Curly Martin

Curly Martin

Marie Curie Cancer Care


Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, they reached a total of 31,799 patients.

Marie Curie is best known for its network of 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses, who work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support. Over the year, their nurses provided 1.2 million hours of nursing to 23,406 patients, along with support for their families. They also provide, Marie Curie Hospices, they are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, Marie Curie Cancer Care is a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses and they campaign for more patients to be able to be cared for and die in their place of choice.

Every client presents with a unique set of challenges

Tips, Training

Goals, success, health, relationships and finances are among the top five areas that many clients want to work on.

Every client presents with a unique set of challenges, circumstances and background and I believe that however long their list of situations, there is a common theme running through them all and it can be summarised in just two words; happiness and contentment.

Each client’s quest for happiness and contentment will be Read More

The Secrets of Getting Started As A Coach

Book Extracts, Tips, Training
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The biggest secret of coaching success is that there are no secrets. Life coaching is about the practical application of proven procedures with commitment. Although there are no trade secrets, there are several tips that established coaches have learned from hard work and experience.

Starting a new practice may seem a daunting prospect and indeed, it is a big step into your future, but the really good news is that you do not have to change or vary your current life style too much. Life coaching is one of the few professions that you can sample with minimum cost or risk before committing yourself fully. Then, by the time you want to commit, you will have already created a small practice. As long as you can allocate at least four hours each week, you can use them to dip your metaphoric toe in the rewarding water of life coaching. Read More

Summer Sales Dip


Some coaches may be going into a summer sales dip when, like many other professionals, you may experience a reduction in enquiries and sales. It can happen in summertime (especially if you have not been spending 40% of your time working on your marketing pipeline as I fully explain on our diploma course) and yet many new coaches experience panic if their phone doesn’t ring as often as before.

The good news is that, in early September, it will all pick up again. There isn’t really a lack of demand; it is just other priorities take precedence at this time of year – like Read More

Colin’s Coffee Break

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Once upon a time, long before I knew about personal development techniques, I suffered a reversal of fortune and turned from ‘entrepreneur’ status to being ‘self unemployed’. A newly established minicab company in my seaside town needed drivers, which seemed a good way to create some income until something better came along.

The first week was, for want of a better Read More

Some of our delegates are fast learners

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As a friend shook the snow off her umbrella, she remarked that spring is a little late this year. I really cannot remember previous years in enough detail to either confirm or contradict her statement. I am aware that the mornings are getting light earlier and the evenings are getting dark later, so spring seems to be arriving now.

Whether seasons arrive late or early, plants and wild animals seem able to have an auto-pilot system that adjusts their rate and pace of development. No matter when growth begins, they reach their best at exactly the time that is right for them and the continuation of the species. Read More

Maintain an accurate and fair perspective about events

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On the same day that my first snowdrops came into bud, a leading politician said that she could ‘see green shoots of recovery’ in the global financial situation. In the local newsagent’s shop a young child pleaded with her father for ‘just another 2p’ to buy a comic. The nearby daily papers had front page stories of banks ‘losing’ billions of pounds. Later there were two removal vans in the road. A family was moving out to a rented flat after redundancy meant they had to sell the family home for less than they had paid for it. A young couple were moving in, clearly excited and delighted at their ‘bargain basement’ opportunity to get on the housing ladder. Read More

Accentuate the positives in your life


You can hardly ignore the news stories and headlines about recession, depression, inflation, stagflation and various other financial and credit-crunching buzz words.

Although you may not be able to ignore them, you might also feel that there is little that you can do to change them either. It is the need for reminders that, whilst it is uncomfortable to be between a rock and a hard place, there is always something that we can do. We can examine and, if necessary, change Read More

Britain’s Next Top Coach


I have news of an exciting marketing opportunity for all you working coaches and it came to me in the form of an invitation. I was asked by Britain’s Next Top Coach team to become an expert on their panel and after attending a meeting where all the details of this ambitious project were explained, I was happy to accept the position of expert.

I’m not sure what you might have heard about the Britain’s Next Top Coach competition but in a nutshell, against the backdrop of the 2012 Olympics, the organisers are looking to engage and inspire the people of Great Britain to believe in themselves, the power Read More

Quest For Happiness

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Goals, success, health, relationships and finances are probably the top five issues that many coaches are asked to deal with.

Every client presents with a unique set of challenges, circumstances and background and I believe that however long their list of situations, there is a common denominator to them all and it can be summarised in just two words, happiness and Read More