New cloud based PDF tool

One of my Twitter connections recently mentioned an online tool called which (among other things) compresses PDF files. The files are stored on their server temporarily but they say that they are secure and removed in an hour. So far I have tested it with a couple of files and the reduced filesizes are impressive.

It reduced a file which was originally 37.5Mb to 11.34Mb. It says that it reduces the files to 144dpi. I printed a page with images on it after the compression and it printed well.

It also rotates, splits and converts to and from a range of formats.

IAF North of England Quarterly networking and learning meetup

Promoting the power of facilitation in the North of England

I’m looking forward to our first Leeds quarterly networking and learning meeting at ODI Leeds.

This afternoon session will allow time and space for us to demonstrate, practice and experiment with our facilitation together, and share feedback on that, as well as share presentations and support through discussion.

This quarterly networking & learning meetup will repeat on the second Thursday of every third month, at different venues throughout the region.

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 14:00
Event: IAF North of England Quarterly networking and learning meetup
Venue: ODI Leeds
07833 488697
Location: 3rd Floor Munro House, Duke St,
Leeds LS9 8AG
Registration: Click here to register.


I have been using Trello to organise my to-do list for a long time. Mostly this works well but I decided that right now I need to focus on a smaller number of things to make some real progress. At the same time, I discovered KanbanFlow. I find that it works for me as like Trello it is very visual but that there is a little bit of friction which works for my current needs (I find it too easy to add stuff to Trello). It has a handy Pomodoro timer and some cool reports. I am still working out exactly how I will use it but it has the potential for helping me to get more of the right things done.

Real Time Sticky Notes

Image of Tweet

I love sticky notes, I love working with other people and I also love working visually. Yesterday Lisette shared this Tweet by Kasia about which right now is a simple, free, virtual sticky note tool. I love how it works at the moment – there is no login, you can use a couple of templates or set up your own and I think that the voting and prioritisation is great.

I am looking forward to taking part in four events during the Leeds Digital Festival. Two are Festival Events and two are fringe events – all four are sold out. I look forward to sharing what I learned after each. Follow @LeedsDigiFest & #LeedsDigi17

Date: April 22, 2017—April 29, 2017
Event: Leeds Digital Festival 22-29 April
Venue: Various
Location: Leeds, UK
Public: Public

#NowReading Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2007)

Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter

Book Cover - Don't Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for leading Meetings That MatterI only recently discovered Marvin and Sandra and so now I am catching up on their thinking. So far the approach described in this book, Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter fits very well with the way that I feel about group work. I look forward to sharing what I have learned from the book.

Have you read this? If you have leave a comment on Goodreads.






My stroke story

In September 2011, at the age of 41 I found myself in a hospital bed with a very unattractive haircut, a tube coming out of my head, and no memory of the previous ten days.

My last real memory was of being violently sick and deciding to go into accident and emergency at around midnight on Sunday 4th September. The week before I had complained of a strange headache. All of my previous memories were and are intact. 

Thinking Digital Conference 2015

Last week (19th to 21st May 2015) I attended my first Thinking Digital Conference in Gateshead.

It has been over a week since I returned and I still have not completely processed all of the sessions and the inspiration from the event.  I am watching the recordings of the live stream from the website to pick up on all of the interesting insights and turn them into actions.

A few highlights for me then:

Reflecting on venues – 12 months of conferences

In the last 12 months I have been incredibly fortunate to have attended some great events invested heavily in time and money to attend some great events.  One of the benefits of doing this has been the opportunity to see lots of different venues. I wanted to reflect on what was good about each and share it mainly for the benefit of a couple of friends who organise conferences. If anyone would like to discuss this in more detail I would be happy to do so.