Monday, December 04, 2006

Roy Blumenthal's Creativity Mentoring, Coaching, and Workshops -- Pricelist

A client of mine recently asked me to put together a list of some of
the things I could offer his company in terms of creativity workshops
and mentoring for his staff and clients. So I thought I'd share the
menu with you, in case you know of anyone who would like me to tailor
one of my interventions to their needs.

The prices below are valid until the end of February 2008. If you book
now for dates later than that, these prices will still hold! So book

The menu is split into
  1. Creativity workshops and Facilitations.
  2. Individual or small-group, results-oriented mentoring/coaching for selected staff members.
Lemme know if any of this appeals. My (new) number is +27 74 104 6386. My email address is

Blue skies


An Interactive Roleplay Workshop
3.5 hours.

Staff who feel they're stuck, and staff who simply want to 'refresh' the way they see their projects. We'll need 8 to 18 people in this one.

Four facilitators from 'Beyond the Box', the open source industrial theatre company I've founded.

What we'll do:
We'll have the participants in the group interacting with each other to express their blockage. We'll then role-play various blockage scenarios, and have participants actively engage with one another's issues to help solve them. This session will create 'option thinking', helping the participants to find new ways of doing things.

  • Personal responsibility for clearing blocks
  • Relationship building within the produciton teams so that they have internal support for their new ideas
  • Better interpretation of client briefs.
R 15 550 (fixed price, up to approx 18 people)

An Interactive Roleplay Workshop
3.5 hours.

The 'team'. 8 to 18 people in this session.

Four facilitators from 'Beyond the Box', the open source industrial theatre company I've founded.

What we'll do:
This is about the delicate art of being an individual with strong, definite views amongst a bunch of other individuals with similarly strong, definite views. It's about the chaos of being a maverick in a team of mavericks. How the heck does a person BE themselves, and yet still contribute to the myth of 'the team'?

This is also an interactive role-play, where the participants bring out their difficulties, and the group roleplays these through to satisfying conclusions. Repeat after me, 'We are all unique.' Heheheheehe

  • Really getting to know WHY certain people do certain things
  • Demystifying the individualists in the group
  • Giving people better 'handles' on each others' working habits
  • Relationship-building
  • Converting chaos (or even light turmoil) into productivity
R 15 550 (fixed price, up to approx 18 people)

Human Sculptures Reveal All
1 hour.

Management, production teams, decision-making groups. 4 to 18 people in this session.

Two facilitators from 'Beyond the Box', the open source industrial theatre company I've founded.

What we'll do:
This is focussed on finding solutions to particular issues. Whatever the issue is on the day, this workshop helps create a new way of understanding and interacting with the challenge. We make 'human sculptures' out of the issue, and the sculptures find ways through to solutions.

  • Clarify the issue
  • Find ways to the ideal outcome
  • Identify blocks to the ideal outcome
  • Find transitions to achieving the desired outcome
  • Problem solving
  • Option thinking
R 5 850 (fixed price, up to approx 18 people)

A Fullday Creativity Workshop
8 hours. (Can be split over two morning sessions.)

Everyone in business who wants to feel more creative. Up to 26 people in this workshop.
Clients who want to 'embrace the craziness'.

Roy Blumenthal

What we'll do:
This is the workshop I've been running for the past 7 or so years. In it, we look at different takes on creativity, how to mobilise our creativity, tricks and tools to use when we're stuck. We also learn that goalsetting and action are intrinsic to unleashing creativity, and we work on tools to be more effective at setting and realising goals. This is a fun workshop, with lots of interaction and 'playing'.

  • A creativity 'toolkit'
  • Effective goalsetting
  • Effective action planning
  • Unleashed creativity
  • Profit and gain
R 18 850 (fixed price, up to approx 26 people)


I'm happy to work with individuals and small groups of up to 4 people per group. It's much more cost-effective to work with small groups, as I discount the per-head price.

The way I normally do this kind of work is to contract for a minimum of six sessions, in multiples of six sessions. Optimum coaching takes place over 12 to 18 sessions, with six being a 'low hanging fruit' and 'getting to know you' kind of intervention. The longer the number of sessions contracted for, the more cost-effective.

It's best to meet once every two weeks, or once every week, for 60 to 90 minutes. Once a month CAN work, but continuity suffers. Twice a month is optimum, with once a week being good if there are crises to be dealt with.

So, here's the menu...

  • 6 sessions -- R1 900 per session
  • 12 sessions -- R1 600 per session
  • 18 sessions -- R 1 200 per session

Groups of 4:
  • 6 sessions -- R1 200 per person, per session
  • 12 sessions -- R1 100 per person, per session
  • 18 sessions -- R1 000 per person, per session
I'm also happy to negotiate a discount if I'm coaching more than one group.

Please let me know what you feel about these options. And gimme a call on: +27 74 104 6386, or email me on, and we can leap into action whenever you're ready.

Remember, these prices go up at the end of February 2008, so book now, and the early-bird prices will hold regardless of the date you book for!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My first formal mentoring client

I had a meeting yesterday at a coffee-shop in Northgate Shopping Centre with a poet buddy of mine.

He has asked me to be his creativity mentor. He's putting together a one-person show of his poems, and he'd like me to keep him on track.


NLP, Hypnotism & Training with Adam Eason

My first exposure to Adam Eason was through his website. I signed up for his free e-zine, and downloaded his free 17-minute 'Deep Relaxation' hypnosis session.

My girlfriend and I have been listening to it nightly before sleeping for two weeks, and it's really awesome.

I then decided that I would like to try his stress management series. So I bought it. I've listened to three of the six sections of this two-week program, and I have to recommend it.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Goal setting: setting up a support structure

Achieving your goals is a job best done with support.

While it's possible to do it alone, a support structure around you is good in several ways.

o Support makes you more accountable for your actions.
o Support feels good when you're down.
o Support allows for excitement-transfer (it's always great to tell your support partner or partners your good news).
o Support is a way of sharing the energy.

The easiest support structure to set up involves having a regular telephone date with a buddy. This is how I set these date sup.

o I ask my support buddy to treat my weekly support call as only that. It's not a social chat. It's not a complaints session. It's purely support.

o I make the commitment to phone my support partner at a particular time on a particular day. A Thursday morning date is very effective, because if I haven't done what I agreed to do, I've still got one and a half days left to accomplish my actions.

o I phone my support buddy and report on my progress. I share my goals with this partner, and I share the specific actions I commit to taking.

o My partner is more than simply a sounding board.

o If I've taken my actions, the partner praises me, and asks what I'm doing next.

o If I haven't done what I've said I'd do, my partner asks me to recommit, and asks for a tangible, time-based action to replace the one I've missed.

o If I don't make my support call, my support buddy agrees to call me on the weekend. Missing a support call is just not cool. It wastes my support partner's time, and they sit waiting for my call.

I feel it's best not to reciprocate for my support partner. It's best to offer my support services to someone else, forming a daisy-chain of support.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Getting the Basics Right: How a Company Tendering for a Publishing Job Messed It Up

Goal setting isn't just a matter of having a good goal. It's also about understanding the foundation underlying the goal. Know your aim. Know it backwards. Then evaluate your goal setting program against your aims and objectives to make sure that you end up delivering something that will serve you.

Get the basics wrong, and you'll end up achieving the wrong end result. Get these basics clear, and get them right, and you're on the path to achieving what you WANT to achieve.

Here's an illustration of how hazy understanding of the basics let one company down in a big way.

I've just come back from a meeting out in Rooihuiskraal. I was one of the panelists evaluating tender documents for a publishing project. I can't give you specific details, because I'm under a confidentiality agreement. But I can give you the principles.

A South African government body asked publishers to tender for the business of creating a quarterly magazine in a particular interest field. The tender document was very specific, and had numerous points that needed to be adhered to. Because of the strictness of the criteria that needed to be met, only three publishing companies made it through to the panel for evaluation, as the rest had been whittled away due to not meeting the criteria.

So the panel sat, studying the three documents.

Two of them looked promising. One, however, didn't stand a hope of making it to the final selection. The publisher who submitted that particular document really didn't pay attention to the brief.

The brief stated explicitly that the publishing company needs to furnish resumes of the key crew who would be publishing the magazine, showing clearly that these key crew members had specific experience in the subject the magazine would be covering.

This company didn't even give resumes of their crew! Instead, they gave resumes of their directors! What's worse... the directors had NO experience in the subject under discussion!!! Nothing. Nada. If we were evaluating on this single criterion, these guys would already have been disqualified. But that's not the only area they fell down in. They were asked to supply examples of previous publications they had done on the topic. These guys elected to provide a magazine in a completely unrelated field, as well as an annual report for a company that had nothing to do with the subject matter either.

Bang. Cheerio to this company.

The lesson? Pay attention to the basics. If you set yourself specific goals, and you're clear to yourself about the foundations beneath those goals, be sure to be strict with yourself in following your own plan. Otherwise you might lose the tender.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Goal Setting Tips and Tricks: 'SMART' goals -- specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time-based


An Acronym To Guide Your Goalsetting
For a goal to be meaningful, it helps if it's 'SMART'.

S: Specific.
M: Measureable.
A: Achievable.
R: Realistic.
T: Time-based.

If I state: 'I want to go to the moon in a few days time', this would NOT be a 'SMART' goal. Sure, it's more-or-less 'specific' (but only just), and it's pretty 'measureable', but it doesn't meet the other three criteria. 'A few days' is not a time-based statement. It's hazy.

If I state, 'I want to walk on the moon's surface by the time I turn fifty on February 17 2018,' I'd be stating a 'SMART' goal.

It's VERY 'specific'. I'm stating the actual thing I'll do when I get to the moon.

It's something I can 'measure'... if I WALK on the surface of the moon, I'll know I've achieved my goal. If I do it by the time I turn fifty, stated as a real date, I'll know whether I've achieved it.

Is it 'achievable'? Given the fact that South African businessperson, Mark Shuttleworth, has already walked in space, I'd say that twenty years is a fair time period to expect commercial moon travel to be possible. In that time, can I take steps to GET myself to the moon? Possibly.

'Realistic'? A little bit science-fiction-esque. But essentially realistic.

And I've already illustrated the time-basedness of it. I'm not vague about the time. I'm spelling out what 'by the time I turn fifty' means.

Good luck with your own SMART goals.

This post originally appeared on Roy Blumenthal's How to Unleash Your Creativity: For Profit & Gain and on the Squidoo Lens: Creativity According to Roy Blumenthal.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Amazon: Books That'll Help You Reach Your Goals

Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It

On my shelf. This one has the premise that when we write our desires down, we find a way to actualise them. A rich source of inspiration.

Do It! : A Guide to Living Your Dreams Do It! : A Guide to Living Your Dreams

On my shelf. This one's a life-changer. Highly recommended. If you've ever procrastinated about your life goals, this book'll help you take the necessary steps. I enjoyed the process immensely.

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams

On my shelf. If you're visually oriented, you'll find this book a must-have. I've done several collages using her techniques, and they work. Get this book.

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in You Life The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in You Life

On my shelf. Shakti Gawain almost single-handedly created the creative visualization movement. This book accompanies her groundbreaking CREATIVE VISUALIZATION, but it's self-contained. I love the practical nature of this book. Very easy to work through.

Goal Setting 101 : How to Set and Achieve a Goal! Goal Setting 101 : How to Set and Achieve a Goal!

Description from Amazon: This book offers solid advice on setting and achieving your goals. Goal Setting 101 helps you to become brilliant on the basics by explaining the Who?, What?, Where?, When?, How?, and Why? of goal setting.

Goal Setting Forms : Tools to Help You Get Ready, Get Set, & Go for Your Goals! Goal Setting Forms : Tools to Help You Get Ready, Get Set, & Go for Your Goals!

Good for those of us who prefer structure. Description from Amazon: Because our goal is to help you achieve yours, The GoalsGuy offers replacement tools that support your efforts to achieve an extraordinary life.

Motivation and Goal Setting: How to Set and Achieve Goals and Inspire Others (Motivation and Goal Setting) Motivation and Goal Setting: How to Set and Achieve Goals and Inspire Others

Description from Amazon: Motivation and Goal Setting delivers concise, how to information in a friendly, interactive format ideal for team or individual use. This book will help one clearly define their values, maintain flexibility by setting realistic goals, and inspire others to work with their goals.

Make Success Measurable!: A Mindbook-Workbook for Setting Goals and Taking Action Make Success Measurable!: A Mindbook-Workbook for Setting Goals and Taking Action

Description from Amazon: This is a how-to book, emphasizing outcomes as opposed to actions in setting goals. You'll learn how to: Set goals that matter to customers, shareholders, and funders. Set nonfinancial as well as financial goals and link them together for total success.

The Magic Lamp : Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals The Magic Lamp : Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals

Description from Amazon: Do you have trouble setting goals? Would you like to have greater focus, stronger follow-through, and achieve dramatically better results? Would you like to learn how to get anything you want from life--more money, a new home, a promotion, better relationships, a greater sense of fulfillment, or anything else you can imagine? The Magic Lamp transforms the process of setting goals from a dull routine into an exciting adventure because it's the first book to combine the methods of goal setting with the magic of making your wishes come true.

Comprehensive Life Planning Programs: My Personal Strategic Plan 2006

My Personal Strategic Plan 2006

Are You Falling Short of Achieving Your Important Personal Goals?
Gary Ryan Blair offers you 'My 2006 Personal Strategic Plan'.

He writes: "If you've had challenges accomplishing all your goals in the past, I've got good news for you."

He adds: "I have put together a very effective program that will help you achieve every goal you establish. It's partly an evaluation of your current habits as they are today and partly a blueprint for doing things better - and I mean much better."

In addition: "It's not expensive and yet it can make a very big difference in your life. It can make 2006 the wealthiest, healthiest, wisest and most rewarding year of your life!"

Head to Gary's 'My Personal Strategic Plan 2006' website and learn more about how to make this year your most productive ever.

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: Goal Genie

Goal Genie

You put your goals in, and Goal Genie feeds them back to you - at time intervals you decide - throughout your computer sessions. When one of your goals pops up, your eye is drawn to it.

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: GoalSync


Sychronize yourself with your goals! GoalSync by Success Studios allows you to utilize the power of repetition and subliminal messaging to achieve your goals.

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: GoalPro 6.0

GoalPro 6.0

GoalPro 6.0 is a software-based goal-setting achievement system, designed to provide you with all necessary tools to define, maintain, track, and achieve your goals. Downloadable trial version available!

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: The Goal Setting Countdown Clock

The Goal Setting Countdown Clock

The Goal Setting Countdown Clock keeps you on focus, on target, on purpose. And it's a bestseller at TheGoalsGuy.

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: MyGoalManager

MyGoalManager's Online Goal Achievement System uses the Power of Goals to make creating and maintaining your Goals Program quick, easy, and fun. The easy-to-follow instructions and simple forms allow you skip the learning curve of most software packages and get and up and running in minutes. You can manage your Goals from any computer with an Internet connection and there is no software to download or install.

Goal Setting Software & Online Programs: Affirmware


Affirmations have long been recognized as a powerful tool in manifesting desires. That's because the subconscious mind can't differentiate between reality and suggestions. "Name the Top 3 Things You Want in Life" ...then use your computer for 10 minutes a day to make them come true.