“After just one session people from across our company felt more calm...
"We are at the beginnings of our relationship with AJ Bicât but already I feel clear and confident about the value they could deliver to our business. After just one session people from across our company felt more calm and in control of their thinking and emotions. What I like most is that AJ Bicât is showing a great commitment to understanding my business and what it needs so that he can create the right mindfulness programme for us."
— Claire Croft - Head of Talent, M&C Saatchi
“...I and other people within our company could gain so much to enhance their personal and work lives...
"During the group taster session I attended, I was surprised at how soon I felt relaxed and switched off from distractions, AJ Bicât delivered the session in a way that I felt engaged and connected with his words. I went back to work feeling calm, relaxed and in control. I feel both I and other people within our company could gain so much to enhance their personal and work lives from regular sessions with him."
— Lisa Jackson - Credit Controller, Penguin Random House
"It will bond your teams together in a way that would be a lot more costly with other conventional team activities."
— Sam Mason - CTO, Steer
“feedback has been very positive, with members indicating they feel more calm, focused and energised as a result...
"WeWork encourages members to be entrepreneurial and tenacious while maintaining a healthy routine that will give them the vitality and energy to do what they love. At our South Bank building we do this through our ‘Wellness Wednesday’ series of events, and are working with AJ Bicât to build mindfulness into this. This benefits members looking to maintain a healthy balance and we’ve found the workshops to be a fantastic fit. Participation and feedback has been very positive, with members indicating they feel more calm, focused and energised as a result.
— Deborah Rippol - Community Lead, WeWork London
“...empowering companies to make practical changes which meaningfully impact their employees’ productivity...
"AJ Bicât are empowering companies to make practical changes which meaningfully impact their employees’ productivity. Sessions are accessible and practical with an emphasis on practice. Companies can organise regular sessions that empower employees to take control and manage their own stress and health. Ultimately, the result is improved well-being for both the individual employee and the company."
— Stevan Popovic - Partner Development Executive, Y Plan
“They only need 120 minutes of your time to show you that their techniques work and how to implement them...
"AJ Bicât delivers mindfulness as an effective technique to reduce stress levels in the workplace and in general. They only need 120 minutes of your time to show you that their techniques work and how to implement them in your own time. Employers should run sessions on a monthly basis to help their employees focus on the present moment in a world where we are ever pushed for time lines and ahead planning."
— Cristina Martin-Fernandez - Business Partner, Ogilvy Healthworld
“I found the session completely inspiring...
"AJ Bicât visited our office as part of our Wellbeing week at work and I attended one of the taster sessions along with other people from different parts of the business. I found the session completely inspiring which has lead me to continuing to practice mindfullness and meditation in my day to day life. The way in which he delivered the session made it suitable for anyone who attended, and I believe we all left the session feeling calmer and more relaxed than beforehand. I believe the sessions would be beneficial to any workplace and their employees."
— Hannah Goodchild - HR Administrator, The Book Service
"...this is a very useful programme for employees health and wellbeing...
"My first experience of mindfulness training was with AJ Bicât and I found it to be very relaxing. I enjoyed the fact that we would use different techniques and share each others experience within the sessions. I noticed a calmness after the session. I believe that this is a very useful programme for employees health and well being. I am pleased that my organisation offered such a programme and would love to attend further sessions."
— Pallvi Shah - IT Training Consultant (ISS) and Internal Coach,
"As the day went, I learnt how to focus on being in the moment and to control my emotions...
"I had no idea what mindfulness was all about. The first time I heard about it was when my boss signed me up for this one day introduction with AJ Bicât. I stepped into the room with ten other people and that morning something happened. My mind was all over the place and the overwhelming emotion of trying to juggle being a parent, and a manager at work came flooding in tears. As the day went, I learnt how to focus on being in the moment and to control my emotions. Living in this fast paced world, and working in a highly pressurised environment I realised how much this mindfulness can help companies like us and others too. This is a tool and lifestyle I cannot live without! “
— Hikaru Robertson - Ginger and White
Past and Present Clients
"The key take away from this was the knowledge that one can access an internal region of calm within a few minutes...
"We had two two hour sessions with Alexis to introduce our team to the potential of mindfulness. The key take away from this was the knowledge that one can access an internal region of calm within a few minutes. Even without practicing this regularly, the mere knowledge that it is possible can act as a great start to a less stressful worklife. I now find that taking a deep breath and feeling the air flowing through my body can act as an almost instantaneous calming move, and sometimes prevent the rash monkey from getting out!"
— Bernard Fromson - Head of Analytics Capital Markets, Investec
"After the first session I was able to re-focus on what was important..."
I have always had an interest in mindfulness, having a friend who is a practitioner and mental health nurse and having seen how it supported her patients. I went on the course to use the technique for my foster son to help with his anxiety. I never really considered myself as a person who suffered in stressful situation until I began the course at work. Taking that time away and just concentrating on myself gave me the opportunity to really bring those feelings to the surface. The pressure of work and then going home to support a child who had suffered trauma had taken its toll and I was becoming more isolated. After the first session I was able to re-focus on what was important. I realised that if I wasn’t at my best emotionally then I would not be able to fully commit to my job both in and out of work. I did practice the meditation before going to bed and found that I was sleeping much better and not getting up at three in the morning worrying about the day ahead. Our AJ Bicât Facilitator advised me to do the practice in the mornings to get in the right space for the day. Although I felt this would be a challenge I realised that I was creating my own barriers. I found through morning practice I was able to make time for me and get a fresh look each day.
— Irene Robertson - Diversity and Inclusion Team, Department for Work and Pensions
"On a personal level AJ's enthusiasm knowledge and passion for his work came across...
AJ Bicât worked with DWP to develop Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence capability through the MEQ® Leadership and Productivity Programmes. This work started with the HR Executive Team where levels of experience and understanding varied considerably across the group. The learning itself was flexible enough to adapt to this range of experience material and techniques were accessible and easy to engage with and use. On a personal level AJ's’ enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for his work came across and he adapted to meet the complex needs of the group particularly around logistics and timing of events.
Alexis delivered additional events to a broader HR audience and received excellent feedback with colleagues reporting improvement in their personal wellbeing following the programme and participant quotes from the most recent cohort demonstrating the level of personal impact this learning intervention can have.
“This has been truly life changing”
“Really positive learning experience – actually life changing”
“An excellent event that clearly explored MEQ® and helped me look at things differently"
In DWP MEQ® is an important element of our wider wellbeing strategy and we have adopted techniques through various interventions from holding sessions at team meetings to working with groups of over 200 participants at large conference events with great success.
— Debbie Alder - HR Director General, Department for Work and Pensions