Editors Letter – Focus Edition

I t’s been an amazing ride since we published our first edition. Of course, we had the usual celebrations of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but I have also managed to fit in my own wedding. A huge shout out to my gorgeous new wife, Lisa Fleming. She has helped birth this magazine and has…

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Sports

IronMan Focus

Living in Bankstown, Western Sydney, I first joined the Elouera Surf Club at 4 years old. Both my Dad and my eldest brother played football for St George and my sister played for the reserve grade national basketball team, so sport was always part of our life. My Mum had 35 years of nursing and…

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Sports

Ric Charlesworth

I recently caught up with Dr Richard (Ric) Charlesworth, a name known around the world for his excellence in coaching Hockey and considered one of the Australia’s greatest coaching minds. If you ever wanted to know pick the brains of the coach’s coach, read on. CL: What do you focus on when starting to build…

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Sports

Nicole Pratt

I grew up on a sugar cane farm near Mackay and was introduced to tennis when my Dad bulldozed a court in the dirt next to the house and put up a wooden practice wall. My parents also played fixtures on the weekends so I was always around the tennis courts. Dad (George Pratt) was…

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Sports

World Number 1 In All Formats

Cricket Australia’s focus is to be AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE SPORT – A SPORT FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS! Over 1.2 million people a year play cricket in Australia and benefit from the buzz of hitting the ball, taking a wicket or grabbing a catch, as well as enjoying the camaraderie of being part of a team. To achieve…

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Sports

Golf, Kaizen, Focus

In my role as National Golf Coach for Golf Australia, as well as coaching club golfers and beginners on a daily basis, I am constantly challenged by the questions; “What should I focus on when I am playing golf; when I am hitting my shot and in between shots?” The psychology of golf, other sports…

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Sports

Time, Trust and Environment

My personal journey; being involved in sport most of my life; has lead me to achieve many great things. I have learned life changing lessons along the way and over the course of time, these lessons have carved me into the very person I am today. By the age of 10 I was at a…

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Sports

Wing Chun – Traditional Kwoon Culture…

…creating a focused, efficient learning environment for mutual benefit, wellness, growth and community. First let me paint a picture for you in respect to a typical Wing Chun Kung Fu training session as we ‘Coaches/Leaders/Older Kung Fu Brothers and Sisters’ aspire to and as demonstrated by our late Grandmaster, Chu Shong Tin during his 60+…

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Sports

Andy King

I started walking, talking and surfing all at the same time. At 3 I was riding the waves off the ferry in Gunnamatta Bay. My father moved out from Manchester and was obsessed with the water and surfing. Considering he was an Englishman, he surfed really well and was a big member of the surf…

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Specialty

Career Focus

As a career coach, my client’s needs differ, with common themes being career change, professional development coaching and also coaching to become experts in their field. There are always personal coaching techniques built into my sessions, as some clients have road blocks which prevent them from obtaining the results they desire. This is not only…

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5 Tips from a PR Coach

The messages I receive from small business owners usually start the same – “I’ve tried to contact a whole lot of newspapers giving them this great story, but they aren’t interested. Help!” This is the main reason I started my media coaching business as I wanted to empower small businesses and give them the tools…

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Life

Getting your Life Priorities in Focus

Is it time for you to start getting your life on track? In over 5,000 hours of Professional Coaching and Mentoring, I have discovered that one of the most substantial areas that people struggle in, is focusing on the right things at the right time. People are confused, distracted, scattered and not aligned. It’s time…

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Life

Narrow Your Focus To Succeed Online

As a coach with an internet connection, it’s impossible to miss the potential opportunity of utilising the web to expand your practice. And as a successful offline coach it can be challenging to step into the online world without some preparation. The opportunity is appealing. You can reach an entire world with your work, from…

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Life

Find Your Brand Focus

When you started your coaching business a small part of your brain was probably screaming at you from the sidelines. Your amygdala, or fear centre, was madly trying to tell you not to do it. It was formulating questions that began eating away at your confidence…what if I can’t get clients? Do I have all…

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Business

The BIG Opportunities with Small Business

About the author: An early pioneer of coaching in Australia, Robert Gerrish was on the inaugural Board of the International Coach Federation Australasia gaining his PCC accreditation in 2000. In the same year, serendipity played a part in a valuable profile on ABC 4 Corners that led to an immediate and dramatic expansion of his…

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Business

Fifteen rules for finishing off the day

Ever noticed how some people always seem to start each day fresh, energised and organised? Why is this so? Perhaps the way they finish off the day before is an excellent way of looking at each day anew because there is no mess (physical or psychological) to come back to from the previous day. No…

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Business

How to Turn Your Coaching Business into a Profit Machine

So you have become a coach. You even have a certificate that proves you are one… ta da! You know lots of neat stuff about your chosen field and you’re really certain that your expertise can help others. So why isn’t your phone ringing off the hook and why is your inbox filled with spam…

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Business

Executive Coach: Getting Great Focus

Getting good focus is one skill. Focusing on the right things involves completely different challenges Thinking about writing this paper, three questions turned up for me that I want explore with you. Here are the questions: Focus as a day-to-day function of life can be relatively easy. But is it the right Focus? And how…

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Business

Are you moving towards your destiny or away from your past?

  Are you moving towards your destiny or away from your past?   In reading the last edition of Coaching Life, I was particularly struck by a comment in Stewart’s editorial piece. In talking about the challenge of upholding standards within our profession, he said the answer is to EDUCATE and I couldn’t agree more.…

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Sports

Sound, Focus & Balance

Coaching is pretty personal and a lot of my sessions are individual. While every athlete has a goal with plans and strategies, each athlete will process information completely differently. I have learnt that you cannot use a blanket style of coaching. I have to engage individually, hear their feedback individually and find their individual situation. Every athlete is working towards a world title, but for their own reasons, using their own personal drive.

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