Do You Secretly Procrastinate? Plus Healthy Procrastination in 5 Easy Steps...

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Procrastination is not the “black or white” issue I had previously thought; it’s not that we are either a “procrastinator” or a “doer” – we can be both. You see, I recently discovered (after 10 years of personal development and coaching) that I was a secret procrastinator. I say secret because I HAD NO IDEA I regularly procrastinated.

Instead I considered myself a “do-er”, someone who can be relied upon to do what they say they will. In the last 10 years alone I’ve moved country, changed careers, built a successful business from scratch, moved again to a small island, Read More…

Online 'Trolls': Here's a 5 Step Coach-Like Process to Help You Deal With Them

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Running a coaching business is hard enough, and to run a successful business these days, most coaches now have a social media presence whether it’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or something else. And the last thing we need is some cyber-bully, thoughtless or insensitive person giving us grief online with a hurtful or hateful comment. And yet, the chances are this will happen to you (if it hasn’t already).

In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I posted something on Facebook and as I reviewed the comments, suddenly “Bam!” there it was, a “troll-like” comment, accusing me of being divisive Read More…

Here Are 13 Ways To Boost Your Coaching Relationships!

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The best coaching comes not from the coach with the most advanced coaching skills, but from the best coaching relationships. For a client to show who they really are – being vulnerable enough to trust you their hopes, fears and what they dream of – they must feel safe with you. They need to relate to you and trust you, they need to feel that you support them without judgement and see the best in them – not matter what.

What are the benefits of strong coaching relationships? Well, when you have strong coaching relationships, your clients will achieve Read More…

Dr. Albrecht's 5 Types of Fears - What We're Really Afraid Of...

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Whilst some of our fears are basic survival and pain-avoidance, many fears – as we know – are literally in the mind (how many of you are creeped out by the picture of the spider?). And while there are lots of articles out there which list our fears and phobias, it’s hard to find a good article that helps us chunk up those fears into useful categories. If we were to group fears together – to try and understand the TYPES of fears we have, what would that look like?

Well, recently I found that a favourite thinker of mine, Read More…

Here are 7 Reasons You Might Want to Get Your Own Coach! | By Guest Author Kerryn Griffiths

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Arguably one of the best coaching tools of all is simply to have your own coach. Kerryn Griffiths, champion of peer and mentor coaching explains why she believes coaching is so essential for coaching in this week’s article. Read on!

When I’m looking for a coach, it’s essential to me that my coach has a coach of their own. Coaching is not about ‘fixing’ something that’s broken – it’s about being the best you can be – and if I’m taking on a coach to help me be at my best, I want to be sure that they Read More…

12 Leadership Qualities, Using Coaching to Develop Leadership, Tools to Help You!

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I’ve noticed an increase in the requests for Leadership Tools over the last 18 months or so. With a challenging economy for so many businesses, more transparency via social media and the internet (disgruntled customers and employees make their thoughts and experiences public!), and more and more reports that prove leadership qualities are good for the bottom line – organizations want leaders!

But what’s interesting is that when I ask what leadership tools people are looking for, or what they want help with – I’m getting a big fat zero. Businesses want leaders, leaders want coaches, and coaches want tools Read More…

Dive Back Into Work and School With These 5 Key Goal-Setting Elements! | By Guest Author Jennifer Britton

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As the summer draws to a close for those of us in the northern hemisphere, people are gearing up for back to school and work. It’s a great time to be working with our clients on goals – and whether you are an individual, team or group coach, goal-setting is a foundational piece of our work with coaching clients. This article explores five key elements of goal-setting.

1. Which Goal-Setting Framework?

Many of us work with our clients around setting SMART Goals, goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant or Resonant and Time-bound. SMART goals allow clients to articulate goals Read More…

When Was The Last Time You Danced? Sang? Shamanic Wisdom To Give You A Boost | By Guest Author Steve Mitten

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This week’s article by Master Coach Steve Mitten CPCC, MCC looks at 4 uncommon questions you might get asked if you went to see a shaman when you’re feeling lost, uninspired or perhaps just not at your best. We’d love to know what you think about asking your clients these questions – and what other questions YOU might ask. Let us know by commenting on this article below.

“Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.” Terri Guillemets

What Would The Shaman Tell You?

If sometime over the last 50,000 years, you were to live in one Read More…

Are you Listening to Your Own Inner Wisdom? Here are 7 Questions to help you!

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How are you going to know what’s most important to you unless you make time to listen to yourself?

As coaches, we spend a lot of time listening to others. We focus all our attention – some call it “Level 3 Listening” – observing body language if we’re in person, listening for tone, ‘energy’, what is NOT being said as well as listening to the actual words and what may lay underneath. Not only that but we listen to the silences too – is this a thoughtful, fearful or embarrassed silence? And while doing all this we listen to Read More…

Summer: the Perfect Coaching Tool! Here are 5 Seasonal Coaching Ideas for You & Your Clients

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The seasons (cycles of the earth, moon and sun) are deeply rooted in our lives. In summer nature is growing, flowing and blossoming – the fruits are sweet, fat and deliciously juicy. Vegetable gardens are ripe for picking and vacations come, not a day too soon!

In the Northern hemisphere, summer is a time when we spend more time outdoors, in nature and/or near water. Flowers bloom, birds, butterflies and all forms of nature abound everywhere. Summer gives us many opportunities to be outdoors in nature, to relax and enjoy leisure time, to stop and notice the beauty around us. Read More…