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The Enneagram, Pitches, Personalities, Croissants

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and made yesterday’s Enneagram breakfast discussion such good fun. These events depend on interesting, engaging people turning up and joining in with lots of questions and comments – which was exactly what happened.

Topics we covered included the role of individual personalities (client and agency) in the pitching process; using the Enneagram to understand and influence people who are very different to ourselves; locating brands and organisations on the Enneagram; and how the Enneagram helps me choose my shirts.

Special thanks to Rebecca Caroe who suggested we do an event together and did an excellent job of facilitating the discussion. I think it says a lot about Rebecca that she suggested the event the first time we met and was then very proactive in making it happen in record time. It was great fun working with her and I’d definitely recommend the experience.

Hmm, that’s given me a taste for this kind of thing, I’ll let you know if/when we do another one. Drop me an e-mail if that’s of interest.

Winning Pitches with Personality Types – Agency Event with Rebecca Caroe, 22nd November

If you’re involved with pitches and new business for your agency, you may like to come along to a free breakfast event I’m running with Rebecca Caroe in central London at 8am on Thursday 22nd November.

The Enneagram of Personality Types

I’ll be talking to Rebecca and taking questions from the audience about the Enneagram system of personality types, and how it can help agencies in a pitch situation, where the personal chemistry between agency and client team can be crucial to success.

If you followed my series on the Enneagram series of personality types for Successful Blog, then you’ll know I’ve been using the Enneagram for around 10 years, helping understand themselves and others better, and achieve their goals in sales, management, training, teamwork, negotiation and their personal and professional development.

Rebecca is a consultant specialising in business development, marketing and sales for PR, advertising, airect mail, and digital agencies. She’s very creative, focused and practical. We’ve had a lot of fun knocking ideas around between us and finding points of common interest. So I’m looking forward to a stimulating and enjoyable conversation on the 22nd – if you’re interested in joining us, please send me an e-mail.

Free e-book – An Introduction to the Enneagram

I’ve made my Introduction to the Enneagram series into a free e-book, featuring all the posts and Sandy Renshaw‘s illustrations.

It’s published under a Creative Commons licence which means you’re free to copy and share it with others on a noncommercial basis.

Download the Enneagram e-book.

The Enneagram

Enneagram Series – Working with Others

The final post in my Introduction to the Enneagram series is up now on Successful Blog – Working with Others.

Enneagram of Change

The whole series:

0. Introduction

1. What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?

2. The Heart Types

3. The Head Types

4. The Body Types

5. Working on Yourself

6. Working with Others

A big thank you to Liz Strauss for inviting me over to Successful Blog and introducing me to a new audience. And to Sandy Renshaw for producing fantastic illustrations that were always perfect first time – as an Enneagram One I appreciate such attention to detail!

Enneagram Series – Working on Yourself

The next post in my Introduction to the Enneagram series is up now on Successful Blog – Working on Yourself.

For me, this is the point where the Enneagram really becomes interesting – i.e when the question changes from “What’s my type?” to “How can I use the Enneagram to change my life?”.

The Enneagram of Change

The series so far:

0. Introduction

1. What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?

2. The Heart Types

3. The Head Types

4. The Body Types

Thanks to Sandy Renshaw for the illustrations.

Enneagram Series – The Body Types

The next post in my Introduction to the Enneagram series is up now on Successful Blog – The Body Types.

Enneagram Body Types

The series so far:

0. Introduction

1. What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?

2. The Heart Types

3. The Head Types

4. The Body Types

Thanks to Sandy Renshaw for the illustrations.

Enneagram Series – The Head Types

The next post in my Introduction to the Enneagram series is up now on Successful Blog – The Head Types.

Enneagram Head Types

The series so far:

0. Introduction

1. What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?

2. The Heart Types

3. The Head Types

Thanks to Sandy Renshaw for the illustrations.

Enneagram Series – The Heart Types

The next post in my Introduction to the Enneagram series is up now on Successful Blog – The Heart Types.

Enn-Heartsctn-C

The series so far:

Introduction

1. What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?

2. The Heart Types

Thanks to Sandy Renshaw for the illustrations.

The Enneagram – A Guest Series for Successful Blog

Liz Strauss has kindly invited me to write a guest series, An Introduction to the Enneagram for Successful Blog. The first of six posts is online now – What is the Enneagram and Why Should You Care?, the rest will appear over the next couple of weeks (schedule here).

Special thanks to Sandy Renshaw who has done some great illustrations for the series.

What’s the Enneagram? That’s what the series is about – go have a look.

Let’s just say it could change your life.

The Enneagram

If you’re visiting from Successful Blog I know you’re used to good hospitality from Liz, so I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself and my blog.

I’m a poet and business coach living in London and specialising in work with professional artists, creatives and companies in the creative industries.

This blog is a place for me to share my enthusiasms about creativity, coaching and creative business. Although it’s aimed primarily at creative professionals, I hope it will appeal to anyone with an interest in people and creativity. Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.