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

NHS Clap for Carers Night – Every Thursday 8pm

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Michael Rosen wrote the following poem for the NHS 60th Anniversary. He is currently in hospital with Coronavirus but is now stable. This poem is for all nurses around the world who are fighting Covid-19, who come to work and face the dangers when human instinct is to run from it, wonderful courageous and caring individuals.

Please show your appreciation by clapping, blowing horns, banging pots with wooden spoons outside your front doors or open windows, at 8pm on Thursday nights!

These are the hands

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.

Stay well…stay healthy…and stay at home to protect our NHS staff!

Walk in Peace;

Walk in Beauty

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.

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

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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