The Power of Connection
A simple, straightforward way to brings your teams together when they are working apart.
You may be aware that some of your staff are experiencing greater difficulties in these extraordinary times. Working to a new daily routine and without the informal communication with their colleagues at the water cooler or in the staff room, staff working from home may be feeling socially isolated, stressed and anxious about the future. In particular, uncertainty of what the future holds has brought added stress to people who are already under considerable mental pressure as they struggle to strike a balance between working from home and meeting their caring responsibilities. This impact on their mental health was outlined in the October edition of People Management (see link below). Organisations will want to provide appropriate support for managers and staff to enable them to continue to function throughout this pandemic and beyond, when they return to the office. People will respond differently to the challenges of the pandemic but essentially organisations will want to help staff build their own inner resilience and create their own unique coping mechanisms both individually and in groups.
And don’t forget your HR teams who may be struggling with high levels of stress as they try to support managers and staff in their organisations through the crisis. Faced with dealing with challenging people issues such as redundancies, an increased range of new people issues to solve and an increased workload, they may need additional support to help maintain their own mental wellbeing.
Poetry can help. Writing poetry helps people deal with difficult emotions and traumatic experiences; and writing it together binds them together and builds connections and trust. It enables them to communicate more freely and can bring even the most long-standing colleagues closer together.
Poetry for Connection is a 3-session course over 3 weeks for up to 10 staff, lasting 90 minutes (with a break), taken by one of our renowned teaching artists. Gentle, encouraging, fun and incredibly effective, Resilience - Poetry for Connection is a valuable tool to help build your staff's emotional resilience. Price on Application.
(Unavailable until normal working resumes)
A profound journey over 4 or 5 weeks, mentoring your staff through the process of writing poetry, refining it, memorising, and ultimately performing it, ideally in front of an audience. Taking place either in your workplace, or a suitable location nearby, with 5 x 2 hour sessions over several weeks, in order to allow development to expand and embed.
Memorising poetry is very powerful indeed; and has been shown to positively change brain structure. We believe that our process is far more powerful and can make substantially more profound and beneficial neurological changes across your workforce; helping them become more productive, improve their wellbeing and be better connected to their colleagues.
Learning to say Yes
Breaking down barriers in the mind through word games, physical exercises and improvisational techniques to allow the unconscious to come forward, enabling the unblocking of creativity and facilitating improved cognitive ability.
Writing & Creating
Using insights gained in the first session to create individual poems, under the expert mentoring of our teaching artists. Learn how to get started, find and explore your creative process using prompts and writing technics to access hidden talents and unknown emotions, to develop something profound and meaningful.
Editing into Performance
Find out the role of the internal editor. Refining and editing poems for performance. Learn how to deal with nerves and controlling the voice for public speaking. Including tips on performing in front of an audience and memorising from our renowned teaching artists, all who have years of performance and mentoring experience.
Practice and Outcome
Preparations for a public performance. Learn how to use a mic and walk on stage with confidence This performance challenge builds on confidence and amplifies the development made over the programme, with gentle reassurance of highly experienced performers. This poetry slam will be in front of invited judges.
Learn to receive and give honest feedback in a structured process. Reflection is an important part of creation and improvement, and often omitted. In this debrief and reflection on the process, analyse what was successful and where there is room for improvement This is a vital step in substantiating the cognitive benefits which the course provides.
Anita’s empathy and care for the group, plus her steadfast belief in their ability to express themselves imaginatively transformed their confidence...
.... imaginative and consistently supportive approach motivated the young adults and enable them to take creative risks way beyond their comfort zone and their own expectations of themselves.
Elizabeth Lynch, Wellcome Trust
Experience the benefits that can be achieved, even in an hour and a half, of a small session with a distinct purpose and intention.
Collaboration, communication and adaptability are typical options, and can give a flavour of what a poetry module can offer your workforce, and the environment in which it operates.
One of our poets will frequent your office, run a workshop or two, create a poem of their own, with an option for a found poem. Take the temperature of your employees. Find out what’s going well, and what isn’t. A poet in residence can contribute to the wellbeing of a workforce and reveal things that otherwise might lay hidden and stagnate. Optional public performance of the poems.