Video Workshops

The workshops listed below center on developing important work and life capabilities with an accent on practical skills.  These workshops are typically broken into three video modules of approximately 30 minutes each.  These are to be paused throughout as participants then engage in workshop  activities. The videos are available to stream.  Further details on workshops and modules can be found by following the Learn More link to their details page.

What’s in them?  Each workshop centres on developing important work and life capabilities.  The accent is on practical skills, thus the verbal titles.  These capabilities include being open-minded, keeping your emotional balance, being more present, dealing skilfully with difficult people, managing personality, coaching conversations, promoting good mental health and so on.  You will see below details for each workshop.

You will also see below links to conversations about the workshops with one of my most esteemed psychologist friends, Sharon Bent, to give you a sense of the relevance and importance of each capability.  Finally, there are video excerpts or ‘teasers’ from most of the workshops to give you useful samplings and key takeaways from the actual workshop videos.

Each workshop comes with a comprehensive manual, replete with theoretical content, learning exercises and suggested resources and reading.  Each also comes with a full-length video of the workshop being run with workplace participants.  

What are they to be used for?  These materials are designed to be very versatile.  The most common use will be for workplace training, though private individuals also get a lot from them either by participating individually, or by pairing with friends or family.  Overall, the workshops are to provide knowledge, skills and the confidence to use them.

The matrix below provides suggested workshops for needs you may wish to address. You will see there is considerable overlap as each workshop typically covers multiple areas of knowledge and skill. Generally, the workshops are suitable for all levels of staff, though, for example junior staff may want to focus on Productivity and Wellbeing topics, or Managers on the Interpersonal and Leading topics.

For more details of the content covered in each workshop see the workshop descriptions below.



Balancing Interactions

This workshop provides a deep understanding of our social nature with practical skills in managing our emotional exchanges for more constructive outcomes. The sessions are about balance. It is about maintaining our psychological and emotional balance when interacting with other people (or indeed, when interacting with ourselves as we ‘talk to ourselves’). The benefits that accrue are enhanced emotional stability and self-esteem.

Coaching Conversationally

This workshop is about invisible, conversational coaching based on deep listening, respect and a solution-oriented approach.  It is relevant to anyone who wishes to be useful to others. Coaching is about enabling self-directed learning and development where the person being coached usually sets the agenda.  Great coaching conversations have three conditions:  The person feels heard, understood and accepted.  What happens quite naturally then is a genuinely non self-conscious dialogue.  Our natural creativity comes to bear, and both parties feel enhanced by the exchange.

Managing Difficult People

We are all the same. We are all trying to cope and to get our needs met. Nonetheless, there is huge variation in what we may see as our needs and how we go about meeting them.  Wisdom dictates that we meet our needs without compromising the needs of others. Difficult people, however, tend to pursue their needs without sufficient regard to the impact on others.

Staying Open-Minded

The Staying Open-Minded modules begin with the conviction that the human mind is an amazing thing.  It is designed to be predictive and anticipatory. With it, we have learned to master and control the environment to an extraordinary level – not always with wise consequences! It does this by heuristic devices called ‘schemas’ whereby we learn patterns from the past, and seeing similarities from the present, apply them.  These are short cuts and they work amazingly well, much of the time…

Being Intentionally Aware

This workshop will explore intentional awareness or mindfulness.  It means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.  A vast amount of research demonstrates significant cognitive, emotional and physical benefits that accrue from developed mindfulness. We become more effective at dealing with everyday tasks when we are less distracted, more aware, observant, nonreactive, and nonjudgmental. We become present.

Being Perfectly OK

This workshop balances a healthy striving for excellence with a relaxed acceptance of self. It provides knowledge and skills development in developing a curiosity-based orientation to life and work. The modules investigate both the benefits and pitfalls of perfectionism.  In a world obsessed by self-presentation and self-esteem (even narcissism), herein is proposed an alternative: that there is a way of being that is far better than perfect.  It is being perfectly OK with yourself as you are.

Doing What Counts Most

Over the last 10 years or so, increasingly I am being asked to conduct skill-based (that is, experiential) learning sessions of shorter and shorter duration. The assumption appears to be: ‘We are smart.  We’ll understand this quickly’.  Or ‘Do you have a quick hack for this?’  ‘Hack’ is becoming my most despised word. It is as if having a conceptual understanding is the same thing as having a deep skill. In addition, we are spendthrifts with our time pursuing busyness and distraction with little recourse to priority.

Living Well

These modules explore practical strategies for living well, based on understandings drawn from contemporary psychology and neuroscience. The essence of it is that we live in a mediated world.  Our experience is mediated by two things:

  1. What we pay attention to
  2. How we pay attention

By addressing the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ we can increase the ‘degrees of freedom’ in our life.

Being Creatively Intelligent

This program of workshops presents a psychology of creativity for the twenty-first century. It is one built on social collaboration and a more fluid, less self-conscious approach emphasising less self-concern and better stress balance. In many ways, it Is not ‘sexy’ or ‘trendy’ but deliberately pragmatic and practical, built on scientific findings, and urging a practice characterised by rigour and discipline. In many ways it is a psychology that sees creivity as normal for our species and is a defining feature of our evolution.

Being the Best You Can Be

Being the Best You Can Be provides deep self-knowledge and strategies for living one’s life well.  Given we cannot significantly change our personality, our job is to be the very best rendition of ourselves that we can be. The workshop examines why personality is important and provides an understanding of each participant’s profile in terms of the Big 5 personality framework. This enables us to a) select and curate environments (relationships, friends, work roles, habitats) that are compatible with our personality, and b) ‘wire in patches’ and adapt as best we can where we are not in optimal environments for our personality.  Finally, the workshop provides guidelines for dealing with more extreme personality dimensions in self and others. 

Helping with Mental Health

Helping with Mental Health provides knowledge, skills and confidence in promoting good mental health in ourselves and others. The workshop helps participants understand when and how they should intervene to help. It provides hands-on practice in conducting a ‘helping conversation’, including referral options, confidentiality issues and self-care. The workshop is relevant in one’s personal life as well as at work.  It provides an understanding of the psychosocial factors that impact mental health and gives guidelines and activities in improving those factors.  It also provides practical strategies for managing people with mental health issues at work.  

Being Well, Performing Well

This workshop is about the robust relationship between wellbeing and high performance.  It is about the optimal balance of stress and how that converts to resilience in the pursuit of high value goals. It presents the four pillars of resilience: Social Resilience, Physical Resilience, Psychological Resilience and Practical Resilience.

Being Well, Performing Well

This workshop is about the robust relationship between wellbeing and high performance.  It is about the optimal balance of stress and how that converts to resilience in the pursuit of high value goals. It presents the four pillars of resilience: Social Resilience, Physical Resilience, Psychological Resilience and Practical Resilience.