Loading Downloads
Category: Business

There are SO many things that you could be doing to grow your business, but only 24 hours in a day. So how do you decide which ideas will make the most difference to your bottom line? And how do you get results – fast? Tune in to Idea Time for tools, tips and interviews to find out how

January 21, 2021

Your Amazing Creative Mind with Kathryn Creed

Today I have a special guest on the show, Kathryn Creed. Kathryn is a clinical hypnotherapist who works with clients using the power of hypnosis to help them to connect with their unconscious minds, helping them to whatever outcome they would like to achieve. Her career in Education gave her the relevant experience, as for her, like therapy, teaching is all about helping a person to learn and grow by finding their inner strength, potential and capacity for change. Kathryn works with adults as well as children to remove the obstacles which hold them back from the life that they want. She believes that to be involved in that process is a tremendous privilege. 

You can learn more about Kathryn at her website  https://www.angitia.co.uk/

I would like to let you know, for the sake of full disclosure, that I work with Kathryn as her client and she has helped me tremendously using the power of hypnotherapy.

Kathryn will be talking about how hypnotherapy works, what it can do for you and explore it further.

By listening in you’ll learn more about how hypnotherapy can help with:

  • Changes in your personal life
  • Changes in your business life
  • Stress, Anxiety, past hurts
  • Performance with work
  • Ability to adapt to situations

You’ll also learn more about what hypnotherapy is and the science behind how it works.

Instagram: @ideatimestudio

Facebook: @ideatime1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonorth/

November 23, 2020

Dare to be Different - with Dr. Jo North

Join me for this podcast episode which is all about daring to be different as virtual facilitators - what does that mean? how to do it?  - practical tips on how to be braver and stand out as a virtual facilitator for all the right reasons.


You might also enjoy my special blog and free resources on how to dare to be different which you can find here.



November 20, 2020

Virtual Facilitation in Action - Innovation Festival 2020

In this solo episode I share my experience of facilitating online at Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival 2020.

The sessions I led were on the value of water, and climate change with Kielder Forest and Water Park.

You can find out more about the Innovation Festival 2020 here.

For more free tips and advice on virtual facilitation, have a look at my blog here.

November 16, 2020

Visible Thinking with Claire Bown

I loved learning more about visible thinking, thinking routines and virtual facilitation in this episode with my special guest, Claire Bown founder at Thinking Museum.  

Claire is based in Amsterdam and works internationally. She has always been fascinated by developing methods that help people to engage with art and museums creatively and in a thought-provoking, inquiry-led way. 

Claire does a great job helping museum teams to ask great questions, to achieve discussion-based programmes around art and to make visits much more interactive using a simple structure. She helps museum and art gallery teams to share their deep knowledge and enthusiasm in an interesting way that goes beyond sharing facts.

Visible thinking enriches learning and thought. Its central idea is making thinking visible.

Thinking routines are short, easy-to-learn practices and steps that can be used regularly in different ways. For example, "see, think, wonder" provides a structure for being curious about and questioning an object or theme. The approach teaches users to ask better questions.

Thinking routines can also be combined and each has a different focus.

We discussed the relevance of this to innovation sessions and how they will work well in a number of settings such as customer experience, brand development, business growth and more.

We also explore how museums and galleries have been innovating through the covid-19 lockdowns and social distancing measures and building their virtual facilitation and digital skills.

Claire shares her top tips for engaging, interactive virtual facilitation.

Claire runs a membership, and holds great training sessions on visible thinking and thinking routines.

You can find Claire by searching Thinking Museum on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. On Linkedin search for Claire Bown.





November 6, 2020

Mindfulness Tips for Virtual Facilitators

Tune in for my mindfulness tools, tips and techniques for virtual facilitators.

Learn how to slow down your digital facilitation in your online meetings to go faster and be more productive overall!

In this episode I share practical things that you can do to increase your energy and support your wellbeing when you're going from online workshop to online workshop.

Everything I share is scientifically-backed, so you can have the confidence that these insights will work for you.

I cover:

- Different types of meditation for improving creativity and increasing focus.

- How to prepare and deliver your digital workshops, training and design sprints mindfully

For oodles more free tools, techniques and advice to help you expand your creativity, confidence and impact through your virtual facilitation, check out my website, starting here: https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources

September 17, 2020

Getting Engagement in Online Workshops - Trust & Psychological Safety

In this solo episode I share why taking time to build trust between delegates and an environment that helps with psychological safety is essential for generating engagement in online meetings and workshops.


I share some of the latest science on trust and psychological safety, along with practical tips to support you with your virtual facilitation.


To join my free private Facebook group, Idea Time for Workshop Facilitators, please use this link.



September 4, 2020

The Innovation Story of VWall -The Virtual Whiteboard Ahead of Its Time

Join me and innovators Mark Whittaker from Velresco and Chris Wilson from Adamo to hear the story of how Mark created a new virtual whiteboard for online meetings and workshops called VWall back in 2010, well ahead of the curve, and how VWall has developed to being an invaluable tool for many facilitators here and now.

Mark and Chris share how VWall is a great facilitation tool, and how easy it is to use with platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and others to optimise delegate engagement and participation.

VWall allows we facilitators to intuitively capture and instantly analyse ideas from our workshop participants. Personally, I really enjoy using it in sessions for sticky note activities, mind mapping, polling and much more.

I found it inspiring to listen to Mark and Chris sharing the innovation journey of VWall, from an idea borne out of frustration and opportunity to becoming a super-useful, easy-to-use and successful commercial facilitation product.

If you'd like to know more about VWall and have a demo with Chris, and / or sign up for a free trial, just reach out to him on Linked in here.

Thank you Chris and Mark for a really interesting conversation!





August 28, 2020

How to Get Ideas Flowing in Virtual Workshops & Online Meetings

In this solo podcast I share practical tips and advice for facilitators on how to get ideas flowing in your virtual workshops and online meetings.

I also share information about my free online programme for facilitators, Supercharge Your Virtual Engagement on Zoom, which you can join for free HERE.

In the podcast you'll learn:

  • How ideas are formed and why that's important for your online sessions
  • How to design online workshops that work for diverse thinking and learning styles
  • How to use different creativity techniques through movement, words, numbers, objects, images and more to get and keep ideas flowing and make sure that delegate engagement stays high
  • Why creative idea generation techniques such as 'crazy eights'. co-consulting, expert interviews and lightning talks help with idea generation - and how to use them
  • Why traditional 'brainstorming' doesn't work - and what to do instead
  • Why it's important to give idea generation time and space

I hope you enjoy the show - let me know what you think, and share the things that you do to get and keep ideas flowing in your online workshops.

August 21, 2020

Love Your Numbers! Special Episode with Mahmood, The Numbers Rockstar

Join me and Mahmood Reza, the Numbers Rockstar, for this special edition episode to celebrate the first year of the official #lovemyaccountantday on 25th August.

Mahmood has worked to officially get this day into the annual event calendar.


Listen in to find out:

 - How Mahmood created an official day in the event calendar and why

 - Why Mahmood is so passionate about helping business owners to really understand and feel comfortable with using their numbers to tell the story of their business

  - How we, as business owners, can work more effectively with our accountants so that we can help them to help us more

 - Why and how our attitudes and beliefs about money influence our business decisions

 - Why money is important for all organisations, including purpose led businesses, not-for-profits and organisations in the arts and creative sector


You can find out more about Mahmood here, and join in #loveyouraccountantday on his social feeds:

Twitter: @mahmood_reza

Instagram: @mahmoodnumbersrockstar

Mahmood's podcast is I Hate Numbers, and you can find his live show on his Facebook page.



August 21, 2020

Productivity Hacks for Virtual Facilitators

In this solo episode I share my top Productivity Hacks for Virtual Facilitators.

My FREE Supercharge Your Virtual Engagement on Zoom Challenge starts on 7th September - you can find out more and sign up here.

Here are the links to the tools I mention:

SessionLab for planning and designing sessions.

Ecamm Live for video recording and live videos.

Canva for designing great presentations and graphics.

Slidemodel for PowerPoint templates for virtual flipcharts and worksheets.

Mentimeter for interactive polling and quizzes.

I love SessionLab and Ecamm Live so much I actually became an affiliate  - just to let you know and to be transparent about that.