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Breakthrough Intensive

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Why breakthrough intensive?
This is the ultimate in personal and professional development. As the name suggests this is an intensive one day, one to one personal coaching experience which gives you access to the most powerful techniques for change available. You would opt for this if you wanted change fast and you wanted to concentrate your change work into a one day block. This approach is for you if you have become frustrated with other approaches to getting the results you seek, or if you have a specific issue which you need to resolve quickly. Read More

Professional Coaching

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Why book professional coaching sessions?
Professional coaching gives you individual support to achieve your professional goals. Helping you to understand how you can perform to your peak and how you can influence others around you to do the same is at the heart of coaching. If you have the feeling that you could improve an aspect or aspects of your work and career then coaching is for you. Read More

An Introduction to Neuro-linguistic Programming ( NLP)

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What is NLP?
NLP is a set of effective communication concepts which enable us to build trust with others quickly and effectively. It provides powerful linguistic patterns and change techniques to empower others to make changes in their thinking and behaviours.

Why attend the courses?

The course will provide you with a practical and strategic approach to supporting others to bring about change in their lives and their work. You will be able to blend your existing practice with the NLP approaches to create effective strategies for building trust and effecting change.
The course provides highly effective change techniques for overt and covert change work. This programme introduces you to the foundations of NLP and some of the most useful tools for use in your work context.

What will I learn?

You will learn:

What NLP is and what it is not
The presuppositions of NLP
The NLP communication model ( an easily understood communication framework)
More about the role and functioning of the unconscious mind and how to work with it
To further improve your ability to notice subtle changes in others
Future-basing for really motivating goals
How to disrupt problem states
Advanced linguistics for relaxation (how to induce hypnotic trance conversationally)
How to embed commands in conversation
How to use metaphor to promote change
About sub-modality shifts and their use in directly changing how people hold problem states of mind How is the programme structured?

The first day provides the essential underlying concepts of NLP and begins to explore the advanced language patterns and change techniques which can be applied to your context.
In the second day more advanced strategies for promoting change are explored. The course is activity-based with links to real work situations made throughout.

Who is your trainer?

Will Thomas will lead the training. He is a qualified coach, and Certified Master Practitioner of NLP, Timeline Therapy™ and Hypnosis. He is an experienced trainer and personal development coach offering high quality training and coaching in the UK and Europe. He is author and co-author of a number of books on coaching, leadership and managing workload.

Who should attend?
Anyone whose role it is to support and encourage others to overcome problems and grow confidence. The course material is valuable for the empowering of clients, client groups and colleagues. The content has applications to leading adults, and working with adult and young people as clients. This is s perfect compliment to coaching and provides both covert and overt approaches to effecting change.

What if I attend ‘An Introduction to NLP’?
You’ll increase your flexibility to handle challenging situations through the way that you think and the tools you have at your disposal. Many of the strategies explored, can be used in normal conversation, and very quickly, to enable change in clients and colleagues. You will open up new ways of thinking about what blocks progress in others, and work more effectively to help them adjust their internal representations, build confidence and overcome challenges.

Past delegates have said:
“ An excellent invigorating and deeply thought-provoking 2 days. Every exercise had value for me, both personally and professionally.…Many thanks Will.” Felicity Steel

[The course] “Really will change my practice” Naomi, Hertfordshire, Educational Psychologist

“ Excellent 2 days. Interesting, practical and very enjoyable” SW

“ Excellent, well presented, everything made sense, clearly explained with good examples of application” R Bennet

The Coaching Organisation

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Creating a coaching culture. 1 day

Why attend The Coaching Organisation?
This programme provides the necessary strategic overview to develop a high quality professional development programme with peer coaching at its heart. You will explore the core Organisational Coaching Model, and ways to implement a high quality colleague to colleague coaching system. A growing body of research shows that coaching creates bottom line improvements.

What will you learn?

How to set up coaching across your organisation
Why you should set up coaching; the research that says you should go for it
How to systemise the process so its is sustainable
How to win confidence and persuade the “nay-sayers”
How to build a team of high quality coaches and how to monitor and maintain that quality
About some possible blocks and pitfalls and how to overcome them
Recipes for success – opportunity to design a system that works for your situation

How will the programme be run?
The programme will introduce the current research and case studies on organisational coaching model success. Delegates will explore what they want to achieve in their own institution and then select appropriate strategies for setting this up.
There will be opportunity in the afternoon to action plan next steps and to receive support and guidance on the plans. Follow on coaching is offered separately should support beyond the course be required.

Who should attend?
Directors, HR managers, headteachers, aspiring headteachers, and anyone involved in, or interested in, improving communication and spreading excellent practice throughout their organisation.

What if I attend?
If you attend you will be setting in motion a series of steps to radically transform the way that professional development, communication and support takes place in your work-place. All the research points to great gains in productivity and improved sense of work satisfaction and output for everyone involved.

Coaching Skills 2

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Advanced techniques 2 day course

Why attend this course?
This course builds on your learning from the day 1 Foundations for Change programme. You’ll take your coaching skills to an even greater level and learn the precision use of language to support others. You’ll really improve your confidence using a wide range of techniques and tools. You will have a series of effective strategies for dealing with challenging people.

What will I learn?
You will learn

How to structure review and feedback so that people really listen and take action
Further secrets to build positive relationships with others
How to generate really motivating targets
When to ask questions and when to stay silent
Precision questioning techniques so that your questions have greater impact
How people construct problems and why they do it
Conversational techniques to help people break out of problems and develop their own solutions
Techniques to build really high levels of confidence in yourself and others
Techniques for dealing with challenging people
How to fine tune your senses to pick up even more information about what others are thinking
How to promote relaxation in others through careful construction of language
About the potential for wider organisational coaching approaches

You will also have the opportunity to practice your coaching skills and receive supportive and constructive feedback.

How is the programme structured?
The programme is carefully designed to enable you to:

The programme builds on the one day foundations for change programme*
Reconnect with your current practice
Gain constructive feedback throughout the programme
Actively experience each technique and out it into practice
Learn in a safe and supportive environment

The programme culminates in opportunities to put all of your skills into action in a formative coaching session.

Who is the trainer on Coaching Skills 2 Advanced techniques?
The two-day Advanced Coaching Skills Programme is designed and delivered by Will Thomas. Will is a highly experienced performance coach and trainer. A Marks and Spencer Personnel manager from University, Will moved into education and became Head of Faculty in a large comprehensive school, he has used coaching extensively to enable people to maximise performance and overcome personal barriers to success. Will is co-author of the book Coaching Solutions and author of The Coaching Solutions resource Book.

What if I attend this course?
Attending this course will bring you new levels of confidence and capability in supporting others. From high flyers to the struggling individual, this course gives you tools for helping. Your ability to precisely use language to get results will give you the edge in any work or social setting. The programme will give you the most useful tools and techniques for promoting change in others.

*It is a prerequisite that you attend a one day coaching programme with Alite or Vision for Learning prior to attending the advanced course. This could happen within an open course setting or you may have the course in your workplace.

Coaching skills 1

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Introduction to Coaching

‘Getting stuck is not a problem, staying stuck is…’

Why attend the course?

The Vision for Learning one-day Coaching Skills programme develops one to one coaching skills. Coaching Skills will be of professional value to anyone who wants to improve the quality of the support they offer others. This course will help you to work with people to overcome their blocks and work with the grain of their own motivators. You will also gain the essential grounding to progress to the advanced coaching programme. Benefits of attending include:

Developing practical coaching skills
A deeper understanding of what drives people towards success and what holds them back
Practical approaches to unblock negative attitudes and promote positive thinking
A deeper insight into the use of listening skills
Knowing when to question and when to be silent
Learning how to better manage internal thought patterns and habits of mind for coaching

What will you learn on the coaching programme?
You will learn and develop key knowledge and skills for promoting change in others, including:

What is coaching?
The difference between coaching and other helping processes
The essential dispositions of an effective coach
How to establish and maintain rapport
Essential listening skills
Key questioning tools for coaches
How to ask the right questions and what to do when people get stuck
How to structure coaching
How to coach in a hurry

The programme draws from NLP, Sports Performance Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. The programme provides you with simple models and techniques that improve motivation and broker success.

How is the course structured?

The Programme is closely focused on promoting independent thinking and problem-solving in others. Coaching techniques are demonstrated and developed through practical activities. The programme content is backed by the relevant coaching theory. Together this offers you the opportunity to understand the psychology of motivation and develop the practical skills of coaching.
Delegates learn to use a simple, but effective core coaching model. There are dozens of great coaching tips from an expert coach at every step of the way.

Who leads the programme?
The one-day Coaching Skills Programme is designed and delivered by Will Thomas. Will is a highly experienced Performance Coach and trainer. He works with individuals from school age to old age. A Marks and Spencer Personnel manager from University, Will moved into education and became Head of Faculty in a large comprehensive school, he has used coaching extensively to enable people to maximise performance and overcome personal barriers to success. Will is co-author of the book Coaching Solutions and author of The Coaching Solutions Resource Book.

What if I attend?
You’ll further develop your skills and knowledge in multiple ways. Just imagine having the confidence to respond positively and effectively in any situation, and having the next level of linguistic tools to promote change in others. Consider the positive impact on your work, your life and those you come into contact with you.

What past attendees have said:
“ Very enjoyable – new ideas that I can use to be more effective in my job – well delivered” Guy Foster, East Manchester Education Action Zone

“ It was great to work with colleagues and develop coaching skills with them….very effective, and fully covered coaching aspects for our staff” Bill Whiting, Portsmouth

“ Very challenging, well-structured, and professional, but done with good humour, and much respect for participants”. Kate Edwards, Gateshead

“ Excellent course – very useful. Good course notes. Promoted thinking and how to develop reflective thought” Dave Magee, Cadishead

Will Thomas – Director of Vision for Learning

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Will Thomas

Will Thomas

Will Thomas is a training consultant and performance coach. He is the director of Vision for Learning Ltd.He works with individuals and organisations to develop performance-enhancing solutions.

His career began in personnel management with Marks and Spencer Plc, and was followed by highly successful roles in teaching and educational leadership. He held a post as a respected head of science in a Worcestershire High School and led his team to impressive improvements in exam performance. He has acted as advisor to Worcestershire LEA and has extensive training and coaching experience with a wide range of clients in over 300 organisations. Read More

Simon Percival – Coach and Trainer

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Simon Percival

Simon Percival

As a coach, Simon’s first client was a young man who had constantly confounded those around him with his apparent inability to fulfill his ‘obvious potential’. Some challenging questions, honest answers, clear goals and a systematic action plan soon saw this individual achieving all he had set his sights on. Many years after he had coached himself to this series of successes, Simon became a qualified coach, intent on helping others harness their own inner resourcefulness for positive, affirming and exciting results.

Simon now runs a private practice based in the north of England, specialising in professional development and career coaching. As a former teacher in institutions as diverse as secondary schools, sixth forms, English language schools, adult education and prisons, he naturally has a particular interest in learning and those who enable it.

As well as being an accomplished coach, Simon is a popular presenter and facilitator of courses designed to help schools develop more ‘thinking-ful’ and creative lessons that take account of the learning needs of students. His work with the students themselves focuses on their attitudes and skills for learning.

Simon’s publications include Thinking for Learning (co-authored with Mel Rockett) and The Practical Guide to Revision Techniques.

Gavin Kewley – Coach and Trainer

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Gavin Kewley

Gavin Kewley

Gavin has a passion for staying positive and for increasing the realms of possibility. With extensive experience as qualified coach, counsellor and trainer his training and development company has worked with over a thousand people developing personal performance in life and at the work place.

He works at individual, small group and whole establishment level. In one-to-one coaching sessions and through solution focussed workshops he has enabled others to develop a range of sustainable and practical approaches to developing their exploratory thinking skills, personal target setting and in taking those steps to success.
As a qualified Yachtmaster he also runs personal development courses afloat. Participants in these voyages of discovery leave with beliefs and values honoured and new challenges defined. Sailing a yacht along the south coast is an almost a unique context in which to receive life coaching.

He has been successful in developing the personal effectiveness for all levels of ability and motivation. Having worked with hundreds of young people experiencing behaviour difficulties, some in danger of, or returning from, exclusion from school, he has a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by both young people and their families. He has extensive experience working with specialist support agencies in supporting a community response to their needs.

Gavin applies his approaches to his own life and has maintained an active and balanced lifestyle which encompasses a happy family life in Dorset and successful competition in triathlon.