When I first trained as an Executive Coach back in 2011, I had already been working with people in one form or another for about 15 years. My assumption was that coaching was just another form of training.
What happened in those initial 12 months dramatically changed my whole approach to how I work with people.
Since coaching is future-focused, results orientated and action driven, it's perfect for anyone who is looking to improve one or many areas of their life.
The most transformational thing about coaching is how it taps into our natural ability to figure things out, make new connections and change neural pathways in the brain.
This 'deep change' acts like a chain reaction resulting in not only a different set of beliefs but a change in daily habits, behaviours and the likelihood of people achieving their goals.
From my own observations the recipe to successful coaching includes the following...
The ability to hold and process information in your mind consciously at any given moment is a vital skill, and one that we all want to improve. This attribute is connected to the concept of working memory; experiments suggest that most people can hold around 4 pieces of independent information in their working memory. However, we all have the ability to enhance this skill, sometimes with dramatic results.
The ability to hold greater quantities of information in our working memory is related to intelligence. Being able to hold and process more information suggests a higher IQ level for an individual. Therefore, IQ is not a fixed concept; we all have the ability to enhance our IQ level.
Recent research conducted on Japanese children aged 6-8 found that simply spending 10 minutes a day on working memory improvement exercises can yield dramatic results. The children were presented with a sequence of numbers, with a one second interval between each digit....
By Mark Channon & Darren Smith
It's pretty much common knowledge that reading is great for your brain. A recent study in the peer-reviewed Neurology journal showed that reading has a marked impact upon stopping the brain's 'cognitive decline'. Reading regularly, whether it's a novel, a newspaper, pieces of poetry... or even just a list of cooking recipes and ingredients – all of this is fantastic for sharpening your mind. The mental processes of associating words with particular things (or ideas, or sensations) are brilliant for forming memory associations, and for strengthening the memory associations we already have.
One thing you may not have considered doing, however, is listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks often have a bad rep, when listening to a book rather than physically reading is thought of as 'cheating', or as not really taking it seriously. Perhaps since having stories read aloud is associated with children.
By Mark Channon & Sarah McGee
In order for our bodies to remain healthy, we have to exercise; so why don't people apply the same criteria to the brain? In order to improve our memory, we have to train our brains but this doesn't have to be as strenuous and time-consuming as a work out at the gym. Psychologists and memory champions alike agree that the key to improving memory is visualisation and the more absurd the images we conjure, the better.
Mnemonics are memory techniques that make it easier to remember complicated information. The best mnemonics are often the most unusual ones, as the strange aspects of life tend to be more memorable than the mundane. Tunku Badli et al found that research participants remembered more information when it was humorous, so when you need to memorise some information conjure up a rhyme that will make you laugh at the absurdity of the picture in your brain.
How important would you say your memory is when it comes to your career or business?
Let me elaborate. I'm not just talking about your ability to remember facts or where you put your keys. I'm talking about your ability to absorb knowledge deep into your bones, to learn new skills in a way that sticks, so when you use them, it's second nature.
When you think about memory in this sense, how important would you say it is in your career or business?
Rate it on a scale of 1 - 10.
note: 1 is not at all and 10 is critical
What's your number?
If you're a 7 or above read on...
When asked, most people will say they want a better memory, however, day to day, memory doesn't rate that high in terms of what people consider important. It becomes more of an imperative when you stop feeling sharp or at times when you hit a learning curve; a new job, skilling-up, stepping into an entirely new domain, re-training or going back to study as a mature student. All of these give you...
When it comes to your memory, there is good news and bad news
In the latest Memory Talk Masterclass, I covered 5 key memory behaviours that can help build your memory skill. Specifically focussing in on the 3rd Key memory behaviour - Memory Palaces
What if you could create new behaviours without the need for willpower or motivation? This is the promise of Tiny Habits® created by Dr. BJ Fogg, a behaviour scientist at Stanford.
I was introduced to Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg a number of years ago. After putting it into practice myself and experiencing the positive change it can have, I decided to train up as a certified coach in Tiny Habits.
You can apply Tiny Habits to any area of your life and it's super simple. Since learning how to use Tiny Habits for myself and my clients, I've created new habits and behaviours for productivity, health, writing, ideas, meditation, fun, energy, brain training, remembering names and learning rapidly.
If you are completely new to Tiny Habits then make sure you join this free 5-day training with me, I'll also share specific content from BJ Fogg in this training.
A tiny habit is essentially a recipe that has 3 ingredients.
An anchor: this is a...
When I first started learning about memory techniques, I always assumed they were tricks. After 25 years of putting Creative Memorisation into practice, early on I came to realize they were way more than this!
When you understand how mnemonics or memory techniques work and more importantly figure out how to use them in your life, it's clear that they are in fact a skill. Like any other skill, you have to practice and rehearse to become good enough to use that skill in your life.
Simple is as simple does...
Here's an example of one of my daily memory training videos, see how many words you can remember in sequence (there are 10 altogether):
Using the chain method this is relatively easy to remember, doing it fast and accurately takes some practice.
If you watched the video and found it a challenge try this...
Imagine a locket being held by a tiger toy, who runs along the road and...
Priming is one of those things that we are constantly exposed to, it affects the decisions we make, what we pay attention to and believe it or not, what we remember.
"Priming is where the exposure to one stimulus, influences the response to another stimulus"
>> read to the bottom and access a 25 minute video lesson on Priming
Have you ever been in that situation where you buy a new gadget and you start to 'notice' that other people have the same gadget? I remember buying an iPhone 5 when it first came out and I could swear before I bought it, hardly anyone had one. Then, the first day, it was like everyone had one! To be fair that may have 'actually' been the case. The point is I was primed, my interest had been sparked off and I was unconsciously aware of this item. What if you could:
Think about it.
What if you could triple your reading speed, double your comprehension AND remember more than you do today, what difference would that make in your career or business?
Read to the end and check out my bonus 1 hour Speed Reading Webinar
Speed reading can be an outstanding strategy to overcome information overload, filter out what is important and save you precious time to do the things that will add value to your life. While the process of reading quickly is core to the process, you would be right to think there is much more to it.
If you want to get from London to Brighton, make a few stops along the way and quickly get to your destination, would you choose a car or a bicycle? In this scenario a car would be your best form of transport. If however, it is a sunny day and you want to enjoy the scenery with a group of friends, perhaps a bicycle is more suited. Being able to do both offers you greater choice. You could think of...