Building Rapport

Building rapport with others is a fundamental skill required by anyone wishing to develop more effective and beneficial relationships.

And that pretty much means all of us!

Of course, this skill is a foundation requirement for any would-be life coach. After all, how can you help someone to be the best they can be if you struggle to build an open, caring and trusting relationship with them?

Rapport is a word that derives from the French word rapporter (which means to bring – or report – back). The ’t’ is therefore silent, with the word being pronounced ra-pawr.

At New Insights we place a heavy emphasis on the skill of building rapport in our coach training. On the face of it, it might seem to be a rather simple skill to master but in truth that’s not necessarily the case.

When you build trust, trust follows you.”

– Costas Voyatzis

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Five Steps to a Great Life

Thank you for being a loyal reader of Life Coaching Insights.

The year is winding down and this will be the final post for 2014. Even my keyboard deserves a break!

I thought I would leave you to enjoy the festive season with something to contemplate as you consider the prospects for a brand new year ahead.

In the life coaching business one of the questions I get asked regularly is: “So what does it take to lead a great life?”

Here follows five bits of the best advice I know…

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The Gift

Life is a Gift … That’s why it is called The Present!

As we journey along the path of Life, are we treading on shimmering rose quartz or sharp stones? As we go along, are we gathering “the more” that our Egos are desperate to find and hold onto? “When I get there …”

Or, perhaps we are aware of our Heart Song. Content and at Peace, remembering that our Point of Power is to be found … in the Present moment.

Is this The Gift?

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Break the Cycle

As the year slowly draws to a close, I appreciate that reading personal development style blogs starts to slip down the priority listing for many people.

And yet, as we prepare for a temporary interruption in our day-to-day routines, this is without doubt the very best time to sow the seeds for positive, meaningful change in our lives.

For many, the end of the year brings with it an almost obsessive focus on trying to complete unfinished tasks and a sudden rush to put right the effects of procrastination earlier in the year.

It’s also a time when many, particularly those in the southern hemisphere where the summer holidays beckon, start their preparations for taking some time out from work and their normal obligations.

For those who desire more than just temporary relief from the ‘rat race’ this time of enforced change is the perfect time to plan to break the cycle!

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

– Thomas Fuller


Break the Cycle

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Relationships and Responsibility

The original founder of New Insights, Neil Asher, and his lovely wife Natasha, are celebrating their twelfth wedding anniversary as I write this post.

As Neil points out on his Facebook page, that’s some achievement nowadays … although, as I need to remind him, he’s got a long way to go to catch up with Jenni and me!

The question is: “What is it that makes for a relationship that can truly stand the test of time?”

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”

― Donald Miller

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