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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why you should hire an Icelander for your team

Why you should hire an Icelander for your team

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in teams, writing | No Comments

In the little population of Iceland (320,000) football is big. Thanks to their opening performance in Euro 2016, Iceland has come to the attention of the sporting world. Here are three reasons why you’d want an Icelander on your team, whether it’s football, flower arranging or fundraising. Stoical Once upon a time, in 874 A.D. […]

Connecting with your customer

Connecting with your customer

In my bathroom there are two gorgeous, scarlet towels. They make me want to have a bath just to cocoon myself in them afterwards. I bought them in the UK store, John Lewis. The shop assistant, let’s call him Towel Man, was amazing. He explained technical towel terms like pile and twist and showed me […]