Your business and a mid-year wellness check-up

7 min


Monitoring, maintaining and management 

The Secrets from a Coach podcast team, hosted by wellness coach Debbie Green at Wishfish and TEDx speaker Laura Thomson-Staveley at Phenomenal Training, take a mid-year wellness maintenance check-in. 

The aim is to take a deep dive to help you assess your personal progress since January and what you need to do next for success, with extra advice from special guests.

‘The new series of Secrets from a Coach is not to be missed if you want to make the most of the next six months,’ explains Debbie Green, wellness coach and podcast host. 

‘If you’ve wavered off track slightly or a lot – now is the time to check in on your goals and wellbeing to correct your course and set yourself up to thrive this year.’

The team will be discussing how to tackle difficult people and conversations. They will be reading four key books to help you get ahead to look at optimistic mindsets, handling self-doubt and saying ‘no’ in a positive way.

The April four-part series looked at key learnings from four influential mindful manager books. This is ideal for those people who don’t have time to read but still want to learn. If you haven’t got time to think about these topics then now is the time to listen in and gain an insight into the practical skills, tools and strategies which will help you.

Four current key books for development

Book One: Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) by Thomas Erikson.

This book offers a simple, yet ground-breaking method, for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with – both in and out of the office. 

The goal here is to help you understand yourself better, hone communication and social skills, handle conflict with confidence, improve dynamics with your boss and your team. In short, it’ll help you get the best out of the people you deal with and manage. 

The book is based on four personality types which are colour coded as red, blue, green and yellow. It provides insights into how we can adjust ways in which we speak and share information.

Book Two: Four Thousand Weeks: Time and how to use it – by Oliver Burkeman

Four Thousand Weeks is described as an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenges we face during the course of our lives. 

It rejects a modern obsession with getting everything done and introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing themselves – rather than denying their limitations.

Book Three: How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships – by Leil Lowndes

This book explores how to perfect your people skills in a fun, witty and informative guide. It contains 92 little tricks to create big success in personal and business relationships. 

In How To Talk To Anyone, bestselling relationships author and internationally renowned life coach Leil Lowndes reveals the secrets and psychology behind successful communication.

Book Four: The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph – by Ryan Holiday

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. 

Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger and tougher. 

If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralised, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages.

Mid-year wellness maintenance check

In May, the team ‘takes a beat’ to assess progress so far this year and what needs to happen next to thrive in 2023. Each episode is joined by a special guest sharing their wisdom, expertise and advice.

Health, fitness and wellness expert, Matt Vale, joins Debs and Lau to discuss how to make the right decisions to consistently maintain your mental and physical wellness. 

They look at how we can sustain change, achieve goals and get back on track if we’ve lost our way.

They’ll give advice about how to overcome a negative mindset, make the right decisions for you and share tools about how to do your own maintenance wellness check.

Lindsey Thompson Wright, coach and facilitator, joins the second episode this month to share her advice on keeping fit and well in a corporate environment. 

Founded in the concepts behind Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis (TA) theory, the team discusses how to look after your health and wellbeing while at work, both in the office or at home, and get the very best out of it. 

Looking ahead to the summer and autumn months, they’ll tackle the best ways to deal with different personalities, how to improve the scripts we tell ourselves, and how to implement TA tools for better interactions and outcomes at work.

Jim ‘The Coach Guy’ Totczyk is on a mission to provide a better understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle, overcome personal challenges, and have better headspaces to improve life / work boundaries. All the while performing at the highest level. 

His view is that when you look in the mirror – that’s your biggest competition. This episode explores how to overcome restrictive negative thoughts and maintain positive boundaries, while living a compassionate and harmonious existence.

Facilitator and NLP Master Practitioner, Melanie Yea, joins Debs and Lau to explore inner wellness from an NLP perspective: How important is it? What are the unhelpful scripts we listen to? How is our inner critic sending us off track? 

They’ll share tips and tricks about how to dial up your own personal inner coach to live our lives well.

June: you and your mind

Following several recent coaching conversations with members of Generation Z, the team has found a surprisingly low optimistic mindset about their lives and emerging futures. 

As such, in June, the team looks at why having an optimistic mindset is essential for a happy and healthy life, and how the way you see yourself and your personal level of accountability dramatically impacts wellbeing.

Key topics discussed include how to refocus to an optimistic mindset, handling self-doubt, saying ‘no’ in a positive way, how best to achieve what you actually want in life, and how to transition from imposter to empowerment.

Lasting a snackable 30 minutes, making it ideal for the commute, lunch break or even a well-deserved break for self-care and development, Secrets from a Coach offers practical learning based on current realities. 

A brand-new episode is published every Friday lunchtime, focusing on positive actions to help you thrive and maximise your potential in the ever-evolving workplace, and in life.

About Secrets from a Coach

Secrets from a Coach is a podcast hosted by wellness coach Debbie Green at Wishfish and TEDx speaker Laura Thomson-Staveley at Phenomenal Training.

Since it was launched in September 2020, the podcast has over 15,000 downloads and 4.9/5 star rating on Spotify. 

A brand-new episode is published every Friday lunchtime, to help listeners thrive and maximise their potential in the evolving workplace.

Leaving you feeling motivated, supported and armed with practical tools and skills, Secrets from a Coach looks to help you maximise your confidence and success as we continue to experience the biggest work and career shift seen in our lifetime. It lifts the lid on the real foundations for success in this new world of work.

With more than 100 episodes available to revisit anytime, the podcast library archive includes discussions on resilience, change, leadership, careers, motivation, mental health, time management, hybrid working and confidence.

Tune in to Secrets from a Coach podcast – via Spotify or Buzzsprout. Image shows Debbie Green, wellness coach and podcast host. Photography kindly supplied by Fair Communications.

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