Are you overlooking your own easy?

Are you overlooking what comes easy to you

He looked up from the piece of paper clutched in his hand, a look of bewilderment on his face. ‘But I sound amazing’ he said, incredulously. Grinning, I nodded. ‘That’s because you are.’ It was 2010, and I’d been hired to write biographies for key staff members. The gentleman in question was in his early 50s, but he […]

You don’t need an Oscar-worthy story

You dont need an oscar worthy story

We were sitting around the campfire when the story turned to ‘how we met our partners’.  I didn’t know any of the women super well and most were a few wines down, so took to telling their stories in the gregarious fashion of the slightly tipsy.  And oh what tales they had. A tale of […]

Finding purpose in the small things

finding meaning in the moments

He began by giving thanks. He thanked Lego, he thanked Marvel, he thanked the cast and crew of Frozen, the inventor of trampolines and Paw Patrol and Teen Titans. He thanked the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin and children’s authors Julia Donaldson, David Walliams and Dav Pilkey. He spoke of the joy and connection and […]

Have you lost the flow in your business?

lost the flow in your business

Are you struggling to show up online, create valuable content, or figure out how to get your message to those who need it most, in a way that feels good to you? I think we all go through phases where showing up feels like a chore. When we’re busy “doing-the-do”, then social media, blogging, vlogging, […]

What funeral directors can teach you about storytelling

The power of storytelling

Death. You might consider it a challenging topic for a reality documentary series. Yet sometimes, the most unexpected topics have the power to make the greatest impact Recently I discovered The Casketeers, a reality TV show following the daily goings-on at Tipene Funerals, in West and South Auckland. This quirky series has been a run away success […]

Trying to write your site? Stop looking around

Trying to write your site? Stop looking around

There’s a pattern I see when entrepreneurs try to write their own sites. You start out by looking at others in your field. You find someone who has a great website, and you decide to use it as inspiration. You want to create a website that is similar to your competitor’s, but you still want […]

When authenticity doesn’t come easily

What is authenticity

Authenticity. Does the very word make your hackles stand up? Like any buzzword, authenticity evokes strong reactions. When we hear it too often, or if we see it used as an excuse for poor behaviour, or for behaviour that is not in fact authentic, it can start to lose its meaning and grate on your nerves. […]

Why aren’t you saying what you REALLY want to say?

Are you saying what you really want to say?

Lately I’ve been meeting and working with a lot of women who are struggling with the same issue. And it’s driving me crazy. So today I am calling you out. (Given the subject of this blog, I don’t really have a choice). Are you saying what you really want to say? Before I begin, I […]

Want to write great content? Pay attention

How do you write great content?

I once asked a well known television producer where he got ideas for his stories and documentaries. He looked at me quizzically before replying: “Stories are everywhere.” At the time I found his answer slightly maddening. Back then I was a frustrated media lawyer, desperately yearning for more creativity in my work. What did he […]

Outgrown your clients? How to embrace your new direction

outgrown your clients? here's how to embrace a new direction

Have you ever invested hours of hard work in a project and then had the sickening feeling that you’re on the wrong track? The process of creating something new is not always linear. Sometimes we have to put in hours (or even days or weeks) of work to discover that what we thought we wanted, is not right at […]