Rethinking the Words We Mistake as Helpful

The world is full of the well-meaning and increasingly, people are so militant about what's helpful that they end up as discriminatory, as aggressive, as pernicious as the thing they swore to destroy. Sometimes its hilariously obvious, such as when people present ideas like everyone is equal and deserves love care and support, EXCEPT YOU, … Continue reading Rethinking the Words We Mistake as Helpful

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Managing Confict: 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

Some people seem to thrive on conflict, seeking it in the tiniest of causes, heaping on catalysts like vodka on a bonfire. Others make a big thing of despising it, preferring to spread it out over time passively and with sniffy comments. Any extreme is always questionable in managing relationships so some sort of sliding … Continue reading Managing Confict: 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

The Secret to How a Pack of Playing Cards can Transform Your Social Life

Stop. Flip apps and set an alarm. It should go off the next time you're in a social situation and remind you that you should take 30 short seconds to pause, breath and take a look around you.You'll see the faces and postures of the social group, you'll see conversation, you'll see gestures and you'll … Continue reading The Secret to How a Pack of Playing Cards can Transform Your Social Life

Harness the Power of Accents and Dialect (and Know the Difference)

Whether you’re trying to figure out how you come across to people or creating a character for the page or stage, one of the key considerations in how they or you communicate is accent & dialect. An audience (reader/audience/colleague/friend etc.) will connect meaning to your natural state and choices based on stereotypes & prejudice, and … Continue reading Harness the Power of Accents and Dialect (and Know the Difference)

The People It’s Still “OK” to Discriminate Against

Not far from my house is a shop with a familiar sign: No more than two children allowed at any one time. I remember seeing a similar sign when I was a child myself and they were around in one form or another for a long time before that. You see there's something in the … Continue reading The People It’s Still “OK” to Discriminate Against

Be Mindful of the Gap Between Research and Reporting

Mindfulness is one of the most abused terms in the English language at the moment and the massive gap between its study, the media and the claims of some of its practitioners is yawning ever more widely. The Financial Times today runs this article that confidently proclaims that Mindfulness at work is not quite what … Continue reading Be Mindful of the Gap Between Research and Reporting

The Magic Bullet for Dealing with Difficult People

You can't get away from the fact that every so often, sometimes in quick succession, you're going to meet a real asshole or ten. These come in two forms: one is the kind that you create. In actual fact the person isn't all that bad but your image of them - what we call the … Continue reading The Magic Bullet for Dealing with Difficult People

How to Stay the Course (when you don’t know what the destination will be…)

There are many times in our lives when we come to the metaphorical crossroads. Do we plunge on ahead, take a left, go back the way we came or pop into the McDonalds for a chocolate shake and some diabetes? A tweet came up in my feed from someone who was undecided about whether or … Continue reading How to Stay the Course (when you don’t know what the destination will be…)

10 Things Teachers Can Learn from Actors

Whether its training bored adults in the gentle arts of spreadsheets or taming a combustible room of 7 year-olds, the process is enough to wear down the most energetic of NQTs let alone a haggard old veteran (as you tend to be the year after QTS). At all times of year, the holidays can’t come … Continue reading 10 Things Teachers Can Learn from Actors

To Play the Actor, Embrace Silliness

Acting is ridiculous. Grown people strutting about the stage in all sorts of fancy get-up and pretending to be other people. Not to mention all the playing at being trees and trying to enact the jealousy of the wind through interpretive arm flapping. Its puerile, its lamentably pathetic, its… its childish! The idea of childishness … Continue reading To Play the Actor, Embrace Silliness