Become a healthy, prolific, and creative writer

List of the workshops delivered by Hugh Kearns from ThinkWell™

In this series of four-half day workshops delivered by Hugh Kearns (ThinkWell™) who is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher, you will develop a better understanding of how cognitive behavioural coaching and creativity can help you to become a prolific writer.

24th November 2020: Staying Well during your PhD

Workshop content

Undertaking a PhD is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster: the excitement of working on something you care about, exploring new ideas and making a contribution to knowledge; and the challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your PhD you will experience times when things aren’t going so well. This workshop draws on evidence-based strategies to help You stay well during your PhD.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Deploy effective strategies to manage your workload;
  • Understand the concept and importance of resilience;
  • Bring balance into your life;
  • Learn how to switch off;
  • Deal with worries about setbacks and progress;
  • Develop good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines;
  • Deal with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation.
  • Overcome procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing;
  • Manage disagreements with supervisors and other colleagues;
  • Find support for more serious mental health issues;
  • Support friends/colleagues who may be struggling.

Details and registration

Date: Tuesday 24th November 2020

Location: online

Time: 9:30 am – 12.30pm (NSW/AEST Time)

2nd December 2020: Turbocharge your Writing

Workshop content

Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

This workshop will help you to understand:

  • Why it's hard to get started;
  • How we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing;
  • The principles of quick starting;
  • How to deal with destructive internal beliefs;
  • How to set a writing plan and stick to it;
  • How to set achievable goals by writing in a silo;
  • How to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce;
  • How to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you should be able to better understand the nature and type(s) of the strategies available to you for boosting your writing productivity.

Details and registration

Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Location: online

Time: 9:30 am – 12.30pm (NSW/AEST Time)

10th of December 2020: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) for High Performers

Workshop content

Thirty years of the best research in psychology has shown that it is possible to change habits and behaviours that can get in the way of us achieving our full potential. It is possible to change the beliefs that underpin our behaviours and consequently our successes. Despite there being an incontrovertible evidence base for how to improve our thinking and therefore our behaviours, the skills required to do this are not readily available to those wanting to maximise their performance. And this is certainly not available to those who work in universities. This unique workshop will bring you the latest research and practice in cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) and show you have to apply it to your everyday life.

This workshop is an excellent one to do if you have already attended other ThinkWell courses, although it will still be useful for those who are attending for the first time.

Learning outcomes

At this end of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Find out what CBC is;
  • Understand the fundamental thinking errors that reduce your performance;
  • Discover how you can use CBC to improve your performance;
  • Develop the skills you need to use it for yourself;
  • Explore other things that CBC is good for – confidence, resilience, work/life balance, good mental health and more.

Details and registration

Date: Thursday 10th December 2020

Location: online

Time: 9:30 am – 12.30pm (NSW/AEST Time)

28th of January 2020: Creative Tools you can use in your Research

Workshop content

This workshop will explain how you can use a range of creative thinking tools in your everyday work whether its teaching, research or administration. It will cover brainstorming, idea mapping, six thinking hats, lateral thinking and more. These tools will allow you to look at problems differently, seek creative solutions and have fun. This workshop will be hands-on so you will have the chance to try out these tools and see how you could apply them in your role.

Learning outcomes

At this end of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Identify a range of creative tools that can help you to look at problems differently; and
  • Incorporate creative strategies for identifying and solving complex problems.

Details and registrations

Date: Thursday 28th January 2020

Location: online

Time: 9:30 am – 12.00pm (NSW/AEST Time)