Director and Programme Facilitator
“For many years I worked in international identity companies, including Interbrand, helping organisations of all kinds to communicate more effectively. Increasingly I focused on what seemed to me the neglected aspect: language. Words matter. They are the means to engage with audiences.
I put my philosophy and practice into books such as The Invisible Grail and creative workshops named Dark Angels (after another of my books). Many people claim that their writing, and even their lives, have been transformed as a result. In recent years I have also had three novels published, most recently The Good Messenger, personal evidence of the power of storytelling.”
Something you may not know about John
Exploring the connections between different art forms, I’m currently taking oil painting classes. I’ll stick to writing but painting is an absorbing challenge.
John's Blog Posts
- What is at the heart of your university? How do the mission statement and language of your organisation impact upon your experience of what you do, let alone the experiences of your students, stakeholders …Read More »
- Finding individuality amongst homogeneity. John Simmons explores how communication influences higher education’s approach to international strategies. A story inspired by a can of apple juice. Flying to America the other week to run …Read More »
- Shall we strategise or shall we tell a story? OK, let me tell you this story. Once, many years ago now, I ran a workshop for a group of senior managers at the …Read More »
- Come with an open mind. Come with an open heart. Isn’t that what we mean by education? So why use language that shuts out emotion that makes no connection that speaks institution to institution …Read More »