We saw a couple of fantastic shows, including the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford – a thoroughly festive occasion with dancing snowmen, beautiful carols and high-kicking chorus lines. Mum invited her friend Nesta, who counts as my interesting person for this week. Nesta is a self-employed fitness instructor and used to teach my mum pilates. She also shared my love of colouring books, much to the bemusement of everyone else in the car who doesn’t seem to get what they are about. This is a good time to mention that I completed another colouring picture – this one was particularly detailed and time-consuming, but I love the end result.
On the letter writing front, I send a card to my Grandma (Dad’s Mum) – it was actually her birthday (unlike my Gran who I sent a card to last week) and I wrote a letter inside to updated her on all the news.
On return to Edinburgh, I attended three networking meetings – the first was a one-to-one with Stan from Coachmatch, a company who’s coaching panel I am signed up to. I now Stan fairly well due to being the Coachmatch relationship manager while I was at Lloyds, and Stan also came on my first walking-coaching retreat back in May. It was great to catch up with him and also to hear about some of Coachmatch’s latest initiatives – some of which may hopefully lead to some work for me.
I also attended a CFM Consulting event based around Psychological Models and Types of Coaching. While the actual event was fairly high-brow and not quite the content that had been advertised, it was interesting to mix with a bunch of coaches and corporate people. It made me realise how rusty I have become at networking conversations since being self-employed and I had to make a real effort to talk to people and not hide in the toilets. Definitely a skill to practice, although it did make me consider where I was with the right crowd of people if we didn’t have much to say to each other.
Following the session, I had another networking meeting with Nick Smith, who I was recently contacted by, as he is also an NLP coach who takes people into the outdoors. As well as discussing opportunities of how we might work together, this meeting also turned into a very useful peer-to-peer coaching session – we have agreed to meet regularly to continue supporting each other. He even sent me a facebook photo of a change he had made following our session.
I also jumped at the chance to say yes to another opportunity, when Lindsey offered me the chance to sample her Indian Head Massage skills, ahead of her offering them to clients on our joint retreat. Very relaxing and far more extensive than I thought including the neck and back as well. Highly recommended!
We ended the night with another 2 books, which I read to her son Rory, who is about to be in a nativity as a narrator. He therefore chose two Christmas themed books, the Mr Men Twelve Days of Christmas and A Very Noisy Stable. I’m very grateful to be getting the opportunity to read kids books, as in 4 weeks, I’m still only half way through my first ‘proper’ book, making the chances of me completing 30 in a year very unlikely!
So, that completes my week’s activities and here’s my top tips and learnings from the week:
- Reading books is time-consuming and despite extensive training as a kid to read books every night-time before bed, this is a habit I much regret getting out of and I want to try to rectify this!
- An Indian Head Massage is misleadingly named
- Networking with groups of people you don’t know is scary (more scary than it used to be when I was employed) although its worth considering if it’s the right group of people to be networking with.