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Carol Harrison: It's never too late to reach your potential

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How coaching positively impacts young people

The role of a coach is to bridge the gap between where someone is, and where they would like to be. Oftentimes, coaches do this by helping their clients identify their values, beliefs, conduct a life audit and set clear goals. They ask the right questions to help people unlock their potential and empower them to take control of their lives.

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Coaching and walking - How to align your values to grow your niche by Donna Neseyif

During my training at The Coaching Academy (TCA), I was told many times the importance of 'finding a niche’.

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Peter Reece: How I coached myself to better health and a new start

My name's Pete Reece and I’m a Personal Resilience Coach, helping clients to make an ally of adversity. When I enrolled on the Personal Performance Diploma in 2010, my intention was to help other people achieve their goals and improve their well-being. One thing I didn't know was how crucial coaching was going to be in helping myself back to better health.

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Toby Marchant: Coaching elevated my career

This week, our accomplished coach, Toby Marchant shared with us how coaching profoundly enhanced his life and career. Having been in corporate life for 32 years, which culminated in being the CEO of a global, listed company, Toby embarked on his search for professional development and since, coaching has been the key for his journey of helping business leaders succeed.

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Young people: Motivations, goals and fears - by Matthew Barnes-Smith

With our Coaching within Education Accelerator Week coming soon, we asked accomplished coach, NLP Practitioner and TCA's Coaching in Education programme trainer, Matthews Barnes-Smith to share with us what it's like to work with young people.

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Natalie Potts: I began with the end in mind

I have worked in the retail industry as manager for nearly 16 years. In 2015, I felt something was missing in my life. I had always been highly motivated, driven and focused on being the best at what I put my mind to achieving great grades at school and university. I met a personal trainer, who was a coach and he made me start thinking differently. I was introduced to coaching on leadership programmes within my profession, but had a lack of understanding to the difference it could make to someone's life.

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Teenagers and big decisions in life - by Merete Langler

After 20 plus years working within the education system as a teacher and a trainer before adding coaching to my skills, I am only too aware how driven people within the education field can be by external targets and goals.

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How to make the most of your Easter long-weekend

Long weekends are the perfect opportunity to recharge, refocus and be productive. The key is to be intentional with your time and to focus on balance. In doing so, you can enjoy the right mix of relaxation, and tackling the tasks you've been putting off.

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Federica Biagini: My worthwhile adventure

This week, our wonderful coach, Federica Biagini from Germany recalled her exciting coaching adventure and how she found her calling as an empowerment coach. Federica also shared with us how coaching helped her to overcome her limiting beliefs and life obstacles to reach her goals. Federica is now building her coaching practice while utilising her coaching skills to support her team at work in her new capacity as a Head of Training & Development.

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The power of visualisation and self-image

Self-image is how you think and feel about yourself. It can be constructed from the experiences you've had, the decisions you've made and your values and beliefs. While much of what making up your self-image begins with external influences, your internal filters also play a large part. As, along the way, you can pick up a trend of negative self-talk and this internal dialogue creates patterns deep in our subconscious. Challenging this negative self-image is difficult, however, techniques like visualisation can enable you to build a better self-image.

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Sarah Keeley - My light bulb moment

It was early 2015 when I was working as a graduate intern at the University of Cumbria in Student Services, a role I sort of fell into. One of my mentors, a careers adviser herself, recommended the Free 2-Day event that The Coaching Academy runs. I knew nothing about coaching, but I thought it sounded interesting. I booked myself on and within a couple of hours on the first day - it hit me; it was a light bulb moment. This is what I want to do...

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How your personality affects your time management

Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to have enough time? Whereas other people are always busy and rushing to finish tasks at the last minute? More often than not, it comes down to time management.

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Wioleta Wydrych: I was re-born and connected!

This week, our lovely fulfillment coach, Wioleta Wydrych shared with us her remarkable self-discovery journey and how coaching empowered her to re-design her life and started doing what she loved. From feeling like dying to being born again, Wioleta has found her life purpose and started her own coaching practice where she passionately helps people to follow their heart, find fulfillment and live their dream. We hope you enjoy reading Wioleta's inspiring story!

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Infographic: 5 ways to improve yourself in 10 minutes

When people consider improving themselves, they often think of the big picture goals - changing careers, losing weight, learning a language, and so on. However, as any coach will tell you, there are many little steps on the journey to self-improvement and breaking down these grandeur goals can make all the difference in the long run.

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Sarah Pollard: I am on my path

Coaching has been a very useful element of my toolkit as part of leadership development and project management for many years. It was, however, the return to work following the birth of my second child, seven years ago, that made me appreciate the true power of coaching. I was lucky enough to receive coaching, as part of an executive development programme, prior to my return from maternity leave.

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Schoolchildren use the word stress regularly, research suggests

Young people, aged between 8 and 11, regularly use the word 'stress', new research suggests. A survey of 1,000 children in England found that 9 in 10 of the respondents use the word stress often. Furthermore, 90% of children felt that their parents are 'not there' because they are distracted by their phone.

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4 simple NLP techniques for success

Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) is defined by its co-founder, Richard Bandler as 'an attitude of curiosity that leaves behind a trail of techniques.' It began by studying and modelling the best communicators and outstanding individuals and has roots in behaviour psychology, general semantics, cognitive behavioural therapy, to highlight a few. As a discipline, NLP offers a collection of useful techniques, as well as an empowering way of thinking.

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Katrina Ramsden: My fulfilling coaching journey

This week, our lovely coach, Katrina Ramsden reflected on her inspiring coaching journey as she's searching for life fulfilment and challenge. She shared with us how coaching enhanced her career and enabled her to relish a more positive work-life balance. She also revealed how coaching boosted her self-confidence and empowered her to develop a positive, solution-based mindset to overcome her life obstacles and accomplish more than she believed possible. We hope you enjoy.

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Debra McAndrew: My life-changing journey

This week, our accomplished coach and 2018 Coaching Within Education Award winner, Debra McAndrew shared with us her inspiring coaching journey and how coaching transformed her life and career. Debra also shared her amazing 2018 Awards experience and how this has benefited her launch of a new website targeting a new market within the Early Years and Childcare Sector where she has been working for nearly 30 years.

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3 ways to boost your happiness instantly

Happiness is a sense of joy, contentment and is linked to our overall sense of wellbeing. Often referred to as 'the pursuit of happiness,' the idea of this contentment has become somewhat elusive.

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Barbara Guignard - Coaching truly enhanced my career

This week our accomplished and talented coach, Barbara Guignard who speaks 5 languages fluently, shared with us her inspiring journey and how coaching truly enhanced her career. Within 10 months of studying alongside her busy full-time business consulting job, Barbara completed TCA Personal Performance Diploma and set up her own coaching business within 4 months after qualifying. Coaching has become a big part of her life and remarkably empowered her self-discovery and belief. Barbara believes motivation is the key to success and for her, having a full-time job should not be a barrier to one’s entrepreneurial aspirations.

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4 simple ways to feel more awe in your life

Awe is an emotion that has a powerful impact on you and it is experienced with your entire body. You might, for example, get goose-bumps, tears may flood your eyes and a smile is often transfixed on your face. When we are children, these moments seem to flood our daily lives. However, as we grow up experiencing moments of awe seems to be few and far between.

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Nicky Peachment – No regrets leaving my 20-year full-time job

This week our accomplished coach, Nicky Peachment shared her incredible journey and why she had no regrets leaving her 20-year full-time job to embark on a new journey that has fulfilled her dream. Having completed two Diplomas with distinction, Nicky is now excited to launch her own coaching practice and charity coaching programmes. We hope you enjoy reading Nicky’s brave journey…

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Marta Rodriguez-Karpowicz - A whole new chapter of my life

This week our wonderful coach, Marta Rodriguez-Karpowicz shared with us her inspiring coaching journey and how coaching empowered her to achieve her daring goals. As a busy mum of 3 kids with a full-time job, Marta faced huge challenges on her learning journey. It is through coaching, Marta revealed, she had learned to overcome her challenges, limiting beliefs, fears and finally found her life purpose. She is now excited to enter a whole new chapter of her life. We hope you enjoy reading Marta’s story.

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How to manage and motivate any team - By Dave Pill

I remember, many years ago I was asked to deliver a motivational workshop to a group who were (as their manager said) totally de-motivated. Always ready for a challenge, I of course said YES! (in a motivated manner).

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How to clear your mind clutter and regain your focus

Mental clutter refers to times when our mind has too many thoughts which makes it difficult to process and focus. A cluttered mind is disrupting and it hinders our productivity, balance and even our mental health. You know the feeling: you’re forgetting important dates, you feel as if you’re being pulled in a hundred different directions, and you’re unable to finish a project or task from beginning to end.

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Blanka Molnar – I fulfilled my dream!

This week we caught up with our wonderful coach, Blanka Molnar as she shared how coaching transformed her life and helped her on her self-discovery journey. Blanka finally found her calling and achieved what she had always dreamed about. We hope you enjoy reading Blanka’s inspiring journey and find her coaching top tips useful.

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Are you ready to invest in yourself?

Investing in yourself is the most important thing you can spend your time and money on. It is one of the best returns on investment you can have because developing yourself both personally and professionally is the surest way to achieve your goals and future success.

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How to use self-reflection for your personal growth

If you want to achieve any goal, improve yourself or advance your skills, you need to understand 3 things clearly: what you want to achieve, where you are now and how you can bridge the gap between them.

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Lisa Zevi - Why I became a coach

Before agreeing to attend The Coaching Academy’s 2-Day event with a friend who really wanted to go, I had no idea what coaching was. I definitely came into it with an ignorant and cynical view about 'fluffy’ life coaches, determined not to be 'taken in’ by any of it.

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Katie Stoddart – Coaching kicked start my new life

Meet our 2018 Best Newcomer winner, Katie Stoddart as she shares how coaching radically transformed her life and empowered her, just 4 months after she discovered coaching, to kick start a fresh and truly rewarding career from her several-year engineer role. We hope you enjoy reading Katie’s inspiring journey…

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5 sure-fire beliefs to blitz procrastination

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Whether it’s putting off a work project, avoiding daily chores or even postponing your long-held goals, procrastination is an easy pitfall that even the most productive people can fall into. In fact, around 95% of us will procrastinate at one point or another, according to research by psychologist Dr Pier Steels.

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4 ways to stay motivated to reach your goals

As the clock counts down from one year to the next, amid the cheers of 'Happy New Year,’ many people vow to pursue their dreams. This is because the new year brings a fresh start, and a starting point for people to go after their long-held goals. This surge of purpose goes hand in hand with the idea of setting new year resolutions, a practice that stirs up a dichotomy of emotions in people.

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Julie Nowak – The power of coaching

This week, Julie Nowak, our passionate coach, shares her long-held dream and how coaching has empowered her to become a coaching specialist in her role. Truly inspired by the power of coaching, Julie has been continually developing her coaching skills ever since and her qualification has been opening doors for her as she begins a new phase in her life. We hope you find Julie’s coaching top tips useful.

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Setting resolutions that stick

January is right around the corner, bringing with it new opportunities to grow and thrive in our personal and professional lives. The tradition of setting new year’s resolutions is a great way to kick start the year because they provide a chance to reflect on our goals and dreams. Ultimately, new year resolutions are just goals that are prompted by the fresh start of the year.

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How to beat the winter blues

The winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a common form of depression that is associated with winter time. In the UK alone, one in three people suffer from SAD and the disorder can affect anyone, at any age. Research has linked SAD to the long periods of darkness that we experience during this time of year. SAD can affect your mood and energy levels, leaving you feeling lethargic, irritable and a little blue. Thankfully, there are a number of tried and tested strategies to boost your spirits.

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Reg Goslin - My light bulb moment

I had a fabulous career with one of the biggest businesses in the UK. My role was a sales contributor and later on sales leader. Although I enjoyed my role, I always found that I preferred the softer side of leadership, through working with people's development more than the operational side of driving the business.

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Dealing with difficult people at Christmas

As one famous Christmas song would have us believe - “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” And for many people it is……. ’Tis the season to be jolly, where families come together and celebrate in the spirit of togetherness and joy but for some, family time together can be awkward, challenging and almost intolerable!

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Rachael McGarrie – I'm living my passion & purpose

At 16, I was the deer in headlights, walking out of the school gates in a surreal slow motion, surrounded by a thickening fog thinking, “What happens next!”. After studying Media Production at college and then taking a year out, I then signed up to University for a Business Management Degree so at least I was heading in some kind of direction. I then fell into a call centre, then into another sales role, working in companies where I just felt I didn’t belong. This then led me into the Personal Development world where I started to learn and grow in knowledge and understanding. I instantly felt 'at home’ here.

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Stevie Worsell – Coaching transformed my mindset

We caught up with our wonderful coach, Stevie Worsell for a Q&A session in the Coach in The Spotlight column as he shares how coaching shifted his perspectives and empowered him to help others to grow and fulfil their dreams. Stevie also lends some great coaching top tips, which we hope you find useful…

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