Want to feel a new energy and zest for what you do? Give this a try. Push yourself to try and learn new things. Include things that raise your energy and awareness!

A few years ago I set myself a target to do a new qualification each year - and challenged myself to do something new each year. The people I coach mentor or train are facing new challenges in their careers and lives very frequently - tough challenges too!

A recurring challenge for them is presenting. I've presented for so many years that my understanding of their levels of anxiety was starting to become academic so I joined a Vocal Technique course a couple of years ago to challenge one of my own fears - singing alone in front of others. It's helped me to re-experience the levels of anxiety the people I train in presentations still face. I'm overcoming those fears and gaining new confidence and understanding of others. I'm also developing new coaching courses in the fields of Project Management, Agile, and possibly DevOps.

So with QA I've just taken an APM qualification in the Fundamentals of Project Management, attended a course on DevOps and am working with some of our Agile experts. And just for good measure, I've refreshed my NLP skills (I first qualified almost 17 years ago) by taking the new NLP Business Practitioner certificate course that we offer.

I feel re-energised and more alive to what I'm doing at work and at home. It's also created new neural networks, greater understanding of the breadth of our business, new admiration for my colleagues, and possibly best of all - I'm more excited about work and play than I've been for years.

About the author

As Head of QA’s Coaching Faculty, Nova Ferguson provides leadership and strategic direction for QA’s Coaching and Mentoring proposition. She also has a coaching practice providing coaching and coaching supervision for a range of QA clients. In addition she authored QA’s ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring programme which she delivers, as well as delivering the ILM Level 3 Award in Coaching. Part of Nova’s role is to innovate and create coach mentoring interfaces and new products to bring them into the heart of leadership, management, project management and staff and business development. This maximises ROI for customers and development for individuals. Nova is currently working across a range of other business units within QA Learning, working with our experts in Agile, Project Management and ITIL to create cutting edge programmes combining technical and coach mentoring expertise. The QA Coaching Faculty also partners with other providers of coaching and mentoring. Nova holds a B Ed, CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Organisational Coaching and Mentoring, an OCM Certificate in Organisational Coach Mentoring Supervision and has more than 30 years’ experience of management, consultancy, coaching, and training in the UK and Scandinavia. In addition, she holds a Kirkpatrick Bronze award, is a qualified PRISM facilitator, and conducts coaching de-briefings on this neuroscience based assessment tool. She is also an NLP Master Practitioner and holds an NLP Business Practitioner Certificate and Licence. In addition Nova has managed training businesses and teams, provided coaching and training, and designed and run facilitated events and focus groups for a wide range of organisations and industries, as well as implementing change programmes within her own organisation. Nova works with a broad range of clients, providing executive coaching and extensive coach mentoring training programmes for the public and private sectors. Her approach to everything she does is highly interactive and collaborative, and she shares tools for achieving positive influence with learners and customers alike.

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