Thursday, July 7, 2016

Women in Wireless UK presents "Mindfulness for Productivity & Focus in an ‘Always On’ World’



Hosted by our wonderful sponsors, Morrison Foerster. Women in Wireless UK presents "Mindfulness for Productivity & Focus in an ‘Always On’ World’ was an inspirational and uplifting event covering an area that in these stressful times, has never been more relevant or well received!

Read on to find out more about this exciting topic


About the Speakers

Claire Griffin is an independent teacher & consultant and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness at Work Courses & Workshops. She is a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher with the Mindful Academy, Solterreno Retreat Centre, Spain and recently returned to Solterreno to co-teach a Mindfulness retreat course there.

Claire is also a certified to teach the WorkplaceMT course, an evidence based Mindfulness course which and has been adapted for the workplace by The Mindfulness Exchange, a spin-off from Oxford University’s, Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Bruce Greenhalgh has supported and trained managers and professionals internationally at all levels in global organisations for over thirty years. He is a certified mindfulness teacher by Bangor University in the UK and for the Search Inside Yourself program developed at Google which aims to develop business leaders through mindfulness. He is also a psychotherapist and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  He currently heads up BT’s Employee Assistance service.

The evening kicked off with refreshments & networking then Claire and Bruce talked us through the benefits of mindfulness and how practicing this on a regular basis can enhance a person’s ability to be fully present – more aware of what they are experiencing, while they are experiencing it.


What is mindfulness?

  • Psychological state
  • Psychological technique
  • Attention Training
  • Awareness Training

Why do it?

  • To enhance natural responses to stress
  • Build skillful mental habits
  • Find peace in an ‘always’ on world

What are the benefits?

  • Attention & Focus
  • Awareness
  • Improved decision making
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Equanimity 
  • Cognitive Flexibility
  • Creativity/Innovation
Claire & Bruce both gave us a taster Mindfulness practice session  - focusing on the experience of what was happening in the moment, the emotions, the sensations, the thoughts and the physical. If you want to receive a download of Claire’s practice session contact her on claire@clairegriffintalent.com.

Why is Mindfulness so important now?

Bruce explained that Mindfulness is not just a ‘nice to have’ tool at our disposal, that in this demanding world, with 1 in 4 people likely to experience a mental health issue every year, it is essential to keep our brains free from toxic stress.

It is important to build skillful mental habits and the more you practice the stronger you become.  Regular training will enable you to tune into your body and sense when something isn’t right.  This is your body telling you there is a problem and you need to listen to those early warnings. 

Regular practice increases mental strength allowing you to bounce back quicker and having that space gives you the freedom to hold on for a moment and RESPOND rather REACT to a situation.

FACT: Mindfulness changes the shape of the brain in just 8 weeks!

The evening finished with a Q&A session and then an amazing selection of food & refreshments provided by MoFo and more networking with fellow Women in Wireless.

We would like to thank Claire & Bruce for this insight into Mindfulness & for demonstrating how it is not just good for us but good for business too!
Want to know more? Download the full presentation here including contact details for Claire & Bruce.


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About our sponsor

"Morrison & Foerster is an international law firm with 17 offices across the key technology and finance centres in the U.S., Europe and Asia. MoFo’s technology practice is market leading and its clients range from multinationals to innovative growth companies. MoFo’s tech lawyers are dealmakers. They support their clients to implement transformative technology business models and projects and achieve their strategic objectives. They also help their clients address risk and manage regulatory challenges and compliance. MoFo’s deep market knowledge and collective experience of successive waves of technology evolution means that they provide a gateway for their clients’ technology needs in Europe."

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