Wealth Creation Seminar w James Smith


On this very special evening (February 9th at 7:30 pm in Las Vegas, NV), Mr. Smith will be revealing vital information on what steps to take in order to thrive and be successful in the new economy and for years to come. Again, this event is completely free, however, given the caliber of the speaker and the limited space and seating available, you will need to RSVP in order to attend!

Throughout his career, James has shared his extensive knowledge with more than 10 million people worldwide, and is one of the most highly sought after speakers in the nation today. He has shared the platform with many distinguished luminaries from across the spectrum. These include political leaders such as former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Prime Minister of South Africa F.W. Dekker. He has also appeared on stage with powerful motivators Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins as well. In addition, James has also been featured alongside business and finance leaders Steve Forbes, Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Microsoft President Rick Belluzzo, Mark Cuban, Steve Wozniak, Daymond John, and Robert Kiyosaki.

“Wealth Creation Seminar” – Monday Feb, 9th – 7:30pm –  Las Vegas, NV


Unschool Yourself For Freedom, Health, Prosperity & Happiness!

Conventional schools operate only to manufacture human products for big international companies all over the world. If people continue to follow the path of conventional education system, they can’t survive rather can not shine and thrive in 21st century. Here are some excellent quotes by wise men and women to inspire and guide us  to unschool ourselves and our future children.

“We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.” -George Bernard Shaw

“There is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.” -George Bernard Shaw

“The only thing I didn’t do in school was learn.” -unschooler Jason Lescalleet

“I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.” -Winston Churchill

“How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. I counted the days and the hours to the end of every term, when I should return home from this hateful servitude.” -Winston Churchill

“School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense amd common decency. It doesn’t take a reasonably bright boy long to discover that most of what is rammed into him is nonsense, and that no one really cares very much whether he learns it or not.” -H. L. Mencken

“Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it.” -Madeleine L’Engle

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” -George Santayana

“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance that accumulates in the form of inert facts.” -Henry Adams

“We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” -Rutherford Rogers

“Every day I went to school was a constant attack on my self-worth. I learned not to believe in myself. It was a bombardment from all directions; the teachers were saying how bad I was doing in their classes, my family was ashamed of my grades, and the students were attacking me about everything under the sun! I was like a plant trying to grow in darkness–it doesn’t. It all left me afraid to dream my dreams-afraid to be my true self! Who wants to show their true self if they’re just going to get a rock hurled at it?! The real question is: how do we undo the damage done? We have to take time to dream again, not other peoples’, but our own precious dreams that mean everything to us. Our dreams are our life maps.” -unschooler Jenny Smith

“Before children go to school in the first place, all of their natural learning systems are intact. This is what we can see from families who have homeschooled their kids from the very beginning. However, once children are in school for about three years, they are forced to shift over to a very unnatural system to survive the emphasis on memorization and the daily stress, rigidity, and humiliation of classroom life.” -Judy Garvey

“You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” -Galileo

“I do not believe much in education. Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.” -Albert Einstein

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” -Albert Einstein

“It is… nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.” -Albert Einstein

“When was the last time you saw a tombstone with SAT scores inscribed on it?” -Edward B. Fiske

“Most people, most of the time, learn most of what they know about science and technology outside of school.” -National Science Foundation

“My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.” -Margaret Mead

“I hate, loathe and despise schools….School is bad for you if you have any talent. You should be cultivating that talent in your own particular way.” -Maurice Sendak (author of “Where the Wild Things Are”)

“Each day was a severe test for me, sitting in a dreadful classroom while the sun and fog played outside. Most of the information received meant absolutely nothing to me. For example, I was chastised for not being able to remember what states border Nebraska and what are the states of the Gulf Coast. It was simply a matter of memorizing the names, nothing about the process of memorizing or any reason to memorize. Education without either meaning or excitement is impossible. I longed for the outdoors, leaving only a small part of my conscious self to pay attention to schoolwork.
“One day as I sat fidgeting in class the whole situation suddenly appeared very ridiculous to me. I burst into raucous peals of uncontrolled laughter, I could not stop. The class was first amused, then scared. I stood up, pointed at the teacher, and shrieked my scorn, hardly taking breath in between my howling paroxysms.” -Ansel Adams (who dropped out of school at age twelve and began taking photographs)

“Oh, yes, I went to the white man’s schools. I learned to read from schoolbooks, newspapers, and the Bible. But in time I found that these were not enough. Civilized people depend too much on man-made pages. I turn to the Great Spirit’s book which is the whole of his creation. You can read a big part of that book if you study nature. You know, if you take all your books, lay them out under the sun, and let the snow and rain and insects work on them for a while, there will be nothing left. But the Great Spirit had provided you and me with an opportunity for study in nature’s university, the forest, the rivers, the mountains, and the animals, which include us.” -Tatanga Mani, Stoney Indian

A letter from Native Americans to settlers, dated 1774:
We know that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those colleges, and that the Maintenance of our young Men, while with you, would be very expensive to you. We are convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us Good by your Proposal; and we thank you heartily. But you, who are wise, must know that different Nations have different Conceptions of things; and you will therefore not take it amiss if our Ideas of this kind of Education happen to not be the same with yours. We have had some Experience of it. Several of our young People were formerly brought up at the Colleges of the Northern Provinces; they were instructed in all your Sciences, but, when they came back to us, they were bad Runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, …neither fit for Hunters, Warriors, nor Councellors, they were totally good for nothing. We are, however, not the less oblig’d by your kind Offer, tho’ we decline accepting it; and, to show our grateful sense of it, if the Gentlemen of Virginia will send us a Dozen of their Sons, we will take Care of their Education, instruct them in all we know, and make Men out of them.

“I loathed every day and regret every day I spent in school. I like to be taught to read and write and add and then be left alone.” -Woody Allen

“I was undisciplined by birth, never would I bend, even in my tender youth, to a rule. It was at home I learned the little I know. Schools always appeared to me like a prison, and never could I make up my mind to stay there, not even for four hours a day, when the sunshine was inviting, the sea smooth, and when it was joy to run about the cliffs in the free air, or to paddle in the water.” -Claude Monet

“It is absurd and anti-life to be a part of a system that compels you to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings, or to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry.” -John Taylor Gatto

“The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.” -John Taylor Gatto

“There can be no education without leisure; and without leisure, education is worthless.” -Sarah Josepha Hale

“I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.” -Aleister Crowley

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” -Anna Freud

“If the student fails to learn, the teacher fails to teach.” -unknown

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” -Oscar Wilde

“How is it that little children are so intelligent while men are so stupid? It must be education that does it.” -Alexandre Dumas, fils

“Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing.” -Ilya Ehrenburg

“Our schools have become vast factories for the manufacture of robots. We no longer send our young to them primarily to be taught and given the tools of thought, no longer primarily to be informed and acquire knowledge; but to be ‘socialized.’” -Robert Lindner

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” -Plato

“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” -Mark Twain

“It is easier for a teacher to command than to teach.” -John Locke

“An educator never says what he himself thinks, but only that which he thinks it is good for those whom he is educating to hear.” -Nietzsche

“The things we know best are the things we haven’t been taught.” -Vauvenargues

“The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” -Horace Mann

“Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.” -Lillian Smith

“I can’t give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma.” -L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

“School is like a lollipop. It sucks until it is gone.” -Ashley Salvati

“How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?” -Henry D. Thoreau

“The more I think about it the more I think high school is seriously warped.” -J.S. Feliciano, Pump up the Volume

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” -Isaac Asimov

“In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it…and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.” -Grace Llewellyn

“It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.” -Bertrand Russell

“We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control. Hey teacher, leave the kids alone.” -Pink Floyd

“Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how.” -John Holt


“L“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einsteinife learning is about trusting kids to learn what they need to know and about helping them to learn and grow in their own ways. It is about respecting the everyday experiences that enable children to understand the world and their culture, and to interact with it.” Wendy Priesntz

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I spent three days a week for ten years educating myself in the public library, finding mirrors for myself in hundreds of books. At the end of ten years, I was completely educated. I had read every goddamn book in the library, and I’d written a thousand stories.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“A true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed. Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus.” ~ Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal

“School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.” ~ H.L. Mencken

“None of the world’s problems will have a solution until the world’s individuals become thoroughly self-educated.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.” ~ Seymour Papert

“We learn because we want to learn, because it’s important to us, because it’s natural, and because it’s impossible to live in the world and not learn. Then along comes school to mess up a beautiful thing.” ~ Peggy Pirro

“As far as I have seen, at school…they aimed at blotting out one’s individuality.” ~ Franz Kafka

“We must demolish the institution of schooling because it impedes learning and enslaves children. Then we need to put both money and creativity into creating opportunities and infrastructures that respect children and help them learn.” Wendy Priesnitz

“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts.” ~ Frank Zappa

“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process…the independent scientist in the child disappears.”  ~ John Holt

“Everything I am interested in, from cooking to electronics, is related to math. In real life you don’t have to worry about integrating math into other subjects. In real life, math already is integrated into everything else.” Anna Hoffstrom

“Education itself is a putting off, a postponement; we are told to work hard to get good results. Why? So we can get a good job. What is a good job? One that pays well. Oh. And that’s it? All this suffering, merely so that we can earn a lot of money, which, even if we manage it, will not solve our problems anyway? It’s a tragically limited idea of what life is all about.” ~ Tom Hodgkinson

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.” ~ Ivan Illich

22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On

You’ve got the personal development itch once again.

You know the feeling.  Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier.

So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs. Maybe if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for you try searching for a Youtube video or ask your Facebook friends if they know of any good sites.

And that’s it.  You’ve exhausted your resources and don’t know where else to look.

Sometimes you find what you need, but you still have a sense that there’s got to be more.  That you don’t know – what you don’t know.

And that’s where you get stuck.  Wanting more, but just not knowing where to find it.

Today I hope to change that by sharing with you 22 of the killer personal development resources you’re missing out on.

1. Reddit

I know, you thought Reddit was just for gamers, atheists, and students – but that’s a misconception.  If you search deep enough you’ll find several subreddits for anyone who wants to grow personally.  For starters, you can check out:r/selfimprovementr/getmotivatedr/iwanttolearn,r/lifeprotipsr/productivityr/zenhabits and r/selfhelp.

2. Mindbloom

Mindbloom.com is a nifty personal development web application. Think of it as a social network for your personal development.  You create a tree with branches representing the elements of your life you want to work on.  It encourages you to nurture your tree through inspiration (sun) and action (water).  There’s a lot built into this tool, so go check it out if you’re curious.

3. Udemy

Lately, it seems there have been hundreds of eLearning websites popping up across the web.  One of my favorites however is Udemy.  The structure is clean, the classes are well organized, and the instructors are top-notch.  Although they have plenty of academic courses available, there are a number of personal development ones worth checking out such as: How to Enjoy Work MoreDiscover The 1 Thing You Were Born to do in 5 Easy Steps, or Getting Things Done.

4. Gympact

There are plenty of ways to motivate you to work out, but the app Gympact does something quite clever and unique.  They hit you where it hurts…right in the wallet.  The concept behind Gympact is that you set a monetary consequence for when you miss your work outs, typically a $1 or so.  Then anytime you miss a work out you committed yourself to, you pay the fine.  But it doesn’t stop there.  What if you’re a good boy or girl and hit all of your workouts that week?  Well friend, you get a share of all the slacker’s fines that week.

5. TED

Okay, so plenty of you know Ted already, but do you remember the first day you discovered it?  It was amazing right? If you’ve heard about TED but never checked it out, now’s the time.  It’s inspiration on steroids.

6. Stumbleupon

Stumbleupon is another excellent resource for personal development.  I recommend stumbling interests such as: self improvement, personal development, career planning, spirituality, productivity, or motivation.

7. The Habit Factor

This is the world’s bestselling, #1 “Goals & Habits App” on iTunes.  It combines the book by the same name with a neat app that helps you track your goals and keep up with your progress.

8. Lumosity

Lumosity is your one stop shop for brain training.  If you want to have an easier time remembering names, learning new subjects, or maintaining focus – this is the place to hang out.

9. Remember The Milk

If you are a list person, this is a must have.  Remember the Milk let’s you manage your lists anywhere.  It will send reminders to your email or text, sync to your calendar and more.

10. Blogs

This one is a bit tricky since there are sooo many blogs out there dedicated to personal development.  Thankfully, others have already done the research for you by listing posts and blogs to checkout.

11. Lifetick

Lifetick is a web application for tracking your goals and keeping you focused.  Their status widgets, charts, and reports make this the dream app for any detail oriented goal-getters.

12. 43 Things

Speaking of goals, we all know the chance of completing them comes down to how good of a support group you have.  43 Things is just that.  A community of goal minded people dedicated to helping each other reach their goals.

13. Evernote

Have you ever been out in public shopping, watching a movie, or eating a burger when you were suddenly struck with a brilliant idea?  You hope to hold onto it long enough to make it home where you can write it down, but by then you’ve moved on or forgotten it completely.  Evernote is a handy app for recording written or audio notes on your phone or pc that you can take anywhere.  All your ideas are stored in one place and it’s easy to use.

14. Pinterest

People are always surprised to learn Youtube is the world’s second largest search engine.  But Pinterest works in a similar way.  Just as you can search Google or Youtube for personal development content, you can do the same for Pinterest.  Put in productivity, self-help or personal growth, and you’ll find hundreds of pictures, articles, and posters related to the topic.

15. 99u

If you like TED, this is another resource you should check out. 99u has a wide selection of videos delivered by scholars, leaders, and business men around the world on topics ranging from leadership to well-being.

16.  Books

The great thing about books is that there are always new ones coming out to help you with your personal development needs.  Over the years, Lifehack has written a number of posts featuring their favorite book recommendations.

We Ask, You Answer: Productivity Books

Your Favorite Productivity Books

10 Inspirational Non-Fiction Books Worthy of Digital (or Actual) Bookshelves

17. Vision Board

Happytapper has created a virtual version of one of coaching’s favorite tools – The Vision Board.  It’s an easy way to give yourself some quick inspiration and motivation wherever you are.

18.  Podcasts

One of the things I look forward to every day is listening to podcasts on my way to work.  Thankfully, there is a wide selection of excellent podcasts in the personal development arena.  For starters you might check out Achieving Predictable SuccessGreat Work Interview

19. Youtube

It took some time for me to warm up to Youtube. At first it was difficult to find quality videos on the subjects you were interested in, but that’s not the case anymore.  Even in the personal development world, there are many amazing Youtube channels and videos you can follow.  Whether it’s classics like The Last Lecture or How to Have Your Best Year Ever or newer ongoing channels such as TedEd andZeFrank there’s something for everyone.

20. Lift

Lift is an app that visualizes your goals and progress while combining the support of your friends.  Forbes wrote a nice piece on the app calling it “probably the most affordable self-help product ever created.” It relies on an interesting check-in system and helps you focus on taking single steps versus tackling a multitude of challenges all at once.

21. Ignite

Ignite is a global event run by volunteers where speakers are given five minutes to talk about their ideas, passions, or interest on 20 slides for 15 seconds each.  The format may seem rigid, but the presentations go quickly and you hear only the good stuff as a result.  The best way to find videos put on by this organization is to either go to their websiteand search, or look up your local ignite organization on Youtube.

22.  Live Happy

Live Happy is more than an iPhone app, it’s a “happiness boosting positive psychology program.” Based on the book,The How of Happiness, the app helps you carry out the concepts taught in the book.  Things such as journaling, giving thanks, or savoring a beautiful moment.

I hope this list can help you get started.  What personal development resources do you use?

Educate Yourself Why 3% of the People Control 97% Of The Wealth?

The schools and colleges don’t teach children why 3% of population control 97% of the wealth? Instead schools and colleges teach children to compete for 3% of wealth. It is a tragedy today in the world that 97% of population in the world work 40 hours a week for 3% wealth. The 3% rich know the secret that 97% don’t know and even if they know, they don’t take action.

There are many reasons why 97% of population struggle day and night working for few dollars though they work for more hours. Many parents send their children to schools only to learn how to read, write and do maths. The schools never teach children about financial education. They don’t teach about money, which is very important in their lives but the schools seem to be okay with this despite high tuition fees. So you should be aware of the reality what is going on in the world and who controls the whole world’s financial market?

It is important that you educate yourself about money and ways to attract it. Money or wealth is perceived differently by different groups of people. There are three groups of people in the world. The broke or poor people, the middle class and the rich and each spend their money in a different way. The way they earn and spend money makes them either poor, middle class or rich. The poor people or broke buy stuffs from discount sales. You can hear very often from their mouths, “buy this and buy that.” They always want to buy with little money or no money they have. These people don’t educate themselves at all and they won’t be able to change their status as long as they hold on to their old habits. Their habits will never die because it is very strong by now.

On the hand, the middle class people buy liabilities. They too love doing purchases. They visit showrooms and buy cars, LCD, Iphones, holiday packages and club membership though they have not enough to pay for all. These people earn a decent salary, but mostly all of that money goes to the expenses and not to investment columns. These people hardly think of investing in cash generating opportunities. For them, the high status and prestige is very important in society. They say proudly that they are working for so and so companies and that their salary is high enough but they don’t know half of their salary goes to the tax payment. They don’t know the government takes away a greater part of their salaries in the form of professional taxes, income taxes etc. These things no body teaches in the schools and colleges.

The other group is rich class. They know how to own 97% of wealth and they don’t necessarily buy stuff or liabilities. They buy assets that generate money for them every day or every week or every month without their presence. These people know how to make use of various leverages and they are well educated in terms of money and financial laws and terms. They invest and acquire assets such as business, real estates, education, personally monitored stocks and bonds.

It is better that you educate yourself so that you can be included in 3% population to enjoy 97% of the wealth. There is a great new world waiting for you if you want to be in that 3%. However it will take a ton of education to change all the negative programmings that you receive everyday. The schools and colleges won’t help you do that, you can learn by yourself or from some mentors. Educate yourself now that you know why 3% people control 97% of wealth in the world and how you can be in 3% group as well.


7 Motivation Killers


Motivation can be a tricky thing.

We all want it. We set our goals. We have our dreams. And then we try to fill the gap by pouring in motivation.

So here I will highlight the 7 motivation killers. This should help you weed out the things that have been leaching on your motivation all this time.


What May Be Killing Your Motivation


1. People who put you down

Straight up. Avoid these people. They’re simply insecure to the point that they’ve to take it out on the world as they’re afraid of other people’s success.

Eliminate these people in your life and create a healthy environment for yourself.


2. Negative news

It’s a sad thing that most of the news we read today are just bad or sad. We’ve natural disasters, corrupted politicians and a random innocent victim who got robbed. It’s a small wonder people lose their confidence or even get depressed.

Do yourself a favour and stay away from the news. You may be “wired” to be attracted to bad news or drama, but why upset yourself further by reading up on such things? You don’t need a clear visual on what you already know is going on out there.


3. Friends who are way too comfortable

Sometimes, your close friends could be dragging you down. Sure, they’re there for you and provide you a comfortable relationship.

But that could be the problem. Too much comfort may be holding you back as you feel you need not push yourself since everyone around you is the same.

Remember: comfort and stability is overrated. Find people from other walks of life who can motivate you.


4. The past

Whatever that happened has happened. The past and its people stays there. It does not exist.

Don’t let time you’ve lived already lived through get you down. Stop thinking about it.

If anything, everything that was meant to happen was perfectly made to prepare you for the life you’re meant to live. So be present.


5. The future

And conversely, the future can be a big motivation killer.

Some of us tend to think too much and over analyze everything. As such, our expectations get out of hand.

You can’t ever predict the future. Even the most assured person in the world looks both ways when he crosses the road. So embrace uncertainty and just keep doing your best. The rest will take care of itself.


6. Thinking that trying is not enough

I personally disagree when people say something like, “Don’t try. Just do.”

First, it doesn’t make sense because everything starts from trying.

And secondly, there’s nothing wrong with trying. It’s certainly better than when you don’t at all.

So take it one step at a time. Try first, for failure only comes when you stop trying. Pretty soon, you’d have done many great things.


7. The chase

We often go awry when our eyes are on the prize, so much so we’re blind to everything else.

Be it money, love, status or whatever, we need to realize that there’s a fine line between having an aim and having an obsession. The latter is what a lot of us slide into.

Know this: Success doesn’t bring happiness, but happiness always brings success.


Once in a while, remember to instead enjoy the process, have some fun and not take life so seriously.

What has been a major motivation killer for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below.

Webinars – Business Opportunity


Corporate America only pay people 1 or 2 ways. Weekly Salary & sometimes a Bonus. If you like to earn money in 7 different ways connect to our Spanish webinar on Thursday.

América corporativa sólo le paga a personas de 1 o 2 maneras. Sueldo semanal y a veces un bono al mes. Si quieres aprender a ganar en 7 modos diferentes conectese a nuestro webinar en español el Jueves.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Eastern Time

How Learning to Coach Others Speeds Your Own Success


Everyone can benefit from developing skill as a coach.Whether you are managing a large organization or you are a solo-preneur who spends all day talking to potential clients, don’t underestimate the power of the words we use during “coaching” opportunities.

Young professionals turn to mentors and supervisors to BE coached when starting their careers. The next step for young professionals is to become better coaches themselves, improving the people around them. That advances their company and career paths faster.

Learn what is important to the person you are coaching. Find out what in your dialogue is most important to the person. That will help you measure everything else they talk about. Understanding their motivations, whether money, freedom, recognition, mastering a skill or being loved, will help you make a better connection when coaching.

Don’t let coaching conversations with you become venting sessions. Be forward focused on the person making impactful changes for the future, instead of complaining about their problems. If the session turns into negativity fest, get them to share what they are thankful for.

Help them discover solutions they can own because they came up with it themselves. People buy into a solution they discovered more readilty than what you prescribed. Asking the right questions helps the person become clear what path to take.

The last thing leaders want to do is disconnect themselves from their team-members when there is an opportunity for improvement. Below are three phrases we tend to default to in conversations that can become relationship dis-connectors.

1. Why didn’t you? Instead of being the broken record asking why didn’t you (fill in the blank), ask “what will help you better achieve this next time?”

After they state whatever they need to happen, make sure you get a confirmation statement by asking, “If you had (fill in the next blank), then this result will happen?” That allows us to understand the root cause of the issue.

If this situation occurs again after checking in, or if the request in the previous question doesn’t carry any weight, test the importance of the result to the person by simply asking, “How important is the result to you and your career?”

By phrasing it that way, either the employee will realize they need to make some changes or you will realize you need to make some changes connecting results to the big picture. Worst case is you need to make a change to your personnel!

2. You should have. Team members check out and stop listening when the leader says “you should have.” That is the “time machine” approach.

You are addressing mistakes so the team member learns from them and they don’t happen again. Coach the person through how they will approach the situation differently in the future. Many leaders substitute “you should have” with “next time you should” but the best approach so your team members change their behavior is “if this situation happens again, how would you handle it differently?”

Don’t give them the answer, so they are engaged in the dialogue and need to think. Work with whatever they anser. If they state the correct way to handle it in the future, they will be more confident and likely to do it because it was “their idea.”

If their response is still wrong, take the opportunity to educate them on other options. Regardless, they are thinking and learning versus checking out of the conversation because it started with “you should have.”

3. Do you understand? People, natually, want everyone to think they are capable and smart enough to comprehend what’s going on. They don’t like to admit when they don’t understand, especially when it is an employee speaking to a manager they want to impress.

Don’t assume your team members understand the task or why the task is important the first time they hear it. An employee, or even a potential client listening to a sales professional, might not have the confidence to say they do not understand and ask you to re-explain it. A gentler approach is to simply take a ”time out” after important presentations or task initiations to make sure you are both on the same page. Ask “am I making sense or would it be helpful if I lay it out in another way?”

These simple changes in your leadership conversations can help you to better connect and grow both your team members and relationships with your clients.