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 […]

Learning about Learning

Learning about Learning

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in creativity, design, learning, productivity, visuals | No Comments

Our budgie was called Fergie. He used to chirp “Come on the Dons“ – this was in the day when Alex Ferguson held the reins at Aberdeen Football Club. For a brief period there was someone else parroting memorised words in our house. Not a football chant but 432 lines of classical poetry. For my […]

Five news stories that will make you smile

Five news stories that will make you smile

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in news | No Comments

Dismayed by the drama in the news? These 5 articles show that our world is not going to hell in a hand basket and that when life gives you lemons, demand cake. Last night a news app sent me an update. It had one of the following headlines. Which do you think it was? The […]

Can Bill use his Midas touch for Hillary?

Can Bill use his Midas touch for Hillary?

Hillary, Haribo or hemp seed, Bill Clinton could sell anything. This is how he does it. In 1992, a group of advisors got together. They were in a bit of a bind. Their guy was in third place and becoming a joke. Their solution? The Manhattan Project. Note, this Manhattan project has nothing to do […]