Use a picture to tell the story

A thousand words I’m fascinated with visual metaphors. A picture is a great way to explain a concept.  The picture above is a visual metaphor that I designed with a client to explain the role of the coach (the blue person) in making sense of the conversation of the coachee (the red person). We were […]

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Make them laugh. Make them remember…

We all love a good joke.  And although some of us might forget the punchline, we usually remember what the joke was about! When using graphics during facilitation, training or team meetings inject a bit of humour and see how it increases engagement.  People will also remember it longer. During a conference where digital lockers […]

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Some thoughts on change

First published on www.talenttalks.net in Feb 2019 Change in any organisation is sometimes exciting, sometimes scary, but mostly unavoidable. It’s going to happen and avoiding some of the pitfalls can make things easier. Here are a couple of thoughts from my experience of change in organisations. Tell a story. As John Kotter says in his […]

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How to ask great questions

As children we ask questions until our parents’ ears explode!  But as we get older we stop asking questions.  Maybe it’s because we stop wanting to learn?  Maybe because we stop being curious?  Maybe because we don’t want to appear stupid? Asking questions is a powerful way to create new insights and unearth limiting assumptions.  […]

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Learn, un-learn, re-learn, repeat In October 2017 I was sitting in the reception room of the music department at Wits University.  I was sweating profusely, not just because of the heat of the day, but because of overwhelming anxiety.  In 10 minutes, I was scheduled to go into the exam room to play my Grade 2 violin exam.  I [...]
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We finish each other’s…sandwiches?

My 9-year old son knows everything.  At least, he thinks he does.  Arguably he is an intelligent youngster.  But he has an annoying habit of finishing my sentences. Example:  I would say “I think we can play some…” and he will finish with “Xbox?”  “No,” I would seethe.  “Chess.  I was going to say chess!”  […]

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How to draw a headstone

When having discussions on “what we need to bury in order to move forward, the icon of a headstone is valuable.  And it is easy to draw. I have used it in discussions on mortality for an insurance company;  what in their leadership behaviours is causing employees to disengage; and how to decrease refugee mortality […]

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Practical tips for live graphic recording

When I started out with graphic recording, I worried about how to plan for recording a session or a talk when you have no idea what to expect.  With patience and practise things do get easier – but there are a couple of rules and tips that I’d like to share with you. 1.  Start […]

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