Friday, 31 December 2010

Stress Management
When explaining stress management to an audience, the lecturer raised a
glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how
long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier
it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry
our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes
increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.

As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest
before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the

So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry
it home. You can pick it up tomorrow, after you've rested. Life is short.
Enjoy it!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Life Coaching On-Line

Life & workplace Coaching online

Launched Today!

A new concept - Following your own personal coaching programme from the privacy of your own home in your own time.

A series of six modules written for you after completion of an initial questionnaire

You will have the ability to email questions, thoughts and findings at each stage.

Life coaching online has been design to suit you, your budget and your lifestyle.

Sessions costs just £20 each.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Something to Bear in Mind...

If you think you can,or you think you can't, you are probably right.

Henry Ford

Friday, 14 May 2010

Style and Image Consultant - Perfect!!

Looking fabulous helps to increase our confidence, makes us feel happier – and most importantly means that we can communicate and connect with others with greater ease.

My business is about capturing the essence of who you really are, and translating this into what really works for you throughout your wardrobe.

Whether you’re relaxing, engaging in some high-profile business deal or out socialising, your image is important to you.

I offer full image consultations, covering your personal colours, your style treatment and your wardrobe personality.

I assess your work, leisure and lifestyle needs so that your new look will work “for” you, not against you. Getting your image right can help you to win business, create the right impression and feel great!

For less than the cost of a new jacket I can save you many £’000’s as you only buy what looks great, and what you’ll wear time and time again.

For further details contact Jo Smallbones 01626 201923 or visit her blog

Friday, 29 January 2010

Performance Measurement - Recognition and Reward

Job Performance Management System

For the measurement & reward of an employees performance against company targets and expectations.

Without quality Employees a Company will cease to function. A Manager is there to facilitate the performance of their team; a Director is there to lead the direction of the Company including the team.

An Employer or Manager needs to be able to understand how their team can most effectively operate.

This would involve understanding the dynamics of the individuals within the team – their strengths, weaknesses and where growth and performance improvement can be best achieved. How to effective communicate collectively and individually, plus what to shield and what to share.

A system such as this will create pride and passion in the company, a desire to work hard and achieve. The system should to be fair and objective, avoiding the risk of subjectivity. Targets need to be stretching but achievable; Rewards to be an incentive not valueless.

Step one - create specific and comprehensive job descriptions for each role.

Step two – create a matrix/Template which can measure performance against the following areas:

Performance targets

Coaching and self improvement

Customer service standards and feedback

Company ethics awareness

Company Behaviours

Health and Safety standards

Team development

Pride and passion, growing the Company reputation.

Qualify the effectiveness of each JD and PMS with Managers and company directors.

Using feedback from Employees, Managers and Company guidelines create a suitable reward package for excellent performance I.E. pay rise/bonus/shares/discounts/holiday entitlement etc. Equally a suitable reward for standard performance and a development programme for under performance.

Niki Chalkley – Professional Development consultant.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Life Coaching workshop 6th March Topsham


The Globe Hotel Topsham

6th March 2010

9.30 - 5.30

Lunch and refreshments provided

Please call for more information and to reserve your place

Price £65.00

01392 874561

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Happy New Year

Brand New Year

Brand New Decade

Brand New You

2010 - The year to make all of those changes you have been planning!!

BT Business roundtable lunch December 2009

Back in December, I was invited to a lunch hosted by BT and the British Chamber of Commerce at the BT centre London.
This was following on from my newspaper appearance in November, relating to SEO (search engine optimisation). The objective was to establish how the large players in the web advertising world can make their services more accessible to smaller businesses.

I had the great fortune to sit next to Matt Brittin of Google - also there was Stephen Haines of Facebook,Cedric Chambaz from Microsoft, John Dunsmure British Chamber of Commerce , kevin Eyres from LinkedIn and quiet a few more!

An excellent lunch, thank you to Ivan Croxford and of course David Brown of lewis PR for organising the event.