We all need help

A few years ago an acquaintance who had started a new project told me “I know what I am doing so I don’t need help on this one”
It was a large, daunting project and whilst he completed it to a satisfactory level, it lacked brilliance.
Whilst I admire his confidence, I don’t admire his arrogance. He had an idea that could have been a diamond, but remained an unpolished rock.
However old you are, however experienced you are, you can always learn more and, to continue from my last post, another view is always valuable.

Cats tend to avoid asking for help!
Cats tend to avoid asking for help!

From another viewpoint

ADP riots

I visited the ADP riot exhibit earlier this week – part of Banksy’s  Dismaland.

It was a trailer filled with a miniature disaster scene that you viewed through a series of peepholes.  This meant that every view was different.

I’d been talking to my mentor earlier about removing yourself from a situation and how it gives you a different perspective, so it seemed a bit of a coincidence.

The brain

9781783350810[1]         I’m reading The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett.  It’s a fascinating and amusing read on how the brain works; to quote Dean “it’s messy, fallible and disorganised”.

As a keen student of human nature, I’m loving it, thought it’s hard to believe that a book that is essentially scientific can be such a page turner.  It’s intriguing how the brain is so haphazard and has a tendency to look for the bad rather than the good as a throwback to caveman times when danger (and a dinosaur) lurked around every corner.

Thoroughly recommended!

Introvert versus extrovert

Extroverts are party animals and introverts like being on their own? Yes? Well no, actually.
It’s a question of where you draw your energy. Extroverts draw energy from being with people whereas introverts need lone time to recharge the batteries.
So, you will find an introvert who works alone all week becoming a complete party animal at the weekend, to balance the books, so to speak. Whereas an extrovert who spends much of their time dealing with people may long to spend their Saturday night with a good book.
It’s all a question of balance. cat reading book

Communication skills

Communication is perceived to be a two way street, but is often a battlefield. How often do you feel you are not being heard? Ever tried saying it louder and repeatedly, with no effect? It’s a bit like the stereotype of the English speaker talking to someone with no knowledge of the English language; “if I enunciate clearly and slowly, surely they will understand?”

Sometimes it’s because we hear what we want to hear, sometimes we just zone out and sometimes we haven’t got a clue what the other person is talking about.

There is a theory that the student doesn’t fail the course, it’s the teacher that fails. If someone doesn’t understand what you are hoping to impart, whose fault is it?

A New Colour

I’m often asked how I thought up the name A New Colour for my business. The answer is that I’ve always wondered what it would be like to invent a new colour. I’ve been watching the BBC programme “Pets – Wild at Heart” and it’s been interesting to learn just how sophisticated an animal’s sense of smell, vision and hearing are. Their sensory acuity is far superior to ours and they see colours that we don’t. There is more out there than we know.


I had a major clear out of my office this morning. I’m in need of some fresh ideas and the thought was that if I clear my desk for new things I’ll clear my mind for new things too.
I’m reading ‘Who says you’re not creative’ by my friend Prith Biant and will be doing some of the exercises she recommends to get some INSPIRATION!
Prith’s website is http://www.thecreativethinkingcompany.co.uk , should you wish to buy her excellent book. The blog that accompanies the book is http://www.prithb.com

NLP Coaching Course in the evening

By popular demand we are running the NLP Coaching Course over four evenings in central Cardiff. Dates are 26 & 27 November and 3 & 4 December.    Early booking price of £99.     Details can be viewed on the following link:-

As an aside, Neil Lloyd was in the press last week talking about NLP and personalities.   Read the full article on the link http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2012/10/30/what-s-your-personality-colour-take-our-test-to-find-out-91466-32124132/

What to expect at the NLP Coaching Course

Neil Lloyd and I have been running the NLP Coaching Course since early summer (if you can call it a summer, this year) and we’ve been really pleased with the response and feedback.

Potential delegates have been asking about what they will learn during the course and what they can do with the techniques.

The two day course covers rapport, personality styles, values, language patterns and goal setting amongst other things.    Neil and I love the challenge of thinking on our feet, so there are lots of added extras as questions come up during the two days.

I’m very keen on floor work, which means walking through situations and possible outcomes;  I know when I explain this to delegates they are doubtful, until they try it out for themselves!   We do most of this work on the second day as you can almost see brains going into overdrive as they process new thought patterns.

Why is it worthwhile doing the course?     It’s great for coaching professionals to get new prespectives, though I would recommend it to anyone who is at a crossroads and wondering what to do next with their lives.     The personality style exercises give a huge understanding of what makes you happy and what seems like hard work.

As the two days dive deep into the subconscious, it’s fabulous to see the group bonding through shared experience.    We also have a great laugh!

This blog post is just a flavour of what the two days will give you, please get in touch with me to talk it through further.