Turn off the MUTE (and 5 ways to lead your people)

Years ago I was a singing assistant to Carrie and David Grant. It was a brilliant job — turning up to corporate gigs and watching them coach hundreds of people (or a handful of Senior Executives) on how to tell their story through song… Through song? How the heck did they get people to do […]

Amplify’s Manifesto to the Black Community

Well those are words I never thought I would write. Before yesterday I would have said “Who am I to offer anything to this community — I’m a 41 year old white guy?” Then I read an article in Vogue — also words I would never have expected to write before yesterday. Mirielle Cassandra Harper […]

Not Another Webinar? Absolutely NOT

When I look at Linkedin and the constant 24 news cycle, which today talks of recession and tomorrow talks of something else I feel like my voice gets swallowed up, my story isn’t valid, I don’t have enough insights, I’m not moving fast enough. But then I pause and I remember, in the words of Seth […]

Story — the Only Thing that Connects Us Now (and 4 Ways to do It)

Last night we were hanging out with some friends on Zoom. Normally we would hang out with these friends after church on Sunday, unsuccessfully trying to have a half-finished conversation amidst noise, distraction and children using Avenger-style “Get me home now” physical tactics! Now all that has changed all we have is Zoom and interestingly, […]

3 Ways to Make Digital Meetings Work for You (Find Your Shoes, Flow and Pause)

Last week my client had to pitch for investment via Skype. Gone was his chance for the face to face events, to get a feel in the room and to connect in the same space. But he still had to pitch. I have been coaching people digitally for the past couple of years, but always […]

The Hero’s Journey — How to Stay True to Your Story in a World Full of Shadows

Story is one of the most practical ways of grounding ourselves in reality and not getting lost in comparison and fantasy. But we have to re-learn how to create tell them. My two children (aged 10 and 6) are amazing at telling stories, but no one has had to coach them on how to do […]

Stop Adrenaline from Taking Over Your Brain and Leaving You High and Dry!

The Hero’s Journey — we know it well, Catniss Everdeen wins the Hunger Games, Frodo finally destroys the ring, Luke Skywalker becomes a Jedi and repels the Dark Force, Andy Dufresne escapes Shawshank. We love it. In fact if there isn’t a hero on a journey we switch off. If you have ever seen “16 years in Provence” […]

Story-telling in the Digital Era

Last night on Channel 4 news the Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabati apologised to John Snow for not telling the story of the “Remain” campaign. She said it was too “cerebral and full of facts”. He/she who tells the best story wins, but what makes up a story? One of key ingredients we can’t do without […]

Five Ways to Kill Jargon and Save Your Presentation!

Five ways to kill jargon and save your presentation! (and one time it’s OK to use it) I once asked a group of employees at a very well known global accounting firm to give me their top five jargon words — words they use that really don’t mean anything. It took about two seconds before […]

How to Move from Surviving to Thriving at Christmas

Five communication tips on engaging with all your audiences, from crazy colleagues to random relatives! It’s Christmas. Whether we are slowing down or speeding up before we stop work, we are all still doing one thing — communicating. Everytime we open our mouths, apps or inboxes, words tumble out of us. So when work is […]

Four Ways to Make You Unforgettable

How to tell a story so your audience moves from polite nodding to active responding. It was August 2013 and my friend Steve was standing on stage facing out into a crowd of 8000 people. He was talking about Sozo, an education centre he was dreaming of building to change the lives of young people living […]

3.5 Ways to Stay Playful in the Age of Digital Domination

In the summer I led a story-telling workshop for a bunch of 16–22 years olds. The plan was to help them become better communicators. This might have been one of my toughest crowds yet. My usual warm-up exercises didn’t work as well as they usually do and I saw that I had a struggle ahead […]

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