Monday, 10 December 2018


It's a gift - your secret Santa from the People Soup Podcast! I present a brief exercise in self-compassion which can be revealing and insightful - I certainly found it powerful. The exercise I present is called "How would you treat a friend?" and it's from a leading self compassion researcher - Dr Kristin Neff. Why not treat yourself - 12 minute listen.

The whole episode was inspired by a tweet from Teresa Jennings who said:

“Let’s look out for each other as we head into the winter months with Christmas on the horizon which isn’t an easy time for a lot of people. A little extra TLC towards our team companions and towards ourselves at this time of year can make all the difference!”
You can find the exercise on Kristin Neff's website here. 


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Rafael Dubois - Toronto Blue Jays Mental Performance Coach (Part 2)

Season 2 Episode 12
The conversation with Rafael Dubois continues.
A common theme that he encounters with players is confidence - which is often misunderstood. We also talk about how they have established a coaching culture at the Blue Jays and created an environment where it is safe for players to talk to a coach without feeling vulnerable. We finish with a brilliant takeaway as Rafael introduces non-negotiables!

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Rafael Dubois - Toronto Blue Jays Mental Performance Coach (Part 1)

Season 2 Episode 11

I loved this conversation with Rafael. We chat about his career path and his purpose - which he discovered at an early age, he loves listening to people. We talk about the context he brings to his role and his stance in his role as a coach.

You'll also hear about the complex structure of the Blue Jays - there are 9 teams and there are coaches for pitching, catching and hitting!



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Show notes

You can find Rafael on twitter and on LinkedIn 

The Blue Jays website is here

And if you want to find our more about baseball - this video explains it in 5 minutes!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Part 2 - Dr Paul Flaxman & Dr Joe Oliver

Season 2 Episode 10

For continuity, you might like to listen to Part 1 first or feel free to dive straight in!

This is the second part of my conversation with Paul and Joe. We chat about the versatility of the ACT model & some hot topics including Relational Frame Theory and data from our research. 

Me and Paul talk about our workshop in March - it's a train the trainer two day event for our ACT in the workplace protocol. There's a discount code for 10% the workshop - more details below.The chaps finish off with a couple of cracking takeaways. 





Show Notes

Find out more about Joe's Relational Frame Theory Webinar - RFT Made Simple - here

Sign up for the workshop with me and Paul here - it's called Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in the workplace - improving employees' psychological well-being

Use the discount code "People Soup" to get 10% off the price of this workshop.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Part 1 - Dr Paul Flaxman & Dr Joe Oliver

Season 2 Episode 9

Here's the first part of my chat with Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver a couple of weeks ago. We talk about their journey into ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and what attracted them about the approach. They go on to speak about the impact of ACT on their own lives and how they use it in their work. We finish Part 1 with some reflections on the ACT Matrix.



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Show Notes

Find out more about Contextual Consulting.

Go to Contextual Consulting Facebook Page

Follow Joe on Twitter

Follow Contextual Consulting on Instagram

Brilliant ACT Matrix Book - 

The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix: A Step-by-Step Approach to Using the ACT Matrix Model in Clinical Practice Paperback – 28 Jul 2016