Workshops

Introduction to Success Coaching

Thursday August 27, 2020 @4:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

This introductory workshop is primarily designed to introduce success coaching as a support strategy for academic success and well being. Attend with the aim to learn about this service, your role, the coach's role and how to access this source of support from our Success Coach. Students interested learning more about this support service are invited to attend.

Register in the workshop and you will admitted to the zoom room if you are on the list of registrants. 

Click the "join zoom room" icon on the date and time of the workshop:

Introduction to Success Coaching

Thursday September 3, 2020 @4:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

This introductory workshop is primarily designed to introduce success coaching as a support strategy for academic success and well being. Attend with the aim to learn about this service, your role, the coach's role and how to access this source of support from our Success Coach. Students interested learning more about this support service are invited to attend.

Register in the workshop and you will admitted to the zoom room if you are on the list of registrants. 

Click the "join zoom room" icon on the date and time of the workshop:

Set Yourself Up for Success With Your Study Space and Your Routines (90 Minutes)

Thursday September 10, 2020 @3:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

Start strong and create a study space and routines for staying healthy, as well as getting traction on your courses while completing course work off campus and in your own space.  For most us us, working and studying remotely is a new situation.  Learn from the presenter and from discussion with other students, what good practices help for getting down to work, setting up a place to study and a routine for both getting work done and looking after other key needs like rest, exercise, and social connection.

We will have both a large group discussion and also break into smaller groups to discuss ideas for setting ourselves up for a happy, productive and enjoyable semester while working and studying the majority of the time off-campus.  

Register in the workshop and you will admitted to the zoom room if you are on the list of registrants. 

Click the "join zoom room" icon on the date and time of the workshop:

Priorities, Energy and Time Management

September 17, 2020 at 3:00 - 4:30pm on Zoom
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

Today’s priorities give me focus. On a daily basis, do you know what is important and what is urgent and do you embrace those priorities? Priorities are what make it possible to identify what is really important so that we can direct our time to maximize our efforts.  Create your vision, align with your priorities and then create a system to keep yourself on track with actions that are aligned with what is important to you.

 Objectives:

  • Identify and order your priorities both from a life and school perspective.
  • Explore tools and worksheets that will help you manage your priorities, energy and time.
  • Create a system for yourself to pay attention to your daily action items.

Register in the workshop and then on the day of the event, click on the zoom room icon and you will be admitted to the room if your name is on the registered participants list.

Handling Stress in the Moment

September 24th at 3:30 - 4:30pm on zoom
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

The purpose of this workshop is to learn about your brain and how to better regulate yourself when you find yourself in stressful and difficult situations. The goal is to be more adaptive and resourceful in your response to difficult situations that tend to cause stress in the moment.  Learn tips and tricks for how to expand the 10 and ground yourself and access your whole brain when under stress.

Register in the workshop and then on the day of the event, click on the zoom room icon and you will be admitted to the room if your name is on the registered participants list.

Stop Trash-talking and Create Opportunity Instead

October 1, 2020 3:30-4:30pm on Zoom
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

Pay attention to how you speak to yourself.  Pivot from judge to learner and free yourself from self-defeating beliefs, self-talk and behaviours.   

Once you become aware and then make efforts to change your self-talk, you can get out of your own way and pave the way for your own growth and development.  Learn to hear when you are in negative, judgmental trash-talk and quit sabotaging your own confidence, efforts and way forward.  Learn to notice and label your the negative voices and learn to tap into your own curiosity, creativity and courage instead. 

Download this app, do the quiz and see what your top trash-talking voices might be prior to the workshop and we can talk about how to use the app and ideas going forward after the workshop.

Register in the workshop and then on the day of the event click on the "join zoom room" icon below and you will be admitted to the room if you are on the registered participants list.

Habits for Happiness (90 Minutes)

October 8, 2020 3:00-4:30pm on Zoom
Facilitator: Sharon Kelly

The term happiness is used to denote mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. The term is also used in the context of life satisfaction, and a subjective sense of flourishing and well-being. 

What comes first?  Success or happiness?  Are you waiting for that future day when you are finally successful to be happy? Shawn Achor's research would say happiness breeds success. 

This workshop will lay out the components of Dr. Seligman's PERMA model for well-being and flourishing and ways to build happiness will also be explored.  The aim is also for you to walk away with some concrete ideas concerning how you can enhance your own levels of happiness, resilience and sense of well-being.  

Objectives:

  • Identify actions that enhance positive emotions based on the PERMA model
  • Explore the mindsets and habits that can tear down or build up positive relationships
  • Identify and commit to practices that will enhance your personal happiness levels

Register in the workshop and then on the day of the event click on the "join zoom room" icon below and you will be admitted to the room if you are on the registered participants list.


Website: viu.ca/successcoach
Email: sharon.kelly@viu.ca

1. Workshops

Faculty - you can invite the coach into your class to offer a workshop. Please look through the workshops below and contact sharon.kelly@viu.ca to arrange for a mutually agreeable time.

 

This introductory workshop is primarily designed to introduce success coaching as a support strategy for academic success and well being. Attend with the aim to learn about this service, your role, the coach's role and how to access this source of support from a professional coach. Students interested in partnering with VIU's Success Coach apply and sign a coaching agreement, which will be reviewed at this workshop.

The Success Coach is a professional coach. She partners with students in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Learn to shift your mind-set and grow your skills, for a more enjoyable and effective student life. Create a vision for your life as a student that balances self and student responsibilities. Manage your priorities better so you have more energy and greater focus for what is important to you. Many students experience decreased feelings of anxiety as they collaborate with a professional coach to set and achieve their personal and professional goals.

The ACTIONS you take can enhance your health and well-being.  Using the ACTIONS acronym, they fall under seven broad headings:

  • Active
  • Calming
  • Thinking
  • Identity
  • Optimizing
  • Nourishing
  • Social interventions

Come to this mini workshop and learn to expand your repertoire of actions that build well-being into your life.    Develop your wellness potential using evidence-based validated positive psychology interventions.   We will explore detailed suggestions regarding how to build new positive habits into your life.

If you are returning from suspension or have been placed on Academic Probation, this session is for you. Come and learn what VIU expects from students who are placed on Academic Probation and what it takes to get your Academic Probation status lifted. Like being at a flashing yellow light, it is time to proceed with caution. This is a time when you might like to reassess where you are, what you have accomplished, what your challenges are and increase your circle of support as you proceed with your academic plans.traffic light showing yellow, text underneath "Academic Probation"

Take time to determine what you want by being able to articulate answers to these questions:

  • What is important to me regarding school?
  • Who do I want to be in this setting?
  • What do I want to achieve?
  • How will I achieve my goals?
  • What resources will I access to increase my chances of success.

Bring all your questions to this session so you can leave the workshop knowing what Academic Probation means.

You will also be introduced to some famous people who experienced failure and then went on to achieve greatly in their field.

Mind-set is the stories and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, particularly a difficult one. Your mindset is your inner working model that dictates automatic responses to triggers. Given the complexity and speed of life these days, it is easy to get triggered by even small events. Many of the issues we each face relates to encounters or choices that challenge us. The purpose of this workshop is to show you one tool that you can use to regulate yourself when you get triggered so they can be more adaptive and resourceful in your responses.

We will explore the role internal beliefs and attitudes play in determining choices and actions. We will also explore the notion of pivot points where we can change the story line of our lives to create different outcomes than the ones we are likely repeatedly experiencing by opening up space to discover and then “pivot” our mindset.

Hopefully you will walk away with the following insights:

  • There is a connection between our stories, our behaviors and our outcomes;
  • We are each ultimately accountable for all three;
  • The connection between our stories and behaviour is automatic and unconscious and tied up with how we see ourselves; and
  • Stories, behaviours and outcomes can be changed.text - Mind-Set is Thoughs, Actions, Results, Beliefs
Objectives:
  • Learn how to freeze frame and rewind a story
  • Learn to identify the cues that trigger behaviors and outcomes we want to change.
  • Practice changing the mindset we automatically adopt when confronted with a difficult situation
  • Learn to pause and focus on what you most want and then create a mindset pivot to change our behavior and achieve our aspirations.

Well Life Vision & Plan color wheel

Your self-care, sleep habits, personal boundaries and the way you talk to yourself and about yourself matter - probably even more than you realize. What are your connections like? Are you sleepy much of the time?  Do you move your body further than between your computer screen and the couch and from school to home again? What are the specific benefits to your brain (neuron growth) as it relates to physical activity?  Don’t know? Come to this workshop and find out! (Bring a device to access the internet with you if you can.)

This workshop you will help you to create your own well-life vision and priorities for action. We will survey a variety of actions you can take to enhance your own health and well-being, which fall under seven broad headings.  Expand your repertoire of how to build your well-being skills.  These seven categories are organized around the ACTIONS acronym:

Active, Calming, Thinking, Identity, Optimizing, Nourishing, and Social interventions.

Learn detailed suggestions of how to build new positive habits that enhance the experience of well-being into your life.

Do you have a habit of taking good care of yourself? If not, what is stopping you? 

Objectives:
  1. Complete health & wellness self-assessments
  2. Establish your vision statement regarding your well-being.
  3. Learn ACTION interventions to enhance your own well-being
  4. Create your well-life action plan

time management - "Vision is a Destination"

Today’s priorities give me focus. A vision for where you want to go and priorities for getting there are essential to your success. On a daily basis you need to know what is important and embrace and fulfill those priorities. Priorities are what makes it possible to identify what is really important so that we can direct our time to maximize our efforts.

Come to this workshop and create your vision, sort out your priorities and then create a system to keep yourself on track with actions that are aligned with what is important to you.

Objectives:
  • Identify and order your priorities.
  • Explore tools and worksheets that will help you manage your time.
  • Create a system for yourself to pay attention to your daily action items.

 

Habits can either hurt & hinder or help create a life that you love. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes away from the story you want to create and good habits can lead to living the life you most want.

Everyone defines success differently. Successful people are not perfect, but their success has a lot to do with the habits they purposefully cultivate.

 "Motivation gets you started. HABIT keeps you going" Jim Rohn

Objectives:

  • Discover the anatomy of habit
  • Explore the impact your beliefs have on changing a habit
  • Define 4 techniques to create a new habit
  • Discover the role mindfulness plays in changing habits

Past workshops facilitated by the Success Coach have motivated students to change some of their habits and choices. More importantly, students say they leave the workshops with specific ideas about actions they can take in their situation as a result of every workshop given in the last couple of years:

"I will change how I see talent by knowing and believing that talent is able to be improved with practice." Workshop Participant


"I am going to set boundaries and say 'no' more." Workshop Participant


"Self care is SO important so I want to make sure I am balancing my schedule well and doing what I love." Workshop Participant


"Get more sleep, eat a good breakfast and take some alone time & recap the day." Workshop Participant


"I have reassessed how I currently prioritize my time and will take action to make sure that I make time for what is most valuable and important to me. You can't change the number of hours in a day, but you can make changes to your daily routine so that you have time for those aspects you do value." Workshop Participant


"Really enjoyed the round table discussion. You learn so much from hearing the ideas and perspectives of others - Great workshop! " Workshop Participant


"It was awesome! Very helpful and motivating as we begin the next season." Workshop Participant

2. Print and On-line Materials

 

If you are interested in reading about the power of mind sets and their influence on your success, these two books are interesting reads:

  • Mind Set: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.
  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life:  10 Powerful Tools For Life and Work, by Marilee Adams, Ph.D.
  • Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

  • Learning Matters 
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • How full is your bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton
  • Leadership 101; What Every Leader Needs To Know, by John Maxwell
  • How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job) by Thomas Klassen and John Dwyer

Energy Drainer/Energy Gainer List

What are the things in life that just drain you?  You can feel it… your mood is different, you might dread something, you could feel pain and hurt.  It could be clutter, mess or inefficiencies.  It’s not always just about inefficiencies. Sometimes you are doing work that is no longer your job, or never was. Take a hard look at what’s on your plate and have a conversation with yourself about what needs to stay and what needs to go.  Energy gainers are things that you love, that give you energy and a sense of purpose or peace or joy (think people, activities and habits).  Energy drainers have the opposite effect.  Need help?  Apply to work with a coach.

You can begin to do this by writing a list of energy drainers and energy gainers. For the drainers: what can you eliminate within the next 30 days? For the gainers: which ones can you implement within the next 30 days?  Awareness is the first step, and then action!

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