Walk and talk for mental and physical health

Events, Pilgrimage

Talk for Health invited us to run a three-hour storytelling pilgrimage from Islington to Hampstead, over Hampstead Heath.

A wonderful group of people took risks telling true stories, and others that were entirely made up.

We even had a go at competitive storytelling, and finished at Hampstead Parish Church, lighting a candle in thanks before saying goodbye.

Photos: Minnie (thank you!)

If you are one of the people who popped along, please do fill in my short feedback form, here: https://forms.gle/Mv7PJQBRxC6WM4Av5


Public talks, via video link


Recently, for reasons outside my control, I was unable to make it to an event where I was scheduled to speak.

My daughter was taken ill. If you’re a parent, you know how that feels. If you’re not, I hope you can imagine my feelings…

… as I mopped her brow in London while contemplating the 200 or so design students expecting to hear me speak about How To Be More Creative, a couple of hours later, in a lecture theatre 150 miles away, in Bournemouth.

When she finally fell asleep, I phoned my host in Bournemouth, senior lecturer Alice Stevens, to ask it might be possible to deliver my interactive talk using some kind of online conferencing tool.

You know, Skype or something…

Alice was not ecstatic, because she’d not done anything like it before, and the time was tight. But seeing little alternative, and being fundamentally an adventurous type, she agreed.

And so the talk went ahead. For myself, I found it a little disorienting, because when I started doing the audience interactions I’m so fond of, Alice kindly walked the laptop around so I could see people…

… and this made me slightly seasick.

But when I said that out loud, it went down very well indeed: audiences seem to quite like it when speakers admit to some kind of wobble. (This speaker, anyway.)

I was happy to learn afterwards that, despite everything, the motivational theme of my talk came through loud and clear.

Here’s what Alice wrote in an email the following day:

Speaking for myself, I had a lot of fun. It was a bit wobbly, and I couldn’t read people’s faces at all, but Alice looked after me very well, and taught me that it’s possible to do more events than I previously managed – because it turns out that I might not always have to travel.

Save the planet – inspire by Skype!