Once Upon a Time…

It’s annual storytelling week, so here is another celebration and recommendation of books and the stories that have influenced our work lives. 

Stories are how we communicate at our best and our brains seem wired to receive them too. It is a real art, but one that all of us can learn. Yes really!

On KineticFuture’s Presenting & Storytelling courses we give you specific techniques to uncover the stories that come naturally and find the ones that, for some reason, have a visceral meaning for you.

Whether you are a scientist, a marketeer or a CEO, everyone can easily incorporate stories into their internal or customer meetings. Then we’ll show you how to use your voice and your physicality to tell them with Executive Presence. When the story is yours you’ll find that the passion and impact will come much more naturally.  Have a chat with us if this is something you’d like to discuss karen@kineticfuture.com.  

This week’s book (Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill) was recommended to us by Sarah Matthew from The Vibrant Company.

Amazon says:

Would you like to experience amazing clarity, peace and freedom, even in the midst of challenging circumstances?

In this ground-breaking new book, bestselling author Michael Neill shares an extraordinary new understanding of how life works that turns traditional psychology on its head. This revolutionary approach is built around three simple principles that explain where our feelings come from and how our experience of life can transform for the better in a matter of moments.

Understanding these principles allows you to tap into the deeper intelligence behind life, access your natural wisdom and guidance, and unleash your limitless creative power. You’ll be able to live with less stress, greater ease and a sense of connection to the larger unfolding of life.

 Buy ‘Inside Out Revolution’ by Michael Neill on Amazon.

Find out about the Society for Storytelling here.

Drop us an email or give us a ring on +44 (0) 1628 624312 to tell us your story and talk about coaching which adds Rocket Fuel For Your Talent. Read testimonials from our clients here.

The KineticFuture Book Club is focussed on communications and leadership, our specialist area of coaching. To find more book recommendations just search for ‘book club’ in our tips. And do get in touch if you have any book recommendations to tell us about, we love hearing from you.

KineticFuture Book Club – Taming Tigers

Hang on to those New Year’s resolutions with today’s book club recommendation – ‘Taming Tigers. Do things you never thought you could’ by Jim Lawless. Like join an amateur dramatic group (me!), go for that new job role, or overcome a fear?

Kinetic Future’s coaching and group courses will also give you the boost you need to get there – by increasing confidence, resilience, executive presence or presenting skills.

Taming Tigers was recommended to the KineticFuture book club by Colin Boylan, Director at Fresh Perspectives Market Research, thanks Colin!

Colin says:

“Excellent story and fantastic advice. Really helped drive me forward when I was setting up the business.”

Amazon says:

Everybody has a Tiger. It is the thing that snarls at us when we think about making a change in our lives and stops us developing and achieving our potential. In Taming Tigers Jim Lawless shares his proven and inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams by taming the Tigers in your life.
Now for the first time, you can learn how to use these highly practical rules to overcome your fears and do things you never thought you could – in both your professional and private life.

Buy ‘Taming Tigers’ on Amazon.

Drop us an email or give us a ring on +44 (0) 1628 624312 if you want to talk about coaching which adds Rocket Fuel For Your Talent (and helps you tame those tigers).

The KineticFuture Book Club is focussed on communications and leadership, our specialist area of coaching. To find more recommendations just search for ‘book club’ in our tips.

Ditch Your Imposter Syndrome

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Happy New Year to you. Today I’m thinking about imposter syndrome – when you’re afraid you’re going to be found out. AAAh! Even Richard Madden, The Bodyguard, winning his Golden Globe this week confessed he’s felt like this all his career. Many business leaders I coach tell me they feel just the same.

So why not ditch this stinking thinking for 2019?

Hot news is… I qualified as a Time To Think business coach yesterday!

I love this powerful approach which achieves extraordinary results fast. I can help you discover a whole new way of thinking about business and yourself. And, of course, this includes ditching that imposter syndrome.

Call me and we’ll tackle it together (find out more here).

Imposter Syndrome Top Tip

Ask yourself:

“What could you assume instead (about yourself) in this situation that would be credible, liberating and genuinely true to you?”

For example, my own new assumption would be that:

“I’ve deep expertise in my field and even if I operated at just 20% of my ability, it would make a huge impact”.

Embarrassing to say out loud but helpful when I need to be brave! You’ll have your own.

Have a wonderful weekend. And call me if you’d like to know more about my Thinking Partnership Coaching – one to one or in groups.

Thrive this Christmas!

It’s less than a week until Christmas and we really hope you’re starting to wind down and look forward to taking time out to be with friends and family.

We recently asked for book recommendations that were the secret of your success – thank you so much to everyone that replied.

This week’s book was recommended to us by Sarah Mieszkian from Button, Business Marketing & Admin Support.

Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post has written a passionate call to arms in her book ‘Thrive’, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world.

Sarah says:

The book that has had an impact on me is ‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington. Arianna was one of the first high powered women to come out and say “enough is enough” and you don’t have to work all hours to be successful. Taking time out for you is just as important. It has become the normal narrative today but when I read this several years ago it was certainly an eye raiser.

‘Thrive’ has great reviews on Amazon:

Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from KineticFuture! Look out for more KineticFuture bookclub recommendations in 2019.

In the meantime, drop us an email or give us a ring in the new year if you would like to talk about coaching which will help you thrive not just survive, we’d love to work with you.

Choose Respect

It’s Anti-Bullying Week this week. Workplace bullies generally pick on those with status below or equivalent to themselves. And just because you are senior doesn’t mean you’re immune.

So we thought we’d share with you some fast tips on how to deal with workplace bullies.

How do you deal with people who try to squash your status and confidence? The kind of people who try to make you feel insignificant, junior or unimportant. Let’s face it, they do exist.

Here are 5 physical tips to remember:

  1. Bear in mind that people who behave this way are often insecure. Genuinely confident, high status people do not need to put other people down. Quite the opposite. Feel sorry for them.
  2. Check that the ‘confidence and status level’ you are communicating is high enough. Do a body and attitude check. Are you behaving like someone who expects to be picked on? Bullies smell fear.
  3. Come in with high confidence and status and stay there despite what the ‘status squasher’ tries. Just stay relaxed and avoid the temptation to try too hard or to justify yourself. Bullies prey on your desire to fit in, be perfect, be liked etc.
  4. Keep your eye contact strong, maintain an open body language, stay engaged and interested in the meeting and put your point of view clearly. Don’t rush, do use pauses and questions and make sure your voice doesn’t become high or breathless. Wear clothes that communicate your seniority and influence.
  5. Be prepared. Go in knowing your facts and knowing what you want to communicate. If you don’t know the answer to questions, don’t bull****; say you don’t know and you’ll find out.

Find out more about KineticFuture’s executive presence courses and one to one coaching. And why we have a 100% repeat assignment rate.

Find out more about the Anti-Bullying Alliance who organise the Anti-Bullying week ‘Choose Respect’ here.