Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stories from the Heart Tales of Courage



Excited to announce that a project that has been very close to my heart over the past few months has just launched. Stories From The Heart™ Tales of Courage is now available for sale. The book is a collection of twelve true stories told by incredible women all on the theme of courage. Many thanks to Lisa Evans for inviting me to participate as one of the women sharing a story of courage. 'Changing Hat's is my story about the courage to educate myself in order to support my family. A tale of the various hats I have worn and a tale of who the heroes where along my journey. The other amazing authors include Claudette Pope Grace Najean Karina Barrett Mary Chetcuti Mavis Carruthers Michele Gennie, Melanie Chatfield, Ai-Mei Nguyen Pip Brennan Cushla Lovejoy and Lisa Evans The book is a real celebration of the human spirit and what incredible courage people have in their everyday lives. If you would like to purchase a book contact me by phone 0419942185 or email nicky@nickyhowe.com

Monday, October 15, 2018

Seniors, Soccer and the Benefits of Storytelling


My Dad used to play fourth division football (soccer) for Portsmouth, he was a goalie and whenever he sits and watches football his head is always boobing to keep the ball away from the goal net. In 2008 Dad and I were in England together and he took me to his old club and showed me around and then we drove to his ‘digs’ where he lived as a teenager.

This is just one of many stories that my Dad has told me and every time someone mentions football, the World Cup or a goalie I am immediately transported to thinking about my Dad and his football stories. When we were growing up we always had a gathering for the ‘FA Cup’ the English Football Grand Final, there was always plates of food, cool drink and we could ‘stay up’ and watch the game.

I love stories because they help us to connect and to reminisce when I listen to Dads stories I see him in a new light, he is able to transport me to when he was young and I see that twinkle in his eye as he recalls all the things he loves about the game of football. With the World Cup this year it gave me and Dad the opportunity to recall when we were at ‘his club’ in Portsmouth.
This story is part of my Dad’s legacy, it is part of who he is and what is important to him.

Storytelling has health benefits for older people

Research into the benefits of storytelling for seniors demonstrates that there are a number of health benefits for people who both share and listen to stories. In one study, when the time was taken to listen to the valuable stories and life lessons of the older population, nurses developed a better understanding of their patients while their patients recall special memories and feel proud of their lives.
The Life Review Group Program (LRGP) (Chiang et al., 2008), has been proven to increase self-esteem and life satisfaction among older adults. LRGP consists of discussions about different aspects of a person’s life, including memories from childhood and adolescence, the person’s family, job, friends, and greatest accomplishments, with a final discussion to summarize the life review.

What’s Your Story?

On the 10th November 2018, we are holding a Seniors Storytelling afternoon where we will support people to share and listen to stories. We are encouraging seniors to bring a family member or friend with them so together they can share stories.

Co-founded by experienced Storytelling Consultants Lisa Evans and Nicky Howe, Third Act Storytelling offers facilitated storytelling session where seniors can listen and share stories.
As professional facilitators, your storytellers Nicky and Lisa will provide a safe, supportive and fun session where you get to reminisce, share your wisdom and reflect on a life well lived.
We are encouraging seniors to bring a family member or friend with them so together they can share stories. We will share a cuppa and some scones, cream, and jam… do you have a baking, eating or afternoon tea story?   

Tickets can be purchased at Southcare Reception – 53 Bickley Crescent Manning

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Better Relationships with Those You lead

2nd Addition
About the Book
If you’re a leader or manager, on a daily basis you make important decisions that set the strategic direction and determine how your organisation will build your competitive advantage. You need to be able to thrive in a dynamic, changing global economy where you are a creator, contributor and solution provider. Therefore your skills, knowledge and experience are critical to your organisation’s success.  

Evidence suggests that many of the work/life problems faced by leaders are due to poor communication and poor relationships between people. In dealing with these problems is has been shown that leaders learn more effectively when they use their day-to-day work/life problems as the content of their learning. 

This book draws on these two key points and offers an approach that enables you to use your work/life problems to develop your capacity to create high-quality conversational skills and develop high-quality relationships. Both of which are central to being an effective leader.  In this book I present two key levers that you can use to shift your thinking patterns in order to manage yourself and lead others. 

Who Is This Book For?
This book is for you if you are working in your own business, leading a company, or working in the public service or the not for profit sector.  You may be a board member, a staff member, a volunteer or a contractor. You may be managing one person or 50. You may be the CEO, a member of the executive, a manager, a first time coordinator or a staff member. You may be managing volunteers or a call centre or you may be managing yourself.

What’s in the Book?
This book provides a practical guide for leaders and managers to help develop a range of skills and practices to improve business performance. The focus of the book is on human interactions, constructive workplace conversations and developing productive working relationships. 

It includes Nine Reflective Activities and Ten Tools to facilitate learning, problem-solving, self-management (so you don’t get in your own way!) and how to work effectively with others (even when they may be interpreted as ‘Difficult’). 

It also presents five real workplace case studies to show how to put these tools into practice in a range of common workplace situations. The case studies include: managing underperforming staff, workplace bullying, managing your boss, developing workplace trust and managing the workplace.

Buy the Printed Version for only $19.99

  • Title: Better Relationships With Those You Lead
  • Author: Dr Nicky Howe
  • Publication date: June 2016
  • ISBN- 9780992359911
Order via email nicky@nickyhowe.com

Monday, January 15, 2018

Savvy Speaker Points us in the Right Direction

Lisa Evan's book 'Speaking Savvy' is a terrific practical guide on how to develop your skills at writing and then telling a compelling story. It teaches you through a simple and clever approach, easy to follow, this book has a great foundational strategy, methods and processes to get you started and to help you improve your storytelling.
But it is much more,  what I really liked about the book was the series of short stories weaved in between all the practical, real-world advise.

True to her word, Lisa Evans tells a good story, in fact so good she had me in tears and she made me laugh. I don’t want to be a spoiler but as Lisa says, every story has to have emotion and Lisa certainly touches your emotions.

I found the various sections informative, practical and I loved all the useful props, visuals aids and checklists.
Lisa makes some poignant notes about the use of power point and committing to the audience to provide value as opposed to hiding behind lecterns and tools.

She makes you realise that you have to do the work and make the commitment if you want to be good at your craft. I loved the phrase ‘learning to play your human voice’. Like all good musicians, this means to practice and Lisa clearly practices what she is communicating.     

I think anyone who wants to improve their storytelling, be that writing, speaking or both this book is a must – readers will gain much from taking the time to both read and implement Lisa’s suggestions.