Inauguration

Inauguration

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in leadership, public speaking | No Comments

The U.S. presidential inauguration is a big ceremony in a big country following a big decision. How has it changed over the years? Keeping it Snappy The shortest inaugural address is held by George Washington in 1789. He kept it brief. Very brief, with a mere 135 words. By 1841, the US president, William Henry […]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in change management, learning, structure | No Comments

How to feel better, look better and get better when life throws you a curve ball and you need to learn fast. I was alone in my hotel room and stood at the window looking at the narrow streets, colorful shop fronts and ebony haired locals. I tried to quieten my racing thoughts. What on […]

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

How you can kick start your creativity and sound more human when you speak in public. If there’s one thing that makes humans different from animals it’s the ability to share emotions and thoughts. You do it easily over a glass of wine with a friend, on the phone to your partner or on a […]

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in design, learning, structure, training | No Comments

Over the last few days you’ve probably sat and watched others opening Christmas gifts. Watching people unwrap presents tells you a lot about them. How they unwrap, unwraps their L&D style. The Chaos Monster Picture the scene. A group of civilized looking people sitting in a living room. They’re perched on their seats. A well-meaning […]

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in presentations, public speaking, writing | No Comments

Iceland has 13 Santas. They live in the mountain with their half woman, half troll mother, Grýla, her third husband, Leppalúði, and the black Christmas cat. And each night from the 11th December one Santa at a time comes down from the mountain to the town and makes mischief. One steals yoghurt (Skýrgamur), one slams […]

Hot Public Speaking

Hot Public Speaking

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in audience, editing, public speaking, training | No Comments

Eleven years ago I did something for the first time. I now do it twice a week. Three times, ideally. It means I can concentrate more easily and for longer periods. In the mornings, I wake up from a solid sleep and feel as cozy as a basket of kittens. My body “fits” better. It’s […]

Learning and Development with Introverts

Learning and Development with Introverts

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in design, introverts, learning, structure, training | No Comments

It’s the night before you start delivering a course. Your average introvert is wound up about introducing themselves to a bunch of strangers and is stewing over “what the trainer will make them do.”  Here are some tips on how to support them. Tip 1 – Signpost your session If you’re anything like me and […]

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. […]