Power of Positive Thinking – Notes for Managers, Coaches and Mentors of Participants

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To get the most out of the course, delegates will need to be supported as they start to think and work differently. This page will help managers, coaches and mentors to provide that support. Here you will find:

  • Information about the course
  • What to expect after someone has attended the course
  • Suggestions to help you perform a useful review with the course participant

The Course

People will learn how to:

  • Identify negative thinking and behaviour habits.
  • Understand the impact that negative thinking has on business performance.
  • Use methods, models and techniques for switching negative to positive.
  • Use thinking systems for success – planning a positive future.
  • Visualisation techniques will also be shown to transform business situations.

Here are the key aspects covered:


The delegates will identify negative thinking and negative habits such as generalisations, perfectionism and pessimism. They will consider the situations that trigger negativity and identify how negative thoughts impact emotions and behaviours.

Reframing Negative to Positive

During the course delegates will be shown how they can change negative expectations and unhelpful beliefs and reframe them to make positive outcomes.

Physiology of Thinking

Some time is spent looking at how negative thinking leads to stress which affects our physiology. This enables delegates to realise that stress can result in ill-health and sickness absence.

Thinking Styles

There will also be an opportunity for the delegates to identify their own thinking style. This exercise develops self-knowledge and demonstrates that thinking patterns can distort perspective, leading to low morale and demotivation. Adapting thinking approach to specific situations provides an emotional state that supports outcomes.

Action Planning

At the end of the course delegates are encouraged to think about how they are going to use what they have learnt. We emphasise that it is up to them to put the techniques and perspectives covered into good use.

What to expect after someone has attended the course

Everyone attends the course for slightly different reasons but they will all have opportunities to use what they learn. Delegates are usually very keen to put their new skills into practice. A little well-directed support and encouragement by manager, coach or mentor can make a big difference. We hope the following notes will help you give that support:

What to expectWhat you can do
When on the course the delegate will learn techniques to reframe negative thinking to a positive outcome.Encourage the delegate to use the techniques learnt on the course to achieve a more positive environment at work.
The attendee will be more aware of the causes and symptoms of negative thinking in themselves and others.Encourage the delegate to use this knowledge and enhanced awareness when managing themselves and when managing and working with others.

Conducting a review after the course

Many managers like to follow up courses that their people have attended. The style and format of these reviews varies widely so here are some prompts for suggested discussion points:

  • Action Planย – at the end of the course all delegates are encouraged to commit to specific actions to use and reinforce the things theyโ€™ve learnt. That action plan is a good start point for a review.
  • Negative Situations – have they been able to recognise negative responses to specific challenging situations and react to them in a more positive way using the techniques learnt on the course?
  • Generalย – it will be worth going back to the original reasons for attending the course and also review the other notes in this section that describe the course and use them as a prompt for your discussion.

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