When I'm not working on my novels or dabbling in my jewellery studio, the chances are good I'm away from home speaking at an event or facilitating a workshop. I've posted some of my most popular workshops below, but please contact me about your specific needs. I'm happy to create one-off presentations and workshops covering content most useful to you. And I'm also happy to speak with remote groups via phone or Skype. I can't think of a performance psychology topic that I haven't delivered a workshop on over the years, so get in touch to talk about your specific area of interest.
Workshops for Writers
Mental toughness For Writers
Every writer goes through hard times. Times when the words just won't flow. Times when the rejection keeps coming and the critical voices play on your mind.
Successful writers don't just survive these times, they thrive regardless, and this takes a specific set of mental strengths - strengths which don't tend to come naturally to sensitive people. The good news is, these strengths can be learned.
This workshop provides practical tools to help writers bounce back from adversity. After all, isn't success the best revenge?
- Turn criticism into a platform for success.
- Overcome writer's block.
- Cope constructively with rejection slips.
- Develop the mental toughness to thrive in a competitive industry.
- Build self-confidence and resilience.
Psychology for Writers
People do things for a reason. For every behaviour we see, there’s some motivation underneath, driving what we see on the outside. This is true in fiction as well as in life. Dialogue, action and character all have hidden motivators - psychological drivers - beneath what's visible on the surface.
Great stories allow readers to draw conclusions about the motivations behind what people are doing. So the more that you, as a writer, understand about psychological drivers, the easier you’ll find it to create a layered world, teeming with life, awaiting discovery below the surface.
This whole day workshop provides writers with hands-on experience working with some key behavioural drivers.
- Discover the psychology of motivation.
- Explore the consequences of self-awareness (and its absence).
- Discover the literary conflict created by different thinking styles.
- Understand the short- and long-term consequences of optimism and pessimism.
- Look at how introversion and extraversion influence behaviour.
Working with Strengths
Working With Strengths is about identifying the personal strengths that make your voice unique, and crafting your writing to capture the stories that only you can tell.
This half-day workshop explores the psychological strengths that you can use to improve your outcomes. What is it about you that's different? What particular strengths can you leverage?
- Discover your thinking style and the implications for your writing.
- Explore your goals and motivations.
- Understand and leverage the psychological themes that resonate in your work.
- Complete a basic personality profile to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
Workshops for Performers
Goodbye Stage Fright
Many talented artists avoid performance opportunities because of the stress associated with performance anxiety (also known as stage fright or nerves), which significantly affects feelings of well-being as well as potentially impacting on the quality of performance. But performance anxiety responds positively to some fairly simple interventions.
This workshop gives performers tools to prevent anxiety from reaching unmanageable levels and a framework for harnessing its benefits. Don't let anxiety limit your options and outcomes.
- Learn the psychological preparation techniques that minimise anxiety and promote success.
- Discover how to control nerves in those crucial few moments before a performance.
- Learn how to harness nerves to improve the quality of your delivery.
- Gain insight into how you can manage any physical symptoms you experience.
Mental Toughness For Performers
There are a lot of factors that influence whether or not we succeed in life. For performers of all kinds, clearly one of these factors in skill. It does matter how good you are. And luck plays a part sometimes too. We all know of people who were in the right place at the right time, and that made all the difference.
But that’s not the whole story. Lucky breaks are few and far between, and well developed skills are not always enough. Plenty of talented people fail. There’s a growing body of research which shows that the crucial factor – the thing that separates successful performers from their less successful peers – is mental toughness.
This half-day workshop provides practical tools to help performers develop the mental toughness that will enable them to thrive in a challenging, competitive industry.
- Bounce back from criticism fast.
- Use setbacks as a platform for success.
- Cope constructively with rejection.
- Build self-confidence and resilience.
- Develop a 'personal best' mentality.
- Learn to draw on strengths.
Public speaking for people who are uncomfortable in the limelight
Few creatives think of themselves as natural public speakers. Many would prefer to be at home in their studios whipping up a masterpiece or, as the speaking date draws close, at the dentist getting root canal therapy. But creative people bring a suite of natural strengths and advantages to the stage, and a public platform is essential to commercial success.
This half-day workshop covers the principles of successful public speaking, provides tips for dealing with nerves, and tailors approaches to extraverted and introverted personality types.
The workshop is also available in full-day format, which includes the best evidence-based approaches to managing public speaking anxiety - a condition as common as it is treatable. Don't let fear of public speaking stop you from fully realising your potential.
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Qualifications & Memberships
M.Phil. (Psych. ANU)
Graduate Teaching Programme (Adult Ed. ANU)
Grad. Dip. App. Fin. (Kaplan Professional)
Grad. Dip. Psych. (UC)
B.A. (1st Class Hons. Psych. ANU)
Full Member, Australian Psychological Society
Member, ACT Writers Centre
Accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner
Accredited practitioner for the full suite of SHL occupational instruments (eg. OPQ, Verify)
Accredited Lominger Voices Capability Framework and 360 Degree Feedback Report Practitioner.
Accredited Full Circle 360 Degree Feedback Practitioner.