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Keeping Your Body… While Everyone Is Losing Theirs And Blaming It On You

Practical resilience tools for troubled times So it's all gone a bit crazy, right? Given the state of politics and the world generally right now, I thought I'd offer a few tips on keeping your head in the insanity. Well, more like keeping your body as those around lose theirs and blame it on you (to misquote Kipling, and seeing as embodied resilience is my specialism). All these top tips for managing pressure gracefully have been tried and tested in war zones, in martial arts dojos, in stressful workplaces, and with activist groups on global front lines. I've included a lot of video links as most of these are practical skills that are...

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A Sexy Embodiment Is More Important Than A Sexy Body

We all know someone who doesn't look like a magazine model, but is confident – and as a result, seriously sexy. Or we have a friend who's open, empathic – and drop-dead gorgeous because of it. Or maybe we know a leader who has presence, gravitas or charisma which makes them attractive in a way that transcends six-packs or make-up. We've been sold a lie about beauty being skin deep, and frankly, this is insulting. The fact that what makes someone really attractive goes beyond media distortions is perhaps obvious. The next part, however, might be new: through embodied practice, you can easily reveal a way of being that really makes a person...

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Coaching, Training and Trauma

By Mark Walsh This article is useful reading for any trainer or coach as it describes some of the signs and symptoms of trauma, and the effects it can have on learning. Trauma is incredibly common. For example, statistics show an 80% lifetime prevalence in the UK, and that one in four women and one in six men has been sexually abused in the USA. Trauma symptoms, if not recognized, are potentially undermining to any learning situation, so are well worth knowing about. A little personal background As well as being a business trainer and coach, I am a trauma educator. I’ve trained therapists, humanitarian aid workers and business people in the...

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How Not To Seem Like A Bloody Hippie When Working With Normal People

By Mark Walsh I've been successfully bringing unusual embodied practices into what could be called ‘mainstream’ environments for over ten years now, working with everyone from large corporate entities (e.g. Unilever, Shell and L’Oreal), to the police and international military units. I’ve also worked with other potentially ‘hard’ audiences, such as humanitarian aid workers in war zones and sceptical young people from inner cities. While these groups are diverse, what they have in common is that they don't suffer fools, and need a pragmatic approach. I sometimes joke that my job is ‘doing weird stuff with normal people’, as I use tools from...

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Welcome to the new EFC blog

This will feature a mixture of written and video content from Mark Walsh and members of the EFC community.

To start with, here are some very recent videos showing EFC 2016 in action and examples of embodied coaching techniques:

Body listening coaching:

Contract coaching tool:

Relationship coaching:

4 Elements coaching:

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