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Like you, we have quite a few areas of interest, so we post everything under one or more of these main labels: Personal Development, Business Development (startup and marketing), Intelligence (emotional, spiritual, etc.), News, Fun, Newsletter (chat about things we've emailed). Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Swindon Connections event a winner again...

Last night's event at the new Jury's Inn was a great success. I like the way that with the Swindon Coaching Team we can partner with Swindon Connections to hold regular events at different Swindon venues. This gives us a way of keeping in touch with our colleagues, clients, and friends as well as meeting and encouraging others who run their own businesses. I think that all those we met last night benefitted from conversations with us about coaching and also made new business contacts.

Maybe it's worth coming along just for the speakers. Last night Warren had arranged for Josie Payne to speak about Emotional Intelligence. I'm not used to people showing videos of Mike Tyson biting an ear off during a boxing match (it belonged to Evander Holyfield) but then this was one of the clearest talks I've heard on Emotional Intelligence. Josie spoke of the challenges of controlling our emotions when we are under stress in a way that we could relate to and apply straight away. Her own interest in the subject flowed from her experience of being on an aeroplane that was hijacked.

I recommend giving Swindon Connections events a go, and I'll publish future dates. Get in touch with me if you'd like support with your own business, career, or life issues - whether or not you have ever bitten off someone's ear. Use the Christmas holiday to start the new year with fresh enthusiasm and a clear sense of direction.

Free taster sessions are a great gift - why not ask me for one for yourself or a friend?

Monday, 22 November 2010

Taste Coaching at the next Swindon Connections event

Richard will be attending the next Swindon Connections event at Jury's Inn, Swindon, on Thursday 25th November with the Swindon Coaching Team.

As usual it's an opportunity to meet our coaches and to gain new perspectives and solutions on your current issues with some of us. We're continuing to give out vouchers for free coaching taster sessions.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet exhibitors at this Business Scene event, and the speaker that evening will be Josie Payne talking about Emotional Intelligence from an unusual angle.

So, make a it a date. Start time is 6:00 p.m., ends at 8:30 p.m., and refreshments including a light buffet will be provided - so the £10 ticket is good value. For best results, book in online. See you there!

Full details, location, and booking form here.

Monday, 15 November 2010

It's good to be a Wiltshire Business!

£20,000 in prize money for businesses in Wiltshire
that started trading after 25th September 2009.

Enter now! Support and publicity even if you don't win!

Full details here.

It's good to be a British Business!

If you'd like some encouragement, take a look at the latest (November 2010) issue of Management Today. It has a focus on British Business, and some things are going well!

The section that I like best contains positive comments about British business by leaders from other countries. Take a look at the article (Home thoughts from abroad)!

How to avoid those Government cuts

When the Government announce cut backs, as it has for Business Support, what avoiding action can you take, if you run a business or charity?

One way to beat cut backs is to make sure that we use all the grant funding that is there for us now - to develop staff and improve business results. Business Link and Train to Gain have been offering small and medium sized organisations up to £1000 for the development of their key staff in leadership and management. This scheme is due to finish at the end of the year, however in some counties the budget has already been used up because of the demand for grants (a trickle may become available if applications currently being processed fail). In other counties funds are still freely available. (Phone for more details.)

If have not already received this grant, I encourage you to apply to me now for the coaching of your business leaders: for example for you or for a newly promoted director.

A recent survey of firms using this grant, in the South East of England, showed the key benefits they enjoyed to be:
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved vision and strategy for the business
  • Manage others more effectively
  • Manage myself
  • Improved knowledge of a particular subject or skill
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Manage time more efficetively
  • Improved decision making
All of these bring benefits to the organisation too: increased productivity and quality of work, improved staff satisfaction/morale/retention, better quality of customer service, and so better bottom-line results.

Find out more here:
- about the benefits of using coaching for key staff
- details of the grant and how others are using it

There are eligibility criteria which I can talk through with you. The grant is mainly for firms of 5 to 250 staff. However at times funds are available for smaller firms; and eligibility for charities take into account volunteers too.

To find out more, phone me or email.