An open letter to Robin Williams and what his death means for the rest of us

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Robin Williams was the embodiment of the funny bone – has his death given those suffering with depression a voice?

This letter accompanies this episode of TBE TV, which is a special tribute edition to Robin Williams.

Dear Robin,

I wanted to say thank you – and goodbye.

I doubt you will remember me but we did meet once and I was fortunate enough to work alongside you. Throughout my life you never failed to make me laugh and throughout the most impressionable period of my life you were an inspiration for me. You made me laugh and you made me cry. None more so than now did you make me cry. But this isn’t about me.

I tried to write this to you yesterday, on the day I heard about your death – but I couldn’t. So I went for a walk with my dogs; something which forces time to myself and allows quiet reflection. As I was walking through the fields, I felt slightly removed. Removed from the world which my dogs were enjoying; running around chasing each other, darting in and out of the river, splashing and having fun. Removed from society a bit, I guess. I’m feeling removed from fun – from life. As I walk through the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside in England, which I’m so fortunate enough to live in, the sun is slowly fading behind the trees. The fields are a beautiful lush green and the trees are a myriad of different colours of green. The stillness is palpable. There is a natural beauty to my surroundings, in every sense of the word, and the isolation from the rush of everyday life; from people and machines, is both refreshing and enrapturing. The  gentle breeze rustles the leaves of the trees.

And I’m feeling removed as I think of you and your tragic death. Tragic for you and for your family – and for me and millions of others around the world.

In itself that feeling of being removed from that moment in which my dogs are enjoying so intently, as I look on, and feeling removed from everyone else’s lives; from life, is an insight into what it’s like to

Everything Speaks – can we positively change our behaviour? Jez is guest columnist for the Open University Society Matters

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Jez Rose discusses how simple it is to positively change our behaviour but warns of the consequences.

I was asked to write an article for the Open University’s online magazine Society Matters about whether it is possible to positively change human behaviour in a simple way.

It is and if we understand why we do the things we do and how to change them, we can, I believe, make a greater impact on the world for the better. It isn’t just about larger scale, grand things – it’s the little things that can have a big impact. Everything speaks.

Click here to read the article on the OU website.

Jez Rose is an award-winning behaviour change consultant working with organisations worldwide. For more information and free resources to actively change behaviour in your organisation and develop higher performance, visit www.thebehaviourexpert.com

The Blueprint for a Great Customer Experience – Jez’s comment in The Daily Telegraph

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Jez Rose speaks to The Daily Telegraph’s Business Reporter about why delivering great customer experiences could mean big business.

Journalist Natasha Clark has written an article for Business Reporter on what makes for a great customer experience. Business Reporter is distributed with The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

Investigating the growing trends that could boost your business’s customer experience, Natasha called me to find out why customers like them so much. Here’s what I had to say:

“Customer service has sadly become a standard term for meeting customer expectations and nothing more. Great customer service should always be experiential; it’s about giving the customer what they want and even surprising them with extra touches which help to demonstrate how valuable the customer is to the brand.

Effective service should respond to the innate human desires to be wanted, valued and respected and if all service interactions are based on the notion of every customer wearing an imaginary sign which reads: “make me feel special”, brands will benefit from turning customers into loyal fans. Delivering great service is not difficult and need not be expensive either. The key, however, is not in the delivery of customer service training but in motivating and inspiring staff to want to deliver great service in the first place. Only when everyone in the organisation understands why delivering great service is important will brands get better compliance: don’t simply invite suggestions from colleagues as to how service could be improved but have them share their own positive and negative experiences from when they themselves were a customer. Learn from these bad examples and see if it’s possible to implement the positive ones.  

Great customer experiences are those which surprise and delight us. For example, instead of simply putting goods into a carrier bag, they are placed in a card bag, with tissue paper and a sticker to close it. If in a restaurant, the offer of tea and coffee at the end of the meal is not charged for and when requesting assistance from someone customer facing, they go out of their way to help you, even if it’s “not their job”. The unexpected things and the small things are often those that make the biggest difference.”

Michael Rosen Speaks to Jez on BBC Radio 4′s Word of Mouth

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Michael Rosen invites Jez Rose onto his Word of Mouth show for BBC Radio 4, to discuss the similarities of how we bring up children and dogs.

The one that got away! We forgot about this interview! A while ago now Michael Rosen came to Jez’s house to interview Jez about the similarities between animal and human behaviour and what we can learn about training animals to change our own behaviour. The show was part of Michael’s Word of Mouth series for BBC Radio 4 and you can listen

Jez on All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4 with Raj Persaud

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Raj Persaud invites Jez Rose to discuss and demonstrate the art of persuasion.

A blast from the past, someone just found this link to Jez on the BBC Radio 4 show All in the Mind with Raj Persaud. The subject of the show was the art of persuasion and Jez was

Worthing Must Oh, Behave! – one-man comedy show from the man Jonathan Ross called “hilarious” comes to Worthing

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Jez Rose brings his razor sharp comedy show about human behaviour to Worthing.

The 26th of September will see The Connaught Theatre’s stage graced with the alluring presence of comedian and Behaviourist, Jez Rose.

Having previously worked with some of Britain’s most loved comedians such as Alan Carr, James Corden and even Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellan, audience members are

Jez Explores Oddities Of Human Behaviour In One-Man Oh, Behave! Show

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Jez Rose promises hilarious entertainment from a real-life mentalist in Oh, Behave! at The Connaught Theatre in Worthing.

What do Dawn French, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr and Jez Rose have in common?

They are all bringing their new stand-up comedy shows to theatres in Worthing this year and on 26th September 2014 at 7.30pm, the 540 seat Connaught Theatre in Worthing welcomes Jez Rose for the

Jez Talks About ‘That Comcast Recording’ To Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4

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Eddie Mair invited Jez Rose onto his iPM show for BBC Radio 4 to discuss the now viral Comcast customer service call.

Are you one of the 4 million people who have listened to the cringeworthy recording a customer made when calling American communications giant Comcast to cancel his internet connection? Slate magazine covered it here if you want to take a listen – beware, it’s 8 minutes of some of the most neglected customer service I’ve ever heard.

Well, yesterday I joined Eddie Mair on his iPM show for BBC Radio 4 to

Generosity, Greed & The Greater Good – how giving a little can mean a lot

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The Contented Dementia Trust at Burford has a fresh new look and more scope to help those caring for or suffering with dementia at a result of the Big Weekend Makeover.

At my recent TEDx talk, I spoke about generosity, greed and the greater good. I posed the question that when we help charities, is it actually an act of greed because our act of generosity in turn causes a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which makes us feel good. If it didn’t make us feel good, we wouldn’t do it again. Are businesses worldwide who donate to charity simply doing so for their own benefit; to make themselves feel – and look – good in others’ eyes. Or does it matter anyway, if charities are benefiting?

I recently organised a charity project called Jez’s Big Weekend Makeover. The aim was to enlist as many people as possible to turn up to the old building where my adopted charity, the Contented Dementia Trust, is based. The building was being taken over by clutter, weeds and looking in desperate need of a little nip and tuck. Would people turn up if there was really nothing in it for them – at all. No payment, no travel reimbursement and nothing to incentivise them, other than helping me out and in turn helping a very deserving charity. If you’re a regular reader of my

All Patched Up – The Office Chair That Improves Behaviour!

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Kelly Swallow’s chairs inspire, enthuse and not to mention brighten up any working environment, quite literally.

She’s done it again. Kelly Swallow, my go-to designer for patchwork chairs and accessories, has created this fantastic captain’s chair for my office. Now you have to physically remove me from the office, I just love being on it and working in here so much now! When the next stage of the house renovation is complete and I have carpet in my office I think I will move in permanently. I have internet and can get home delivery of food and all the supplies I need.

I’m a real proponent of how environment affects our behaviour and regular readers of my blog will know of the many examples of this in action both at home and at work. It’s really simple things like

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