Motivation and Confidence Workshop
June 2009
Karen KimberleyWe recently ran a workshop with a difference
12 talented but stressed women
From all walks of life, working in different fields and with diverse life experiences
Undergoing significant change in the workplace and preparing for more
Feeling uncertain about the future, de-motivated and devalued, with low self esteem and lack of confidence
So what did we do differently?
How We Change People Inside

The first part of the workshop was based around normal topics such as
-      communicating during change
-      planning communication objectives
-      motivating and engaging people
-      developing personal communication skills
-      managing upwards and how to give effective feedback.
The unusual part was where we took all 12 people and used relaxation, guided visualisation, trance and hypnotic suggestion to
-      reduce stress
-      build confidence
-      improve self esteem and motivation. 
You might think people would be resistant to these techniques but they loved it! They left feeling refreshed and valued, de-stressed, energised, confident and ready for the future challenges.
Included in the session were topics such as
-      nerves and how to overcome them
-      the signs of stress and how to recognise them
-      practical steps to overcome stress
-      how to overcome personal shyness
-      how to be more assertive
-      building rapport
-      understanding non-verbal behaviour
Exhausted businesswomenCourses usually go through the mechanics of change. But of course change is a highly emotional, personal process and this is not always addressed in theoretical change workshops.

Change workshops need to give people an understanding of the change process and also help them at an individual level to deal with it both intellectually and emotionally, especially in the context of the heightened emotions generated by the credit crunch. 
This added dimension of building emotional resilience, self esteem and confidence helps to provide a distinct 'feel good' factor as an outcome from the workshop rather than just an increase in understanding.

Businessman asleep at deskIf you or someone you know could benefit from a workshop like this contact us for your free guide to stress reduction. 
To find out how we can tailor a workshop to meet your needs contact Karen on kkimberley@mobileemail.vodafone.net
Karen gets her 1 Minute of Fame and a Chance to Share her 'Desert Island Discs'!
Karen will be interviewed on a one hour 'Desert Island Discs' style programme on BBC Radio Berkshire on Wednesday 3rd June at 3pm, talking about her life, experiences in Australia and other things she is not yet sure about! If you haven't met or heard Karen speak she is an inspirational speaker with a wide variety of interests, opinions, knowledge and experiences to share.
So put a knot in your hanky or a reminder in your BlackBerry to remember to catch Karen this Wednesday 3rd June at 3pm.   Read on to see how she recently featured on BBC Radio 4 as well.
Is your Employer a Mindful Employer?
Karen recently featured on  BBC Radio 4's 'You & Yours' programme on employers attitudes towards mental health. As a MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter signatory we believe that organisations have a responsibility to help prevent stress and anxiety at work and promote and create a positive environment for people at work. Most of us spend so much time at work it needs to be a pleasant, life affirming, engaging place to be.

Led and supported by employers, the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work and providing support for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

Stress, depression and anxiety are estimated to be the cause of more working days lost than any other work-related illness. Sick pay reduces profits. Covering absent workers adds more pressure. Loss of valued and talented people costs more than money.

Cary L Cooper CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University comments on the Mindful Employer website:   
'Lack of mental well being in the workplace is costing the UK £25.9billion per annum in terms of sickness absence, presenteeism and turnover, and an additional nearly £5b in terms of incapacity benefits. It is not only economically costly but also costly to the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families. Initiatives like MINDFUL EMPLOYER energize employers to do something about the wellbeing of their employees and is of vital importance to the health of the nation.'
Click on the title www.mindfulemployer.net/news_events.html to go to the 'You and Yours' website to listen on BBC i-player  for the session on 26th May 2009 and visit www.mindfulemployer.net for more details of how to become a Mindful Employer. 


Recommended Reading

Karen recommends reading 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle - a great read to help manage stress and change your thinking.  

Karen Kimberley's company is based in Taplow near Maidenhead. She coaches people inside companies, to change things inside themselves, to improve their communication and performance. For more information contact Karen on Tel 01628 509593, Mobile: 07785 566468, e-mail kk@karenkimberley.co.uk, and visit the website www.karenkimberley.co.uk
Click below to see other ways in which we have helped people through experiences of stress, depression, lack of motivation and anxiety www.karenkimberley.co.uk/case-studies.php
Changing People Inside

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