A Spoonful of Sugar: Harnessing language to achieve team goals

Submitted by Ceri Newton

Talk Abstract:

We want to work to our best, and we want our teams to do the same. The words we use, internally and externally, change how we feel, how we see and interact with the world, and what we get back from it. We may not realise the effect we have with the way we speak to others and ourselves - but, communicating with negativity, even for a few minutes, can damage your brain.

As this isn't usually the effect we intend to have, in this workshop we will take a closer look at some of the ways we use language. Skimming the surface of NLP, mindfulness and the latest neuroscientific research, we'll go through some simple exercises you can practice to shift the words you use, to improve your outcomes and to propel you towards where you want to be.

About Ceri Newton

Ceri's been coaching individuals, teams and businesses for well over a decade, and with her background in teaching and psychology, has been referred to more than once as the "Mary Poppins of Agile".

Harnessing linguistics, mindfulness and the latest neuroscientific research, Ceri now helps teams in Bristol, Newbury, London and Cambridge to apply psychological principles, showing how they can use conscious language to get the best from themselves and other, creating safe spaces to work in and attaining outcome-focused delivery for healthy interactions with happy clients.