With the Laurel & Hardy zeitgeist in full flow at the moment – as the fantastic film “Stan & Ollie” is about to go on ‘general release’ (with the very talented and extreme lucky pants Mr Steve Coogan in the title role) – enjoy Chris telling you all about Laurel & Hardy’s Second Curve!
PERFORMANCE COACHING + COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING
We help you to communicate better.
We run training courses & seminars – deliver talks – and offer 1:1 Coaching.
We specialise in helping you in areas such as:
Confidence Building; Personal Impact; Leadership; Executive Presence; Emotional Intelligence; Storytelling; Presentation Skills; Personal Brand; Self Advocacy; Building Networks; Influencing; Assertiveness; Creativity; Navigating Change & Transition; Thriving with Workplace Pressure & Developing Resilience
…anything to do with how we communicate with one another.
Your actions are speaking so loudly I can’t hear what you’re sayingRALPH WALDO EMERSON
People never remember what you say, but they'll always always remember how you make them feel...Maya Angelou
Words after speech, reach. Into the silence…TS Eliot
Communication Skills is an 'athletic activity'. To do it well requires energy, focus and commitmentChris Grimes - Here all week!
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt!Abraham Lincoln
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.Barack Obama
Prepare for variety - not practice for perfection
I give myself permission
Nobody will ever pay good money to watch somebody underconfidentSimon Cowell
What if we coach our people and they leave? (What if we DON'T coach them and they STAY?!)
WHY SECOND CURVE - COACHING FOR CLARITY:
Second Curve is founded on the basis that as a successful individual, you are already on a trajectory or “curve”.
Invariably – as the trajectory of your curve begins to wane (as change is inevitable – nothing ever stays the same) new skills, approaches, mindsets or methodologies are required in order to attach yourself to your “second curve”, ideally before your original one has waned.
Helping you to get clearer about what is next and how to get there – and how to go about projecting yourself with greater clarity, purpose and authenticity – is how we can help:
Coaching for Clarity towards the sunlight of your Second Curve.
To find out more about what we could do for you, your teams and your business please contact us – and we can have a conversation about what is possible.
As well as training and 1:1 coaching, we also deliver talks for larger audiences
Topics such as
CONVERSING THE CURVE
Personal Impact - A Mouthfull of Krill!
Being Responsible For Your Own Reputation-
Face-to-Face Coaching is always preferable. However if ‘geography’ or schedules make this impractical, we can also offer to Coach you remotely – using Zoom Video Conferencing or equivalent application of your choice.
Do contact us to find out more about how we can make remote coaching work for you – and to suit your schedule.
HOW WE WORK WITH YOU:
We talk to you, to work out the best way that we can help you, either as a group – as a team – or as an individual.
Through our training seminars and Coaching we can help you raise your levels of self-awareness, so that you can propel yourself along your Second Curve with greater clarity, authenticity and grace.
In our experience of what clients are interested in, we have developed 7 main “clusters” for the types of services that we offer.
We deliver Training & Coaching and can help you in the following areas:
Daring to be Different: In pursuit of more ‘agile thinking’
Creativity, innovation, spontaneity & the art of improvisation – with it’s powerful underlying Mindset and methodology of “yes and…”
Under the Spotlight: Managing workplace pressure
Identifying when you feel “in the Spotlight” and under pressure – and what tends to happen to you. We help to identify your “triggers of stress” and help with strategies to develop resilience and project yourself with greater confidence and certainty.
Plus how to successfully navigate the ‘political landscape’ of the environment in which you work. Under the Spotlight also explores productivity & how to maintain a positive work/life balance.
Building a Personal Proposition: What is the Story that you tell?
Personal Impact, Personal Brand and how to grow, nurture and develop your Network.
Becoming a Trusted Advisor: Self Advocacy
Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, Relationship Building, Self Advocacy, Assertiveness – and the Influencing skills required to get more of what you want.
Directional Intelligence: Plotting your Second Curve
Navigating transitions – going through change – and how to identify and acquire the new skills required to get you to “where next” on your Second Curve.
Presenting with grace and poise: How to communicate so that others want to listen
Presentation Skills, Storytelling, Preparing for Speeches, Important (or “necessary”) Conversations, Meetings, Townhalls, Conferences & Key Note Addresses.
Leadership Presence: How to lead so that others want to follow
Leadership, Executive Presence & Leadership Storytelling.
We help to Identify your “differentiating factor”, and explore how to Lead & Manage Others in building and maintaining High Performing Teams.
In a world where we are speeding up and the rate of change and turbulence is fast, we are being asked to do more and more. Life is getting increasingly complicated, therefore it becomes pretty important to have a place to think, a place to be, an environment to slow down. This can be a physical space. Or, as a coach, I want to provide a relational space to create a thinking environment for my clients in which they can explore their challenges and goals. Being able to think through or feel into situations that come up in life – be it work-related to do with decision making, leadership, communicating coherence, understanding career direction, or regarding home-life, physical or emotional, financial, energetic clarity and assurance.
I think of it as alchemy, which is making gold from humble components. My coaching is underpinned by the philosophy that the client always has the answers, they might just not be aware of it yet. Through discourse, listening, reflection and probing I can help to shed light on blind spots and opportunities. Some of my favourite areas to work in are building confidence, communicating with clarity, storytelling, the art of networking and building relationships, enhancing productivity, executive presence, personal branding, bonding teams for great performance and developing leadership.
I enjoy the balance between in-depth long-term work with individuals to exciting and energising talks to big audiences. I have worked with some fascinating clients, from global financial services clients to tech companies and charities, fashion, media and business schools.
My inspiration comes from lots of different places, from my passion for sport in my early life to psychology and social sciences through to my hobbies like gardening. I see this as a great analogy for my training and coaching. By creating a rich, nutritious environment you can seed, grow and blossom towards the sun and your Second Curve.
I have a Masters degree in Psychological Coaching, trained as a coach first in Dubai where I was working for a Bank in charge of People Development for the Middle East and Africa. I am authorised to use the Leadership Development Framework profile as well as experienced in person-centred, gestalt and experience-near coaching.
My all time comic hero is Stan Laurel. He was the first comedian, comic actor and ‘vaudevillian’ that really made me laugh. I was 7 years old and living in Uganda at the time – and I’ve been grateful to Stan Laurel for the positive influence that he brings ever since.
As an inspiration, compass and as a general ‘style guide’ to my approach as a Facilitator & Coach, Stan Laurel reminds me to keep it funny and engaging – to keep it clear and accessible – and above all else – to keep it kind, underpinned by generosity, humility and warmth.
In a series of my own Second Curves I have trained as an Actor, as a Drama & Voice Teacher and as a Comedy Improvisation performer. Comedy Improvisation in particular has helped me to develop an acute listening ability, which translates directly into my work as a Coach.
In a show context, I listen intently to the other performers around me, as we shape and build together a completely improvised show, based entirely on audience suggestions. We work together in a heightened positive atmosphere of spontaneity, team-working and trust.
Also, as a performance discipline, Comedy Improvisation is underpinned by a “yes and…” mindset and attitude to decision making and creativity. This mindset not only encourages true spontaneity when I’m working with individuals and groups – it also helps to keep things positive, present and future focussed – which again is very helpful when Coaching & Developing people.
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Second Curve is a combination of enabling you to see what you are currently doing, deciding on where you want to be – and
ultimately – through increased self-awareness (there is no change without change) be clear about how to get there.
Helping you to be clearer about – and be able to connect to – your story (who are you?) the journey that you are on (where are you? and how are you doing?) and ultimately where you are trying to get to (where now/next?) through Communication Skills Training and Coaching.
Hence our strapline: Who now? How now? Where now?
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