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Shaking things up. Telling business stories. Firing up people's work lives. Creative consultant, storyteller, coach, @BBC trainer, author, coffee drinker ☕️.
I’m passionate about telling business stories, looking at things differently.
I write regularly on entrepreneurship and business life for the Financial Times with recent articles encompassing ideas festivals, coworking spaces and the trend for visual notetaking. I’ve also contributed guest posts ...
Yesterday I started my working day here. In White Mulberries, a coffee shop I’d never been to before, overlooking London’s St. Katharine Docks. The coffee was good, the atmosphere friendly, and it gave me the fuel for what was a busy day ahead, walking to a meeting south of Tower Bridge, taking the tube to Paddington, and later walking across the city from Hyde Park to Soho. It’s a pattern I often follow, moving around the city. My work life is nomadic.
“Yes, but you’re good at going to strange places and doing weird things,” my wife told me. I was 24 hours away from delivering a workshop. Going somewhere I’d never been before (in more ways than one). And I’d never done this before. At times like this it feels like I’m standing on the edge of a precipice. When you’re standing up there, you don’t know how the story will end. Will you ace it? Will everyone love it? Will your client be happy? It’s hard when it’s the first time.
I’m fascinated by other people’s work lives. I’m interested in what people do and why they do it. But I’m also interested in how they do it. So I was pleased to stumble upon the #weeknotes hashtag and discover people have been posting diaries of their working week online (here’s one from Louise Morgan, who manages the publishing team in the House of Lords Journal Office; here’s another from Kit Collingwood, who works in UK digital government).
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