My Blog
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Take Five with Eleni Polycarpou
The 5Ds of Time Management
Get Time on Your Side
Think Before You Speak
Take Five with Rob Copeland

Most Popular Posts

Take Five with Trina Dalziel
Southwark Arts Forum Callout for Boundless 2012
Take Five with Nina Farrell
Take Five with Alexandra Harley
Creatives Blocks - They Happen to Us All


A-Z 2014
Oxford Concert Party
Take Five
Well being


October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010

powered by

My Blog


A One Minute Meditation

We are all rushing about so much and have so any calls on our attention that it can be almost overwhelming.  There is lots of advice about mindfulness and meditation for calming the mind, but what if you feel you don’t have the time to either learn these techniques or to put them into action afterwards?

In 2011, I attended the Association of Coaching’s annual conference where we were taught a fabulous technique by mindfulness trainer,Michael Chaskalson.  It is not only effective, but better yet, it takes very little time to learn and only 1 minute to do at times of stress, overwhelm, panic or when you want to bring your mind back to calm.

A Lesson from Mike Smith

Photo of Mike Smith on Catching Fireworks blog

I was very sad to read of the death of Mike Smith last weekend.  I am of the age to remember waking up to and enjoying his breakfast show and also watching him on Top of the Pops.  In later years, I had also been aware and admiring of how he had reinvented himself with his companyFlyingTV, shooting stunning aerial footage from helicopters.

Reading the warm obituaries this week, there was one quote from him which jumped out at me:

"I got to 45 and some of the shows I was being offered as a presenter I didn't want to do," he said.


Xmas blog on Catching Fireworks website

Yep - when I put together an A to Z of coaching blog topics for the year, I didn’t really think it through!  However, when you least expect it, something turns up which makes it all work.  Instead of having to rack my brains for a blog on xylophones, x-ray or xenophobia, I had a conversation with a freelance colleague just yesterday about Xmas* and the lessons we can learn from it.

As a freelancer, with a freelancer husband, she was talking about the dilemma of having to work for some of the time during the Xmas/New Year period, whilst also wanting to give their young children a great Xmas break.


Thinking, a blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks


We do it all the time.  That little voice is always chattering on in our heads: remember to buy milk; I need to phone that person back; I haven’t checked my Facebook for 20 minutes; I must get this done by the end of the day; yadda, yadda, yadda.

But how often do we give ourselves the chance to think, really think?  Thinking as in giving yourself time to really develop a thought.  I don’t know about you, but when I was working in a corporate environment, I felt I always had to be seen to be working, tapping away at a keyboard, reading articles, on the phone, doing, doing, doing, when what I really needed was to just stare into space and let my mind wander around a topic.


Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker

When was the last time you were truly quiet?

Most of us will probably not remember the last time we were 'actively' quiet.  By that, I don't mean the time just before we go to sleep when we are still thinking about the last email we looked at 2 seconds ago on our phone, or worrying about waking up in time for a breakfast meeting tomorrow.

We are in the constant hullabaloo of actual and virtual noise, being pulled by other people's agendas or impossible to complete to do lists.