Long-form professional writing, interviewing, communications training
THE BIG QUESTION THAT STARTED ME ON MY WAY "What does it all mean?". This question or something like it has influenced my way of thinking and dealing with the world ever since. HOW I EARN MY LIVING Clients pay me to raise their game through my writing and interaction. What I do I ghost-write high-value written materials: blogs, reports, presentations, articles, speeches, white papers, chapters of books and occasionally whole books. I develop and deliver custom-made training and coaching to raise people's game in whatever way they need it. I provide a catalyst and counterpart for richer conversations that help businesses connect more effectively. My clients are typically at a senior level in big multinational companies. I also work with smaller companies that have sufficient budget and ambition. What makes me good at this I've always been a deep and broad thinker, and a compulsive communicator. I balance all the intellectual inner-world stuff with a lively interest in acquiring skills and doing things. I've got a knack with languages (6 including English plus stuttering knowledge of several others) and I've worked in journalism, market research, brand planning, coaching and writing. The benefit for clients is being able to get reliable, dedicated thinking and writing to their requirements, delivered reliably to a high standard. This stimulates their thinking and action internally, and gives them materials to raise their profile externally. The ultimate benefit is that my immediate clients have a thinking partner on tap who can help them raise their game, their profile and their reputation. I help businesses understand problems and see opportunities they're not seeing clearly - or not seeing at all.. MY "SECRET SAUCE" I combine and balance a lot of opposites, some of which are: - Good with Words + Good with Numbers - Good with Concepts + Good with People - Seeing the Big Picture + Noticing the Detail - Intellect + Intuition - Analytical + Creative - Compassion + Detachment - Systematic + Chaotic How people and things work, how they fit together and how they influence each other has always fascinated me. Over the years I have explored the world widely - financial markets, technology, photography, psychology, sociology, religion, nature, music, sport are the main ones. I keep exploring and finding out more until it begins to make sense to me, until I understand. The incentive is the Aha! moments when meaning becomes clear. WHAT DOES "MEANING" MEAN? "Meaning" is what you get when information connects and creates an emotion of understanding. As a Meaning Maker, I put information together and communicate it in a way that "clicks". I make meaning by paying attention to what's happening, identifying the relevant bits and establishing a structure / relationship between them. My background is languages, journalism, market research and advertising, with quite a lot of psychology in the mix. In practical terms that means: - being able to hear lots of unfamiliar sounds (foreign language) and spot patterns - interviewing lots of people and distilling common themes from what they say / do - looking at masses of data, seeing patterns and turning them into hypotheses - digging deep in individual conversation, helping the other person understand themself or their situation in different ways. WHAT I CAN OFFER YOU NOW - try one of the following .. 1. Serendipity : Knock three times, ask for Stuart and I'll send you a thought, an aphorism, a hyperlink, a quip, a tip, a lyric ... Pure pot luck. You won't know unless you try me. 2. Quick click: Some very funny advertisements that were never allowed to go public. Not for the faint-hearted. Click here for the first page - the "next page" links are at the bottom right of the text. If you're feeling really bold, go straight to this one 3. Uncertainty: It's where the good stuff is to be found 4. Photos Have a look at my online gallery where there are some weird and wonderful things to be seen.
WHAT YOU CAN OFFER ME: - Commit a random act of kindness somewhere, sometime soon - Interaction - Steal some of my ideas - Fun and play ABOUT ME - some bits and pieces of information about me Following are four comments about me by people I respect a lot, so their words mean a lot to me: Very intellectual and down to earth at the same time! - Nighet Nasim Riaz If Stuart didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent an alternative. Stuart excels at catalysing insight and movement without adding himself into the equation, at creating spaces and opportunities for people just by his being in the world. I suspect this is not something he has learnt, I believe this to be something that resides at the very core of being Stuart. If you haven't yet connected with Stuart, do so... your life will be the richer for it. - Adam Sargant, Ecademist Stuart Harris has the rare blend of intelligence, competence, humanity, and humor necessary to be a world class trainer and coach. Whether it is through his elegance as a presenter or his precision as a coach, anyone who works with Stuart will benefit from his honesty, dedication and skill. - John Overdurf Stuart helped us modify our strategic thinking, he added strategic value by re-formulating it to make it more understandable and hence more able to convince the entire organisation. Stuart is easy to work with and his attitude and style enables a team to provide best results. Thanks to Stuart Toyota managed to strengthen its strategic focus" Mark Rauch, Toyota Europe NLP and Hypnosis NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Coach (certified by ITS in London), NLP Trainer (certified by AND in California) and Hypnosis Trainer (certified by Neuro-Energetics in Lancaster, Pennsylvania). I have a certificate in hypnotherapy from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. In my coaching work clients get some great results with the HNLP coaching model and the Beyond Words patterns developed and taught to me by John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn. Working away My first experience of "abroad" was at age 14, when I spent three weeks with a French family near Orleans. They spoke no English, so I had plenty of incentive to get my French up to speed. We're still great friends, 40 years later. It convinced me I had a knack with languages (see 50 words above) and gave me an abiding love for France in particular and "abroad" in general. I worked as a foreign correspondent in Holland and Italy then the London International Financial Futures Exchange, then doing face-to-face market research with an commercial anthropology spin in most of Europe, bits of South America, West Africa and Asia, then quite a stint working with Japanese colleagues and clients on Nissan, Canon and Toyota business. Favourite places are many and would include Granada in Spain, Baja California, Taos in New Mexico, Stockholm, Rome, Solsbury Hill near Bath, Hanoi, Bali, and all the bits of Colombia that I've managed to see. Looking forward to seeing more of this amazing planet. Off the job - Personal Stuff Married "late" at age 39 in Las Vegas, now father to three very bright and quarrelsome kids aged 14, 13 and 10 who are now getting used to living in the country of their passport for the first time in their lives - we lived in Holland and Malaysia for 10 years. We all started learning piano a couple of years ago. Music of all sorts has been an abiding passion of mine since I was a kid - pop, rock, jazz, classical, world, ambient, but not so much thrash or gangsta :) - I particularly go for music where you can hear each instrument clearly and/or music where there's a lot of inventiveness and/or music with counterpoint, meaning several melody lines interacting. I learned flamenco guitar for several years but I've switched to piano now and I'm feeling pretty smug and excited because I've more or less got a couple of Bach preludes cracked. I have the good fortune to learn with a wonderful piano teacher, Sophie Yates, who's a performing harpsichordist, expert in early music and a truly wonderful woman. Physical activity is an important part of my life, all the more so since I sustained a nasty ankle fracture and dislocation in April 2004 - ouch, to say the least. It's now mended, so I can enjoy tennis up at Bath University and cycling up and down the roads and tracks of the lovely Avon valley between BoA and Bath. Thanks for reading - create your own visited country map or check our Amsterdam travel guide
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