Tips on Best Practices for Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meeting Tips
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Like with any group meetings, I often see and hear from people at the end, muttering to themselves ‘I didn’t have to go to that meeting’ or words to the effect, they feel their time was wasted. Designing virtual meetings is no different.

  • POW – Purpose of meeting? Objective of meeting? And Why me? If the host of the meeting hasn’t made Purpose/Objective/Why me clear, then email them for clarity.

Thought: Otherwise, one can go from meeting to meeting and not get any work done.

  • Depending on the context of the meeting, you want to send the agenda and docs at least 48hrs before the scheduled meeting.

Thought: It’s had to have a sensible debate if you don’t know what your going to debate about.

  • Allow time to debate, and have roles as to who are the Time Keeper, Host/Facilitator, Note Taker and Techie for uploading shared docs and IT fixer.

Thought: Have someone ready to step in to continue the discussion should a participant suddenly have broadband issues and can’t be heard.

  • Keep building relationships as even though video conferencing is great, but you can lose rapport with participants. Keep them engaged by seeking each of their input and perspectives on the topics.

Thought: With virtual meetings you can’t rely on visual cues, so listen to their tonality, emotion, content and commitment. It requires deep listening skills. Be comfortable with silence as participants gather their thoughts before answering questions.

  • Be sure that all participants understand their accountabilities and ownership of projects discussed.

Thought: The 3 W’s – Who? What? When?

  • Follow up meeting with an email clarifying anything that was perhaps not made clear on the call and summarise agreed action points.

Thought: Follow up with a one on one call with those that find that form of communication easier, the quiet ones.

until we meet again…

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BIO: Johnathan Brooks MA, PG Dip, MAC is an experienced Life/Career Executive Coach with 1,500+ hrs in the field, who has trained in a wide range of personal development methods including CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (postgrad), EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Master NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming,  has a Postgraduate Diploma Degree in ‘Coaching and NLP’, which he passed with a ‘Commendation’, a Master of Arts in ‘Applied Coaching’ and certified Firework Career Coach. He is based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Bio Trivia: Johnathan is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe and whose godfather was Yul Brynner who won an Oscar for the King and I (1957).

He is a full member of the Association for Coaching (MAC), full member of the European and Mentoring Council (UK) and a professional member of the Association of NLP.

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Career Change Is Possible

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“When I first heard about career coaching I was feeling very bad about my job. I had gotten to a point where I felt very stuck, increasingly stressed and was not happy. I was very sceptical about careers coaching, I felt like it would just make me feel worse and that I already knew the solutions to my problems but was just powerless to do anything about them. 

With every session from the very first one I have gone in feeling very low and come out with a new energy and with some positive actions to go away and make things happen. The sessions have had a positive effect on how I view my work life but have also helped me significantly with my home life and stresses outside of work. I have found the sessions a really good forum to voice my frustrations in a safe environments and to get support in identifying what is wrong, why it affects me so much and what I can do to address it. I have learnt a lot about myself, what I want from a career and have ultimately ended up finding a different role that matches better with my core values.

Before going into the careers coaching I didn’t know what I wanted, I just knew I didn’t want what I had. Now I have a much clearer picture and am genuinely excited to make the next steps (transition) and work towards a clearer goal. I am incredibly grateful for the help I have received and would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their work life.” ~ SL

Wishing you all a MERRY Christmas and an abundant New Year!

Walk in Peace;

Walk in Beauty

until we meet again…

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BIO: Johnathan Brooks MA, PG Dip, MAC is an expert Life/Career Executive Coach with 1,500+ hrs experience, who has trained in a wide range of personal development methods including CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (postgrad), EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Master NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming,  has a Postgraduate Diploma Degree in ‘Coaching and NLP’ which he passed with a ‘Commendation’, a Master of Arts in ‘Applied Coaching’ and certified Firework Career Coach. He is based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Bio Trivia: Johnathan is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.

He is a full member of the Association for Coaching (MAC), full member of the European and Mentoring Council (UK) and a professional member of the Association of NLP.

 

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The Use of Cards in Coaching

AngelI’ve always been interested in how cards can be used in coaching sessions, some directly and in-directly.

In my personal practice I normally work on a new client about 30 mins before they arrive not necessarily knowing what the problem is yet. One of the first things I do is draw an angel card and I see how this relates to the client’s issue that day, but without telling them about the cards. I’ve been working like this for the last 17 years. I think of it as observational research and the cards always without fail relates to the clients situation in some way. Cards have been a great aid for asking insightful coaching questions that then lead to very creative sessions.

Recently for a new client, I drew the angel card of Fun, next I pulled the Trickster from the Native American Path cards, which is also as it happens to be about laughing at the realisation of the crooked path one is on and not to be so serious. The next card I pulled from the Medicine Cards deck was Beaver, which is about working hard and working together. I then let it be and see what opened up during the session.

During the session he mentioned social anxiety (not working together), he was retired and wanted to use his time more effectively but didn’t know what to do with his time, but wanted fun. He also mentioned that he got frustrated with others and gave the example of road rage he gets. So anger became our first piece of change work that session, as the anger also affected his personal relationship with his partner.

When he left, guess what his personalised car number plate was? Ans: FUN

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Praying v’s Manifestation

The whole basis to Lynn McTaggat’s work is that everything is a constantly fluctuating mass of energy which all of creation exists from and it is our thoughts that influence this mass of energy which shapes our individual reality. And that God = Zero Point Field or Cosmos or The Source Or Mystery. Coming from this belief, it is hard to imagine that God is a person!
Therefore, God is only a label and not a male person. The only advantage to referring to God as a person is that it makes it easier to explain life in some way, in much the same way Native Americans refer to stones as the ‘stone people’ or the ‘tree people’, because everything has consciousness.
The main disadvantage of referring to God as a person though is that you set beliefs that God is up there in the sky which leads to beliefs of separateness between us, nature, the universe, and God, which the planet is now suffering as a result.
As we are all one with everything, then we are also rain. So you pray rain. If you pray for rain, then you are not accepting that rain is a part of you. This old way of praying rain is like visualising the rain and experiencing the essence and quality of the rain/water, this way you are sending out the water vibration and then celebrating that it rained, and because it was good for the whole or good intent it actually rains.
Now, suppose that you wanted to pray for Peace as you were angry at politicians or whoever, the prayers would have no effect because of the anger vibrations rippling out. Therefore, you take on inner peace then you are naturally sending out the Peace vibration.
If you want to pray for a person’s health, you try and stimulate that person’s own healing within, by imagining/visualising the person in good health. This would be a healthy prayer coming from peace, love, compassion etc.
What we’re doing is ordering our life in the best possible way. You attract by your own ability to attract and manifest. You can only do the above if you believe that you are a co-creator or part of God. Then you have a part of creating with all. Part God is part of the Whole.

I think what Gregg Braden has said is spot on about the book Secrets of The Lost Mode of Prayer, “allowing no room for the conscious filtered mind to take a hold. Praying rain helps you avoid one’s inner critic” I would call that similar to having a ‘personality’.
If you just pray to God in the hope that He will make things better, then He will either give you what you want or not depending if you have been good or not. Then praying becomes about trying to change God’s mind, as though he had a personality to change!
If you were to create not coming from, ‘for the good of everybody’ there would be a payback in Karma by dealing with the karma. Not because God judges whether it is right or wrong as God is the Cosmos and the Cosmos does not judge.
Only when you have trust in yourself, others and the trust in the universe’s plan will anyone have true Power and Wisdom.

 

‘Walk in Peace;

Walik in Beauty’
Johnathan

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Easter Message: Christ Did Not Die For Sin

First, what do we all know about Easter? That Christ died for our sins and resurrected on the third day.

Let me propose this question:

If he didn’t die for our sins, then for what purpose did he die for?

The fact that we ask such a question, just goes to show how well the Vatican has kept all the original ancient scrolls from the public, that were written while Jesus was still alive, which would be nearer to the truth of Jesus’s teachings compared to other peoples interpretation written sixty years after Jesus’ death.

Take the Gospel of Thomas which was found in 1945 along with many other scrolls. Thomas was Jesus’ brother, but the Vatican wouldn’t want you to believe that Jesus had brothers and sisters like any other normal family. Thomas wrote down what Jesus actually said with no interpretations. What would be the motivation of the Vatican to keep us in the dark? Why does it take so long for gospels and 800 plus ancient scrolls to be published?

Answer: To fulfil and continue the belief system that Jesus died for our sins and that we continue to pay for our sins, by installing fear of punishment.

Not much freedom and choice in that!

It is completely nonsensical to depict God as revengeful who takes it out on his son!

As with most religious festivals, the giving of eggs at Easter is a pagan celebration symbolising the death of your old self and the rebirth of the new you. So what does that mean? It means letting go of our personality or ego, our attachment to our body and our emotions etc, and ascending to higher consciousness. We have a body, we have emotions but we should not be given by them, i.e. running our lives.

When you read the story of the events leading up to Jesus’ death, you’ll realise that he could have lived, but exercised non-attachment to his flesh and chose to die. According to the Gospel of Judas, Judas was a catalyst to Jesus fulfilling his purpose.

According to Judas, he says to Jesus that he had a dream that he does something to Jesus, but doesn’t know what, but would condem his name forever and this worries him. Jesus turns to Judas and says he MUST do the deed, when the situation arises, otherwise he (Jesus) cannot not fulfill his purpose.

Judas was pivotal to Jesus fulfilling his purpose on Earth.

It takes a very strong person to take the leap of faith to fulfil their purpose by choosing to die and to give up material, body, and over come our lower personality nature, and accept a higher will, and release our divine being that is within.

For Judas, that makes him a Saint, an unsung hero. But this is not how the Vatican has been depicting Judas or wants to. Jesus by ordering Judas to fulfill his part, means there was no sin, which means there would be no holy sacrament which means there would be no church serivce which means there would be no church!

And there lies the motivation to keep this sin myth and belief system going. The whole foundation of dogma Christianity would be shaken and would cease to exist in it’s current form! Pure Christianity would still flow. Ways of being ‘Love’ and ‘Peace’ with choice and Freedom.

We can still wish each other happy Easter though, as it doesn’t alter the fact that we rise.

Here’s to truth and Happy Easter!

‘Walk in Peace;

‘Walk in Beauty’

Johnathan

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Why we shouldn’t celebrate Osama Bin Ladin’s death?

We are One….deep down in our shadow self, there may be a part of us all that is part Osama.

If you believe in Oneness one can’t pick and choose which we’re one with and which one we’re not. Perhaps he reflected mans lack of ‘Brotherhood’. Either case, there’s little point in popping Champaign. One needs to go deeper in much the same way in Germany’s role in the ‘shadow of Europe’ twice!

Why does one need to mourn or celebrate? The only thing people should ask themselves is: How does this affect me? If Osama is a reflection of me (in some way), is there a part of me that is a bit fanatical? And if so, how can I neutralise it?

We can’t have Peace in the world until you have Peace within us first. People that celebrate the death are not seeing the whole picture the ‘complete change’ into the Compassionate Age.

Those that celebrate are coming from the old reactionary state are stuck in the old ideas of retribution, an eye for an eye, but that just makes people blind.

Jung said that (and he wasn’t the only one) only when there is nothing else you can do then you let go and let in the Higher energies. Let go meaning letting go of our personality Self to have it our way only. I’ll leave that for your own interpretation as to what he meant by Higher energies.