Perception, Reception and Fact

I have found a list after sorting out the apps on my phone of loads of graphics and lists that I saved based on marketing and psychology. Prepare yourself to seeing all of these over the coming weeks and months (there’s quit a few!)

Firstly, I post the question, “Are you really in as much control of your thoughts than you think?”

Our brains are constantly thinking for us, on behalf of us. It’s constantly interpreting our surroundings, what we hear, what we see, and then determining how we should respond to future similar scenarios. It sounds simple, right? But how many types of information and historical data is our brain using to interpret what we should do next.

The attached graphic I found on Twitter shows a plethora of types of bias. Or, by another phrase, historical information already used to determine future decisions.

I want you to look through these biases and consider for yourself which biases are having a larger than required input on your current circumstances.

Do you need to be relying on these biases now? Ponder whether your decision making processes are equipped for your present circumstances or are you still relying on processes that have helped you in the past?

You may be surprised by what you found giving yourself a self assessment.

Let me know what you find out about yourself and how changing your biases, now you’re aware of them, will help you reach your future goals and improve your relationships.



Disney. The lifeblood of my younger self. The teacher of some of my morals. The enjoyment of a weekend morning or after tea.

I owe a lot of who I am to Disney and the chance came last year to be involved in a Disney production; the follow up from the 1987 movie, Willow with Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer.

I’ve been signed up to a number of extra agencies since Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood was filmed on Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire. A couple of weeks of hard graft and nearly getting run over by Russell Crowe on his horse and I was hooked. This was even before I had acted on stage or made any steps to act on stage. It would be another 4 years before I embarked on that journey.

I’ve had a few background roles. I like being on set. I’m still staggered by how many people it takes to film scenes that last seconds on screen. And the logistics is something else! But I love it. I am hooked.

When you state your availability you never know what you’re getting yourself in for. It could be wearing your own clothes sat down for a full day, or you might be scrubbed up in dirt and be asked to wear 4-5 layers of medieval armour.

Medieval armour and weapons was flavour of the day when I arrived before embarking on just over two weeks filming on what I now know to be Willow on Disney+… That’s right, Disney!

On set, you never know how you’re going to be utilised. The Production Crew have their schedule and we are essentially props to make the scene look better, fuller, realistic. Not on Willow, to a certain extent. I felt valued. I felt utilised. We were given so much responsibility and access to the Talent.

You’re never given details of what is actually going on but I know that during the first week, we didn’t like them. The next week – great mates.

If grabbing a main character isn’t enough to get you excited I don’t know what will! Better yet, on a Disney production!

I’ve shared some images from Willow that you can see if you are subscribed to Disney+. My larger nose even had me noticed by one of the groups I help run with Pure West Radio at Haverfordwest High.

To know that I am part of a Disney Production – films and cartoons I grew up loving and learning from – fills me so much pride. Who knows? I may inspiring someone else right now.

The HelloTomDyer Show

As lockdown started I knew that the mental wellbeing of furloughed, laid off, home workers and single people would be hit hard. I too was made redundant.

To help, I started my own lunchtime lockdown show on my @HelloTomDyer Facebook page with my sister, Abigail.

The ethos was simple:

– Provide a daily structure and create a break.

– Provide a new voice and interaction.

– Promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

We did over 80 shows going live at 1pm Mon – Thurs with a Friday evening show of live music and even more laughter.

Each show included current affairs / chit chat, with a theme of the day based on mental wellbeing and self-development (Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) and Solution Focussed Approach to coaching.

Since March 22nd, the Page has had:

– increased followers (184% n261)

– over 19K engagements

– 44.2K minutes viewed

– comments like this:

“I’m so grateful for this beautiful community. I’ve learnt a lot about myself during lockdown and all of you have been instrumental in that process. so thank you ❤️”

All from a kitchen table!

We were invited on various radio programs and it even led to Tom and Abz becoming radio presenters themselves on Pure West Radio.

It was one of the best decisions we ever made and I can’t wait to see what happens next. As I write this we are two years down the line and experiencing so much life in Pembrokeshire and beyond.

Let’s see where this leads.

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