303 Seconds

The last Friday lunchtime in January saw a group of people at the Wales Audit Offices in Cardiff and try something they had never done before……  in 5 minutes tell everyone else in the room something interesting.

That was about as far as the instructions went. The idea was loosely based upon the 300 Seconds structure.

So what happened?

Well, seven people did a turn and covered topics that were diverse, but all seemed to fit together and flow. The formats varied, there were slide presentations, drawing on a flip chart, speaking without notes and an example of the ‘fast walking with a piece of paper’ as a meditation technique.

Everyone thought it was a useful experience with some information and ideas that they can take back and use personally or in their work. There is a plan to do something similar in a few months’ time; in the meanwhile, here is a brief summary of each of the 303 Second presentations (provided by each of the seven presenters).

303 Seconds / Eiliad

1. Cardiff NHS Hackday Weekend 26/27 January 2014 (#nhshd).  Chris Bolton

This was a gallop through how the 36 hours of the Cardiff NHS Hackday worked and thoughts on some of the potential benefits and risks. There may be opportunities to apply elements of the approach to other parts of public services. Chris is working with the main organiser Dr Anne Marie Cunningham to look at the legacy and impact. Keep an eye on this blog for updates or Chris’ own blog.

2. Me and Twitter.  Helen Thomas

Helen is the Professional Head of Occupational Therapy in Learning Disabilities in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and spoke about her personal Tweeting activity. In her own words:

“This was linked to a presentation I made to my Directorate about me attending Academi Wales Summer School in 2013. Thinking about positive learning psychology: understand what drives you, re-craft your life, work, love, play and friendship around your top character strengths.

I looked at the tweets I made about job and realised where my passion for work lies, service user and staff involvement, ‘all you need is love’. It’s so important to have passion about what you do and this is shown through me on twitter.”

3. Keep Moving!  James Moore

Moving is really important for two reasons:

  • Hard exercise stimulates brain fertiliser and makes us sharper
  • Seeing, hearing and feeling the world, from different places helps us better understand others.

Both of these things make us more successful!

You can find out more about the Walk and Explore programme James runs on the Academi Wales site, or @Explorewalk on Twitter.

4 . Mindfulness and Authenticity.  Moira Morgan

Staying with the Keep Moving! Theme, Moira did actually do a demonstration of the ‘fast walking with a piece of paper’, meditation technique. A skill well worth developing.

Mindfulness supports authenticity by being present with colleagues, family and friends. Its knowing that this is enough and, you’re enough.

A slide presentation from Moira’s courses can be found here on the Academi website.

5. 5 Tips for International Relations. Ena Lloyd

Since her childhood on the Ceredigion Coast Ena has held the ambition to swim in as many of the Worlds seas and oceans as she could. This has led to epic journeys through over 50 countries and she hasn’t stopped yet.

As a woman travelling alone she has developed an approach to surviving and thriving while you are thousands of miles from home.

You can read about some of Ena’s travels here.

6. FISH! Philosophy. Jackie Parsons. 

Improving organisational culture through the FISH! Philosophy.  John Christensen developed the FISH philosopy in 1998, based on his experience of the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Washington State, USA.

The philosophy includes; ‘Play’, ‘Being There’, ‘Make Their Day’ and ‘Choose Your Attitude’.

It has been adopted by many companies and organisations to improve Team working and customer focuses public services.

7. EXIT GAMES. Bethan Johnson.

The ideas of; creativity, discovery and flow influence from the psychology of engagement form the basis of the approach developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihali.

He has developed a new learning experience in Budapest called EXIT GAMES. This involves live action puzzles which people interact with as a group to develop learning, mastery and flow.

The session was an eclectic mix which did flow and provided some practical learning which people could use individually or in the work place.


  1. I am really sorry not to have been able to attend the day last Friday but I would have loved to and I hope that you will be organising another one really soon. I am real proponent of using the outdoors to improve creativty and increase productivity. Count me in!

    Mandy Williams
    Participation Cymru

    • Hi Mandy

      No problem, there are plans to have another event soon, the best person to contact is James Moore at the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who I think will be taking forward the next event. He is @MorTawel on Twitter.

      Hopefully see you there!


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