Michael Beale Trained By The Best

Michael Beale Trained by The Best 

Michael Beale

This weeks interview is with the amazing NLP Coach and Trainer Michael Beale.

CD. Hi Michael thank you for taking some time out from your busy schedule to join me today. For people who don’t know you, can you tell our readers a little about yourself, your background and your business. 

MB. Thank you for asking. I’m Michael, an 1:1 NLP trainer and business coach. I’ve run my business for 12 years, following 30 years in buying, marketing and business strategy. I’m a certified Richard Bandler Master Practitioner, NLP and Coach Trainer and a John Grinder accredited NLP coach. I’m taking my Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coaching accreditation early in 2014.

CD. Not many people have trained with both co-creators of NLP, it must have been really interesting to learn the different directions both Grinder and Bandler have took. You are highly experience and qualified, and the reason I invited you to interview is because I wanted to learn more about your unique style of NLP Coaching, can you tell me a little bit about the process you use?

MB. Yes, as well as corporate NLP training, I run 1:1 NLP training. This is normally involves a Skype or face-to-face meeting for two hours every two weeks over six months, combined with face-to-face workshops, Google Hangouts and projects as required.

I don’t accept anyone on the programme until they’ve completed a success and satisfaction quiz and added their end goals and milestones to the CoachingCloud coaching and mentoring platform. In addition, we both need to be satisfied the end goals are worth working on together for six months.

During each session we cover an aspect of the practitioner programme and we agree a simple task to be carried out before the next session. In addition we explore solutions to any challenges that may have arisen. This ensures that, in addition to covering the programme material, the client develops a number of ‘success’ habits in line with their end goals . Over the six months it’s very powerful.

I give two free genuinely free sessions to potential clients to help them set up their end goals and see how we work together. If we’re working together for six months we both want to make sure that we’re going to enjoy the experience!

CD. Two free sessions is very generous and I agree both the coach and client need to be happy with the relationship, this for me is a key part in the coaching relationship. We talked about your NLP training with Bandler and Grinder, but what do you do to keep up with the latest trends in coaching?

MB. I learn most from my clients. As part of being an NLP trainer and coach, I need to elicit my clients’ strategies to help them improve what they do. I’m in the privileged position of being able to learn from all my clients.

Subject to our diaries, I also offer two free sessions over Skype to anyone anywhere in the world, as long as they have a good internet connection and can articulate what they want to achieve. I used to do this as part of my business development, however I now do it because I enjoy it and because it’s a tremendous learning experience. I have to deal with whatever comes up. For these sessions I don’t guarantee results, however I’m genuinely surprised what can be achieved.

I read a lot of books related to coaching and performance and produce a weekly ‘coaching thought’ from this reading. It gives subscribers some useful ideas, and introduces them to books that may be of interest to them. And finally I aim to attend a major training event every two years.

CD. You seem very motivated about your personal development. You have talked about how you use various platforms to interactive with your clients. Do you ever meet clients in the office?

MB. The sessions are almost never in client offices. I use Skype a lot and we have the sessions in the evening when they’re at home or in coffee places, conference suites, and sometimes bars.

CD. What are the main benefits from the coaching session?

MB. Having the right coach can be hugely motivating.  Most people choose to work with a coach because they want something and know at some level that what they’re doing isn’t working. As soon as they find a coach who can help them put together some of the missing pieces their whole attitude becomes hugely positive. They become much more motivated.

I think other benefits include helping clients connect to what’s really important to them and appreciate what they’ve already achieved, wherever they are. This sets a basis to develop plans and approaches to move towards what they want. Coaching does this and helps  them follow up and, where necessary, navigate through challenging situations.

CD. I really agree about having the right coach, I always tell clients to look around and pick a coach that will best support them, as coaches have different skills, approaches and expertise. What area of expertise do you specialise in?

MB. I specialise in working with business and professional people. However clients realise that the more ‘together’ they are as a person, the more successful they’re likely to be, so it’s a mixture of performance coaching and at the same time leading people to be more fulfilled.

CD. What would you say is your life Mantra?

MB. To enjoy and appreciate where I am and have an empowering and exciting vision for the future.

CD. Do you use a vision board to achieve this?

MB. Yes, I maintain a vision board on the CoachingCloud platform. This is available to all my clients. Curiously I sometimes find it a genuine challenge to update it, but well worth the effort.

CD. and where do you see yourself in the next 3-4 years?

MB. Building on where I am now: Working with a small number of interesting 1:1 NLP training clients in the UK and around the world. Leading a small community of entrepreneurs, consultants and coaches with a mixture of face-to-face and on-line gatherings. Working with a number of top-end executives through using the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coaching Process. The future looks good!

CD. Thank you for joining me today Michael and for sharing your interesting story. 

 If you are a coach and would like to be interviewed as part of this series please contact me at chrisdelaney7@gmail.com 

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