Alex spent 15 years working as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police.
One of the good things about being in the police was the variety - he literally had no idea what you were going to come across from day to day, but that also was a cause of stress. Coming across a violent confrontation or a scene of domestic abuse, dealing with someone with mental health problems who was a danger to themselves and the public - all these and more were regular occurrences. But probably the most scary time was when he was drafted into Brixton to help out with the first riots. He remembers standing in shield formation having bricks thrown at him by an angry crowd and wishing he had chosen to work in a bank!
Later on and away from work he suffered a huge loss when his wife passed away after a tough battle with breast cancer. The two and half years of constant treatment whilst trying to maintain some sense of normality for his young family was a challenge and at times he didn’t know how they were going to cope. But they came through it and it was these plus many more experiences that drove him to get down on paper so many of the techniques he was using and create the Stress Boffin workshop and training programme, which is almost entirely based in practical and interactive applications that anyone can implement into their daily lives. He still uses these to manage his stress levels and live a happy and productive life.
After serving for 15 years in the police Alex decided to leave to become a magician!
So going from a stressful but fairly secure job into one where there was no job security at all, added to that, prior to leaving the police he had lived in a police house so they had to buy a property at the same time. So, exciting but a huge amount of financial pressure and a need to make it work. At the time, he took on any magic jobs he could to pay the way including kids magic shows and he is quick to point out that standing up and entertaining 20, 6yr olds can be quite stressful! He eventually moved into the corporate market and moved away from magic to become a mindreader or mentalist. He still does this and regularly performs at conferences, awards events and on cruise ships all over the world and this brings about another type of stress with the pressure to entertain sometimes over 1000 people who, particularly in the case of the corporate events, are not there to see you and would rather be chatting and drinking!
Alex realised that he had subconsciously, over the years developed strategies and techniques to remain focussed, stress free and resilient and whilst studying Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness and other sources found that many of these very techniques and strategies were used and recommended by various authors and experts. He believes that his experiences, along with his performing background gives him the ideal combination to deliver engaging training to pass on what he has learnt so that others can benefit from it.
Find out more about Alex the Mentalist
Where we work
Alex is based in Windsor, Berkshire, but his clients are spread all over the UK. The training can be delivered anywhere there is a suitable sized room available and for his Wellbeing half-day training or individual workshops, these can be delivered virtually.
Who is the training suitable for?
The training courses suit all sizes and types of businesses and Alex has run his training courses for such diverse businesses as engineers, law firms, event companies, dentists, nurses, IT companies and travel companies. There is no minimum number of attendees to a group, but we do recommend a maximum of 30 participants. We work with each employer to map out the training to meet the needs and size of the business.
The benefits of wellbeing training
Businesses today are finding they are facing unprecedented challenges with the mental health and wellbeing of their teams rapidly moving up their list of priorities.
Taking a positive approach to mental health in the workplace will:
Improve productivity and motivation
Reduce sickness and absence rates
Support staff retention and help reduce recruitment costs.
We offer a package of training courses either over a full or half day or in bite-size workshops.
Alex also offers Conference Speaking; this is an hour-long interactive presentation suitable for staff induction or training days, focusing on techniques to help reduce stress and build resilience.
STRESS – THE FACTS
How does stress impact on our lives?
Stress impacts on families, friendship groups and work colleagues and is one of the major causes of sickness in the workplace costing the UK over £5million in additional to this one in four of us will have a mental health problem at some point in our lives.
*Good mental health is attributed to a healthy lifestyle, positive thinking, and a feeling of general wellbeing.
*Poor mental health can be a reaction to things like a bereavement, a recent or past traumatic experience and in some cases a reaction to work related stress.
In its worse form, where work related stress goes untreated, it can transition into Anxiety and Depression and medical and or psychological treatments may be required to manage the condition and help the individual to recover.
Stress prevention at work
Many companies have a Stress Strategy in place, although they mostly tend to be reactive. There may be a helpline to call, or someone that you can talk to when feeling under pressure or stressed and these are to be applauded. However, very few companies have a proactive stress strategy
One of the problems with reactive stress strategy is that it relies on a couple of assumptions that people:
Know they are stressed
Are able to admit they are stressed
Know who to talk to
Are comfortable talking to a stranger
The need to build a resilient workforce and prevent stress is a major concern for most companies. Increased creativity, better performance, and a reduction of lost days due to work related stress are just a few of the benefits.
Where work related stress has been identified, either because it is causing a health issue or aggravating an existing condition, the employer has a legal responsibility to assess the risk and put in measures to mitigate or remove the risk where it is reasonably practical to do so.
At Stress Boffin, we believe that stress prevention and building resilience go hand in hand, which is why our training courses cover both aspects, ensuring that the attendees have all the tools they need to have a happier and more productive life.
Techniques for rethinking stress…
Using proven techniques both tried and tested by Alex, as well as documented and written about in many books, individuals, teams and your business will begin to see the transition from being a stress led organisation to becoming a resilient, confident and productive business, overcoming challenges and creating new opportunities.
During the training the attendees practice a number of Mindfulness exercises as well as some useful NLP techniques for re-thinking stress, dealing with conflict and enhancing communication. Many attendees have also told us that they enjoy the snippets of psychology which are shared to show how our minds work and why stress is such an issue.
Alex Crow is the Stress Boffin, an established training provider making a proactive difference to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Alex Crow is a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis, but he is also a professional entertainer!
As one of the top Mentalists in the UK he travels all over the world performing at corporate and private events. His approach to training is thought provoking, interesting, interactive and engaging. Many of the strategies he uses in the training are based on techniques he has used over the years to overcome personal adversity.
Alex offers full or half day training packages, which can be broken down into bitesize workshops, some of which can be delivered virtually.
The half day training programme focuses on proactively preventing and dealing with stress, that ensures you have the most effective workforce, with less lost days due to sickness and a more focussed attitude to work.
Communication Skills Training
A half day training programme that teaches practical techniques to enhance communication skills, build rapport, understand body language, build resilience and more using NLP.
Meditation is great for lowering your stress levels. Many yoga classes include some meditation in them but you can also just practice at home whenever you have a few spare minutes.
Some people find it difficult to just sit and think of nothing and find their minds wandering, fidgeting and worrying about how much longer they have to do it for. A guided meditation is a great option where you listen to someone taking you on an imaginary journey (usually to a forest or beach) with sounds to help transport you away from your troubles. There are plenty of free guided meditations on the internet but here is a very simple one that Alex runs in my workshops that you can try.
This is very popular at the moment, although it has been practiced for hundreds of years. Most of the current practices are based on the buddhist tradition. Essentially Mindfulness is about becoming aware of the here and now. Learning to ignore the destructive thought patterns which permeate our every waking moment. It is increasingly being used in the health service and education and is starting to be used in business environments too. It is particularly good for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, as well as enhancing productivity and creativity. It is also brilliant at building resilience. Here Alex has created a mindful breathing exercise that is one of many mindfulness exercises covered in the workshops. This short (6 minute) exercise is best practiced daily.
For 15 years Alex Crow served as a policeman in the Metropolitan Police. Then, about 20 years ago, he left to pursue his dreams of performing for a living. He decided to become a mindreader! After studying body language, psychology, he qualified as a Master Practitioner in NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy and a host of other techniques, he now travels all over the world performing and training. One day he would be doing a stage show on a cruise ship and the next running a Stress Busting Workshop. He is proud to have what he considers the best job in the world!
Techniques for re-thinking stress...
Over the past few years Alex has become more and more interested in developing resilience and how to prevent and minimise the effects of stress. So, he put together series of workshops and Stress Boffin was born!
During the workshops the attendees practice a number of Mindfulness exercises as well as some useful NLP techniques for re-thinking stress, dealing with conflict and enhancing communication. Many attendees have also told us that they enjoy the snippets of psychology which are shared to show how our minds work and why stress is such an issue.
This stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. Essentially, a host of different techniques, which are mainly language based, that can create new pathways in the brain. Thus, allowing you to eliminate old destructive habits and ways of thinking. This means you can put in place more productive and useful ways to deal with the challenges that you have. One of the benefits of NLP is the speed in which it works – a very effective way of dealing with a host of problems.
This is very popular at the moment, although it has been practiced for hundreds of years. Most of the current practices are based on the buddhist tradition. Essentially Mindfulness is about becoming aware of the here and now. Learning to ignore the destructive thought patterns which permeate our every waking moment. It is increasingly being used in the health service and education and is starting to be used in business environments too. It is particularly good for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, as well as enhancing productivity and creativity. It is also brilliant at building resilience
A technique that allows us to talk to the subconscious part of the mind, in a safe and gentle way. This is very relaxing and a great way to achieve lasting change. At the end of the workshops, every attendee is provided with audio tracks of some of the exercises as well as an hour long hypnotherapy track designed to ease stress.