words in action

My business is called WORDS in ACTION, a name suggested when I set up on my own 10 years ago.  At first I did a lot of training in written and spoken communication skills.  Though the emphasis then shifted to personal and team development through coaching and facilitation, the name still seemed to fit.  I search with my clients for the words that will clarify the situation, words that will express the choices for the future and the actions that will bring that future into being.  (I do have a ‘friend’ who persisted in hearing it as ‘INACTION’ -you know who you are!)  If you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, click here and go to the left hand column where you’ll find a sign-up box.

The name obviously fits the writing side of my life.  Words shape attitudes so I’ve decided not to use the term the ‘day job’ any more.  That suggests that the time I spend writing is stolen from my ‘real’ work.  Sure, it’s the business that pays the bills.  What I’ll earn this year from writing might be euphemistically described as ‘modest’!  But I need to regard it as a legitimate working time occupation even if it never provides an income – and the statistics for creatives in any art form in Scotland are not encouraging! 

Getting back to words.  As I said, they shape attitudes and in turn, actions.  The old saying ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me’  is b*****ks.  The memory of a humiliating taunt lingers long after a bruise fades.  And of course, a word of praise, compliment or appreciation can light up the day.  That said, there are times when words fail and times when experience goes beyond words.  Click to Return of the Lapsed Blogger to see the photo of the beach and my words about silence.  Now there’s a paradox for a Friday. 

2 Responses to “words in action”


  1. 1 Joan Lennon August 24, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Hi! We met a couple of years ago when I did some sessions for the Bute Poetry Festival – I had a fabulous time – very happy memories of the place and the kids and the hospitality. I’ve been pushed into learning a lot of stuff in the last 6 months – building a website (a family endeavor which raised the blood pressure of all concerned!)and a blog site and then WRITING a blog every week or so … not so regular over the summer, I have to admit. It was meant to be pretty much about writing, too, but ended up being more about events and the weird publicity things I’ve been asked to do. ONE of which is to go onto OTHER PEOPLE’S blogs and say what feels like, more or less, “Hi I’m Joan Lennon Buy My Books!” Yeurcch. I mean, I like my books, but it feels a bit much, butting in on their private musings to insist that they should too. Anyway, you’re the first. Lucky you. Thanks for listening!
    Cheers, Joan.
    http://www.joanlennon.blogspot.com

  2. 2 alisonwriting August 24, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Great to hear from you! I recognised the name – and then the face when I looked at your website. Exciting site design.

    The comments so far have come mainly from existing friends and contacts so I’m delighted that you’ve joined in. I’m keen for the blog to be a place where folk can exchange writing experiences!


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