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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Impact on Life and Business Coaches

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Over the next few weeks I will be posting some interesting and important details about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is expected to come into force around the middle of 2018 and I want coaches to be prepared well in advance. I don’t think there are many of the changes which will affect the micro coach business although there may be some which affect business coaches. There could be coaching opportunities for the business coach in the form of coaching companies and organisations in readiness for the GDPR.

I will be looking at some of the changes and how you can prepare yourself, your business and if you are a business coach, how to seize the opportunity. So for today I am simply looking at awareness. I am assuming that if you are a life coach or business coach you have already registered with the ICO (Information commissioner’s office). I know all the life and business coaches who trained with me on the Achievement Specialist’s Life coaching diploma will be aware of the requirements and will have registered within the first couple of weeks of attending the workshop part of the coaching diploma course as I discuss the importance of registering, the how to register and the cost. Fledgling life coaches are then encouraged to put a date in their calendars to do this. However, if you are reading this and did not train with me then there is a good chance you do not know about your responsibilities or you have forgotten about it, or your training provider did not encourage you to take action (a life coach creed – taking action).

Today’s Action: Make sure you have registered and if not, here is the link www.ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/

Life Coach Training

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I am really looking forward to the workshop part of the Life Coaching Diploma Course this weekend and send a warm welcome to all the delegates. Have a safe journey, especially the delegates who I know are flying to the life coach training course.

Our Life Coaching Diploma Course uses specialist training techniques to uniquely combine your background and skills with our expertise. Together we will combine your abilities to fast track building your own full or part time coaching business. Our life coaching diploma is a fully integrated, blended, multi-media, supported, accredited and fully flexible coaching course. You will be taught and mentored by myself. I am the pioneer of life coach training & international best-selling author.

‘Curly Martin is extremely responsive, professional and honest … having trained with her I can now say that she is an unequalled coach, an inspirational trainer and one of the most impressive human beings I’ve ever met.’ Simon Cheung

‘Informative, educational, practical, inspirational, motivating, fun and overwhelming!! Loved every minute of the course, but most importantly, it delivered exactly what I hoped for and needed. I’m ready to start. Thank you.’ Dr. Richard Baxter

If you want to become a professional life coach, business or SME coach, executive or corporate coach, spiritual & mindfulness coach, youth coach, career change coach, or you have your own specific area of coaching you would like to offer clients, book this course. You are the key and we unlock your potential and show you how to become an outstanding coach within your own chosen niche market. Trust an Internationally Acclaimed Ground Breaking Coach, Author & Pioneer of life coach training with Your Coaching Future. Visit Life Coaching Diploma Course

#Coaches Breaking the Law

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Recently my husband bought a music mixing box from the website of a large UK company. The box did not perform as he was led to believe and so he decided to return it. Here is where it gets interesting, on their website T&C’s (and their employees) were quoting the old 7 day return legislation.

Coaches beware the law changed and came into force on 13th June 2014, whereby cancellation rights (distance and off-premises contracts) was extended to 14 calendar days. As a large proportion of #life-coaching is sold over the phone or via websites it is important for you to work within the law.

I explain this legislation (and other relevant legal requirements) during the workshop part of our level 7 #life #Coaching diploma #course and I realised that #coaches trained before that date may not be aware of the legal changes. If a large company is making this serious error, it is quite possible that some #life #coaches are doing the same.
Please make sure your terms and condition are up to date visit: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/3134/contents/made

Planning for Your Coaching Business

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‘I attended a business seminar several years ago and the keynote speaker began his presentation by asking what we thought was the most important thing to consider when starting a business. He wrote all the suggestions on a flip chart. Then, he took a red pen and scrawled ‘No!’ right across them all. When he announced that the first thing we should all have was a ‘get-out plan’, there was a stunned silence, broken by a few laughs from those who thought he was joking. But, he was absolutely serious.

Without wishing to depress you, it has been said that there are only three absolute certainties in life. These are birth, death and taxes. The same applies to your business venture. The big difference is that you can control and plan for its virtual death, just as you did for its birth, and to minimise your tax bills. By virtual death I simply mean that the original founder (you) decides to dispose of the business for whatever reason.’ Quote from The Business Coaching Handbook

What are your options?
Your first step must be to consult a solicitor, an accountant and a qualified financial adviser and your prime objective is to gain maximum benefit whilst reducing your potential tax liabilities.

Here are somethings you might consider Read More

Promotional gifts – Should I?

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COLIN’S COLUMN

I am a man of many talents. One of these is the ability to recognise areas where I haven’t any talent. Like plastering for example.

So when a part of our apartment, located in a 200 year old house, needed some major cosmetic surgery, it was time to break open the piggy bank and get a professional in.

Our man kept to his appointment and did a great job at a fair price. Then he announced that he’d see us a week later to make sure it had all dried out alright and to give us a present.

He kept that appointment too and presented us with square white box containing a good quality china mug. It featured his logo of a flying plasterers’ trowel. His unexpected gift made us feel good even while promoting his brand and mugs are always handy anyway.

Of course coaches are all familiar with the beneficial effects of keeping journals in general and gratitude journals in particular. But these can be inward looking, so how about showing gratitude in a tangible form as our plasterer did? Read More

Limited Offer Earn £300 Easily

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International Fully Accredited Coaching Diploma Level 7
I no longer publish the Special Achievement Newsletter and as a farewell gift I have a great offer for all my readers as a huge thank you for taking your valuable time to read the newsletter and my blog and for your interest in life coaching. I promote referral systems as one of the many ways of building your coaching business and I walk my talk. So here is the offer:
If you refer someone to the Silver or Gold Option Diploma and they purchase a Silver or Gold Option place on any course date this year, you will be awarded £150, on the condition that you send an email to the office with the person’s name along with their email address and this is received prior to the person booking the course with us. ON TOP of this we will give the referee (person you recommend) £150 OFF their course providing they state that they were referred by you either on registering with us or when booking their course with us. This offer ends on close of business June 30th 2016, is subject to our T&C’s and is not available on the Distance Learning Diploma.

What is Global Mentoring Week?

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On 9th November 2015, the International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring (IIC&M) are launching the Global Mentoring week, in celebration of the leaders that bring ideas to life, and expand human potential.
During this week in November, the IIC&M will inspire mentors everywhere, through local national and international activities designed to educate, empower, collaborate and engage. We will be introducing a wider network to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
This is the first of it’s kind, and one that we trust will grow from strength to strength in the coming years.
Are you a leader, a senior manager, then you too are a mentor. There are over 2500 categories we have identified where mentors play a part in sharing their expertise with their teams. We have mentors from Sporting, Education, Finance, Property and many more taking part in the week.
Are you already working with formal or informal mentor(s) or planning to do so? The IIC&M can help you with (accredited) mentor selection, mentor education and accreditation of your (informal) mentors. http://www.iicandm.org/

New Project Goaly.com

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In the middle of last year I was contacted by the directors of a new venture for coaches and asked if I would like to be involved. The company are Goaly.com and they are setting up a company to make coaching strategies from the top coaches available via videos, to anyone around the world. They were filming in London in September and wanted me to contribute some of my successful coaching strategies. I put together some ideas and after careful consideration we selected the most appropriate for the medium and the planned content of the website. David Vox, director interviewed me the morning of the filming just to get a feel for Read More

Client Data on your mobile – is it safe?

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We often forget that our mobile devices hold client information because we overlook the odd text or email which has been received on our mobile device.

Recent surveys have shown that 75% of mobile devices have information which is work based/sensitive stored on them and that nearly 50% of these devices are not encrypted with around 30+% not password protected.

Ask yourself this question,

‘Do I hold any information on my mobile devices which relates to my coaching business?’

If the answer to the above question is ‘yes’, the next and very important question is, Read More

Insolvency and the self-employed

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Horses being lunged on beachThere are according to the Citizens Advice Bureau 4.55 million self-employed workers in the UK. I think this is great. I love it when someone takes the plunge and grasps the reins of their own destiny. The trick is being able to ride the self-employed horse into the beautiful sunset of a successful career and not falling off at the hurdle.

In my experience, most people when learning to ride a horse do not just jump on bare back and ride safely. Normally, new riders take lessons in not only how to ride but as importantly how to tack up (put the saddle on – the thingy you sit on) and how to maintain the tack so that it is safe to ride on. Also, as we are on the horsey theme, usually the horse has been broken-in (trained – not as in; thief – breaking into a horsebox) by a qualified and experienced trainer.

Over 19,000 self-employed people contacted the CAB in Q4 2013 regarding personal debt. Over 19,000 in one quarter of a year! This is mind blowing. Within that number there will be some coaches. I would expect the coaches who are in debt are Read More