Idea #73 Speed up your Reading

Do it When you want to develop your team members. 
As you know team members do not have time to read books. Consequently, if they do not read, they cannot develop their skills. So here is one tip how you can motivate them to develop themselves on a daily basis. Every week one of them should start to read a book. During that week he/she should read only 30 pages of the book. At the next meeting he/she should make a small presentation on what he /she has learned. Then, all other members of the team should write down their own ideas about: How it can be implemented in their organisation. After you do that just once per week for one year period, you all will have 6 books read. On the top of it, you will have a special box full of ideas that can be implemented in your organisation. This is something that I suggest to all companies I cooperate with. Everyone is in the good mood praticing: presentation skills, brainstorming ideas, as well as learning something totally new and developing each member of the team.

Now coaching questions for you:
1. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning change?
2. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning personal development?
3. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning professional development?
4. Which book from your cultural heritage has made the strongest influence on you?
5. What book do you need to read to put yourself on the next level of knowledge?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #72 The World We Live In

Do it When your want to open up participants. You need only 2 chairs. If the participants are from the different continents, then one chair will represent the North Pole and the other the South Pole. If they are from the same country, then one chair will represent the northernmost town and the other will represent the southernmost town in the country.
Ask them to find their place and to stand between those two chairs according to the distance from their hometowns and the northest or the southest part of the country.
When they finish that, they have to prepare a two- minute presentation of their hometown. What is important for that town? Who else was born there? What is a song that mentions the town? We all like to talk about ourselves and to explain how special we are!
world we live in

Now coaching questions for you:
1. Which famous person was born in your hometown?
2. What are his-her 3 personal values that you admire?
3. Concerning your life which advice will be appropriate to receive from him-her?
4. In which way would that advice change your life?
5. What kind of person would you be with accepting that advice?
6. What will be your time frame for putting that advice into practice?
7. What will be your personal reminder for fulfilling that?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #71 Fables for the 21 century

Do it When your want to talk about desirable characteristics in your company.  Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Every fable has a story in which characters of the people are personified in animals. In addition, every fable has its morale and because of that fables are told to the children while they were building their value systems. I think that nowadays fables should be used in companies to build value system of the organizations.  Divide your participants in small groups and in each group tell them to find 3 characteristics that are totally unacceptable in your organization. After that, tell them to reverse those characteristics and find 3 positive. Now, for each characteristic they have to find one animal that will represent it. After that each group just has to make its unique fable. To make it more interesting each group will make a drawing about its fable. In the end, read them all and show the morale of each fable. While preparing the workshop for my group, 3 fables came to my mind. Here is the first one.
A Midnight rooster
Every morning a rooster was first to wake up in the farm announcing to all other animals that the new day had come. But the young hens had some new habits. They liked to sleep late in the morning. So they made a cunning plan. The young hens came to the rooster with a story that he had an extraordinary voice and that he should try to sing during the night for them. The rooster was flattered and he accepted to make them serenades during the nights. The poor rooster was caught in a trap to sing all night long, so he couldn’t wake up in the morning. The farmer noticed that there was something wrong with the rooster, so he killed and fried him.
Morale of the fable: Do your job properly no matter what “young chicks” will tell you to do.
cut-out-1901284_1280Now coaching questions for you:
1. Think about your life. Dedicate one animal to all 8 areas of your life. What animals will you choose? The areas are: Physical Environment, Career, Money, Health, Romance, Friends / Family, Personal Growth and Fun / Recreation.
2. Make stories for all 8 animals.
3. What would you suggest to each animal?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #70 Motivation book

Do it When your want to motivate yourself whenever you feel like thatIn addition, a motivation book could be used as a present for someone you want to make tick. Motivation is like hygiene. The same as we have to wash our face every day, we also have to motivate ourselves day to day. In the picture is the reference book I made for my friend. I asked our colleagues, each of them to write or draw on paper their thoughts about him. Then, I collected all paper sheets with their drawn thoughts and put them in a binder. I decided to use a special occasion, his birthday, and prior to his lecture to give him the motivation book as a present. He was so touched, and we were all so happy. Like Charles R. Swindoll said: “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.” I know that we gave him “a heart full of joy“, but more than that we gave him The Reference book for Motivation. Whenever he wants to boost his motivation, he just has to open the book and to leaf through pages. He will find so many positive things about himself which will raise his motivation to the next level. I know that I have given you an idea, but that is not enough. Go right away and write a motivation book to someone you love!


Now coaching questions for you:
1. Just imagine that you would receive The Reference book for Motivation.
Explain it in details.

2. Why would it be so important to you?  
3. How will that book affect your future actions?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #69 Life is a carousel

Today is my birthday and I want to thank all my friends on social networks who have made this day even more special to me. So, I want to give them something in return. This idea is dedicated to all of you. You can do it When your employees have to think about your company’s values.  A carousel or merry-go-round is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The “seats” are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gear work to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music. The earliest known depiction of a carousel is in a Byzantine bas-relief dating to around 500 A.D., which depicts riders in baskets suspended from a central pole. Your employees will have to make a carousel from a candle, a wire and paper. The instruction is shown on the picture below, but the main task is to choose seats for the riders. Just imagine that your company is represented by carousel. What would be the presentations for seats? Horses are not allowed! What seats will you choose? If you divide employees into the groups, each group will make its own carousel (the presentation of your company) and will explain its work in the end.
karusel 2Now coaching questions for you:
1. Imagine that your life is a carousel and seats are stages of your life. How many seats will you have?
2. What will the presentation of each part of your life look like?
3. Now think about your life as a carousel and what changes will you make?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #68 3 years to retirement

Do it When your employees have to think about themselves. From time to time it is necessary that we all make this exercise. You are going to get retired. Be relaxed, it will not happen this year, but in 3 years. So, you will have a lot of time to make some changes. Imagine that during that ceremony 3 persons will talk about you. The first one will be your boss. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. The second person will be your colleague, someone that is at the same level of hierarchy in the company with you. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. The third person will be your subordinate. If you have no one that is at lower level of hierarchy than you, imagine that you have someone that is just 3 months in your company. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. When all employees finish with this task, ask them to grade their satisfaction on the scale from 1 to 10 when the 10 is maximum. Ask them to write down one action for each from those 3 people that will move their level of satisfaction for one grade. Tell them to make a plan for implementing those actions.
!#68 pica

Now coaching questions for you:
1. In which areas of your life would you find useful to implement a similar game?
2. Who would be a more appropriate person to talk about you instead of your boss, your colleague and your subordinate?
3. Why is her/his opinion of you important to you?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #67 Are Salesman born or made?

Lets hear another story for sales force. The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.
Little Mary led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,” she said proudly, “my sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”
“Very good,” said the teacher.
Little Sally was next: “I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them abreast of current events.”
“Very good, Sally,” said the teacher.
Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk “$2,467,” he said.
“$2,467,” cried the teacher, “what in the world were you selling?”
“Tooth brushes,” said Little Johnny. “Tooth brushes,” echoed the teacher, “how could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”
“I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny. “I set up a Chip and Dip stand. I gave everybody who walked by a sample. They all said the same thing… ‘Hey, this tastes like s**t!’
Then I would say, “It is s**t.  Wanna buy a toothbrush?”
Now coaching questions for you:
1. What makes you think that sales people are born?
2. What sales skills that could be learned?
3. Write down your personal improvement in last year in each skill!
4. In which skill you made the biggest improvement?
5. How do you explain that improvement?
6. Knowing that answer, how could you make such improvement in other skills?
7. What will motivate you to succeed in that effort?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #66 Do your Best At All Times!

Do it When you have to discuss with employees why to do their best now. An old carpenter was getting ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. The employer contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He restored to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well. So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way; reacting rather than acting, willing to build less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently. Think about this while going through your everyday life. Don’t regret not giving your best later. Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today. Make good ones, and do your best at all times!
Now, questions for you:
1. How can you show your clients that you deliver service to them like you would deliver it to yourself?
2. What company slogan is appropriate to show mentioned dedication to work?
3. If this story has no positive results what are the other ideas that will be appropriate?

Idea #65 Envelop under the chair

Do it at the beginning of the training When you want to start with something new and introduce them at the same time. In the envelops you will give them instructions what to do. For instance you could give them puzzles which are mixed in different envelops. So each person will have to check his parts of puzzle with other participants. During that conversation they will meet and introduce each other.  On every training you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again. But you do.
!#65Now, questions for you:
1. What else could you find in the envelops?
2. How could you meet other people in different way?
3. Who are the people that you remember?

Thank you for your work!

Idea #64 Learn to smile with eyes

Do it during training of non verbal communication When you want to give them something special. We all know that today from an employee is expected to smile. But it is not easy! We all know to smile but our eyes are telling the truth. If you are not happy, you can’t smile from the heart. As the Chinese proverb says: “If you don’t know how to smile, don’t play the game of selling”. So, obviously we have to learn how to smile.

Ask all participants to put hands firmly on their mouths. Now, they have to face each other and each of them to show to his/her partner that he/she is happy. Obviously the only way is to show it by his/her eyes. Now, when they get the idea, just continue with a practice. Next time they will have a new learned behavior.  Now, when you see a customer without a smile, give him one of yours.
!#64 smile with your eyes

Now, questions you have to think about:
1. What makes you smile?
2. How do you feel when you smile?
3. What is the connection between your smile and your feelings?
4. Have you ever tried to change your emotions by smiling?
5. How could you benefit from that skill?
Thank you for your ideas