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2014 in review

See here Grist The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people. Click … Continue reading

Why make a movie?

This blog is moving to our new website : See here Grist I think this says it more eloquently than I ever could. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AC0sR5_NTFo&feature=youtu.be

Winning Ways

This blog is moving to our new website : See here Grist Just had the public confirmation of a great win with Skanska. http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2014/06/09/skanska-wins-250m-worthy-down-training-base/   Well done everyone.

Construction, are the boom times back?

This blog is moving to our new website : See here Grist Our company has been going nearly a decade now and we’ve seen the most extraordinary arc of boom and bust. I’m sure there were many of us who found the last election a turning point. Work just stopped in many of our sectors and … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Feedback. if you want to be liked – NOD

If you want people to like you more, think you are better at your job, think you care about them more, are more intelligent than they thought, are more marriageable material than they thought, are taller, wiser, smarter, better looking and more fragrant than they thought, nod. Nodding is brilliant. It works EVERY time, ALL the … Continue reading

How to give feedback on presentations

This Blog is moving to our new website: See here Grist   I want to do something different. I want answers from you. Of all the topics I’ve written about, giving feedback is the one people search for the most and read the most. In fact the search term that has got most hits over … Continue reading

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What you can learn from TV Presenters

Quite understandably, when people are thinking about appearing on camera they watch professional TV presenters to see if they can copy what they do.  Often this is unhelpful. Why? Because its a bit like watching Jamie Callum before your Grade 1 piano. It can lead to a form of despair. It is the job of … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – What you can learn from TV Presenters

There are two types of TV presenters. The smart ones who realise how vulnerable and exposed they are while on camera, and the dumb ones who don’t get it. Miraculously both seem to get away with it. The smart ones by managing the situation using their wit and intellect, and the dumb ones by having … Continue reading


First rule of Blogs – keep blogging. So we’ve failed badly. But the reason is, we’ve just been too busy. I can’t remember the exact date, but it was in late June. On that day the construction industry decided to start moving forward again. Everyone started new projects, not building, but communicating, marketing and generally … Continue reading

Merry Gristmas!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday. We’ve had a good year despite a recession, culminating with a veritable blizzard of wins for our clients in November and December. I won’t bore you with the details, but not far off £1billion value in the last month. January is currently our busiest month ever for … Continue reading

Corporate Video – Get Smart

Some of our clients are getting really smart with video. In the old days, video was something you paid a fortune for other people to create. No one quite knew why it all cost so much, but hey, they had really cool kit and it seemed to take so many people to shoot… Nowadays everyone … Continue reading

Corporate Video – Why many corporate videos are a waste of money

Why many corporate videos are so bad. We all come from telly. That is to say, everyone we employ at Grist has worked in TV. When I worked in TV the term “corporate” was, well, an insult. If you said a story was “a bit corporate video” that wasn’t good. Why? The Bad If a … Continue reading

Architecture PowerPoint Tips PPT

Talking to an architect today about refreshing the skills we had worked on last year set me to thinking about PowerPoint. Here is my advice for architects. Brochures and printed material are a totally different thing from images projected on a screen. It is not the images themselves that are different, but the way they … Continue reading

A Reblog from Peter Watts. Ed Milliband Conference Speech. Showing how it’s meant to be done!

Ed Milliband Conference Speech. Showing how it’s meant to be done!.

What business can learn from rugby

It’s the silly season so I’ve been indulging myself writing about things that inspire me beyond the narrow confines of real work. I wrote about Neil Armstrong, and The best training I ever had, and why, which is about work, but the subject was a rugby training course. Third son is now at pre-season training … Continue reading

Neil Armstrong

A personal blog. I am just the right age to idolise Neil Armstrong. I was 10 on July 20th 1969, and I can remember feeling incredibly tired as we lay under blankets on the floor of our sitting-room watching human beings walk on another world, having been woken in the middle of the night. But … Continue reading

The best training I ever had, and why.

Reflecting on learning after reading a really good blog from Gavin McMahon  led me to think of the best training course I have ever been on, and why it was so good. It was most of a decade ago – so it passes the memorability test 1000 times over. The course was called First Aid for … Continue reading

Obama – the greatest speech-maker of our time?

The simple answer is ‘yes’. When Obama turns it on, he is simply brilliant. This section from a speech has been put to music, and well-crafted by a team that are very, very good at what they do, but take away the flim-flam and you are still left with something really powerful, and superbly delivered. … Continue reading

The Ultimate Sin in Selling

My favourite film of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve seen it so many times that I know much of the dialogue by heart. The premise is what Hollywood now calls “high concept”, that is the situation drive the film. George Bailey faces ruin after a lifetime of service in the small town … Continue reading

What Business can learn from British Olympic cycling

Plainly the Team GB cycling team is at the top of its game. The lessons are obvious. One of our core beliefs is that preparation is everything. If you have heard them talk about how they focus in on every detail, down to having a specific pillow so that athletes always sleep in the same … Continue reading

How to make a mistake – stop digging

We all make mistakes. Usain Bolt, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, all of us. We have an inbuilt bias, The Self-Serving Fallacy, that makes us think that when I made a mistake I was unlucky, but you? You were stupid. But we all make them. What is important is what you do next. You have choices … Continue reading

Sales – playing the percentages

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Is a famous line from Samuel Beckett’s penultimate novel Worstward Ho. Say a body. Where none. No mind. Where none. That at least. A place. Where none. For the body. To be in. Move in. Out of. Back into. No. No out. No … Continue reading

FM presentations – rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse Lovely moment yesterday. We’ve done a lot of preparation for a big presentation (no details, sorry) and one of the team had struggled with nerves throughout. That is, had worried about nerves throughout. In reality he was really good at presenting, but couldn’t finally shift the worry to one side. After the … Continue reading