LIFE COACH STEVE MITTEN MCC
August - 2005
1) LIFE LESSONS FROM A PUPPY
2) COACHING TIP - DEEP LISTENING REQUIRES A VERY QUIET MIND
3) MARKETING AND COACHING - TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH
4) MARKETING PROGRAM - Marketing success is no accident. The fall SOS "build-your-practice-on-a-budget" teleclass is starting August 31st. Check it out at SOS.
1) LESSONS FROM A PUPPY
After years of persistent lobbying by my daughters and wife, the Mitten menagerie grew again in early July. It did not take long for the 7 week old Wyatt, our new yellow-lab puppy, to firmly attach himself to all our heart strings.
After two weeks of interrupted sleep, (mid-night piddle breaks) life has returned to a more sustainable and enjoyable routine. There is so much more life in our house now, and we are all enjoying the being puppized again. By that I mean that in as much as we are training him, he is training us.
To date lessons from Wyatt have included:
Perhaps a puppy's greatest lesson is about love. The more you give it away, the more it comes back. The Mitten family has been giving a lot of love to this little guy recently, and we have gotten far more back.
Wyatt on his first day with us, in the loving hands of his new mom.
"If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one."
- Andy Rooney
2) COACHING TIP - DEEP LISTENING
Listening is one of the first skills taught in any coaching training. As coaches we think we listen pretty well. And compared with the average Joe, we do. However how well you listen is directly proportional to how well you can quiet down your active or thinking mind, and if you are like most of us, that is a real challenge.
In his book, The Ancestral Mind, Dr. Gregg Jacobs documents just how compulsively we all think, and how our inability to quiet down our thinking or analytic mind is resulting in a host of serious stress related issues that erode our health and rob our lives of vitality and joy. It is estimated that the average person now has some 60,000 different thoughts per day. Most of them repetitive. Many of them fearful. Lots of them getting in the way of your ability to listen to others as well as our own intuition.
What Jacobs, (and for that matter every spiritual tradition), is pointing us to is the importance of developing a daily practice that calms the thinking mind, so we can connect to our more joyful, intuitive mind. In his book, Jacobs describes the best mindfulness approaches (The Relaxation Response, etc.) that modern science has provided us. It makes some interesting summer reading.
From a coaching perspective, I encourage you to begin to notice just how noisy your mind is, and begin to explore what you might do to become an even better listener.
3) MARKETING LIKE A COACH
Many of the really good new coaches I know, really hate marketing. They see it as a necessary evil to stay in business. They feel somehow inauthentic or otherwise artificial when they go out to build their business. Their whole marketing effort is Gremlin filled.
Wherever possible, I try to reframe this by pointing out that there is not a big difference between good coaching and good marketing.
When you get the Gremlin out of the way there is not a big difference between coaching and marketing. In fact because of the training they go through, coaches can make great marketers.
"Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two - and only two - basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are "costs"."
- Peter Drucker
4) GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED, HIGH-VALUE, HELP FOR YOUR BUSINESS
THE FALL (Sick Of Struggling) MARKETING TELECLASS FOR COACHES STARTS AUGUST 31ST
"I got far more value from this program than anything else I have ever taken."
"SOS scored a 10+ with me. The format is outstanding."
wanted to let you know what a tremendous impact the class is having on my
"I just want to thank you for being in the right place at the right time with and for me."
"My courage muscle has grown."
The next SOS teleclass is starting soon, 2 PM EST, (11AM Pacific) Wednesday August 31st. As usual this will be the marketing-your-practice-on-a-budget program in which I share everything I have learned from my years in coaching, including all the tips from the many successful coaches I interviewed in writing my book, Marketing Essentials For Coaches. I love delivering the program and I am delighted that so many past participants have got so much value out of it. (You can see the recent testimonials at http://www.acoach4u.com/marketingprogram.htm ).
while there is a lot of great information, tricks and strategies that have been
proven by hundreds of successful coaches, the most important and valuable work
we do is on the "BEING" side of becoming a successful coach. (When you
really get past your fears and begin to market with the same passion you have
for coaching - because you really understand that this is what you are meant to
do in the world - some amazing things can happen.)
If you are interested in joining us, you will need to act quickly. Go to http://www.acoach4u.com/marketingprogram.htm and check out the program. If you decide to join us, send me an email to let me know you are in. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
direct anybody else you think might benefit from the course
(coaches you trained with, friends, etc.) to the same link so they can reserve a spot and
you both a
discount. (Remember this is a win-win proposition. They get 10%
off for being referred by you, and you get 10% off for each
referral that signs up. The
sooner you start referring, the more discounts you can
I would love to have you join us, because I know this will be of great help to you.
"The biggest part of the program was helping me get past my fear."
got 3 new clients over the last 2 weeks. They are beginning
to roll in.....
niche development work is amazing. You made it so easy for me.”
want to let you know how much I’m enjoying the SOS course and
how much VALUABLE INFORMATION I’m getting from it."
STILL LESS THAN $25 PER SESSION AND IT
COMES WITH A GUARANTEE.
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Life Coach and Business Development Specialist Steve Mitten B.ApSc, CPCC, MCC helps individuals, professionals and leaders find their niche, be their best and make an impact. Contact mailing address is 2141 131B St., Surrey BC, Canada, V4A 9J5.
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