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Alexandra Pearson

“What’s important in Life? Sharing, insight and adventure.”

Alex is an entrepreneur and an inspirational trainer with a passion for personal development, team interaction, the arts and human potential.

Alex lived and worked in China for 25 years where she established several successful businesses and organisations, including The Bookworm, voted by Lonely Planet, amongst others, as one of the “Top Ten Bookshops in the World” and China’s largest Literary Festival. She has trained and worked with thousands of leaders, managers and employees in personal development and Creative Thinking Skills, and has cycled from Beijing to Xanadu 25 times. She has the experience, she has the passion and she wants to make a difference.

She is now a Teaching Fellow in the School of Business and Management at the University of Sussex, and Founder of The Yurt Academy. She specialises in Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Holistic Leadership, Project and Change Management.

 

“Interesting, fun, engaging. Alex is a brilliant facilitator. The 3 hours flew by and I’m keen to learn more.” Jude

“Alex is amazing. She gave me new ways of thinking about my daily activities. This opened up a new world of opportunities. A big thank you!” Filippo

“A most enjoyable session, delivered in a very engaging and informative way. Alexandra is clearly very knowledgeable in her subject matter. Fun and useful.” Caroline

“Thanks again, what an incredible session – really made me aware of my potential to create great things, especially now that I’m armed with those fantastic tools.” Ollie

“Alex’s lively session provided me with a useful set of tools for thinking through any idea or problem. I emerged with my synapses firing!” Catherine

Upcoming Masterclasses

Mastering Emotional Intelligence

The complexities of the modern world require building a network of unselfish collaborations and strategic ecosystem thinking, and these require deep levels of emotional intelligence. Relationships are key for the present and future or businesses large, small, profit and non-for, public sector and private. Relationships with teams and organisations, and also across sector need developing and nurturing to be able to transcend current models of business strategy and team development.

Emotional Intelligence is about personal awareness – recognition and management of emotions, and interpersonal abilities – empathy, compassion, mentoring and team emotion management.

Master Creative Intelligence – Tools, Tips and Techniques

Creative Intelligence is a combination of art and science and is in demand now more than ever as we face increasingly complex globally inter-linked problems. With the advancement of neuroscience, we now have a deep understanding of our thinking processes, and can, as a result, choose and direct our thinking styles appropriately.

In this workshop, we explore how we think, where we get stuck, and how to see afresh. We learn to use different thinking tools for different occasions and build creative muscle. We also explore some of the psychological attitudes that influence our creative potential and abilities. Ultimately, we gain a fresh perspective on how to improve personal and team creative output bringing real value to team performance.

Conflict Transformation

Conflicts are unavoidable and not necessarily bad; they can create resentment, infighting and build an unhealthy organisation culture resulting in lower productive, disgruntled staff, and low levels of collaboration and creative output. Or they can they can offer opportunity for growth, innovation and creative development.

Effective conflict resolution and mediation skills are key to building a sustainable organisational model, be it large or small, political, industrial, creative or humanitarian. And leaders of organisations who build the skills sets required for conflict recognition and dispute resolution are better equipped to tap into diversity, and lead and manage creative successful teams.

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the principles and causes of conflicts, to choose strategies to resolve conflict, and to build facilitation skills that lead to the resolution of disputes through artful mediation. The workshop is highly interactive, with pair and group activities throughout that are specifically designed to deepen understanding and build skills.

Mind Mapping – Visual Integrative Thinking

Mind Maps follow the natural organising procedures of our neural pathways. They integrate ideas, prioritise thoughts and give space for strategic thinking at the complex level. They create links and associations facilitating easy recall, and work as a prime tool for giving presentations and memorising information. Compact in structure, they also allow for efficient collation of research and data and offer an opportunity for complex problem solving.

During the course, we will learn how to do several different types of maps, from concept mapping, to knowledge mapping. We will look at how to map for idea generation, information storage and recall, and for presenting, and explore how mind mapping can help us look afresh at complex problem solving and strategy development.

Interconnected: Collaborate through Trust, Authentic Communication and Higher Purpose

Successful interaction with other people is built on trust, and trust is at the heart of any truly effective team. But how do we build trust? What are its’ building blocks and what are the specific outcomes of trust? In this masterclass we discover the things we can harvest from trust and how they benefit our interactions with others.

Communication is a complex beast; it is an art and a science and immensely powerful. What makes us good communicators and easily understood by others? We learn how to identify and dismantle the barriers to effective communication.

Connected to Self: Find power through purpose, personality and positivity

A key component of emotional intelligence, the gateway to personal well-being and the foundation of how we deal with others, self-awareness should be at the top of all of our learning goals.

What makes us uniquely brilliant? What drives us to perform, to succeed, to nurture important friendships? By understanding the forces of nurture and nature, we can get to know ourselves at a deeper level.

Why do we have gut feelings, and why does one idea give us a headache and another a feeling of euphoria? Explore the somatic processes of the Positive Emotional Attractors, and Negative Emotional Attractors and the effect they have on our bodies and thinking.

The Art & Science of Curiosity – How to ignite curiosity to build innovative, collaborative teams

The engine of creativity, and foundation of life-long learning, and the bringer of pleasure and reward, curiosity is a future proof personal and interpersonal development skill.

We were all so curious as children, asking, testing, playing, experimenting – it is part of a clever biological trick to help us learn. But curiosity can serve a great purpose in our adult lives and produce the same levels of intrinsic reward. Developing a curious disposition is both an art and a science, and can help us establish life long learning habits, unleash our creativity, and build collaborative and innovative teams. 

We were all so curious as children, asking, testing, playing, experimenting. At what stage did we stop being curious, and what effects has that had on our ability to grow personally and professionally? Curiosity serves a great purpose in our lives, and helps us establish life-long learning habits, greater self-awareness, and brings about achievements in work and at home.

Upcoming Events

The Art & Science of Curiosity – How to ignite curiosity to build innovative, collaborative teams

The engine of creativity, and foundation of life-long learning, and the bringer of pleasure and reward, curiosity is a future proof personal and interpersonal development skill.

We were all so curious as children, asking, testing, playing, experimenting - it is part of a clever biological trick to help us learn. But curiosity can serve a great purpose in our adult lives and produce the same levels of intrinsic reward. Developing a curious disposition is both an art and a science, and can help us establish life long learning habits, unleash our creativity, and build collaborative and innovative teams. 

We were all so curious as children, asking, testing, playing, experimenting. At what stage did we stop being curious, and what effects has that had on our ability to grow personally and professionally? Curiosity serves a great purpose in our lives, and helps us establish life-long learning habits, greater self-awareness, and brings about achievements in work and at home.

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October 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Connected to Self: Find power through purpose, personality and positivity

A key component of emotional intelligence, the gateway to personal well-being and the foundation of how we deal with others, self-awareness should be at the top of all of our learning goals.

What makes us uniquely brilliant? What drives us to perform, to succeed, to nurture important friendships? By understanding the forces of nurture and nature, we can get to know ourselves at a deeper level.

Why do we have gut feelings, and why does one idea give us a headache and another a feeling of euphoria? Explore the somatic processes of the Positive Emotional Attractors, and Negative Emotional Attractors and the effect they have on our bodies and thinking.

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October 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Connected to Others and the World around You: Trust, Authentic Communication and Higher Purpose

Successful interaction with other people is built on trust, and trust is at the heart of any truly effective team. But how do we build trust? What are its building blocks and what are the specific outcomes of trust? In this masterclass we discover the things we can harvest from trust and how they benefit our interactions with others.

Communication is a complex beast; it is an art and a science and immensely powerful. What makes us good communicators and easily understood by others? We learn how to identify and dismantle the barriers to effective communication.

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October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Master Creative Intelligence – Tools, Tips and Techniques

Creative Intelligence is a combination of art and science and is in demand now more than ever as we face…

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French Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln House, 300 High Holborn, London
London, WC1V 7JH United Kingdom.

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December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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£75

Master Mind Mapping – Visual Integrative Thinking

Mind Maps follow the natural organising procedures of our neural pathways. They integrate ideas, prioritise thoughts and give space for…

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Kemptown, Kemptown
Brighton, BN21AJ United Kingdom

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January 14, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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£45

Mastering Emotional Intelligence

The complexities of the modern world require building a network of unselfish collaborations and strategic ecosystem thinking, and these require…

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March 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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