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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 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 PIE we use many techniques, some of them borrowed from voice training and […]

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. […]