Why Having Bad Ideas is Important

Why Having Bad Ideas is Important

Coming up with creative ideas is part of my job. As a trainer and coach I design and deliver learning programmes and as a writer I market and promote clients’ services and products. This means that keeping my own creative juices topped up is important. More and more of us are asked to be creative […]

How to Write Right

How to Write Right

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in structure, visuals, writing | No Comments

I cannot guarantee you’ll fall in love with me but I can promise you the best home-brewed beetroot wine you’ll have ever tasted. I teach people to become better at communicating and so I love it when I come across real life examples of communication that hit the spot. This week, three pieces of writing […]

Diving into Being a New Manager

Diving into Being a New Manager

Congratulations, you’ve been promoted! Your talent has been noticed, your stellar communication skills have made a difference and you’re now in charge of rallying a group of people. Whilst getting results is about doing stuff, a lot about being a manager is asking the right questions to help shift people’s thinking to help them make decisions to […]

Managing your Brain on Busy

Managing your Brain on Busy

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in learning, neuroscience, productivity | No Comments

8 year old brain or Harvard MBA brain: the choice is yours (yes, there’s a difference).What today’s busyness is really doing to your brain and how to take back control. The distractions of every day life Our brains are busy places. There’s a lot going on around us that can pull us in different directions […]

Why Brainstorming Makes you Brighter

Why Brainstorming Makes you Brighter

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in coaching, creativity, productivity, structure | No Comments

You’re stuck. You know what you need to do but you’re bamboozled about how to do it. That goal you’ve written on a post-it is becoming an ornament on the edge of your screen and you’re convinced the words are actually sneering at you because you’ll never get it done. Here’s a simple and fun […]

The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

Chances are, if you’re about to do some public speaking, your talk will be one of many that the audience listens to that day. So, you need your presentation to resonate with your audience so that they get what you’re saying and that you have an effect on them long after you’ve delivered your talk. […]

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Why endings are important and how to create a killer ending to your presentation It had been a riveting read. A young woman had taken control of her own destiny and sought revenge to gain her rightful inheritance. And the 741 page book had been quite a saga. We saw a skilful strategist at work, […]

Making Learning Come Alive

Making Learning Come Alive

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in audience, learning, presentations, TED talk | No Comments

He looked like he’d stepped from a book and three times a week I got to enter his magical world. Born to Hungarian parents in France and now living in Scotland, he was in his late 50s then, and spoke in a thick whisper. His room was right at the end of a quiet corridor […]

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

What’s coaching got to do with a cream tea? Quite a lot actually. A scone with just the right amount of crumble. Clotted cream that delivers heaven. Jam that is jamish in all the right ways. Served on elegant china and savored with a great pot of tea. What’s coaching got to do with that? […]

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in coaching, learning, structure | No Comments

Today is Groundhog Day. Yes, it’s a real thing and not just a classic film with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where Bill Murray has the day on repeat. If you’ve not seen it, spoiler alert, it’s an inspirational film with a message about how we can choose to do things differently and in doing […]