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I am often asked the above question, “How can Coaching help You”
Well, Coaching allows you to set realistic goals / objectives that you want to really achieve in life.
How much time, effort or money would you be prepared to commit to, to change your life for the better?
Before you answer the last question, you need to understand the benefits you will get by achieving a goal / objective.
The easy way to imagine / visualise the benefits you will gain, lets draw a circle and call it the Wheel of Life and divide the circle into eight segments / areas or as many segments / areas as you want.
Next name each and every segment of the Wheel of Life with an aspect of your life, i.e:-
1) Health, 2) Wealth, 3)Work, 4) Social Life, 5) Interests / Hobbies, 6) Personal Development, 7) Friends, 8) Family Life.
Now I want you to rate each segment / area of your life with a number between one and ten, one being the lowest score (Least Happiest) and ten being the highest score (Happiest).
Once you have done this exercise, you will now have a visual chart that clearly shows how you rate various areas of your life.
If you score eight or above, it shows you that you are pretty happy with those areas of your life.
Next you need to look at the scores under eight and put them in order of priority, i.e which areas you need to change first that will make the biggest impact on changing your life for the better?
So lets give you an example, lets say I am overweight, what would be the benefits of reducing my weight?
Answer – Feel good /healthier, Eat healthier food, Healthier life style (more active, walking, sports etc,), Save money (on food, clothes etc.) etc.etc.etc.
Now by doing the above, what impact would being healthier have on the rest of your segments / areas of your life.?
When you are selecting which segment / area of your life to work on first, take a moment to reflect on which area would have the best impact that will benefit you and your life most.?
Once you have completed a segment / area of your life and are benefiting from it. You can then move on to the next segment / area which needs improving and so on until you have achieve the scores on all of your segments / areas of your life.
It is not rocket science, but by having a Life Coach who will work with you helping you to set realistic goals / objectives along the way. Plus they will be able to assist you overcome any barriers / obstacles which may get in your way.
Remember without a Life Coach, you may achieve certain improvements on your own, but how many times have you tried and not been successful to date?
With a Professional Life Coach, you will be able to achieve success in every segment or area of your life.
So how valuable is it to be able to completely change your life for the better and all you need is a Professional Life Coach.
I hope this article goes a long way to demonstrate, “How can Professional Life Coaching help You”?
What is a diagnosis ?
It is a process to identify what is stopping someone from achieving something that they want to do, but are struggling to do so.
If you follow the process listed below, you can start to work out what obsticales / barriers are getting in the way of someone achieving their goals etc.
Hou to Carry out your Diagnosis
1. Gain a general sense of the issues
Asking open questions and actively listening in order to get the coachee to open up about the current situation.
Example questions –
- What is it you’re trying to achieve?
- What is your goal?
- What is the ultimate intention of achieving that goal?
- How long have you had this goal?
- How important is this goal to you?
- What have you tried previously?
- What was the result of this?
- Tell me about a time when you achieved something that you thought you couldn’t.
- What did you do that made you successful in this?
2 Home in on particular incidents
Link and build your questions based on the responses given in order to get more information and find the root cause
Example questions :-
- Tell me more about…….
- Give me an example of that.
- What happened when……?
- What was the outcome?
- Tell me about times when you have been successful in this area, what was happening?
- What do you see as being the implications of…..?
3 Identify what’s stopping a better performance
Example questions :-
- What stops you from…..?
- What would need to happen for you to be able to……?
- When you tried that in the past, what was missing?
- What else would you need in order to succeed?
- Pose the Suppose – Ifx was not an issue, would there be anything else stopping you?
Choose the right type of question to help the coachee to identify what barriers they are facing and what is stopping them from getting what they want
4 Work out and agree if/how coaching can help them
- I will get you to agree some action plans, are you happy to carry these out?
Check for their commitment to coaching and explain the guidelines of how the coaching relationship will work.
Once you have done your diagnosis, if you determine it’s –
Discuss how they can obtain this knowledge
This means the coachee is not really cut out for the role
You can’t put in what god left out!!
Attitude or Skills
This is where you coach, you can now go on to use the GROW model and this will help you get the best results from your coaching session.
From what you have learned today and from past experience, write down:
1. Your main strength’s when doing your diagnosis?
2. The one area you still need to develop?
3. How you will address this development area?
The GROW Coaching Model
The G is for – Goal Setting, which has 6 stages :-
1) Previous actions
2) Agree goal or goals required
3) Evidence Procedure- what does it Look Like, Sound Like or Feel Like. (Imagine what its like)
4) Maintaining positive bye products (keep doing what you are already do well)
5) Checking the ecology (is the goal worthwhile) i.e. worth the effort etc to achieve?
6) Checking / understanding (commitment to goal)
The R is Reality Check :-
1) Current situation
2) Is the goal stretching (developing) enough ?
2) Is the gap between actual performance / desired performance challenging enough?
3) Check whether person has been coached this way before ?
O is for Options :-
1) Explore different options available ?
2) What are the Pros & Cons of each option?
3) Facilitate choice (Do not direct)
4) Check commitment (using encouragement via internal / external fliter)
5) Run options session (using options / procedures fliter)
W is for What next :-
1) Recap / whats been achieved
2) Agree action points (SMART)
3) Agree next session & goal
Thank coachee for effort & showing your belief in their ability to succeed
The 3 Saints Business Club
Ever wanted a business club that is not just about networking, one, which provides so much more?
Well I have some great news; here is a club that has been designed by businesses for businesses!
Since November 2010 we have been looking at how businesses can help each other to grow in more ways then one.
That is when I met Onkar Singh from The Three Saints Hotel and Conference Centre, and along with team of various business owners, came together with a shared goal, which was to support and promote local business via a Business Fayre. Hence the South Wales Business Fayre was born and took place on the 20th May 2011.
The Fayre provided local businesses with the opportunity to display their wares and services at the event, and thirty-eight businesses took up the challenge. Plus we had numerous special speakers who gave up their time to provide local businesses with useful information that they could use back in the work place.
After the event we requested all visitors, exhibitors and speakers to provide feedback about what they expected to get out of the day and how could we improve any future events for local businesses.
We received lots of feedback, which were positive and very constructive, which we replied to and have now incorporated into any future events.
From the feedback came three clear messages: -
- To have a regular meeting which would include a special speaker.
- To have a mix and mingle period to relax and discuss business with fellow other businesses over refreshments and snacks.
- And finally to have a place for local business to have and to use on a regular basis.
Taking this feedback on board and after lots of meetings and discussions, it was agreed to set up the 3 Saints Business Club.
It is a Club with a difference, in fact two key differences. Firstly there are no membership fees and secondly you and your business have a range of great facilities that will be available to members at discounted prices.
This is great location for businesses to use for range of functions and a number of reasons. It not only boasts a large upstairs conference hall (The Diamond Suite) capable of holding up to 500 delegates.
There is also has a downstairs conference room (The Warren Room) with full audio, visual, and w.fi equipment, this room holds up to sixty delegates in a cinema format. But can be laid in any format you require.
So no matter what occasion your business has, i.e. Conferences, Seminars, Award Ceremonies, Meetings or Training, 3 Saints Business Club can support you by providing the facilities and a friendly environment to meet and have a chat with prospective clients.
There no membership fees, you will have a membership card that entitles businesses to use the Centre and Conference Facilities at Special Rates, purely for your own business purposes.
And should your want to entertain any clients or for staff who require accommodation for a night or two. There are 35 Bedrooms available at the centre.
The Three Saints Hotel has 37 en-suite bedrooms. We have a choice of Single, Twin, Double and Family rooms. All rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities, colour television and comfortable beds.
Breakfast consists of a Full English breakfast or a range of healthy cereals. We cater for individuals, groups and corporate bookings.
Plus to make your visit even more enjoyable there is The Red Mint Restaurant (which caters for Indian & English) a traditional Pub.
It is also conveniently located off junction 34 (M4).
Your membership will entitle you to discounts at the centre’s facilities and there will be a special business event every 5 – 6 weeks, where there will be a special speaker for up to an hour followed by a mix and mingle for an hour and get to know and collaborate with local businesses.
At these special events there will be a small charge £5 for the early booking or £10 per head on the door.
The Three Saints Hotel & Conference Centre also has a restaurant & bar, which is perfect for relaxing between meetings, and ample parking is also available directly outside the venue. It is also conveniently located off junction 34 (M4).
The first event takes place on 20th July between 6pm – 8pm. The First Special Speaker is Mo Mastafa, subject will be about Internet Marketing, further details to follow regarding full contact of talk.
Venue is at The Three Saints Hotel & Conference Centre, based opposite the Royal Mint in Llantrisant. CF72 8YT.
New web site and payment system for special meetings to be confirmed, no fees for membership!
Look forward to seeing you all there on the day.
Martin Biginelli (Coaching Four Success & Pure Creative Media).
Stress at work, stress management techniques, stress reduction and relief (From Businessballs.com)
Employers should provide a stress-free work environment, recognise where stress is becoming a problem for staff, and take action to reduce stress. Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures, and makes people ill in many ways, evidence of which is still increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning. In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses (UK HSE stress statistics). Stress at work also provides a serious risk of litigation for all employers and organisations, carrying significant liabilities for damages, bad publicity and loss of reputation. Dealing with stress-related claims also consumes vast amounts of management time. So, there are clearly strong economic and financial reasons for organisations to manage and reduce stress at work, aside from the obvious humanitarian and ethical considerations. If you are suffering from stress yourself the stress management guidelines here are just as relevant.
Stress reduction idea 1 – humour
Humour is one of the greatest and quickest devices for reducing stress.
Humour works because laughter produces helpful chemicals in the brain.
Humour also gets your brain thinking and working in a different way – it distracts you from having a stressed mindset. Distraction is a simple effective de-stressor – it takes your thoughts away from the stress, and thereby diffuses the stressful feelings.
Therefore most people will feel quite different and notice a change in mindset after laughing and being distracted by something humorous.
stress reduction idea 2 – brisk walk and self-talk
Go for a short quick really brisk walk outside.
Yes, actually leave the building.
Change your environment.
Breathe in some fresh air and smell the atmosphere…
Trees, rain, flowers, traffic fumes – doesn’t matter – stimulate your senses with new things.
On your way out keep saying to yourself out loud (and to anyone else you see, in that daft way people say “Elvis has left the building..”):
“(your name) is leaving the building.. ”
And when you are outside and free say:
“(your name) has left the building.. ”
You can extend the exercise by going to a park and jogging a little.
Or do a few star-jumps – something energetic to get your body moving and relaxing.
Or stroke a dog, or pick up some litter, or kick a kid’s football.
You can of course use other mantras or chants, depending on what you want to do and how far you want to get away from the stress causes, for example:
“(your name) is doing star-jumps/picking up litter/looking for a small non-threatening dog..” or
“(your name) is leaving/has left the industrial park/district/city/company/country..” etc, etc.
Of course this is daft, but the daftness reduces the stress by removing you from the stress in mind and body.
Doing something daft and physical – and reinforcing it with some daft chanting – opens up the world again.
stress reduction idea 3 – rehydrate
Go get a big cup or a bottle of water.
Most of us fail to drink enough water – that’s water – not tea, coffee, coke, ‘sports’ drinks, Red Bull or fruit juice…
All of your organs, including your brain, are strongly dependent on water to function properly. It’s how we are built.
If you starve your body of water you will function below your best – and you will get stressed. Physically and mentally.
Offices and workplaces commonly have a very dry atmosphere due to air conditioning, etc., which increases people’s susceptibility to de-hydration.
This is why you must keep your body properly hydrated by regularly drinking water (most people need 4-8 glasses of water a day).
You will drink more water if you keep some on your desk at all times – it’s human nature to drink it if it’s there – so go get some now.
When you drink water you need to pee. This gives you a bit of a break and a bit of exercise now and then, which also reduces stress.
When you pee you can see if your body is properly hydrated (your pee will be clear or near clear – if it’s yellow you are not taking enough water).
This will also prompt some amusing discussion and chuckling with your colleagues (“Nature calls – I’m off to the bog again…”) which is also good for reducing stress.
You do not need to buy expensive mineral water. Tap water is fine.
If you do not like the taste of tap water it’s probably because of the chlorine (aquarium fish don’t like it either), however the chlorine dissipates quite naturally after a few hours – even through a plastic bottle – so keep some ordinary tap water in the fridge for 2-3 hours and try it then. Read the rest of this entry »