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What realisations about your life now, do you want to carry with you after the lockdown is over?

I am still figuring this out for myself, and I invite you to join some coaching colleagues and me in our weekly community of practice meetings, where we can share our thinking and experience of the current circumstances. 

How has your thinking, your feelings and your behaviour changed since the lockdown started? What has changed in how you see yourself, your loved ones, colleagues and the world? What has shifted in your list of priorities?

Our community of practice meetings promise engagement and sharing. There are no lectures, trainers or how-to's. Refreshment, energy and connection is what we're about.

Come join us as we explore ourselves. Details further below.

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Coping with COVID-19 Lockdown
Guiding Coaching Clients to Online Work

For many coaching clients there is comfort in working face to face. There is the ritual of driving to the coaching venue, the familiarity of the building and room and the warmth of human connection experienced by gestures/body language and verbal communication.

Many reflective conversations in the coaching space include our clients' hesitation in transitioning to online work. Not only is there the threat of losing what they have experienced in face to face work, but for many the technology can be daunting.

Here are some tips to encourage confidence in clients who are able to see you online:
  • include concise and accurate information about what they will need and the process to follow
  • before you send this to clients, test it out following your own instructions to the letter, edit and repeat until its accurate
  • laugh with your clients when mistakes happen and bring them comfort with a nurturing and guiding tone (in email or voice). Self-shame can be a strong force in discouraging people when things go wrong
  • allow a little extra time for getting the hang of using new technology
  • make it a "teachable moment". Gauge if your clients have the capacity to learn about themselves in reflecting on how they are transitioning to the new way of working. What else can they apply this learning to?
Do you have a success story in doing this? Share it with me!

Community of Practice | Supervision

Weekly at 10h00 (South Africa) | 08h00 (UTC)
, I will be hosting a free one and a half hour group meeting for coaches. You're welcome to have a conversation with me and other coaches on anything from how to work online, digital tools and resources, running a coaching business, case supervision and coach mentoring. These events are interactive and experiential!

Please note that the Zoom Meeting IDs sent in previous mailers will no longer work. Zoom has recently tightened up on its security options and in line with that I have changed joining options from Zoom Meeting ID to per-event registration.
Register below to join us and let's see what emerges!

Apr 20, 2020 10:00 AM Johannesburg Register here for this meeting

Every Monday from Apr 27 to May 18, 10:00 AM Johannesburg Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Please note: meetings will be locked 5 minutes after starting

Digital Resource- Doodle


Doodle helps you decide on anything from polls to meeting dates with a group of people. Integrate with your calendar, create the options, share the poll and get your results. 

There is an app that lets you do this all from your phone for ease of use on the go. I use the free version and it works like a doodle!

Lockdown Recipe
5 Ingredient Lamb Stew

I borrowed this from bloggers who borrowed it from Jamie Oliver. Now you can borrow it from me!

Serves 6

  • a few good sprigs of rosemary, about 15g, leaves stripped
  • 800g boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 3cm chunks
  • 150g mixed-colour olives
  • 1 x 280g jar of silverskin pickled onions
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3.

Heat a 30cm shallow casserole pan over a high heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss the rosemary leaves around for about a minute to crisp up. Scoop out the rosemary and set aside, then brown the lamb for a couple of minutes in the same pan.

Drain the pickled onions and add to the pan with the olives (remove the stones if necessary first). Stir everything together before adding the tinned tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon, plus 2 tins of water. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hours, or until the sauce has thickened and the lamb is tender.

Judge if you need to add more water halfway or cook the water off in the oven with the lid off, depending on your ingredients and oven.

Season and sprinkle over the crispy rosemary to serve.

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(Original recipe from 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver, Penguin, 2017.)

If you have your own lockdown recipes, I'd love to get them from you and share them here with our coaching community! Contact me here

Lockdown Audiobook

Kristin Neff gives us wonderful insight into how we are hard on ourselves, as well as guided exercises in self-compassion. As someone who has a strong drive for perfection and details, I can be especially hard on myself when things (and I) don't live up to expectation.

This book helps me set realistic expectations and cope healthily when things don't go to plan.
Enjoy a preview and read reviews by clicking on the image.
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