When Deb was first recommended to me, I thought I had already tried everything in my search for direction. I was feeling completely aimless – juggling a part time job, a fledgling business, and a toddler – all this and I was still not sure about what I ultimately wanted to achieve.

My weekly calls with Deb were more like chatting with a friend. She has an exceptional gift for listening and drawing out the best in people. Deb didn´t “teach” me to do anything differently, she guided me (firmly but gently!) to places where I could discover powerful skills I already had within myself.

Deb changed my outlook, my confidence, even my vocabulary, and helped me to acknowledge the things that I wanted in my life but was too scared to admit even to myself.

After our time together I have clear goals and a solid pathway towards achieving them. I am no longer satisfied with “survival” as my standard of living, and instead I am striving for “exceptional” with joy.

Thank you Deb!

Catherine L, Melbourne

Before getting coached I was feeling like I should be doing something to make my life better, especially job-wise. I was feeling guilty that I hadn’t made a successful career.  The more I thought about things, the more confused I became, probably due to focusing on what I didn’t want.

Through some practical tools that work (eg. anchoring, seeing others and self as more equal through “swapping chairs”), being shown a different way of looking at things and daring to imagine what it would look/feel like if things were how I want them to be, I now have a new perspective which makes life more workable.

Deb was gentle but persistent and relentlessly positive (which is what I needed!).  The coaching sessions were challenging, testing, difficult, demanding, tough and exciting.  My being heard & understood, which led to Deb making appropriate suggestions and to building the trust & respect needed for me to be open to those suggestions, helped me get my results.

What’s made the biggest difference for me is approaching things with curiosity rather than trying to find courage.  I am experiencing the feeling of hope for the first time in a long time.

Lucy H, Sydney

Before the coaching started I felt directionless and powerless. I felt that I had no control over my life direction, and that even my time was not my own. I was stressed out, and stuck in a routine that no one seemed to gain any benefit from, and this made me quite miserable.

Deb was clued in from day one and seemed to know exactly where to direct the sessions, in a way that felt like a natural organic conversation. I feel I have broken a cycle of behaviour that may have been leading me on the slippery slope to greater stress and depression, and leading me to beat upon myself.

I’m looking forward to new experiences, and not feeling selfish about taking a day ‘off’ to experience new things. Having an independent, non-judgemental third party to talk to really helped to put things into perspective, and provided suggestions and strategies that I was just too blinkered and too close to my own situations to see clearly. I didn’t really have anyone else with an appropriate distance from my situation that could provide objective assistance.

The journey was challenging, then ultimately extremely rewarding!

Susannah H, Melbourne

I can´t express strongly enough how beneficial I found professional coaching with Debbie.

She was able to give me a multitude of tools to help me overcome many situations and shaped how I operated – not just empty words but real actions specific for me.

She was able to achieve this by drilling into my brain and helping me find a solution that was specific to me and my personality not an ´off the shelf one size fits all´ solution.

Liza Tazewell – Senior Manager, Sydney

Is Your Message Naked?

Is Your Message Naked?

 

What’s the easiest way to lose the attention of a person or a group when you’re passing on information?

 

While there’s no denying that cold, hard fact is necessary in business, when it comes to communicating information to human beings, facts alone just don’t cut it.  Fact, in and of itself, is not convincing.  It’s boring.  Pure fact has us yawning, looking at our watches, and wondering what we’ll have for dinner tonight.

We love story.  It’s why we read fiction.  It’s why we watch movies.  When we use story, we move beyond the head and we get to the heart.  Then, and only then, can we hope to achieve any level of buy-in.

That’s why great communicators know that naked data needs to be clothed in story.  John Kotter, Harvard Business School professor, said “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best – and change – from hearing stories that strike a chord with us…. Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.”

Here are three simple ways of moving from “just the facts, ma’am” to delivering your message in a way that allows people to get it.

(more…)