Courses, Events & Books

Below is a list of courses I’ve completed, events I’ve attended and books I’ve read since I completed my bachelor’s degree.

See also:

How do I educate myself?

Resources I recommend

The pursuit of a better mind

Many of the items span more than one group; they are listed only once.

What’s next on the list?

These are the ones I’ve started or am planning to start soon.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Sub102: Submarine Design at The University of Adelaide 2019
Understanding the Human Body by TGC: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, M.D. (Montana State University)
Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability by Nate Regier
Project Management Professional (PMP)® for the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition by Steve Caseley (CBT Nuggets)
The Personal MBA Masterclass :A Home Study Course for Mastering the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman
How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life by TGC: Professor Stephen Ressler, Ph.D. (United States Military Academy, West Point)
Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals 1 by Timothy Warner (CBT Nuggets)
The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions by TGC: Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits
The Everyday Guide To Wine by TGC: Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits

Just Finished

These are the ones I’ve recently completed.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire by Sai Gaddam and Ogi Ogas
The Science of Likability: Charm, Wit, Humor, and the 16 Studies That Show You How To Master Them by Patrick King
Popular: Why Being Liked is the Secret to Greater Success and Happiness by Mitch Prinstein
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond by TGC: Professor Michael Dues, Ph.D.(University of Arizona)
Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need by Scott Pape
Improve Your Conversations: Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What To Say with Improv Comedy Techniques by Patrick King


AEM Conference (Motors) 2014
An Introduction to Infrared Thermography 2013
Circuits and Electronics (MIT 6.002), by Prof. Anant Agarwal
Confined Spaces Training & Refreshers – IAW WHS Act & Regs 2011, Confined Space Code of Practice & AS 2865
CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry 2012
EA – Maintenance & Support of the Collins Class Submarine – ISCMMS 2013
EA – Eminent Speaker – Future Submarines – Few Easy Choices by Rear Admiral Rowan Moffitt 2012
electronicAsia, October 2015
EMCSA, iNarte: EMC Essentials – from Grassroots to Advanced Design and Diagnostics by Elya Joffe (President Electromagnetic Solutions, Ltd.) 2016
Fire and Gas Detection Seminar (Draeger) 2013
HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), October 2015
IICA ADELAIDE Technology Expo 2012, 2014
IICA/ifm: Enhancing the Sensor’s role 2016
IICA: 3D printing, CISCO lab, Nano Technology at Tonsley 2016
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger by Ron Allum 2012
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training Crash Course 2015
Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiositys Chief Engineer by Rob Manning, William L. Simon
MIT OCW: 6.002 Circuits and Electronics, Fall 2000 by Anant Agarwal
NHP: Industrial Networks: Your Company’s Future Enabler Seminar, 6/7/16
NHP: New AS/NZS 61439 (Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies) and NHP CUBIC Switchboard Solutions, 18/7/16
Oracle Database 11g SQL Fundamentals 1 by CBT Nuggets – in progress 2016
PMB (formerly Pacific Marine Batteries) – Young Corrosion Group Site Visit 2012
RINA Presentation: Submarine Definition – Embedding Safety within Requirements & Design by Paul Pearce, SEA1000 Functional Modelling Manager, RINA Worldwide President Bruce Rosenblatt 2015
SAMAP (Submarine Air Monitoring and Air Purification) 2015 in Den Helder, Netherlands
Sub101: Introduction to Submarine Design at The University of Adelaide 2013
Vacon and Danfoss VLT range of VSDs 2016
VEGA Product update – Marine applications 2016
+ many training sessions which are given within the company I work for

EA = Engineers Australia

IICA = Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation

Management & Leadership

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t by James Collins
ISO9001 Quality Management System by Marc Thomas (Udemy)
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Made for Success – Persuasive Selling and Power Negotiation
Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck by Chip & Dan Heath
Management Fundamentals by Britt Andreatta, PhD (
Managing International Projects by Bob McGannon (
Managing Teams by Todd Dewett (
Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
The Art of Critical Decision Making by TGC: Professor Michael A. Roberto, D.B.A. (Bryant University)
The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal by TGC: Professor Seth Freeman, J.D. (New York University)
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently is Your Greatest Asset by TGC: Professor Scott E. Page, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations by TGC: Professor Michael A. Roberto, D.B.A. (Bryant University)
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success by Mary Buffett
Welch Way: Managing Change by Jack Welch (

Complexity Management

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Understanding Complexity by TGC: Professor Scott E. Page, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)

Business & Success

25 Things to Say to the Interviewer to Get the Job You Want by Dexter Hawk
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
Analysis and Critique – How to Engage and Write about Anything by TGC: Professor Dorsey Armstrong
Business Adventures by John Brooks
Creating a Business Plan by
Critical Business Skills for Success by TGC: Michael A. Roberto, D.B.A. (Bryant University) Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business) Ryan Hamilton (Emory University, Goizueta Business School) Clinton Longenecker, Ph.D. (The University of Toledo, College of Business and Innovation) Eric Sussman, M.B.A (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)
Cultivating an Unshakable Character by Jim Rohn
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Flourish by Martin Seligman
Goals by Zig Ziglar
How to be a Winner by Zig Ziglar
Introductory Certificate in Business Analysis Short Course (Charles Sturt University & IT Masters), 2016 – Grade: Distinction
Keys to Closing by Zig Ziglar
Lessons in Mastery by Tony Robbins
Living the Seven Habits by Stephen Covey
Losing My Virginity – His Autobiography by Richard Branson
Mastery by Robert Greene
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
Sell your way to the Top by Zig Ziglar
Success and the Self-Image by Zig Ziglar
The 8th Habit From Effectiveness To Greatness by Stephen Covey
The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.
The Miracle of Self-discipline: The No-Excuses Way to Getting Things Done by Brian Tracy
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The Ultimate Goals Program by Brian Tracy
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Today- The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Zig Ziglar
Top Dog – The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson
What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

People Skills


Communication and the Art of Persuasion by Jim Rohn
Communication Skills To Influence By Chris Widener
Conversational Trance by Michael Breen
Darkest Secrets Of Persuasion And Seduction Masters: How To Protect Yourself And Turn The Power To Good By Tom Marcoux
Effective Communication Skills by TGC: Professor Dalton Kehoe, Ph.D. York University.
How Conversation Works – 6 Lessons for Better Communication by TGC: Prof. Anne Curzan
How To Influence People With Powerful Communication: 30 Minute Success Series By Brad Worthley.
How to talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Larry King
Mastering Price Negotiations For Sales Professionals by Dr. David Palmer
Negotiate the Best Deal by Brian Tracy
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Perfect Your Conversation Skills by CreativeLive: Patrick King
Selling Beyond Your Own Style By Jennifer Sedlock
Selling Higher-Priced Products against Lower-Priced Competition by Brian Tracy
The Answer is Always No if You Don’t Ask: 7 Strategies for Negotiating Your Way to YES! By Colette Carlson
The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals by TGC: Professor Hannah B Harvey
The Secret to Persuasiveness: How to Get What You Want by Dr. Larry Iverson
The Six Laws Of Approachability: How To Break Down Barriers And Get People To Like You By Laura Stack

Public Speaking

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan
Stand and Deliver by Dale Carnegie
The Art of Public Speaking by TGC: Professor John R. Hale, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, University of Louisville)

Social Psychology & Interactions

Body Language VIDEO by Allan Pease
Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence by TGC: Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco
Comedy Writing Secrets by Melvin Helitzer
Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You by Patricia Evans
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Enchantment: The art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions by Guy Kawasaki
How to be a People Magnet by Leil Lowndes
How to Instantly Connect With Anyone by Leil Lowndes
How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less by Nicholas Boothman
How to Talk to Anyone – 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill by TGC: Professor Kenneth G. Brown, Ph.D. (The University of Iowa)
Managing Conflict by Fred Kofman (
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The 10 Qualities of Charismatic People: Secrets of Personal Magnetism by Tony Alessandra
The 5 Essential People Skills How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Dale Carnegie
The Power of Quiet by Susan Cain
The Social Animal by David Brooks
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home by Dan Ariely
What Every BODY is Saying: An ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro
Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love by Allan & Barbara Pease


50 Psychology Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon
Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond by TGC: Professor Scott P. Stevens, Ph.D. James Madison University
Introduction to Psychology (9.00) by Prof. Jeremy Wolfe (MIT)
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) by Dr. Paul Bloom (Yale University)
You Are Not So Smart – Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney

Cognitive Psychology

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing by Andrew Smart
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work by Chip and Dan Heath
Drive: The Surprising Truth About what Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
Flow – Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Moonwalking with Einstein by Josh Foer
Neuroscience of Everyday Life by TGC: Professor Sam Wang Ph.D. (Princeton University)
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control by TGC: Professor C. Nathan DeWall
Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A Pychyl
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Think Like a Freak by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Your Deceptive Mind – A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills by TGC: Professor Steven Novella/ Yale School of Medicine

Health & Survival

Do You Believe in Magic by Paul Offit
Foundations of Technology for Healthy Living, unit taught by Matt Schmidt and Stu Smith, CXA004 at UTAS (University of Tasmania), 2016
Mind-Body Medicine The New Science of Optimal Health by TGC: Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco)
The Addictive Brain by TGC: Professor Thad Polk, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why by Amanda Ripley, completed 3/5/18

International Culture, Language & Cuisine

Balinese Cooking Class, Nia, Bali (Indonesia) by Chef Ida Bagus Wisnawa, 30/11/16
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are by TGC: David Livermore, Ph.D.(Cultural Intelligence Center)
In-Flight Spanish by Living Language
Spanish Foundation & Foundation Review by Michel Thomas
Spanish I by Pimsleur

Real Estate & Other Skills

From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years by Steve McKnight
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving, TUSA Dive, Great Barrier Reef, Australia 3/12/16
The Art of Travel Photography by TGC: Joe Sartore (National Geographic Magazine)

* TGC = The Great Courses

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