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Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

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Why being a people pleaser isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and how to stop being sucked into always saying yes

Why being a people pleaser isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and how to stop being sucked into always saying yes

It feels great to be seen as a kind and thoughtful person, but no one wants to be seen as a doormat. People pleasing misses the mark because it’s about the pleasing of the other person, rather than helping meaning you’re saying yes sometimes for all the wrong reasons.

If you’ve ever felt resentful, angry, or stressed about being asked to do something, that you said yes to, without analysing the impact of that decision on you – you could be a people pleaser.

This can put you at risk of lowered mental wellbeing, increased stress, and feelings of being taken for granted.

Luckily help is at hand and learning to say no isn’t nearly as hard as you might think.

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What a Horse Taught Me About Communication and Teamwork

What a Horse Taught Me About Communication and Teamwork

My best friend at school loved horses. She desperately wanted me to love them too. But there was a problem. Every time I came close, the horse invariably STOOD on my foot, which cause me to squeal and my friends to laugh.
I avoided horses mostly after that, until I went to the Four Legged Sages in Dural NSW where the horse was the teacher and I was the pupil.

We had a few issues to sort out, like communication skills, collaboration and effective teamwork.

What I didn’t expect was the direct and immediate feedback from the teacher.
Whoa!
The insights and aha’s from that day have remained with me long after the event.

Which got me thinking. We’ve endured so much living at a time of a global pandemic but the one thing that will help us the most as we move into recovery mode will be our level of social and emotional intelligence. That’s your ability to recognise the strengths and skills in others and yourself so we can work together to build a better, brighter and happier future.

Have you ever had a lesson from a horse?

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Are you listening to what’s not being said?

Are you listening to what’s not being said?

Are you listening? More importantly, are you listening to what’s not being said? When seeking advice or feedback, it’s nice to be told what you’re doing well. The judges on Masterchef have nailed what it takes to give supportive feedback with Garry Mehigan’s wide...

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Tuning in for great feedback

Tuning in for great feedback

"Hey! Want some feedback about your presentation?" Unsolicited feedback is about as welcome as the malodorous aromas our Border terrier Homer emits after his dinner some evenings. What’s the problem with feedback? The problem is feedback is often perceived in a...

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Words matter: Does text speak reduce performance?

Words matter: Does text speak reduce performance?

"We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us."Marshall McLuhan When seeking to work well and perform at our best, how we communicate is crucial to how others perceive us and understand what we share.As our technology has advanced, how...

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Are you clear about that?

Are you clear about that?

It was one of those conversations you couldn't ignore, not only because it was very public (in the middle of a shopping mall), and very loud (at least on the side of the person who was yelling) but also because the small culprit who was standing looking very downcast...

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