Posts Tagged ‘video’

Some things just shouldn’t change!

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

It is really worth taking the time to watch this video.  It is a beautifully edited, wonderfully shot film.  It shows some of the most beautiful places and some incredible people who show just how inventive and indomitable we can be as a species.

I guess that sometimes the latter is a threat to the former but we really do need to preserve this kind of beauty for our children and their children.

Some things are just meant to be and not be changed by man interfering, using or despoiling…







Fawlty Towers offering further comedy lessons in communication

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The characters here are priceless and the scene is so beautifully scripted and constructed, but what does it tell us about successful communication?

Everyone here arrives with their own set of expectations and their mind full of their own issues.  We all do this all the time.  When these individual vectors collide we get fabulous comedy here but in real life there is just misunderstanding, and feelings of being badly served and/or misunderstood.  This is a real issue as most of us have a deep desire to be understood, and when we are put into situations where this occurs emotion usually flares, and the Flight/Fight response usually dictates that we either withdraw or get angry.

We have to make time to set expectations, to understand the other person’s position and needs and to communicate our desire to help, but within the parameters that we set.

Other comedy lessons:

  1. Morecombe & Wise
  2. Two Ronnies
  3. Rowan Atkinson

Roll Call–more comedy lessons in communication

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Roll call….PS>> apologies if any adverts come up, they are nothing to do with I-Change!

Rowan Atkinson just stands here reading the register, and with each name the audience laughs louder…. Why?  Although he has obviously chosen some funny words, I’d suggest that there are a number of interesting underlying factors.  Timing is obviously important, as it is in all communication.  However, the key to this gem is that he plays with the audience’s own memories of this situation and builds on them.  In other words he is building rapport and then leading them to laughter. 

If you wish to influence people, and in business we all need and want to do this, then you have to take the time to find out where they are and what they know before you begin communicating.  If you do this, then like Rowan, you can in very few words get them on your side and engaging with you.  Without this it is all just noise and spam.

Other comedy lessons:

  1. Morecombe & Wise
  2. Two Ronnies

Fork Handles and more lessons in communication from comedy

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Fork handles

Following Ruth’s comments on yesterday’s blog I thought that I’d look at some more comedy clips and examine the lessons they offer in communication.  This gem from The Two Ronnies is fabulous viewing, but what does it teach us?

The reason this is so funny is that the sounds of the words is identical in both sets of words, so “fork handles” sounds very similar to “four candles”.  You need context to help you understand which meaning is right.  Successful communication lies in checking that we are sharing the same context and checking our assumptions.  You may feel that you know what they are talking about, but do you really?  Take a little time to question them and check your understanding.  It not only reduces frustration and potentially costly errors but also makes the person feel that you are listening and care.

All the right notes… not necessarily in the right order?!

Saturday, February 5th, 2011
All the right notes…

I’m sure many of you are familiar with this classic Morecombe and Wise sketch, and if you aren’t you really ought to watch it, it is comedy gold!  However I had a real life situation the other day that made me think of Eric’s words “Listen… I’m playing all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order!”   I was involved in a bit of communication that went awry.  We exchanged a number of messages and I wasn’t at all convinced that it was being resolved but I stuck with it.  Today I heard that it was all satisfactorily resolved but I suspect that the issue wasn’t so much the substance as the timing of the communication.

I’m sure we have all been in situations when someone asked us something at the wrong time and we failed to engage with them properly, and maybe afterwards said something like “Why didn’t you just ask me..!” only to discover that they had.  If your perfectly constructed message arrives at the wrong time for your recipient you maybe doomed to a difficult time.  We can’t always know what is going on for our recipients especially when we fire off an email or text, but if it is important, and I’m phoning, I try to ask the person “Is this a good time for you?”  If it isn’t then I’m not only wasting both our of time but potentially my one shot to get the message over.

In communication, like so much in life, timing is everything

The Power of Love 2

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Serendipity brought this to me today after today’s blog on the Power of Love and this just seemed to say the same thing

“This is a video of street singers from around the world being recorded, overlaid and mixed with one another while singing the song “Stand By Me”.
It is a marvel to listen to and watch. They all deserve to be heard. “


Stand by Me from theRedPillRadio on Vimeo.

And here is another similar message…

How can we all not feel this and do something about it???


Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

A colleague found this super clip

This goes so deep.  Have you ever tried to just spend some time with just  you and a mirror?  i once was given this as an exercise.  Just me, and empty room and a mirror… look…. really look and feel what comes up.   Try it … I dare you!!

Happy New Year!!


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Video Blog: Organisational Change Lessons learnt from the Banking Crisis

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I recently wrote an article on an allied subject, and was recently interviewed about this.  As ever, I’d be interested to hear what you feel about this…

PS>> This style of shooting was a bit of an experiment and we’d be very interesting to know how you feel about it

Video Blog: Understanding the Flight – Fight Response

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This is the second of our new series of videos about Organisational Change and how to do it successfully.  Understanding the Flight/Fight response is critical as it explains how people react under the inevitable stress that change in the workplace causes.

Of course, all change can generate this kind of stress, including such apparently happy events as getting married!


Video Blog: Why Change can’t be ‘managed’

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

If people ask me “What do you do?”  I’ll often say “I’m a Change consultant” To which they normally go “Oh.. Change management” If time is short I agree, but given half a chance I explain why I don’t like this phrase and why I feel that real change is not something to ‘manage’ rather it need facilitating and enabling.  This video gives a better explanation of what I feel.






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