Three Steps To Breaking Your Most Destructive Old Habit

Three Steps To Breaking Your Most Destructive Old Habit

Your past is not a script for your future. My all-time favourite mantra. As a keynote speaker, I get to hang out with thought (and action) leaders. One of the loveliest human males I’ve had the pleasure of following on a couple of occasions is Kriss Akabusi. His...
How To Be Honest With (And About) Yourself

How To Be Honest With (And About) Yourself

When was the last time you felt vulnerable? I asked my husband that a few years back. He thought for a moment and replied “Hmm I don’t think I’ve ever felt vulnerable!” Whaaaaaaat? Clearly, our day to day experiences had been different. Ed has always stood on the...
How To Stop Fear From Becoming Your Designated Driver

How To Stop Fear From Becoming Your Designated Driver

Who’s driving your bus? Back when my kids were young I found myself addicted to American Mommy Bloggers on YouTube.Mommy Bloggers are utterly fantastic in every way and put the overachieving Ms Rabbit from Peppa Pig to shame. Friendly, fun and always smiling with...
How To Stop Should-ing Yourself

How To Stop Should-ing Yourself

As a teacher, one of my favourite things was twisting the end of stories to mess with the kids in my class! I once convinced thirty-one 5 year olds that the big, bad wolf actually just had hay fever. His only crime was reacting to a heavy pollen count whilst passing...
Who Says You Can’t? How To Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Who Says You Can’t? How To Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Growing up, I lived on and off with my nan. She was the one consistent adult in my life as various ‘dads’ came and went, more often than not adding a new sibling into the mix. My nan was there to pick up the pieces with her unique style of post-war...
How To Embrace Change With Three Simple Steps

How To Embrace Change With Three Simple Steps

Growing up, I lived on and off with my nan. She was the one consistent adult in my life as various ‘dads’ came and went, more often than not adding a new sibling into the mix. My nan was there to pick up the pieces with her unique style of post-war...
How To Stop Believing The Lies You Tell Yourself

How To Stop Believing The Lies You Tell Yourself

Two stories and a question for you… Ethel & The Blitz My nan’s mate Ethel swore blind her ex-boyfriend was Frank Sinatra. Apparently, it was before he was famous and was working for an ironmonger in Radford. So yeah, some of Ethel’s stories needed to...
It’s Time For A Human Revolution!

It’s Time For A Human Revolution!

We’ve had an industrial revolution and, you know, that went well. 🏭 We’ve had a technical revolution which was by all accounts more fun than you can shake a spanner at. 🛠 We’ve had a digital revolution and in the words of The Schuyler Sisters ‘Look around, look around...
How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

Open Table is a Team Ampaw-Farr family tradition that happens around mealtimes. Whoever is round the table can join in – family, friends, even that postman who popped in to use the loo and ended up staying for a Sloppy Joe. 🌭 Open Table is super easy and only...
Rewriting The Unwritten Rules Of The Workplace

Rewriting The Unwritten Rules Of The Workplace

Ever thought about the unwritten rules of work? You won’t find them in your employee handbook, but chances are you’re aware of, adhering to or frustrated by the unwritten rules in your organisation. Unwritten rules are part and parcel of company culture. The very...
5 Great Questions About The Human First Academy

5 Great Questions About The Human First Academy

What’s holding you back from joining the Human First Academy? Here are some frequent questions I get from people. 1. I’m not sure what’s inside. What if it’s not a good fit for me? Good question. Inside you’ll find 9 toolkits each with 6 x 10 min...
How To Be More Intentional

How To Be More Intentional

Here’s a thought… 🙋🏾 Imagine what your life could look like with more intention and less people-pleasing.  Yup, that’s quite a bold statement on the weekly to-do list.  But it’s not just do-able – it’s everyday behaviour in the Human First Academy. And...
Is The Human First Academy A Good Fit For You?

Is The Human First Academy A Good Fit For You?

You came into your role to make a difference. The problem is that it sometimes feels like the system is working against you rather than for you. It can sometimes leave you wondering if you’re good enough. Imposter syndrome making you work harder, in turn,...
From TEDx Stage To Building A ‘Netflix For The Soul’!

From TEDx Stage To Building A ‘Netflix For The Soul’!

WOW! That was a blast! Huge thanks to everyone who attended my Human First Workshops this week. We had people from the UK, India, America, Africa and Australia! On the 5th anniversary of my record-breaking TEDx Talk, I launched my Human First Academy – or...
How To Turn The Volume Down On Very Draining People In Your Life

How To Turn The Volume Down On Very Draining People In Your Life

Growing up in and out of foster care and on the streets is something I used to be ashamed of and hide. Crazy on two counts. It wasn’t my fault and I’ve always been a huge success! I was an incredibly resilient child and navigated the chaos of neglect, abuse and...
A Review: Keynote Speakers Richard McCann & Kriss Acabusi

A Review: Keynote Speakers Richard McCann & Kriss Acabusi

I came out of the shower this morning to find this slightly confusing text from my friend. “I hope you’ve got your Spandex on. That’s a race I’d pay to watch!” Then I remembered that I’d mentioned I was following Kriss Acabusi as...
When Feeling Overwhelmed – Look For The Everyday Heroes

When Feeling Overwhelmed – Look For The Everyday Heroes

Today I had the honour of being invited to join the Helena Kennedy Foundation Award Winners Event at The House of Lords. It was a huge bonus to have Gemma Oaten as my guest. Julie Mills and the team (especially Shahida) pulled together a moving and poignant event...
A Day In The Life Of A World Class Reframer

A Day In The Life Of A World Class Reframer

When the first lockdown hit, like many others, I lost my business. As a keynote speaker, I relied on events – no events meant no work. I was in the fortunate position of not about to starve so set about doing what I’d always wanted and planned to do but had no...
How To Balance Life And Work In The Digital Age

How To Balance Life And Work In The Digital Age

My husband’s role was made redundant at Christmas. I would have panicked if it wasn’t the 5th time. The other four times have resulted in him landing an even better job – often in the same organisation. This time he decided to start a new chapter and...
The Truth About Me As A Keynote Speaker

The Truth About Me As A Keynote Speaker

Got a ‘Truth About You’ jar? Mine has a quote from the hit musical Hamilton on the front.   Look at where you are Look at where you started The fact that you’re alive is a miracle   I add all of my audience and client raves in my jar and re-read them all at the...
How To Be 10% Braver – Be A Positive Disruptor

How To Be 10% Braver – Be A Positive Disruptor

It’s not HIStory, HERstory or THEIRstory – it’s yours.  Bronnie Ware spent most of her career working as a palliative care nurse taking care of those in their final days of life. In her book ‘The Top Five Regrets of The Dying’, she describes the...
How Being 10% Braver Resulted In A Record-Breaking Tedx Talk

How Being 10% Braver Resulted In A Record-Breaking Tedx Talk

If you’ve ever described yourself using the word ‘just’ before your job title or role, this is for you. A few years back I was sat in an auditorium listing to Sue Cowley deliver her keynote. Sue has a unique way of harnessing and embedding curiosity,...
What I Learned From The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

What I Learned From The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Last week I wrote about doing a premortem on your work/life balance using Bronnie Ware’s The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying. As a palliative care nurse, she spent over ten years caring for patients in their last twelve weeks of life. Bronnie turned her insight...
How To Be More Intentional in 2022

How To Be More Intentional in 2022

DOWNLOAD MY FREE TOOLKIT I have a history of setting ridiculously high expectations for myself and then beating myself when I fail. Also, I’m time short, and incredibly busy with loads of really important stuff. Oh yeah, and I also have a Netflix account. You know the...
How To Handle Courageous Conversations (Elf Variation)

How To Handle Courageous Conversations (Elf Variation)

The first Christmas present I gave my husband was a bauble I’d found on the tube. We moved into our first home a week before Christmas and our budget didn’t stretch to tinsel or sparkly lights I had the idea that we would buy one special decoration each December so...
Ed’s Purple Pants – A Christmas Story

Ed’s Purple Pants – A Christmas Story

Forget Christmas Eve pyjamas – it’s all about purple undercrackers in our house. A few years back, we received a little package from my mother in law. That’s normal. What wasn’t normal was the contents. A lurid, almost glowing, pair of mini-human sized...
How to stop letting your past be the script for your future

How to stop letting your past be the script for your future

In December 2004, I had a teaching degree, a mountain of student debt and a fantastic group of friends who were more like family having stood shoulder to shoulder with me through tough times. My grandiose Christmas gift ideas for my ‘framily’ were...

Wisdom from a 90 Year Old Me

Instead of making resolutions this year why not write a letter from your older self to your current self. Here’s mine – turns out my 90 year old self is super smart! Hey Jaz I know how partial you are to the odd list so I’ve written one for you. Do me a...
Keynote for PiXL6 in London

Keynote for PiXL6 in London

Today I got to stand on the same stage as the women from the early Suffragette movement. As he miked me up, Will, the stage manager, listed other speakers who had given speeches standing on the very same floorboards I was about to be on: Ghandi Martin Luther King...
Release Your Inner Resilience Ninja

Release Your Inner Resilience Ninja

You’re stronger, wiser and more powerful than you think. And I know that because you have a tendency to doubt yourself or talk yourself and your achievements down. It’s called being human, welcome to the club! However, the one thing we need to be completely clear on...
Stop Surviving, Start Thriving

Stop Surviving, Start Thriving

Full disclosure, for a large part of my life, my default setting was misery and depression. I was accustomed to waking up in the morning with a dark heavy cloud around me. I accepted that feeling as ‘normal’ and perfected the habit of disassociation to block the fog....
Banish Overwhelm

Banish Overwhelm

Ever felt like you have too much to do and too little time to do it in? I’m mum to three kids, I run my own businesses and now and again I like to make out with my husband so, it’s a yes from me. On any given day I’m juggling writing, coaching and...
How To Build Relationships And Create Belonging

How To Build Relationships And Create Belonging

My favourite awful summer job was working on The Party Bus. This involved loading up two hundred people on to four bright red, double decker buses and driving them to clubs around London all night. Our first stop was usually around 8pm at some underground basement or...

What The Bearded Lady Can Teach You About Courageous Leadership

There’s one reason I stayed quiet for so long. Fear. Even when I stood up to share my story I was afraid. Not of individuals. Of the system.  After I appeared on The Apprentice, a head took me on one side after I’d delivered literacy training in a school. ‘I can see...
How To Ditch Fear And Lead Like Olivia Pope

How To Ditch Fear And Lead Like Olivia Pope

Just over a year ago I stood in front of 300 teachers and decided to tell them the truth about themselves. It was no mean feat seeing as my default setting for my entire career had been lying. I started teaching feeling lucky to even have a job – which is...
Want To Make A Difference? Do Something You Don’t Have To Do.

Want To Make A Difference? Do Something You Don’t Have To Do.

In a world where we have apps to let people know we are safe in the event of a disaster, it’s easy to see tragedy as a normal part of life. After all, how do you contain someone who is not concerned for their own safety, let alone that of others? Like being in...
The Power of Being Human

The Power of Being Human

Paul Dix made me cry. Not once, but both times I’ve heard him speak. It’s not his dodgy jokes. It’s that when he talks, every core of his being sees you as human first. He has a way of emphasising before enrolling. Of making you feel acknowledged and...
Who’s In Charge Of Your Happiness?

Who’s In Charge Of Your Happiness?

When coaching a leadership team recently, I asked: ‘Who’s in charge of happiness round here?’ *Blank looks. Followed by someone asking what exactly I meant by happiness. Eventually, the group threw out a few names of people who seemed to be quite...

How To Add Value And Bring Joy

My five year old has a stunning selection of Poundland Christmas hats, the latest being an elf one with ears and a beard. As I was sitting at the breakfast wearing it listening to Christmas music last week I thought how cool it would be to get together some of the...

WHAT IF: FOUND YOUR TRIBE YET?

I definitely don’t have all the answers. What I do have is a bag full of questions and I’ve finally turned my back on Imposter Syndrome and started asking them! MY WHY is to be a catalyst for change. ‘What If?’ is a series of videos where I try...

How To Get Out Of The State You Are In

You want to make a change. I mean you really want to. And yet every time you try you get stuck. Me too! That’s why I’ve shared this journey with you. Because the good news is, you get to choose what happens...
What I Wish I’d Told My Teacher – Mr Ruddock

What I Wish I’d Told My Teacher – Mr Ruddock

Mr Ruddock was my history teacher in Y8. I want to sugarcoat it, or say it wasn’t just me, or assert that I wasn’t the worst, but, the truth is: I made his life a misery. Inspired by Paul Dix’s fabulous new book: ‘When Adults Change, Everything...
How To Motivate And Inspire Tired Teams With One Email

How To Motivate And Inspire Tired Teams With One Email

What would happen if I walked into your staff room and asked: Right you fantastic bunch of heroes, who’s in charge of happiness round here? Blank looks? Confused stares? A random voice offering ‘Well I collect the lottery money each month?’ Are We Having...
How To Run A Killer TeachMeet (Even When It’s Your First One)

How To Run A Killer TeachMeet (Even When It’s Your First One)

I get asked to do a lot of stuff for free. And, some requests don’t even involve cake. My WHY is to be a catalyst for change – a door opener for people to lead, so I always want to start with a yes. Unfortunately, Aldi doesn’t look too kindly on people...

I’m Alive Because of Ordinary Heroes Like You

You want to give 100% to life and work without losing yourself. Whenever the scales tip in either direction, guilt rears its ugly head and you start doubting you have what it takes. Which is crazy when you consider how dedicated you are to others living their best...

Be Bold For Change By Ditching ‘Can’t Don’t Won’t’

Invited by Hannah Wilson to create a resource for International Women’s Day on 8th March that encouraged people to #BeBoldForChange I came up with this video. In it I share how flipping and rebranding the words ‘can’t don’t won’t’...
Get Yourself Some SWAG (Seriously Wild Audacious Goals)

Get Yourself Some SWAG (Seriously Wild Audacious Goals)

In January 2016, I sat on a beach in Goa and made a plan. Well, two plans. 1) Remember to pack suntan lotion the next time I decide to spend a week in a remote village with no shops. 2) Become a published author, get a Ph.D. and do a TED Talk. WHAT’S YOUR SWAG?...

How To Reach The Unreachables

In the 80s social workers had a slightly bizarre dress code. They could wear any colour they liked as long as it was the wrong shade of brown. The uniform was adhered to so closely, I reckon it must have been either enforced or incentivised in some way. It was so...
A Leader’s 2016 Authenticity Audit

A Leader’s 2016 Authenticity Audit

I’ve been reflecting on 2016, and the enormous mindset shift I embraced in my role as a leader. One thing I noted was that my success is in alignment with my commitment to authenticity and willingness to allow myself to be vulnerable. The times I chose to hide...
My 2017 #Teacher5aday Pledge

My 2017 #Teacher5aday Pledge

3 things I love about #teacher5aday: 1) It’s all about looking after yourself. What better role model could we be to our learners? 2) It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy to join in. Search #teacher5aday on Twitter or check out the YouTube channel. 3) You...
What Does Success Look Like To You?

What Does Success Look Like To You?

We talk about a WAGOLL (What A Good one Looks Like) in reference to a piece of work that learners can take features from and use to reverse engineer success in their own writing. I’ve seen persuasive writing so through the roof, A* answers nailed and even maths...
Bin Fear and Embrace Vulnerability

Bin Fear and Embrace Vulnerability

We’re all fighting for our lives in one way or another. For some of us that can mean physical challenges around our own health or the health of those we care for. For others it can mean being held captive by the prison that is our own mind. Where our psyche only takes...
How Donald Trump Encourages Conversations About Diversity

How Donald Trump Encourages Conversations About Diversity

Seth Godin recently posted a brilliant article on his blog – here’s a paraphrased UK version… Assumptions are what you use to bridge a gap in your own knowledge. If they turn out to be accurate, then you got lucky and your lack of research...
How School Turned My ‘Why Me?’ Into ‘Why Not Me!’

How School Turned My ‘Why Me?’ Into ‘Why Not Me!’

As a learner, being working class poor defined my life choices, mindset and decisions – much more than being brown which didn’t really come up until I started teacher training and enjoyed being the only person who wasn’t white at Bishop Grot! School...

How To Embed Gladiator Levels Of Resilience In Your Learners

I nearly gave up on my dream of becoming a teacher to be a gladiator instead. I even had a name all sorted: WhirlWind Only three things stood in my way. I had never been to a gym in my life, I was completely incapable of doing a backflip and they already had a female...
Outstanding Teaching Unpicked

Outstanding Teaching Unpicked

A few weeks ago I was in a school about to receive a visit from Ofsted. While sharing a packet of chocolate hobnobs, one teacher said: “I just hope it’s a nice team.” If you’ve attended any of my training, you have probably heard me bang on...
Leading With Failure

Leading With Failure

A strange and bizarre thing happens around October, because, at least for me, The Apprentice really is the gift that keeps on giving! Being fired in the first week of the show was embarrassing, hilarious, embarrassing again and then even more hilarious. Now, every...
Want To Make A Difference? Do Something You Don’t Have To Do.

How WomenEd Ruined My Life!

It’s true. WomenEd have ruined my life. Before getting involved, I was successfully denying being a leader and living behind my fear! My internal voice quietly reminded me that I’m an imposter and if I put myself out there everyone will realise how little...
Embrace Your Vulnerability Vulture

Embrace Your Vulnerability Vulture

There’s lots of conflicting advice around about being a leader. One question I have is around whether it’s good for leaders to show ‘weakness’ or not. I guess it depends on what sort of leader you want to be. I’M A MISTAK ARTIST Last week (when I make a...
The Incredible Impact Early Years Teachers Have

The Incredible Impact Early Years Teachers Have

Whenever I’m delivering literacy training I joke with the teachers asking them to imagine what it would be like having me as a parent of a child in their class. It provokes nervous laughter! For one lovely lady, that joke became a reality today as I left my youngest...
I was 10% Braver. Here’s What Happened Next…

I was 10% Braver. Here’s What Happened Next…

Up until Easter this year I was spending a fair amount of time hiding under a rock. Then I took what felt like a huge risk and changed my #TMLondon keynote slides at the last minute. Instead of expectation and marking in literacy, I decided to go for it and be...
Looking forward to summer?

Looking forward to summer?

With three children at home, the six weeks of summer are fun and frantic in equal measure. We visit family and friends, hang out at the park and have water fights on the trampoline. Last year we had themes each week. During 80s week we watched Allo Allo and wore...
When it comes to leadership, I want to be a door opener

When it comes to leadership, I want to be a door opener

I once asked my six-year-old what he wanted to do when he grew up. In one breath he told me that he wanted to be firefighter and then, at the weekend, change his trousers and be a police officer until he had enough money to buy his own football kit, then leave the...
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

At school tomorrow, you’ll be standing in front of some learners who have had a difficult Father’s Day.  Having no idea who my biological father is and living with a violent step father made dealing with authority a bit of a sticking point for me. It also presented a...
19 Educators Whose Gang You Definitely Want To Be In

19 Educators Whose Gang You Definitely Want To Be In

Just before Easter I accidentally joined a gang. Though it’s only been a couple of months, it’s already panning out to be a definite upgrade from ‘The Yung Blud Posse’ I joined aged 10. As an added bonus, no one has insisted I break into any houses. This new gang are...
What Does Education Look Like 100 Years in the Future?

What Does Education Look Like 100 Years in the Future?

Last year, my sister called me to tell me that she had won the lottery. Me: OMG! How much? Sister: Well, I have enough money to last me for the rest of my life. Providing I drop dead a week on Tuesday. Short Term Thinking In the Government’s recently published...
How To Deal With Insults On Social Media

How To Deal With Insults On Social Media

Receiving abuse over social media is hurtful and upsetting because we imagine that we’re having an actual conversation with the usual rules of engagement in force. We join in and share ideas like we’re socialising at a party. BANANAS WHO LIKE TO BE BAD ASS...
Am I Being Resilient Today?

Am I Being Resilient Today?

Monday kicked off with finding out that my youngest child has got a place at the Infant school we put down as first choice. It’s a fantastic school and I am 100% confident that he will get an incredible start to his education. On Tuesday I faced my fear of...
A School, a Refugee Camp and Teachers Who Just Won’t Quit

A School, a Refugee Camp and Teachers Who Just Won’t Quit

On Tuesday, I went to visit the incredible human that is Natalie H Scott, and teach in the school at the Grand-Synthe Refugee Camp in Dunkirk. When Natalie told me about working there I asked if I could go because like her I believe that children, no matter what their...
4 Ways To Be More Control Of Your Own CPD

4 Ways To Be More Control Of Your Own CPD

What’s your 5, 10 and 15 year plan for your own professional development? a) I’m all on it like a car bonnet. b) Courses of course. I love a good lunch me. c) What’s CPD? I’ve spoken before about how many of the teachers I coach see CPD as something that is done...

Who is Jaz Ampaw-Farr?

Good question – I’ll get back to you when I have an answer for that. In the meantime, this keynote I gave at #TMLondon does the job and also explains how: teachers saved my life we can all be resilience ninjas being able to do a reasonable Scottish...
Paul Dix Interviews Jaz Ampaw-Farr: Pivotal Podcast

Paul Dix Interviews Jaz Ampaw-Farr: Pivotal Podcast

You can listen to the full interview HERE. We also had a brilliant time interviewing Jaz Ampaw-Farr this week. Jaz Ampaw-Farr began as a teacher with a passion for preventing literacy failure. She is now a literacy consultant and director of Which Phonics Ltd –...