News and other bits
Ideas UK Conference November 2022
I've just been to the Ideas UK conference where I invited around 40 people to do some short, timed writing exercises around the theme of the conference; Secrets of success in innovation.
We did three exercises including a warm-up. Despite some hesitation, everyone joined in and all voices were heard - part of the magic of writing and sharing together. Working this way also builds trust evidenced by a few people sharing what they'd written in front of the whole room (after sharing in pairs). Pretty impressive, but not surprising to me as I've seen the power of writing and sharing many times. A group of strangers witnessing and listening to each other is a truly beautiful thing. Not to mention the inner resources they stumble upon that can help them to be successful. The room was energised and I saw lots of smiling faces, which is always my biggest reward.
Won award at Toastmasters
OK, so it's not that much to get excited about but I don't think I've ever actually won an Award, so here it is, in all it's glory (I talked - spontaneously - about my sister's strange eating habits at a Toastmaster session) June 22
Buzz Podcasts feature
I was recently interviewed by Buzz Podcasts in my home town of Fleet in the dog cafe (not it's official name). If you fancy hearing a bit about my journey and what I do, click here.
First ever team-building session, 1 November 2021
What a treat to work with a group who are essentially new to creative writing. It's interesting that people are less encumbered by the need to be good/creative when they aren't writers or journalers. A real pleasure for me and a successful session. Give me a shout if you'd like to hear more.
Me at Speaker's Corner in 2016 (talking about writing of course)
I came across this photo of me at Speaker's Corner in 2016 taking part in a challenge (part of an intensive course to re-define/direct my career). It wasn't until a couple of years later that things really started to change, but I believe all the little things we do trickle towards the change we make.
Manchester University workshop, 18 March 2021
Really excited to have done my first workshop working with university students at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Manchester University.
“The session enabled students to share with others how they are feeling in a creative supportive life affirming environment, it provided an opportunity for meaningful artistic dialogue and opportunities for one-to-one connection with others that also builds confidence in self-expression and writing.”
Dr Adele Aubrey, Partnerships and Programmes Manager, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Manchester University
One word check-outs: “Curious, excited, liberating, enlightened, energising (x2), opened up, inspired, relaxing, revealing, sociable.”
AMED workshop, 16 October 2020
Friday, 16 October 2020 I ran a workshop on 'Spreading the word about writing' with the Writers' group of AMED (Association for Management Education and Development - Educational charity devoted to developing people and organisations). Find out more about AMED here.
Power Hour promotion
Co-founder of The Power Hour, Rhiannon Rampling talks about attending a writing workshop in advance of launching The Power Hour.