013 – Lifecoaching, The Value of Therapy, Building Communication Skills: Interview with Antony Sammeroff

An interview with lifecoach and Youtube content producer Antony Sammeroff. We talk about the impact of lifecoaching, how it is different (and not) from therapy, how to evaluate whether you are getting proper support, the value of therapy and who it is appropriate for, why and how to build communication skills, and Antony’s new course!

Surviving to Thriving – A Personal Transformation in Six Lessons Course


Ultimate Communication and Power CD

Enrich Your Life (YouTube channel)

The Progressive Parent (YouTube channel)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber (book)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (book)

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg (book)

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009 – The Challenge of Giving Quality Support

Typical, mainstream approaches to being supportive don’t work, and are often counterproductive. So what can you do?

In this podcast I talk about what is mistakenly identified as being supportive, why it’s not so, what are the principles behind proper support, and what are some practical approaches one can take.

Principles discussed:

  • Should be reciprocal – adult relationships are trade-based.
  • Should be given and asked for only in close relationship.
  • Valid support and advice can only be given with a strong understanding of the other person’s aims and history.
  • One can only offer advice on things that they’ve already achieved, or at least seriously worked towards.
  • Unsolicited advice is to be avoided at all cost.
  • The ultimate choice is theirs – you shouldn’t be on a quest to change or save someone.

Practical tips:

  • Choose very carefully whom to support.
  • Be curious. “Tell me more!” is often the best default position.
  • Respect boundaries.
  • Consciously aim to have empathy – it is only semi-automatic.
  • Ask advice only if solicited
  • Help self-leadership by not giving answers, but by asking questions – non-leading questions.
  • Be honest of your level of understanding – reflect your authority accurately.

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