3 Ways To Motivate Your Employees To Work (because they want to!)

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Whether you are a manager of a football team or a CEO of a major company, leaders across different industries know that keeping a team pushing forward together can be a ‘do’ or ‘die’ situation. However, very few leaders are often able to recognise the difference between singing from the ‘same hymn sheet’ and working in harmony.


Here are three ways to keep the momentum moving forward in your company’s environment.

1. Create the right environment

If you desire for your workforce to grow individuals as well as expand as a company, then you have to look at creating the right environment.

Entrepreneur magazine article: Top 10 places to work in 2017 rang true to this. When employees were asked to state the reason why their company was one of the best places to work, they each echoed the same sentiment, to build a great company you have to create a great ‘Work Culture’. Successful cultivation is a product of the right environment, with the right atmosphere to grow. It’s no wonder that companies like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn are thriving companies.

2. PTO- People Take Ownership

Is a known fact people look after possessions better when it’s theirs, that is why building ownership among your employees is one of the most important vehicles to guide your workers across the waters. Remember, when your staff take ownership they gravitate to others that do the same fellowship.

Ownership to Fellowship. Stewardship to Leadership

3. Publicly celebrate your employees amongst their peers.

In my 20+ years of teaching and motivational speaking, I’m always amazed at the power of the applause. I’m always fascinated when a person who is afraid to move from their seat of apathy and take centre stage; are suddenly lifted out of their seat when people start to applaud them; it’s almost like the applause is a wave of water washing them to shore.

The action of the applause has demonstrated to me one of the fundamental problems in our working culture; People find it hard to celebrate people. But what is also equally surprising, people find it hard to receive praise. The saying still rings true; encouragements indeed sweeten labour, the energy and effort to materialise a solution for a problem demands the response of praise (people want to know that they are a solution to something) and if labour is the antecedent, then encouragement must be the consequent.

Practise any one of these tips; you get visible growth. Do all three, and you will cultivate an environment that will instigate change on all sorts of levels Harmony. Like-minded People will grow parallel; new ideas will sprout because the atmosphere is conducive to change and your people will be willing to work not because of a payslip, but because they have taken ownership.

Article: Here Are the Top 10 Places to Work in 2017.

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Turn your Monday into Friday. Pt 1

Okay. I’m going to make this post very short, what I’m going to share with you today is very little, but if you take action with what I’m going to say it will change the way you see Monday FOREVER!

A funny thing happened to me while I was teaching in a primary school many years ago, I was approaching the end of the day and as I was teaching the school bell Rang, and a child piped up in the loudest voice and cheered”YEAH! We are now the furthest distance away from the next Monday!”

Deep down inside many of us feel this way while relaxing on a Sunday evening. The feeling of hopelessness as your Sunday draws to a close, and as you move closer to that dark, gloomy grey Monday you say to yourself THE WEEEKENNNND HASSSS ENNNNNNNNDED! But it doesn’t have to be this way, what if I were to tell you that there are ways of turning your Monday into Friday. Let me show you one:

1. Embrace the day

What were to happen if Monday was struck off the list of the weeks? We would have no choice but blame Tuesday for all of our blues, so it cannot be the day itself, but rather the information we attach to it. So let’s start by embracing this day and approaching Monday with expectancy, great things can happen on this so-called ‘mundane Monday’. So I need you to do this. Find your most energetic, “get up and go” songs in your soundtrack of life song list, 5 tracks will do. You know, the song that makes you feel like ‘ Nothing’s going to stop us now’ or ‘Ain’t no stopping us now’ or if you’re like me just the Classic ‘Rocky’ Theme. These songs have a purpose in our life they are not just a mere bystander to our actions; they invoke our motivation to our bloodstream, the defibrillator of our mind to move us from gear one to gear five. Remember, you are a Lamborghini so lets fuel up!

Songs are like fuel, and the next Monday you encounter, you are going to make five pit stops. Pick your five epic tracks, five ABSOLUTE BANGERS for the day. You will play:

Track one in the morning,
Track two on your way to work,
Track three on your break time,
Track four on your lunch break
Track five soon as you leave the office floor.

Can you do me a favour? Once you carried out this task, PLEASE let me know how your day progressed in the comments below. I assure you something amazing will happen. And if you’re interested to know why your day was so great, subscribe to me, and I will let you know why! LOOK OUT FOR PART 2.

Happy Monday

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How to Plan Outstanding Music Lessons S1. Ep1

Clinton gives an introduction on the framework to building outstanding music lesson. Over this series, Clinton will be sharing with you strategies on how to successfully transfer your valuable information to your students, making teaching and learning an enjoyable process.

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How do you Motivate people to sing?

In most environments self motivation is a vehicle which is often seldom discussed. In my 20+ years of teaching in different working environments, I find you can tell straight off the bat if a company is motivated to succeed, achieve or accomplish something just by the tone of their voices.

Enthusiasm is an agent that travels through the tone of our voice when asked a question, task or even when making a
statement. Enthusiasm is detected through the undulation of pitch and dynamics of our voices. These variables are often used to reflect the emotional state of a person.

For example:

If you were to ask a crowd of individuals to say “Yes please” to receive £1,000,000 this instant? People would be competing for airspace just to be heard, all sorts of noisy and high-sounding rampant answers would follow your question. The above question is the cause of one of two motivational factors:

1. Push factor
2. Pull factor

We can positively agree that the ‘million pounds’ question was a huge pull factor for giving such an enthusiastic response.

The ‘million pounds’ question opens up a deeper question. Are we using enthusiasm (the fuel) to give us motivation (motion) in our daily lives both at work and play?

By the way, motivation is not driven (no pun intended) by skills we possess or how well we think we can complete a task or a goal; motivation is the ability to see in the future, the pleasure of fulfilling a goal, even though satisfaction is not present in your current status.

The answer to how we motivate people to sing is simple we sing well-known songs. People instantly relate to well-known song and immediately hear the end result of their favourite song in their head and are motivated to match that ideal using their mind and ultimately their voice.

In our workshops, we inspire people to motivate themselves through the activity of singing. Singing with a group of
individuals is one of the best ways to find your voice and your motivation. In our singing workshops, you will have the opportunity activate your creativity sometimes spontaneously. When singing in a safe, fun environment, the
achievements can be of great satisfaction to all those who participate.

People who attend Voice Activate Team Building Singing Workshops are always motivated to try step out of their ‘comfort zone,’ their self-esteem improves, their confidence rises, and they instantly acknowledge they can achieve something new. And it never ceases to amaze me how infectious this enthusiasm spreads, other people that are
singing with you also Recognise this achievement, invariably they feed on this buzz, and before the song is over this infection spreads across the room.

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Three reasons why your child cannot tell the time

Learning to tell the time can be one of the most confusing tasks child have to learn. And if you imagine you didn’t know how to tell the time it is quite a confusing process.

Telling the time was created in a time where the process of logic was not fully tested when developing the concept of a watch or a clock.

Here are three reasons why learning to tell the time can be a minefield.

1. There are three different hands on the clock

I always remembered this sketch from when I was a child performed by David Allen ‘Teaching your children how to tell the time’ (when you have the time watch the whole sketch, it will have you in stitches!). Pay attention to his conversation with his imaginary child as he is explaining the different hands on the clock. The descriptions of the hands of the clock completely contradict the function of the hand that follows it. Three different hands on the clock means that a person has to learn how to function in three different measurements at the same time. it’s like telling a child to drink three different beverages from three different cups!

Dave Allen – “Teaching Your Kid Time” – ’93

Dave Allen – 'Teaching Your Kid Time' – '93 – stereo HQ from Clinton Jordan on Vimeo.

2. Children Live in the Digital Age

From smart phone to ipad, laptop to car clock, we are surrounded by many digital representations of the clock or watch. When the idea of the clock was conceived critical thinking was not as refined as it is today. Children are forced to learn analogue thinking in an information age. It’s no wonder children find it hard to convert their thinking from a analogue clock face to a digital one, look at the differences between analogue and digital thinking:

Digital Analogue
Numbers are presented in size order (largest to smallest) i.e. Hours, minutes, seconds, 3 independent arms which we call ‘hands’.
There different scales on the clock face
1.Measure minutes and seconds
2.Measure up to 12in
addition to this there measurement markers in patterns of 5
Digital format displays 24 hours in the day The12 hour dial represents 2 sets of 12 hours mid day and mid night (24 hours in a day)
Digital clock uses number sequence Analogue clock is divided into Past tense and future tense


3. Children do not have a concept of time.

“ You’ve got 24hrs to live!”, “She’s on in five”, “I’ll be there in a minute” are all famous phrases concerning the measurement of time. Young children have freedom not to be accountable to time until they are accountable to an institution like school for example. When the importance of marking time with a noteworthy occasion is implemented, children then start to pay attention to the indicators for example everyones favourite occasion, LUNCHTIME! Studies have shown that when the occasion is made attractive people pay a closer attention not only to the time of the occasion, but to the time leading up to it.

Let us know if these reasons make you tick 😉 Please share your ideas why you think children can’t tell the time we would love to hear!

In the meantime CLICK HERE if you want your children to learn how to tell the time.
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Out of the ‘Comfort Zone’ – X Warsztaty Siepraw Gospel 2016 – Schowaj mnie

At least once a year I go to Poland and teach a choir of approximately 250 strong for a weekend. Two other choir tutors and I teach ten songs in English and perform in front of a live audience this is all done in under two days!

As they say, there’s nothing like a bit of pressure to bring people together. Well, this year the choir decided to turn the tables on us, setting the challenge for the tutors to sing the lead part of the song IN POLISH! I had three times to get right, and this is what we created. Bum notes aside (from me that is) I do believe it was a moment, it goes to show you never know until you try something new. Hope you enjoy!

Thank you!

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Clinton’s Quick Tips – Holding a Note Using the Voice

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Singing uses more lung capacity than speaking, so it’s only natural to see people taking more air in than usual when they go to sing a long note. The trick to using an even air flow when singing is to practice breathing out evenly to a piece of paper or the tip of your finger. This is to gauge the velocity of your breath.

Here is an exercise to extend your breathing:

Step 1. Imagine you are a balloon – The aim is to fill the belly area of your torso. Whilst breathing in, expand your belly area so you concentrate on filling your lungs from the bottom end rather than expanding your chest area (which often people do). Doing this incorrectly will cause a discomfort on your rib cage so be vigilant.

Step 2. Hold – When you have had your fill of air, hold your breath for 5 beats (a little slower than walking pace).

Step 3. Exhale – Release your breath (constant controlled blow) for 5 beats

Please remember to hold out your finger (or paper) and blow on it, to gauge if the air flow is constant. The aim is to control your breathing.

Once you have mastered the breathing at these measures we can now play around with the numbers (see chart below).

 Breath in  Hold breath Exhale (Blow)
5 Beats 5 Beats
5 Beats 10 Beats
5 Beats 15 Beats
5 Beats 20 Beats

You may want to try a different mouth shape which gives you a more controlled passage of air flow. Try using the following (see chart below).

Breath in Hold breath Exhale using ‘SSSSSSS’
5 Beats 5 Beats
5 Beats 10 Beats
5 Beats 15 Beats
5 Beats 20 Beats

There are many varieties of mouth shapes to use. Why not try the following shapes

  • a. Fff
  • b. Sss
  • c. Shh
  • d. Vvv
  • e. Zzz
  • f. Www
  • g. Ooo
  • h. Uuu (Jaw dropped)
  • i. Ahhh (Jaw Dropped)
  • j. Ehhh
  • k. A’hh (Smile + Jaw dropped)

These variations start with a smaller air flow all the way to the widest air flow. It also would be handy to monitor how well you do by marking your progress on a chart (see example below).

A – K
5 Beats/5 Beats
5 Beats/10 Beats
5 Beats/15 Beats
5 Beats/20 Beats
5 Beats/25 Beats
a. ‘Fff’ X X X X X
b. ‘Sss’ X X X X X
c. ‘Shh’ X X X X X
d. ‘Vvv’ X X X X X
e. ‘zzz’ X X X X X
f. ‘Www’ X X X X X
g. ‘Ooo’ X X X X X
h. ‘Uuu’ (Jaw dropped) X X X X X
i. ‘Ahh’ (Jaw Dropped) X X X X X
j. Ehh X X X X X
k. ‘Ahh’ (Smile + Jaw dropped)/td>


Once you have completed the chart, trying playing around with notes using ‘la’ or ‘Ohh’. You should feel a growing confidence holding out a note after completing the above. Let now how you get on, please leave a comment to tell me how you got on!

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How do you get children to sing in assembly?
Give them songs that they like to Sing!
kwietniaOkoło 13 hours attempts , 8 of difficult songs in English and ninty minutes concert – this is the balance of the sconed Gospel Workshop , which took place on 16-17 April in Gdansk. The workshop was organized by the Student Government Technical University of Gdansk , Krakow Gospel Association and the Academic Club of the Technical University of Gdansk ” Square ” .

The honorary patronage over the event he became Rector of the University prof. Janusz Rachoń .
The class was attended by 250 people from the Tri-City and many other , sometimes very distant places in Poland. They led by experienced instructors from the UK Susan Harriot – charismatic conductor and soloist – including Clinton , Jordan – soloist , conductor and writer . Their task was not only on that to teach newly formed choir of several tracks, but also on that to convey the sense of gospel music – Christian music derived from nineteenth -century culture of black people of the United States.Sung in Gdansk texts or were taken from the Bible, prayers to God, or talked about the risen Jesus Christ. And perhaps it is the subject matter of the songs had the greatest impact on the prevailing at the workshop atmosphere of kindness and special joy .

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IX Ogólnopolskie Warsztaty Gospel w Sieprawiu 15 February 2015 Koncert Finałowy

This was an amazing event and truly unique experience! It was in February 2015 that I travelled over over to Siepraw, Poland where I was involved with a Gospel choir workshop teaching over 400 people! Working alongside Vocal Coach Brian Fentress USA, Music Director Howard Francis UK and Composer/arranger Szymon Markiewicz PL

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Summer Music Camp 2015

This years summer music camp was an amazing hit! children from 8-13 joined forces in Keyboard performances, Percussion Orchestra and Music ICT in a 4 day course that produced some outstanding results. See clip below. Children from mixed abilities came together to tackle interesting musical topics like: Learning to compose melodies using chords, how to improve this site reading through rhythm, and how to record their compositions for using high-tech equipment such as industry standards Logic pro. The students took to the challenges effortlessly came out with outstanding results.

For me I was inspired to see children playing music, studying and having fun during the summer holidays instead of being chained to a game station on TV.

So hey. Maybe we should start a holiday revolution? If you would like your child to take part in the next music camp please email: or call 0208 763 1430

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