When Joy Can Save Your Life!

 Sasha* one of my Stand-Up comedy students had come along to the class under duress. She could not see the point of it. Fun? Why bother when her job, her family and her life in general seemed to be just constantly dragging her down. She felt like she was made of lead and did notContinue reading “When Joy Can Save Your Life!”

Fold, Scrunch or…

  My life turned into a joke at the weekend – literally! We’ve all heard that old gag about the person being in a public toilet cubicle and the person in the next cubicle says “Hello?” And the gag teller replies with ‘Hello’ and starts conversing with the other cubicle dweller only to be talkedContinue reading “Fold, Scrunch or…”

What a Ride!

  One of the things that you don’t expect when you give up the day job is the massive internal, personal changes that start to happen as you start out on your journey working full time in your own business. First there is the good stuff – the massive increase in passion and purpose. It’sContinue reading “What a Ride!”

Top 3 Emotions of my First Week in Business

 Last week I finished up in my day job. After commencing coaching and NLP studies last year and working part time on my coaching, training and comedy business, I’m putting out my shingle for the business on a full time basis. I’m using my experience of 25 years in corporate communications, 23 years in theatre and 12Continue reading “Top 3 Emotions of my First Week in Business”

Making the World a Better Place One Laugh at a Time

 A conversation with a group of friends on the notion of success in comedy provoked me to write down for the first time my mantra when it comes to comedy. I’ve verbalised it often enough but never written it down before and it has been an interesting exercise. It goes something like this: I measureContinue reading “Making the World a Better Place One Laugh at a Time”

Cutting Ties to the Past

Way back in the mists of time, when dinosaurs stalked the earth and the gods still supped with the mortals (so, somewhere around 1978) I used to be an apprentice hairdresser. Yes, no shit. I spent four years shampooing, cutting, tinting and asking people where they were going for their holidays. I loved the job.Continue reading “Cutting Ties to the Past”

I Close My Eyes and Jump

Goodness gracious what a week! I had always imagined that when days arrive that will change my life, they would be huge and dramatic. Maybe fireworks and heavenly choirs, marching bands and trumpets, a boom or two of thunder and lightning splitting the sky. But what really happened was an unprecedented overwhelming wave of peace,Continue reading “I Close My Eyes and Jump”

What Looks Like the End is Actually the Beginning

Last week I had a rare privilege. I got to see what it could be like if my life was coming to a close. It was all a bit dramatic – I wasn’t feeling good after a bout of pneumonia and my GP took one look at me, slapped me on the surgery’s ECG machineContinue reading “What Looks Like the End is Actually the Beginning”

The Effort of Doing Nothing

My very writing of this blog post is one big ol’ piece of irony. I’m actually contravening what I’m writing about, in writing about it! Let me explain. The topic of this post is giving yourself permission to do nothing. Today is Sunday, it’s a sunny afternoon after a period of gloomy rainy wintry weather.Continue reading “The Effort of Doing Nothing”