7 Easy Steps to Better Listening

7 Easy Steps to Better Listening Are you a good listener? It's often the small things that make the difference between good listening and bad listening? I'd always considered myself a good listener, but recently I was talking to someone, and experienced a layer of listening that far surpassed my abilities. I shared more of my life than I had done for some time. We talked with ease, excitement, passion and a complete lack of fear. I walked away … [Read more...]

Be The Person You Can Be Proud Of

“A person of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” Proverbs 17: 27 Can you recognise when you have been in the company of someone who is inspirational and has left you wowed, having only uttered a few words? They listen to you talking, and reflect upon what you have said. They occasionally nod their head to encourage you to say more and then with a warm, smiling face and a sparkle in their eye, … [Read more...]

Important Things In Our Lives – Focusing On The Most Important Things In Life

Important Things In Our Lives – Focusing On The Most Important Things In Life As my first week back after paternity leave, I've decided to have a week of blogs inspired by Iona. Having a baby fine-tunes what you consider to be important. What used to be important is beginning to become far less important. Not because I can’t be bothered to chase and dream, but simply because its appeal and importance count for far less. I still have a … [Read more...]

It Is Good To Turn Down A Sale

It Is Good To Turn Down a Sale It’s good to turn down work. I develop and train senior leaders in areas ranging from leadership development, personal growth through to social media strategies. When I deliver sales and marketing training and consultancy, something I love to explore with my clients is helping them turn down work. I often start with clients by intentionally helping them lose customers- you know the nightmare ones that actually … [Read more...]

Keeping a Rhythm in the Times of Stress

Keeping a Rhythm in the Times of Stress When things go wrong and the pressure mounts it’s so easy to lose a sense of healthy rhythm. Nothing seems more important than work and trying to fix things. You work longer hours, late into the evening and find that during the night thoughts play on your mind. You drag yourself out of bed very early to get on with more work or as late as you can get away with because you cannot bear to face another day. … [Read more...]

Looking At Things From Other People’s Points of View

Looking At Things From Other Peoples Points of View It’s very easy to lose touch. Politicians, business leaders, football chairmen and headmasters. Sometimes people get stuck seeing things from a perspective that they have become accustomed to, without understanding the impact or thoughts of those who are directly impacted by the decisions they make. They are there to lead and serve their teams, but they end up lording authority in a … [Read more...]

How To Be A Good Listener? 11 Steps To Improve Your Listening Skills.

How To Be A Good Listener? 11 Steps To Improve Your Listening Skills. Some people are very good at speaking, telling their stories and being able to inspire others. But being a good listener is often more important than speaking. It gives a deeper level of understanding about someone’s situation, and helps to know what words are best to use and what words should be avoided. Should we consider the meaning behind people's words? Should we … [Read more...]