The first step to getting help is, it is universally accepted, to acknowledge you need it. But sometimes the barriers go up before you can get to that point. Coaching is expected in disciplines such as sport, dance, music, but what about in life and in business?For two Lancashire businesswomen coaching is not just their chosen calling, it has changed their lives.Kate Pollitt of Desire Branding is due to qualify as a business coach in March, a skill she will offer as part of her services to clients.Her journey to qualification started when she decided to invest in coaching for her own business which she set up 14 years ago. The Ribble Valley-based graphic designer and branding expert said: “I was seeking a business coach for me and this ran in parallel with the fact that working very closely with small business owners they would sometimes come to me with things that were not branding and marketing-related and I didn’t feel equipped to help them - things like work life … [Read more...] about Can coaching change your life for the better? These two Lancashire businesswomen believe it can.
Bettering communication skills
Poorer children in half of areas across England are falling further behind their classmates in vital communication skills during the first year of primary school, new analysis finds. The “early learning gap” between children from low income families and their better-off peers has widened in 76 out of 152 local authorities in England, a report from charity Save the Children says. Poorer children starting primary school in these areas are being left further behind their classmates in skills – such as speaking in full sentences, following simple instructions and expressing themselves. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a … [Read more...] about Poorer children in half of England areas fall further behind peers for communication skills
New Zealand's doctors and nurses have respect for their patients, but urgently need to brush up on their communication skills, new research suggests. The Health Quality and Safety Commission has collected patient satisfaction data for some time but the new research, released yesterday, looked at people's experience of primary care and averaged it across district health boards. The survey - in which randomly selected patients are asked to take part and which runs for one week every three months - is used by practices, primary health organisations (PHOs) and DHBs to improve quality of care and patient safety. The second-quarter survey saw clinicians score particularly well when dealing with patients: 96% of respondents felt their GP or nurse always treated them with respect, while 93% said their GP or nurse always treated them with kindness and understanding. However, at the other end of the spectrum, only 56% said they were always told what to do if they experienced side effects, 53% … [Read more...] about Health staff need better communication: survey
Return of Stormont 'would help drive for better digital skills' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The head of a Lloyds Banking Group project to improve Northern Ireland's digital skills has said restoration of the Executive would be helpful for its progress. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/technology/return-of-stormont-would-help-drive-for-better-digital-skills-37406125.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/article37406124.ece/04eca/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-11_bus_44803243_I1.JPG Email The head of a Lloyds Banking Group project to improve Northern Ireland's digital skills has said restoration of the Executive would be helpful for its progress. As part of its Helping NI Prosper Plan, Lloyds wants to improve digital skills of individuals, small businesses and charities by 2020. Jim McCooe, an ambassador for Lloyds, which includes Halifax and employs around 2,000 people here in total, said engagement with MLAs had been successful despite the absence of … [Read more...] about Return of Stormont ‘would help drive for better digital skills’
PUBLISHED: 12:14 25 June 2018 Liam Coleman From left to right: Juliet Chowdhry from British Pakistani Christian Association and Charlie Murrell-Edwards from FaithAction British Pakistani Christian Association The course works because fun and laughter encourage classmates to relax with each other and learn. Migrant communities in Redbridge are being encouraged to laugh their way to better English skills by taking part in new inventive classes. The British Christian Pakistani Association has won a contract to run the free courses from Clementswood Community Centre, in Connaught Road, Ilford - where students can enhance their conversational abilities through inventive learning aids like word cards, puppets, props and encouraging them to engage in real-life-situation scenario based training. Creative English is a national community-based English language programme, administered by national network, FaithAction and funded by central Government. It has attracted the attention of … [Read more...] about Redbridge migrant communities encouraged to laugh their way to better language skills