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Coaching

When your client asks “How can I be more successful?”

Clients rarely seek out a coach to make their situation worse! Clients are generally looking to improve one (or more) areas of their life. You have a number of responses that you can use to answer this question including exploring the client’s idea of success, exploring the actions and behaviour…

The Case of the Disillusioned Sales Person and Cold Caller

Its a truism to say that a shy sales person has skinny kids. So when you run your own business, it is essential that you have a selection of sales skills that you can use to get in front of your potential customers and cold calling is just one of…

7 Questions to Get You Focusing on Your Possible Future Success

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) discusses state in great detail, but as a coach, sometimes its worthwhile just moving the client towards a more positive state as a gross movement and then gain more precision in achieving the most beneficial state as part of the session. One of the ways I get…

Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the Coaching Arena

Since its development by Aaron Beck in the 1970s, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been used to help therapists deal with distortions of individual thinking that lead to a selection of conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotional trauma and phobias. These conditions are extremes of distortion in the…

Conscious Breathing for Energy and Health

What is conscious breathing? Conscious breathing is the act of  focusing on your breath while you take it deep into your lungs, properly extending the diaphragm. My first experience of this type of breathing after childhood (as we all do it naturally as children) sent so much oxygen to my…

Working With Your “Neck Top Computer”

Working With Your “Neck Top Computer”

Can you remember the phrase “I’m a Mac” from the Apple computer commercials? Well I have recently found that phrase resonating. Having worked with people in the training, development and coaching domain for more years than I care to tell, I can share with you one fundamental truth. Folk are…

Helping Clients Find Their Strengths

An increasing number of people are either consciously looking to change their lifestyle, or its is being thrust upon them by the current economic climate. As coaches we constantly see people in ‘decision limbo’, exhibiting an emotional confusion about which direction they should take in their lives. I have always…

The Case of the Inauthentic Manager

When Melissa was promoted, she had little experience of management. She needed to know how to act as a manager but the business wasn’t able to fund any training and her Director had made an assumption that she was such a good technical expert and really friendly, then she would…

Visualisation: The Practical Application

Visualisation has had a rough time in the self development and performance improvement world… It has been used as evidence to discredit certain books, movies and techniques, because visualisation alone hasn’t worked. “I visualised a £1m and I still haven’t got it!” Not surprisingly, visualisation alone doesn’t reap the rewards…

The Coach Client Relationship

  The power of coaching comes from the relationship that develops between the coach and client. If this relationship is strong, then the outcomes are normally very good. If the relationship degrades, the quality of the outcomes reduce.   The best coach-client relationships flow from 3 key factors The effectiveness…

Tips to be a Better Mentor

As a leader, you will often need to take time to develop those people around you; your peers and your team members. This can be called mentoring. A mentor is a trusted person that helps team members improve their performance. Unlike coaches,  mentors can be more guiding with direct advice…

How to Pick The Right Coach for You

Executive coaching can be misinterpreted as many things. In general terms, coaching is a precision development tool use to allow leaders to identify, develop and optimise their abilities. Frequently, this is aimed at improving the executive’s  ability to perform and lead in a team environment or to be the driver…

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