Showing posts with label Work-Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Work-Life. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

7 Ways to Make Early Wins As A Coach

  Ways to Make Early Wins


Starting a Second Career (As a Coach)? 7 Ways to Make Early Wins

The personal characteristics of people who want to be a coach are as important as their educational requirements. More often, it is not enough to be certified as a coach to secure early wins. Whether you’re a personal coach or a business coach, your capacity to be caring, patient, cheerful, and open-minded, and to believe that everyone can change and develop, is essential. 

If you’re starting a second career as a coach and looking for some techniques to build your credibility, here are seven ways to make early wins.

First, you need to understand and focus on your new role. 

Whatever your previous career was, you should forget about it. Pay attention to what your new role requires. Prepare yourself physically and mentally. Carefully examine which part of your new job is critical to success and work on it. This will greatly help you make the leap from your first career to the present one.

Second, learn about the people (the clients) you are working with.

Are you working with students who are looking to gain insights on the next steps in their career path? Are you dealing with professional individuals seeking to improve confidence or entrepreneurs wanting to enhance their personal impact and performance in their current role? Or are you working with an organization seeking to build a strong team for optimum work efficiency?

Third, you need to plan your strategy to help clients achieve each of their goals.

Set short-term targets that you can deliver within the first few days of meeting with your clients. Make the first impression of being a results-oriented, passionate coach. With immediate results, your clients will be able to build their confidence in you.
Wins As A Coach

Fourth, create a welcoming atmosphere to start building effective relationships.

Your clients should see you not only as their coach but also as their friend with whom they can discuss their feelings and thoughts without being judged.

Fifth, manage expectations right from the very beginning. Listen to their requests and clarify if needed.

Many leaders commit the mistake of thinking that what had made them successful at getting to the top would work the same way in their new role as a coach. Coaching is a totally different thing. You have to learn new skills, and one of them is the skill of listening.

Listen to their needs. Pay attention to non-verbal cues. Remember, these people approach you because they want to improve their personality. Sometimes, what they say is different from what you see.

Sixth, make a “contract” with your clients.

Agree on how things should be done. This way, you and your clients will have a clear picture of what to expect from the program and know which direction you are going.

Seventh, use varied methods in helping your clients realize their true potentials.

Use a combination of thought-provoking questionnaires, individual interviews, and group discussions.
Because every person is unique, you must invest time into working with the clients on an individual basis as often as possible. It is important for you and your client to get to know one another so that he or she will feel free to discuss their concerns and feelings and to ask questions they might find awkward or embarrassing. 

During individual discussions, you can help your client reach an understanding of how to overcome obstacles in life. When you are able to clarify a person’s true values and goals, you can help him face his difficulties realistically and learn to cope more readily with the problems of his daily life.
Sometimes, it is appropriate to discuss problems or issues with a large or small group. In group discussions, attitudes, values, and feelings are emphasized. Some students are also more comfortable speaking and discussing problems in small groups. The beneficial result of doing group discussions is the sense of belongingness. 

People of the same age, especially young ones, have similar concerns, but they view these concerns differently. By discussing them in a group, they will soon realize that they are not alone. And this helps lift the burden they are feeling. In return, listening to the views of other people can be informative.

Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How To Run A Business While Traveling. Tips For Entrepreneurs on the Go

For most entrepreneurs, traveling is part and parcel of running a business. No matter how large or small the operations are, there will always be local and international trips and meetings to go to. However, there are businesses which require their owners or managers to stay extended periods away from home. In some cases, they need to be away for six months at a time. Here is where it becomes challenging to run a business while one is constantly on the go.

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Staying at a foreign place for several weeks or months can take a toll on any person, regardless of how busy his schedule may be. The distance, time difference, and physical separation from loved ones and family can cause even the most determined business person to be homesick and want to come home. There’s also a concern over health issues, food, and language difference. All of these, however, can be dealt with given the right planning and scheduling. Chats and phone calls can help bridge the communication gap during the months that one is away. True, it’s not the same as physically being there, but arrangements can be made to have family come over for a quick visit at certain times.

Keeping a detailed schedule also makes it easier to run a business while traveling. Having all of your meetings and conferences scheduled as tightly as you can in one day leaves you with some free time to catch up with friends and family, explore the place, dine out and most importantly -exercise!

Time Management Tools To Help Get You More Time

If you’re keen on living the nomadic life for the sake of entrepreneurship, this infographic is for you. We’re sharing the best tips and tricks to make living out of a suitcase more bearable and pleasant.

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How do you manage your business on the go? Please share your thoughts in the comment box. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

7 killer tools to change your words from ‘Damn, I don’t have time’ to ‘Great! I have immense time’.


Time Management Tools To Help Get You More Time 

Are you the freaky one who yells all the time ‘I don’t have time’, ‘My life is becoming miserable’, ‘I am ruining my relationships, Gosh, Wish I could have 48 hours in a day’, ‘If I could have more time, I could have quit my job and started my own business’ and list of such thoughts is never going to end. 

But why do few people not make excuses and are very happy with their work, life, and love? Do they have 48 hours in a day? Do they have enough money to purchase time as in American dystopian science fiction In Time? Or are they built to do the task more productively and manage their time more effectively? 

Hope, you agree to the last statement. Yeah, it is true but they are not built by birth, rather they work smartly and use these simple but effective tools to manage their time more effectively than those who don’t use it. So what are you waiting for, just pick one of the apps for managing your time and increasing productivity and you become a smart person. 

Here we go – top 10 the most effective tools and apps for time management and increasing productivity 

1. Focus Booster 


It is one of my best choices because it helps me the lot to stay focused by removing anxiety, procrastination and even confusions regarding multiple tasks at a time. It works on the principles of the pomodoro technique which says – Do more and have fun with time management. 

Below are some more benefits that you can avail with Focus Booster

Instant focus 
It will empower you to maintain focus and manage distractions. Stay focused and fresh to get more done.

Farewell timesheets
It Keeps track of your time in the simplest way. Your priority work and schedules are automatically recorded in your timesheets so you no longer have the headache of trying to recall where your time went.

Better work habits
Use simple dashboard reporting to visualize progress and rhythm to help further improve your productivity. Quickly generate invoices or reports from CSV exports to share with clients and managers.

Get your life back
Discover work/life balance. Finish your work more quickly and thoroughly, breaks will keep you fresh and reports will measure progress and productivity to help you find areas for improvement. Live.

2. Evernote 


It is a free tool which helps you record data in three formats text, audio, and video. This superb tool is highly productive as it lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device. 
It says, ‘Inspiration strikes anywhere’ so it is most productive even when you travel. 

Out of numerous features, below ones are my favorites.

Have your notes everywhere
Capture a note once, and it’s instantly available on all your devices. Never worry about where you saved something because it’s in Evernote, and Evernote is wherever you are.

Find anything fast
Whether it’s text, images or documents, you keep things for a reason. That’s why Evernote makes sure the notes you’ve saved are easy to find. You can even search for handwritten words buried deep within your notes.

Now, Evernote offers an add-on called EverClip. If you find something interesting on The Web, you can save URLs, images, text etc. to Evernote. 

3. Remember The Milk


It is a smart-to-do app for busy people. It offers an easy way to prioritize your work and remind you automatically, so you don’t have to stress your head to remember things. A task to remember can be as simple as taking milk from a shop, paying your bills or submitting your assignments. 

It magically compatible with all devices so you get reminded by email, text, IM, Twitter, and mobile apps (Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10). With this app, you can break your tasks into subtasks, which break your tasks down into smaller, more manageable pieces. You can create any number of subtasks for a task, and those subtasks can have their own subtasks, too.

Moreover, you can get the things done together with your colleagues or friends Share your lists and give tasks to them to get things done faster.

4. Don’t Break The Chain |

It helps you improve your habits. One day at a time. is an online motivational instrument in view of the "don't break the chain" strategy that helps you assemble great propensities and break terrible ones. Every day you finish an assignment you need to keep up, a visual streak develops. The streak will develop longer with every day and soon your fundamental inspiration is to keep the chain from breaking. You can browse a few fun skins to coordinate your action and join gatherings to discover inspiration from different clients. online administration is totally allowed to utilize and there's an iPhone application accessible in the App Store to help you adhere to your propensities wherever you are.

5. 3030.binaryhammer

The company website says, “You have never experienced a task manager like this!” It  is named one of the 100 best apps ever made under time management apps for iOS by Tap! magazine. 

This completely free app has completely gesture-based interface free of clutter. This app will help you to divide tasks into 30-minute time periods with breaks in between. 30/30 provides a comprehensive dashboard for task completion time, which helps you plan additional course schedules or assignments if any comes promptly. 

6. compatible with android and iOS provides proven ways to achieve your goals. It helps you build your career. Get in shape or learn a new skill. It is rather a personal improvement app it can help you overcome laziness and coldness in your work.

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Albeit, this feature works like facebook in which you get a community of friends with similar thoughts and interests who help each other sharing ideas and encouraging positive actions. A friend gives you 'props' when he likes your thoughts. This tool provides one to one coaching simultaneously - an excellent way to receive positive encouragement for personal or professional goals.

7. Launchy – Work faster, smarter 


I have been using this tiny software for more than 4 years. It awesome when comes to search on windows. Just a combination of Alt+Space bar can give you few more space in your life. Few minutes per day will count hour per week. 

It works best every time when you want to search anything on your computer. It launches your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier, faster and better. 

I think out of above 7 tools one is going to work for you. So choose the one today and get rid of excuses and open more space for opportunities in your life. Remember, time is money nowadays. Get more time for you and your family. Enjoy the life. 

I would love to hear from you about the tools and apps that you find productive and helpful in managing time. Please share in the comment box below.

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