Story Brexit

The Dark Arts: Battling in the Story Wars

As we wake up today to the possibility of a UK outside of the European Union it’s interesting to consider how the stories each campaign told have impacted the results. The results were close and the vote for Leave is something many just didn’t see coming. So how did we get here? This isn’t a post about whether it’s right …

The Power of Stories

The business of story Stories are how people make sense of the world – they are the common mythology that links all of us. Story naturally connects with our emotions, fire the neurons in our brains and help us focus on the things that matter to us. Even the phrase ‘once upon a time’ triggers our storytelling mode. Why does …

Are you an Elphaba or a Glinda?

I believe that we can choose the way we work. I also believe that there are a variety of ways of working that can be effective depending on the immediate need. The key to success is recognising what’s needed and when, and then flexing our approach to match the need. There are many kinds of people and approaches. One of the key …

The Great British Bake Off: Just desserts and the power of story

Those of us in the UK are unlikely to have escaped the shocking and horrific incident on our televisions screens this week. I refer of course to #bingate, the event that plagued the Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night. High stakes, high drama! Well, not really… it’s a show about baking, but apparently us Brits get very upset when …

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 …

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 …

I wanna be Amy (Improv ‘lesson’ one)!

In a bid to ‘sharpen the saw’ I’ve started to participate in some formal training on practices I’ve been… practicing (?) for the last forty years. I love to learn and I love to get new tools to play with. So, last night was my first session in a six week course on developing fundamental improvisation skills. The session is …