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"The more that you read,

The more things you will know, 

The more that you learn, 

The more places you'll go..."

Dr. Suess 

The blog posts below pull together ideas from reading and listening to some world renown experts and linking with my thoughts, observations and experiences. These combine elements of the business world, general life and competing as an endurance athlete.  The human brain doesn't exist as an isolated entity and operates within a larger biological context. The wider effects of performance coaching are intrinsically linked to our nutrition, exercise, mindset, hormones and neurological health.

One crisp Saturday morning twenty-one intrepid individuals and Dillon the 3-year old Bassett Hound, met for the second “Street Wisdom” event to be organised at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset. Brett Sadler, Dave Wiles and Keith Harrison Broninski our designated “Street Wizards” expertly navigated us through an initial “tune in”, the main “Quest”, then final group reflections.

Street Wisdom is the brain child of David Pearl, an innovator who works in business, the arts and social change wi...

Utter the infamous words the “Marathon des Sables” amongst the running community and it’s likely you’ll receive a mix of responses…

a) OMG that race sounds insane. Why would anyone want to do that?! 

b) That sounds amazing but I’d never be able to do something like that.

c) What a challenge. Maybe once in a lifetime…cue little glint in eye ;-)

The concept originated from a solo traverse across the Sahara Desert by Patrick Bauer, a French concert promoter in 1984; two years later the Marathon des Sab...

13 Mar 2018

Sometimes it can be confusing to know what to do or how to actually get going.  The previous articles in this “Discover Coaching” series will hopefully have given you the background that you need by introducing you to a variety of areas, highlighting useful resources (websites, podcasts, books, articles), my coaching backstory, debating different qualifications and advice on how to tackle tough challenges.  The aim of this final article is to neatly pull everything together by providing you with...

Coaching qualifications present yet another conundrum to circumnavigate. It’s partly the sheer volume of coaching qualifications available, partly the vast array of course structures, content and design, partly the lack of a globally recognised professional coaching qualification*, partly the enormous range of coaching approaches and partly the hefty price tag attached to some courses.  What appears on the surface to be a simple decision like weighing up the pros and cons of buying a pair of sho...

20 Feb 2018

Chocolate                 Leadership

Vanilla                      Executive

Strawberry                Life

Choc Chip                Transition

Salted Caramel         Confidence

Caramel                    Business...

That’s easy – the toughest challenges all centre around business aspects as opposed to actual coaching.  While there have been certain coaching sessions that I’ve walked away from mulling over the specific wording of a question I have posed or an unconscious gesture that could have revealed an element of internal uncertainty or made a decision to continue working with a particular client as the remit of the original contract shifted due to wider organisational factors, the trickiest tests I’ve f...

30 Jan 2018

Following on from the first couple of “Discover Coaching Series” posts this time I focus on key TED Talks, books, articles and podcasts that I’ve tried and tested over my coaching career. This builds on the previous” post that covered different coaching professional associations and other online resources. It's also worth checking out the first post “What’s your personal coaching journey?” to start from the beginning. 

BOOKS

The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools - Sue Gornall & Jenny B...

16 Jan 2018

This “Discover Coaching” series was designed to consolidate my thoughts, experience and knowledge around coaching and present it in an accessible format for anyone who’s interested in moving into the coaching profession, introducing a coaching-culture in their organisation or simply becoming more coach-like within their everyday life. The idea was formulated after receiving several emails over the last few years which usually follow the format below:

"Hello Anna-Marie,

I hope you don’t mind me ge...

Hello Anna-Marie,

I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch, but I was wondering if I might be able to ask for some advice?  I’m thinking of gaining a coaching qualification and given your experience, I would be grateful for any thoughts/ideas you might have whenever you have a spare moment.”

My eyes scanned through the remainder of the message that echoed similar requests to many others I’ve received over the last few years. I’m always keen to support anyone who’s interested in developing their c...

* Also available on other days of the week

The Fresh Air Fridays self-development community has sprung up in pockets across south Wales and extended into south west England. The initiative is based on mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) practices that teach simple tools and techniques to support you create a happier, healthier life.

I’d stumbled across the concept online several months ago and been keen to discover more to share ideas around using nature and movement to facilitate le...

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