What are you? A meditation exercise:

Sit somewhere quietly like in your room or in a church

It is important in this meditation that you do not try to arrive at an answer. Simply sit quietly, and note the sensations and then allow the attention to shift from the sensations to the question. What are you?

What are you?

Are you your body?
No, I am NOT my body.
I have a body, which changes,
So I am not my body,
I have a body.

Are you your feelings and emotions?
No, I am NOT my feelings and emotions.
I have feelings and emotions which constantly changes,
So I am NOT my feelings and emotions,
I have feelings and emotions.

Are you your mind?
No, I am NOT my mind.
I have a mind and I can change my mind,
So I am NOT my mind,
I have a mind.

What am I at Source?
What am I really?

(Brooks, 2006)

Testimonial – Career Coaching

Time To Reflect On Our Work & Life Values

As we end 2020, now is a great time to think about our careers, since March 2020 (first lockdown) I’d say most of my coaching clients have been reflective; wondering which of their work/life values are really important and which were not so important, specifically reflecting on their priorities regarding family, career, purpose and health as a result of COVID-19 and perhaps a career change was needed. Below is a recent testimonial from a client that started as face-to-face before lockdown then transferred to Zoom for our virtual coaching sessions.

“I wanted to share some positive feedback about Johnathan and the service he provides with career coaching.

I really enjoyed my time with Johnathan as my career coach, he has lots of knowledge and experience, which is incredibly valuable and I have found very useful. The skills and techniques he uses are outside of the box and he encourages you to think differently or alternate your perspective. I think this is a really positive experience to bring to someone who may struggle with this from time to time. He made me realise my needs and wants in my work life and the best values and aspects about myself. He has boosted my confidence and given me lots of tools to use now and in the future and it is a very valuable experience which should be shared more widely.” ~ GD

So wherever you are in your search for a deeply satisfying and fulfilling career, the three keywords that I’ll bring to you are: Clarity, Purpose and Direction.

Walk in Peace;

Walk in Beauty

until we meet again…

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BIO: Johnathan Brooks MA, PG Dip, MAC is an experienced Master Executive and Personal Coach with 1,800+ 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 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), master member of the European and Mentoring Council (UK) and a professional member of the Association of NLP.

Click here for Johnathan’s LinkedIn profile

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2020

2020 has been a rotten and challenging year on many levels, and seems to mark great changes to come over the next few years.

On reflection: Remember, during Autumn the leaves drop and rot but provides nutrient for the new Spring shoots. In time, out of the darkness grows Beauty from sun Light.

TS Eliot wrote: “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

Thank you to all my coaching clients for working and trusting in me to help you transform your careers that express who you are really!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY 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 experienced Executive and Personal Coach with 1,800+ 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 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.

Click here for Johnathan’s LinkedIn profile

Tips on Best Practices for Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meeting Tips
Use all virtual meeting features in video platform to interact with

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. If still not clear, you reserve the right to not attend the meeting. Someone can always send you the meeting summary.

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 hard 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.

Click here for Johnathan’s LinkedIn profile