My body language was saying “No…”, but my head was saying something entirely different: What your body language says about you.

I had my own coaching session recently. It was about my procrastination regarding completing some essays I need for a professional qualification. Quite frankly I am bored to tears listening to myself talk about this issue and actually didn’t want to “share” again, but I found myself volunteering, and there was no going back. The first question was “What do you want to talk about today” and I launched into my spiel about where I was with the essays, how I felt about them, etc. I talked with...
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Setting realistic goals to achieve amazing results

I’ve started running again.  Regularly.  I can say this publicly now as I started before Christmas and I’m still doing it. It’s not a New Year resolution and in fact, I’m up to twice a week.   Not bad for a 48 year old, not-very- fit mum of two. Why should you care about this?  Well, I only mention it because I’m undoing an old habit (no exercise) and establishing a new one (some exercise).  Very slowly.  And I thought you might be interested in how I’m doing. I’ve taken small steps and not ma...
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What do you need to move forward in 2016? Clarity? Trust? Both?

I read this very interesting blog in December from a former coach, Corrina Gordon-Barnes who is taking a sabbatical from her life of self employment.  I liked it because it posed a thought provoking idea for me.  Do you need to be clear before you make a leap to do something different (for example)?  or do you need trust - in yourself, in the idea that something will happen - before you do so? Corrina might be seen as 'brave' for what she's doing.  Giving up her well established and successfu...
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New season, new month, new term – could this time of year be the start of something new for you?

New season, new term, new month – whatever September means to you, it’s a great month for considering change. September is the new January.  What?  I hear you say.  No it’s not.  It’s the ninth month of the year, not the first.  It’s not a time for changing anything, or doing anything new…or is it? It’s the start of a new season – autumn.  For some, it means going back to school (we should all be back in the swing of that routine now).  Some people are going back to work after a holida...
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August……A time to relax and a time to think

August is almost upon us, and in my previous life working for a busy radio station it was known as the “silly season”.  Stories that would have never seen the light of day at any other time of the year, suddenly made it into the running order. Maybe for you though, August is a time to get away somewhere you can unwind, relax…and think. That time to think is very important. As you sit in a deck chair, admire a view, or lie on a beach, you may find you now have time to listen to a nig...
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Stage fright & the importance of practice, practice, practice

Sweaty palms?  Tightness in your chest?  Mind going blank?  If you hate presenting, this might all sound too familiar.  So familiar perhaps that you avoid doing presentations altogether.  Ouch. But avoiding the issue could be make or break for your career or that promotion you want. First of all, know this:  you are not alone.  Everyone experiences this – even the greatest public speakers do.  Don’t believe me?  Have a look at Steve Jobs and his first public TV interview. See how nervous and ...
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What are your values?

I ask this question as I’ve been asking it myself recently.  What are my current values, and have they changed since I started my working life? Well, yes they have.  They’ve changed as I’ve changed. But why are they important?  And how do you find out what they are? Discovering your values with a coach helps you understand why you do what you do.  It helps to discover what you like doing and, importantly, what you don’t like doing.  If your values and beliefs are in conflict with your envi...
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At a crossroads? Might it be time to choose a new direction?

When Prince Harry announced he was leaving military service and admitted he was at a “crossroads”, it set me thinking that other people must often find themselves at their own crossroads too.  You’ve done a particular job, or had a particular way of life, and then, for whatever reason, it comes to an end.  It can knock you for six. Less than four years ago, I was also at a crossroads too. The BBC was moving my department, Radio 5live, up to Salford.  As a family, we decided it was not for us ...
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Get £100 back from me, if you book the Golden Ticket Coaching Programme before Midnight on Saturday 31 January 2015 In less than two weeks it’ll be February. This set me thinking about resolutions and goal setting – you know, all the stuff you say you’re going to do at the beginning of the new year… and then as February gets closer… it seems your ambitions, promises to yourself – your resolutions – slowly unravel. Am I right? It could be that you have set your sights too high and nee...
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