Interview with Doug Gfeller, Part Four: Using Social Media to Build Your Online Presence

In this fourth and final excerpt (8 mins) from my interview with Doug Gfeller on The Coaching Perspective, we discuss the following:

  • My use of social media, and my tips on using it to build your online presence.
  • How “GIG” (the “Great Idea Group”) encouraged me to use technology more proactively and effectively.
  • How I use LinkedIn effectively, and why the premium version may well be worth investing in.
  • The importance of using social media in order to contribute. If people associate you with value, they’ll come back and want more.

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Interview with Doug Gfeller, Part Three: Building an Online Audience, and the Value of Coaching for Individuals and in Organizations

In this third excerpt (12 mins) from my interview with Doug Gfeller of The Coaching Perspective, we discuss:

  • My strategies for building an online audience, and the value of this, particularly in terms of impact.
  • How a book helps build credibility, even though it’s unlikely to make you a great deal of money.
  • The importance of being found through Google, and how a strong online presence helps with this.
  • How I help business leaders become coaches within their own institution, and how I work with professional coaches.
  • How having a coach and moving your life forward can help those around you, particularly family members.
  • The ways larger organizations are incorporating coaching into their processes.

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Interview with Doug Gfeller, Part Two: My Coaching Style and my Journey as a Writer

In this second excerpt (12 mins) from my interview with Doug Gfeller of The Coaching Perspective, we discuss:

  • What I do differently from other coaches, and how I aim to create “leveraged” coaching relationships.
  • How the idea of “givers gain” drives me in my work with my clients and gives me a sense of purpose.
  • Why I started my daily series The Quotable Coach (which Doug has shared with many friends and acquaintances) and wrote my book The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom.
  • The way I use the quotes, adding a short, focused reflection and exercise, and how this has helped me send out a new email every day, Monday to Friday, for over two years.
  • My earlier experiences with writing, and particularly with corrections and feedback, which made me reluctant to put my work out there for many years.

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You can listen to the full interview, and other interviews with me, on my Podcasts page.

If you haven’t yet got your copy of The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom, you can find out more about the book here or buy it directly from Amazon here.

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Interview with Doug Gfeller of The Coaching Perspective: How I Got Started as a Coach

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Doug Gfeller of The Coaching Perspective recently, about “Building an Online Audience.” I’ve split the interview into short segments and will be posting them here over the next few weeks. If you want to hear the whole thing straight away, you can visit my Podcasts page.

In this first part (11 minutes), Doug and I discuss:

  • My first profession teaching science — following in the footsteps of many of my family members who work in education.
  • Why I left this profession and worked instead in pharmaceutical sales, and what these two careers had in common for me.
  • How the 1992 Olympic Games inspired me to become a coach and support professionals in achieving “gold medal” levels of performance.
  • How I work as a coach, and how my business has changed since I started 21 years ago — particularly in terms of finding clients.
  • The typical clients who I work with and the length of time I normally work with them.

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The Quotable Coach book now available (thank you for your help!)

TQC-cover-welcomeI’m thrilled to announce that my book The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom is now available.

If you’ve been waiting eagerly for this announcement, here’s where you can get a hot-off-the-press copy:

Ebook: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or your local Amazon store.

Paperback: My CreateSpace eStore.

If you’re purchasing the paperback version via my CreateSpace eStore, enter the code 42E47C9N for a 10% discount.

Many thanks to all of you who helped shape this book, voting and offering your feedback on the title and cover design. Thank you too for reading and supporting The Quotable Coach, whether you’ve been getting these emails for a couple of days or a couple of years.

If you’d like to know more about the book, which is an edited compilation of 365 of the best quotes from The Quotable Coach (so far), you can get all the details on The Quotable Coach website here.

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Interview: Time Management, on Michigan Business Beat

I’ve become a bit of a regular guest on Chris Holman’s radio show, Michigan Business Beat. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed time management – one of the biggest issues facing many people who hire a coach.

In this 6-minute interview, we cover:

  • My workbook, Time Management Strategies and Tactics (you can get a copy by following the instructions here).
  • Why “time management” is a bit of a misnomer, and we should instead think about “energy management” and where we allocate our energy.
  • The importance of saying “no” because of our underlying “yes” to other commitments.
  • How life and work fit together, including the concept of life balance and the importance of enjoying your work.
  • My “more, less, start, stop” framework for assessing and changing the activities in your life.

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Interview: Business Coaching, Soft Skills, “Intrepreneurship” and New Perspectives

I’ve been interviewed again by Chris Holman of Michigan Business Beat. We had a wide-ranging discussion, centering on coaching within the business world.

In this six-minute interview, Chris and I discuss:

  • “Soft skills for hard times” and how many people were let go in 2008-9 who had technical competencies but didn’t possess the softer skills of leadership, management, and coaching.
  • How people need to be versatile and wear many hats in smaller companies, developing their technical and softer skills.
  • The idea of “intrepreneurship”, including innovation, creativity, and the necessity of emotional intelligence.
  • Welcoming diverse perspectives (e.g. from people much younger or older than yourself).
  • Coming up with new ideas and new approaches by reading a wide range of materials from a variety of industries.

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My Business Beat Interview with Chris Holman

I was interviewed recently on Michigan Business Network’s “Business Beat” show by Chris Holman.

We discussed:

  • What I do as a coach, and the purpose of coaching.
  • The importance of focusing on strengths versus weaknesses.
  • The key areas I concentrate on with clients: communications, relationship-building, leadership / management, and coaching.
  • The current economy and a new focus on entrepreneurialism and “economic gardening”.

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Getting Re-Motivated in the Journey Toward Your Goals

This is an excerpt from my appearance on BlogTalkRadio’s show On the Dean’s List, with host Dean la Douceur.

In this five minute clip, Dean and I talk about:

  • Hitting a plateau in your journey toward your goals – and what you can do about it.
  • The concept of “creative tension” and what this means when you’re stuck at a plateau.
  • Exploring a new vision for the future to re-motivate you.
  • What to do when the people around you are uncomfortable with you changing.
  • The book Influencer: The Power to Change Anything and the power of different types of support.

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If you’d like to hear the whole of my interview with Dean la Douceur (37 minutes), please click here to visit my Podcasts page. You can listen to it online or download it.

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The Coaching Business, How to Choose a Coach, Plus Free Tools and Resources for You [audio]

This is an excerpt from my appearance on BlogTalkRadio’s show On the Dean’s List, with host Dean la Douceur.

In this seven minute clip, we discuss:

  • My work coaching other coaches (you can find out more about this here).
  • The coaching business and what you should look for when bringing in an outside consultant or coach.
  • How to establish whether a coach or consultant is credible and competent.
  • The tools and resources that I offer on my website – and why I’m willing to offer so much for free.

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If you’d like to hear the whole of my interview with Dean la Douceur (37 minutes), please click here to visit my Podcasts page. You can listen to it online or download it.

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