Adventures of an Introvert

Adventures of an Introvert

A Viking abroad, the introvert’s bible and learning and development that doesn’t traumatize introverts. I’m married to an introvert. And being with an introvert has led to some hilarious events. On holiday in Portland, Maine, we went to a comedy review show. We sat in the middle. In the safe seats. It was a one […]

Life Lessons from The Ladykillers

Life Lessons from The Ladykillers

The crime fiction festival, Iceland Noir 2016, was full of writers who make their living shaping the lives and deaths of their characters. Yet there were plenty of laughs, inspiration and wisdom, too. Here’s a selection of the chat shared from the stage, including why writing is like baking, how protecting your Monday afternoons could […]

What’s your Six Word Story?

What’s your Six Word Story?

This simple exercise is fun, practical and makes people much better writers. Small can pack a punch. A few words can distill a story as big as Alaska into the same potency as your granny’s perfume. I teach people how to write. This is one exercise that’s fun, practical and makes people much better writers. […]

Setting a Storytelling Scene

Setting a Storytelling Scene

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in audience, design, story-telling, writing | No Comments

A picture says a thousand words. Clearly, Kermit’s not a happy camper and there’s a story behind this. Stories ignite your words. They paint pictures that bring your words to life, put your audience in the scene and feel the emotions of being there. And research shows that the more you engage people’s senses the […]

Adding Rhythm to your Writing

Adding Rhythm to your Writing

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in design, writing | No Comments

In the second of three articles to help make you a better writer, let’s look at how you can get more rhythm in your writing. You’re in the car, the radio is playing that song and your fingers start tapping on the steering wheel. You’re at a wedding and hear the guitar open the first […]

Why Talking to Yourself Will Make You a Better Writer

Why Talking to Yourself Will Make You a Better Writer

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in audience, design, writing | No Comments

This is the first of three posts that look at simple steps you can take to being a better writer. Before you go out in the morning, I bet you take a quick look in the mirror. You check that there’s no dried toothpaste stuck on your face, or stray toast crumbs and that you […]

Five Steps to Motivating your Audience

Five Steps to Motivating your Audience

You’ve an audience in front of you and your role is to motivate them. Here’s a simple 5 piece structure to help you do just that. We know Mickey Mouse and M&Ms have shaped American culture, but what about Alan H. Monroe? I’ll give you a few clues. He invented something in the 1930s. You’ll […]

It’s all about…the pause

It’s all about…the pause

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in presentations, public speaking | No Comments

Using pauses in your public speaking can be your best friend. Here are three ways to use them. Barack Obama uses them all the time. Eddie Izzard is a master. His use of them is brilliant in revealing God’s first name in his Death Star saga. And some of the best music is precisely the […]

Customer engagement in 3 minutes. With Little Britain.

Customer engagement in 3 minutes. With Little Britain.

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in creativity, customer service | No Comments

What do you do when you’ve not got what your customer’s after? Little Britain’s shopkeeper, Roy, shows us how to engage with a customer. “I’m looking to buy a painting of a disappointed horse.” Customers have different needs. And Roy’s customer, Mr Mann, has specific, and some might say unique, needs. His request might not […]

Sparking your Next Creative Idea

Sparking your Next Creative Idea

Last week I explored some creative methods to help learning. Now let’s look at methods to help develop your creativity. It could be for your next presentation, training workshop, or to create engaging content for your customers. Below are some ideas to get you started. Find things Take it from Pippy Longstocking and be a […]