Category Archives: Presentations

This is the current list of presentations that are occurring at the Autumn 2011 ChangeCamp on October 29th, 2011

Presentation: Create Your Master Dream List

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“Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You’ve Imagined”

– Henry David Thoreau

To create change in your life the first thing to do is dream!

Dream of your future. Imagine your life as you feel it ought to be lived.

Why? Because dreams shape goals! Goals drive us forward.

In goal-setting, the reason why most people are generally unsuccessful or fall short is because they do not know where to begin. The use of a Master Dream List not only develops your Plan of Action, it also generates the re-birth of your natural creativity. It re-schools your imagination and inventiveness. You give yourself permission to write down any wish, want, or desire regardless of how ridiculous it may seem. The secret is to let yourself go.

Then you can categorise and organise your dreams into development sections: physical, social, mental, spiritual, financial and family life.

For this fun workshop, bring with you a pen and plenty of paper.

Presentation: Introduction To Body Language

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Rob’s presentation is an interactive opportunity to begin to explore the importance of body language in our communications with others.

This accessible, ethical and informative session has been designed to enhance our ability to understand and positively influence the people around us.

All materials supplied, simply bring an open mind and an openness to learn.

Presentation: Essential Skills To Fuel Change

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We’ve all been trained on how to give feedback. However, for feedback to fuel change we need to learn how to receive feedback. We either take feedback as a personal attack or set feedback aside too quickly.  This is a defence mechanism to protect ourselves, however, neither approach is productive. Some people even react badly to positive feedback.

If someone feels that receiving feedback is painful, there is reluctance to give feedback. Too often feedback is given as “S#!t” sandwich. This doesn’t work. Either the person ignores the good stuff and focuses entirely on the bad, or visa versa.

Without information about our behaviour and how it impacts others, needs are unmet and conflict grows. As a workplace mediator, many of the conflicts Nancy deals have their roots in this fear of feedback.

In this interactive session, you will learn how to

  • receive feedback in a constructive way
  • respond to criticism
  • provide feedback that helps people change

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

Bill Gates

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution focused therapy

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Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information often helps people to work out how to change the parts of their lives that aren’t running so well. The most specific definition of the approach is attributed to Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Along with colleagues, in 1978, they established the Brief Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, US.

From the outset they committed themselves to a combination of practice, training and research. By 1984 their publications spoke of a shift away from previous approaches, emphasising a solution-building rather than problem focused approach, and a recognition that service users could often create their own strategies for change. Several tools were found to operate like “skeleton keys”, unlocking a process of problem resolution across a wide variety of difficulties.

The workshop will cover the theoretical under-pinnings of the approach, video excerpts to show how the main techniques work in practice and opportunities to try them out.

The workshop will introduce participants to the main assumptions and some of the questions used in the approach through a mixture of presentation and experiential exercises.

John Wheeler is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked in child mental health for over 30 years. John has delivered training in the Solution

Focused approach to a wide range of practitioners in the UK and abroad since 1993 and is an external lecturer to several professional courses in the North East. John has written over twenty papers and chapters for publication and runs a regional network for practitioners using SFBT. Details of John’s qualifications, professional experience and publications are available on

Presentation: How To Manage Your Inner Tortoise

Inner TortoiseHow to manage yourselves (and others) who default to tortoise mode when unwanted change or conflict is on the horizon.

In my previous ChangeCamp session on managing your emotions in conflict, most of the tools were for managing anger.

This year, I’ll concentrate on tools to help you manage fearful and anxious reactions to conflict.

So instead of going from beast to Buddha, I’ll be talking about how to stick your neck out.

This session covers how to over your fear of conflict, learning how to say what you need, saying no nicely and sticking to it. (And still like yourself!)

“We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming or cruel when we speak our truths.” ― Melody Beattie

NB: You don’t need to have attended the previous ChangeCamp session to go to this presentation