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Since Autumn 2013, we have been the events partner of Psychologies Magazine, offering a series of monthly events with experts and specialists in the fields of wellbeing, self-development and the arts. Our events partnership features a practical and interactive approach, championing a fun and engaging way to enrich our lives.

Psychologies

 

Break Free! How to Stop Feeling Trapped

with Kim Morgan
7th November 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Kim Morgan

 

In this lively and interactive session, coach, speaker, author and Psychologies Magazine columnist Kim Morgan will bring to life the contents of her and Geoff Watts’ book ‘The Coach’s Casebook – Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us’ (Inspect & Adapt, £16.99). Traits such as perfectionism, impostor syndrome, people-pleasing, fierce independence and procrastination come up time and again in coaching relationships, and while they have often been an instrumental part of people’s success, when overdone, they end up holding them back. This workshop explores the idea that we have a greater range of behaviours available to us than we routinely use. Imagine how it would feel if you could play down ‘procrastination’ at will, summon ‘assertiveness’ whenever you needed it, or let go of ‘perfectionism’.

You will learn how to:

  • Experiment with different behaviour styles in a fun way
  • Identify your overdone and underdone traits
  • Develop the confidence to use a wider range of behaviours
  • Understand the real impact of overdone traits, such as people-pleasing, perfectionism and impostor syndrome

Kim Morgan is managing director of Barefoot Coaching, one of the UK’s leading providers of coaching and University Accredited Coach Training. She has worked for more than 25 years in psychology and people-development. Kim was awarded Coach Of The Year in 2012 by ‘Coaching At Work’ magazine and is a Visiting Research Fellow in Coaching at the University of Chester. Kim is a sought-after conference speaker on all aspects of coaching and coach education, leadership and leadership development, psychology and change management.


Exploring Hygge: Celebrating the Simple Pleasures in Life

10 October 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

charlotte-abrahams

Hygge has become a hot lifestyle trend, with a philosophy based on kindness to self, cherishing time with loved ones and nding ways to enjoy simple things. Denmark is consistently ranked as the world’s happiest nation, and hygge is an integral part of its culture. Charlotte Abrahams, author of Hygge: A Celebration Of Simple Pleasures. Living The Danish Way, will explain why she thinks happiness and hygge are connected, and share her thoughts on how focusing on uncomplicated joys can help us live more contented lives.

You will learn:

  • How to bring hygge into your life without giving up anything or taking a course
  • How to think positively about your downtime, so that you really notice it
  • Why being kind to yourself and considering your own happiness is important, and not self-indulgent

Master the Art of Micro Mindfulness

6 September 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Tamara Russell

 

This event will take you on an exploratory journey through the fascinating world of mindfulness. No matter what your experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live mindfully. It will become clear that although ‘micro’ mindfulness can help with the management of daily stressors, the deeper work of mindful living has the true potential to transform our lives. This means learning to live in a way that is more aware, connected and contented.

Demystifying the confusion that often gets in the way of mindfulness training, Tamara Russell will help you get to grips with mindfulness, and to put it to optimal use straight away.

You will learn:

  • What mindfulness really means, and its benefits
  • Where the practice originated, and its evolution
  • How to get the most from mindfulness
  • Key tools to foster mindfulness in your life

Tamara Russell is a clinical psychologist, martial artist and neuroscientist, who brings a unique perspective to mindfulness therapy and research. She is director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence in London and a lecturer at King’s College London, she is a consultant, trainer and speaker and author of ‘Mindfulness In Motion’.


Explore Your Story, Review Your Life Script and Start a New Chapter in Your Life with Jacq Burns

5 July 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Ready for a new chapter in your life? Are you a stifled creative, a budding writer, need new ideas or a life rethink? Jacq Burns’s ‘see your story map’ technique lets you take a playful look at where you’ve been, where you are now and where you’re going. Using storytelling techniques to reflect on your life so far, what you want to add to it and what your next chapter will be, mixed up with a little free-writing and brainstorming, Jacq will help you to plan a journal, a biz plan, a bio, a blog, a novel, or even a new life. To finish off the evening, we will be still for a creative, go-do-it visualisation and meditation.

You will learn to:

  • Review the script you live by daily
  • Edit the story you tell yourself, and know what to drop and what to keep
  • Write or storyboard a plan and a promise to yourself for creating your next chapter

Jacq Burns is a literary agent, director of London Writers’ Club and newly formed, London Writer’s School. She’s author of Write A Bestseller. She was an editor at Random House and a literary agent at HarperCollins. Jacq teaches meditation to keep creativity flowing. Explore her London Writers’ Club tribe at londonwritersclub.com.


How Singing Can Change Your Life

14 June 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Research on singing for wellbeing has burgeoned in recent years and this event, in collaboration with the royal college of Music and Imperial college London, will explore cutting-edge findings on how singing in a choir can affect mental health, psychological wellbeing, quality of life and stress hormones. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a choir session led by groundbreaking charity Tenovus Cancer Care, which now has 19 choirs across Wales and London for those affected by cancer. You will also find out about a new two-year study examining the effects of singing over several months, and have the chance to take part in the research. If you’ve ever fancied joining a choir but didn’t dare, come and try it out!

You will learn:

  • How to let go and truly sing with abandon
  • About how taking part in a groundbreaking study focusing on the effects of singing in a choir will improve your mental health

The project has also been approved by the National Research Ethics Service and we are collaborating with the Royal Marsden Hospital.


How to Identify, and Find, Work that You Will Love – and Lead a Fulfilling Professional Life

3 May 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Alastair Creamer

Creative thinker, consultant, coach and Eyes Wide opened co-founder, Alastair Creamer, helps you explore how to find a job that you love. What did you want to be when you grew up? What sort of work would make you feel content? Alistair will share 10 illuminating ideas, and valuable techniques, to help you uncover new opportunities and create a satisfying work life. He will guide you as you identify which questions you should ask, and how to reveal the answers that will change your life.

You will learn:

  • How to pinpoint where you’re starting from, and where you’re heading
  • Which qualities you should foster to adapt to the changing world of work
  • Why your interests and passions are more important than you realise
  • To redefine your story, and choose what to tell others

For 25 years, Alastair has brought clarity and self-awareness to individuals and business teams seeking new ways of thinking and working. Eyes Wide Opened is hosting a course, called Stuck, on 6 and 7 May in London. For more, visit ewopened.com


How to Lead a Productive Life: Get More Done and Focus On What Really Matters

12 April 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Andy Gibson

Wouldn’t it be a relief if you could stop feeling overwhelmed every day and learn to manage your responsibilities and ‘life load’ with more ease, energy and focus? Find practical solutions and inspiration with Andy Gibson, author of A Mind For Business, who specialises in helping people ‘make the most of their minds’ – and will lead this workshop about the three principles of sustained productivity.

You will learn: 

  • How to feel energised and not exhausted
  • Ways to concentrate in a world of distractions
  • How to stay motivated
  • Techniques to sustain your new-found productivity after the event

Andrew Gibson is a writer and campaigner specialising in culture change. He founded the ‘5-a-day for your mind’ campaign, Mindapples, which supports organisations and individuals, and helps businesses innovate and grow through his consultancy, Sociability. For more, visit mindapples.org


 

How to Liberate Yourself From Your Own ‘Groundhog Day’ and Start Living Today

7 March 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Paul Hannam

Do you feel trapped in a repetitive cycle of work, responsibility and routine? Do you feel tired, anxious and restless? Do you feel powerless to change, and that life is passing you by? Author and psychologist, Paul Hannam, calls this the ‘Groundhog Day condition’, after the classic Bill Murray lm. He has written The Wisdom Of Groundhog Day, which explains his blueprint for breaking free and feeling happier and more fulfilled. He delivers his wisdom in a unique, engaging and interactive workshop.

You will learn:

  • How to free yourself from ‘Groundhog Day’ and lead the life you want, not the one you’ve settled for
  • To access the hidden and resources you already have to be happy
  • How to simplify your life and focus on what really matters
  • Daily practices to achieve lasting improvements

Find out more about Paul Hannam, and sign up for a free introduction to his book, ‘The Wisdom Of Groundhog Day’, at paulhannam.com, or follow him on Twitter @PaulHannam.


Exploring Hygge: Celebrating the Simple Pleasures in Life

7 February 2017, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

charlotte-abrahams

Hygge has become a hot lifestyle trend, with a philosophy based on kindness to self, cherishing time with loved ones and finding a way to enjoy simple things. Denmark is consistently ranked as the world’s happiest nation, and hygge is an integral part of the country’s culture. Charlotte Abrahams, author of Hygge: A Celebration Of Simple Pleasures. Living The Danish Way, will explain why she thinks these two things are connected, and share her thoughts on how focusing on simple pleasures can help us live more contented lives.

Charlotte Abrahams is a highly respected writer, editor and curator, specialising in design and the applied arts. She trained at Central St Martins and has written features, columns and profiles for national newspapers and magazines.

You will learn:

  • How you can bring some hygge to your life without giving anything up or going on any sort of course
  • How to think positively about your downtime so that you really notice it
  • Why being kind to yourself and considering your own happiness is important, rather than self-indulgent

 

From Burnout to Badass: How to Shake off the Gloom and Step into the Light

11 January 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Harriet Minter

 Are you always shattered? Feeling unable to handle life’s stresses to the best of your ability? With the high-pressure jobs many of us have, along with our demanding family lives and the perpetual barrage of social media, is it any wonder that so many of us are constantly feeling exhausted, run down and generally burnt out? Journalist and broadcaster Harriet Minter has been there. In this interactive workshop, she’ll explain what it feels like to be on the edge of burnout and how you can successfully bring yourself back.

Harriet is a journalist, speaker and advocate for #WomenInLeadership. For more information, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

You will learn:

  •  Simple strategies for daily self-care that don’t involve spending hours meditating
  • A simple technique to improve your health, calm your mind and add years to your life
  • The ultimate key you need to solve the biggest problem you’re facing in your life today

Write a Novel Without Losing the Plot

7 December 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

December 2016 Participants

Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start? Are your doubts and fears holding you back? To celebrate the launch of our new ‘how to write a novel’ column in 2017, we are bringing together two of our favourite novelists, Elizabeth Heathcote and Lucy Atkins, to give us their top writing tips, with publishing advice from Stef Bierwerth, publisher-at-large for Quercus.

Psychologies’ associate editor Elizabeth Heathcote worked as a feature writer and editor on newspapers and magazines for many years before writing her first novel, Undertow. Lucy Atkins is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Missing One and The Other Child. Lucy is also a literary critic for The Sunday Times. For more about Lucy, go to lucyatkins.com.

You will learn:

  • Where to find inspiration
  • How to plot and create convincing characters
  • How to start, how to keep going and how to know you’re finished
  • How to tackle your inner critic
  • How to find an agent and get your novel published

Live. Learn. Love, with Salema Veliu

21 November 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Salema Veliu

Salema Veliu’s ‘live. learn. love’ method reflects the new era of coaching; one that incorporates and combines yoga, meditation, psychology and neuroscience. Her mission is to share the connections between Eastern philosophies and Western science in an accessible and inspiring way. Through sharing how the brain and mind really work, Salema uses this information to teach us how we can positively affect our wellbeing and relationships; including simple repeated movement and voice and breathwork techniques. She believes that when we learn how to live fully within ourselves, our appreciation of others and our love of life naturally increases.

Bringing a wealth of experience to her work as a yoga teacher, coaching psychologist, writer, motivational speaker and co-host of a radio show, Master Fear Illuminate Life, Salema has empowered hundreds of people to ‘get out of their own way and find joy’.

You will learn:

  • How to deal with the challenges of life using the ‘Live. Learn. Love’ approach
  • Ways to increase your resilience
  • The key to emotional balance
  • How to look at the cycle of life through many different perspectives, including a psychotherapy, coaching and yogic lens

 

Street Wisdom, with David Pearl

5 October 2016, 19:00 – 21:00
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

David Pearl

Fast becoming known (25 countries and counting) as a way to urban mindfulness, Street Wisdom is an immersive, guided walk that uses city streets to help you find fresh answers to big questions.

Business innovator, David Pearl, has distilled decades of work into this powerful, deceptively simple technique, which has helped people all over the world find inspiration and new directions, right on their own doorsteps.

For a taster, see Pearl’s ‘Street Wisdom’ TEDx talk.

What to expect at this event:

  • Clarity about what makes us so distracted and unfocused
  • Learn how Street Wisdom works
  • A hands-on outside session, learning how to ‘read the street’
  • To hone in on, and answer, a burning personal life question
  • Sharing with others to find clarity, focus and, most of all, to have fun!
  • Ticket-holders get a free copy of Wandercast, the Street Wisdom smartphone download

What Stops you from Changing the World?

7 September 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Mary Fenwick

‘I am on a mission to see more women in public life, being human and real, and being judged on more than just their shoes!’ says Mary Fenwick, agony aunt at Psychologies.

‘I want to see women in power, making decisions about charities, peace processes and entrepreneurship; women talking about ideas, listening to other people, and finding new ways to put big dreams into words and action.

You don’t have to be amazing – let’s start by being as mediocre as some of those in public life right now!’

Mary will teach participants about the barriers that hold women back – and what you can do to develop your own public voice. She is an experienced coach who works with women in politics, business and the media all over the world. Her clients include a Westminster MP, who she coached from pre-selection to a shadow ministerial role; a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile; the CEO of a London-based international charity; and the founders of political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Libya. Mary is the director of a not-for- profit organisation, which works in countries that are in transition to democracy. She has spoken about her experiences in a TEDx talk called ‘What works – when you need to recreate your own future’.

This workshop will teach how to:

  • Be part of the change you want to see in the world
  • Be a cheerleader for yourself and other women
  • Practise and share tips for instant confidence boosts
  • Develop your leadership potential
  • Overcome the obstacles that hold women back

360me – Heal Your Gut: Nourish Your Spirit, with Eve and Eminé

3 August 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Eve Kalinik

Leading nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik, and Psychologies Health + Wellness Director Eminé Ali Rushton, come together for a candid and practical discussion on the importance of gut health – for happiness, immunity, confidence and true radiance. Learn simple principles that will transform your everyday health and bolster your spirit – while enjoying healthy bites and hearty discussion. Eve and Eminé are also great friends and have designed this event to be interactive, fun and inspiring – why not bring a friend and make a night of it?

This workshop will cover:

  • How to eat for energy
  • What is good gut health and why is it important?
  • Five simple things you can do daily to improve your health right now

Reduce Your Child’s Tech Obsession with Noël Janis-Norton

6 July 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Noel Janis-Norton

Are screens a source of friction in your home? Do you worry about the amount of time your children spend on phones, tablets and watching TV? You’re not alone. Join learning and behaviour specialist Noël Janis-Norton, author of Calmer Easier Happier Screen Time, to learn practical approaches to limiting your child’s screen time, and how to ensure that they get the best from digital technology.

This workshop will cover:

  • How much time you should allow your children to be in front of a screen and the particular times of day that screens should be avoided
  • Proven strategies to wean your children and teenagers away from their electronic devices without screaming matches
  • How to help your children develop a healthy relationship with social media and the internet
  • How to socialise with families with different values and screen habits

Step Away from the Screen with Tom Chatfield

13 June 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Tom Chatfield

In an age of disposable media vying for our attention, author of Live This Book! Dr. Tom Chatfield presents a variety of exercises to help you direct your time and attention toward the ideas, people and relationships that really matter. In this inspiring workshop, you will put away your phone, leave your email unanswered, and give some undivided attention to the people you care about, to the things that really count, and to yourself.

In this workshop, you will consider:

  • How long it is since you last told somebody close to you that you love them
  • How to learn a completely new skill
  • How to step away from the screen
  • How to celebrate your best habits – and the passions that truly make you feel alive

Writing to heal your life with Jackee Holder

3 May 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Jackee Holder

Writing is one of the oldest forms of therapy, and it’s been shown that keeping a journal where you write about your emotions regularly can boost your mental wellbeing and physical health, helping you to feel happier. In this workshop with inspirational speaker, coach, writer and Psychologies Life Labs blogger Jackee Holder, you will practise expressive and therapeutic writing techniques designed to deal with everyday stresses, dilemmas and challenges, and to create opportunities for personal insight.

In this workshop you will:  

  • explore key writing prescriptions as remedies to understand emotions and problems
  • find ways to get meaning in your life
  • use writing as a tool for cultivating greater self-awareness and confidence

Understand and Embrace Difficult Emotions with Susan David

Tuesday 11 April 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Susan David

Every day we speak around 16,000 words – but the voice in our heads creates thousands more. thoughts such as ‘I’m not spending enough time with my children’ or ‘I don’t have the confidence to do this presentation at work’ are taken as unshakable facts when, in reality, they are the judgmental opinions of our inner voice. Susan David, author of Emotional Agility, professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School faculty and founder and co-director at the Harvard/McLean- affiliated Institute of Coaching, will be helping us to become aware of our emotional inner dialogue, face our feelings and flourish using our emotional agility.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • unhook yourself from negative emotional patterns
  • achieve your goals
  • live your life to your fullest right here, right now

Finding Your True Work with psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler

Tuesday 22 March 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

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Sarah Rozenthuler, author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 strategies for talking about what matters most will help us get clear about what the next step is for you in your life and career. During these times of disruptive change, many of us are questioning what life is all about. Even if we are fortunate enough to have “made it” — got the job, got the house, got the guy/the girl — there can be a nagging sense that there’s more to life than this.

In this workshop, you will explore:

  • What you really want to do next with your life
  • How to discover your true calling
  • Your next ‘true move’

Using mindfulness to find your voice, boundaries and your true self with Will Young

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Will Young

According to Will Young, the use of our voice is much more than a physical act – the voice is also a direct way to express our identity and our true self while reclaiming our boundaries. Mindfulness became a part of Will’s life back in 2009. Work – his passion and job – started to become anything but enjoyable. He turned into a perfectionist and constantly wanted more and more – while nothing was ever enough. Then there was a light-bulb moment, and the route back to happiness began with the simple act of noticing. Join Will for an interactive and personal exploration of his journey into mindfulness and finding his voice, why this matters and how it’s linked to creativity.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Will’s own mindfulness techniques for finding your true self
  • Voice techniques through tai chi and grounding exercises
  • How to gently engage with your inner voice, logging thoughts that arise and ‘catch and release’ – a way to master your thoughts.

The Great Wake Up! with Chris Baréz-Brown

Wednesday 6 January 2016, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Chris Baréz-Brown

Bestselling author, speaker and creativity expert Chris Baréz-Brown will be launching his latest project, called The Great Wake Up! in 2016.

Chris specialises in helping people reconnect with their inner genius and be confident in who they truly are. The Great Wake Up! is an experiment in how to find the time and energy to make your life a brighter, more fulfilling place. In essence, it’s a strategy for life liberation! Chris’s entertaining presentation style is guaranteed to deliver life-changing results.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why we are running on autopilot
  • What our lives could be like if we make even small changes
  • Practical advice and tips on how to discover your true self
  • Inspiring, interactive and energising exercises to create change

For more information visit barez-brown.com/the-great-wake-up.


Shaa Wasmund – Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way

Wednesday 9 December 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Shaa Wasmund

It’s easy to find yourself doing more, more, more – and yet never really getting to where you want to be, says entrepreneur and bestselling author of Do Less, Get More, Shaa Wasmund.

After the death of her partner, Wasmund fell into an ultra-busy, ultra-controlled life as a coping mechanism, but realised this was a trap of her own making. She knew something had to change, and so consciously started to focus only on what really mattered. She found that by doing less, she was actually able to accomplish much more and was far happier in the process.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to recognise if you’re stuck in the busy trap and what to do
  • The things that you should always do less of in your life – and the dramatic benefits you’ll see when you do
  • How to focus, prune and prioritise, and create a life that you really love
  • The three rules to live by: do it, delegate it, or ditch it

Chris Connors – How to Improve Your Quality of Life

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

 

Chris Conners

In this interactive workshop, creative mentor, business coach and meditation teacher Chris Connors talks about how living in stillness, between the yin of mindfulness and the yang of change, creativity and innovation, can enhance your life. Chris Connors uses coaching and his mentorship programmes to help people improve the quality of their lives. Using techniques from his InStill programme, Chris will guide us to trust our own innate wisdom. The approach lies in balancing our inner journey with a more dynamic, purposeful connection to the outer world.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • That your ability to improve your life lies in entering a state of stillness
  • How the yin of mindfulness and the yang of creativity can shift your passion and purpose in life
  • That creating the life you want is a matter of the heart and the mind
  • How to operate from a place of greater compassion and creativity

To find out more about Chris, see modernconscious.com


How To Create Robust Mental Health: Dr Tanya Byron in conversation with Suzy Greaves

Wednesday 14 October 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Tanya Byron

Psychologies’ editor Suzy Greaves will talk about Creating Robust Mental Health with Professor Tanya Byron, a chartered clinical psychologist, who specialises in working with children and adolescents, and has worked in the NHS and privately for 20 years. Byron made her name on TV with child behaviour shows such as The House of Tiny Tearaways. Her book The Skeleton Cupboard is out now. She is married with two teenage children.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • How we can create robust mental health for ourselves
  • Whether it is a healthy goal to strive to create a happy life
  • What the best advice is to help you or someone else bounce back from adversity
  • What habits we can encourage in our children’s lives to help them become more resilient
  • What the best way is to help if you suspect someone you love or know is struggling with depression or a mental health problem

Alastair Creamer – Would you Take your Own Career Advice?

Wednesday 9 September 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Alastair Creamer

In this powerful, interactive session, leading creative thinker, coach and Eyes Wide Opened co-founder, Alastair Creamer will help you become the best role model you can be to those at a career crossroads – be it your best friend, partner, sibling, your teenager, or yourself.  Learn how to be both pragmatic and inspirational.  The acid test is, would you take your own career advice? 

This workshop will help you to:

  • Learn what being a brilliant role model actually entails
  • Develop your listening skills and ability to ‘read’ other people
  • Unlock a ‘fixed’ mindset and approach
  • Get better at braver conversations
  • Improve your technique at translating life’s experiences into useable qualities and skills
  • Learn some of the best questions to ask someone who’s stuck in a rut

Dr. Tamara Russell – The Art of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Tuesday 15 July 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Tamara Russell

Many of us would love to experience the benefits of mindfulness but struggle to integrate the traditional practices into our everyday lives. In this inspiring and interactive workshop, neuroscientist, clinical psychologist and leading mindfulness expert Dr. Tamara Russell presents a radical new approach to mindfulness that takes it off the cushion and into the real world – helping you find your own way to a rich and rewarding practice.

In this workshop – a mixture of brain science, martial arts theory, psychology and practical exercises – you will discover:

  • How you don’t need to be sitting still or lying down to meditate l How anything you do, you can do mindfully
  • Pioneering techniques that help you easily integrate mindfulness into a busy lifestyle
  • How to practise mindfulness any time, anywhere

Dr. Tamara Russell is a neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, martial artist, mindfulness trainer and leading expert from The Art of Mindfulness – a project dedicated to inspiring mindfulness in everyday life. Her forthcoming book, ‘Mindfulness in Motion’ explores the links between movement, mind and the brain. 


Vanessa King – Making the Most of Your Strengths

Tuesday 9 June 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Vanessa King

What are your greatest strengths and how are you using them in your life? What are the best things about you and how could you bring them out more?

Often our focus is on what isn’t right with us. Scientific research shows that becoming more aware of our strengths and using them has lots of benefits, like making us more happy, confident and more likely to be successful at home and at work.

Leading this session is Vanessa King, positive psychology expert and director of workplaces for Action for Happiness. Vanessa works with many organisations identifying and developing talent.

This interactive session will help you:

  • Identify your signature strengths and reflect on how you currently use them in your life.
  • Explore ideas to use your strengths more often and in new and creative ways.
  • Leave with a personal action plan, having gained more energy, and hopefully made new connections, too.

Eminé Ali Rushton – The Balance Plan: Boost your Body and Mind with Ayurveda

Thursday 14 May 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Eminé Ali Rushton

Psychologies’ beauty & wellbeing director Eminé Ali Rushton introduces the principles of Ayurveda – an ancient, sensitive and kind health system that is the ideal antidote to frenzied, modern life. During interactive exercises, learn what your unique constitution says about you (your dosha) and how you can make practical, supportive life-changes. This session will begin and end with meditation led by renowned yoga teacher, Selda Enver Goodwin.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How food can be your medicine
  • What your unique body type needs in order to become balanced
  • How supporting your body with the right ‘tastes’ can transform your wellbeing
  • How yoga and meditation can become an instinctive part of daily life
  • Why you crave certain foods, and what this tells you about your body

Nic Marks – Happiness at Work: A Crazy Idea or Realistically Achievable?

Wednesday 8 April 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Nic Marks

Typically we spend more than 100,000 hours at work in our lifetimes. After sleep, it’s our second biggest daily activity. So while being happy at work might sound weird – the alternative isn’t attractive.

In this workshop – a mixture of interesting research and hands-on exercises – you will learn:

  • How happiness at work helps us perform better
  • How to be happier at work
  • How to create a happier workplace for you and your colleagues

Nic Marks is a recognised expert in happiness and wellbeing research. His TEDtalk on the Happy Planet Index and the Five Ways to Wellbeing has been watched over a million times. Recently he founded Happiness Works – a business with a social purpose – to create happier workplaces.

Nic Marks’ TEDtalk and happinessworks.com


Jackee Holder – Paper Therapy: Writing to Grow and Thrive in Life

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Jackee Holder - NOW Live Event - March 2015

Writing is powerful and transformative. Writing attunes emotional intelligence, deepens empathy and creativity and cultivates mindfulness, all tools to live a more meaningful life. What if you had access to a creative library of journaling and writing tools that are unique and fun, easy to apply in everyday life, containing therapeutic and psychological benefits and allowing you to take charge, becoming your own best paper therapist?

In this interactive workshop with speaker, coach, writer and Psychologies Life Lab expert Jackee Holder, you will learn:

  • How to get excited about journal writing for wellbeing, career and business growth
  • How to have fun regularly writing and making journal entries that don’t feel like a chore
  • How journaling is one of the fastest growing ways to self motivate, improve productivity and performance to grow your passion so you stand out from the crowd
  • A bundle of techniques to coach yourself on paper including juicy journal prompts, journal templates for letter writing, writing poetry and thank you notes
  • How just by turning up to write (and it doesn’t need to be perfect) you improve your chances of greater life satisfaction

Jackee Holder is the author of four non-fiction titles, a freelance writer and business and success coach who has a passion for journaling and trees and who wholeheartedly believes that writing changes lives and lives, are changed, by writing. 

To see an interview with Jackee discussing the event, click here.

Photo by Sharron Wallace, 2014


Sarah Rozenthuler – How to Have that Big Conversation

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

"Sarah

Having life-changing conversations and talking about something that matters is a big threshold to cross. Communicating effectively at work and in your personal life strengthens relationships, opens doors to new opportunities and makes you feel better about yourself and others.

At this workshop you will learn:

  • How to call up your courage and have that conversation
  • Speak your truth without rupturing a relationship
  • Express your feelings without being triggered
  • How to communicate more effectively in general to improve your relationships

This fascinating workshop with psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler, author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies For Talking About What Matters Most, will give you the know-how to have that significant conversation, whether at work or at home.


Mary Fenwick – Are You Getting Your Five-a-Day at Work?

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Mary Fenwick

It’s simple, isn’t it? Just get your work-life balance right, so work doesn’t eat too much into your otherwise happy life… But what if there are tools you can learn to do this more effectively, and what if they not only made you happier, but also more productive? The Institute of Directors has identified wellbeing at work as the ‘next big thing’. What are the simple actions that we can all take to improve our own satisfaction in the working day?  

In this interactive workshop with renowned business coach, journalist and Psychologies Life Lab agony aunt Mary Fenwick, you will learn:

  • The five things scientifically proven to make a difference to your wellbeing
  • The one simple (free) action that cheers people up as much as a £1359 pay-rise
  • When money does – or doesn’t – make a difference
  • How sometimes doing nothing can help you achieve more
  • Just by turning up, you’ll get two of your five-a-day (no spinach required)

Mary Fenwick is an independent journalist, fundraiser and business coach, who brings simplicity and kindness to tough questions.

Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw


Dr. Nina Burrowes – Be the Person You Want to Be

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Nina BurrowesSpent your whole life fitting in?

Do you know who you really are? Are you living your life as the person you want to be or as the person you are expected to be? Join psychologist, author, illustrator and speaker Dr. Nina Burrowes for an evening of working out who you would like to be, and how to find the courage to be that person.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Find out why being you is an active choice, why choosing yourself can be so difficult and why being authentic is more interesting than simply revealing yourself to others
  • Explore your values and learn the difference between useful and limiting values
  • Discover how to narrow the gap between the person you are now and the person you would like to be

Dr. Nina Burrowes is the author of ‘The Little Book On Authenticity’.


Alastair Creamer – Am I in the Right Job?

Tuesday 25 November 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Alastair Creamer

In this powerful, interactive session, leading creative thinker, coach and energetic Eyes Wide Opened co-founder Alastair Creamer will reveal the most powerful questions to ask yourself ahead of a big career decision or shift within your current place of employment and help you to get both mind and heart in the right place for career fulfilment. You have the answers, says Creamer. This will help bring them to the forefront.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Decide what kind of work really suits you
  • Create a more meaningful job where you are right now
  • Work out what’s next if you’re not in the right job
  • Ask yourself the right questions about work and what it means to you
  • Learn why ‘What do you want to do?’ is the wrong question

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Jacqueline Burns & Kate Tojeiro – Storytelling for Your Future Life, Love and Career

Thursday 23 October 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Jacqueline Burns & Kate Tojeiro

Telling our story gives clarity on where we’ve come from, how far we’ve travelled and reveals a fuller sense of ourselves and what we are capable of. Many people have discovered the power of daily journalling, and these powerful effects are magnified when we consider the story of our whole life.

This live interactive workshop will help you to:

  • Differentiate yourself from others by seeing your unique strengths and experience
  • Connect with others through sharing stories
  • See the habits and attitudes you’d like to change and those you want to strengthen

We will mix storytelling techniques with a look at the mindset of successful people (by their own definition of the word) and add a sprinkle of neuroscience to inspire us to grow into the next phase of our lives.

More information on the speakers: Jacqueline Burns, co-director of the London Writers’ Club and author of ‘Write A Bestseller’, helps writers tell their stories.
Kate Tojeiro is an executive coach to some of the world’s largest companies, athletes, racing drivers and celebrities.

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Susanna Halonen: Unlock Your Passion to Live a More Fulfilling Life

Monday 15 September 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Susanna Halonen

Think you need to find and follow your one and only passion to be happy? Coach, trainer and speaker Susanna Halonen offers an alternative to this approach by helping you to unlock your inner passion and express it in everything you do.

At this event, discover the five key components which bring out your passion and help you live a more fulfilling life. During the session you can start creating your own unique action plan to learn to find love in what you do and live a more passionate, successful life.

Susanna runs Happyologist (http://www.happyologist.co.uk/) and contributes to several psychology titles, and has spoken about passion at TEDx – you can see her talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R236_kTYTs.


Sarah Abell – Live, Love and Lead Authentically

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Sarah Abell

In this live interactive workshop you will explore what it means to “be real” and truly show up as yourself. You’ll discover the positive consequences of authenticity for your well-being, relationships, creativity and work. Sarah Abell is an expert on authenticity. She is a relationships coach, the author of “Inside Out – how to have authentic relationships with everyone in your life” (Hodder 2011) and she has spoken on authentic connections at two recent TEDx events.


Robert Poynton – Do Improvise

Tuesday 27 May 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Robert Poynton

In this live interactive workshop, you will learn how to deal with the unplanned and unexpected and improve your natural ability to act with courage and conviction, no matter what life throws at you with Robert Poynton, author of Do Improvise (The Do Book Co.), a creativity and improvisation coach. Watch Robert’s Beyond Control talk here.

In this live interactive workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Overcome creative blocks
  • Generate new ideas
  • Respond fluently to all circumstances, no matter what life throws at you.

Magdalena Bak-Maier – Get Productive

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Magdalena Bak-Maier

Learn the real secret of work-life balance and getting results you actually want with Magdalena Bak-Maier, author of Get Productive! (Capstone, £12.99), a neuroscientist and performance coach who works with everyone from individuals to global NGO leaders and CEOs. For more, see her TED talk here.

Learn:

  • How to turn weekends from ‘recovery time’ into re-energising time
  • A foolproof system to helpyouachievewhat you want this year
  • 13 powerful ideas to become more efficient at work, in relationships, to shift fear and overcome procrastination

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Cherry Healey – Goal! Practical Masterclass in Achieving Your Goals

Wednesday 26 March 2014, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Cherry Healey

Join Cherry Healey in conversation with Suzy Greaves followed by live interactive workshop. Cherry is a writer and TV presenter for BBC 3 for documentaries on everything from ‘HowTo Get A Life’, to body image, money and parenting.

Learn:

  • How to set realistic goals
  • The three secret strategies of high achievers
  • Why we sabotage ourselves, and how to stop
  • One mistake that will stop you in your tracks
  • How to commit to your big goal

John-Paul Flintoff, Tom Chatfield & Anne Karpf – How to Change Your Life in 2014

Wednesday 26 February 2014, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

School Of Life

Join Suzy Greaves, editor of Psychologies Magazine,  exploring how to change your life in 2014 with 3 experts from The School of Life.  The event will begin with a discussion followed by a live interactive workshop with Suzy Greaves.

How to Change the World

John-Paul Flintoff is an author, writer and broadcaster. He trained as an investigative reporter, worked for several years at the Financial Times, then for the Sunday Times, and has written for many other newspapers and magazines around the world. His work has won several awards, and has led directly to changes to UK government policy. For more information on the book go here.

How to Thrive in the Digital Age

Tom Chatfield is a writer and commentator. The author of three previous books exploring digital culture, he has worked with companies including Google and Mind Candy, and spoken at forums including TED Global and the World IT Congress.  A fortnightly columnist for the BBC, he also writes fiction and plays jazz piano.  For more information on the book go here.

How to Age

Anne Karpf is a writer, medical sociologist and award-winning journalist. A regular broadcaster, she is currently writing and presenting two one-hour BBC Radio 4 programmes. She is the author of three books, including The Human Voice. For more information on the book go here.

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Claudia Hammond – How to Change Your Relationship with Time

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Claudia Hammond

Does each year feel as if it goes by faster than the one before?
Why does time slow down when you’re afraid?
Why do we take on more than we can fit in and then find ourselves rushing?

Following on from the great success of her event as part of NOW Festival’s Alternative Living Morning at Secret Garden Party this year, Claudia Hammond, broadcaster and author of the award-winning book Time Warped (Canongate, £8.99), will guide you through the latest research, which will explain how we perceive time and how we can change our relationship with it.

In this workshop, you will find out:

  • Why there’s not enough time
  • How to make the weekends feel longer
  • Ways to help you worry less about the future
  • What you can to do make time go faster
  • How to predict better how you’ll feel in the future

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She is `the presenter of All in the Mind & Mind Changers on BBC Radio 4, Health Check on BBC World Service Radio every week and BBC World News TV every month. She is a columnist for BBC.com and often appears on TV to discuss research in psychology, and is on the part-time faculty at Boston University’s London base where she lectures in health and social psychology. Her first book is Emotional Rollercoaster – a journey through the science of feelings.

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Ruby Wax – Finding Calm in a Frenetic World

Wednesday, 11 December 2013, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax, comedian and author of Sane New World: Taming The World (Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99), shows us how our minds can send us mad as our internal critics play on a permanent loop tape. ‘Don’t do that… why didn’t you… you should have… but you didn’t.’ Ruby knows those voices well. She has been on a tough, but enlightening journey through depression, and now has a MA from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

In this workshop, you will find out:

  • Why we sabotage our sanity
  • How our brains work
  • What you can do to rewire your thinking
  • Simple mindfulness techniques to find calm
  • How to become the master of your mind