I work with individuals, teams and across organisations or communities to help you deliver impossible results. Over the last 25 years this has included working with large corporations, entrepreneurs, sports professionals and charities, as well as large-scale projects such as the 2012 Olympics. I am a Non-Executive Director of EMMY and BAFTA-winning visual effects company Jellyfish Pictures, and a writer and speaker on issues ranging from leadership, to flexible thinking and the dynamics of conversation. My first book was 'Blamestorming: Why Conversations Go Wrong and How to Fix Them', and 'Workstorming' will be published this year. Do also visit www.conversationexpert.com
Work has included the following:
"Rob helps teams to identify what really matters and to give the focus required to deliver results. His expertise has been invaluable."
Executive Head of HR
‘Blamestorming: Why Conversations Go Wrong and How to Fix Them’ was published in September 2014 by Watkins and draws on 25 years of passionate exploration into the dynamics of effective conversation. The book is aimed at anyone who is seeking to improve the way they interact with others.
Blamestorming draws on my personal experience of being a parent, partner and colleague, as well as my professional background of working with many thousands of people to develop their communication skills, both in public programmes and within organisations. The premise of the book is that we spend much of our life engaged in conversation with others and that we all have vast room for improvement.
Blamestorming won the 2015 COVR award for Best Self-Help book (COVR is the trade association for the Mind/Body/Spirit industry in the USA), and was a finalist for the Small Business Book Awards. It is currently being translated and published in Hungary and South Korea.
To buy it, please click on the Amazon button on the top right of this site.
Here’s what people say about it:
‘Powerful conversations are essential to world class performance. Blamestorming will show you how.’
‘Blamestorming offers a truly fascinating insight into the complex world of conversation.’
‘Rob understands the dynamics of conversation inside out. He has vast experience and mastery in this field. The world will be better for him sharing it.’
‘Blamestorming reveals how the way we think influences the way we communicate. This is cutting-edge psychology packaged in the most accessible way. Anyone who is serious about improving their communication skills will find it practical and relevant.’
‘Effective conversations are important to me in managing and leading at work, and in enjoying my family and friends. Blamestorming is a highly stimulating and valuable guide through the art of how to converse successfully.’
‘Rob’s book will teach you how to hear what’s really being said and say what you really mean to say. It will help you to increase your self-confidence and to put your relationships on a firmer and more positive footing. Rob’s guidance would be important in any day and age, but in today’s world we need his book more than ever. As texts, emails and other forms of ‘silent’ communication crowd out the opportunity to practice the art of face-to-face conversation, we need the help of a skilled communicator more than ever. I recommend Rob’s book to anyone who wants to communicate more effectively.’
‘As the CEO of 55,000 staff, I have valued Rob’s partnership at defining moments in our history. He knows how to have meaningful conversations that move life instead of talking about life. In Blamestoming, he will show you how.’
‘In professional sport, as in every domain of life, conversation plays a crucial role in performance. In this book, Rob demonstrates simple, practical ways to revolutionize your conversational life.’
‘Rob knows how to have meaningful conversations that allow people to be honest with themselves and authentic with others. I can’t think of a better person to write a book like this!’
‘In Blamestorming, Rob shares a wealth of experience and makes the art, science and skills of conversation accessible to everyone. Rob can be for conversation what Martin Lewis is for saving money – the UK’s expert. Nobody occupies this space in the public consciousness today.’
I am represented by Robert Kirby of United Agents. Watkins is the oldest publisher of Mind, Body and Spirit titles, having been founded in 1894. They were the original publisher of Carl Jung.
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