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...

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...

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


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...

Solitude: 9 Powerful Reasons You Need to Spend Time With You (and your clients do too!)

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In this super-connected world, it has never been more important to create solitude for ourselves. Being ALONE with ourselves is essential for us to find happiness and joy, because it's only when we're alone that many of us can be - and see - our true selves.

Other people will always need something from us - especially those we love - whether it's a smile, acknowledgement, to listen or to help with homework or dinner. It's only when we're alone that we can put down our social masks and be fully ourselves. And it's only when we're alone that Read More...

Use the 4 Ps to Intentionally and Authentically Grow Your Business | By Guest Author Marcy Nelson-Garrison

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Last week's really helpful article described The 3 Stages of Building Your Coaching Business - and asks where are YOU in this process? This week's great follow-up article from Marcy Nelson-Garrison looks at the 4 Ps of intentionally and authentically growing your business.

The following article is adapted from an article that first appeared in Choice Magazine V8I1, March 2010.

Building a coaching business takes a lot of time and effort. It's a creative process that cannot be rushed - with a natural rhythm which is different for each person. Just like an artist, while we cannot rush or force Read More...

Should Coaches (and Therapists) Who Have Depression and Anxiety Be Coaching Others?


This is a follow-up to the very personal article where I outed myself for having chronic anxiety (still active but reduced), depression (now past thankfully) and ADD (unsurprisingly still very active!).

I thought I would write this follow-up article because one very brave soul left a comment saying among other things, "If someone struggles with severe depression and anxiety, they should not be coaching." The comment was kindly put-together and I believe that many people feel the same way, so here is my follow-up post, I hope you read it with an open mind.

And before we start

Reflective Journaling Exercise For Stress Release & Authentic Well-Being | By Guest Author Lynda Monk

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This reflective journaling exercise will put you in touch with what you want and need and give you a sense of replenishment, stress release and authentic well-being.

Simply follow the simple steps below for your Reflective Journaling Exercise experience: Book a ½ hour into your schedule. Call it "Time for Self-Reflection" (book this activity in and it is more likely to happen). Prepare for this self-care/self-reflection date by deciding where you will take it (at home, during a break at work, at a café, on a bench in a park…) and get your supplies ready. You will need your journal, notebook Read More...

It's Showtime! Powerful Lessons in Authenticity From Two Movies | By Guest Author Ben Dooley

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It's wonderful when we can learn powerful lessons from movies. The experience can be so visceral that we feel tremendously impacted. So, there are two wonderful documentaries out there that I highly recommend you rent.

"What? What is this? I'm reading this to be a better coach. Not to build my DVD collection."

Bear with me. The first movie is "Children Will Listen" where 100 students from Inner City schools all converged to perform a production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods". The other movie is "Yellow Brick Road," which follows a production of "The Wizard of Oz" with a Read More...

Why Am I Unhappy? 7 Examples of How We Get Disconnected from Our Values and Our Selves!

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Our values represent who we are. When we don't honour our values we actually disconnect from our 'selves' - what we're saying is I'm not important and this can leave us feeling angry, dissatisfied, sad and depressed or like there is something missing from our lives.

For more articles on values including how to identify them click here >>

So, HOW do we get disconnected from our values? Here are 7 examples to help your clients understand how it may have happened: Negative associations with a value mean we go out of our way to avoid expressing it Read More...

Helping Your Client Work Through Difficult Feelings and Emotions - a 3 Step Model

We live in a society that believes that facts, science and rationality will solve all our problems, but we ALL live with minds that are ruled by feelings and emotions. How many times have you watched a client, friend or loved one do something that's clearly going to cause them difficulty later on?

Whatever kind of coaching you do - even business, career and executive coaching - it's feelings that get in the way. And the more hidden the feelings and emotions are - the more likely they are to trip our clients up. So if you have a stuck Read More...