Dynamite Coaching
 April 2011
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Quote of the Month 

"Prescription before diagnosis is malpractice."

"When you take the time to listen and find out what an individual wants, watch how easy it is to give them what they seek. "

Why Work With a Coach?

ICF (International Coaching Federation) client survey tells us that clients experience: 

~ A higher level of self awareness 67%

~ Smarter goal setting 62%

~ A more balanced life 60%

~ Lower stress levels 57%

~ Valuable investment 98.5%


What Some of Our Clients Have to Say About Dynamite Coaching: 


"When Mark first approached me about Leadership Coaching I was not sure what it was about and, as I am in the later stages of my career, I was not sure I would get too much benefit from it. I have to say the past 6 months of working with Mark have been fabulous!  The sessions provide a time for reflection and thought, both about your professional and personal life.  Mark establishes a relationship of trust and confidentiality within a few weeks and has an amazing ability to get the best out of you!  I have definitely benefitted from my work with Mark and it has proven to me once again that it is never too late to learn more about yourself!  An extremely worthwhile investment."


~ Susan Scott, Site Manager, Ottewell Place Seniors Lodge 

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Never Assume That You're Not Being Observed!

Have you ever had that feeling that someone is watching you? If you have, know that it's true, someone is watching you! Everything you do is being observed. For some that might have just ramped up your anxiety meter, for others it may vindicate that what you are doing is being noticed, but either way know that you are being watched and what you do influences those around you.

Last November, I had the opportunity to hear a gentleman by the name of Darren Jacklin, a professional coach, speak while he was in Edmonton. I invite you to view his website at www.darrenjacklin.com.


Darren made a lasting impression on the audience that evening, as he did on me, and I want to share with you some of what he said. He opened his talk that night by saying;


"Never Assume That You're Not Being Observed."


He said that you are either; 

  • making the room brighter or dimmer
  • attracting or repelling
  • memorable or forgettable

But you are being watched and you are influencing those around you.


You decide how you influence.


He went on to say that "most men and women are an extra in their own movie" and "how you change your life is how you change what you do with your waking hours," and "that most people are just trying to get through their day, merely surviving, not thriving."


You decide.


And yet we are always being observed, and we are always impacting others.


Darren shared one particular story of how he wanted to negotiate with a prospective company for a certain dollar value in return for his professional services. His role was to work with a sizable number of their staff and to impact how they viewed and embraced leadership, communication, teamwork, productivity, and outcomes. You get the idea.


He went on to say how, as he picked up the phone to negotiate "his price" he felt a ting of nervousness. Would they accept his price, was he worth this price, could he deliver a service that would match this price? Internal chatter, self-analysis, and doubt began to creep into his mind.


Yet he mustered up the courage and asked for what he wanted, and to his delight, they readily agreed. The deal was done, Darren was to be paid half up front, and the other half after he delivered.


He had done it! He had faced his fears, went after what he wanted, and got it!


But never assume you're not being watched.


Darren delivered the information to the organization as promised and, and afterwards was invited to go on a team building trip white water rafting. As he, the CEO and CFO, walked along the edge of the river, the CEO pulled from his pocket the envelope containing the other half of payment owed.


When he went to hand it to Darren, something was wrong. The CEO wouldn't let go. Darren and this prominent businessman both held onto the envelope together, for what seemed like, to Darren, an eternity. And here is what Darren was told, and I paraphrase;


You made a mistake.


Darren said at that moment he knew it! He had overvalued his service and now they weren't going to pay him the other half of the money. He hadn't delivered as promised.


But never assume you're not being watched.


He was told further;


You made a mistake when you asked us for $10,000 because you never asked us what we would pay you, and had you done so, we would have gladly paid you double your asking fee!


You see Darren, they said, we have been watching you! We have been watching how you have been conducting yourself and your practice prior to us ever engaging in that phone call. We knew what you were worth well before you came to speak to our staff, and we knew what you could deliver, and we also knew the impact you would have that day, and afterward, on our company and on our staff.


They said Darren you need to know that what you say and what you do impacts others and never, ever should you forget that. He then gave Darren the envelope and told him he had delivered well beyond what he had promised.


Darren Jacklin now works training staff for some of the biggest companies on the planet and never, ever assumes he is not being watched and says he lives his life this way.


Before that day Darren underestimated the magnitude of the effect he had on people. Now he says he never forgets it and he lives his life this way.


How do you wish to live your life? You decide, but never assume you are not being watched. You are. You are important and you make a difference. You decide how.


With gratitude,

Coach Mark

Course Information 
Question: Who communicates for a living? Answer: Everybody! If You Live on Planet Earth, You Communicate For a Living.

So how important does it become to have good communication skills?  Communication can be the Number #1 determinant to your success; more important than knowledge, academics or experience. No one is saying these other areas aren't important, but if you can't get your message out, how much you know becomes irrelevant. Have you ever had someone say "I'm not sure I understand what you mean" or "been in a conversation where somehow it becomes confrontational and emotionally charged and you're not sure what to do?" How good are you at "dealing with conflict?"


How well you communicate will directly affect your ultimate level of success or failure in any situation. So I invite you to come and participate in a fun and interactive class where you will learn simple tips and techniques on how to bolster your "skills" and fill up your "communication tool box." 


Course: "Coach-Like Approach Techniques to Improve Your Communication Skills"


Cost: Single day $100 - Both days $150 


Time: 1:30pm to 4:30 pm MST 


Date: May 2011 exact dates TBA 


Location: Marked Improvement Fitness Studio 7112-101 avenue, Edmonton, AB


To register contact Coach Mark at [email protected] or 780-469-4800. Class size limited to first 10 people - call now to secure your seat. 

Let's Talk About Dynamite Coaching 

My client is the person or professional considering a career  change, or who is in transition from one career to another, perhaps is the individual interested in improving their current work situation to create excellence and find balance and joy in what they are presently doing. 

Together, the client and I work to explore their ideal career path. One that best matches their skills with their passion and aligns their values with their identity, moving them from just doing a job to experiencing their life's work.

It is true that your professional performance can affect your personal life and your personal life can influence the quality of your professional career. The two are not mutually exclusive. By discovering your own secret, the ripples in the water far outreach where the stone entered. 


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