January 30, 2019
15 ways to be a better presenter

15 ways to be a better presenter

The terror of speaking in public, or the enhanced self-consciousness of delivering a presentation at work, is ultimately the fear we have of being judged negatively by others. In reality, the vast majority of audiences are supportive and they are usually not that interested in how you are feeling. Here […]
January 24, 2019
Face the audience. 15 ways to be a better presenter

SOAR 2019 The Highlights

On the evening of Thursday January 17th, 120 of us gathered in The Westbury Hotel, Dublin for my annual flagship workshop, SOAR 2019. It is always a memorable night, and this year was no exception. Get a flavour of the evening and hear what some attendees had to say in […]
January 4, 2019
My biggest lessons of 2018

My Biggest Lessons of 2018

As we embark on a New Year most of us will contemplate how we want 2019 to be different from 2018, I know I do! Before I tease out new ideas and delve into plans that will enhance my business and life in general, I’ve found it is always useful […]
November 29, 2018
Mindful Christmas

A Mindful Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time of the year, if we let it. The pressure of buying the perfect gifts, preparing food and having a ‘Happy Christmas,’ can be overwhelming. Equally Christmas can be a time of celebration, an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, to relax and perhaps […]
November 23, 2018
James Sweetman, Meet James

What do I really do

Recently, a contact who receives my monthly ezine Next Steps, introduced himself to me at a conference where I’d been a keynote speaker. Despite this connection, he wasn’t aware I’d written any books and confessed to not really knowing what I did. I was a little taken aback. I’m not […]
November 6, 2018
Soar powerful questions that will transform your life

SOAR – Powerful Questions that will transform your life

I’m delighted to announce that my book ‘Soar – Powerful Questions that will transform your life’ is now back in print, just in time for Christmas stockings! . (It’s available in eBook format too.) At the beginning of the summer the first edition sold out. For the second edition, I […]
October 5, 2018
I'm feeling stuck - help

I’m feeling stuck and need clarity

We’ve all had times when we feel ‘stuck in a rut.’ Numbed by the anaesthetic of daily habits and routine chores, we feel trapped in a never-ending ‘to do’ list. Whilst we might use terms such as ‘lacking in motivation,’ or ‘de-energised,’ it’s a state that is really best summarised […]
September 27, 2018
Feeling good

Make feeling good your number one priority

As humans we are emotional beings, we feel emotions all the time. I view my emotions like GPS, a guide. Excitement, joy, fun, satisfaction – full steam ahead. Frustration, stress, nervousness, boredom, anger – pay attention. (The word ‘pain’ can be viewed as an acronym – Pay Attention Inward Now!) […]
September 27, 2018
Boss Containment

Boss Containment aka Managing a Temperamental Boss

It was worrying, but not surprising that in the recent book by acclaimed journalist Bob Woodward, ‘Fear – Trump in the White House’ that staff conceal difficult news from their boss. Briefing papers are withheld, edicts ignored and difficult messages are avoided. Whilst Trump may be the poster boy for […]
September 25, 2018
Managing Change

Why is Managing Change so hard?

It was over 2500 years ago that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated that ‘there is nothing permanent except change.’ In recent years, change management has become ubiquitous in business parlance. It appears on job descriptions and is listed as an espoused competency in most organisations. Yet why is it, that […]
September 3, 2018
Modern Leadership

Modern Leadership – What’s it all about?

Unless you are a third world dictator, Eastern European strong man or Donald Trump, the old command and control style of leadership is in its death throes. A more educated, globally connected workforce doesn’t respond well to barked instructions. There is a shift away from the old heroic view of […]
September 3, 2018

Your Personal Board of Directors

In the second in a series of articles aimed at us solopreneurs, let me introduce you to the concept of your own personal board of directors. Big companies have them, why shouldn’t you? The idea of having your own Board of Directors is an extension of the ‘hero’ exercise, a […]