[ˈfɔːteɪ, ˈfɔːti, fɔːt]
1. (one's forte)
something one excels in
strongly or loudly
Forte Training Company is a boutique and quality centred Coaching and Training provider for high end and successful clients.
We offer high quality, time-efficient solutions to meet the needs of high-pressured, high-paced lifestyles.
We focus on achieving optimal personal and business performance through the discovery of clients' strengths, drives and motivation.
We help clients map out individual strategies and action plans using tried and tested methodologies and support the implementation process.
Each coaching programme is tailor made to clients specific needs, aspirations and circumstances and with a particular consideration for clients' learning styles and personality type.
Magdalena Gabriah(BA),Personal and Executive Excellence Coach
Founder and Owner of Forte Training Company
Magdalena Gabriah is an accredited and experienced coach
Learning and Development Specialist
Organisational Development Subject Matter Expert
Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the European Federation of Psychological Associations
A Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner
" I am passionate about coaching because I have had my life changed as a result of great coaching and opportunities that I had been entrusted with. It has instilled in me the practice of developing a growth mindset, self reflection and flexing my personality traits depending on the situation at hand. I love working with people who have a drive and a desire to succeed whether at work or in their personal lives. I am an avid advocate of continuous professional development and lifelong learning''.
Outside of work Magdalena is a wife and a mum. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, being outdoors and playing the piano.
My very humble beginnings in the UK
I was 19 years old when I arrived in the UK in 2003 with £50.00 and all my life packed in a suitcase. I came to be an au-pair and look after children. I had left Poland without a degree as a suffered with a lack of vision as to what my life should look like and just felt too overwhelmed to decide who I wanted to be in the future.
After 1.5 years of working with children I knew that I wanted to in the future have my own home, my own career and my own family which is why I had to change my career. I left au-pairing to go to college to do a course in Music. Music was the only thing I felt passionate about at that point.
Following that I went to Uni and obtained a BA degree in Music. I was classified as a mature student. I was 26 years old when I graduated.
24 when I learnt to drive a car.
26 when I bought my first property. At 35 I paid it off.
First interest in Mindset Development
My primary school was chosen by my parents and it was a Music School where regular subjects were taught along- side a wide range of music ones. From the day I started planning the piano when I was 6 I was required to not only practice daily, but also undertake regular exams, concerts and other public performances. As much as I enjoyed music -I would often find myself paralysed with fear when it came to performing in front of the audience. No matter how many times I did it, I always felt incredibly uncomfortable and paralysed with fear. The worst however was the feeling of guilt for feeling that way and not knowing how to deal with my emotions. All my teachers always said that my performance was very, very good in class, but my fear of performance always hindered and jeopardised my stage performance. This phenomenon widely called the “stage fright” was one of the contributing factors for me not pursuing music career professionally at the age of 15 (I just did not know how to deal with the nerves and my mental state when performing publicly) and decided to focus on going to a regular college instead.
Ironically, when I came to England wanted to go to college and gain new skills, music was the automatic choice for my studies. I must have by then forgotten all the stress and fear I had endured as a child and a young person. I then started a 2-year course, but my teachers encouraged me to apply for a place at a university after the first year.
Encouraged by the support and belief in me I went on to study Music at a University and I loved it. But once again I was required to undertake regular performances and exams. By then I had learnt to cope better with my emotions and just accepted that fear was part of performing. When I had to select a topic for my dissertation “stage fright” was the obvious choice. In 2008 I wrote a dissertation titled:
“It has been revealed that 47% of musicians suffer from performance anxiety. What are the reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon, commonly known as “stage fright” and what solutions can be offered?”
Having looked at how the nervous system influences our performance behaviour I discovered that what happens with us when we are feeling nervous and anxious ( eg shaky hands, dryness in our throat) is nothing, but a natural and normal reaction to the signals sent to our brain. And although we cannot numb our feelings naturally ( without the use of certain drugs) we can learn to minimise the effects the anxiety has on our bodies and cope with the undesirable mental states. Having looked at extensive research I discovered that although we cannot control the situations we are having to deal with, we can control our responses to them and the best effective way to do it is by developing and cultivating a growth mindset. It is thanks to our brain’s amazing ability to re-wire itself (scientifically called neuroplasticity) we can move from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset which leads to increased motivation and achievement.
First breakthroughs and life shifts
Just before setting up Forte Training Company I worked for a global outsourcing organisation managing the Learning and Development Team. With only 4 trainers we supported 5 sites in the UK and trained over 1400 staff each year; in my last year there we delivered over 7500 learning and development interventions alone. Sounds busy? I loved it!
I loved the pressure and the pace and the fact that we were making a difference. I loved developing and growing people and I felt that what we were doing mattered.
Then my husband and I were expecting a baby and even though I though I would be able to slot my new-self back into my old job, it became clearer and clearer that it wasn’t going to be possible and something had to give. Coaching and training people by then had become the priority, my mission and I wanted to give back all the development and trust that had been invested in me over the years. That’s when Forte Training Company came into existence.
Forte is born
At Forte we work with people who want a better balance in their life, who want success but not at all cost and who want to work on things that give them and those close to them meaning, joy and fulfilment. How do we do it?
Forte means “something which one excels in” and its true to how we work with our clients- we help them identify their strengths through either self-analysis or using specialist diagnostic tools. Afterwards we help our clients utilise those strengths to help them achieve their aspirations for life, career and business. In our practice we enjoy using diagnostics such as personality tests, questionnaires, 360 degrees feedback and other coaching tools to give our clients a deeper insight and understanding. The objective for our service is to increase self-awareness and to empower our clients by offering them life skills which they can use again and again when dealing with daily pressures and challenges. Only now we call them opportunities and development areas.
Why should you consider Forte Training Company?
I certainly was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, far from it in fact, my parents will never tire of telling me how they had to make do with the very limited coupons they were given to live off during communism.
Yet in my life I have come to realise that we can have a happy and fulfilled lives here and now, we don’t have to wait to it to happen when we retire. We may never live to see our retirement so what are we waiting for?
Forte is designed to help people find their sense of purpose, their meaning, define their success and then take steps to start making them happen immediately. Coaching is not about dreaming up your future, although visualisation is very important. Coaching is about realising what matters to us most whether it is the career, the family or how we manage our free time for example and then taking actions to nurture and grow what matters to us most.
Why "Excellence" Coaching and Training?
I am a strong believer of each of us having masses of often undiscovered potential which will remain untapped unless we decide to act and optimise it. What makes me so certain that is the case? Well, first of all its all the research, study that I had undertaken and scrupulously looked at, then it’s my experience of growing and developing people that I have had the privilege of supporting, transforming and empowering over the years.
But even more so from my own example; I can see, feel and testify about how the growth mindset had changed my life, my outlook and my perspectives, how I had found my balance and purpose in life. This was only possible because I changed my mindset and did not allow my past, my circumstances and my experiences dictate who I was choosing to be moving forward. Finally, as a woman who came to the UK with £50.00 and a suitcase 16 years ago, I know that if I can do it, so can you!
Take a look at the purpose behind Forte Training Company and what our mission is
At Forte we have over 5 years of experience of coaching, training, learning and development, organisational development and talent management.
We work with individuals and businesses both face to face and remotely using the latest technology.
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