Winter 2011

A New Start This New Year

The start of the New Year is usually a time when people make firm resolutions in the hope of bringing about effective change in their lives.

Knowing that, perhaps it’s time to seek help in identifying your goals and the strategies you can implement to achieve them. With the help of a professional coach, 2011 can become the year when you see those firm resolutions through to a rewarding end.

A qualified coach provides support and experience in identifying goals and new challenges. A coach can also provide valuable insight into what it will take to meet those goals. Moreover, a professional coach can offer an impartial, objective view and suggest the necessary adjustments needed to realize your aspirations. Finally, a coach can ensure your values and behaviors are aligned with the goals you have set for yourself.

If you are eager to break new ground in 2011, both professionally and personally, seriously consider enlisting the help of a professional coach.

Winter/Spring Prague Speakers Forum Series

“How to Project Confidence, Competence and Credibility at Work.”

Following up on the success of last December’s “Creating, Developing and Managing Your Image” presentation, and at the request of many, L’Epée Coaching & Consulting has created a new program of practical workshops entitled “How to Project Confidence, Competence and Credibility at Work.”

This Winter/Spring workshop series aims to give participants the opportunity to learn how to connect and be visible in ways that will help them project an image of someone who knows the score and is comfortable in any business environment or situation.

Participants will learn practical techniques to present themselves more successfully and ensure they make a positive impression on people they meet. They will also learn how to modify and improve their professional image and communicate it successfully.

This series is a unique opportunity for people interested in moving up the ladders of success to improve their career prospects.

Schedule of Workshops

  • January 24: Identifying and Understanding Your Image
  • February 22: Managing Your Appearance, Behavior and Communication
  • March 22: Managing Your Non-Verbal Communication
  • April 19: Understanding Business Etiquette
  • May 24: Branding Yourself
  • June 21: Managing and Transforming Your Image to Succeed

Place: Hotel Palace Prague, Panská 12, Prague 1

Time: 18:00 to 20:30 (registration starts at 17:45)

Price: 800 CZK + 20% VAT

In the News

Ceska Pozice/Czech Position Information Website

Hospodárske Noviny

Those of you who are able to read Czech might be interested in reading my recent articles which were published in Hospodárske Noviny.

Calendar of Events and Activities in 2011

January 11 70th Power Lunch: The intuitive decision making process
January 24 Prague Speakers Forum: Identifying and Understanding Your Image
January 27 The Austrian Ball. For more information:
February 8 Power Lunch: How to Make Tough Choices
February 22 Prague Speakers Forum: Managing Your Appearance, Behavior and Communication
March 8 Power Lunch: How to communicate Your Intuitions
March 11 M4M Rotary dinner
March 22 Prague Speakers Forum: Managing Your Non-Verbal Communication

New Year’s Resolution for 2011: Live in the present

The celebration of the start of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago. But the Mesopotamians celebrated New Year’s Day in March, following the spring equinox. The Romans continued to observe New Year’s Day in late March, but because the calendar fell out of synch with the sun, the Roman Senate, in 153 BC, declared Jan. 1 as the beginning of the New Year, so as to set the calendar right.

Traditionally, one of the customs used to mark the end of the year is to make a New Year’s resolution. This tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians, whose most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Today, a New Year’s resolution is usually a commitment one makes to achieve a specific goal during the coming year. For example, to stop smoking, work less, or spend more time with family. In theory, these resolutions are put into effect on New Year’s Day and are upheld until the set goal has been achieved.

But how many of us are able to keep our New Year’s resolutions?

Do we find it difficult to keep our resolutions because we’ve chosen the wrong time of year or is it because the concept of making resolutions is itself a paradox? If we had the discipline to see our resolutions through, we wouldn’t need to make them in the first place. Moreover, making resolutions that are never realized or are broken shortly after they are set naturally leads to frustration.

After many years of failing miserably to keep up with my resolutions, I have learned that the best way to follow through this year is to live in the present.

Children have no problem living in the moment, but as we get older, many of us forget how to stay completely in the present. We keep thinking about the past and rehearsing the future. Then if we are lucky, someone or something reminds us that life can only be lived in the here and now.

We are most happy and productive when we are living in the present.

My suggestion for this New Year is to follow the wise words of Henry David Thoreau: “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”

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