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Julia Pitt

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Julia Pitt, MA is a trained Personal Development Coach, certified NLP Practitioner, writer and public speaker. Qualifying through the Coaching Academy in London, England, Julia uses coaching methodology and tools to help her clients achieve their true potential, break through barriers to success and fulfillment and attain the goals they set for themselves. Dedicated to Bermuda's success and putting her passion into action, Julia writes her column in the Royal Gazette offering the fundamentals of coaching in weekly installments. Her hope is to provide an opportunity for readers to increase self-awareness and insight into human behaviour and by achieving individual goals, so collectively improve ourselves, our relationships, how we relate to our surroundings and ultimately, have a positive effect on the community. Julia also volunteers with the 'Coaching for Success' sidearm of the Mirrors Program, which brings coaching to Bermuda's youth.

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  • Moving on and maximising energy
    Oct 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Moving on and maximising energy

    “Needs to work on transitions” was a comment on one of my son’s report cards. He was 7 at the time, I think.

    “What does that mean?” I asked the teacher.

    “Moving on from doing one thing and being ready to do the next. For example,...

  • Softening the blow of bad news
    Sep 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Softening the blow of bad news

    The term ‘bad news’ denotes that it’s not likely to be met with jubilation, but if we’re the ones giving it we can learn to navigate those difficult conversations with respect and understanding, and hopefully minimise the fallout.

    In this...

  • Oversized boot not best way to deliver news
    Sep 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Oversized boot not best way to deliver news

    When I got kicked out of clown school in Paris, (yes, you read that right. How I ended up in clown school in the first place is a whole other story.

    Suffice to say, always read the small print, particularly if it’s in a foreign language.

  • Always prepare when delivering bad news
    Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Always prepare when delivering bad news

    Few things make me squirm more than having to deliver bad news. It’s a task that, in the past, I have done anything to avoid. The prospect of letting someone down, giving negative feedback, or even worse, letting them go, filled me with such...

  • Assertiveness takes some practice
    Aug 30, 2017 8:09 am

    Assertiveness takes some practice

    Sweet talk. When we want something, it’s easy to reach for the butter and spread it on thick.

    Often, we don’t actually ask for what we want. Instead, we pussyfoot around it, leaving hints and clues to what we’re after, hoping the other...

  • Get what you need and keep your friends
    Aug 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Get what you need and keep your friends

    In a conversation recently I was told I was being aggressive. “Emphatic” is the word I would have used, but in truth it was more a spat than a chat so, being caught up in the heat of the moment, perhaps I’m not the best judge.

    I’m a firm...

  • Some words of advice
    Aug 16, 2017 8:00 am

    Some words of advice

    Love is … Do you remember that comic strip? It reminds me of childhood birthday cards. It appeared in the papers, just a single frame: a little naked girl and boy with a different one-line phrase about what love is. “Love is … the way to grow.”...

  • My quest to be the most authentic me
    Aug 9, 2017 8:00 am

    My quest to be the most authentic me

    Every so often I’ll hear something that completely changes the way I think. Or poses a question I’d never stopped to ask. Or offers an insight I didn’t realise was missing.

    Of course, this happens way more frequently when I go on one of my...

  • How to make the most of doing nothing
    Aug 2, 2017 8:00 am

    How to make the most of doing nothing

    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” — the famous, wise words of a teenage skiver.

    Recently my doctor told me I needed to do less and relax more — my...

  • Don’t be just anybody — be yourself
    Jul 26, 2017 8:00 am

    Don’t be just anybody — be yourself

    I have a friend who apologises for being her. The telephone rings. “Hello?” I say. “Hello Julia, it’s just Suzy…”

    She says it every time she calls, “it’s just Suzy”, as if to say, “I hate to disappoint but, before you get excited, it’s only...

  • Confessions of a time traveller
    Jul 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Confessions of a time traveller

    How important is our past? Does it define us? Are we who we are because of it? Despite it? Or is our past just history — what’s done is done, cannot be changed and today is a new day to choose what we will do with?

    Imagine for a moment that...

  • Always assume the best but beware of cats
    Jul 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Always assume the best but beware of cats

    For a moment last week, much to my surprise, I thought I’d be taking home two stray kittens. Returning to my car in an empty lot I spotted said young cats rubbing heads together and looking utterly adorable. What were they doing there, far from...

  • Let’s relax now school is out for summer!
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Let’s relax now school is out for summer!

    On Friday, my nine-year-old asked: “Where are you going mummy?”

    “To work,” I said.

    “But why? It’s the summer holidays!”

    When I explained that once you finish school most people no longer get two months off every summer, not to...

  • We’ve truly risen to the occasion
    Jun 7, 2017 8:00 am

    We’ve truly risen to the occasion

    It is undeniable that there is a buzz in the air, the sort of electricity that comes with action and momentum and a large scope of possibility.

    Driving down Harbour Road, I saw a handwritten sign posted: Crew Wanted, with a telephone...

  • Embrace your good ideas and make them a reality
    May 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Embrace your good ideas and make them a reality

    “You’ll do big things,” my father used to say to me, “…in your britches!”

    I’m an ideas person, always have been. There are always at least two or three ideas on the go — ideas for inventions, ideas for movie scripts, ideas for social...

  • Wisdom from a wedding DJ’s playlist
    May 17, 2017 8:00 am

    Wisdom from a wedding DJ’s playlist

    “Celebrate good times, come on! Let’s celebrate …”

    The lyrics seem etched into my brain from the daily playing on the background FM station my mum listened to while I was growing up; now revisited at every wedding...

  • Hooray for the cheerleaders
    May 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Hooray for the cheerleaders

    Walking the last part of the End-to- End this past weekend, I was inspired and motivated by the supporters lining the pavements, encouraging everyone to the finish. Positive energy directed towards someone invariably adds a spring to their step,...

  • Expressing love is what makes you happy
    May 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Expressing love is what makes you happy

    This week’s offering was intended to focus on the question, what is success?

    As a success coach, you might assume that I should have that answer. For coaching, however, the client chooses what they want to work on and the outcomes they...

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