How Did You End Up There?

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?

Different Perspectives

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

It’s Already Coming Home

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, 20th June

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

Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!

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!

A Helping Hand for a Great Cause

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

Two Four Six Eight Motivate

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