Nourishment: A Different Way to Look at Balance in Life

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‘Balance’ is such a buzz-word at the moment, but what does it really mean? More time at home? More time outside? More time practicing self-care? All of the above? I’m sure for many of you some of those ring true, but in my opinion, balance can only truly be achieved…

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Pork Pies and Apple Pies | Sam Chambers

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Looking for coach training can be a daunting process. We find that some of the most common questions revolve around whether being trained by a particular coaching school means you have to follow that school's particular approach after qualification. This article gives our take on these questions in the form…

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The Three Ages of Coaching | Sam Chambers

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Times change and thoughts shift. Whatever your profession or career, it is highly unlikely that it will stay in a static state, unchanged forever. The world is perpetually changing, and as it does many aspects of our lives change with it. We adapt our mindsets, our lifestyles, our professions so…

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From Bud to Blossom: Creating the Life You Love

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‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.’ - Anais Nin ‘What the hell am I doing?’ I asked myself midway through my coaching diploma. I had left a well-paid job to throw myself fully…

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My Journey to PCC Credentialing – Ross Nichols

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In response to requests for tips on credentialing, here is my account of how I earned the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the ICF (International Coach Federation) in under 4 years. My first experience of coaching was in 2011. For my back story, check out my reflective essay (‘This…

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Career Transitions, Identity Shifts and Uncertainty: The Surprising Challenges of Starting My Own Coaching Business

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I'm sitting in a drab, utilitarian office chair that had its glory days in the 90s. It’s supposed to be a meeting to discuss coaching at this organisation. The man in front of me gives me a long, critical look from behind his thick glasses and says: "I don't get…

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Think it, Plan it, Do it Now! A Q&A with author Anthony Francis

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Recently our Head of Content Sam Chambers caught up with Animas graduate and author of Think it, Plan it, Do it Now! Anthony Francis to talk about his new book, where the idea to write it came from, and how he managed it in 10 weeks. Anthony also touches on his Animas…

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Defining Coaching: Differing Perspectives and the Infinite Fluidity of Language

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When it comes to defining words such as ‘coach’ or ‘coaching’, many of us are often caught in the trap of attempting to create a fixed meaning around a fluid concept. Whilst definitions are important, and at times we might have a desire to find certainty around a word’s meaning,…

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The Only Constant in Life is Change | Serenella Ferraro

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Where would we be without self development? The first image that comes to my mind when asking this question is human beings wearing blinkers, heads down going through life like it's just a succession of things to do, without stopping to think, reflect, analyse. Without any awareness. Pretty sad isn't…

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