Earlier this week, I watched my current favourite TV programme, Portrait Artist of the Year, in which people paint a celebrity. As a non-artist, I marvel at what these people produce in four hours. They paint a good likeness, while capturing the spirit of the person. The common theme is that they all have a… Continue reading Trusting the Process
My business started, with me standing at Oxenholme train station, waiting for the train to London Euston. I was full of anticipation, enthusiasm and a bit of nerves. I thought there were strong possibilities and I wanted to explore them. Since that successful first job, I’ve delivered training throughout the UK & Ireland in person… Continue reading It was Twenty Years Ago Today …
How Did You End Up There? I saw this driftwood tree, washed up on the beach and wondered, ‘How did you end up there?’ That is a question I am often asked these days. At my point in life, the answer is, ‘it’s a long story.’ Everyone has a story. Even for those of us… Continue reading How Did You End Up There?
You get some cracking conversations before the start of a virtual session… Him: ‘Bet you can’t wait to do some ‘proper’ training again.’ Me: ‘Well, I’d like to think I’m still doing proper training.’ I knew what he meant. He was surprised that I’ve enjoyed running virtual training sessions for seven years, rather than doing… Continue reading Different Perspectives
As I was enjoying England win earlier this week, I reflected on the fact that this was the first time in over 20 years that I’ve been able to watch a football tournament from start to finish at home. Every one has seen me check match times with trains, planes and traffic. It is about… Continue reading It’s Already Coming Home
World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes. In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those… Continue reading World Refugee Day, 20th June
Great news that Frasier is returning, but what’s that got to do with learning? Well…. Last week I ran six sessions to over 100 people. Only around 10% used their cameras at any point. I had galleries full of black squares and initials, which made me feel like a radio DJ. I nicely gave the… Continue reading Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!
This week I had my first experience delivering virtual training with Na’amal on the MIT ReACT Programme. I had a great time exploring Effective Remote Communication with a group of enthusiastic learners from around the world. Na’amal is a UK-registered social enterprise established in 2019 to provide the soft skills and networks for refugees and… Continue reading A Helping Hand for a Great Cause
Where’s that line from? Lots of conversations around motivating others this week. All about empowering people, giving them appropriate autonomy, helping them make their work meaningful, surprising them with unexpected rewards and inspiring them with positive language, compelling stories and a path towards a better future. It got me thinking that we can apply this… Continue reading Two Four Six Eight Motivate