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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

How to Make your Team More Productive

How to Make your Team More Productive

He knows this guy can be an opera star. And he knows people would adore him. There’s just one slight problem; he can only really sing in the shower. In Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love the answer to this problem is both hilarious and brilliant. At first people think the solution is plain nuts, […]

Be more creative in 15 minutes

Be more creative in 15 minutes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in creativity, teams | No Comments

Creativity is the new black. It boosts employee morale, is self-generating (creative leaders breed creative employees) and being creative is good for your mental and physical health. You can get more creative in the workplace in just 15 minutes by playing the shifting game. It’s a wonderful way to boost a team’s creativity and is taken from […]