What we do
Digital doesn't need to be toxic. But in our business and personal lives too often it is. We believe that digital is about people, not technology; and we are on a mission to help you and the business you work in be happier, healthier, more productive and more strategic in an increasingly digital world. Our approach is based on enabling you and the business to be the best version of yourselves, not the worst.
Here are some of the things we do:
Business loves to talk about Return On Investment (ROI), but should also add the measurement of Return On Adventure (ROA). We take groups on one day, three day and week long adventures for teams and groups to discover new ways to look at the world, each other and ourselves. Removed from the distraction of email, phone calls and social media, we take a deep breath and dive in to big themes from creativity, to productivity, to team work, to stress and to fun. Find out more about what ROA can deliver for you.
Keynote speaking - online or offline
Martin Talks of Digital Detoxing is a well known speaker on how to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Recent keynotes include
Relate Live, with Zendesk in New York, October 2017 "Emotional Intelligence in a time of Artificial Intelligence".
Digital culture training and consultancy
We deliver a range of workshops and webinars - online and offline - to help businesses develop an effective digital culture.
Online workshops include the following, but we deliver others so please contact us to find out more:
1. Digital Detoxing: How to have a healthy relationship with technology
Technology need not be toxic, but too often it is.
A discussion on our relationship with technology and ways of improving that relationship.
This includes exploring why we often find it hard to have a balanced relationship with technology, how we can improve that relationship and what we can do.
2. How to be productive in the Age of Distraction
Whether we work from home or from an office, or both, our lives are full of distractions. In particular, our smartphones constantly demand our attention.
This webinar explores how to ensure you do your best work and use the smartphone as a tool, not a driver.
2. How to be creative in the Age of AI
We hear news stories of AI technologies painting pictures, writing books and composing songs. What is the role of humans in creativity?
How do we be more creative, without Googling the answer.
3. How to manage digital stress and build resilience
There is a new awareness that mental health is vital for our own wellbeing and for the companies for which we work.
Understanding what stress is and how to recognise it in ourselves and others.
Recognising the role that digital technologies play in stress.
Understanding what resilience is and how to build it in a digital age.
4. How to build digital detoxing into your life.
Digital Detoxing adventures can be great ways to kick start a realignment of your relationship with digital, but what happens when you return to your everyday life?
This webinar explores how to run a Digital Detoxing retreat and how to build digital detoxing into your everyday life.
Includes mindfulness and building healthy habits.
5. The future of digital detoxing
Our world is becoming more reliant on technology.
An exploration of future trends in technology.
The increased role of automation in the workplace.
What will be a human's role in the future.
Will we still be able to find the off-switch when Society is always on?
Technology should your enabler not your enslaver. We explore how to use and not use technology. We look at how to improve the collaboration, connectivity and agility that digital promises. At the same time we make sure it builds concentration, creativity, health, resilience and happiness. We teach techniques of how to build good habits that you can apply in a practical way.
Healthy workplace audits
Establishing the right workplace culture and habits can make a huge difference to the health, happiness and productivity of a company.
We conduct the audits through a combination of an on-site visit and observation, interviews and a questionnaire. Ask for a quote.
Online learning and development in 2021
With the sudden new remote of remote working there are new skills to learn with these online workshops
Effective leadership in a digital age
Leading remote teams now and in the future
The digital age is one typified by rapid change in working practices, but also in client and employee expectations. This workshop explores the nature of change and the benefit of a growth mindset. It also explores how to motivate your team and get the best out of them.
Effective culture in a digital age
Culture eats strategy for breakfast
'Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face': Mike Tyson. COVID has delivered a punch to strategies set in more predictable times. An effective culture helps hold an organisation together and ensure its resilience and success. This workshop explores how to build an effective culture.
Remote working is not always easy
We are all having to organise our own time more independently in a time of remote working. Not getting it right can lead to stress and anxiety and potential burn-out. Learn about the best ways to manage your time.
Productivity and creativity in a time of distraction
From digital technologies to colleagues, kids and pets, there are plenty of distractions
Not being in the office has helped productivity and creativity in some ways. We are avoiding the distraction of an open plan office with its frequent interruptions. However, we are always on through technology, and WFH has its challenges. This workshop will help maximise productivity and creativity.
WFH, the new normal: how to make it work
Working From Home is the new normal
Working From Home is the new normal and we are having to learn new skills, techniques and etiquette. This workshop explores how to make it work for you.
Managing digital stress and building resilience
We live in uncertain times
For many people, their mental health has suffered from the situation of COVID with its lockdowns, isolation and lack of office camaraderie. Digital technologies too, bring their stresses in work and social life. Dealing with stress and building resilience are essential to a successful workforce.
Want to have an adventure?
Return On Adventure is the new measurement that counts. Want to have an adventure?
We took the BBC on a Digital Detoxing Adventure.
We took Channel 5 on a Digital Detoxing Adventure.
We took Sky on a Digital Detoxing Adventure.
Gaining momentum - 15 million UK internet users have undertaken a digital detox
Plenty going on in the mission of Digital Detoxing.
BBC Three Counties
Could you live without your phone. Several celebrities, including Robbie Williams, Elton John and Eddie Redmayne can, Martin Talks discusses this idea with Roberto Perrone on BBC Three Counties.
BBC Radio Leicester
Some thoughts on how to introduce some digital detoxing into your life.
BBC Radio Five Live
Discussing the new French legislation giving people the right to disconnect from work emails.
Discussing the Ofcom Communications Market Report 2016 on BBC Breakfast
BBC Radio York
A debate with Jonathan Cowap of BBC Radio York on digital detoxing following the release of Ofcom's Communications Market Report 2016 showing that 15m UK internet users have taken a digital detoxing break from technology.
Here are some facts about the Return On Investment you can get from working with Digital Detoxing.
23 - 27%
Reduction in feelings of stress, anxiety and of being overwhelmed that participants from a finance company felt after a four-week Digital Detoxing mindfulness course.
8%, 11% and 6%
Increases in work performance, leadership skills and happiness that participants from a finance company felt after a four-week Digital Detoxing mindfulness course.
1 in 5
Working population affected by stress
Cost to UK employers of absenteeism which is primarily caused by stress
The average time of a working day that someone's mind wanders. 'Presenteeism' has been estimated as 6x more costly to business than absenteeism.
10 point fall in IQ
Awareness of 1 unread email in your inbox.
Meet the team
Martin founded Digital Detoxing in 2013 and has been involved in digital industries for nearly 20 years. Having worked in M&A and venture capital, he floated online shares information company, ADVFN, on the London Stock Exchange in 2000; founded the pioneering digital marketing agency, Blue Barracuda, in 2002 and sold it to the FCB Group; and he was then Global Digital Lead for the FCB Group. He continues to be active in advanced digital technology and teaches on digital trends for Google, but believes that digital is about people not technology.
Isobel is a Millennial and digital native, who instinctively understands digital communications, but also understands the positive and negative impact these can have. As a Masters Graduate in Gender, she has a specialist interest in digital issues relating to gender and diversity.
Nikki is an empowerment coach, community organiser, programme developer and creative events organiser. The services I provide help individuals, organisations, and communities take self leadership and bring about positive change. Amongst other skills Nikki offers and leads workshops in such subjects as gratitude, mindful movement, personal development and building communities. She also leads our mission to build community within the workplace.
Andy is a mindfulness consultant. He started practising mindfulness out of curiosity and soon became convinced of its value as he started feeling calmer, more creative, more empathic and had more clarity of thought. He started incorporating mindfulness techniques in film production to keep people calm in front of the camera and found his relationships with his clients and colleagues greatly improved. He believes mindfulness could be the key to creating happier workplaces and more ethical businesses.