March 2015 Newsletter
Mark Walsh’s session on Tuesday, “Beyond the Braintaxi”, was, I hear, really well received and looked great fun!
I was unfortunately unable to attend due to being unwell (10 days with a very debilitating flu virus – have you had it, too?) combined with a gas leak leaving me with no heating or hot water at home this week ☹. I really missed being with you all and was really looking forward to this session!
Many thanks to Isabelle Bano for her ongoing brilliant support and to Claire Palmer for stepping in at short notice to host the event on the night. Mark and his manager, Elizabeth Dunn, led a highly interactive session and would love to come back to LCG again so if you missed them this time, do keep an eye out for the possibility of them returning in the future…
Mark is kicking himself for not having asked you for your email details and we don’t share them with third parties so if you would like to find out more about his trainings or receive updates from them, do make contact with them. Also, they are offering a 10% discount to all LCG members on their April Course … Here is a special offer from Mark -
“The Embodied Facilitator Course teaches coaches and trainers practical skills for working with the body. It is the only multiple-perspective embodiment course for facilitators in the world, and is now in it's third year starting April 2015. Tutors include Mark Walsh, Francis Briers, Wendy Palmer and Paul Linden http://www.embodiedfacilitator.com/. If you would like to join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org but be quick the course starts on Friday 10th April! “
If you attended the event please do give us your feedback here - Beyond the Braintaxi - Feedback
The feedback from last month's session was very positive with both the topic and the speaker being scored as either "excellent" or "good" by all respondents.
Here is one of the comments we received from you about Jeremy's event – "I was able to consider some of my limiting beliefs as I pondered after the event and have today taken a bold step as a result of my insights. I would like to thank Jeremy for the inspiration and reminder that ultimately has led to an important decision and leaves me feeling energised and enthusiastic."
Thank you also to Julian Burton for his visual of Jeremy’s event!
We also want to acknowledge your feedback about both the size of the room as our numbers grow and the lack of tea and coffee facilities - we are now limiting all events to 50 maximum and will consider moving to a larger room once we have had a opportunity to gauge the appetite for a larger space and increased costs of that. Tea and coffee adds a considerable cost to monthly bill so we are balancing the expenses with ticket prices. We are currently investigating the cost of a new, updated website which we believe you'll appreciate so are keeping a keen eye on raising funds slowly through all successfully sold out events. You will see a question about this in this month's extra feedback survey so do please let us know your views - Improving Your LCG Meeting Experience
On April 28th we will be welcoming John Whittington to the LCG for his workshop "Systemic Coaching and Constellations”. Click here to access LCG Events. This event has already SOLD OUT! Due to the nature of the session we had to limit numbers to 36 so we are really sorry that many of you will have missed out on this opportunity to experience constellations work.
You can view and book all future events here - Future LCG Events. Details about Claire Pedrick, MCC's session, “Inside the Coach’s Head” in May is now live on the website, too, and bookings have already been made. "Here is an opportunity to observe a master coach coaching live. And a chance to pause her, ask what she is thinking and what choices she is making." A member of the audience will also have the opportunity to be coached by Claire.
Bloggers - do let us have your reflections on any sessions you attend. What does the London Coaching Group mean to you? What do you most enjoy about it? Which has been your favourite event? Who have you met through the Group? How would you describe LCG to someone who'd never attended before?
Remember to follow us on Twitter @LondonCoachingGrp and let other coaches know about us! We are attracting a steady stream of followers and are even getting retweets that are t by myself, Kish or Isabelle ☺
I am looking forward to having Kish back next week so we both look forward to seeing you in April.
Have a wonderful Easter and a great month!
If you are having trouble opening the links cut and paste into your browser
Beyond The Braintaxi - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6MT9G3B
Help LCG Improve Facilities - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6D63GM8
LCG Events - http://www.londoncoachinggroup.co.uk/events/
Inside the Coach’s Head - http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inside-the-coachs-head-claire-pedrick-tickets-15930784405
February 2015 Newsletter
Jeremy Lazarus joined us for his session on Changing Beliefs Conversationally on Tuesday. "It is so exciting to be standing in a room of 50+ people. It's such a privilege to be here, presenting to such an enthusiastic group. I will come back again anytime!" he said.
He offered the group some theory and plenty of practical experiences of changing their own beliefs. The buzz in the room was palpable as we worked in plenary (1 coach:50 participants – nice work, J!) and in small groups exploring this simple yet powerful technique. He very generously gave away 5 of his books in a prize draw, too - congratulations to the lucky winners and thank you, Jeremy!
Feedback forms will be sent to attendees within the week – we would really value your feedback so please do look out for the link and take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Here are some of the comments we received from you about last month’s event with Lisa Farr –
“Practical and good humoured speaker”
“Enjoyable, thought provoking, well priced, varied”
“A lot of very good information, succinct, to the point and immediately useful”
We heard that a few LCGer’s have been successful in accessing the Growth Voucher funding, too… Hoorah.
On March 24th we will be welcoming Mark Walsh to the LCG for his workshop "Beyond the Braintaxi: the body in coaching". Click on the link to see more about this workshop. If you really, really want to be there do make sure to book in advance as, if we sell out again, you may not be able to get a ticket on the door.
You can view and book all future events here - Future LCG Events. Coming soon – details of our May event (taking place on May 26th not the 19th as previously advertised) when we look forward to welcoming Claire Pedrick, MCC for her session, “Inside the Coach’s Head” during which she will coach a member of the audience and take questions from the audience about what she, as coach, is thinking or doing at any stage in the process.
And finally, we put out a call asking for volunteers to write a blog about the LCG events and this month we have had two offers. Thank you to Vivian Wood and Evelyn Cotter for stepping forward. You can already read Vivian’s blog on the LCG website (Vivian's blog) and Evelyn’s will be coming soon. If you have the time and inclination too, do let us know as we would love to publish yours.
Our Twitter following is growing steadily (thank you, Isabelle!) so do follow us and Tweet about your experiences - @LondonCoachGrp.
Have a great month!
Deborah & Isabelle
Vivian Wood's Blog - Changing Beliefs Conversationally ...
Writing a blog – I could never do that!
In this excellent and highly interactive session we explored values and beliefs, focussing on self limiting beliefs and how we all manage to sabotage ourselves.
Most of us enjoy setting ourselves a challenge and one member of the group raised the issue of working with coaching clients who, despite their best efforts, are never going to achieve their stated goal or outcome. Jeremy encouraged us to look beyond the goal itself and consider how much progress had been made. For example, if 100% cannot be achieved and the client has got to 95% - that is still a major achievement and not to be underestimated. He suggested looking at the process and breaking that down into various components, similar to milestones in a project plan, and how many of those have been achieved or delivered.
Considering other measure of success made me think of my imminent skiing holiday and my frustration with the fact that I will never be a really good skier! I learned to ski relatively late in life (at the age of 30!) and I only ever go skiing once a year. An instructor once told me that if I spent a whole season skiing I’d become a really good skier – sadly, that has never been an option. In the meantime I have come to terms with fact that I will probably only ever be a good intermediate skier but I still enjoy being up in the mountains, in the fresh air, enjoying all that amazing scenery and always striving to improve my skiing.
It also made me think that sometimes we need to be a bit kinder to ourselves and celebrate what we have achieved, rather than focussing on what we haven’t. As we say in NLP – there is no failure, only learning.
We were delighted to see so many of you at the first LCG event of the year! Thank you for coming. We had a record turnout of 62 attendees, approximately 1/3 of whom were new to the group. We have launched a Twitter account and are pleased to be slowly increasing our following - do follow us @LondonCoachGrp.
Lisa Farr captivated the audience with her "How to Avoid Seven Expensive Mistakes When Marketing Your Coaching Practice” workshop and offered very valuable and practical advice which was well received by all. Those of you who attended will have received handouts and tips from Lisa (if you haven’t, do let us know) and details about a grant for Growth Vouchers (up to £2000) available until the end of March - let us know if you get the grant and what you use it on. We would love to hear your news - feel free to Tweet about it, too! Feedback forms will be sent to attendees today - we would really value your feedback.
Our next event will, as usual, take place on the last Tuesday of the month. We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Lazarus back for his workshop on Changing beliefs conversationally. Click on the link to see more about this workshop. We hope to see you there.
Kish will be away for the next 2 months travelling in Australia and New Zealand (have a great time, Kish!) so Isabelle Bano has kindly offered to assist Deborah with both February and March events- many thanks, Isabelle.
You can view and book all future events here - Future LCG Events. We will add future speakers to the page as we book them.
And finally, if any of you would like to write a short blog about an LCG event you attend we would be delighted to publish it on the LCG website and via Twitter - if you have the time and inclination, do let us know - one per month would be great.
You will be receiving one newsletter, like this, at then end of each month and two further reminders about the upcoming event in each month - one 2 weeks before the event and a final reminder the day before it. We hope that you will find these communications useful, informative and in the right frequency to keep LCG events in your mind.
Have a great month!
Kish and Deborah