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18th May, 2017

‘Feel like you’re going up creek without a paddle? Use your O.A.R.S.!’Blog » Training Courses » hannah coaching.jpg

By E3 Consulting

Last week Helena and Zoe attended the third module of the JCI Southampton Being a Young Leader Programme, in which leader Hannah Hastilow explored how coaching can be used to inspire and motivate. Hannah works at the University of Southampton Students' Union, and introduced coaching techniques to her office with great success. 

Coaching often draws many sporting connotations, however it is increasingly finding a place within businesses as a useful tool to improve productivity and staff morale. This is something we have recognised for some time at E3, and have made part of our support processes within the business. Everybody has the ability to coach or be coached – be they an employee or a manager. Cultivating the skills to coach others and help inspire them can work in improving performance both up and down the workplace hierarchy. This is also pertinent for E3 where we have a flat level structure; coaching is relevant for all levels of experience and is essential for reinforcing learning points from formal or informal training to encourage continual development.

Hannah was a great leader, and was enthusiastic, engaging, and really made you think – which is the whole point of coaching in the first place. She taught the group some of the key things to consider when coaching someone. These fall into the popular coaching acronym of OARS Open questions, Affirmations, Reflection and Summary, which encourages coaches to be as open minded and empathetic as possible when coaching another.

Helena and Zoe came away really motivated, and are already trying out the techniques on each other and others in the business!

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10th May, 2017

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JCI Training 2017 – my 3 favourite sessions so far this year

By Fee Francis

I’m a self-confessed management and development nerd. I love books about management techniques and new ways to work on myself and tend to spend my free time watching TedX talks and working on my time management and goal setting. Told you, super nerdy. I’m also a manager of a team of 6 and only 21 so the JCI Southampton training series ‘Being a Young Leader’ is right up my street.


Goal setting – ‘Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – January

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This was the first training session of the year and a great start to a new year. I’m not a fan of setting New Year’s resolutions for the sake of it as they always end up being fairly generic, unachievable or forgotten after a few days. Instead, I’m a big fan of setting quantifiable goals with a deadline to achieve them and this session was perfect for this.

The trainer, life coach Lesley Strachan, had us pair up and sit face to face with our partner and take it in turns to ask the other person “What do you want?” repeatedly and write down their answers. This felt slightly unnatural as it’s a pretty personal question but the repeated asking allowed us to give honest answers and mine ranged from owning a puppy to owning a house, getting out of debt, learning to drive and cooking from scratch more.
We were then given a sheet to write our top goals in the following categories: financial, career, free time, health, relationships, personal life and making a difference. We had to write what we wanted and why we wanted it to give us something to aim towards and a deadline date of when we’d like to achieve it by. This was great because we had then said our goals out loud to another person and physically written them down which really helps to cement goals and give some accountability for getting them achieved *insert muscle arm emoji here*

Strachan is a Jack Canfield qualified life coach and follows the principles in his book The Success Principles which I added to my amazon basket at the training and finally purchased today so I will report back on how I get on!


Coaching to motivate and inspire – April

This session hugely appealed to me as I’m constantly working on being a better manager and coaching can be a huge part of this. The session was led by Hannah Hastilow from University of Southampton Student’s Union where coaching is the norm in the workplace. During the session, Hannah shared that 91% of highly engaged employees state their manager as the reasoBlog » Training Courses » fee-coaching.pngn for their engagement (Engaging for Success – a government report on employee engagement) and she also shared the findings of Google’s Project Oxygen which is the 8 top behaviours of good managers in order of importance:

  1. Be a good coach
  2. Empower your team and don’t micromanage
  3. Express interest in team members’ success and personal well-being
  4. Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team
  6. Help your employees with career development
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team
  8. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team

Being a good coach is the number 1 skill that Google need for a good manager and Google are the best company in the world to work for so I think they know a thing or two about management! These two statistics really highlighted to me the importance of being a good manager for my team and how coaching can be a huge part of this.

Hannah defined coaching as facilitating the development of an individual’s skills through targeted discussion and reflection but in keeping with the session, she only gave us this definition after we had already written down our own definition and had a group discussion about what we thought coaching was.

The main thing I took away from this training session is that coaching is about helping people find the answers rather than giving them an answer. This is something that I know as a manager I need to work on as it can be too easy when approached with a question to just give an answer rather than helping that person to find out the answer on their own.


The Art of Networking – May

Last Friday, 4 members of JCI Southampton took a road trip down to Pompey for JCI Portsmouth’s relaunch training event – The Art of Networking which was delivered by our JCI Regional Group Chair Jasmine Lambert. This was a great and informative session which covered dos and don’ts of networking, types of networking sessions to attend and tips for introductions.
My favourite tips were

  • Don’t get a drink straight away – this closes you off to the group and also if you don’t have a drink, you have a built in excuse for leaving a conversation once it dries up!
  • When someone asks “What do you do?”, try to reply in a creative way instead of just stating your job title. These can be funny or meaningful and an excellent way to break the ice and stop people’s misconceptions about your job before you’ve had a chance to explain it!

The examples given included

  • Don’t say “I’m a financial adviser”, do say “I protect and grow your wealth”
  • Don’t say “I’m a cleaner”, do say “I give you back valuable time with your family”
  • Don’t say “I’m a graphic designer”, do say “I draw shapes on a computer all day”

At the end of the day, a lot of the time networking is networking but these handy tips gave me a fresh perspective on going into my next networking session. It also helped to hear that even Jasmine, who has been networking for a decade and set up her own networking group, still gets nervous which made me feel slightly more normal for always feeling a little bit sick before solo networking!

Networking comes in all shapes and sizes, especially with our JCI Southampton sessions. Why not come along to our bowling tournament on May 19th, practice your networking skills and get a bit competitive! Details here

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26th Mar, 2017

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This year, JCI UK is launching the Good Heart Project. In partnership with the British Heart Foundation - their chosen charity of the year, JCI UK will be promoting good physical health through adopting healthy eating lifestyles, reducing cholesterol intake and increasing exercise. This will also be our national contribution towards fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable development Goal SDG #3 in promoting good health and wellbeing.

In line with JCI UK's plan of action, we at JCI Southampton have chosen to support Wessex Heartbeat as our charity of the year. Wessex Heartbeat helps achieve the very best care for people with heart conditions treated in the Wessex Cardiac Centre and provides support to the babies, children, adults and their loved ones treated at the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital.

To accompany this project, Jaycees from all over the UK will be participating in a 10K run on Sunday 23 April 2017. South Chambers including Southampton will be running the ABP 10K race while North Chambers will be running the Bolton race.

To find out more about our charity Wessex Heartbeat, our Good Heart Project, or our community actions; please email Amy, our 2017 Community Director at

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9th Mar, 2017

JCI Southampton launches "Being a Young Leader" Training Programme, a series of training sessions to develop young people to be outstanding leaders.

Each session will cover a specific skill that you will need to master to become a great leader.

Training sessions will be monthly and will last about two hours and will cover theories as well as practical modules and activities to get you to where you want to be in leadership.

At the end of the training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Know the difference between leadership and management
  • Motivate and empower their team
  • Practice essential skills for good leadership, from coaching, good disagreement, delegation and much more.

First Event: Thursday 16 March. Management vs. Leadership with Marcus Orlovsky

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Join us for a fantastic talk by Marcus Orlosvky, Change Agent, TEDx Conference Speaker, Workshop Leader, Thought Provoker, on Leadership vs. Management.

Marcus is passionate about creating better opportunities for young people and transforming aspirations and achievement, largely driven by challenges he has had to overcome in his own life. This led to him founding Bryanston Square, bringing together a team of dedicated individuals to assist in bidding for highly competitive public procurement school projects.

From addressing 300 Yr 11 students, 900 Googlers or 1,200 TEDxers, Marcus has an engaging and thought provoking style of delivery, which inspires audiences to grasp opportunities and take on the impossible.

Find out more about Marcus here

REGISTER NOW HERE (free for JCI members).

How to find out more about the programme

Please contact JCI Southampton 2017 Training Director at

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11th Jan, 2017

JCI Southampton is taking part in JCI UK Pound A Day Challenge
by Sophie Delaporte on January 11, 2017 21:16


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Can we live on £1 a day for seven days?

Well, that's what we'll be trying to do this week! JCI Southampton is taking part with Jaycees from all over the country in JCI UK Pound A Day Challenge 2017.

What's JCI UK Pound A Day Challenge?

Pound A Day is national campaign led by JCI UK encouraging our members to live on £1 a day to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in the UK and experience what it feels like to go through a week without access to the luxury foods we often take for granted.

This project is in aid of ‘Save The Children’, a charity that helps to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger around the world, and by so doing, helps to tackle the first two of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDG #1 and SDG #2) in the process.
Save The Children operate worldwide in developing countries, as well as right here in the United Kingdom.

What's involved?

Participants commit to spend up to £7 a week for the challenge. The difference between their weekly food budget and the £7 will be donated to Save The Children via JCI UK Just Giving Page

To see how the challenge's going nationally, follow #jciukpoundaday on social media and discover how JCI Southampton members and other Jaycees are coping.

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5th Nov, 2016

Notice of AGM and elections of 2017 Council
by Sophie Delaporte on November 5, 2016 11:33


It's that time of the year where we are starting to think about 2017 and therefore, JCI Southampton will be holding its annual AGM on Monday 14 November for members to come together, find out where they can get involved, help shape the plan and vision of the Chamber and to elect their 2017 council team!

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Being involved in the running of a local JCI chamber is one of the best way to get the most out of a JCI membership whilst challenging yourself, developing and meeting other young professionals.

Roles available:
- President
- Deputy President
- Business and Strategic Partnerships Director
- Events and Community Director
- Finance and Admin Director
- Personal Development Director
- International Director
- Marketing and Communications Director
- Membership Director

We are also looking for project managers and support teams to help with other areas of the chamber such as social media, national projects, membership benefits, annual projects and more.
For more info about the roles and how to get involved, email Célestine, 2016 Local President at

Sign up here:

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1st Nov, 2016

Peace is Possible Conference: Follow up
by Sophie Delaporte on November 1, 2016 22:43


Our Peace is Possible Conference has been a fantastic event and we would like to thank you all of you who joined us to make peace possible.

Photos of the conference are available from our Facebook page so have a look and get tagging!

We would also like to thank our fantastic speakers who made this event a success. Below are some of their upcoming events and talks if you want to hear more about their projects and fields of expertise:


Professor Simon Keyes

Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace

  • Understanding Dialogue - from Theory to Practice: Tuesday 15 November 2016 at The University of Winchester
  • Good disagreement: Tuesday 13 December 2016 at The University of Winchester

Events and registration details are available here.

Ilaf Moslawy


Luke Addison

PeaceJam Winchester

  • PeaceJam Winchester Conference 2017: Become a mentor or a helper at next year's conference.

Get in touch with the team via their Facebook page


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events and opportunities.

Peace is Possible is one of the many projects that JCI Southampton runs. If you are interested in joining the Chamber and taking a role on the Council or lead a project, do get in touch by emailing

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19th Oct, 2016

Peace is Possible Conference: Speakers and topics
by Sophie Delaporte on October 19, 2016 20:02


Our Peace is Possible Conference is tomorrow!

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We've got a great line-up of guest speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise and tell us a bit more how we can make peace possible:

Guest speakers and topics (alphabetical order)

-       Luke Addison (PeaceJam)
Topic: How to inspire a new generation of peacemakers
Luke is founder of PeaceJam Winchester. He studied English and Drama and is an English and Drama teacher. He is the current Chair of Rotaract in Great Britain and Ireland and works as a carer for older and vulnerable people.

-       Sandie Davis (Action Hampshire)
Topic: How can social entrepreneurship contribute to peace?
Sandie is an experienced learning facilitator and coordinator of training and development programmes.  Her background is in delivering and managing youth work activities and mentoring youth workers.

-       Professor Simon Keyes
Topic: Good disagreement
Simon Keyes is Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the Winchester Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace. He was previously Director the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London. He has particular interest in dialogue methodologies and the nature of disagreement.

-       Professor David Kingdon
Topic: Peace and mental health
Professor David Kingdon is a consultant psychiatrist and professor of mental health care delivery at the University of Southampton. His research has been in cognitive therapy for severe mental health problems.

-       Hannah Hastilow
Topic: Using Mindfulness in a Coaching Conversation
Hannah Hastilow is the Learning and Development Manager at Union Southampton, the Students' Union at University of Southampton. She has worked in education for the last nine years, from English Language schools to workplace training and e-learning.

-       Vijay Mehta (Uniting for Peace)
Topic: Peace Beyond Borders – How the EU brought peace to Europe and how exporting it would end conflicts around the world
Vijay Mehta is Co-Founder and Chair of Uniting for Peace. He is a Founding Trustee of Fortune Forum charity which was founded by his daughter Renu Mehta. It hosted summits in which speakers included Former President Clinton, Al Gore and Michael Douglas which attracted a worldwide audience of 1.3 billion people.

-       Ilaf Moslawy
Topic: The Humanity Crisis. Stories from Calais
Ilaf Moslawy is a Medical student at the University of Southampton and a former refugee and asylum seeker. She is the founder and co-ordinator of Soton2Calais which is a Southampton-based student-led refugee solidarity movement.


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19th Oct, 2016

Peace is Possible Conference: The Humanity Crisis. Stories from Calais.
by Sophie Delaporte on October 19, 2016 11:21


The Humanity Crisis. Stories from Calais.

Meet our speaker

Ilaf Moslawy is a Medical student at the University of Southampton and a former refugee and asylum seeker. She is the founder and co-ordinator of Soton2Calais which is a Southampton-based student-led refugee solidarity movement in aid of settled refugees and those in Calais aiming to send volunteers on a regular basis, provide money for gas, and smartphones for GPS tracking of unaccompanied children.

Join us in making peace possible

Come and join us on Thursday 20 October at our Peace is Possible Conference to find out more about the refugees crisis.

To book your ticket, visit:

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17th Oct, 2016

Peace is Possible Conference: Peace and Mental Health
by Sophie Delaporte on October 17, 2016 18:22


Peace and Mental Health

Professor David Kingdom will bring into light the link between peace and mental health. His talk will focus on the promotion of good mental health and prevention of poor mental health that can have a benefit on inner peace and conceivably peace within the community.

Meet our speaker

Professor David Kingdon is a consultant psychiatrist and professor of mental health care delivery at the University of Southampton. His research has been in cognitive therapy for severe mental health problems.

Join us in making peace possible

Come and join us on Thursday 20 October at our Peace is Possible Conference to find out more about mental health and peace.

To book your ticket, visit:

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