How to find stories for work

When I first start working with clients on storytelling in business, the most common concern I hear is, ‘I don’t have any stories because I’m just normal’. This is quickly followed by, ‘Where do you find your stories?’. Everyone has stories, regardless of what you do, who you are or how ‘normal’ you think you […]

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The four types of stories you need in business

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make when they embark on storytelling in business is to rely on one story or one type of story. For example only telling the same story over and over again or only sharing stories about your children or training for a marathon. Over the last decade of working with […]

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What I have learnt in 50 years

On Thursday I turn 50 and like any milestone birthday it’s a great time to reflect on where you are at and what you have achieved. After contemplating the last 50 years, I am grateful for all the wonderful things in my life such as my health, wonderful family, supporting friends, amazing career and opportunities […]

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The Science of Storytelling

You might already be aware that telling a story makes good sense, but it is more than that. It is actually based on good science. In the 2014 Harvard Business Review article, ‘Why your brain loves good storytelling’, neuroeconomist, Paul Zak, revealed the powerful impact the love hormone oxytocin has on the brain when we […]

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How not to propose this Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day there will be many romantic wedding proposals around the globe. Of course, there are many ways to propose to your loved one… My nephew recently popped the question by placing a fake ring under water while he and his partner were scuba diving. In contrast, my husband, who is a very practical […]

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Are you a jargon junkie?

The business world is full of jargon junkies using corporate speak and acronyms on a daily basis. But make no mistake, every time we use corporate jargon and acronyms we disconnect and isolate people, regardless of whether we mean to or not. While most of us use jargon or acronyms unwittingly and without menace, some airlines have […]

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Step Up – A thought leadership program for women

Over the last years few years I have been receiving an increasing number of requests from senior women to help them raise their profile and become better speakers. From past experience, I have noticed two unfortunate reasons why this is harder than it should be. Firstly, I believe that women are not provided the same […]

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If emergency calls were in corporate jargon…

As we all gradually return to work over the next week or so, take some time to think about the corporate jargon that is common in your workplace. To inspire you to keep things ‘real’ and also illustrate how ridiculous jargon can be, take a look at our third and final video, If emergency calls were in […]

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If parents spoke to kids in corporate jargon…

Happy New Year! With another year beginning, many of you may have been thinking about different resolutions or goals you would like to achieve in 2017. Why not commit to Jargon Free Fridays? This is a way to ensure you are communicating simply and effectively in your workplace by avoiding acronyms, idioms or corporate speak. […]

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Start spreading the news…

Can you believe it is that time of the year again! And what a year we have had. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say that our office will be closed from Wednesday 21st December to 4th January when Elise will be back to help you with any enquiries. In the […]

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If proposals were in corporate jargon…

Last week we launched our website, Jargon Free Fridays, and it has been fantastic to see that so many people are committed to changing the way we communicate in business by using less corporate jargon. A big shout out to those people who have signed up for the challenge! We have enjoyed reading some of your most frequently used jargon words, […]

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