Stories  People  Processes

How I Work

Research into our body and brain is finding evidence that supports what I have know through thirty years of practice and experience. We learn, heal and find deeper connection with others and ourselves through sharing stories and experiences using all of our being – that is, our intellect, our body and our feelings and our spirit. How we communicate  (the process) can be just as important as what we communicate (the content). 


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Here are principles I work with to assist people to develop and learn.

Learn through Stories:

Stories are a learning tool, engage others, reveal what is important to us and help shape who we are. We develop internal stories about ourselves that can be helpful or hinder our personal development. 

Experiential Learning: 

Kolb’s learning cycle of do, theory, reflect, plan and redo is critical. We can’t learn new behaviour through knowledge alone. We need to reflect on what we have done and try new behaviours. This involved risk and practice. There is no other way to change  and learn!

 Develop Presence:

I encourage and develop our ability to be present and to connect authentically with ourselves and others.

Move Our Body: 

Our body reflects who we are. Body language tells others how we are feeling. I use embodied processes and action method to assist people learn and connect in groups. This assists us to integrate our physical, intellectual and emotional experiences and encourages active engagement rather than passive listening. 

A simple example of sociometry. In my  leadership workshop I invited people to stand on an imaginary line in  response to simple questions. We immediately connect with ourself and see ourselves in relation to others and can begin a useful conversation. 

Who is confident as a leader?   _______________________________________  Who is not confident as a leader?

Play Together:

Playful activities and games, when used well, are a vital tool for learning and engagement. How we learn to play as children is often how we behave as adults. Games and activities provide a place to reflect – Do I say no when someone suggest a new idea? Am i competitive? How do I support others? Can I laugh at myself and make mistakes? Even for those who do not reflect on learning games help us to connect..

When we play together we feel physically attuned and experience a sense of connection and joy improvisation exercises are a marvellous way to help people connect with joy and exploration. Bessel Van der folk

Engage your Audience:

I use and teach simple yet effective ways to involve people in presentations and activities.