Commitment, Monsters and a letter from America (inc Improv lessons 4 & 5)

The last few weeks have been busy. Busy but incredibly exciting. We’ve been running a series of promotional events on storytelling, hosting a conference for HR and L&D Directors, travelling to NY for meetings and finishing off the improv course. 1. Commitment One of the most important lessons from the improv lessons 4 and 5 has to be the one …

The Digital Version is a GO!

So it’s all done, and here and ready! The digital version of Brand U: building a personal brand hits the web today!!! The print version will be available in the coming weeks, but for now the first digital publication from Grow the People Press is born! The book is all about building a personal brand. It’s interactive and it’s a …

Storytelling Monsters

This Thursday is World Storytelling Day 2014. To celebrate we’re running a little showcase on storytelling in business – exploring some of the ways we work with stories to help people and organisations. Our very own Frank, a character from the graphic workbook is making an appearance. The theme for this year is Dragons and Monsters, providing plenty of excuses …

Jibber-Jabber! (Improv lesson 3)

No one made any sense! And that was sort of the point of last night’s improv lesson. The whole thing reminded me a little of the mad Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein (“footschteps, footschteps!”) Although actually I think we were easier to understand. The lesson was a great demonstration of how words can get in the way of communication. The …

Story 5: Tangled and the Consequences of Control

Some men in their forties may start a blog like this with a line like, “I have a confession to make – I love Disney films.” That statement would imply some sort of shame or embarrassment about loving Disney. I have no such shame, I love a good Disney film. They’re fun, often more nuanced than they look and above …

I mean, really listen… (improv ‘lesson’ 2!)

So session two of my journey back to improv. It was all about listening. We mirrored, we matched, we mimicked all in the service of hearing what the rest of our group was offering. The concept of listening as a means to determine when it is our turn to speak was completely wiped out by listening to understand how we …

Getting closer…

Our Graphic Workbook is almost ready to be shared. Our first foray into publication. Watch this space for more details, both about the release of the book and our plans for more… We’re so excited! Simon 🙂 Website – Linked In – Twitter – Facebook