Expressing your Power, Speak up for yourself!

Continuing with my series of blogs on Personal Power I would like to introduce you to Trish Cherry.

Trish kindly sent me some of her ideas as I had requested about her own take on Personal Power. Trish is a Weight Management Coach and can be followed on Twitter @Patriciacherr68.

Here is part of Trish’s contribution:

“Another example is that you can choose to be Assertive or not. You may have a choice to make in a given situation and rather than try to prove you are right, it is remembering that the other person just may be right. So giving them the benefit of the doubt is good. You could be proved to be right or wrong, but with your own personal power in action although you may seem to be backing down, actually you are not, because at the end of the day, unless it is in an emergency situation, it does not matter.“

There are several really important points raised in this commentary and I will comment on them all over the next couple of weeks. Here are the key messages I am highlighting:

  1. Assertive communication
  2. Choice
  3. Being right
  4. Perception of others
  5. Surrender

I will expand on all these topics and would appreciate input from you all so that we can really get into this subject.

I will start next week by exploring assertive communication. To set the scene I would like some feedback from you. I know that many of my readers are from across the world and definitions of Assertiveness vary widey.

In the UK our communication style tends to be rather indirect to say the least. Sometimes being assertive just means saying what we mean and being direct! We are often uncomfortable when faced with the more direct style of some of our European and American cousins.

So we need to consider assertiveness within a cultural context. Check out what true healthy assertiveness is in your culture and let me know. I would really like to collect some definitions.

Next week I will talk about Assertiveness based on my own experience and application both as an individual and a personal development trainer. As a personal development trainer I work in a number of multi-national organisations and have had the opportunity to understand some cultural differences. More clarity would be great.

I also start delivering our NLP Trainer’s Training  Saturday with Master Trainer Joe Cheal and US Master Trainer Julie Silverthorn. I plan to publish on time but trust you will be patient if I get off track.

For the curious and those interested in attending NLP Trainer’s Training here is a link to our specialised site


About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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2 Responses to Expressing your Power, Speak up for yourself!

  1. Patricia Cherry says:

    Hi Melody. Thank you for the comments and push for my Coaching. From when I first came across your Blog I felt connected to you in some way. I would really love to meet you sometime. When is your next taster days for NLP?

    Thing is that a colleague has said that I would not benefit from a taster day because I have covered a lot of NLP on my course for the Diploma, which is a fully credited level 5 Uni course. I have now got my Diploma and we are all being presented with the Certificate next week. So that put me off somewhat. However I believe that I may benefit from knowing you so will make a special effort to come up.

    I am still developing my web site but you can have a look at it at You may notice a few hitches that need to be sorted, I have a host and we are working on Optipress, but it is not easy. Have not got any paying clients yet. I am also on FB as Weight Management Coach.

    My next move now is to set up a series of Workshops in Plymouth, the first one based around What Does Food Mean to You?

    I love your blogs and so glad I came across you, thanks to twitter! Sent from my iPad

    • Hi Trish

      Thank you for your lovely comments. It would be lovely to meet you

      If you have done a four day NLP Diploma as accredited by ANLP you would be eligible to go on to the full NLP Practitioner training.

      Our taster workshop is the first two days of our four day Diploma.

      Other options for you

      I offer group supervision – mixed group

      Also NLP CPD events

      I’m also running an intensive hypnotherapy course in August.

      Let me know if you want more info on any of these :0)



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