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The Healing Power of Language

When you go to your doctor or physiotherapist do you leave feeling inspired to better health and healthier behaviours?

  • Do you feel reassured, hopeful and ready to engage in your own healing process?
  • Do you trust your health worker implicitly and diligently carry out their recommendations?
  • If you have ever had to have an operation, did you feel as relaxed as possible before the anaesthetic and trusting of the surgeon?
  • If you have ever had to have blood taken, were you relaxed and comfortable with the procedure?

The way your doctor or health care professional talks to you can reassure you, motivate you – or scare you. Read on!

When you feel scared or vulnerable what is said to you makes an even bigger difference!

Charlie Chaplin’s 70th birthday speech – Wishing you a very productive, healthy and happy 2015

The poem Charlie Chaplin read in his speech at his 70th birthday party…

“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is authenticity.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it respect.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it maturity.

The 6 Keys to a Confident Voice

Sound More Confident – Speaking Confidently – The Voice of Confidence!

Today I’ve been playing around on Twitter as I’ve only just discovered how the # works! (Embarrassing but true!) So I hunted for #confidence and #voice and although I didn’t search exhaustively I couldn’t see anything much about how to use your voice to sound more confident, if you want to.

There are many times when sounding confident could be useful!

If you have been to any of my talks you may remember a story I often repeat about when I was working with a CEO of a large PLC whose shares would go down each time he presented to the city. If you don’t already know – that isn’t the idea!

Big Life Changes – how flexible and adaptable are you?

I heard on the news this morning that they have done an experiment on some starlings, to gather information on the impact of anti depressants (Fluoxetine or Prozac) in our U.K. water system, as a result of so many people taking happy pills and peeing it back out into the water course. (See http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/whats-in-our-water-4516573 for the full news article)

Is Sound a Secret Healer?

Just a quick blog post today as I have loads to do right now. But I felt moved to jot down some thoughts on whether Sound is an underrated healer – or damager!

Do you love the sound of the ocean or wince at another loud siren passing you on the street?

Do people feel better when you have been talking to them – or worse!!

Have you even ever considered that your voice is a sound tool that could be healing your listeners?

When I hurt my knee some years ago and was sent for some physiotherapy the therapist used a machine that buzzed on my damaged knee with first very low pitched sub-sonic and then very hight pitched super sonic sound waves.

Presenting – what makes an inspiring presentation?

Have you ever attended a presentation and felt bored, had difficulty absorbing the information, or worse, had difficulty staying awake?

What makes a presentation really inspiring and engaging and what captures hearts and minds so that everyone who hears it, leaves feeling exactly as the presenter hopes?

Many people spend hours on making fun or informative slides to show. Many people have attended presentation skills courses. But very few people indeed really understand what is at the root of a thoroughly inspiring presentation. Sadly, many people imagine that they just aren’t lucky enough to be a naturally engaging and interesting presenter. The truth is, with a little bit of knowledge and understanding of what really grabs listeners it is possible to upgrade your presenting skill hugely. Hint: it’s not what you say, but the way that you say it!

Life Changes – and surviving them! My story

If you are a Scot – you are about to experience a big change and I hope whatever the result of the referendum it turns out to be the best for you.

Many of the clients that come to see me in the clinic bring problems relating to dealing with big life changes of one kind or another. I, myself have had to learn how to adjust to children leaving home, the death of my husband, a major relocation, becoming a grandmother, a new relationship and re-starting my business in a new area – to name but a few. This week I have helped a 30 year old woman to come to terms with a recent divorce and a 50 year old man to cope with a redundancy from work.

Is Alan Watts a rubbish public speaker?

Watch this to hear him talk! Life and Music – Alan Watts

I love this guy!

I listen to his talks a lot and they are filled with wisdom and food for thought.

As a public speaker at first I thought he was a nightmare.

He is a hesitant speaker and often seems ‘arhythmic’ in his delivery and he goes off on tangents, and to begin with I couldn’t believe his delivery which at best seemed clunky. And yet….

Can you be TOO happy?

I heard an interesting broadcast about the science of happiness.

I have always thought the ‘happier the better’ but I now hear, you can be too happy!

There was a piece of research which became known as ‘the Nun Study’ (by Deborah D Danner) (http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/80/5/804/) and was was carried out in a convent where nuns all eat the same food and work the same schedules and basically have a similar lifestyle – especially in terms of amounts of alcohol and tobacco consumed.

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