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Working online?

    Performance in English works in York, England, and internationally, With the C-19 lockdown, our courses are being provided on Skype, Teams, Webex and Zoom http://tostig.co.uk info@tostig.co.uk • Qualified trainers and coaches with more than 30 years’ experience of training and business management: • Having impactful communication skills is essential to successful outcomes in […]

Embodied coaching workshop for managing Destabilising Scenarios

This workshop will develop practice around the coach in a facilitator role when helping manage communication and self-awareness problems caused by a destabilising scenario. I will build on the more theoretical aspects of last year’s session (which explained cross-overs between language teaching, learning and acquisition, with outcomes-based, target-oriented and process-based methods adopted by coaches or […]

The perceptions and scaffolds of emotional intelligence

It’s interesting to consider if we can separate words and communicating them, from feelings and experiences and their environment. At a recent coaching session at The Hawkhills, outside Easingwold, I considered with my client how emotional intelligence is related to our perceptions and the distance we take from them. It can be good to step […]

Managing Destabilisation – or an “embodied” approach to Chao-dynamics

How does the process of Destabilisation work and how can we better manage it? PART ONE It’s important at definitive moments to feel that we can say what needs, or has, to be said, and, where possible, in harmony with the pervading culture or established context. The emperor with no clothes Playing the Devil’s advocate is the antidote […]

Managing your Language for better Embodied Results, York International Coaching Week

In May 2018 I was proud to be involved in the York International Coaching week. I spoke* at Peasholme House, the home of – and courtesy of Bob Dignen, Director of – York Associates. The ICW (full listings below**) is organised by Mr Peter Lumley, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and whose […]

Being Here – or There?

Our words and actions – even the smallest ones – affect our state of mind. A research paper recently published, conducting a textual analysis of 63 Internet forums (over 6,400 members) used linguistic inquiry and word count software to examine “absolutism” at the linguistic level.  Its results provide clinical evidence of how several features reflect […]

The Best Restaurant in the World

As Performance in English heads north to Yorkshire and to facilities being hired at the impressive Hawkhills conference centre, and close to the beautiful historic cities of York, Ripon, and the world-famous Spa town of Harrogate, our thoughts turn to food and the great culinary traditions – so little appreciated outside these small islands – of […]

Manage your words well

Using English well in an international context is as important for native speakers of the language as it is for non-native students and other international users of English. Whether this is because English happens to be the lingua franca of the organisation, company, corporation or community, or because those involved in any meeting have chosen […]

U or non-U

English as spoken in Britain is a confusing thing at times. U and non-U English usage (the “U” standing for “upper class”, and “non-U” representing the aspiring middle classes) was a curious debate that began in the 1950s. During this debate, it was shown that the upper classes in Britain tended at times to use words that […]

Let’s get physical

The environment matters It’s important to get a sense of real involvement and hands-on connection in what we do. People begin by accessing the questions of time and space relating to when they do things and where they do them. At P.i.E. we use many techniques, some of them borrowed from voice training and from coaching acting […]

Accents and register

How to be a Brit The Hungarian journalist and BBC reporter, George (György) Mikes – pronounced / ɱ ‘i: ke ʃ  / – commented wryly in his book “How To Be An Alien“ (1946), a classic of “British humour”, when – as a foreigner in England – he realised the importance of having a “suitable” […]

Walk the talk

“You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?” Introducing “embodied language skills“ As far back as we can trace, notions of proper conduct have been shaped by individuals, rather than by committees. Their starting point has been behaviour – often at mealtimes or during the public “stroll” – which has been seen […]

You never listen!

“You never listen!” How often a frustrated teenager might say that, and, in business too, how often people might be thinking this, but they do not say it – and barriers are building up, unseen? How do we “get” people to listen? Are we “really listening“?   A child might have listened a hundred times to […]

How do we measure success?

What is success? Certainly, from a coaching perspective, it is reaching one’s goals. The famous holder of the world land speed record (and on water too), Malcolm Campbell, famously said: “When you have reached your goal, set yourself another“. His son, Donald, continued the proud tradition of tempting fate and taking speed to the limit. […]

What makes a good blog about “confidence”?

Julia, our expert in voice coaching and performance skills in acting, says: “I guess the basic thing for attracting people to a blog is – if someone has a lack of confidence – they’ll be looking, not a t blogs which talk about “acupuncture”, but at blogs that talk about “confidence“!! “Talking about methods is useless without a ‘hook’ of […]

New blogs!

Beginning a new series of blogs this Spring, we’d like to welcome those who visit this page via our new association with RussianUK magazine! Watch this space for blogs on all manner of subjects: building confidence (English for non-native speakers) giving a presentation with impact going for an audition or interview tools to access your subconscious […]

New events in the area!

Hi everyone, We have added a calendar of some local events of interest including what’s on at the theatre at the Mill at Sonning and also at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon.. Please click the link to our calendar page.. . On the same page you’ll find a widget with the latest weather […]