Coaching Lessons From 'The King's Speech'
As a coaching company though I thought it would be useful to share with you this insightful article that my colleague Martin wrote, picking up on the many Coaching Lessons he spotted on his first viewing of ‘The King's Speech’ back in January. Enjoy…
If the movie 'The Kings Speech doesn't win a bucket load of Oscars then there really is no justice
If you haven’t seen it yet then you should, not simply because it’s a really good film, but because it might just change your life
The King's Speech is the best advert yet that I’ve seen for coaching. I don’t think anyone could watch that movie and both remain unmoved or unconvinced that there exist coaches who can help people change even the most difficult issues. In this instance it’s a vocal coach specialising in speech therapy; yet he makes it clear from the outset that there are two aspects to achieving the desired change: The first is the mechanical, and the second, and far more important, is that of motivation and belief. Without tackling the latter, the former is at best a sticking plaster, and at worst, a waste of time.
You don’t have to have a speech impediment to get a coach.
You do need to have something about your life that you want to change, and you need to choose a coach with the requisite technical skills to help you with your issue. If the Duke of York had been having trouble with managing relationships then a specialist in speech coaching would not have done. The same is true today for anyone wanting to make their own life turn out a different way, but it won’t happen on its own: Most people invest more in their motor cars than they do in themselves. They spend more on simple servicing and maintenance in a year than they do on servicing or maintaining a much more precious vehicle to carry them through life; their own mind. Is it any wonder then that their car often lasts longer than their dreams?
Ask anyone if they’d like to be happier and more fulfilled, have something specific change in their life or simply get more of what they desire most, and what will they say?
Put like that, doesn’t everyone want something? Yet if that ‘something’ was going to happen on its own then isn’t it true that it already have or at least some evidence that it was likely to? No river changes course without some intervention to make it so. The same is true with life; we get one chance at it and if we fail to make the best use of that chance then there is no one to blame but ourselves. If you watched the movie and you felt moved by it, then that’s because it’s stirred something in you. It did something that reminded you of YOUR potential to change; if you found yourself inspired by the film then that’s because you recognise in it some part of you that could overcome your own challenges too. If you want more from your life, even if it’s already a privileged existence, then you CAN have it; but you probably need a coach to help make it happen!
Martin has produced a short report that provides more detail on the coaching lessons form 'The King's Speech'. If you’d like a copy of it then click here and complete the registration form for your free download.
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