Editors Letter – Launch Edition

F rom its origins in slang, the word coach has become a true polyseme; many different but linked meanings. The word coach was originally a slang word used at Oxford University circa 1830 and referred to someone who ‘carried’ a student through their exams. Today, we would usually call this person a tutor. These days,…

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Business

Designing your coaching business

You’ve got the latest iPhone, the bright shiny iPad, the funky shirt and polished shoes, the runs on the board and now you’re ready to take on the world! Whether you’re new to the coaching profession or taking a fresh new look, check out my FIVE key questions to stay at the top of your…

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Sports

Swimming Royalty

Simon is the coach of Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Christian Sprenger; all current or former World Champions and has been a member of the National team for the last 6 years. B ack in Grade 11 at high school, I was a swimmer at the Indooroopilly Swimming Club and my father was the coach.…

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Sports

Coach Evaluation and the Team Model

“HALF the season gone, half the coaches gone; forget the Tasmanian devil – the A-League coach is Australia’s most endangered species” That was the headline in a major Australian newspaper half way through the 2013-14 season. Available statistics from both the A-League and the English leagues (kindly provided by the League Managers Association) make for…

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Life

So, You Got a New Client

You have just landed yourself a bright, shiny new client. They came to you from a referral or from your great looking web site, but you’ve never met them before. So, you look at them like they’re the next in line to be rewarded at the lolly shop and they look at you more like…

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Life, Sports

Know Your Passion ~ Identify Your Niche

Once clarified, passion drives people to live life with meaning, excitement and enthusiasm. When passionate people talk about what they do, it radiates out of them. For some, there is a quiet intensity about them, for others; there is an aura of energy and excitement. Their speech speeds up and their eyes light up. We’ve…

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Sports

New Coach Tips

The Early Days It all started back in 1976 when my mother, brother and sister all moved from a small country town, 330 km north-west of Melbourne to Caulfield, Victoria to be near my grandparents. Mum was a very good tennis player and had won a mixed Australian junior title. Back then, country Victoria had…

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Specialty

Where Is Your Money Going?

Have you ever heard someone say “We are on good incomes, do not lead an excessive lifestyle, but have no idea where our money goes each month.”? There is usually a resounding nodding of heads around the room and some even dare to say “That is us – we could use someone like you”. That…

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Specialty

The Power of Vocal Communication

From growing up in Country Victoria to studying Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and The New York Julliard School, to singing professionally in Australia, Italy and Armenia – my life has always relied on my ability to use my voice. As a child, I drove my mother mad, wanting to be hoisted up…

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Business

Coaching the Boss (and the Boss’s Boss)

An executive coach is not a fancy bus that drives executives around…so what is it? When you were a kid, you probably had a coach; whether it was a soccer coach, a tennis coach or a footy coach. Hopefully that coach was encouraging, challenging and helped you perform better at whatever sport you were playing.…

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Life

Nudging the Dial of Human Consciousness: The Path Ahead for Coaching?

An article about a GP/poet/writer who has recently won a prestigious book award caught my eye this morning.  Dr Glenn Colquhoun commented that he had “fallen in love with medicine late in life and it’s all the sweeter for it”.  Early in his medical career he describes the pressure to get everything right and the…

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Business

The Authentic Business Coach: A Philosophical Reflection

Have you ever talked yourself up to a potential client in order to get business? Have you ever had a client ask about your successes in business? When the client asked about your successes, did you say, “Ya’know, I can share with you my successes, but I’d rather share with you my greatest disasters for…

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Business

Starting a Coaching Service Inside an Organisation

During my first experience of coaching, I became acutely aware that my thoughts about my particular situation were fundamentally transformed as a result of the questions my coach asked me. It was as though she had changed my brain and I could no longer think about myself or my situation in that old way. I…

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Business

What People expect from a new coach

In most sporting environments, it is accepted and expected that if you want to be the best you can be, you will use a coach. Often that coach comes attached to the team or the club to which you belong. As you excel at your craft or sport, you might identify additional coaches who will…

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Sports

The Benefits of a Coaching Methodology

Karate, as it exists today, has been around since the late 1800s and there are many different styles. These may have some techniques performed differently, such as the positioning of the hand, low to the hip in Shotokan or high against the ribs in Goju, but the principles of Karate remain the same in all…

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Sports

Elite Coaching

Back in Grade 11 at high school, I was a swimmer at the Indooroopilly Swimming Club and my father was the coach. We would train in the morning, then head straight to school. After school, it was straight back to the pool and to fill in time, I would help him with the Learn to…

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Sports

Three Coaches

From a youngster in the country to five Olympic Games and the youngest Australian of the Year, Shane Kelly talks about the three coaches that influenced his cycling. With such an amazing career, he now passes on his key lessons as a coach himself. Coach 1 – Colin Kelly Growing up in the bush, if…

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Sports

Coaching Transcends Beyond the Field of Play

Regardless of whether you’re a High Performance, amateur or grassroots coach, we all share the same responsibilities. As Head Coach of the recently crowned world champion Australian Diamonds, my job as a leader requires many of the same skills and attributes as a grassroots coach or business leader in order to be successful. C oaches…

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Sports

What I know at 73

After 73 years of walking planet Earth, David Parkin knows a thing or two about stuff. But don’t let his age deter you from reading further. Yes, we’ve all been bailed up by our parents and/or grandparents who generally have an opinion to share on fashion, parenting and politics and who like to start conversations…

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