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Alice Stapleton

Top 5 Tips For Starting Your Own Coaching Business

Since I get so many aspiring coaches asking for advice on how to be successful I thought it might be helpful to summarise the advice I often give about starting a coaching business and post it here for those of you who are interested in building a successful coaching practice in the future.

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Overcoming Your Fear of Changing Career

Whenever we’re considering making a change, or doing something new or different, it’s often our fears that get in the way. This post seeks to help you understand where these fears come from, and how to manage them.

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5 Reasons Millennials Quit Their Jobs

As a Career Change Coach, I hear many reasons for leaving what may appear on the surface to be a perfectly decent job. Whilst these reasons often vary from person to person, what I’ve noticed over the years is a strong pattern in what tends to underpin their motivations for leaving.

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Returning to Work After A Baby: Tips & Experiences

Having a baby is a funny thing. In the eyes of some, you immediately age about 50 years, but, in your head, you feel just as young as you ever did. Here I share my experiences of returning to work after being on maternity leave, and tips for you and your employer to help make it a smooth transition.

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How to Change Career in 2018

I read this morning that the average person will change career 5-7 times during their working life. If you’ve decided that this is the year that you finally ditch that job you hate, then here are five steps to help you on your way to changing career in 2018.

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LBC Interview on Millennial Inheritance Boom

Recent research conducted by the Resolution Foundation suggests that Millennials are set to enjoy the biggest inheritance boom of any post-war generation. I was kindly invited on to Andrew Castle’s LBC show this morning to discuss the findings, and what benefits this might bring for millennials

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I’m back from Maternity Leave!

No I haven’t posted anything new for over a year now and no, I didn’t get lazy or super busy - I have been on Maternity Leave, having given birth to little Magnus in December 2016. I’ve just returned to work and I have some exciting news about a new Career Coaching programme I now offer.

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The Quarter Life Crisis

The Quarter Life Crisis describes the anxious transition those in their 20s and 30s often experience when they start to question who they are and what they want from the rest of their lives. It often prompts the need for a career change but few know what they want to do instead.

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How To Be Happy: Change The Way You Think

In this blog post, I examine the idea of changing things as a way of finding happiness. I have learnt that perhaps the answer is not to seek happiness from external things. Perhaps the answer is to change the way we see and interpret things within ourselves. I explore this concept within this blog.

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Managing Millennials: Key Tips

Through experience I now have a pretty clear sense of what frustrates this generation about their jobs, so much so that they’re considering leaving, or even completely changing career, as a result. so, here are 7 key tips for managing Millennials in the workplace.

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I Hate My Job: What Are My Options?

Maybe you’re feeling frustrated, disillusioned, or just fed up. We all feel like this from time to time but what do you do if you’ve been feeling this way for a while now? In this article, I take you through four key options that can help you determine what your next step might need to be.

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Five Ways to Stop Feeling like an Imposter

Following on from my last post on how to build your self-confidence, it seemed apt that my next article focus on perhaps the ultimate form of low self-confidence — the feeling that you’re a complete fraud. Here, Imposter Syndrome, and five ways to overcome it, are discussed in more detail.

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5 Tips for Building Your Self-Confidence

We face some form of rejection almost every day, which can impact how confident you feel. How can you build yourself up again, or maintain the self-confidence you may already have? Here are five tips on how to do just that.

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5 Signs it's Time to Quit Your Job

If you're seriously dreading every Monday morning, and find yourself counting down the hours each day, it may be time to reassess. Here are five signs that it's probably time to quit your job.

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13 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Rejection

I consistently see the fear of rejection as the predominant obstacle holding back my clients from performing at their highest potential. We must not be rejected in any way. Here are 13 ways to overcome your fear of rejection.

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Review 2015 & Preview 2016

At the end of each year, I like to review what I've achieved over the past 12 months, what's gone well, and what I'd rather forget. It encourages you to think about what you'd like to get out of 2016. So, grab a notebook and get started with planning how you want 2016 to look.

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How to Get More Coaching Clients

I started my Life Coaching business five years ago. I’m not going to lie – it’s been, and continues to be, an uphill struggle. In a saturated market, it is hard to get clients. In this post I share the five things I’ve learnt that are fundamental to sustaining a full-time Life Coaching practice.

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December Deal: 30 Minutes Free Coaching

There's not much of 2015 left. Where has the year gone? If you've still got business/career/life goals you want to achieve before the end of the year then book a coaching session in for December and you'll get 90 minutes of coaching for the price of 60, potentially saving you over £50!

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Five Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism

Perfectionism, defined as “a refusal to accept any standard short of perfection”, is always something I’ve struggled with. Here are my top tips on how to overcome perfectionism and move forward with your goals.

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Video: Meet Alice

This is a short video I made introducing myself and what I do as a Career/Life Coach. Have a watch if you'd like to find out more about coaching and what to expect from working with me.

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The 5 Components of Self-Discipline

Last week, I attended a talk on self-discipline. Its a big issue as it’s hard to embed new habits and routines when our old ones are so ingrained. Here I share the five elements of self-discipline that we have to work on if we are to be motivated, productive and achieve the goals we set ourselves.

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Generation Y: 6 Key Facts

Yesterday, I sat as part of an expert panel at a Diversity & Inclusion event KPMG put on looking at the challenges ‘Five Generations in the Workplace’ will create for organisations in the near future. In this post, I share the 6 key facts we all need to know about Generation Y.

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Brits Lose Confidence at 25

Volvic released the results of research they conducted as part of their new campaign, which found that by the early age of 25, Brits have lost the confidence they felt they had in their early 20s. They didn't feel this confidence came back again until the age of 55. This post explores this reseach.

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My 5 Tips to Success

I was interviewed for the Coventry Radio Plus 'Talk Business' show on what factors I felt contributed to my success. Being interviewed for this radio show helped me reflect on how successful I actually am if I measure myself against what's important to me. Here are the factors I mentioned.

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Expectations: A Severe Case of the 'Shoulds'

I'm nearly 30 - I should be married by now. I should have kids by now. I should own a house by now. I should be settled in my career by now. I should not be eating this chocolate! Sound familiar? Sounds like a severe case of the 'shoulds' to me. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have all these things before a certain age. This post explores these high expectations, usually set by others, and how we can manage them.

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Spring Sale: 30 Minutes Free Coaching

Yesterday, British Summer Time began. To celebrate this period of transition and make the most of the Summer months, I am offering you 30 minutes free coaching with the first coaching session you book in, potentially saving you a whopping £52.50. Be quick though - this offer ends May 31st!

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Why It's OK To Be Single At 30

Having seen quite a few clients already this year, and heard about their Christmas breaks, it reminded me of the pressure that people in their late 20s and early 30s face from family, friends and society to "settle down and have kids". I experienced the same questions over Christmas - "When are you going to have children? You're not getting any younger. I had three kids at your age." In this post, I explore why it's OK to be single at 30.

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'End of Year Review' Exercise

At the end of each year, I like to review what I've achieved that year, what's gone well and what I'd rather forget. This exercise is a great way to do that. It also encourages you to think about what you'd like to get out of 2015. By thinking ahead you gain an idea of what actions you need to put in place to achieve next year's goals.

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How To Think More Positively

We start to think about all the negative reasons for not trying something new, all the things that could wrong, and all the reasons why we're not up to the job. We start to doubt ourselves and our ability to cope with the worst case scenario. Here are two ways to overcome these doubts.

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Turning 30: How it Feels & How to Cope

I'd say about 90% of clients come to coaching when they're in their late 20s, regularly commenting that it was their looming 30th birthday that had triggered their anxiety about where their life was heading. There's something about turning 30 that shakes us awake and gets us questioning ourselves.

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What is Life Coaching?

Although coaching has been around for many years, the majority of people still don't know what it is or what's involved. Here, the most common myths about Life Coaching are dispelled and an accurate picture painted of what coaching really is.

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Life Coaching in London

A Life Coach can help you get back on track with your goals, rather than rushing through life with little thought or self-awareness of whether the path you're going down is the right one for you. I offer face to face sessions to clients all across London, and further afield by telephone or Skype.

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Gen Y Characteristics

This article is about exploring the negative characteristics of those within generation Y, those in their 20s and early 30s are being labeled with in the workplace.

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How to Present Yourself Better

I work with quite a few clients who would like to feel more confident presenting and speaking up in meetings. I went to a talk recently by Robin Kermode, one of Europe’s leading coaches to CEOs, boards, and senior professionals, who spoke about bringing authority and personality to your work, and the best way to maximise the effect of personal communication and the secrets to confident speaking. A few of his tips are worth sharing if you’d like to feel more confident speaking up.

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Overcoming Barriers to Decision Making

When we’re contemplating change, there are always decisions to be made. We can stay in decision making mode for a long time, going backwards and forwards as we think about all the pros and cons of the options we have before us. It can feel quite paralysing, so much so that sometimes we opt to just do nothing.

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Spring Sale

I don’t know about you but I’ve found this winter pretty grim. I feel like I’ve been in hibernation mode since Christmas. I have set myself the goals I want to achieve for the year but to be honest, I haven’t done much towards them these last two months.

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Are Your Thoughts Holding You Back?

Being creatures of habit, our minds want us to stay in our warm, safe comfort zone. To stay put saves us energy and we know what to expect. We think we have things figured out and that helps us feel in control. That’s great unless we want things to change.

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Life Lessons From Cycling

Bear with me here, I do have a point! Having got in to road cycling about a year ago, my passion for the sport has had its ups and downs. At first, I just wanted to give up. It was so hard (because I was unfit and didn’t know how to cycle efficiently) and everyone was so much faster than me. I couldn’t keep up and felt like a failure.

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Dreading Going Back to Work? Here’s How to Look Forward to it.

Let’s face it, even if we love our job, the thought of the first day/week back at work after the Christmas and New Year break can feel pretty crappy. I’ve been doing one or two things, which I feel are making that first week back seem bearable and I’m actually starting to look forward to it. I’ve listed these things below to help you look forward to going back to work too.

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Review your 2013 & Preview your 2014

In my role as a coach over at Mind The Gap, we’ve been working on putting together an exercise to encourage those in their 20s and 30s to review what 2013 meant to them, whilst also getting them to think about what they want out of 2014. The questions are great so I thought I’d share them with you.

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Launch of Mind The Gap - Market Research

Over the past few months three other coaches and I have been working away to launch a new coaching community called Mind The Gap for those in their 20s and 30s who are perhaps experiencing what feels like a quarter-life crisis.

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You Are What You Eat

Remember that little lady, Gillian Mckieth? ‘The Poo Lady’, as I used to remember her as, who then went on to make a bit of a spectacle of herself on ‘I'm a Celebrity...’. Well, I'm beginning to realise she had a point. You are what you eat.

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Adjusting Your Lens

The other week I went to a seminar on the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques in coaching. Many coaches I know are trained in NLP but it’s not something I've looked too much in to in the past as my background is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy so I was keen to find out a bit more about it.

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Time for a Spring Clean?

In my eyes, today signifies the first day of Spring. It certainly might not feel like it as it's still bitterly cold but March, April and May are now on their way. Yay!

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2013 Prudential Ride London—Surrey 100

On the 4th August this year, I will be taking on a cycling challenge like no other (!) through the closed roads of London and the Surrey Hills. It’s a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, starting in the Olympic Park, which is pretty cool. The 100 miles however may not be so cool!

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Home Alone

If you will be spending Christmas or New Year’s Eve on your tod this year, then no worries, try out the following...

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What is Workplace Coaching?

Short interview for AskimoTV on the quarter-life crisis, what it is and how coaching can support individuals in their 20s and early 30s going through this confusing and frustrating period of their life.

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Positive Thinking

Short interview for AskimoTV on Positive Thinking, what it is, the importance of thinking positively and how you can train yourself to view things from a more optimistic viewpoint.

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What If...

I usually write a post each month but somehow October has just appeared out of nowhere! Anyway, here we are again in the last quarter of the year. Time to turn over a new Autumn leaf and get going on those goals you wanted to achieve by the end of 2012.

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Friends

Throughout my career as a coach for young professionals, clients have often commented on the changing dynamics of their friendships throughout their 20s. It can be a confusing time. I think this little poem can help you understand why some friendships might begin to change as we grow older.

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Keep it Positive

The other week I attended an EMCC workshop on Positive Psychology, many people think that Positive Psychology is just about adopting a more positive, optimistic viewpoint of a situation but Its actually about using your natural strengths and positives to better yourself and your situation.

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Overcoming Fear of Change

The School of Life recently ran an interesting talk on the fear of change. Dr Chris Irons, Clinical Psychologist, suggests that its the stress linked to change that we fear, rather than the actual change itself. With no frame of reference for the change, we fear the unknown.

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Research on the Quarter-Life Crisis gets published

The research that I completed recently was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, which I was obviously delighted with. It is a short summary of the research, as the word limit was very strict, but it gives a good overview.

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Interview on the Quarter-Life Crisis and Coaching

Last week, I was interview by David Barry who publishes a small online magazine. He contacted me and asked if I would be happy to discuss my recent research on the Quarter-Life Crisis and what I did as a Life Coach. Of course I was delighted to take part and here is the interview.

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Vision Boards & Future Goals

Vision Boards are great for starting to visualise your future goals. You might have a clear idea of what you want or you might not, it doesn’t matter. It is a process and it helps formalise your thinking into a kind of creative, visual action plan to refer to now and again.

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Understanding Depression

Last night I attended an event at The School of Life called ‘Understanding Depression’. Although the majority of my clients do not have depression, one or two do so I wanted to learn more about the causes, symptoms and effective interventions.

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That Dreaded Word ‘Exercise’

I’ve always been known as the lazy one in my family. I’m not that fit, I don’t like running and generally, I’d rather be in bed than get out of it to do ‘exercise’. That was how people knew me. And I have to say, I wasn’t that happy. Looking back, I always felt quite low.

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Annual Coaching Research Conference: Presentation Notes

In January I presented the findings of my research on the quarter-life crisis at the 8th Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference. You can view the Prezi presentation that I used here and this blog post accompanies this presentation as it might not make much sense on its own.

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2012 Offer: Free Coaching

Throughout 2012 I am offering one person each month the opportunity to experience coaching entirely free of charge with the aim that they will be so delighted with the results that they won't be able to doing anything else but spread the word of how coaching helped them.

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The Ten Commandments of Self-Esteem

Today’s sermon comes from that of Catherine Cardinal (appropriate name hey!), author of The Ten Commandments of Self-Esteem (1998). I love this short book because it is so simple and straightforward.

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The Quarter-Life Crisis

During our 20s and 30s we seem to struggle for several years, trying to figure out who we are, what we like and dislike and what we want to do with our lives. We want to establish our own unique identity more than anything but the current climate frustrates this process

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That to-do list...

We all love a good list, however before you know it, the list is as long as your arm and becomes overwhelming. Here’s a hint from expert Jeff Herring, courtesy of Stylist, on how to tackle that to-do list and make it manageable.

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The Fairy of Appreciation

An excerise to develop positive thinking and appreciation. Have a read and give it a go yourself. It’s a little odd but the principle of it works wonders for positive thinking and learning to appreciate your life.

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Ideal You Vs. Actual You

One of the main things that seems to hold us back from getting what we want is low self-esteem. Try this exercise and see how your level of self-esteem measures up.

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It's Time to Talk

It has struck me lately that the more and more technology develops, the less and less people are going to talk to each other. Not a good thing in my opinion.

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Get SMART in 2011

So I’ve started to hear people mutter those wonderful seasonal words, “My New Year’s resolution for this year is going to be...”. If you’re anything like me, you can’t even remember what you said your resolution for this year was.

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Challenging Your Negative Beliefs

We often interpret situations inaccurately. We add two and two together and get five. We wrongly piece together information about what has happened and what has been said.

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The Wheel of Life

When we know we aren’t at our happiest, it can be hard work trying to figure out which bit of our lives to focus on first. We end up losing sight of the bigger picture because we spend all our time worrying about and focusing on all the different thoughts racing around in our heads.

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Too busy to live?

"When are you free next?" I dread it when a friend asks me this question. The answer usually involves me flicking through the pages in my diary, freaking out at all the commitments I’ve penciled in and then having to suggest a date in about six weeks time.

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Wise Words from Baz

We could learn a lot from Mr Luhrmann. I was listening to the lyrics of ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ on the tube this morning and a few of his lines seemed to offer good guidance to life I thought.

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Benefits of Mindfulness

A few days ago, I attended a talk held at The School of Life in association with Psychologies Magazine (both are great resources for those interested in self-development by the way).

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Working with Alice was a real pleasure. Her friendly, non-judgemental, helpful and practical approach helped me reach some decisions I’d been toying with - but not quite making - for a long, long time. I would encourage anyone who is looking to make a change, however big or small, to get in touch - you certainly won’t be disappointed!

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Alice Stapleton

About Alice

Alice coaches those who want to change career but don’t know what they want to do instead. She offers Career Coaching designed to help graduates, early career-changers, and parents returning to work gain a clear vision of what career is right for them, and how to achieve it.