Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 3, Values

Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 3, Values

Spiderman keeps his identity secret in order to protect those he cares about, he learns how to develop his newly found superpowers and he meters out justice with a certain discipline. Spiderman has values. This is the 3rd and final blog about my reflections on the recent conference I attended, Brave New Learning at OBA […]

Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 1, Creativity

Learning and Development lessons from Spiderman: Lesson 1, Creativity

What would Spiderman do if he had to design a learning and development programme? Be honest – this question has kept you up at night. Spiderman is known for his creative thinking, balance and superhuman strength. Some of the same things I learned at the conference Brave New Learning last week in Amsterdam. Disclaimer, Spiderman […]

How to Window Dress Your Communication

How to Window Dress Your Communication

What creative window dressing can teach you about using your words well. Walking through downtown Munich a shop window grabbed my attention. It used colour, design and imagination in a striking yet simple way. In fact it was such a great display that I stood and looked at it for a few minutes. What did […]

How Constraints Help You Be Creative

How Constraints Help You Be Creative

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in creativity, design, leadership, learning | No Comments

How constraints help you be creative Two stories from the world of toys and food that show how turning broken bits into brilliance is more common than you think. What can you buy in 130 different countries, comes in 53 different colours and 75 billion pieces of it are sold each year? Answer: Lego. Translated […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]