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Why Catching Fireworks?

Catching Fireworks blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard


As we approach Fireworks Night, I thought I would tell you how I came to call my company Catching Fireworks. 

I would love to say it was after hours of research and focus groups, but it came out of one conversation where I was explaining to a friend what I wanted to do and how I wanted to work with people.  

Being a visual person, I was thinking in pictures and said, “You know what it is like when you have a great idea and all these little ideas and to-dos are shooting off like fireworks.  My role is to help people catch them and bring them to earth before they disappear into nothingness or get trampled in a muddy puddle.”

It was a metaphor which struck a chord with both my friend and with me and seems to have captured peoples’ imagination since.  It is an image which continues to excite me when I am working with a client and see their energy fizzing up as they see the possibilities of their own ideas and vision. 

I also see my clients as the fireworks.  When you get fireworks, they already have a brightly coloured and exciting outside.  Inside – well, who knows what the hidden potential is?  Are they a bright gold starburst, a loud pink explosion, a glittering green arc across the sky?  My job is to light the blue touch paper and help the client release their own fabulous potential.  

I also use the fireworks metaphor in a small exercise if a client has some negative thoughts they want to get rid of.

  • Think of the negative thought that is getting in your way to your goal.
  • Imagine taking the thought and pushing it into a firework tube.
  • Seal the tube up by twisting the blue touch paper.
  • Light the blue touch paper and step safely out of the way.
  • Watch the negative thought shoot into the sky and explode in a riot of sound, glitter and colour before disappearing for good – this is one firework we don’t want to catch!  

Have a colourful, safe and happy Fireworks Night!


If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, book for a Light the Blue Touchpaper session.

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