stated.
7 Words can unlock any situation’s hidden logic and avoid the pitfalls of omission, confusion and deceit.
There is an underlying order of 7 that informs everything.
It is a rare and powerful gift to be able to see under the surface and identify the truth of a situation. Those who can have the edge.
There are 7 interactive elements to all situations.
Errors of omission are almost certain without the awareness that 7 Words creates.
This system sets out seven fundamental life aspects, which are necessary and sufficient to describe anything that goes on.
Our civilization, our very humanity depends upon accountability.
With words people can be persuaded of anything.
Words have power.
Words, thoughts, language, beliefs and ideas are inter-connected.
How we speak, how we think and how we act are all bound up together.
Is it our purpose to deceive—or to develop a true and deeper mutual understanding?
If language is corrupted then thinking cannot be otherwise.
It is both physically and psychologically healthy for us to speak clearly and truthfully.
To move towards a more peaceful society, we need to become clearer and more straightforward in our speech and thoughts.
We mostly do not say literally what we mean.
Let the problem direct us towards the solution.
As soon as we put our hearts into it something special unfolds.
If we want changes in our circumstances, then we need to make some changes inwardly too.
What was, is no more.
The work we are engaging with has to begin with ourselves.
7 Words can be applied at any level whether this is personal, corporate or global.
The main task is not really to affirm what we want; it is to clearly define what we don’t want.
The failure to define a problem correctly is the overwhelmingly most frequent reason for not finding a solution.
It’s so important to step back and consider things as they really are.
The absence of a quality is an aspect of that quality.
What appears to be a sloppy or meaningless use of words may well be a completely correct use of words to express sloppy or meaningless ideas.
If humanity would only release guilt and blame, what a joyful day that would be!
In business only two types of significant personal activity exist—individual activity and meetings.
Whatever category a meeting falls into, in every case there are seven quite different things going on—and a truly aware manager will be able to address all of them.
A group needs clear definition to operate effectively.
Images notwithstanding—who, actually, are we?
There’s no defending a false position.
Our attitude to service is the quintessence of our identity.
Energy follows attention.
The immediate circumstances speak truly of who and what we are right now.
Focus, focus, focus!
There are only two basic attitudes of perception—trust or suspicion.
Attention has attitude.
We reap what we sow.
The best feedback is our mistakes.
What makes the world a better place are qualities like warmth, gentleness, understanding, clarity and honesty.
Let people know they are appreciated.
Giving is an aspect of abundance. It attracts abundance.
‘I’ll scratch your back even if you don’t scratch mine’.
A decision cuts.
A detailed proposal is critical to the realization of an idea.
Clear intention is stated in specific terms.
Reward imagination—it’s very precious stuff.
Let us be moved towards vast possibilities!
Mistakes can be seen as useful information inputs, rather than as opportunities to blame.
‘I choose it, therefore it is!’
We call contracts agreements but they’re not, they’re acceptances.
Agreement occurs when two parties want the same thing; no negotiation or compromise is needed.
We have to find strategies to deal with Climate Change.
By reframing the problems we can try other ways to find solutions.
We say No! whenever our birthright of uniqueness is threatened.
We have learned how to produce things without learning how to dispose of them.
Vision is an horizon of the imagination.
We really do need to wake up now; the writing is on the wall.
If we continue to do what we’ve always done, then we will continue to get what we’ve always got.
‘Do I accept this 7 Words System? If so what do I do about it?’
Are you a sheep or are you a goat?
Give up what no longer challenges you to grow.
Without changing how we think, how can we expect to get different results?
There is evidence that thinking has an effect upon matter.
Without exercise, muscles atrophy—and so does will.
The ability to read the signs of change and respond immediately is a survival requirement.

Consider This

"Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant."

Stephen Sigmund