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Take Five with Eleni Polycarpou

Eleni Polycarpouis the founder and director of ARTful, a company which sources and commissions art for the corporate environment.  With a background in Interior Design, Eleni has worked in both the creative and property sector, sourcing and installing art across a portfolio of commercial properties in Mayfair.  Creating ARTful in 2013, Eleni provides corporate clients with sympathetically installed, contemporary art to otherwise void or dull spaces in main reception areas.

The 5Ds of Time Management

Time management is an issue that often faces my clients - too many ideas, too much to do and not enough time to do them.

I work with clients to get clear on their objectives for the future and if i think it will be helpful, then I introduce them to the 5Ds, a tool I use myself. You may have heard of this before as it's something that's been around for quite a long time.

The 5Ds are: Do, Diminish, Defer, Delegate or Dump.  

You can begin by clearing up your backlog (to-do list, or email inbox, etc) and work though each item.

Get Time on Your Side

Many years ago, I worked in the UK office of an international charity. We used to work long hours – I was often in at 8am and leaving 10 hours later. This was regarded as child’s play by the US office, where they came in at 8am and often worked until midnight. We were often made to feel like lightweights, lacking commitment.

Then I went over to the States to work in the New York office for a week and I discovered something fascinating. My colleagues, with all due respect, didn't produce more work; they simply took longer to do it.

Think Before You Speak

Do you ever think about the long-term effect your words will have on someone?

These can work both positively and negatively. Many of us can probably remember a time when someone gave us a complimentary comment which keeps us going at times of doubt. It might have been a chance remark, but one which made all the difference.

On the other hand, there are the comments which can take us down, often without us realising it. I had this insight recently when I was being coached. I was talking about public speaking and as regular readers will know, I have found these events nerve wracking in the past.

Take Five with Rob Copeland

Rob Copeland is one half of the team which produces 'Inside The West End’, a free fortnightly podcast featuring in-depth interviews from the world of theatre, from Tim Minchin to veteran ensemble members, to dancers to backstage crew, to directors and producers.  

Rob and his fellow podcaster, Ben Morris, are both professional actors who have worked on big arena tours right down to small fringe shows.  They bring their personal experience and knowledge to this, the first podcast to get behind the scenes of the industry and give an honest and well rounded view of the theatre from the perspective of the people who work in it.