Sheep and Sleep – 4 Tips for Nerves in the Night

About ten years ago our local Sports Club persuaded me to help them raise funds by taking on Anne Robinson’s role in their version of the Weakest Link.

It seemed like a good idea at the time – what could possibly go wrong?

For three sleepless nights before the actual performance the thing that kept going through my mind was:

Why on earth did I think this was a good idea????

So when the night terrors strike before a presentation or performance of any sort, what can you do?

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Making Leadership training stick – Hard Targets for Soft Skills

We’ve all been there. You attend some Leadership training and leave feeling inspired and positive about making changes.

Then a few weeks later, you find yourself in a tricky conversation where you’re doing that-thing-you-said-you’d-change and afterwards you think “Didn’t I have some training to stop this?”

The key is to practice the skills we want to develop so we have them at our disposal when we need them.

So, what makes good intentions translate into behavioural change?

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Minding the Email Gap – Seven Tips

How often do you use Email to communicate?

Ever got stuck in a less than constructive way of communicating?

Ever found the dynamic very hard to shift?

Alongside my work with Aspire, I co-run a theatre company with 3 women. We write, produce and perform political cabaret shows. I have worked with these wonderful women for 7 years and let’s just say, we know each other very well.

Sometimes we say/do/write things to each other that are reactive, unthinking and occasionally damaging. That’s right. Even a communications skills trainer.

However, we recently changed one vital aspect of the way we communicate which has hugely improved the efficacy and ease of our day to day working relationships…

Our emails. Read more