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It's Not Always Plain Sailing

Liner on calm ocean


I once had a fascinating conversation with a friend who was involved with a shipping company.  He told me that when ships are making their way across vast oceans, they don’t sail straight on their courses.  Due to tides, winds, currents, avoiding other craft, and numerous other reasons, they spend over 50% of their time getting back on course.  Notstayingon course, butgetting backon course.  

In shipping, this amount of adjustment isn’t a problem; it is what is expected and allowed for.

Take Five with Gaye Poole



Gaye Poole is an actor, writer and one of the founding members ofThe Saturday Matinee Company.  Originally training as both a general and a psychiatric nurse, she ran away to the theatre in her late twenties realising that the 'boards' rather than the wards were where her future lay. This experience, coupled with a method training at E15, has enabled Gaye to deliver performances of great sensitivity and realism, in both in role-play, and in theatre, for the past 30 years. Gaye is also a writer of warm and moving plays, including

Creativity Shouldn't be Stifled



When I was about 12, I was sent to my Careers Teacher where I had to talk to her about what I wanted to be when I left school.  At that point in my life, I loved playing with photos of furniture and furnishings in magazines, cutting them out and using then to design homes.  So I told the teacher I wanted to be an interior designer.

“Don’t be ridiculous”, she said, “there’s no call for them.”

In a rare act of defiance, I turned on my heel and walked out, saying, ‘Tell that toDavid Hicks”.

Pick Your Battles



I was recently taken to task by someone who read my blog aboutGROW coaching.  She took issue with the section which said:

“For example, I don’t like spiders.  An Option to overcome my dislike could be to go to ZSL London Zoo For theirFriendly Spider Programmewhere I could end up with a Mexican Red-Knee Spider on my hand.  Will I actually do that?  Ummmm, probably no!”

Her point was that as a coach, I shouldn’t be admitting to any fears and “imperfections” (her word, not mine), as I should be a shining example to my clients of how to be ‘fearless’ (again, her word, not mine).

Free Creative Tips eBook


In May, I ran a Twitter campaign, a tip a day for getting out of a creative block.  This was built on tips from myTake Fiveguests, clients and things which have helped me at those times when inspiration has disappeared or when there have been too many ideas fighting for attention.   The point with the tips is to interrupt the thinking and get you out of a rut for a few minutes (or longer), so that you have time to get away from the perceived problem and then come back to it with fresh eyes.