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Nature Works – the neuroscience behind nature

Nature works on our brain at a neurological level, improving not only our happiness and calmness but our ability to concentrate and be productive.

As part of a new series of videos on my YouTube channel and on social media (@ThatJezRose) celebrating #WorkplaceWednesday; how nature can help businesses thrive and employees feel great, and just what impact does nature have on our health, wellbeing and behaviour?

There are many things that stimulate our brains to produce “feel good” chemicals that in turn help us to feel happier, calmer and reduce stress – in turn allowing us to be more productive, focused and energised. Some of those are obviously chemical but there’s a whole host our body naturally produces and which can be stimulated by specific factors.

I believe one of the most remarkable things about nature, available to every employer – and employee! – to harness is the entirely free ability to improve and change human behaviour. Reconnecting harmoniously with the natural world, both in and out of work results in healthier, happier, productive, efficient and ultimately more profitable

Why CSR and Why Now? Sustainability As a Source of Connection in Crisis

Why CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)?

In short – why not? Aside from any ethical or moral arguments, starting a journey to becoming g a “responsible business”; taking into consideration ways your organisation can help others, or at least champion or support good causes, is actually a smart and considered commercial decision, too. According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market. 

Actively creating a sustainability project, or considering how your business might be seen to be more responsible, engages existing employees; is more attractive to graduates and individuals with a greater sense of work ethic, and is welcomed by key stakeholders as a sign of future protection. It’s also a PR and marketing department’s dream!

Why Now?

In any time of uncertainty; period of change, or moment of reflection, humans need something to believe in: something to positively capture our attention and inspire us. Off the back of Brexit, our attention is now dominated by Corona virus. While both

Corona Crisis Sees Surge in Responsible Businesses Adopting Beehives

The Coronavirus has put a stop to a lot of things, but it’s also shined a spotlight on the importance of finding innovative ways to maintain engagement with staff and stakeholders, whilst simultaneously embracing novel methods of cutting through a lot of noise to ensure your brand and its values continue to be seen.

Adopting a bee hive provides a corporate social responsibility (CSR) solution with maximum environmental impact.

Here on my farm, we’ve been providing businesses the opportunity to adopt working honeybee hives for three years now. In that time we’ve worked with clients from a wide range of sectors: hospitality; creative; retail, and automotive, including The Ned hotel in London; Tom Sellers’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Story and Sophie Allport. We’ve attracted some of the most iconic brands in Britain, but one thing that connects them all is the realisation just how important it is to be able to demonstrate in what ways they are a responsible business. Simply talking about “doing your bit” is no longer enough – you need to be seen to be acting, and with a clearly positive outcome.

According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market.

Fortunately, my work as a conference host and consulting on behaviour insight has brought me up close to business challenges. It was this that helped show me exactly what my clients needed, and we were fortunate

Top Tips for Maximising Digital Conferencing

If you’ve cancelled your company conference, or postponed a live training or development event due to the Coronavirus concerns, you’ll know all too well that you’re also faced with a broader challenge: how to maintain employee and stakeholder engagement; inspiration and networking, and distribute key messages or education.

While there are many communication opportunities that exist, from internal social media like Yamma, and distributed newsletters, one of the popular topics right now is digital conferencing as more organisations ask the question: “can we continue with our conference plans but online?”.

The reality is that, despite the

Nature works – but does your work nurture nature?

A new video and article series by Jez Rose explores how nature works to improve workplaces.

Surprisingly little has been written about the impact of nature on workplace wellbeing, behaviour and business performance culture, and as a result very little is known about it in almost all of the industries I work in as a speaker and workshop facilitator.

A few years ago I began an independent research study entitled The Good Life Project, along with colleagues from psychology and neuroscience, to evidence the impact of nature on human health, wellbeing and behaviour. The results were so dramatic that they were often simply unbelievable. We checked and we double checked to make sure data was being interpreted correctly and we analysed with the severest skepticism existing studies.

Despite the data available, almost all organisations I work with are either unaware of the positive benefits, or simply don’t understand it. I’m about to change all of that with

Presentation Skills Masterclass Launches As Ultimate Guide to Speaking and Presenting

I’ve been asked for as long as I can remember to offer people advice on speaking and presenting.

Very often clients will ask for help writing or structuring a speech they’ve been asked to deliver at a conference; or for tips on speaking confidently and professionally in front of peers or customers.

It’s always been difficult to find the time to help them, especially given the volume of enquiries my team receive. While my live presenting workshops here at the farm have proved extremely popular and are an ideal space for training a larger number at one time, I recognise that sometimes it’s difficult to take time out of work, and with clients literally around the world, geographically it can prove challenging trekking to the Lincolnshire countryside!… although I have had clients fly here from both Ireland and Brussels!

I started producing simple to use resources like this Top 12 Tips for Professional Presentations and from there I got a little bit carried away…

We’ll Pay You Later

Imagine that today your computer broke. They sometimes – thankfully rarely, although usually when you really need them or are in the middle of something important – transition rapidly from absolutely fine to complete meltdown.

Well, imagine that happened at work. You’ve no backup computers and the long term solution is, of course, to replace the computer. You’re going to need to buy one but when you call the computer supplier, you tell them that you want the computer now but won’t pay them until three months time.

Or imagine that you decide you’re going to all get together and have a nice coffee from the independent coffee shop near your office, sending out someone to get takeaway coffees every lunchtime. When you order them you tell the coffee shop owner that you’ll pay them in three months time.

There is an increasing trend by organisations – large organisations with tens of millions of pounds of profit – to tell suppliers their

Should A Conference Be An Experience? 2016 is the year of experience.

Jez Rose stretches training expectations and experiences.

Jez Rose stretches training expectations and experiences.

2016 is the year of experience.

Because we all want great experiences in life – I’ve never met anyone who actively seeks out terrible experiences. Especially if we’re attending a conference or meeting; sat all day inside a conference room.

Most of us are also keen on delivering great experiences, too. It’s this very reason that I started accepting invitations to speak at conferences and meetings: I wanted to shake up the accepted norm of the conference industry and help people wake up to just how exciting and enjoyable learning could be.

However, while any event or conference or meeting where training is taking place absolutely must be about the experience delegates have, it is critical to remember that it’s about their experience. Too many conference organisers focus on what they want their experience of it to be, based on their agenda.

The most common question I’m asked: Why did I become a motivational speaker?

Jez Rose considers his title vile and believes he is an "accidental motivational speaker".

Jez Rose considers his title vile and believes he is an “accidental motivational speaker”.

I’m asked that question a lot. It’s not exactly at the top of the Careers Advisor’s list of potential career pathways for most 17 year olds. I don’t even remember “guest speaker” being on the list. I took those personality and career tests at school and they suggested I became either a nanny, undertaker or cleaner. Make of that what you will.

Well, the truth is I didn’t intend to become a motivational speaker and actually hate the term, as I’ve written about in other blogs. For a start, most people shudder, or at least screw up their nose when they hear the phrase “motivational speaker”. It’s a vile phrase and when you consider the practicalities of motivating large audiences of people (my audiences range from 50 to over 3,000 individuals), an impossible task.

My story is genuinely one of those “I just stumbled into it” ones. I had no plan to do this and when people ask me how to get into it, it’s a tough one to answer. However, in itself it does provide a useful answer, I believe. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to do it. If you don’t get round to doing it, you didn’t want to do it enough. It’s as simple as that. Whether you want to speak at conferences or own your own flower shop, grow your own business, or progress through the corporate ranks, it boils down to

What’s the difference?! “Book Motivational Speaker”, “Hire Keynote Speaker”, “Book Guest Speaker”

Are you searching for a motivational speaker? Have you typed into Google “book guest speaker”, or “hire keynote speaker” to help find some suggestions for your conference speaker slot? Did you know that a motivational speaker, guest speaker and keynote speaker are, technically, all quite different things?

As a professional speaker for the past 12 years, I’ve written this handy guide to help you get exactly what you want, with the minimum of awkward surprises!