Dear Reader,

Even though it is hard to believe it , August is here, and it is that time of year when I share some inspiring and interesting books with you.

More morsels of information at the end of this Inspire about ….

  • E-book – Master Your Inner Critic, Release Your Inner Wisdom is now available on Kindle, buy it now, click here
  • Free coaching audits …. Have you wondered whether coaching could help you achieve your goals? Then try one of my free coaching audits.
  • Managing Challenging Interactions Workshop … Book your place on my free taster workshop near Chalgrove on Thursday 18th October 9am - 11am. Email for more information or to book your place.
  • Fascinating and practical talks for your business network event? I speak at a range of events….
  • Read previous editions of Inspire from January 2006 … click here.
  • Twice daily encouragement … follow me on Twitter: MelanieInspires.

If you enjoyed today's edition of Inspire, please feel free to share it with friends and colleagues. They can sign up for free at

Best wishes




Melanie Greene

Do you want an inspiring read?

An inspiring read, watch or listen Talking to a coaching client recently he mentioned about aiming to read a book a week, and I put forward the thought that nowadays not all of our information and knowledge comes from books, so I thought I would add into the mix some other forms of getting information and inspiration in this month's Inspire. Also, I met someone networking who is into listening to books on his iPhone while driving and gets through a lot more books than I do. So there are many different ways to access things which might be more suited firstly to your learning styles, and to your pace of life.

‘A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.'

Lillian Gish

TED talks I am sure you have already discovered TED talks but if you have not, then you are in for a treat. These talks are on a whole host of subjects from education, science, arts to happiness, comedy and death! And they are less than 20 minutes long, and the speakers are usually engaging and inspiring. Click here to search by topic or speakers. Here are a few that I enjoyed this year:

Susan Cain: The power of introverts If you are an introvert and feel that you are ignored or feel alien in our more loud, extroverted world, or if you know people who are more introverted and can't understand them, perhaps thinking they are not social, strange or even rude, then this will give you a new perspective on the world of introverts: click here

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work Click here. Another engaging talk, and listen to the end for his findings about how happiness makes us more productive and how we can simply find more happiness in our lives by doing some of the following each day:

  • Writing down three things we are grateful for.
  • Writing down one positive experience a day in a journal.
  • Meditating – See how to meditate in a moment, click here, or for a more soothing process while sat at your desk: click here which leads you to I like the ‘do nothing' for 2 minutes because it has the sound of waves crashing on a beach.
  • Exercising.
  • Carrying out one act of random kindness a day.

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms I've listened to other TED talks by Ken and he has a very different perspective on education and what kinds of adults we are creating through the current educational system. Whether you have children or not, this is of interest to all of us because it is about the workplaces and society which we are creating for the future. I also love the doodling visual aid with this and, although it stops rather abruptly at the end, it is worth having a look at, click here. Also take a look at this talk, click here.

‘Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.

You are all learners, doers, teachers.'

Richard Bach - Illusions

Law of Attraction – Michael Losier This book was recommended to me by one of my clients. I've heard and read quite a bit about the Law of Attraction over the years, some of which makes perfect sense, and other aspects, in the past, have seemed a bit too mystical for me. However, there are now a range of books coming out from people who, having read and learned about the original work, have (through their own experiences) devised their own work based on the Law of Attraction. This is a very slim, and therefore easy to read and to use, book, taking you through a step by step process of drawing into your life what you want. I think why many of us steer clear of some of this stuff is that it seems too good to be true! However, I know that when I am feeling positive, thinking positive thoughts, more positive things do seem to happen. On the other hand it can be just because I am feeling positive that I notice the positive things happening around me! Anyhow, I have decided to give it a go and put some of it into action, so watch this space.

The 7 Wonders of Personal Development – Alistair and Sue Corrie  Having just read Michael Losier's book I then turn up for a networking lunch to find Alistair Corrie giving a talk on the Law of Attraction based on his new book. Again, it is his perspective on not just the Law of Attraction, but other concepts in the field of personal development. His seven wonders are: Attitude, Gratitude, Goal Setting, Quantum Visualisation, People Skills, Leadership Skills and lastly, Edification and Encouragement. This short book is full of ideas to put into action gleaned from many of the other books you have read over the years, but provides a good summary of those techniques and ideas.

‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.'

Sir Richard Steele

Your Brain At Work – David Rock – In case you missed July's Inspire on the link between your brain, energy and performance? (click here to take a look if you did), it was based on David Rock's book, ‘Your Brain At Work', subtitled: Strategies for overcoming distractions, regaining focus and working smarter all day long. There is a lot of talk about neuroscience at the moment in newspapers and at conferences, and David Rock has taken the latest research in neuroscience and applied it to the workplace in a really easy to read and assimilate book. He has a case study of a working couple with two children and takes them through the course of one day and the types of problems we all experience at work: email overload, conflicts with colleagues, tight deadlines. He then explains what is happening in the brain when they face these challenges and what simple techniques they can use to master their brain and work in a more calm and effective manner. I have started using some of the techniques and ideas to great effect and have been recommending this book to all my clients.

Live Life, Love Work – Kate Burton I've known Kate for many years, since we both belonged to a wonderful working women's network based in Henley on Thames. If you are, perhaps, loving your work, but not your life, as too much energy is going into the former, or hate your work and want to explore how to have a life and work that you love, this book explores the four energies in your life: physical, mental, emotional, purposeful, which you can harness to live life and love your work.

The Artists Way – Julia Cameron  I was reminded of this book, which I have had on my bookshelf for many years, when I was talking to a client about writing down their thoughts and feelings in a journal each day, in order to become more self aware, and start to master their thoughts and manage their mood. I remembered the idea of ‘morning pages', which Julia Cameron coined, and decided to pull out the book and take another look at it. Although it is subtitled: A course in discovering and recovering your Creative Self, I think that if you take the view that we are all creative and creating our own lives, then it is relevant to most of us. It seems that a lot of my new coaching clients are at crossroads in their lives, either because they have been made redundant or taken early retirement and thinking ‘what next', or they are thinking about changing careers. It strikes me that this book would be a good support on that kind of journey. I've yet to re-read it but will be taking it away on holiday with me.

"It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can."

Jane Hamilton

Gift From The Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh  I re-read this book at least once a year – it is a short book and can be read quickly. This time I was sat in a lovely café in Woodstock, needing to take stock of where I was at in my life, and I find that this book helps me to do that. I suggested it to a friend who is juggling family life, with full time work. She downloaded it, read it and loved it, especially the following, which Anne says is equally important for men:

‘You will remind me that unless I keep the island-quality intact somewhere within me, I will have little to give my husband, my children, my friends or the world at large. You will remind me that women must be still as the axis of a wheel in the midst of her activities; that she must be the pioneer in achieving this stillness, not only for her own salvation, but for the salvation of family life, of society, perhaps even of our civilisation.'

I think this quote is also relevant to managers, being the calm axis while the team and activities rotate around them. This book was written in 1955 yet it is even more important for how we live our lives today.

‘Re-reading is much underrated. I've read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold once every five years since I was 15. I only started to understand it the third time.'

Malcolm Gladwell

If you have found this edition of Inspire interesting, and want to learn more then…

  • Coaching enables you to focus on what you want to change in your life, work and business. I take an ‘inside out' approach to changing behaviour and increasing performance. See below for more information about my free coaching audits.
  • Talk to me about running a workshop for your team. This could be about effective team working, managing challenging interactions or how they manage their mood, motivation and performance.
  • Sign up for my Managing Challenging Interactions Free Taster Workshop on Thursday 18th October at Monument Park near Chalgrove. See below for details and how to book your place.
  • Ask me to speak at one of your business events, see below for details.
  • For more book recommendations take a look at my website: click here.


Free coaching audits 

 Each month I have three slots for a complimentary coaching audit to help you to identify whether coaching will assist you in what you want to achieve and what coaching programme will be right for you. This free audit involves the following:

  • You complete a pre-coaching questionnaire and return it to me.
  • We have a 45 minute telephone conversation to discuss your needs and how you might use the coaching to enhance how you work and run your business.
  • I send you a proposal of which coaching programmes might be suitable, or if other interventions such as training or a team working event might be more appropriate.
  • You then make a decision as to whether you wish to proceed.

If you want to sign up for the free coaching audit then email See below for more information about the different types of coaching I offer.


Managing Challenging Interactions Free Taster Workshop 

Reserve your place on my free taster workshop on Thursday 18th October at Monument Park near Chalgrove. From 9am to 11am, providing you with practical and easy to use ideas for managing challenging interactions at work. Places are limited so contact me on book your place. See here for venue.



I've gone digital, or at least my book has, ‘Master Your Inner Critic, Release Your Inner Wisdom' is now available on Kindle, buy it now, click here


Do you want speakers for your business network event?

I speak at a range of team events, away days and business networks, and always make sure that the talks are interactive and practical, with people learning something that they can directly apply back at work. Recent talks have included:

  • Managing Challenging Interactions
  • Mastering Your Inner Critic (based on my book)
  • Changing Habits of a Lifetime
  • Learning From Your Mistakes
  • Managing Your Mood and Motivation
  • Your Brain At Work


Do you want to be more effective and efficient at work and in your life?

 There are a range of coaching and training programmes to assist you in developing your skills and confidence….

  • A six month Coaching For Excellence Programme to provide intensive coaching support to assist you in bringing about change in your mindset, your mood and state, and the impact these have on you achieving your goals.
  • One off Catalytic Coaching Programmes, to unblock whatever it is that is stopping you from changing your behaviour.
  • Ad hoc Coaching Sessions – Ad hoc coaching sessions can be on any topic. Sometimes they are designed to assist you in getting the most from my book. At other times people have a specific issue they are facing or have attended a course and need more support in terms of how they apply the ideas to their lives.
  • Master Your Inner Critic Online Programme – This includes a series of four e-booklets and four video clips based on my book to support you in putting the techniques and ideas into practice.
  • Effective Team Building Programmes – We have many years of experience running programmes for both senior management and operational teams.
  • Tailored Development Programmes – From one day events to on-going programmes, we can design them to meet your needs.

To find out more about these programmes email me on or call me on 01865 377334.


Do you want a taster of our services?

Then take a look at our freebies on the website for:

Recordings of my free webinars on:

  • Mastering your inner critic.
  • Changing Habits of A Lifetime
  • Improve Your Performance: Learn From Your Mistakes And Successes

Click here to listen to these recordings.

Free articles on the following topics:

  • Selling from the Inside Out
  • Managing Mood and Motivation During Challenging Times
  • Supporting others through Challenging Times
  • Master your inner critic
  • Buying in consultancy

Click here to read the articles.

For further book recommendations: click here


For more information about Inspire Transformation visit our website: or call Melanie on 01865 377334 or email and follow Melanie on Twitter: MelanieInspires.


Why not share Inspire with colleagues and friends?

 If you know of anyone else who might be interested in receiving Inspire for free, pass this onto them or they can sign up on my website:

Melanie Greene
01865 377334