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 […]

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 […]

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 […]