Category: Behind The Scenes

How to embrace your ability and find your happy place in a team

What could a blog about Tutankhamun have to do with team dynamics?  Well, I’m looking back on a post I originally published back in 2017 with a slightly different view of how we should all embrace our abilities and find our happy place in a team… The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun; what a great title for a doc...

Can an Agatha Christie adventure actually improve your skill set?

I published the first version of this blog back in 2016 as an homage to the Queen of Crime.   Now, I’m revisiting it with a 2021 eye by asking a slightly different question; can our team building activities actually improve your skill set?  More to the point, what’s that got to do with Agatha Christie? ...

8 reasons why running a small business is like having a baby

Back in April 2017 I was embarking on a new business start up, struggling with the trials of parenting, school holidays and child care, to name a few.  After a particularly stressful Easter holidays where I emerged feeling a bit broken but rather smug at having not only managed it, but managing it successfully, I wr...

Take the gamble, you just never know!

Back in 2016 I had taken the plunge to leave my job to run Teams Unpuzzled (then Charaderie) full time and decided I would run a free event to showcase my Evidence Room activity. In my naivety, I thought I may attract loads of potential clients, get my name out there, and generally just kick things off. I didn’t ...

When being under pressure is fun (and useful)

It seems that my close friends and family really do know me well when it comes to buying gifts.  I wrote last year about my amazing experience with ‘A Murder to Die For’, and this year my friends came up trumps with a surprise visit to Sherlock, the Game is Now. You may or may not know that I’ve recently develop...

Work, Rest, and Plays

Although I’ve been running Charaderie since 2004, it was only in May of 2016 that I took the plunge and gave up all other (safe, regularly paid) work to concentrate on fully developing and growing the business. Previously, I’d worked at Wedding Presents Direct (now The Wedding Present Co) for 10 years, and received...

A Murder to Die For

Did you get a set of pants for Christmas that you didn’t really want?  Not me! It’s no surprise that as we get older, we become increasingly difficult to buy presents for, and a great number of my friends and family are now buying an experience for their loved ones, rather than wasting money on some unwanted under...

Winner Winner!

Winning is very exciting (especially if, like me, you’re not hugely competitive and therefore it doesn’t happen very often).  It might be a game of Cluedo or the Egg & Spoon race at the school sports day, where your reward is simply the thrill of taking part and the simple pleasure of coming first with no thou...

The Art of Listening

I’ve always loved reading, but lately it seems that sleep is the enemy to my hobby and I’m rarely able to get through a couple of pages before I succumb to it.  I’m still valiantly ploughing through a novel someone bought me for Christmas (a whodunit, of course) and I’m almost at the point of forgetting ...

The last year of my 30s

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t (and still aren’t quite) sure in what context to write this post.  It’s essentially about a project I worked on in 2012/13 in what was, as the title so succinctly puts it, the Last Year of my 30s.  Simply put, I decided to take a photograph of myself (as those young whipper sn...