Juliette’s father was a real-life Caractacus Potts, who used to wake his children up in the mornings using a homemade intercom strung together with wires, switches and tin cans. Juliette once delivered a full day’s training with her dress on back to front, which highly amused her audience who delighted in not telling her.
Juliette Yardley is a pint-sized dynamo who packs a powerful punch and often gets asked for ID when buying her favourite Rose. If its eggs you want, she’s your woman. She’s got a garden full of chickens. She is also bubbly and cool, but not as cool as her grandma, who, at the age of 70, hung out at the Hacienda with New Order.
Juliette has a background in psychology and over 20 years’ experience in the field of applied positive psychology in the workplace. She has been with the Laughology team for over seven years and during this time has performing stand-up comedy as a part of her CPD.
She is a specialist in behavioural change and is passionate about emotional intelligence in any working environment. Her most recent clients include First Direct, EUREKA museum and NHS England. She works extensively in education with educational psychologists, teachers, headteachers and young people. She has delivered the Happy-Centred Schools programme to a wide range of primary schools nationally.
Fun, knowledgeable, energetic and engaging, she will stretch and challenge your thinking. Using her cheeky sense of humour to quickly put others at ease, Juliette will break down barriers and develop a creative, positive learning environment.
I used to work with vulnerable children and young people, mainly kids who had been excluded from school with behavioural problems. Before that I did a degree in psychology.
Working with challenging young people taught me how to deal with the unexpected, and also how to use playfulness and humour to break behaviour patterns. That is something I have been doing for a long time and it transfers to what we do as Laughologists. Although I haven’t got a performance background, I am a bit of a show-off and an extrovert, so that helps too.
Around eight years ago, I was going freelance and wanted to work with someone who was doing something different. I heard about Laughology and sent in my CV. The ethos of what they were doing resonated with me and my values.
When I started working with Laughology, my specialism was around the emotional intelligence model and developing resilience in people. Because of my background, I am knowledgeable on the current understanding of psychology and neuroscience. I am passionate about understanding behaviour and behaviour change.
It has changed massively. We started by having team meetings in the living room of the CEO’s house in Liverpool. Now we have them around a big table in a hotel in London with lots more people. It has become bigger and better but it has never lost the essence of what it is about. It is slicker and well-developed.
It was a wellbeing session in Widnes. It was a half-hour session and I was terrified standing in front of all these grown-ups. I’d always worked with kids before that. It got easier as the years went on!
I enjoy delivering keynotes in front of big rooms where I can watch the audience get into the session and enjoy it. And then there are those glorious times when you work with young people in primary schools and see the lightbulb moments as they realise they can use the skills you’ve given them to make a difference to their lives.
Because we all want to be happy. And the Laughology model isn’t about being happy all the time, because that is unrealistic. It’s about finding a realistic level of happiness and understanding how to deal with life when you are unhappy.
People use Laughology because they want to make change happen. It is interesting to go to events where there are lots of different people who are not quite sure what you are going to do. They come up after and say ‘I really enjoyed that and haven’t thought of things in that way before’. It is an obvious solution to get people to be more motivated and enthusiastic and people are understanding that it works more and more.
Trampolines and slides. I’m a big advocate of promoting fun and encouraging people to let their barriers down and play. It makes people more open.